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Student Code of Conduct Policy

Approved By and Date:Board of Trustees02-20-2014
 Executive Leadership Team12-19-2013

Stanly Community College reserves the right to maintain a safe and orderly educational environment for students and staff. Therefore, when a student's behavior disrupts or threatens to disrupt the college community, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. The purpose of this code is not to restrict student rights but to protect the rights of individuals in their academic pursuits.

Student Code of Conduct Procedures

Approved By and Date:Executive Leadership Team12-19-2013



Student Rights and Responsibility Statement:


Students at Stanly Community College are considered to be mature adults who enter classes voluntarily. By entering classes, students take upon themselves certain responsibilities and obligations that include an honest attempt at academic performance and social behavior consistent with the lawful purpose of the College. Students maintain all legal rights of citizenship while enrolled and are expected to remember that they are living in a democratic situation. The reputation of the College rests upon the shoulders of students as well as on the administration, staff, and faculty; and it is hoped that each student will maintain high standards of citizenship. The campus and College will not be a place of refuge or sanctuary for illegal or irresponsible behavior. Students, as all citizens, are subject to civil authority on and off the campus. Common courtesy and cooperation make the above suffice for a long list of rules and regulations.


Prohibited student behaviors include, but are not limited to, the following:


1. Academic dishonesty: taking or acquiring possession of any academic material from a college employee or fellow student without permission; receiving or giving help during tests or other assessments of learning; submitting papers, reports or assignments as originals that are not the student's own; plagiarism.


2. Animals: animals on campus are forbidden, including animals left in vehicles. Service animals are permitted.


3. Theft/Unauthorized Entry: stealing the property of another individual or of the college. Students guilty of theft may be referred for criminal prosecution as well as college disciplinary action. Unauthorized entry or presence in a college facility is prohibited and may result in criminal charges on suspicion of breaking and entering or unlawful trespass.


4. Drugs and alcoholic beverages: SCC prohibits the unlawful use, possession, distribution, manufacture, or dispensation of any controlled substance or alcohol while on campus, facilities leased by the College, or at college-supported functions. The complete Drug and Alcohol Policy may be found on the College's website or obtained from the Assistant Dean of Students.


5. Inappropriate Conduct: lewd, indecent, or offensive conduct or clothing, including public physical or verbal action or distribution of obscene or libelous material. Mental, physical, or verbal abuse of any person (employee or student) on campus or at campus-sponsored functions is prohibited.


6. Sexual Harassment: any act, comment, or behavior that violates the College’s Unlawful Harassment/Discrimination Policy. This policy may be found on the college's website or obtained from the Assistant Dean of Students.


7. Weapons: possession or use of a firearm, incendiary device, explosive, or any instrument designed to inflict serious bodily injury to any person. These restrictions do not apply to on-duty law enforcement personnel or those abiding by the College’s Weapons on Campus Policy.


8. Forgery: alteration or misuse of college documents, records, or instruments of identification and/or the College’s personnel signatures with intent to deceive.


9. False information: presenting to the College intentionally erroneous information; knowingly withholding information which may have an effect upon enrollment or status with the College, and which is legally and properly requested by the College.


10. Damage to property: intentionally inflicting damage to college property or to property belonging to any person working at or attending the College.


11. Disobedience: failing to obey the reasonable requests or directions of any college employee.


12. Disorderly conduct: interrupting or interfering with the academic mission of the College, or disturbing the peace of the College.


13. Disruption: disrupting the normal activities of the College by physically or verbally interfering with instruction, meetings, functions or activities.


14. Public laws: violating any local, state or federal law may lead to legal action as well as campus discipline.


15. Internet use: using the Internet for inappropriate or non-academic purposes, including, but not limited to, viewing sites that may be offensive to others; chat rooms; and games. Anyone using a College computer workstation and for non-educational purposes may be asked to relinquish the workstation to a user who needs it for research or to support an instructional assignment.  Further information is available in the Computer and Network Use Policy.


16. Unprofessional conduct: some curricula have specific codes of professional conduct that require appropriate behavior, both on campus and at off campus facilities, functions or activities. Students in those curricula will be held accountable for adhering to those codes.


17. Use of tobacco products: Stanly Community College is a tobacco free institution. This policy applies to all college owned or leased facilities and vehicles regardless of location. For details reference the College’s Smoking/Tobacco-Free Campus Policy located on the College’s website or from the office of the Assistant Dean of Students.


18. Unauthorized presence in or on college facilities during non-operational hours: The College facilities are open for students no earlier than 7:30 a.m. on days of operation and close 15 minutes after classes conclude for the day. Students should plan accordingly.


19.  Bullying/Cyberbullying-Intimidation, harassment, isolation and or manipulation of college employees and/or students. Such behaviors include, but are not limited to, physical, verbal, and/or electronic assault, name calling, threats, teasing, retaliation, misrepresentation, etc.


