AP 5500 Standards of Conduct - Administrative Procedures, Chapter 5 Student Services

  • Reference: Education Code Sections 66300 and 66301; Accreditation Standard II.A.7.b

The College reserves the right to take any necessary and/or appropriate steps to protect the safety and well-being of the college community. While the jurisdiction of the College shall generally be limited to conduct which occurs on College premises or at College-sponsored events, a student who is charged with a felony as a result of off-campus behavior, or who represents a risk to the health or safety of the college community, may also be subject to student conduct action. In addition, the jurisdiction may be extended when a student, or a student organization, commits a prohibited act off campus against a student or employee of the College, or against the College itself, when such act is related to the student's or victim's status at the College.

The College maintains its firm commitment to providing reasonable accommodations to students certified with disabilities, and such students are encouraged to discuss with DSPS (Disabled Students Programs and Services) any concerns they have about the requirements set forth within these Standards of Student Conduct. When appropriate, the College will give consideration to whether a conduct violation directly related to a student's disability could have been mitigated by reasonable accommodations. However, it is important to understand that the Standards of Student Conduct described here and the associated Student Discipline Procedures will be applied to all students equally, based exclusively on behavior and conduct.

Although not all-inclusive, the following actions, activities and behaviors are expressly prohibited.

Academic dishonesty

Engaging in any form of academic dishonesty including, but not limited to:

  • cheating on an examination
  • plagiarizing, that is, the taking and passing off as one's own work the ideas, writings, or work of another, without citing the source
  • submitting work from another course unless receiving advance approval to do so by the instructor
  • stealing or possessing stolen examinations or course materials
  • posing as another person or allowing another person to pose as oneself
  • falsifying academic records
  • receiving help from others in work to be submitted, if contrary to stated course rules.

Cases of academic dishonesty are subject to both academic and administrative sanctions. Academic sanctions pertain to the student’s grade or status in the class where the offense occurred. Administrative sanctions pertain to the student’s status at the College.

Dishonesty

  • Knowingly furnishing false information to any College official, faculty member or College office.
  • Forging, altering or misusing any College document, record, or instrument of identification (including student identification cards, passwords, PINs).

Disruptive behavior

Including, but not limited to:

  • behavior that causes a disruption to either academic endeavors or the administrative operation of the College;
  • conduct that disrupts any authorized or sponsored College event;
  • the blocking of an entrance, exit, or access to any College facility, area, road, stairway and/or walkway;
  • behavior that infringes on the rights of other members of the college community; and leading or inciting others to disrupt scheduled and/or normal activities within any campus building or area.
  • engaging in expression which is obscene, libelous or slanderous, or which so incites students as to create a clear and present danger of the commission of unlawful acts on College premises, or the violation of lawful College regulations, or the substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the College.

Threatening or intimidating behavior

The use of words or actions to abuse, harass, bully, haze, stalk or coerce any person in a threatening or intimidating manner (including verbally, in writing, or through electronic or other means such as cyberbullying), when judged from the perspective of a reasonable person in the position of the victimized individual.

  • Bullying involves the repeated or potentially repeatable, unreasonable actions of an individual, or a group of individuals, directed toward another person or group, which are intended to intimidate, degrade, humiliate, or undermine; or which create a risk to the health or safety of the targeted individual or group.
  • Stalking is defined here to be consistent with California Penal Code 646.9. It is the willful, malicious, and repeated following or harassing of another person with the making of a credible threat that intentionally places that person in reasonable fear for his or her safety, or that of his or her immediate family.
  • Hazing involves the imposition, with or without the consent of the participants, of strenuous, dangerous, degrading, or humiliating tasks as part of a program of initiation or membership in any student organization or College program.

Harassment

  • Engaging in any behavior that is harassing of any individual or group of individuals on the basis of any status protected under the College’s policies and procedure prohibiting harassment. This includes any unwelcome conduct directed at a person or persons that creates a hostile, offensive or intimidating learning or working environment, when the unwelcome conduct is targeting any of the following characteristics: race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Sexual Harassment

  • Committing sexual harassment as defined by law or by College policies and procedures.

Endangerment of others

  • Causing, attempting to cause, or threatening to cause physical harm to any person, or causing reasonable apprehension of such harm or threat.

Possession or Use of Weapons

  • Possessing, selling or otherwise furnishing, using, or threatening others with any firearm, knife, explosive, hazardous materials, other dangerous object, or reasonable facsimile thereof, on College property or at College-sponsored activities, except by certified law enforcement officers either on duty or otherwise acting in accordance with the requirements of their position. Note that the term "weapon" includes any object or substance that is designed to inflict physical harm, cause injury, or incapacitate; or that the student uses or threatens to use to cause physical harm, injury or incapacitation.

