St. Clair County Community College Catalog 2011-12 Edition
Enrollment in St. Clair County Community College implies acceptance of certain standards of student conduct and a willingness to abide by those standards. College standards of conduct are established to maintain conditions under which individuals, with respect for the rights and well-being of others, can participate effectively in a common educational enterprise and well-ordered collegiate community.
The college adopts the following Student Code of Conduct hereby referred to as the Code and prohibits all persons from engaging or participating in any of the practices or behaviors listed below. Specific examples are used by way of illustration and are not meant to limit the practices or behaviors that may be deemed to violate the college's standards of conduct.
Violence of any kind will not be tolerated on college premises or at college-sponsored activities. Any student, group or organization found to have committed misconduct is subject to disciplinary action and to the sanctions outlined in the Code. Attempts to commit any of these acts of misconduct are included in the scope of these definitions.
The following are examples of college expectations and misconduct under the Code subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal and expulsion.
Student Code of Conduct violations (except as noted) should be reported to the college official in charge and the dean of students. If warranted by nature and severity of the offense, Campus Security and/or local law enforcement should be contacted.
APPROPRIATE ATTIRE Dress, grooming and personal cleanliness standards contribute to the ambiance and character of the college. College students are required to adhere to prevailing standards of good judgment in their choice of attire and are expected to conduct themselves in a way that best represents themselves and the college.
APPROPRIATE CONDUCT Students are expected to act responsibly and to conduct themselves in the classroom and on the campus in a manner that does not disrupt the learning process. A climate of mutual respect and courtesy should exist between faculty, staff, and students. However, students must recognize that instructors and staff, by virtue of their positions, must exert a measure of authority in the classroom and other campus areas. Students should respect this authority. Disciplinary problems may results in a student being withdrawn from class and, in extreme cases, dismissed from the college.
DISORDERLY CONDUCT Disorderly conduct is prohibited and is defined as acting in a manner to annoy, disturb, interfere with, obstruct or be offensive to others, including but not limited to: shouting or making excessive noise either inside or outside a building to the annoyance or disturbance of others; verbally abusing college officials (either on the phone or in person) acting in performance of their duties; acting in a lewd or indecent manner; making threats; harassing others.
ASSAULT AND THREATS Assault and threats are prohibited, and include, but are not limited to, the following: committing physical abuse and/or battery or other behavior resulting in harm to any person; placing a person in fear of imminent physical danger or injury; making threats or engaging in behavior to harm self or others.
CLASSROOM AND LABORATORY SAFETY VIOLATIONS Students must abide by classroom safety regulations. Safety glasses, headgear, aprons, lab coats, earplugs and other appropriate safety equipment may be needed by all students in specific courses.
DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT Discrimination and harassment are strictly forbidden on campus and in all college affiliated activities. Discrimination and harassment include inappropriate and offensive conduct against any person, student or staff member on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, creed, ancestry, familial status, age, disability, marital status, height, weight, sexual orientation or other protected status. Modes of contact or communication include, but are not limited to, in person, in writing, through telephone, electronic mail or instant messaging.
Any form of harassment is unacceptable at St. Clair County Community College, and complaints or charges will be followed through with appropriate action. SC4 employees and students are individually responsible to ensure such harassment does not occur. Concerns should be directed to the Human Resources office, Room 203 of the Main Building. See details and complaint form online at www.sc4.edu/hr.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT Sexual harassment or related retaliation is strictly prohibited on campus and in college affiliated activities. Prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome verbal or physical acts that are sexual in nature, unrelated to the content or context, and sufficiently severe and/or pervasive as to objectively either (a) have the effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance, or (b) create an intimidating, hostile or offensive learning or working environment. Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, sexually based unwelcome verbal remarks or physical advances, request for sexual favors, inappropriate and unwelcome contact, and explicitly or implicitly stating that submission or rejection of sexual acts or advances will be a factor in ones employment, participation or evaluation within the College and/or its activities.
Any form of harassment is unacceptable at St. Clair County Community College, and complaints or charges will be followed through with appropriate action. SC4 employees and students are individually responsible to ensure such harassment does not occur. Concerns should be directed to the Human Resources Office, Room 203 of the Main Building. See details and complaint form online at www.sc4.edu/hr.
DISHONESTY - ACADEMIC The college considers academic honesty to be essential to all academic performance. Instances of academic dishonesty will be treated as serious offenses of the Student Code of Conduct. Students involved in activities such as cheating and/or plagiarism will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.