20.  Social Networking/Media-Misuse of Social Networking or Media includes unauthorized posting of personal information of other users; posting of material that contains vulgar, obscene or indecent language or images; posting of material which defames, abuses or threatens others; posting statements or images that are bigoted, hateful, or racially offensive; discussion or posting of illegal activity or intent to commit illegal activity.


21.  False Representation/Impersonation-Falsely representing or impersonating a Stanly Community College employee or student via written, verbal, or electronic means.  This includes, but is not limited to, social networking, forms, e-mail, phone, etc.


Implementation Responsibilities:


An instructor may discipline students involved in minor infractions of the rules and regulations of the classroom, as the instructor has the authority to define proper classroom behavior. Other violations of the Student Code of Conduct will be referred to the Assistant Dean of Students for resolution.


Disciplinary Procedures:


Any instructor or staff member may use his/her discretion to warn a student against violating the Student Code of Conduct, and may temporarily remove a student from a single class or activity for the duration of that specific class or activity. The instructor or staff member taking this action will notify the Assistant Dean of Students immediately and will provide a written report of the incident to the Assistant Dean of Students within 24 hours following the incident.


In an emergency situation, the President, Executive Vice President of Educational Services, Dean of Students, Assistant Dean of Students, or the Director of Security are authorized to temporarily suspend any student from the college immediately.


A student charged with a violation of the Student Code of Conduct will receive a written notice of the charges and an appointment for a hearing with the Dean of Students. The student will be assigned a counselor to serve as an advocate and to provide support during the hearing process. The student will be supplied with the counselor’s name and contact information. Based upon the results of the hearing, the Dean of Students may:


1. dismiss the charges.


2. impose a sanction consistent with the nature of the violation.


3. refer the student to a community agency for services.


In instances in which the student cannot be reached to schedule an appointment with the Dean of Students or when the student refuses to cooperate, the Dean of Students shall send a certified letter to the student's last known address. The letter will provide the student with a list of charges, the Dean of Students’ decision, and instructions governing the appeal process. In those instances when the student refuses to cooperate or does not attend the scheduled hearing with the Dean of Students, the Dean of Students’ decision will be final.




Penalties for violating the Student Code of Conduct include, but are not limited to, the following:


1. Reprimand: a written communication that gives official notice to the student that subsequent offense(s) against the Student Code of Conduct may carry heavier penalties because of this infraction.


2. Loss of privileges: loss of access to college facilities, services or activities for a specified period of time.


3. Restitution: paying for damaging, misusing, destroying, or losing property belonging to the college, college personnel, or students.


4. Loss of academic credit or grade: Imposed by an instructor due to academic dishonesty.


Note: In those instances where the loss of academic credit or grade has the effect of removing the student from a class or curriculum, the issue will be referred to the Assistant Dean of Students for resolution and/or advisement.


5. Temporary suspension: exclusion from class and/or other privileges or activities as set forth in the notice until a final decision has been made concerning the alleged violation.


6. Term Suspension: dismissal of a student from campus and exclusion from class(es) and/or all other privileges or activities of the college for a specified period of time. Students who receive this sanction are banned from campus and must get specific written permission from the Director of Security and the Dean of Students before returning to campus.


7. Indefinite Suspension: dismissal of a student from campus and exclusion from class(es) and/or all other privileges or activities of the college for an indefinite period. Students who receive this sanction are banned from campus and must get written permission from the Director of Security and the Dean of Students before returning to campus.


Right to Due Process


A student accused of violating the Student Code of Conduct is guaranteed the right to due process as the matter is resolved:


1. the right to a specific written notice of the charges.


2. the right to know the names of accusers and to have a copy of all their written     statements regarding the charges.


3. the right to a prompt hearing.


4. the right to have counsel present at the hearing.


   (Note: If the student elects to have legal counsel present, the institution will also be represented by legal counsel)


5. the right to confront accusers and to hear all witnesses.


6. the right to present witnesses or evidence.


7. the right to remain silent to avoid self-incrimination.


8. the right to a full and complete record of the hearing.


9. the right to an appeal.


Appeals Procedure


A student who disagrees with the decision of the Dean of Students may appeal the decision to the Executive Vice President of Educational Services. This request must be submitted in writing to the Assistant Dean of Students within three working days after receipt of the Dean of Students’ initial decision.


The Executive Vice President of Educational Services has the authority to hear from the student and the Dean of Students before ruling on the appeal, and may approve, modify, or overturn the decision of the Dean of Students. The Executive Vice President of Educational Services will inform the student in writing of the final decision within ten working days of the receipt of the appeal. The Executive Vice President of Educational Services' decision will be final with no further avenues for appeal.