Okefenokee Technical College

Okefenokee Technical College 2013-2014 Catalog

Conduct Rules and Regulations

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Student Code of Conduct

Article I: Proscribed Conduct

Jurisdiction of the technical college

Generally, technical college jurisdiction and discipline shall be limited to conduct which occurs on technical college premises, off-campus classes, clinical activities, activities or functions sponsored by the technical college, an examination or any other written or oral work submitted for evaluation and/or a grade, or which otherwise adversely affects members of the technical college community and/or the pursuit of the technical college’s objectives.

Conduct Rules and Regulations

Any student found to have committed the following types of misconduct is subject to the disciplinary sanctions outlined in the Student Disciplinary Policy and Procedure.

A. ACADEMIC

Academic Misconduct Definitions

Academic Misconduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

1. Aiding and Abetting Academic Misconduct

Knowingly helping, procuring, encouraging or otherwise assisting another person to engage in academic misconduct.

2. Cheating

a. Use and/or possession of unauthorized material or technology during an examination, or any other written or oral work submitted for evaluation and/or a grade, such as tape cassettes, notes, tests, calculators, computer programs, cell phones and/or smart phones, or other electronic devices.

b. Obtaining assistance with or answers to an examination or any other written or oral work submitted for evaluation and/or a grade from another person with or without that person’s knowledge.

c. Furnishing assistance with or answers to an examination or any other written or oral work submitted for evaluation and/or a grade to another person.

d. Possessing, using, distributing or selling unauthorized copies of an examination, computer program, or any other written or oral work submitted for evaluation and/or a grade.

e. Representing as one’s own an examination or any other written or oral work submitted for evaluation and/or a grade created by another person.

f. Taking an examination or any other written or oral work submitted for evaluation and/or a grade in place of another person.

g. Obtaining unauthorized access to the computer files of another person or agency and/or altering or destroying those files.

h. Obtaining teacher edition text books, test banks, or other instructional materials that are only intended to be accessed by technical college officials, college administrator or faculty member.

3. Fabrication

The falsification of any information or citation in an examination or any other written or oral work submitted for evaluation and/or a grade.

4. Plagiarism

a. Submitting another’s published or unpublished work in whole, in part or in paraphrase, as one’s own without fully and properly crediting the author with footnotes, quotation marks, citations, or bibliographical reference.

b. Submitting as one’s own original work, material obtained from an individual or agency without eeference to the person or agency as the source of the material.

c. Submitting as one’s own original work material that has been produced through unacknowledged collaboration with others without release in writing from collaborators.

B. NON-ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT

Non-Academic Misconduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

1. Behavior

a. Indecent Conduct: disorderly, lewd, or indecent conduct, including public physical or verbal action; language commonly considered offensive (not limited to, but including profanity); or distribution of obscene or libelous written or electronic material.

b. Violence: mental or physical abuse of any person (including sex offenses) on technical college Premises or at technical college-sponsored or technical college-supervised functions, including verbal or physical actions which threaten or endanger the health or safety of any such persons. This includes fighting and/or other disruptive behavior, which includes any action or threat of action which endangers the peace, safety, or orderly function of the technical college, its facilities, or persons engaged in the business of the technical college.

c. Harassment: any act, comment, behavior, or clothing which is of a sexually suggestive, harassing, offensive, or intimidating nature. The technical college also prohibits stalking, or behavior which in any way interferes with another student's rights or an employee's performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. (This also includes the display of or navigation to pornography and other inappropriate websites and materials and inappropriate behavior on social media and/or networking applications.)If, in the opinion of technical college officials, clothing and/or behavior (including the presence of gang colors, signs, and/or symbols) are threatening, intimidating, or offensive in nature, sanctions may be imposed immediately.

d. Disruption: prohibits intentional obstruction or interruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, or other technical college activities, including public service functions, and other duly authorized activities on technical college Premises or at technical college-sponsored activity sites.

e. Failure to Comply: Failure to comply with directions of technical college officials and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so.

2. Professionalism

a. Personal Appearance - Dress should be neat and clean and reflect what is normally worn in the occupation for which you are being trained. Certain programs have program specific dress codes. Clothing should conform to commonly accepted standards of modesty and privacy.

3. Use of Technical College Property

a. Theft and Damage: prohibits theft of, misuse of, or harm to technical college property, or theft of or damage to property of a member of the technical college community or a campus visitor on technical college Premises or at a technical college function.

b. Occupation or Seizure: occupation or seizure in any manner of technical college property, a technical college Premises, or any portion thereof for a use inconsistent with prescribed, customary, or authorized use.

c. Presence on Technical College Premises: prohibits unauthorized entry upon technical college Premises; unauthorized entry into technical college Premises or a portion thereof which has been restricted in use; unauthorized presence in technical college Premises after closing hours; or furnishing false information to gain entry upon technical college Premises.

d. Assembly: prohibits participation in or conducting an unauthorized gathering that threatens or causes injury to person or property or that interferes with free access to technical college facilities or that is harmful, obstructive, or disruptive to the educational process or functions of the technical college.

e. Fire Alarms: prohibits setting off a fire alarm or using or tampering with any fire safety equipment on technical college Premises or at technical college-sponsored activity sites, except with reasonable belief in the need for such alarm or equipment. In the event of a fire alarm sounding, students must evacuate the building unless otherwise directed by a technical college official.

f. Obstruction: prohibits obstruction of the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on technical college Premises or at technical college sponsored or supervised functions.

Refer to Okefenokee Technical College Parking Regulations.

