Standards of Student Conduct

Standards of Student Conduct

Board of Trustees Policy 5.15

Purpose

To describe the standards of conduct to which students must adhere and the regulations for dealing with alleged student violations of college standards of conduct in a manner consistent with the requirements of procedural due process.

General Standards

  1. The basic standard of behavior requires a student to comply with, observe, and obey state and/or federal laws; the policies, rules, and regulations of the college; and orders of the Chancellor, faculty, administrators, and staff of the institution who are charged with the administration of institutional affairs.
  2. A student is not entitled to greater immunities or privileges before the law than those enjoyed by other citizens generally. He/she is expected to obey the civil statutes of the state of Missouri and the federal government, and the Board of Trustees' rules and regulations. He/she may be penalized by the college for violating its standards of conduct even though punished by state or federal authorities for the same act.

Enumerated Standards

The succeeding regulations are set forth in writing in order to give students general notice of conduct that is prohibited. These standards of conduct should be read broadly and are not designed to define prohibited behaviors in exhaustive terms. The college expects all students to obey the law, to show respect for properly constituted authority, to maintain integrity and high standards of individual honor in scholastic work, and to observe standards of conduct appropriate for a community of scholars. In short, a student enrolled in the college assumes an obligation to conduct him/herself in a manner compatible with the college's function as an educational institution.

The college reserves the right to take necessary and appropriate action to protect the safety and well-being of the campus and to support the mission of the college. When a college administrator receives a report that a student's behavior off-campus potentially poses significant danger to the college community, or would otherwise disrupt the campus environment or adversely affect the college, appropriate action as outlined in this code may be taken. Complaints about student's off-campus behavior will be considered on a case-by-case basis to determine whether they merit review within the Student Conduct System.

Student Identification

  1. Issuance and Use of Student I.D. Cards. I.D. cards will be distributed and are required for campus and community events. All I.D. cards are the property of Higher One, Inc., (the college's third party vendor) and must be shown on request of a representative of the college. Students are required to be in possession of their I.D. cards at all times and are prohibited from loaning their I.D. cards to any other person for any reason. Likewise, it is prohibited to use any other I.D. card except the one issued by the college for these purposes.
  2. Replacement Cards. If lost, duplicate I.D. cards may be obtained by payment of a replacement fee to Cashier Services.

Speech and Advocacy

Students have the right of free expression and advocacy; however, the time, place, and manner of exercising speech and advocacy shall be regulated in such a manner to ensure orderly conduct, non-interference with college functions or activities, and identification of sponsoring groups or individuals. Meetings must be registered with the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or other appropriate campus or center administrator. An activity may be called a meeting when any special effort to recruit an audience has preceded the beginning of discussion or presentation, and when a person or group of persons appears to be conducting a systematic discussion or presentation on a definable topic.

Disruptive Activities

  1. Any activity which interrupts the scheduled activities or processes of education may be classified as disruptive; thus, anyone who initiates, in any way, a gathering leading to disruptive activity will be violating college regulations and/or state directive.
  2. The following conditions shall normally be sufficient to classify behavior as disruptive:
    • Behavior inside or outside the classroom that disrupts the learning environment, infringes on the rights and/or safety of other students or staff.
    • Blocking or in any other way interfering with access to any facility of the college.
    • Inciting others to violence and/or participating in violent behavior, e.g., assault, loud or vulgar language spoken publicly, or any form of behavior acted out for the purpose of inciting and influencing others toward violent behavior.
    • Holding rallies, demonstrations, or any other form of public gathering without prior approval of the college.

Alcoholic or Intoxicating Beverages

The possession, purchasing, selling, or consumption of alcoholic beverages by students on college property or attending classes while under the influence of such is prohibited.

Gambling

Gambling of any kind on college property, in college facilities or using college resources is forbidden.

Controlled Substances

The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, illegal use or attending classes or college functions while under the influence of controlled substances is prohibited.

Endangering or Threatening

No student shall take any action, in whatever form, which constitutes a danger or threat to the life or physical safety of members of the college community.

Weapons on Campus or College Sponsored Activities

With the exception of licensed law enforcement, all persons including those licensed to carry weapons, concealed or not, are prohibited from possessing at any time a handgun, firearm, knife (blade length exceeding two and a half inches) or other weapon, concealed or visible, on property or in a vehicle owned, leased, or used by the college for classes or activities. (Policy 4.02[t])

Harassment Including Sexual Harassment

It is forbidden for students to harass faculty, staff or other students. The college's Sexual Harassment Policy 3.40 applies to students as well as to employees. Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Examples of sexual harassment include requests for sexual favors and other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature by any employee, student or campus visitor when:

  1. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or academic standing;
  2. Submission to, or rejection of, such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting that individual; or
  3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.

The offended individual should report the harassment to the Dean of Students. In cases of alleged sexual harassment, the Dean of Students will provide the student with the names and contact information for the college sexual harassment grievance officers.

Standards of Honesty and Academic Integrity

  1. The college experience is founded on the concepts of honesty and integrity. Dishonesty, cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to the college are regarded as particularly serious offenses. Within the respective curricular divisions of the Ozarks Technical Community College, faculty members handle cases of dishonesty in their classes by levying certain penalties. However, in flagrant cases, the penalty may be failing the course and/or dismissal from the college after proper due process proceedings.
  2. As designated by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the Dean of Students or other appropriate administrator may
    initiate disciplinary proceedings against a student accused of scholastic dishonesty.
  3. "Scholastic dishonesty" includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, collusion, fabrication and academic misconduct. See the Academic Integrity section of this handbook for definitions, procedures and consequences related to Academic Integrity infractions.

Financial Transactions with the College

  1. No student may refuse to pay or fail to pay a debt he/she owes to the college.
  2. No student may give the college a check, draft or credit payment with intent to defraud the college.
  3. A student's failure to pay the college the amount due on a NSF check, draft or credit payment, once the college Finance Office sends the student written notice that the payment has been refused, is prima facie evidence that the student intended to defraud the college.
  4. No student may default on a deferred payment plan agreement.
  5. The Vice Chancellor for Finance or other appropriate vice chancellor may initiate disciplinary proceedings and legal action and assess monetary penalties against a student who has allegedly violated the provisions of this section.

Other Offenses

As designated by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the Dean of Students or other campus or center administrator may initiate disciplinary proceedings against a student who:

  • conducts him/herself in a way that significantly interferes with college teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, or other college activities, including its public service functions;
  • damages, defaces, or destroys college property or property of a member of the college community or campus visitor;
  • knowingly gives false information in response to requests from the college;
  • fails to conform to community standards of safety, good taste and decency. A student's dress, hygiene and appearance shall not be such that it causes disruption, distracts others from the educational process or creates a health or safety problem.
  • forges, alters, or misuses college documents, records, or I.D. cards;
  • violates college policies or regulations concerning parking, public safety, tobacco use, registration of student organizations, use of college facilities, computers or other equipment;
  • fails to comply with directions of college officials acting in the performance of their duties;
  • is abusive or otherwise offensive in conduct or speech which adversely affects his/her suitability as a member of the academic community or endangers his/her own safety or the safety of others;
  • commits any act which is classified as an indictable offense under either state or federal law.
  • steals college property, personal property of students or staff, or any item(s) on or associated with college owned, rented, or leased facilities.