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Disciplinary Offenses

A student shall be subject to disciplinary action under this policy for engaging in acts including, but not limited to:

  1. Physical violence and/or threats of physical violence.
  2. Any conduct that threatens and/or endangers the health or safety of any person.
  3. Creating or false reporting of bombs or other dangerous devices.
  4. Extortion – The use, or the express or implicit threat of the use, of violence or other criminal means to cause harm to person, reputation, or property as a means to obtain property from someone else without his/her consent.
  5. Unauthorized use of fire alarm or fire equipment.
  6. Unauthorized or illegal gambling.
  7. Hate crimes as defined under state or federal law.
  8. Hazing as defined under state or federal law.
  9. Illegal or unauthorized possession of firearms, explosives, other weapons, or dangerous chemicals on College premises.
  10. Conduct resulting in a violation of the College’s Computer/Technology Acceptable Use policies, Email and Social Media policies and/or related Information Technology Resource policies.
  11. Failure to comply with the directions of a College official or law enforcement officer acting in the performance of their duties, including failure to identify oneself when requested to do so.
  12. Use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of alcoholic beverages, or controlled substances, including marijuana, heroin or narcotics except as expressly permitted by law.  Public intoxication is prohibited.
  13. Smoking any tobacco product or use of e-cigarettes, vaporizers or inhalers in violation of state law, including in any public buildings, and in any areas prohibited under College policy.
  14. Breach of peace; including disorderly, lewd, or indecent conduct, or aiding, abetting, or procuring another person to breach the peace on College premises or at functions sponsored by, or participated in, by the College.
  15. Defacement or destruction of College or personal property.
  16. Attempted or actual theft of College or personal property.
  17. Acting on or off-campus in a manner that substantially interferes with or disrupts the normal and/or safe operation of the College, including but not limited to disrupting or interfering in the educational process, including teaching, advising, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, public service or other College activities or functions.
  18. Verbal or physical harassment or intimidation.
  19. Any unauthorized use of electronic or other devices to make an audio or video recording of any person(s) while on College premises or participating in a College-related activity without the person’s prior knowledge or without the person’s effective consent due to intoxication, drug use, mental impairment or other conditions that may impair a person’s ability to convey effective consent.  This includes, but is not limited to, surreptitiously taking pictures of another person in a locker room or restroom.
  20. Acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to the following:
    1. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any College document, record, or instrument of identification;
    2. Furnishing false information to any College official, faculty member or office; or
    3. Disrupting or tampering with the election of any College recognized student organization.
  21. Acts of academic dishonesty, including but not limited to the following:
    1. Use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations;
    2. Dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; 
    3. The acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the College faculty or staff; or
    4. Plagiarism, which is defined as the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgement. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials. Taking credit for work done by another person or doing work for which another person will receive credit. Copying or purchasing other’s work or arranging for others to do work under a false name.
  22. Abuse of the Disciplinary process, including but not limited to:
    1. Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information during the judicial process;
    2. Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of the judicial process;
    3. Attempting to discourage an individual’s participation in, or use of, the judicial process;
    4. Attempting to influence the decision of a member of a Judicial Board prior to, and/or during the course of, the judicial proceeding;
    5. Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a member of a Judicial Board, College official, party to a complaint or witness participating in the judicial process;
    6. Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Code of Conduct;
    7. Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the judicial process; or
    8. Knowingly filing a false complaint under the Code of Conduct.
  23. Unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of keys to any College premises or unauthorized entry to or use of College premises.
  24. Unauthorized solicitation, including but not limited to sale of goods and services for personal profit.
  25. Unauthorized activity that constitutes forgery.
  26. Violation of state or federal laws not otherwise enumerated herein.
  27. Violation of any College policies, rules, or regulations published in written copy or available electronically on the College’s website.

Discipline for Disruptive Conduct

Disrupting or interfering in the educational process in a class (or clinical site), is prohibited under this policy.  If a student engages in disruptive conduct a faculty member or other College employee may address and resolve the matter informally without filing a complaint under the Code, including temporarily removing the disruptive student from a class (or clinical site).  On the first occasion when a student is removed, the faculty member or other College employee is strongly encouraged to notify the CCA.  In all subsequent cases of removing the same student from a class (or clinical site), the faculty member or other College employee shall notify the CCA.  A faculty member or other College employee may seek assistance from Public Safety if necessary to remove a student. A student may not be permanently removed from a class (or clinical site) for a conduct-related offense except upon referral to the CCA of a complaint for administration under this policy.  The CCA can exercise his/her discretion to allow the accused student to attend class (or clinical site) during the disciplinary process upon consultation with the faculty member and the Chief Academic Officer or his/her designee.

Discipline for Academic Dishonesty

This policy recognizes the right of faculty to manage their class, including addressing directly with students issues of academic dishonesty.  When academic dishonesty is suspected, a faculty member may choose to issue a failing grade.  If the student believes that there is substantial evidence of error or injustice associated with that grade, the student may file a grievance under the Student Grievance Procedure’s Grade Appeal Process.  Alternatively, a faculty member may choose not to issue a grade, but rather refer the matter directly to the CCA for administration under this policy.  However, where the issuance of a failing grade by a faculty member for academic dishonesty will result in a student’s dismissal from a program (for example in nursing and other health care programs), the charge of academic dishonesty shall be directly referred to the CCA for administration under this policy, which shall be completed, where practicable, within thirty (30) days.

Off Campus Behavior

The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action against a student for off-campus conduct when such conduct adversely affects the College community, poses a threat of harm to the College community; interferes with the College’s pursuit of its objectives and mission, and/or if a student is charged with violating state or federal law.  Proceedings under this Student Code may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off-campus.

Interim Measures

Under certain circumstances during the Code of Conduct process interim measures may be imposed by the CCA including, but not limited to: no-contact orders, restriction/loss of privileges or interim suspension.  The College reserves the right to issue an interim suspension when it reasonably concludes that a student:

  1. Poses a threat to others;
  2. Poses a threat to College property or equipment;
  3. Substantially disrupts or interferes with the normal operations of the College;
  4. Engages in off-campus conduct that adversely affects the College community; and/or
  5. Is charged with a crime in violation of state or federal law. 

During an interim suspension, a student is prohibited from entering upon any College property and participating in any College activities.