1. Jurisdiction of the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities.
1.1. The Columbia Basin College Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities will apply to conduct that occurs on College premises and at College-sponsored events and activities. The Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities also applies to actions occurring off campus which are violations or alleged violations of local, state, or federal law and which also violate the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Such allegations or violations of off-campus violations can be the subject of College disciplinary action only if the CSSO determines disciplinary action is necessary for the protection of other members of the College community or property of the College community, or that the off-campus conduct adversely affects the College community and/or the pursuit of the College's objectives. Each student will be responsible for his/her conduct from the time of enrollment through their severance of a relationship with the College (e.g., the actual awarding of a degree or certificate), even though conduct may occur before classes begin or after classes end, as well as during the academic year. The CSSO will decide whether the code will be applied to conduct occurring off campus, on a case-by-case basis, at his/her sole discretion.
2. Conduct - Rules and Regulations.
The voluntary attendance of a student at Columbia Basin College is a voluntary entrance into the academic community. By such voluntary entrance, the student voluntarily assumes obligations of performance and behavior reasonably imposed by the College relevant to its lawful missions, processes, and functions. It is the College's expectation that students will:
2.1 Conduct themselves in a responsible manner;
2.2 Comply with rules and regulations of the College and its departments;
2.3 Respect the rights, privileges, and property of other members of the academic community;
2.4 Maintain a high standard of integrity and honesty; and
2.5 Not interfere with legitimate College business appropriate to the pursuit of educational goals.
3. Student Misconduct.
Any student will be subject to disciplinary action who, either as a principal or participator or by aiding or abetting, commits or attempts to commit any of the following which are hereby prohibited:
3.1. Abusive Conduct. Physical and/or verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person or which has the purpose or effect of creating a hostile or intimidating environment at any College-sponsored or College-supervised function.
3.2. Destroying or Damaging Property. Intentional and/or reckless damage to or misuse of College-owned or controlled property, or the property of any person where such property is located within College-owned or controlled premises or at College-sponsored functions.
3.3. Discrimination. Engaging in any prohibited discriminatory or harassing behavior as defined by applicable law and/or College policies including stalking or hate activity as defined by law.
3.4. Disorderly Conduct.
3.4.1. Obstruction of teaching, administration, disciplinary proceedings, or other College activities, including its public service function on- or off-campus, or of other authorized non-College activities when the conduct occurs on College premises or at College-sponsored functions.
3.4.2. Material and substantial interference with the personal rights or privileges of others or of the educational process of the College.
3.4.3. Lewd or indecent conduct, breach of peace, or aiding, abetting, or procuring another person to breach the peace on College premises or at functions sponsored, or participated in, by the College or members of the academic community.
3.4.4. Unauthorized use of electronic or other devices to make an audio or video recording of any person while on College premises without his/her prior knowledge, or without his/her effective consent, when such a recording is likely to cause injury or distress. This includes, but is not limited to, surreptitiously taking pictures of another person in a gym, locker room, or restroom.
3.5.1 Participating in an on- or off-campus demonstration, riot, or activity that disrupts the normal operations of the College and/or infringes on the rights of other members of the College community.
3.5.2 Intentionally and/or recklessly inciting others to engage in any prohibited conduct as defined herein, when incitement may lead to such conduct.
3.5.3 Obstruction of the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on College premises or at College-sponsored or supervised functions.
Non-intended using of a prescriptive drug or using, possessing, manufacturing, furnishing, selling, or being under the influence of any narcotic drug or controlled substance as defined in Washington statute (chapter 69.50 RCW) except when the use or possession of a drug is specifically prescribed as medication by an authorized medical practitioner to the specific student.
3.7 Falsehoods and Misrepresentations.
3.7.1 The intentional making of false statements and/or filing of false charges against the College and/or members of the College community.
3.7.2 Knowingly furnishing false information to any College official, faculty member, or office.
3.7.3 Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any College document, record, fund, or instrument of identification with the intent to defraud.
Any method of initiation into a student club or organization, or any pastime or amusement engaged in with respect to such a group or organization that causes, or is likely to cause, bodily danger or physical harm, or serious mental or emotional harm, to any student or other person attending the College as described in Washington statute (RCW 28B.10.900).
3.9.1 Failure to comply with the direction of College officials or law enforcement officers acting in the legitimate performance of their lawful duties.
3.9.2 Failure to properly identify oneself, provide evidence of student enrollment and/or proper identification upon request of College officials acting in the legitimate performance of their lawful duties.
Consuming, possessing, furnishing or selling of alcoholic beverages and/or being demonstrably under the influence of any alcoholic beverage on College premises or at College-sponsored or supervised events except as a participant of legal age in a student program, banquet, or educational program which has the special written authorization of the College president or his/her designee.
