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Student Affairs

About Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs at Hocking College involves many staff, departments, programs and services that provide a supportive environment that enhances the personal development and learning for all students. Student Affairs staff work in partnership with faculty and staff, students and families, to serve as a resource and guide.

Academic Appeals Process

The Academic Appeal Process provides students with the opportunity to voice their concerns about a classroom or academic experience. This process provides an unbiased forum to discuss your experience.

Students wishing to appeal or discuss an academic or classroom concern should start this process within two weeks of the incident creating concern. No adverse action will be taken against a student who chooses to utilize this process.


If the situation is not resolved with the faculty member, the student begins the academic appeal process by submitting documentation to the Program Director/Commander/Department Chair of the program.

Please review all of the steps involved in the process stated below. Since this is a formal process, you should keep copies of all records and activities relative to this appeal and be properly prepared to present your appeal.

Step 1: Gather pertinent data

The first step in filing an appeal is to gather pertinent data, which may include (but is not limited to):

  • Course syllabus
  • Any addendums (for example, handbooks or other handouts) supplied by the faculty if applicable to the course
  • Copies of any/all tests, quizzes or papers in your possession which may be relevant to the situation
  • Copies of any/all notices and/or correspondence between you and the faculty member relevant to the situation

Make sure you describe in writing what happened, when it happened, why it happened, and how it happened. Organize your thoughts and be as specific as possible with dates, times and a list of any witnesses. Be factual.

Step 2: Meet with department Program Director/Commander/Department Chair.

Make an appointment with the academic leader supervising the department responsible for the course. Present your documentation respectfully and discuss your concerns with the experience and your meeting with the instructor.

The Program Director/Commander/Department Chair will gather information and discuss with the faculty member. They may also have a meeting with the student and faculty member.

The Program Director/Commander/Department Chair will submit the decision in writing to the student and faculty member within one week of the initial meeting with the student.

Step 3: Deans Office Review

If the situation is not resolved, the student will submit their appeal to the Dean. All previous documentation from the student, faculty member and Program Director/Commander/Department Chair will be forwarded to the Dean.

The Dean's decision is final and may not be appealed.


Non-Discrimination Policy

Hocking College is committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunity regardless of sex, marital or parental status, race, color, religion, age, sexual orientation, national origin or disability. Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any educational program or activity receiving federal assistance by the way of grant, contract, or loan. Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is similar in its prohibition of employment discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, color or national origin.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibit discrimination against qualified individual with disabilities.

Equal educational opportunity includes: admissions, recruitment, extra-curricular programs and assistance, employment, health and insurance services and athletics. Inquiries regarding compliance with any of these federal regulations may be directed to the Department of Education, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Title IX Information and Resources

Title IX is a resource on sexual misconduct for students, faculty, staff, and visitors who are part of the Hocking College community. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."

Hocking College is committed to providing a learning, working and living environment that promotes personal integrity, civility and mutual respect in an environment free of sexual misconduct and discrimination. Sexual discrimination violates an individual's fundamental rights and personal dignity. Hocking College considers sexual discrimination in all its forms to be a serious offense. This resource refers to all forms of sexual discrimination, including: sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence by employees, students, or third parties. (Title 20 U.S.C. Sections 1681-1688)

Sexual Misconduct Policy

The Hocking College Sexual Misconduct Policy can be found in the College Catalog.

Who can I contact about Sexual Misconduct?

Tell a trusted person about the incident. Contact Hocking College Police Department. You may also contact Hocking College's Counseling Center. Residence Life and Campus Police can provide immediate referral information, access to the college counselor on call, and/or investigation assistance.

Report An Incident

Resources for Victims of Sexual Misconduct

Various supportive measures are available for those who have experienced sexual misconduct. These support sources include:

  • Title IX Coordinator can assist with finding on and off-campus resources.
  • Hocking College Counseling Center
  • Reassignments - When the survivor and the accused student participate in the same class(es) and/or reside in the same college residence or in proximity to one another, survivors may request that a fair and immediate way to reassign and/or move one of the persons be decided upon by college administration.

Resource Contacts

Title IX Coordinator
Jeff White
Oakley Hall 210


Hocking College Campus Safety and Police
Behind Light and Oakley Halls off of the Loop Rd, next to Hocking Heights Residence Hall

Nelsonville Police Department
211 Lake Hope Drive
Nelsonville, OH 45764

Athens County Sheriff's Department
13 W Washington St #100
Athens, OH 45701


Residence Life and Staff
All Employees of Hocking College are "responsible employees" by Title IX standards and are mandated to report acts of violence for Title IX investigation.

