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Student Responsibilities (Student Code of Conduct)

Students are responsible for reading and understanding the Academic Bulletin and Student Handbook. Students are responsible for acting as responsible adults and for proper completion of their academic programs, for familiarity with all requirements of the curriculum from which they intend to graduate, for maintaining the grade average required, for knowing their academic standing, and for meeting all other degree requirements. Their advisors will counsel them, but the final responsibility remains with the student. Students are required to keep Student Services up to date on their current names, addresses, and telephone numbers.

Cleveland Community College reserves the right to maintain a safe and orderly educational environment for students, faculty and staff. Therefore, when, in the judgment of College officials, a student’s conduct while on-campus or while participating in a college-sponsored activity disrupts or threatens to disrupt the College community, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken to restore and protect the sanctity of the community. Students are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with generally accepted standards of scholarship and morality. The purpose of this code is not to restrict student rights but to protect the rights of individuals in their academic pursuits. The College has an inherent responsibility to maintain order on its campus; therefore, students may be suspended or expelled for behavior deemed incompatible with the mission, the regulation, or the responsibility of the College.

Unacceptable Behaviors

The following behaviors are unacceptable and will result in an official sanction. Violations include, but are not limited to, the following:

Theft of, misuse of, or damage to College property, or theft of or damage to property of a member of the College community or a campus visitor on College premises or at College functions.

Unauthorized entry upon the property of the College or into a College facility or a portion thereof which has been restricted in use and thereby placed off limits and unauthorized presence in a College facility before or after operating hours.

Possession of or use of alcoholic beverages or being in a state of intoxication on the College campus or at College-sponsored or supervised functions off campus or in College-owned vehicles. Possession, use, distribution, or manufacture of any illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia, except as expressly permitted by law. Any influence which may be attributed to the use of drugs or of alcoholic beverages shall not in any way limit the responsibility of the individual for the consequences of his or her actions.

Lewd or indecent conduct, including public physical or verbal action or distribution of obscene written material. This includes inappropriate public displays of affection, obscene language, etc.

Mental or physical abuse of any person on College premises or at College-sponsored or College-supervised functions, including verbal or physical actions which threaten or endanger the health or safety of any such persons or which promote hatred or racial prejudice.

Any act, comment, or behavior which is of a sexually suggestive or harassing nature and which in any way interferes with a student’s or an employee’s performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.

Intentional obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, or other College activities, including public service functions and other duly authorized activities on College premises. This includes any inappropriate behavior or attire that interferes with the operations of the College, fails to adhere to published program or course requirements, or interferes with the teaching-learning process.

Occupying, seizing or disrupting in any manner College property, a College facility or any portion thereof for a use inconsistent with prescribed, customary or authorized use.

Participating in or conducting an assembly, demonstration or gathering in a manner which threatens or causes injury to person or property; or, which interferes with free access to College facilities; or, which is harmful, obstructive or disruptive to the educational process or institutional functions of the College; or, remaining at the scene of such an assembly after being asked to leave by a representative of the College.

Possession or use of a firearm, weapon, incendiary device or explosive, except in connection with a College-approved activity. This also includes unauthorized use of any instrument designed to inflict serious bodily injury to any person.

Setting off a fire alarm or using or tampering with any fire safety equipment, except with reasonable belief in the need for such alarm or equipment.

Gambling.

Forgery, alteration or misuse of College documents, records or instruments of identification with intent to deceive; or, the presentation of false information to the College with the intent to deceive.

Failure to comply with the instructions of College officials acting in performance of their duties.

Violation of the terms of disciplinary probation or any College regulation during the period of probation.

Violation of a local, state or federal criminal law on College premises adversely affecting the College community’s pursuit of its proper educational purposes.

Forcible, non-forcible or consensual sexual acts on the College campus or at any College-sponsored or supervised functions off campus or in any College-owned vehicles.

Direct threat of students to themselves or others while on the campus or at any College-sponsored or supervised functions off campus or in any College-owned vehicles.

Violation of Academic Honesty Policy.

Fiscal irresponsibility such as failure to pay College-levied fines or writing insufficient funds checks to the College or its auxiliary services.

Willfully or deliberately making false or misleading statements about College business, official records, or College employees or students.

Creating or distributing anonymous documents, letters, phone calls, etc. containing libelous, slanderous, erroneous, or unfounded information that is disruptive to the mission, administration, students, and educational environment of the College.

Failure to comply with College Information Systems Policies and Procedures.