A-B Tech strives to maintain a safe, nurturing, and orderly learning environment that supports the students, faculty, and staff. Therefore, there are behavioral expectations that outline the responsibilities and proper practices for all students at the College. When, in the judgment of College officials, the student’s conduct disrupts or threatens to disrupt the College community, appropriate disciplinary action will be administered. Students have the rights of Due Process when accused of a violation of the Code of Student Conduct (please reference policy 823).
A student who is in possible violation of the Code of Student Conduct will be referred to the Vice President for Student Services or designee. If the student’s alleged actions are considered egregious or disruptive to the teaching and learning environment or to campus safety, the student may be immediately suspended for up to ten College business days, at the discretion of the Vice President of Student Services or designee. The matter also may be referred to a Threat Assessment Team for review. If the violation in question involves sexual assault, sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and/or conduct that creates a hostile environment, the matter will be referred to the Title IX Coordinator for review. Students who have been found responsible of a violation of the Code of Student Conduct may be assigned consequences based upon the seriousness of the offense. Sanctions for violations may include but not be limited to: verbal warning, written warning, a failing grade for an assignment, examination, or course, administrative withdrawal from courses or academic program, restitution for damages, consequences adapted to the specific violation, suspension, expulsion or actions recommended by a Threat Assessment Team. The President shall have final approval in the expulsion of a student. Violations of any federal, state or local laws occurring while on campus may lead to legal actions as well as campus discipline. Violations of federal, state or local laws occurring off campus may result in disciplinary action if the student’s continued presence on campus constitutes a threat to the safety and order of the campus.
Violations for which disciplinary proceedings may be initiated are as follows:
Academic Dishonesty: Academic Dishonesty includes submitting someone else’s work as one’s own; using notes or other material without permission from the faculty on an exam, homework, or other assignments; receiving information from another student during an exam; obtaining a copy of an exam or questions from an exam prior to taking the exam; or having someone else take one’s exam and submitting it as his or her own.
- Aiding Acts of Academic Dishonesty: Providing information to another student with the awareness that the student intends to use it for deceptive purposes.
- Alcoholic Beverages: Students may not possess or use alcoholic beverages on campus. Students may not be under the influence of alcoholic beverages on campus or at College-affiliated activities or events.
- Animals: Students may not have an animal of any kind on campus, or at any College affiliated activities, sites or events. This includes animals left within a vehicle. Exceptions to this code would be working dogs such as police dogs, guide dogs and service dogs. (please reference Policy 802)
- Assault: Students may not assault or threaten to assault another person for any reason whatsoever. Assault may include a demonstration of force, unlawful physical touching, or striking.
- Bullying: Students may not intimidate or threaten with harm any other individual. Bullying is defined as “any pattern of gestures or written, electronic or verbal communications, or any physical act or any threatening communication that takes place on College premises or at any College sponsored function that: (a) places a person in actual and reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property; or (b) creates or is certain to create a hostile environment by substantially interfering with or impairing a student’s educational performance, opportunities or benefits, or a College employee’s ability to perform the essential functions of his or her job.”
- Communicating Threats: Students may not verbally, in writing, through a third party, or by any other means threaten to physically injure another person or that person’s child, sibling, spouse, or dependent or willfully threaten to damage the property of another.
- Copyright Infringement and Peer-to-Peer File Sharing: Students may not violate the College’s Copyright Infringement and Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Policy through the act of violating, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement. (please reference Policy 215 and Policy 1006)
- Damage to Property: Students may not damage property of the College or of any other person working at or attending the College.
- Dating Violence: Student may not commit crimes of violence against a person with whom they are or have been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature.
- Disobedience Students may not disobey the reasonable directions of College employees, including administrators, faculty members, security officers, and other staff employees.
- Disorderly Conduct: Students may not conduct themselves in a way which will interrupt the academic mission of the College or which will disturb the peace of the College.
- Disrespect: Students are expected to treat all College employees with respect and courtesy, particularly when and if disagreements arise.
- Disruption: Students may not disrupt the normal activities of the College by physically or verbally interfering with instruction, meetings, traffic, or scheduled administrative functions.
