The Board of Trustees establishes and maintains a learning environment that supports the students, the values, vision, and mission of the institution. There are behavioral expectations that outline the responsibilities and proper practices for all students at the College. When the Code of Conduct is challenged, the following types of discipline include but are not limited to: verbal warning, written warning, a failing grade for an assignment or exam, probation, administrative withdrawal from a course, 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.
Academically-related violations include academic integrity and other matters that have a negative impact on the teaching and learning environment.
Faculty members are responsible for ensuring the academic integrity of the College. Violations of academic integrity are considered serious offenses. Students are forewarned that some acts of academic dishonesty may result in action being taken by outside individuals or entities.
The following matters will be referred to the Vice President for Instructional Services or his or her designee:
- 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.
- Cheating: Cheating includes using notes or other material without permission from the faculty on an exam; receiving information from another student during an exam; obtaining a copy of an exam or questions from an exam prior to taking the exam; submitting someone else’s work as one’s own; 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.
- Violations of Normal Classroom Behavior such as, but not limited to, being disobedient, showing disrespect, causing disruption of the classroom or not abiding by professional conduct. These behaviors are also considered academically-related violations. The intent is to make sure that the learning environment is not compromised.
Non-Academic Related Violations
Non-Academically Related Violations of the Code of Student Conduct will be referred to the Vice President for Student Services or his or her designee. These violations include:
- 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. This includes animals left within a vehicle. Working dogs, such as police dogs and Seeing Eye dogs, are permitted.
- Assault and/or Battery: Students may not strike or threaten to strike another person for any reason whatsoever. Threatening to strike another person is defined as assault, and striking another person is defined as battery.
- 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.”
- Damage to Property: Students may not damage property of the College or of any other person working at or attending the College.
- Disobedience (Outside the classroom): Students may not disobey the reasonable directions of College employees, including administrators, faculty members, security officers, and other staff employees.
- Disorderly Conduct (Outside the classroom): 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 (Outside the classroom): 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.
- 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 or of the United States.
- 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.
- 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. Law enforcement officers are exempt from this prohibition. This includes facsimiles of weapons.
- 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 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 follow another individual in a threatening manner. Stalking is defined as the severe intrusions on a victim’s personal privacy and autonomy. It includes, but is not limited to, a pattern of observing or monitoring the victim or committing violent or intimidating acts, regardless of the means, against the victim.
- 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 emotional well-being of the student and/or other students, faculty and staff.
- Tobacco: Students may not use tobacco of any form on campus or at any College-affiliated activities or events.
- Unauthorized Access to Records: Students may not access, view, copy or change official College records without official authorization to do so.
- Use of the Internet: 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.
Violations of the Code of Student Conduct
A student who violates the Code of Student Conduct may be referred to the Vice President for Instructional Services or his or her designee or to the Vice President for Student Services or his or her designee, depending on the nature of the violation. Students who have been charged with a violation of these regulations may be assigned consequences based upon the seriousness of the offense.
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.
Sanctions for violations may include but not be limited to: verbal warnings, written warnings, a failing grade for an assignment or examination, administrative withdrawal from a course, restitution for damages, consequences adapted to the specific violation, suspensions, expulsions or actions recommended by a Threat Assessment Team.
The President shall have final approval in the expulsion of a student.
When a violation leads to a concern about the safety of a student or members of the College community, a Threat Assessment Team will review and make recommendations to the Vice President for Student Services or his or her designee prior to a hearing. If a student engages in criminal activity or demonstrates threatening behavior that constitutes a clear and present danger to the physical and/or emotional well-being of the student and/or other students, faculty and staff, the Vice President for Student Services or his or her designee may immediately suspend the student and remove him or her from campus for no more than 14 calendar days from the date the suspension is instituted, pending a hearing. In this situation, the Vice President for Student Services or his or her designee must convene a Threat Assessment Team. For a copy of this policy, see the Vice President for Student Services.
For violations that do not require the implementation of the Threat Assessment Policy, the appropriate College administrator will review initial disciplinary referrals and may suspend a student for up to 10 College business days while the review is conducted. Students are allowed to appeal any disciplinary action, unless they have waived this right, and will be informed of their rights of due process. (See Student Due Process)