Student Rights and Responsibilities

Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Procedures

Article II: Academic and Personal Behaviors

This section establishes the rules and regulations all students and student organizations are expected to follow. In consideration of the rights of and responsibilities to each member of the college community, and in compliance with the requirements of local and state statutes, the Board of Trustees of Schoolcraft College has adopted the following regulations and prohibits all students from engaging or participating in any of the practices or behaviors listed below. From time to time, additional rules and regulations may be added or amended during the year if necessary; announcements will be made upon adoption of the changes or additions and the website will be updated. The following list is illustrative and not meant to be an exhaustive enumeration of inappropriate behavior.

Prohibited Behaviors/Violations

  1. Obstruction or disruption of teaching, lecturing, research, administration, disciplinary procedures or other authorized activities on college property. Interference with the proper educational functions and the appropriate educational climate of the college, including aiding and abetting another to breach the peace on college-owned or controlled property, at college sponsored/supervised functions, or off-campus conduct that adversely affects the college community and/or the pursuit of its objectives. Such activity includes, but is not limited to, behavior in a classroom or instructional program that interferes with the instructor or presenter’s ability to conduct the class or program, or the ability of others to profit from the class or program.
  2. Physically harming or restraining another person. Actions which result in physical harm, have the potential for physically harming another person, which create conditions that pose a risk of physical harm to another, or which cause reasonable apprehension of physical harm are prohibited. Conduct which threatens to cause harm to persons, or creates hazardous conditions for persons, such as dropping, throwing, or causing objects or substances to fall from windows, doors, ledges, balconies or roofs is also prohibited. 
  3. Discrimination, harassment and offensive conduct against any person, student, or staff member on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, marital status, disability, and/or national origin.
  4. Retaliatory harassment, which is any adverse educational action taken against a person because of the person’s participation in a complaint or investigation of discriminatory or sexual misconduct.
  5. Bullying, harassment and conduct or expression (verbal or written) which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person. Cyber bullying, which is willful and repeated harassment and intimidation of a person through the use of digital technologies, including, but not limited to email, blogs, texting, social websites, chat rooms, “sexting,” instant messaging, recording another person without his/her consent and transmitting images of another person without his/her consent. 
  6. Stalking another person, defined as repeated contact without his/her consent and which causes significant mental suffering or distress. Cyber stalking, which is engaging in a course of conduct to communicate, or to cause to be communicated, words, images or language by or through the use of email or other digital technologies, directed at or about a specific person, causing substantial emotional distress to that person.
  7. Gender-based and/or sexual misconduct, which includes, but is not limited to the following offenses: Sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, non-consensual sexual intercourse (or attempts to commit same), non-consensual sexual contact (or attempts to commit same), sexual exploitation or other conduct that threatens the health and safety of any person on the basis of actual, expressed or perceived gender identity.
  8. Hazing is an act which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or which destroys or removes public or private property for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, a group organization and/or sport. No student or person associated with Schoolcraft College or attending the college will commit any act that injures, degrades, or disgraces any person attending the college. The express or implied consent of the victim will not be a defense. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing are not neutral acts; they are still violations of this rule.
  9. Gambling on campus or at any college-sponsored function (excludes approved charitable fundraising activities).
  10. Attempted or actual theft of or damage to property.
    1. THEFT: Theft of any kind, including seizing, receiving, or concealing property with knowledge that it has been stolen, is prohibited. Sale, possession, or misappropriation of any property without the owner’s permission is also prohibited.
    2. DAMAGE TO PROPERTY: Damage to or destruction of property owned by another and/or some actions that have the potential for such damage or destruction is prohibited. Conduct which threatens to damage, or creates hazardous conditions such as dropping, throwing, or causing objects or substances to fall from windows, doors, ledges, balconies or roofs is also prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, unauthorized application of graffiti, paint, etc. to any property.
  11. Any act of arson, creating a fire hazard, falsely reporting a fire or other emergency, falsely setting off a fire alarm, possession of and/or use of fireworks (including sparklers) or explosives of any kind, misusing or damaging fire or life safety equipment, possessing or using, without proper authorization, flammable materials or hazardous substances on college property.
  12. Unauthorized entry in or use of college facilities and/or premises, including unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of keys to any college premises. Unauthorized entry into, presence in, or use of college facilities, equipment, or property that has not been reserved or accessed through appropriate college officials is prohibited. 
  13. Making, possessing, submitting or using any falsified college document or record; altering any college document or record, including identification cards. Attempted or actual financial aid fraud or corresponding behaviors that would allow a student to receive monetary benefit for which he or she is not eligible. Altering any college document or record without permission is forbidden, including, but not limited to, furnishing false personal or student organization registration information, withholding material information from the college processes or procedures, or any other type of fraudulent act involving documentation provided to or for the college. 
