Campus members may file a report of alleged misconduct (defined as a Referral) for a student. Referrals shall be made online at RSCCD.EDU/REPORT. Referrals should be accurate and include as much information as possible. Incomplete forms may impair, deter, or delay our ability to take appropriate action.
If you are reporting a situation requiring immediate/emergency response, please contact Campus Safety at x3333 from any campus phone or (714) 564-6333 or local authorities at 911 before submitting a report.
Referrals are routed to the Student Advocacy & Accountability (SAA) office for review. The reporting party will be contacted to share additional information about the reported concerns and to discuss potential interim measures (removal from class/campus, safety escorts, etc.).
If the reporting party is a staff member with need-to-know educational updates (as defined by FERPA), the SAA office may discuss the circumstances and information surrounding the alleged violation with the reporting party, as needed, and may advise them on actions that may be taken.
Students have an absolute right to inspect and review their education records. It is important to note that student disciplinary records are “education records” as defined by FERPA. This means the SAA office will share the allegations and incident report with the student during an investigation.
Role in Accountability Process
As the reporting party, you are vital to the accountability process. Aside from preparing the documentation and submitting the referral,
Cases are adjudicated as outlined in the Standards of Student Code policy (BP 5500), and students have the right to appeal any decision or assigned sanction.
A Due Process Hearing is required when a student is being considered for suspension beyond ten days. You may be asked to serve as a witness if one is convened. During the Hearing, panel members and the charged student will have the opportunity to ask you questions about the alleged misconduct.
A reporting party is not expected and should not investigate the alleged misconduct. Providing a referral with the information known and being available for follow-up questions by the SAA office is all that is needed.
While staff may choose not to engage with the student(s) they report, this is not a hard and fast rule. It is up to the staff member to determine the level of contact with the student once a violation of the Code is suspected (and a report is filed with SAA). Staff are always encouraged to redirect student questions about the accountability process and potential outcomes to the SAA office as appropriate.