4. Drugs, Alcohol and Other Substances

Substances referred to under this policy include all illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, and misused legal drugs (both prescription and over-the-counter).

a. Alcohol: Students must comply with all state and federal laws regulating alcohol as well as TCSG Policy II.C.6, Alcohol on Campus. Alcoholic beverages may not be served or sold at any student sponsored function. Students being in a state of intoxication on technical college Premises or at technical college-sponsored or supervised functions (including off-campus functions), internships, externships, practicum, clinical sites, cooperative or academic sponsored programs or activities or in a technical college-owned vehicle is prohibited.

b. Controlled substances, illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia: The technical college prohibits possession, use, sale, or distribution of any controlled substance, 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 conduct or consequences of his/her actions.

c. Food: The technical college prohibits eating and/or drinking in classrooms, shops, and labs or other unauthorized areas on technical college Premises, unless otherwise permitted by technical college officials.

d. Tobacco: The technical college prohibits smoking, or using other forms of tobacco products in classrooms, shops, and labs or other unauthorized areas on technical college Premises. Refer to the Okefenokee Technical College Tobacco Usage Policy.

5. Use of Technology

a. Damage and Destruction: Destruction of or harm to equipment, software, or data belonging to the technical college or to others is considered unacceptable usage. This may include altering, downloading, or installing software on technical college computers, tampering with computer hardware or software configuration, improper access to the technical college's network, and disconnection of technical college computers or devices.

b. Electronic Devices: Unless otherwise permitted by technical college officials, the technical college prohibits use of electronic devices in classrooms, labs, and other instructional, event, or affiliated facilities on technical college Premises. Such devices include, but are not limited to cell phones, beepers, walkie talkies, cameras, gaming devices, and other electronic devices, which may cause unnecessary disruption to the teaching/learning process on campus. The technical college also prohibits attaching personal electronic devices to college computers under any circumstances.

c. Harassment: The technical college prohibits the use of computer technology to harass another student or technical college official with obscene, harassing or intimidating messages, communications, jokes, or material.

d. Unacceptable Use: Use of computing facilities to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member or technical college official. This includes the unauthorized use of another individual's identification and password.

Okefenokee Technical College prohibits any additional violation to the OTC Procedure: Acceptable Computer and Internet Use.

6. Weapons

The Technical College System of Georgia and its associated technical colleges expressly prohibit the possession of a firearm, weapon, or explosive compound/material on any technical college campus (including all satellite campuses/off-site work units), within the designated school safety zone, or at any technical college sanctioned function in a manner contrary to state or federal law (Policy II.C.10). Where there is more than one definition of a weapon applicable to the item in question, the technical colleges will consider the item a weapon if it fits any definition in the Georgia Code.

7. Gambling

The Technical College System of Georgia prohibits the violation of federal, state or local gambling laws on technical college premises or at technical college sponsored or supervised activities.

8. Parking

The technical college prohibits violation of Okefenokee Technical College regulations regarding the operation and parking of motor vehicles on or around Okefenokee Technical College Premises.

9. Financial Irresponsibility

The technical college prohibits the theft or misappropriation of any technical college, student organization or other assets.

10. Violation of Technical College Policy

Violation of System or Technical College Policies, rules or regulations including, but not limited to, rules imposed upon students who enroll in a particular class or program, internships, externships, practicum, clinical sites, co-operative, or any academic sponsored programs or activities, student organizations or students who reside in on-campus housing.

11. Aiding and Abetting

Aiding, abetting, or procuring another person to do an activity which otherwise violates this Code of Conduct is prohibited.

12. Falsification of Documentation

Disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a student who falsifies any documentation related to the Technical College either to the Technical College or to others in the community, including, but not limited to falsification of: Technical College transcripts; transcripts or other documentation from other institutions to obtain credit from or admission to the Technical College; Technical College report cards or other grade reports; documentation related to a student’s citizenship status; tests, homework, attendance records; signature of any Technical College employee in his or her official capacity; signatures of any employee of a clinical or internship site where the student is participating in an educational program associated with the Technical College or records related to any clinical, internship or other academic activity associated with the Technical College.

13. Violation of Law

a. If a Student is convicted or pleads Nolo Contendere to an on-campus or off-campus violation of federal, state, or local law, but not has not been charged with any other violation of the Student Code of Conduct, disciplinary action may nevertheless be taken and sanctions imposed if the violation of federal, state or local law is detrimental to the technical college’s vital interests and stated mission and purpose.

b. Disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with violation of a law that is also a violation of the Student Code of Conduct if both violations result from the same factual situation, without regard to criminal arrest and/or prosecution. Proceedings under this Student Code of Conduct may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following criminal proceedings.

c. When a student is charged by federal, state, or local authorities with a violation of law, the technical college will not request or agree to special consideration for that individual because of his/her status as a student. The technical college will cooperate fully with law enforcement and other agencies in the enforcement of criminal law on campus and in the conditions imposed by criminal courts for the rehabilitation of student violators. Individual students, acting in their personal capacities, remain free to interact with governmental representatives as they deem appropriate.

14. Abuse of the Student Judicial Process, including but not limited to

a. Failure to obey the notification of the Vice President for Student Affairs , Hearing Body, Appellate Board or Technical College Official.

b. Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information in a judicial proceeding.

c. Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a disciplinary proceeding.

d. Initiating a disciplinary proceeding knowingly without cause.

e. Attempting to discourage an individual's proper participation in, or use of, the disciplinary process.

f. Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of a Hearing Body, or Appellate Board prior to, and/or during the course of, the disciplinary proceeding.

g. Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a member of a Hearing Body, or Appellate Board prior to, during, and/or after a disciplinary proceeding.

h. Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Student Code.