Safety equipment tampering

  • Tampering with, or the unauthorized use of, fire safety equipment such as extinguishers, smoke detectors, alarm pull stations or emergency exits, including activating a false fire alarm, failing to evacuate a facility during the sounding of a fire alarm or upon the direction of a staff member, or attempting to re-enter the building without permission of the proper authorities.

Damage or destruction

  • Engaging in any act that results in damage or destruction of College property, equipment, facilities, systems, intellectual property, vehicles, vessels or the vehicles or property of another while on College property.

Theft

  • Committing or attempting to commit robbery or extortion. This includes stealing College property or services, stealing property of any person, distributing stolen property, and/or knowingly receiving stolen College property or private property on College premises.

Unauthorized recording

  • The preparation, giving, selling, transfer, distribution, or publication for commercial purpose, of any contemporaneous audio, video or photographic recording of an academic presentation in a classroom or equivalent site of instruction, including but not limited to handwritten or typewritten class notes, without the prior permission of the instructor.
  • The unauthorized preparation, giving, selling, transfer, distribution, or publication of any contemporaneous audio, video or photographic recording of any person or thing while in the classroom, or equivalent site of instruction, without the prior permission of the instructor, except as permitted by any College policy or administrative procedure.
  • The use, in any locker room, changing room or restroom, of electronic or other devices, such as cameras or camera phones, to make a video or photographic record.

Unauthorized entry upon or use of College facilities

  • Being present in or using College premises, facilities or property when such presence has been prohibited.

Unauthorized technology usage

  • Misusing, or using without authority or in violation of law, the College's information technology or telecommunications systems, including but not limited to the unauthorized or illegal use or misuse of College phones, computers, and/or network systems; the violation of the College's information technology policies and guidelines; the unauthorized entry or dissemination of electronic information; the hacking, duplication or unauthorized use of copyrighted software; destruction, unauthorized transfer or alteration of electronic files; and unauthorized use of another individual's electronic identification number, such as a password, user name, ID number, Social Security number, and/or PIN.

Smoking

  • Willful or persistent smoking in any College vehicles, buildings, indoor and outdoor facilities, disabled and general use parking lots, and all open areas of College property.

Alcohol

  • Consuming, being under the influence of, possessing, selling, offering to sell or furnishing alcoholic beverages or an intoxicant of any kind on College premises or at College-sponsored activities, except as authorized in accordance with official College policies.

Controlled substances

  • Unlawfully possessing, selling, offering to sell, furnishing, using, or being under the influence of any controlled substance listed in California Health and Safety Code Sections 11053 et seq., or unlawfully possessing, or offering, arranging or negotiating the sale of any drug paraphernalia, as defined in California Health and Safety Code Section 11014.5 on College premises or at College-sponsored activities.

Gambling

  • Gambling on College property or at College-sponsored activities, except as authorized by the President or his/her designee.

Unauthorized animals

  • Privately owned animals are not permitted to enter into any College facility or be left unattended, except as may be authorized for individuals with documented disabilities who may need such assistance, or as authorized to fulfill a class assignment, or as necessary to participate in a College-sponsored program or activity.

Traffic/parking violations

  • Persistent or repeated violation of traffic safety and parking regulations.

Skates/skateboards

  • Using skates or skateboards on College property.

Non-compliance

  • Failing to comply with the lawful direction of a faculty member, College official or law enforcement officer acting in performance of his/her duties, and/or failing to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so.

Conduct process abuse

  • Abusing the College student discipline process, including but not limited to falsifying, distorting or misrepresenting information before a conduct officer or body; instituting a student conduct code proceeding in bad faith; attempting to influence or discourage an individual's proper participation in, or use of, the student conduct system; harassing verbally or physically and/or intimidating a member of a student conduct body; or failing to comply with the terms of any disciplinary sanction imposed.

Legal violations

  • Violating any local, state or federal law on College premises or at College events.

Lewd, indecent or obscene conduct or expression

  • Engaging in lewd, indecent, or obscene behavior (this includes indecent exposure) on College-owned or controlled property, or at College sponsored or supervised functions.

Willful disobedience

  • Willful disobedience, habitual profanity or vulgarity, or the open and persistent defiance of the authority of, or persistent abuse of, College personnel.

Willful misconduct

  • Willful misconduct that results in injury or death to a student or to College personnel or which results in cutting, defacing, or other injury to any real or personal property owned by the College or on campus.

Students may be held accountable to both civil authorities and to the College for acts that constitute violations of the law and these Standards of Student Conduct. The College may proceed with the student discipline process while any criminal proceedings are in progress, and will not be subject to a challenge based upon the grounds that criminal charges connected with the same incident are pending, have been dismissed, reduced, resolved in favor of or against the criminal law defendant, or withdrawn. Any acts of student misconduct that are deemed to also be violations of criminal law shall be reported to law enforcement authorities.

Adopted: October 2015

See BP #5500, AP #5520, and the Student Code of Conduct.

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