Student Conduct, Discipline and Appeals Procedure

Statement of General Expectations

All students (any person enrolled in credit or non-credit courses) are expected and required to obey College policies, rules and regulations and not violate municipal, county, state or federal law. In addition, all students are expected to conduct themselves in such a manner as to show respect for constituted authority, exhibit and maintain integrity and honor in all matters related to the College, and not interfere with or disrupt the orderly educational processes of the College.

Student Responsibilities and Rights

DMACC offers each student the freedom to learn and the freedom to enjoy community college life in an orderly and lawful manner. In return, DMACC expects every student to assume the obligation and responsibilities that accompany those freedoms. Violations of these responsibilities may result in sanctions that can include expulsion from the institution.

Students have the right to due process including: the right to notice of any alleged violations of student conduct, the right to a hearing if the student does not admit responsibility for the alleged violations or if the conduct may warrant suspension, and the right to appeal any action brought or taken by the College against the student.

Students may not be discriminated against by virtue of their race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, or to the extent covered by law, veteran status.

Student Code of Conduct—Behaviors Subject to Disciplinary Sanctions

Students are expected to comply with all Board and Administrative Policies. The following conduct may be grounds for discipline or suspension in accordance with ES 4630. This is not an exhaustive list of all the behavior that may be subject to disciplinary sanctions.

  1. Disruption of the orderly process and educational atmosphere of the college, both in the classroom and on all College property, including, but not limited to: refusal to comply with faculty or staff direction regarding vocal or physical behavior, unauthorized entry into, obstruction of, or occupation of any room, building or area of the College.
  2. Acting, or failing to act, in a manner which causes concern for the health and safety of oneself or others.
  3. Assaulting; threatening; verbally or physically abusing; or any conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of another person.
  4. Misusing or misappropriating College property or private property on campus or at off-campus College activities, including, but not limited to, theft or attempted theft, burglary, possession of stolen property, and destruction, damage, defacement, or mutilation of property belonging to or in the custody of the College or member of the College community or cooperating agencies.
  5. Using or possessing any alcoholic beverage or other intoxicating beverage on College property or at College-sponsored functions, except as authorized by College regulations or College authority.
  6. Manufacturing, processing, selling, providing, using, or possessing any narcotic drug, marijuana, or other addictive, dangerous, or controlled substance on College property or at College-sponsored functions.
  7. Possession of a weapon or firearm on campus is prohibited. Current or retired licensed law enforcement professionals with a current permit may carry concealed weapons while on campus; this does not apply to current military personnel.
  8. Engaging in a false alarm of a fire, bomb threat, or other catastrophe by verbally reporting one or by tampering with an alarm system or safety equipment. Engaging in the intentional setting of fires or explosions within College buildings or on the campus without proper authority. Threatening to place or attempting to place any incendiary or explosive device or material in or about the College premises or at the site of a College-sponsored activity.
  9. Engaging in forgery, alteration, or misuse of any College records or documents, College keys or keycards, or student or staff identification cards.
  10. Failing to identify oneself by name and/or to comply with a proper order of any faculty member or other College official, properly identified (by stating his or her name and title if requested by a student) and acting within the scope of his or her authority.
  11. Disrupting the orderly processes of the College, or obstructing or denying access to services or facilities by those entitled to use such services or facilities. Interfering with the lawful rights of other persons on the campus. Inciting others to do any of the above.
  12. Technology misconduct defined by the Technology Usage Policy (IT 6100), including, but not limited to the following:
    1. Disrupting access of other students, faculty, or staff members to college computers, and other technology resources.
    2. Obtaining, and/or gaining unauthorized access to college computer systems or an account assigned to another person which may include the use of another individual's identification, account, PIN, or other password.
    3. Using an account belonging to another student, faculty, staff, department, or organization for other than its intended purpose without permission from the owner.
    4. Using technological equipment to interfere with the lawful rights of others by such activities as falsifying or altering records or software, creating fraudulent documents, damaging programs belonging to the College or another individual.
    5. Sending harassing, threatening or sexually explicit materials to another individual.
    6. Violating license agreements, copyrights or intellectual property rights including copyright patents, etc. by copying, distributing, selling or publishing intellectual property.
    7. Permitting other persons—whether DMACC users or unauthorized users—to use DMACC user's accounts, passwords, or access codes.
    8. Theft of DMACC hardware or software.
    9. Inappropriate or malicious use of technology resources including attempts to alter, damage, or intercept technological data or programs that are the property of DMACC or DMACC users.
    10. Misuse of the College's computer systems during registration as defined in ES 4630 Registration Status Procedure
  13. Operating a motor vehicle recklessly, so as to pose a threat to the safety of others, on campus or at College-sponsored activities off-campus. (The Campus Traffic Appeals Committee generally deals with other violations in this area.)
  14. Making noise in the vicinity of the College or College-sponsored activities, which disrupts the orderly, efficient, and disciplined atmosphere of the College, or College-sponsored activity.
  15. Engaging in willful misrepresentation of any material fact to faculty or College staff or to others about one's status or academic performance within the College or of the support, sponsorship, or approval by the College of the services or activities of any person, group, or organization. This includes knowingly submitting false information on college documents such as admissions applications or program materials.
  16. Disorderly, lewd, indecent or obscene conduct.
  17. Any other willful or intentional conduct which seriously threatens (1) any educational process or other functions of the College, or (2) the health or safety of any member of the academic community.
  18. Illegal or unauthorized use of College property.
  19. Engaging in behavior which is discriminatory, including harassment of other students and staff, based on race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, or to the extent covered by law, veteran status; behavior of this nature will be dealt with in accordance with the procedures set forth in ES 4645 Discrimination Complaint Procedure for Students. Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature (as found in Board Policies 3002 and 3003, and HR 3005).
  20. Violation of any federal, state, or local law.
  21. Academic misconduct as defined in ES 4670 Academic Misconduct, including, but not limited to:
    1. Engaging in any form of plagiarism, which is defined as the appropriation of and use of another person's writing, and passing it off as the product of one's own efforts, or copying any work and submitting it as original work.
    2. Falsifying with respect to any examination, paper, project, application, recommendation, transcript, or test, or by any dishonest means whatsoever, or by aiding or abetting another student to do so.
    3. Using materials or collaborating with another person (or persons) during a test or any other assignment without authorization.
    4. Substituting for another student, or permitting another person to substitute for oneself, to take an exam, course or test, or to provide the work for any assigned project.
    5. The acquisition of grades, academic credits, degrees, honors, awards, certification, or professional endorsements by means of cheating.
    6. Failing to comply with the policies of the student's program or department stated in College publications.
  22. Violation of DMACC Student Housing Guidelines