Definition of plagiarism: Plagiarism is the appropriation of language, thoughts or ideas of another author and claiming that as one's own. Plagiarism is work not produced by the student, or work that does not credit borrowings from the original source(s).
Definition of cheating: Cheating can be, but is not limited to, a student using electronic technology, notes or other written materials not permitted by the instructor; looking at other students' papers without the instructor's permission; requesting answers from other students; or working with other students when independent work is required. Situations where cheating may occur are during tests, exams, quizzes or other similar methods of evaluation.
When the instructor has sufficient evidence of cheating or plagiarism, the instructor may impose disciplinary actions such as assigning a failing grade to the student's assignment, quiz, paper or test. If the plagiarism or cheating involves major course work such as plagiarizing a research paper or cheating on a final exam, the instructor may fail the student in the course.
DISHONESTY - NON-ACADEMIC Non-academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to:
Furnishing false information to the college or college personnel, including Campus Security.
Furnishing false information at disciplinary proceedings.
Forgery; unauthorized alteration or unauthorized use of any college documents, records or identification cards, including computer records; and misuse of computer facilities and electronic mailing systems.
Giving false or incomplete replies to questions, verbal or written, on applications, forms or other documents required by properly authorized representatives of the college.
DRUG AND ALCOHOL VIOLATION Intoxication; drug-altered states; and the possession, use or sale of alcohol, illegal drugs or related paraphernalia; are strictly forbidden on campus or at or as part of any college affiliated activity. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to: possession of paraphernalia containing drug residue; and manufacture or distribution of illegal drugs or controlled substances. If students are experiencing problems with drugs and/or alcohol, they should contact the Student Success Center, Room 120 Acheson Technology Cetner, or call (810) 989-5520. The College Drug Prevention Program is detailed on the SC4 website.
FIRE/FALSE ALARM/REPORT Knowingly or negligently causing or attempting to cause a fire in a college building; and initiating or causing to be initiated any false alarm/report, warning, or threat of fire, explosion or other emergency is prohibited.
GAMBLING It is the policy of the College to prohibit gambling on the College campus. Except as hereinafter provided, the College prohibits the sale, solicitation or promotion of a game of chance, including, but not limited to lotteries, raffles, bingo or similar other activities on College premises or which use the College's name in any way. The Board authorizes the President of the college to waive this prohibition for such fundraising activities which support student services or scholarships and which comply with any applicable laws and license requirements. The President may establish procedures and guidelines for applying for this waiver.
GIVING FALSE INFORMATION No person shall give false or incomplete replies to questions, verbal or written, on applications, forms or other documents required by properly authorized representatives of the college.
HAZING Any act of hazing is prohibited. Hazing is defined as any action taken or situation created intentionally, with or without consent, whether on or off campus, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule.
INTERFERING WITH EVENTS Interfering with any normal college or college-sponsored events is prohibited and includes, but is not limited to, disruption of studying, teaching, research, administration, and fire, police or emergency services.
LEWD BEHAVIOR Behavior that is lewd or indecent is prohibited. Such behavior is defined in consideration of the general standards of acceptable behavior and includes, but is not limited to, the following: obscene remarks, gestures or other communications; exposing oneself in an indecent manner; entering restrooms against the gender designation; viewing pornographic images; or engaging in sexual activities on the campus.
MISUSE, THEFT OF FIRE SAFETY OR EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT Misuse, tampering, theft or damage to fire safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, exit signs, first aid kits, automated external defibrillators (AEDs) or other emergency supplies on campus is prohibited.
NON-COMPLIANCE Failure to comply with reasonable directions of college officials, including college security officers, faculty and staff acting in performance of their duties is prohibited. Directives to cooperate in the administration of the Code including those to appear and give testimony at a college disciplinary proceeding, as well as directives to produce identification are included in the scope of this provision.
REGULATION VIOLATION Any violation of other published regulations including, but not limited to, SC4 policies as listed in this catalog is considered a Code violation.
SANCTION VIOLATION Violating the terms of any disciplinary sanction imposed in accordance with the Code is a Code violation.
SEXUAL ASSAULT Inflicting any sexual invasion/assault upon any person without that person's consent is prohibited. "Consent" requires actual words or conduct indicating a freely- given agreement to have sexual intercourse, or to participate in sexual activities. The college community should be aware that, depending on the particular circumstances, previous sexual relationships or current relationship between the persons involved, or silence, or lack of protest do not necessarily constitute consent. Further, the degree of impairment of a person's ability to give or withhold consent (including, but not limited to, incapacity or helplessness caused by alcohol or any other drugs) may be introduced as pertinent information at any college disciplinary hearing.