  14. Acts of academic dishonesty, including but not limited to cheating, plagiarism, or any other form of academic dishonesty.
  15. The use of college resources to infringe upon copyright laws (print, digital and internet) is prohibited. This applies to all forms of electronic media including, but not limited to, software, electronic encyclopedias, image files, video files and sound files.
  16. Illegal or unauthorized use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages or being under the influence of alcohol. Students and student organizations must comply with the published regulations and any and all applicable laws concerning the transport, display, provision, and consumption of beer, wine, and other alcoholic beverages. Violating any other provision of the Student Code of Conduct while under the influence of alcohol is a violation of this alcohol policy.
  17. Use, possession, distribution, manufacture, sale of drugs or being under the influence of marijuana, heroin, narcotics or other controlled substances except as expressly permitted by federal law. The possession, use, manufacture, sale, or distribution of any counterfeit, illegal, dangerous, “designer,” or controlled drug or other substance is prohibited. Violating any other provision of the Student Code of Conduct while under the influence of any illegal or illegally obtained drug is also a violation of this policy. The use of prescription medications by anyone other than the person to whom the medication is prescribed is prohibited and may result in student conduct action against both parties.
  18. Failure to comply with directions of college employees, Campus Security Police, or any other law enforcement officers acting in the performance of their duties. Students are required to produce identification for a college official when asked, specifically for their student ID card. 
  19. Serious or repeated violation of campus traffic rules and regulations. Skateboarding, roller-skating and in-line skating are prohibited on college property.
  20. Possession or use of firearms, tasers, stun guns, explosives, other weapons, dangerous chemicals, or improper use of fire extinguishers on college property. NOTE: Exceptions to possession or use of firearms are:
    1. Certified law enforcement officers
    2. Students enrolled in Schoolcraft College classes requiring firearms training
    3. College-owned firearms used for instructional purposes.
  21. Participation in a campus demonstration which disrupts the normal operations of the college and infringes on the rights of other members of the college community. Leading or inciting others to disrupt scheduled and/or normal activities within any campus building or area; intentional obstruction which unreasonably interferes with freedom of movement, either pedestrian or vehicular, on campus.
  22. Violating Schoolcraft College Computer Usage policies, including but not limited to: 
    1. Unauthorized entry into a file to use, read, or change the contents, or for any other purpose.
    2. Unauthorized transfer of a file.
    3. Unauthorized use of another individual’s identification and password.
    4. Use of computer facilities to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member, college personnel, or employee.
    5. Use of computer facilities to interfere with normal operation of the college computing system.
    6. Sending or receiving material of a profane, pornographic or threatening nature.
    7. Use of personal information from college systems to harass students, staff, or faculty on or off campus.
  23. Conduct that is indecent or obscene including but not limited to:
    1. The use of any device to capture audio, video, or digital record or photograph of any person while on college premises or college events where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy (i.e., restrooms, locker rooms, etc.).
    2. The storing, sharing, and/or distributing of such unauthorized records by any means is also prohibited.
    3. Indecent or obscene conduct includes making obscene remarks, exposing oneself in an indecent manner, entering restrooms against the gender designation, urinating or defecating in public and/or engaging in sexual activities in public places.
  24. Violation of federal, state and local laws. Engaging in conduct that violates any municipal or county ordinance, federal or state law.
  25. Misusing, failing to comply with, or jeopardizing Code of Conduct procedures, sanctions/interventions, or interfering with participants. Abuse of the Student Conduct System includes but is not limited to:
    1. Failure to obey the summons of the Student Conduct Committee or a college official.
    2. Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information before the Student Conduct and Disciplinary Committee or the vice president of student services.
    3. Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a hearing.
    4. Institution of a hearing or proceeding knowingly without cause.
    5. Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in, or use of, the Student Conduct System.
    6. Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of the Student Conduct Committee or the vice president of student services prior to and/or during, and/or after a proceeding.
    7. Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a member of the Student Conduct Committee or Appellate prior to, during, and/or after a proceeding.
    8. Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Student Code.
    9. Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the Student Conduct System.

Violation of the Law and College Discipline

If a student is charged only with an off-campus violation of federal, state, or local laws, but not with any other violation of this Code, disciplinary action may be taken and sanctions imposed for grave misconduct that demonstrates flagrant disregard for the college community.

College disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with violation of a law which is also a violation of this Student Code; for example, if both violations result from the same factual situation, without regard to the pendency of civil litigation in court or criminal arrest and prosecution. Proceedings under this Student Code may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off campus.

When a student is charged by federal, state or local authorities with a violation of law, the college will not request or agree to special consideration for that individual because of his or her status as a student. If the alleged offense is also the subject of a proceeding under the Student Code, however, the college may advise off-campus authorities of the existence of the Student Code and of how such matters will be handled internally within the college community. The college will cooperate fully with the 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.

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