3.11 Misuse of Equipment and Technology.
Misuse of the College's computer, telecommunications, or electronic technology, facilities, or equipment provided for the use of students in fulfilling their educational needs including, but not limited to:
3.11.1 Unauthorized entry into a file to use, read, or change the contents, or for any other purpose.
3.11.2 Unauthorized transfer of a file.
3.11.3 Use of another individual's identification or password.
3.11.4 Copyright violations.
3.11.5 Use of the College's computer, telecommunications, or electronic technology facilities and resources:
126.96.36.199 That interferes with the work of another student, faculty member, or College official.
188.8.131.52 To send obscene or abusive messages.
184.108.40.206 For personal profit, advertisement, or illegal purposes.
220.127.116.11 For purposes other than those necessary to fulfill an assignment or task as part of the student's program of instruction.
3.12 Safety Misconduct:
3.12.1 Intentionally initiating or causing to be initiated any false report, warning, or threat of fire, explosion, or other emergency on College premises or at any College-sponsored activity; or
3.12.2 Falsely setting off or otherwise tampering with any emergency safety equipment, alarm, or other device established for the safety of individuals and/or College facilities.
3.13 Sexual Misconduct.
Engaging in unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature where such behavior offends a reasonable, orderly, prudent person under these circumstances.
3.14 Theft. The unauthorized taking or removing of College-owned or operated property or of another's property with the intent of depriving the owner of the property, where such property is located within College premises.
3.15 Trespass or Unauthorized Presence.
3.15.1 Entering or remaining unlawfully on College premises, as defined by state law.
3.15.2 Using College premises, facilities, or property without authority.
3.15.3 Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys to any College premises.
Possession of weapons (e.g., firearms, daggers, swords, knives or other cutting or stabbing instruments, clubs) or substances (e.g., explosives) apparently capable of producing bodily harm and/or damage to real or personal property is prohibited on or in College-owned or operated facilities and premises and/or during College-sponsored events.
3.16.1 Carrying of firearms on or in College-owned or operated facilities and/or during College-sponsored events is prohibited except and unless the firearm is registered with the campus security department for a specified period of time.
3.16.2 The aforementioned regulations shall not apply to equipment or materials owned, used or maintained by the College; nor will they apply to law enforcement officers acting in the legitimate performance of their lawful duties.
4. Academic Dishonesty.
Academic dishonesty minimizes the learning process and threatens the learning environment for all students. As members of the CBC learning community, students are not to engage in any form of academic dishonesty which includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, and fabrication or falsification of information, research, or other findings for the purpose of fulfilling any assignment or task as part of the student’s program of study.
4.1.1. Any student who commits or aids and abets the accomplishment of an act of academic dishonesty will receive an academic penalty grade and may be subject to disciplinary action.
4.1.2. The instructor is responsible for handling each case of academic dishonesty in the classroom and for determining a penalty grade as stated in the course syllabus.
18.104.22.168. If, within the instructor’s professional judgment, reasonable evidence would suggest a student engaged in academic dishonesty, the instructor will provide notice to the student, either written or verbal, of his/her assertion of academic dishonesty and of the academic penalty grade within three (3) instructional days of the occurrence.
22.214.171.124. The instructor will submit a report of the infraction, the notice given to the student and a copy of all applicable evidence to his/her Dean.
126.96.36.199. The Dean, after consulting with the instructor and others as appropriate, may recommend disciplinary action in which case all applicable information will be submitted to the CSSO within the timeframes and procedures as provided in this document.
5. Classroom Conduct and the Learning Environment.
5.1. Instructors have the authority to take appropriate action to maintain order and proper conduct in the classroom and to maintain the effective cooperation of the class in fulfilling the objectives of the course.
5.2. An instructor has the authority to exclude a student from any single class/program session during which the student is so disorderly or disruptive that it is difficult or impossible to maintain classroom decorum. The instructor will report any such exclusion from the class/program to the CSSO. The CSSO may initiate disciplinary action as provided in this procedure.
5.3 Bringing any person or object to a teaching and learning environment that may disrupt the environment or cause a safety or health hazard, without the approval of the class instructor or other authorized official, is expressly prohibited.
6. Violation of Law.
College disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with conduct that potentially violates the criminal law and this student code (that is, if both possible violations result from the same factual situation) without regard to the pendency of civil or criminal litigation in court or criminal arrest and prosecution. Proceedings under this code may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off campus at the discretion of the CSSO. Determinations made or sanctions imposed under this code will not be subject to change because criminal charges arising out of the same facts giving rise to violation of College rules were dismissed, reduced, or resolved in favor of or against the criminal law defendant.
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