Student Code of Conduct and Residence Life Policies and Procedures

STUDENT HANDBOOK 2013-14

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COLLEGE POLICY – STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

The Student Code of Conduct (the Code) sets forth standards that are expected of all students and is developed as a means of implementing fair and consistent standards of student conduct. The code outlines students’ rights and responsibilities and the College’s expectations with respect thereto. Every student is expected to be aware of the obligations and responsibilities imposed by the Code and comply with it.

Prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to the following:

1. Conduct in violation of any offense prohibited by state or federal law. Any attempt to commit one or more acts of prohibited conduct may be sanctioned. Any attempt to conceal an act of prohibited conduct is subject to sanctions to the same extent as completed acts.

2. All forms of student academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating, inventing facts or sources, causing others to be dishonest, or representing another’s words as one’s own. Cheating is defined as the use or attempted use of information, academic work, research or property of another as one’s own. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism, sharing knowledge during an examination, the unauthorized use of notes or other materials in an examination, or the willful disobedience of testing rules.

3. Endangering, threatening, or causing physical harm to any member of the College community or to oneself or causing reasonable fear of such harm.

4. Violating the terms of any disciplinary action imposed for an earlier violation of the student code of conduct or other governing board or College rules.

5. Violation of the Declaration of Civility and other published rules that may be adopted by the governing board or by the College.

6. Furnishing false information, including false identification, or failure to provide information to the College or to any College employee or agent, including campus police officers and other agents, acting in good faith.

7. Initiating, causing or contributing to any false report, warning or threat of fire, explosion or other emergency.

8. Failure to comply with the directions of the College officials or agents, including campus police officers, acting in good faith and in the performance of their duties.

9. Forgery, inventing facts or sources, unauthorized changes to any College document, record, or identification, including but not limited to, electronic software, data and records.

10. Unauthorized presence in or unauthorized use of College property, resources or facilities.

11. Unauthorized access to, disclosure of, or use of any College document, record, or identification, including but not limited to electronic software, data, and records. Misuse of college computing facilities, telecommunications, networking systems, associated facilities, resources or equipment as outlined by College Policies.

12. Interfering with College or College-sponsored activities, including but not limited to classroom-related activities, studying, teaching, research, intellectual or creative endeavor, administration, a service or the provision of communication, computing or emergency services. 

13. Misrepresenting oneself or an organization as an agent of the College.

14. Possession of property the student knows or has reason to believe may be stolen.

15. Misuse, theft, misappropriation, destruction, damage, or unauthorized use, access, or reproduction of property, data, records, equipment or services belonging to the College or belonging to another person or entity.

16. Violation of College Policy governing alcohol, including consumption, distribution and/or unauthorized sale or possession of alcoholic beverages. Alcohol is any fermented and/or distilled liquor or substance reasonably believed to be or portrayed by the student as fermented and/or distilled liquor.

No alcohol is allowed on campus. This applies to all students, visitors or guests. All students present in an environment where they are aware that alcohol is possessed and/or consumed, are considered to be in violation of the rule. It is not acceptable to be in an area where alcohol is present even if you “are not drinking.”

17. Unauthorized use, transfer or possession of any controlled substance. A controlled substance is:

a. Alcohol
b. Any narcotic or dangerous drug
c. Glue, paint, or any intoxicating substance that may excite or stupefy an individual or diminish the individual’s physical or mental capacity when possessed for such purpose
d. Any other potential mind-altering substance including marijuana
e. Drug paraphernalia, as defined by A.R.S. 13-3415
f. Any other substance enumerated in A.R.S.13-3401, as well as any imitation controlled substance listed in A.R.S. 13-3451.
Medication shall not be considered a controlled substance so long as the medication is either (1) prescribed by a physician and used in accordance with the prescription, or (2) a nonprescription drug as defined in A.R.S. 32-1901(49) when used in the manner intended by the medication.

18. Gambling as prohibited by law as defined in A.R.S. §§13-3301 through 13-3312.

19. Offering, soliciting or accepting a bribe to influence the outcome of an athletic event.

20. There shall be no hazing, solicitation to engage in hazing, or aiding and assisting another who is engaged in hazing of any person enrolled, accepted for enrollment, or intending to enroll in the College. For purposes of this section, a person shall be considered a “student” until graduation, transfer or withdrawal from the College.
Hazing means any intentional, knowing or reckless act committed by a student, whether individually or in concert with other persons, against another student, and in which both of the following apply:

a. The act was committed in connection with an initiation into, an affiliation with, or the maintenance of membership in any organization that is affiliated with an educational institution. b. The act contributes to a substantial risk of potential physical injury, mental harm or degradation, or causes physical injury, mental harm or personal degradation. See A.R.S. 15-2301.

Hazing also includes any action undertaken or situations created by any individual, group of individuals, or organization, in which a student is voluntarily or involuntarily subjected to activities that have the potential to harass, intimidate, impart pain, humiliate, invite ridicule, cause undue mental or physical fatigue or distress, or cause mutilation, laceration or bodily injury. It is no defense to a violation of this policy if the victim consented or acquiesced to hazing.

21. Engaging in harassment or repeated unwanted conduct. Harassment is conduct toward an individual that would disturb or annoy a reasonable person under similar circumstances. This conduct includes, but is not limited to, stalking, and all forms of verbal, physical and/or racial harassment.

