Student Code of Conduct
Student Code of Conduct, Academic Integrity Policy, Student Non-Academic Conduct, Sanctions, Due Process
The Central Community College community is committed to fostering a campus environment that is conducive to academic inquiry, an enjoyable campus life, and thoughtful study and discourse. The student conduct program within the Student and Enrollment Services Division is committed to an educational and developmental process that balances the interests of individual students along with the interests of the entire CCC community.
A productive community exists on the basis of shared values and principles. At CCC, student members of the community are expected to uphold and abide by certain standards of conduct that form the basis of the Code of Student Conduct. These standards are embodied within a set of core values that include integrity, social justice, respect, community and responsibility.
When members of the community fail to exemplify these values by engaging in violation of the rules within the Code of Student Conduct, campus conduct proceedings are used to uphold standards. The student conduct process at CCC is not intended to punish students; rather, it exists to protect the interests of the community and to appropriately address those whose behavior is not in accordance with policies. Sanctions are intended to challenge students’ moral and ethical decision-making and to help them readjust behavior in accordance with community expectations.
The student conduct process is educational in nature and embraces the language and spirit of student development. Procedures and rights in student conduct procedures serve to ensure fairness to all.
It is important to note that the student conduct process purposefully differs from the legal process. The student conduct process is not bound by court timelines, external rules of evidence, confrontational discourse or the burden of proof “beyond a reasonable doubt” used in the court system. However, the student conduct process does include some protections of due process afforded by the courts, such as written notice and a hearing before an objective decision-maker.
No student will be found in violation of Central Community College policy without information showing that it is more likely than not that a policy violation occurred. Any sanctions will be proportionate to the severity of the violation and to the cumulative conduct history of the student.
Academic Integrity Policy
CCC believes successful students are independent critical thinkers who possess the work ethic and skills necessary to make a positive difference in their professions and communities. In order to maximize student and community success, CCC is devoted to maintaining an honest academic environment and upholding integrity as a core value. All individuals across all course modalities are expected to practice academic integrity, which encompasses the fundamental values of honesty, trust, respect, fairness and responsibility. In the case of alleged violations of academic integrity, CCC strives for fair resolution. For more detailed information related to academic integrity at CCC, please reference the CCC Catalog’s instructional information section.
Student Non-Academic Conduct
Inappropriate NON-ACADEMIC conduct includes, but is not limited to:
- All forms of dishonesty; knowingly furnishing false non-academic information to the college; forgery or alteration of college non-academic documents, records or instruments of identification; use of college documents or instruments of identification with intent to mislead or defraud; theft of property or services; or knowingly having possession of stolen property or goods.
- Disrupting or obstructing teaching, learning, research, administrative activities, disciplinary proceedings or other college activities.
- Unauthorized entry into college facilities or records.
- Physically bullying, psychologically or verbally abusing or harassing any person on college premises or at college activities, or threatening to engage in such harassment or abuse.
- Subjection of another person to any sexual act against that person’s will or without consent, including any conduct that would constitute a sex offense, whether forcible or non-forcible. Persons who are under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or other illegal controlled substances at the time that they are subjected to the sexual act shall be presumed incapable of effective consent.
- Participating in or inciting a riot, disturbance or a disorderly assembly that disrupts or obstructs any college activity or function.
- Seizing, holding, taking, commandeering or damaging any property or facilities of the college or threatening to do so or refusing to depart from any property or facilities of the college upon direction to do so by a faculty or staff member, security personnel, administrator or other representative of the college.
- Using alcoholic beverages (including the purchase, consumption, possession or sale of such beverages) or being under the influence of alcoholic beverages while on college property or at a college-sponsored activity.
- Gambling or holding a raffle or lottery on campus or at any college function without college approval.
- Intentionally initiating or causing to be initiated any false report, warning or threat of fire, explosion, or other emergency.
- Unauthorized access, destruction of or interference with computer programs, computer databases, computer files or computerized information stored in college computer systems.
- Violating Central Community College Student Technology Usage Agreement/Guidelines.
- Intentionally harassing any person in such a way as to interfere with that person’s lawful and permitted personal or academic pursuits.