SMOKING ON CAMPUS Smoking is prohibited in all campus buildings, vehicles and outside areas of the campus where non-smokers cannot avoid exposure to smoke.
Specifically, smoking is prohibited up to 20 feet outside any enclosed area to ensure that secondhand smoke does not enter the area through entrances, windows, ventilation systems or any other means.
SOLICITATION In order to provide an environment that is conducive to teaching and learning, it has been determined by SC4 to prohibit outside persons from operating or distributing materials or items on the college campus. Any problems should be reported to Campus Patrol. Specifically:
Selling, soliciting and advertising are prohibited unless an exception has been authorized by the Office of the Vice President for Administrative Services.
Distribution of handbills on vehicles on college property is prohibited.
St. Clair County Community College provides computer, Internet and e-mail services to support research and education in order to fulfill the mission of the college. These unique resources enrich the learning and instructional process and foster opportunities for collaborative work among college students and staff.
Privileges: Access to the college's computer services, including the Internet, is a privilege granted to students, faculty, staff and the public. Individual users, including public patrons, are to act responsibly, respect the rights of other users and respect the integrity of the systems and related physical resources. The college reserves the right to limit, restrict or extend computing privileges and access to its information resources. Users and providers inherit privileges and obligations defined by several authorities:
Law (such as international copyright law, the U.S. constitution, federal communications regulations, federal educational regulations and Michigan laws)
College policies (such as policies on plagiarism and harassment)
Service-Provider requirements (typically specifying addresses, protocols, quotas, and other technical standards)
Contracts (including licenses, warranties, service level agreements, memoranda of understanding and agreements with telecommunications services)
Inappropriate use will result in denial or cancellation of that privilege. St. Clair County Community College reserves the right to monitor Internet use, and determine if specific uses are consistent with the acceptable use practices. The college further reserves the right to deny access to prevent unauthorized or unacceptable activity, and could involve disciplinary action.
Uses: Faculty, staff and students may use the college's computing resources only for purposes related to their studies, their responsibilities for providing instruction, the discharge of their duties as employees, their official business with the college and other college-sanctioned or authorized activities. Public users are expected to use the computers for research and educational pursuits.
Restrictions: Use of the Internet for viewing, sending or retrieving any of the following are prohibited:
Pornographic material or inappropriate text files in violation of Michigan criminal laws, including, but not limited to, Michigan obscenity laws MCLA 752.361-752.374 and other Michigan statutes and cases concerning obscenity
Libel or slander
Deliberately wasting or overloading computing resources, such as printing too many copies of a document
Fraud or misrepresentation
Commercial or for-profit purposes
Games or gambling
Personal and private enterprise
Personal advertisement or political lobbying
The modification or misrepresentation of files, data and/or passwords belonging to others
Use of the college's trademarks, logos, insignia or copyrights without prior approval
Development or use of unapproved mailing lists
Academic dishonesty, including plagiarism
Violation of software license agreements
Actions that would destroy, modify or abuse hardware and software
Infiltration of a computer or computing system for any reason
Forged electronic mail to make it appear as though it originated from a different person
Electronic mail that is abusive, threatening or for sexual, ethnic, religious, minority, or other forms of harassment
Material that is posted or sent that is contrary to the mission or values of the college
Electronic mail that menaces or harasses an individual or individuals
Such actions include, but are not limited to:
Sending or forwarding chain letters or e-mail that uses a pyramid scheme to distribute communications to an exponentially growing collection of recipients
Deliberately flooding a user's mailbox with automatically generated mail
Sending mail that is deliberately designed to interfere with proper mail delivery or access
Other acts forbidden by federal or state law
Attempting, successfully or not, to gain access to another person's e-mail files
Intentional distribution of computer viruses
Anything contrary to the college's board policy
Peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing applications allow network users to download and share audio, video and picture files with each other for legitimate academic endeavors. Some network users may transfer files to others without the consent of the copyright owner. Use of P2P file sharing applications for the unauthorized acquisition or distribution of copyrighted or licensed material by SC4 network users is prohibited on any SC4 college computer or the college's network.
All users are to abide by the 1976 United States Copyright Law and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act when using the Internet. Users must respect the legal protection applied to programs, data, photographs, music, written documents, and other material as provided by copyright, trademark, patent, licensure, and other proprietary rights mechanisms.