22. Engaging in conduct intended to, or that results in discrimination based on age, ethnicity, gender, disability, color, national origin, race, religion and/or sexual orientation.

23. Interfering with any campus disciplinary process, including but not limited to tampering with physical evidence or inducing a witness to provide false information or to withhold information.

24. Engaging in any sexual offense, including but not limited to, sexual assault, public sexual indecency or indecent exposure. Sexual assault includes any unwanted sexual contact, and may involve unreasonable coercion, physical violence, or the threat of harm to the victim.

Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors or other verbal, written or physical conduct of a sexual nature that substantially interferes with a student’s performance or creates an intimidating or hostile environment.

25. Use, possession, display or storage of any weapon, dangerous instrument, explosive device, fireworks, or dangerous chemical unless specifically authorized by campus police.

26. Attempting to commit an infraction of this policy, regardless of whether or not the attempt is or possibly could have been successful.

27. Associating or participating in any infraction of this policy or the entering into an agreement with one or more individuals to commit an infraction of this policy where the infraction is ultimately committed or attempted by any one or more of the individuals.

28. Inducing or soliciting another to commit an infraction of this Policy or providing assistance to another knowing that it likely will result in an infraction of this Policy.

29. Attempting to commit arson includes attempting to burn any property, to start a fire or explosion, or to promote the continuation of a fire or explosion.

30. Engaging in conduct that is reasonably likely to disrupt, or that does disrupt, any College function, process or activity.

31. Engaging in vulgarity. Vulgarity is the repeated use of offensive or repulsive language that is of such a nature as to create an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.

32. Threatening an educational institution as set forth in A.R.S. 13-2911 including, but not limited to, interfering with or disrupting any College class, event or activity.

33. Engaging in gang activity. A gang is a group of three or more people who:

(1) interact together to the exclusion of others;
(2) claim a territory or area;
(3) have a name;
(4) have a rival/enemies; and
(5) exhibit antisocial behavior often associated with crime or a threat to the community.

Gang activity includes, but is not limited to, wearing, carrying or displaying gang paraphernalia, exhibiting behavior or gestures that symbolize gang membership, causing and/or participating in activities that intimidate or adversely affect the educational activities of another student or the orderly operation of the College.

Parental Notification: Parents or legal guardians of dependent students (as defined under Section 99.31 (a) (8) of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974) may be notified for violation of the alcohol and other drug policy.

Behavior Education/Support: A student may be required to complete a Behavior Education Program.

Searches

a. A search of a student or the student’s personal property including a motor vehicle parked on College property may be conducted if the College has a reasonable suspicion that the student possesses or the property contains an item or items, the possession of which violates state, federal or local law, College policy or regulation.

b. In conducting a search of a student or the student’s personal property, the College must consider the intrusiveness of the proposed search in light of the age and sex of the student and the nature of the suspected infraction.

Seizures

a. Illegal items or other possessions reasonably determined to be a threat to the safety or security of others shall be seized by College personnel and/or legal authorities.
b. Items which are or may be used to disrupt or interfere with the educational process may be removed from the student’s possession.
c. Items seized may be held by the College, returned to the student, or turned over to an appropriate law enforcement agency.

CODE OF CONDUCT & STUDENT DISCIPLINE

Three-Tier System

Students documented for policy violations on campus will be referred and accountable to a three-tier system. Example – a student arrested for MIP (Minor in Possession of Alcohol). The student will be accountable to:

1. Residence Life – code of conduct violation discipline process
2. Campus Police – county court system
3. Dean of Student Life – academic standing discipline process.

Note: Students removed from housing for violations of the Student Code of Conduct (including alcohol & drug violations) are not eligible for any refund of room and board payments and can be held financially responsible for the Terms of Occupancy and License Agreement.

Behaviors or activities that threaten or endanger the individual or other residents, such as possession of weapons, use of drugs, verbal and/or physical assaults, will result in immediate dismissal from the residence halls.

Parental Notification

The Director of Residence Life, within the parameters of Federal Education Right to Privacy Act (FERPA), may provide written documentation to parents or guardians of students who are found responsible of the following:

• Underage (under the legal drinking age of 21) students who participate in possession or consumption of alcohol on campus.
• Illegal drug possession, use or distribution.

A student may sign a FERPA waiver giving Residence Life or the Dean of Student Life the ability to discuss student discipline and academic records. Without a waiver, college staff is not permitted to give any information regarding the student to anyone except said student.

Reporting Crimes and Emergencies

Central Arizona College encourages students, employees and others to report all criminal action and emergencies as soon as possible. To report a crime or emergency on the Signal Peak Campus, the caller should contact the College Police Department at 520-836-9655.
To report a crime or emergency occurring at any of the other Central satellite campuses or centers, the caller should contact the local emergency operator by dialing 911. As soon as possible thereafter, the caller should contact the College Police Department. Reports of a nonemergency nature, regardless of campus location, should be made to the Police Department at 520-836-9655.

When reporting a crime or an emergency, try to call from a safe location. Remain calm and be prepared to answer the following questions:

• The location of the emergency, including the campus address and the exact location of the incident on campus.
• The nature of the emergency (fire, medical, hazardous material, etc.).
• How many people are injured and the extent of their injuries?
• How did it happen?
• When did it happen?

 


 

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