Athens County Prosecutor / Victim Assistance
Keller Blackburn, Prosecutor
Alli Purcell, Victim Advocate
1 S. Court St., Athens, OH 45701


Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program
24 hour Crisis Hotline  740.591.4266

Hopewell Heath Center
Oakley Hall 210
Weekday and Weekend Hours

Risk Reduction Tips

  1. If you have limits, make them known before things go too far.
  2. Tell a sexual aggressor "NO" clearly and loudly, like you mean it.
  3. Try to extricate yourself from the physical presence of a sexual aggressor.
  4. Grab someone nearby and ask for help.
  5. Be responsible for your alcohol intake/drug use and realize that alcohol/drugs lower your sexual inhibitions and may make you vulnerable to someone who views a drunk or high person as a sexual opportunity.
  6. Watch out for your friends and ask that they watch out for you. A real friend will get in your face if you are about to make a mistake. Respect them if they do.
  7. If you find yourself in the position of being the initiator of sexual behavior, you owe sexual respect to your potential partner.


Report An Incident

These suggestions may help you to reduce your risk for being accused of sexual misconduct:

  • Don't Make Assumptions about consent; about someone's sexual availability; about whether they are attracted to you; about how far you can go; about whether they are physically and mentally able to consent to you.
  • Clearly communicate your intentions to your sexual partner and give them a chance to clearly relate their intentions to you.
  • Mixed messages from your partner should be a clear indication that you should step back, defuse the sexual tension, and communicate better. Perhaps you are misreading them. Perhaps they haven't figured out how far they want to go with you yet. You need to respect the timeline with which they are comfortable.
  • Don't take advantage of someone's drunkenness or drugged state, even if they did it to themselves.
  • Realize that your potential partner could be intimidated by you, or fearful. You may have a power advantage simply because of your gender or size. Don't abuse that power.
  • Understand that consent to some forms of sexual behavior does not necessarily imply consent to other forms of sexual behavior.
  • On this campus, silence and passivity cannot be interpreted by you as an indication of consent. Read your potential partner carefully, paying attention to verbal and non-verbal communication and body language.

The Rights of the Accused

Behavioral Intervention

The Hocking Behavioral Intervention Team (HBIT) is a group of staff and faculty who assess at-risk situations on the Nelsonville, Logan and Perry campuses and develops action plans to address such situations. The HBIT is a multidisciplinary team comprised of Residence Life, Counseling Center, Judicial Affairs, Campus Safety, Faculty and other applicable parties. The team meets weekly to discuss incidents of student behavior and to assess, intervene and monitor any concerns referred to the HBIT through the Student Incident Reporting system.

Incidents may include the following:

    • Suicide attempts or expression of suicidal thoughts or feelings
    • Students who threaten to harm other students, staff or community
    • Relationship violence situation
    • Students with weapons on campus
    • Disruptive behavior in classroom
    • Aggressive students
  • Projects or papers that contain violent or threatening content
  • Serious student drug and alcohol related behaviors

Student Conduct

The Office of Student Conduct

The Hocking College Office of Student Conduct is a resource center for all members of the Hocking College community to ensure that community standards are upheld and to educate students, faculty and staff on the importance and role of social responsiblity in the educational process. Delivery of this task complete through the administration of the Student Code of Conduct. The college expects that all student adhere to the expectations set forth in this document and hold each other accountable for their role in ensuring a healthy, learning-centered environment.

Download the Judicial Appeal Request Application     

  The Rights of the Accused         Student Code of Conduct



The Office of Student Conduct Staff

Dane Bennett
Email: bennettt@hocking.edu


Residential Hearing Officer
Hall Director of
North and Downhour Halls
Email: danharts@hocking.edu

Residential Hearing Officer
Hall Director of
Hocking Heights
Email: prater-clarkb@hocking.edu



Residential Hearing Officer
Hall Director of
Summit on the River & Sycamore Hall
Email:  lianezc@hocking.edu





The mission of the Ombudsman is to assist students with the resolution of problems to support retention and to foster respect across the campus community. The Office of the Ombudsman provides a safe, comfortable, and confidential environment for students to discuss their concerns or complaints outside formal channels. The Ombudsman cannot impose solutions, but identifies options and strategies for resolution.

Before contacting the Ombudsman, students should attempt to resolve their issues at the department or service center level. If a satisfactory resolution has not been obtained through these channels, the student should request assistance by filling out the Ombudsman Assistance Request form.

Submit a request


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