The college recognizes that electronic communications and computer resources are no different than any other form of communication or resource available at the college. Users of this medium are bound by but not limited to:
Federal, state and local laws
Compliance with all college policies regarding sexual, racial and other forms of harassment
All policies of the Board of Trustees
Alleged violations will be processed according to college policies and procedures.
Misuse of computing, networking or information resources may result in the loss of computing and/or network access. Additionally, misuse can be prosecuted under applicable statutes. Users may be held accountable for their conduct under any applicable college policies, procedures or employee contracts. Illegal production of software and other intellectual property protected by U.S. copyright law is subject to civil damages and criminal punishment including fines and imprisonment.
The college disclaims liability due to losses due to technology failures, due to intruders (viruses, worms, hackers, etc.), or due to freaks of nature.
Users should use all available methods to protect their files, including the frequent changing of their passwords, encryption of data and storing back-up copies of information off-site.
The college makes every attempt to maximize security of its computer systems. In the event that data have been corrupted as a result of intrusion, the college's technology services area should be notified immediately. Every reasonable attempt will be made to restore files to their status prior to intrusion; HOWEVER, TECHNOLOGY SERVICES CANNOT GUARANTEE FULL RESTORATION.
THEFT OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY No person or persons shall steal or damage property belonging to another person, organization or institution. This includes tampering with coin- operated machines. Violators may be handled by the local police, the college disciplinary process, or both.
Theft: Theft of property or of services, or knowing possession of stolen property.
Destruction of Property: Destroying or damaging college property, such as library holdings or the property of others.
UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS OR USE OF COLLEGE FACILITIES Students and members of the public are not allowed in campus buildings or facilities after the building has been closed and locked to student and public access. Access to locked buildings requires official permission from an authorized college representative and notification of Campus Patrol. Students in secured buildings after closing must be under the supervision of an authorized college official such as an official club advisor, coach, faculty member or appropriate staff member.
UNAUTHORIZED USE OF THE COLLEGE'S NAME Any unauthorized commercial use of the college's name, logo or other representation, or undertaking any unauthorized action in the name of the college are prohibited.
VIOLATION OF LAW Violation of federal and/or local law, including, but not limited to, possession of any falsified identification or the manufacture, sale or distribution of local, state or federal identification.
WEAPON/EXPLOSIVE VIOLATION The use, possession, storage or bringing into a building or class of any firearms, ammunition, knives, other weapons or objects that could be construed as weapons is strictly forbidden. Items that pose a potential hazard to the safety or health of others (such as explosives in any form) are also prohibited.
SANCTIONS The college's policy is directed toward imposing more severe disciplinary sanctions based on the nature of the case. The college seeks to preserve flexibility in the imposition of sanctions so that each student or group offender is afforded the greatest possibility for appropriate and just treatment. Significant mitigating or aggravating factors shall be considered, which may include the current demeanor and the presence or lack of a disciplinary or criminal record of the offender, as well as the nature of the offense and the extent of any damage, injury or harm resulting from it.
Sanctions may include:
Verbal Warning - Reported verbal reprimand.
Censure - An official written reprimand for violation of specified regulations, including a warning that continuation or repetition of prohibited conduct will be cause for disciplinary action.
Disciplinary Probation -The college may limit and /or monitor student participation in academic, privileged or extracurricular activities for a specified period of time. Violation of the terms of disciplinary probation may result in suspension or expulsion from the college.
Suspension - Exclusion from classes and other privileges or activities, including access to college premises or college-sponsored activities off campus, as set forth in the notice of suspension, for a specified period of time. Any student who is suspended shall not be entitled to any tuition or fee refund and is barred from college premises in accordance with the suspension.
Expulsion - Termination of student status and exclusion from college privileges and activities, including access to college premises or college- sponsored activities off campus, in perpetuity. Any student who is expelled shall not be entitled to any tuition or fee refund and is barred from college premises.
Restitution - Repayment to the college or to an affected party for damages, loss or injury resulting from a violation of the Code.
Other Sanctions - Other sanctions may be imposed instead of or in addition to those specified above. For example, students may be subject to restrictions upon or denials for college parking privileges for violations involving the use or registration of motor vehicles on campus. Service projects may also be assigned. Students may be directed to have no contact with other students and/or may be forbidden to access specified areas of campus.
DUE PROCESS The Due Process system defines the procedure to be applied to instances in which a student charged with noncompliance with college rules and regulations (Student Code of Conduct) objects to the discipline decision rendered by a college official. The complete procedure is available in the Student Success Center, Room 124, Acheson Technology Center and online at www.sc4.edu/consumerinformation.