Actions That May Result in Disciplinary Removal

Faculty and staff may enact immediate temporary removal of a student from a class, office, attendance center, clinical site or other DMACC facility for disciplinary reasons. These include, but are not limited to:

  1. An attempt or threat by words or actions to cause bodily harm to anyone on campus.
  2. Possession, use, sale, or purchase of illegal drugs on campus.
  3. Destruction or theft of College property or another person's personal property.
  4. Possession of intoxicating beverages on campus.
  5. Any activities causing a major disruption or disturbance.
  6. Possession on-campus of any object appearing to be a potentially lethal weapon, unless approved in writing by the appropriate Provost.
  7. A violation of the student code of conduct (ES 4630, Section V).
  8. Ignoring a summons for a hearing.

The faculty or staff member should complete a Student Conduct/Discipline Report Form documenting the incident and immediately notify the Provost/Dean or Judicial Officer of the disciplinary removal.

Holds

The Provost/Dean, Judicial Officer or Executive Dean for Student Services may place a hold on an accused student's registration, transcripts, new award of financial aid and/or other College records until cases are adjudicated under certain circumstances. See ES 4630.

Interim Suspensions

The Executive Dean for Student Services, Provost/Dean, or Judicial Officer may take immediate interim action when the student's continued presence may constitute a significant danger to the student, others or College property by suspending the student from class(s), clinical site, attendance centers or any other College facility. See ES 4630.

Expulsion

The Executive Dean of Student Services or College Judicial Hearing Board may recommend expulsion of a student to the Board of Directors. In that event, the College shall serve the student with notice of Charges and schedule the matter for hearing before the Board of Directors.

The Student Conduct/Discipline Report Form is attached and is also included at the end of ES 4630. Directions for completing the Student Conduct/Discipline Report Form are included near the end of ES 4630. Students have Web access to discipline/conduct information in the DMACC Student Handbook.

Additional information is contained in ES 4630.

If a student plans to appeal a disciplinary action, the faculty member needs to read the procedure carefully.

Reference

  • ES 4630, Student Conduct, Discipline, and Appeals
  • ES 4625, Advisors for Students in Academic or Disciplinary Hearings