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Revised 7/15/98

 

Section 400 – Student Affairs

 

 

        406.034                STUDENT CONDUCT CODE

 

 

Membership in the college community confers upon students certain rights and imposes certain responsibilities, which are defined below.  Students are expected to understand and exercise their rights, to meet their responsibilities, and to respect the rights of others.  The college’s student conduct code is expected to enforce these responsibilities and to afford the same rights to students.  The College will help to preserve a climate in which students can develop without denying this same opportunity to others.  Unfamiliarity with the following does not excuse students from carrying out their responsibilities as members of the college community.

 

A.  Student Rights

1.   Students have the right to be heard in matters that affect their rights and responsibilities.  (e.g. through Student Government Association, Deans of Student Services, etc.)

 

2.      Students have the right to take stands on issues, to examine and discuss questions of

interest, and to support legal causes by orderly means which do not disrupt college

operations or interfere with the rights of others.  Students or student groups wishing

                    to engage in peaceful demonstrations must obtain a permit to do so from the campus

                    Dean of Student Services at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the demonstration. 

                    The demonstration must be restricted to the area specified in the permit.

 

3.  Student publications and communications are guaranteed the rights inherent in the concept of “freedom of the press.”  Individual students and student organizations have the right to publish, distribute and broadcast material on the college campus provided that the materials are identified by the name of the student or student organization.  All publications and broadcasts shall be subject to the canons of responsible journalism, including the avoidance of defamation, indecency and obscenity, undocumented allegations, and harassment. 

 

              4.  Students have the right to form and participate in student organizations that provide opportunities for educational and social enrichment.   All student organizations registered with the Student Life Office may meet on college premises provided that they make reservations in accordance with the established rules and regulations for room and space reservation.  Students and/or student groups may not make reservations in their names for outside groups or organizations to use college space. 

 

 

 

5.   Student organizations registered with the campus Student Life Office have the right to invite any persons of their choosing as speakers on college premises.  The President of the college or the Dean of Student Services may cancel a speaker’s reservation where there is a clear and present danger to the orderly operation of the college.  Such cancellation shall be communicated to the sponsoring organization at the earliest opportunity.

 

6.   Students have the right to have their academic records kept confidential subject to existing law.  No official records shall be kept which reflect political activities or beliefs of students.  No official records shall be available to unauthorized persons within the institution, or to any person outside the institution without the expressed written consent of the student involved, except under legal compulsion.

 

7.   Students have the right to due process when accused of any violations of college regulation or rules of conduct.   A student will find adequate due process accorded through the Student Government Association Constitution, administrative procedures, and the College Court.  This right shall include the following:

 

                   a.       Right to a notice in writing of any charges.

 

                   b.       Right to admit the alleged violation, waive a hearing and accept the college’s action.

 

                   c.       Right to admit the alleged violation but request a hearing.

 

                   d.       Right to deny the alleged violation and request a hearing.

 

                   e.       Right to a fair hearing before an impartial committee.

 

f.               Right to appear in person at a hearing or not to appear with assurance the failure to appear shall not be construed as indicative of guilt.

 

                   g.       Right to select an adviser of their choice to attend the hearing with them.

 

                   h.       Right to call witnesses and present evidence on their behalf.

 

                    i.       Right upon request to a list of witnesses who will appear against them.

 

                    j.       Right to confront and cross-examine witnesses and/or accusers.

 

                   k.       Right to request a copy of any available record or tape recording of a hearing if        

                  the offenses involve possible suspension or expulsion.

 

            l.       Right to appeal to the Campus Provost, then to the Vice President for

Academic and Student Affairs, and then to the President of the college.

 

The College Court is the designated agency to hear charges regarding alleged violations of established college codes and policies.  Each campus shall have a college court.

 

B.    Student Regulations and Rules of Conduct

It is a basic and fundamental responsibility of a college to maintain order through reasonable policies and procedures.  The filing of an application for admission shall be regarded as evidence of the applicant’s intention to abide by the standards and regulations of Georgia Perimeter College.  Students forfeit their right to remain enrolled if they fail to comply with such standards and regulations.

 

The following is a statement of the regulations and responsibilities of students both as individuals and as groups at Georgia Perimeter College.  Additional rules or regulations may be initiated under established procedures during the year.

 

1.       Firearms, explosives, fireworks or weapons of any kind are not to be brought onto the college premises or to college sponsored events except as authorized by the proper officials of the college. 

 

2.       The manufacture, distribution, sale, possession or use of alcoholic beverages, marijuana, controlled substances or dangerous drugs on the campus and at institutionally approved events off campus is prohibited.

 

3.       No person shall physically abuse, threaten or intimidate any member of the faculty, staff, student body or any official visitor to the college.