- Domestic Violence: Students may not commit crimes of violence against a current or former spouse or intimate partner, a person with whom student shares a child in common, a person with whom the student cohabitates or has cohabitated as a spouse, a person similarly situated to the student as a spouse, a person who is related to the student as a parent or child, including person acting in loco parentis to a minor child, or a person who is related to the student as grandparent or grandchild.
- Drugs: Students may not possess, use, or be under the influence of any narcotic or illegal drugs on campus or at any College-affiliated activities or event. This is in violation of the laws of the state of North Carolina of the United States. (please reference Policy 501.05)
- False Information: Students may not present to the College or its employees false information; neither may they knowingly withhold information which may have an effect on their enrollment or their status in the institution and which is properly and legally requested by the College.
- Gambling: Students may not gamble on campus or at any College-affiliated activities or events.
Internet and Campus Network Acceptable Use: The College has an extensive policy for appropriate use of the Internet. Users of the College computers acknowledge the policy whenever they sign on. Students may not use the College’s access to the Internet for access to sexually explicit material or for downloading music. Email accounts are provided for student use; however, no right of privacy exists for use of email. (please reference Policy 1003)
- Plagiarism: The intentional theft or unacknowledged use of another’s words or ideas. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to paraphrasing or summarizing another’s words or works without proper acknowledgement; using direct quotes of material without proper acknowledgement; or purchasing or using a paper or presentation written or produced by another. If a student is uncertain about what constitutes plagiarism, he or she should discuss this with the class instructor.
- Possession of Weapons: Students may not have a weapon of any kind, including a knife, stun gun, or any firearm in their possession on campus or at any College-affiliated activities or events except handguns as allowed by NC GS §14-269.4. Handguns are permitted under these circumstances:
- The person has a concealed handgun permit that is lawfully issued
- The handgun is in a closed compartment or container within the person's locked vehicle
- The handgun is in a locked container securely affixed to the person's vehicle.
- A person may unlock the vehicle to enter or exit the vehicle provided the handgun remains in the closed compartment at all times
- The vehicle is locked immediately following the entrance or exit.
- Public Laws: Violations of any federal, state or local laws occurring while on campus may lead to legal actions as well as campus discipline. Violations of federal, state or local laws occurring off campus may result in disciplinary action if the student’s continued presence on campus constitutes a threat to the safety and order of the campus.
- Sexual Assault: Students may not subject any person to contact or behavior of a sexual nature or for the purpose of sexual gratification without the person’s explicit consent.
- Sexual and Other Unlawful Harassment: Students may not harass any member of the College community, including other students, employees, or other persons on the College campus. This prohibition includes sexual, verbal or physical harassment for any reason including race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, creed, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.
- Skate Boards and Roller Skates: Skate boards and roller skates are not permitted to be used on campus.
- Stalking: Students may not engage in a course of conduct directed to a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others or suffer substantial emotional distress by placing that person in fear of death, bodily injury, or continued harassment.
- Theft: Students may not steal the property of another individual or of the College. Students who are caught stealing will be required to make restitution and may be eligible for civil or criminal prosecution as well as College discipline.
- Threats: Students may not engage in any behavior that constitutes a clear and present danger to the physical and/or emotion well-being of the student and/or other students, faculty and staff.
Trespass: Students are trespassing if in an unauthorized area of the College campus or remain on the College campus after having been directed to leave by a College official.
- Tobacco, E-cigarettes, and Vaping: Students may not use tobacco of any form, use e-cigarettes, or vaporizing devices on campus or at any College-affiliated activity, sites, or events. (please reference Policy 306)
- Unauthorized Access to Records: Students may not access, view, copy or change official College records without official authorization to do so.
- Use of Social Media: Students should obey their social media platforms terms’ of use. Students may not make, or cause to be made, communications (including electronically or through social media) to another person in any manner likely to seriously annoy or cause alarm. Social media may not be used to breech privacy, discriminate or harass. Students may not make, transmit, or attempt to transmit audio or video of any person(s) on College property where there is an explicit expectation of privacy. Any posts or tweets deemed inappropriate on an A-B Tech social web site or blog will be deleted immediately and may result in having access to the site blocked permanently.
Violations of Expected Classroom or Learning Environment Behaviors: May include, but not limited to, being disobedient, disrespectful, disruptive to the classroom or learning environment, or not abiding by professional conduct standards.