Standards of Student Conduct
Guidelines for Student Conduct are set forth in the California Education Code, California Administrative Code, Title V, policies of the Board of Trustees, and all civil and criminal codes. Students enrolling in district educational programs assume an obligation to obey state law and district rules and regulations governing the conduct of students.
Students who enroll in those instructional programs in which the college has affiliations with various outside associations must comply with the college’s policies and procedures and also with the outside associations’ policies and procedures. This includes but is not limited to students enrolled in the programs of cosmetology, Fire Academies, Criminal Justice Academies, and Nursing.
Guidelines for Student Conduct
The following represent violations for disciplinary action, up to but not limited to expulsion, that may be taken:
- Dishonesty, cheating, plagiarism, lying, or knowingly furnishing false information to the district or college officials performing their duties.
- Forgery, alteration, or misuse of district documents, records, or identification.
- Willful misconduct that results in damage to any real or personal property owned by the district or district employees (damage includes, but not limited to vandalism, such as cutting, defacing, breaking, etc.).
- Obstruction or disruption of pedestrian or vehicular traffic or of teaching, research, administration, or of other district activities on or off District premises. This includes obstruction or disruption of administration, disciplinary procedures or authorized college activities.
- Assault, battery, or any threat of force or violence upon a student, college personnel, or campus visitor; willful misconduct which results in injury or death to a student, college personnel, or campus visitor. This includes fighting on district property or at a District-sponsored event, on or off district premises.
- Detention of any person on District-owned or controlled property or at district-sponsored or supervised functions or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of another.
- Theft of any property of the district which includes property of a member of the district community or a campus visitor.
- Unauthorized entry into or unauthorized use of district property, supplies, equipment, and/or facilities.
- Misrepresentation of oneself or of an organization to be an agent of the district.
- Sexual assault or physical abuse, including rape, forced sodomy, forced oral copulation, rape by a foreign object, sexual battery, or threat or assault, or any conduct that threatens the health and safety of the alleged victim, which includes students, college personnel, or campus visitors.
- Use, possession, distribution, or being under the influence of alcoholic beverage on district property or at any district-sponsored event.
- Use, possession, distribution, or being under the influence of narcotics, other hallucinogenic drugs or substances, or any poison classified as such by Schedule “D” in Section 4160 of the Business and Professions Code on District property or at any District-sponsored event except as expressly permitted by law.
- Expression which is libelous, slanderous, obscene or which incites students so as to create a clear and present danger of the commission of unlawful acts on district premises, or violation of district regulations, or the substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the college.
- Engaging in lewd, indecent, or obscene behavior on district property or at any district-sponsored function.
- Possession or use while on the district premises, or a district-sponsored function, of any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous objects, including but not limited to any facsimile firearm, knife or explosive. Exceptions include those participating in a criminal justice educational program who are authorized such possession or those who are enrolled in a course which authorizes such possession.
- Unauthorized preparation, giving, selling, transfer, distribution, or publication, for any commercial purpose, of any contemporaneous recording of an academic presentation in a classroom or equivalent site of instruction, including but not limited to handwritten or typewritten class notes, except as permitted by any district policy or administrative regulation.
- Engaging in harassing or discriminatory behavior based on race, sex (i.e., gender), religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other status protected by law.
- Continuous disruptive behavior or willful disobedience, habitual profanity or vulgarity, open and persistent abuse of college personnel, or open and persistent defiance of the authority of college personnel, which includes physical as well as verbal abuse, including the use of racial epithets and hate speech;
- Disruptive written or verbal communication, vulgarity, open and persistent abuse of other students which include verbal abuse, racial epithets and hate speech. Engaging in intimidating conduct or bullying against another student through words or actions, including direct physical contact; verbal assaults, such as teasing or name-calling; social isolation or manipulation; and cyberbullying.
- Willful or persistent smoking in any area where smoking has been prohibited by law or by regulation of the Board of Trustees;
- Violation of the Computer Usage Policy is applicable to students using computer classrooms, computer labs, the wireless network or other locations on and off district property. A violation is considered any of the following:
- Accessing with or without permission or causing to be accessed without authorization, altering, damaging, deleting, hacking, destroying, or otherwise using any data, computer, computer system, computer software, and programs, or computer network belonging to or used by the college or any member of the District.
- Accessing with or without permission, taking, copying, or making use of any data from a computer, computer system, or computer network, or taking or copying any supporting documentation, whether existing or residing internal or external to a computer, computer system, or computer network belonging to or used by the college or District.
- Using or causing to be used, computer services without permission.
- Disrupting or causing the disruption of computer services or denying or causing the denial of computer services to an authorized user of a computer, computer system, or computer network belonging to or used by the college or District.
- Introducing any computer contaminant or virus into any computer, computer system, or computer network belonging to the college or District. Sending any message using any computer system or network without authorization or sending any message in the name of another person or entity.
- Using any account or password without authorization.
- Allowing or causing an account number or password to be used by any other person without authorization.
- Accessing or causing to be accessed, downloading or causing to be downloaded, pornographic or obscene materials except when accessing such material which is part of the instructional process or assignment for a class in which the student is currently enrolled.
- Use of systems or networks for personal commercial purposes.
- “Cyberstalking”, which is to be understood as any use of the college or district computer system, computer network, or computer programs to stalk another person via excessive messages or inquiries, inappropriate or threatening messages, racially motivated communications, photos or other means of communication.
- Any act constituting good cause for suspension or expulsion, or violation of district policies or campus regulations.