 

4.       The taking, damaging or malicious destruction of property belonging to the college, to the visitors to the college, or to any member of the college community is prohibited. 

 

5.       No persons shall assemble on campus for the purpose of creating a riot or disruptive or disorderly diversion which interferes with the normal educational processes and operations of the college.  This policy shall not be construed as the denial of any student’s right to peaceful assembly. 

 

6.      Gambling on the campus premises is prohibited. 

 

7.       No person shall interfere with, fail to cooperate with, or fail to identify himself or herself to any properly identified administrator or staff person while that person is in the performance of his or her duties. 

 

8.       Unauthorized entry into, use, or occupation of college facilities which are locked, closed to student activities, or otherwise restricted as to use, or which have not been reserved for use through the proper college authorities is prohibited. 

 

9.       Falsification, alteration, fabrication or misuse of college forms, documents, records or identification cards is prohibited.  This policy includes any documents submitted in support of official college purposes. 

 

10.   The operation on campus of student organizations not properly registered with and recognized by the Student Life Office is prohibited. 

 

11.   The dissemination on campus of publications which do not bear the name of the originator or which are not done in accordance with college rules and regulations is prohibited. 

 

12.   Students shall not attempt to defraud, deceive or mislead an instructor in arriving at an honest grade assessment.

 

13.   Hazing is not permitted.  Hazing violations include, but are not limited to, abusive initiation requirements for entrance into a club or organization. 

 

14.   Unauthorized use of college property or services is prohibited. 

 

15.   Behavior that is disruptive or that interferes with the campus learning process in the classroom or on campus is not permitted. 

 

Students accused of Student Conduct Code violations can be assured adequate due process through administrative procedures and the College Court.  Violations can be adjudicated through an informal hearing with the Campus Dean of Student Services and/or through a formal hearing through the College Court.

 

An informal hearing is a meeting between the accuser, the accused and the Campus Dean of Student Services. An informal hearing is appropriate when all parties voluntarily agree to engage in an attempt to resolve the complaint.  This may result in sanctioning if needed.  If the informal hearing does not result in resolution, the case will be forwarded to the College Court for a formal hearing.

 

The College Court conducts formal hearings.  Please see Appendix C for explanation of the College Court judicial process.

 

C.    Additional Conduct Regulations

1.   Appearance and/or dress that are extreme or unusual to the point of distracting from or being disturbing to the learning environment within classes or on campus will not be tolerated.  In certain technical labs, student dress is expected to meet all safety codes.

 

2.   Telephone and mail service is not available on campus for students.  Students should be called through the college switchboard only in cases of emergency, which involve the illness or death of a family member.  The Office of Protective Services should be contacted in such emergencies.  Pay phones are available on each campus for student use.  Students should not give the college as their address since there is no mail service for students.

 

3.   The use of tobacco products is prohibited in all buildings of Georgia Perimeter College.

 

D.    Disciplinary Sanctions

Failure by a student to follow prescribed rules of conduct will subject him or her to disciplinary sanctions by the College Court and/or Dean of Student Services.

 

1.      Admonition or oral statement to the student who has violated regulations.

2.      Official reprimand, warning or notice in writing that continuation or repetition of      

              wrongful conduct may cause more severe action.

3.      Educational sanction including but not limited to public service, participation in a

              particular program, receipt of specific instruction or completion of a research

              assignment.  The accused shall be responsible for the payment of any required fees.

4.      Disciplinary probation or exclusion from privileged or extracurricular activities.

5.      Restitutions or reimbursement for damage or loss caused to others.

6.      Forfeiture of academic credit.

7.      Suspension or exclusion from classes and other privileges for a definite period of time.

8.      Expulsion or termination of student status in the college community.

9.      Any other sanctions as deemed appropriate by the College Court and/or the Dean of

              Student Services.

 

All disciplinary sanctions handed down by the College Court will be reviewed by the Dean of Student Services and reported to the campus Provost.

 

Except under unusual circumstances (i.e. threat of personal safety or physical danger), dispositions resulting from informal hearings will not involve suspension or exclusion from classes or expulsion or termination of student status in the college community. 

 

Students under disciplinary suspension, exclusion, or expulsion are forbidden the use of college facilities during the term of their sanction.  Disciplinary charges against a student or student organization alleging infraction of the rules and regulations of the college may also subject such student or student organization to temporary sanctions by the campus Dean of Student Services, including suspension, pending the final disposition of the case, if the circumstances indicate that this is necessary to maintain the orderly operation of the college.

 

 

NOTE:  The policy has been revised in consultation with the college’s attorney.

 

 

Presented by Student Affairs Policy Council to the College Advisory Board on 1/25/01

Approved by CAB 2/2001