- Discriminatory conduct, including sexual harassment, racial harassment or harassment on any other grounds, directed against individuals.
a. Harassment may be established by showing:
i. Conduct toward another person that has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or demeaning environment and/or that interferes with his or her ability to participate in or to realize the intended benefits of an institutional activity, employment or resource; or
ii. Other conduct that is extreme and outrageous, exceeding all bounds usually tolerated by polite society and that has the purpose or the substantial likelihood of interfering with another person's ability to participate in or to realize the intended benefits of an institutional activity, employment or resource.
b. Sexual harassment may be established by showing that an individual has been subjected to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature where:
i. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or a condition of an individual's participation or use of an institutionally sponsored or approved activity, employment or resource; or
ii. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for educational, employment or similar decisions affecting an individual's ability to participate in or use an institutionally sponsored or approved activity, employment or resource.
- Unauthorized possession, use or duplication of keys to college vehicles, buildings or other property.
- Possessing, using, selling or distributing any type of controlled substance, such as drugs, on college property or at college functions or activities (not including possession or use of medications prescribed by a physician). This includes, but is not limited to, unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on college property or as part of any of the college’s activities.
- Possession of firearms, fireworks, air rifles, bows, slingshots, knives with blades greater than three inches, Tasers, paintball guns or other similar devices, materials, explosives or chemicals which may reasonably be presumed to endanger health and safety of employees, students or the public, on any property under the control of the college or in connection with any college-sponsored activity, is strictly forbidden. Any person or persons having possession or control of such devices on CCC property will be subject to sanction under this code as well as criminal sanctions. Permitted exceptions include the use in conjunction with approved instructional demonstrations or by peace officers or members of the armed forces under orders.
- Physically detaining or restraining any other person against his or her will, removing any person against such person’s will from any place where the person is authorized to remain, or in any way purposely obstructing the free movement of persons or vehicles on college premises or at college functions or activities.
- Littering, defacing, destroying or damaging college property (or property under its jurisdiction or control) or removing or using such property without proper authorization.
- Violating any local, state or federal law, ordinance or regulation while on college property, while in the course of any college function or activity or which violation adversely affects or adversely reflects upon the college’s pursuit of its educational objectives.
- Violating any rule or regulation not contained or referred to within the official college catalog, after notice of such rule or regulation or after publication on college bulletin boards (or otherwise) of such rule or regulation.
- Violating campus or college parking or traffic regulations.
- Any disruptive or disorderly conduct which interferes with the rights and opportunities of those attending the college for the purpose for which the college exists, which is the right to utilize and enjoy facilities provided to obtain an education.
- Any involvement in or making of terroristic threats, threatening physical harm/injury to faculty, staff, students, visitors or college property.
- Causing or attempting to cause physical injury to a college employee, student, visitor or guest (not including injury caused by accident despite the use of reasonable care, self-defense or other action undertaken under a reasonable belief that it was necessary to prevent injury to some other person).
- Violating any policy governing the conduct of students that has been adopted by the governing board of the college.
- Willfully encouraging any other person to commit any act of non-academic inappropriate and prohibited conduct.
- Knowingly aiding or assisting any other person in any act prohibited by the above nonacademic inappropriate conduct.
Students who exhibit inappropriate conduct are subject to one or more of the following sanctions.
A student who violates college rules and regulations or otherwise behaves in an unacceptable manner is subject to probation. Probation provides a specific period of time for a student to improve his or her conduct and establishes specific conditions to which the individual must adhere. Violation of the probationary conditions may result in suspension or dismissal.
Suspension is the denial of attendance, use of or presence in college facilities or participation in college activities for a period no more than 16 weeks. The campus president authorizes suspension. Students who are suspended can request reinstatement at the end of the suspension. Upon reinstatement, students are placed on probation for up to 16 weeks for evaluation of their conduct.
Students may be permanently dismissed from a specific program or from the college as the result of serious violations of campus policies, rules, regulations, infractions of the law or academic standards. The campus president authorizes dismissal.
CCC administrators may assign other sanctions that do not appear on this list should they be found to be in the best interests of the student and the community.
Students recommended for disciplinary action are entitled to due process of law. However, immediate interim action may be taken when necessary to protect the safety or rights of others or the college. Copies of due process procedures can be obtained from the Associate Dean of Students Office or online.