A student shall be subject to disciplinary action under this policy for engaging in acts including, but not limited to:
- Physical violence or the threat thereof and/or any conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.
- Creating or false reporting of bombs.
- 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.
- Unauthorized use of fire alarm or fire equipment.
- Unauthorized or illegal gambling.
- Hate Crimes as defined under state or federal law.
- Hazing as defined under state or federal law.
- Illegal or unauthorized possession of firearms, explosives, other weapons, or dangerous chemicals on College premises.
- Conduct resulting in a violation of the College’s Computer/Technology Acceptable Use and/or Email Policies.
- Failure to comply with directions of College officials or law enforcement officers acting in performance of their duties, including failure to identify oneself when requested to do so.
- Violation of College’s drug and/or alcohol policies including public intoxication.
- 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.
- Defacement or destruction of College materials or College property. Attempted or actual theft, or unauthorized use of and/or damage to property of the College or property of a member of the College community or other personal or public property.
- Acting in a manner that 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.
- Harassment (verbal or physical) and or intimidation of a member of the College Community.
- Acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to the following:
- Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any College document, record, or instrument of identification;
- Furnishing false information to any College official, faculty member or office; or
- Disrupting or tampering with the election of any College recognized student organization.
- Acts of academic dishonesty, including but not limited to the following:
- Use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations;
- Dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; or
- The acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the College faculty or staff.
- 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 acknowledgment. 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.
- Abuse of the Disciplinary process, including but not limited to:
- Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information before a Judicial Board.
- Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a judicial proceeding.
- Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in, or use of, the judicial system
- Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of a Judicial Board prior to, and/or during the course of, the judicial proceeding.
- Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a member of a Judicial Board prior to, during, and/or after a judicial proceeding.
- Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Student Code.
- Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the judicial system.
- Unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of keys to any College premises or unauthorized entry to or use of College premises.
- Unauthorized solicitation, including but not limited to sale of goods and services for personal profit.
- Unauthorized activity that constitutes forgery.
- Violation of State or Federal Laws not otherwise enumerated herein.
- Violation of published College policies, rules, or regulations not otherwise enumerated herein.
Discipline in the Classroom or on College Property
Disrupting or interfering in the educational process is prohibited under this policy. If a student engages in disruptive conduct in the classroom or anywhere on campus, a faculty member or other college employee may address and informally resolve the matter without filing a complaint under the Code. A faculty member or other college employee may exercise his/her right to immediately remove a disruptive student from a class meeting or other college area. On the first occasion when a student is removed from a classroom or other college area, the faculty member or other college employee is strongly encouraged to notify the CCO. In all subsequent cases of removing a student from a classroom or other college area, the faculty member or other college employee shall notify the CCO. A faculty member or other college employee may seek the assistance of college security if necessary to remove the student from the class meeting or other college area. If the removal of a student from the classroom is intended to be permanent, a complaint under this policy shall be filed with the CCO by the faculty member. The CCO can exercise his/her discretion to allow the accused student to attend class during the disciplinary process upon consultation with the faculty member and the Chief Academic Officer or his/her designee.
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 a violation of 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.
The College reserves the right to issue an interim suspension when it reasonably concludes that a student poses a threat to: (a) others; (b) College property or equipment; or (c) disrupts or interferes with the normal operations of the College. During an interim suspension, a student is prohibited from entering upon College’s property or participating in any College
Complaints Alleging Sexual Harassment or Discrimination
Claims of discrimination or sexual harassment shall be pursued under the College’s Affirmative Action Plan. For more information, please contact the College’s Affirmative Action Officer at 978-556-3925.