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MSJC Student Code of Conduct

All students attending Mt. San Jacinto College are expected to abide by the College's Student Code of Conduct.

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605. STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

605.01 Definitions

The term "College" means Mt San Jacinto College.
The term "student" includes all persons taking courses at the College, both full-time and part-time, pursuing undergraduate studies.
The term "faculty member" means any person hired by the College to conduct classroom activities, perform professional counselor duties, or perform professional librarian duties.
The term "College official" includes any person employed by the College performing assigned administrative, professional, or staff responsibilities.
The term "member of the College Community" includes any person who is a student, faculty member, College official or any other person employed by the College. A person's status in a particular situation shall be determined by the Superintendent/President.
The term "College premises" includes all land, buildings, facilities, and other property in the possession of or owned, used, or controlled by the College or location where a College sponsored activity is occurring (including adjacent streets and sidewalks).
The term "organization" means any number of persons who have complied with the formal requirements for College recognition.
Unless otherwise specified in this policy, the term "day" shall refer to "working day," which shall be defined as any day Monday through Friday on which the college offices are open.
The term "Judicial Body" means any person or persons authorized by the Superintendent/President to determine whether a student has violated the Student Code and to recommend imposition of sanctions.
The term "Judicial Advisor" means the College official authorized to impose sanctions upon students found to have violated the Student Code. The Judicial Advisor shall be the Vice President of Student Services. The Superintendent/President may authorize a Judicial Advisor to serve simultaneously as a Judicial Advisor and the sole member or one of the members of a Judicial Body. Should a conflict of interest exist between the Judicial Advisor and a specific case, the Superintendent/ President shall appoint an ad hoc Judicial Advisor to handle that specific case.
The term "Appellate Board" means any person or persons authorized by the Superintendent/President to consider an appeal from a Judicial Body's determination that a student has violated the Student Code or from the sanctions imposed by the Judicial Advisor.
The term "shall" is used in the imperative sense.
The term "may" is used in the permissive sense.
The Vice President of Student Services is responsible for the administration of the Student Code.
The term "policy" is defined as the written regulations of the College as found in, but not limited to: the Board Policy Manual, the Student Code, Student Handbook, and College Catalogs.
The term "cheating" includes, but is not limited to: (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) use of the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; or (3) the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the College faculty or staff.
The term "plagiarism" includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.

605.02 Judicial Authority

The Judicial Advisor shall determine the composition of judicial bodies and Appellate Boards and determine which Judicial Body, Judicial Advisor and Appellate Board shall be authorized to hear each case.
The Judicial Advisor shall develop policies for the administration of the judicial program and procedural rules for the conduct of hearings which are not inconsistent with provisions of the Student Code. Decisions by a Judicial Body and/or Judicial Advisor shall be final, pending the normal appeal process.
A Judicial Body may be designated as arbiter of disputes within the student community in cases which do not involve a violation of the Student Code. All parties must agree to arbitration, and to be bound by the decision with no right of appeal.

605.03 Proscribed Conduct

  • Jurisdiction of the College

    Generally, College jurisdiction and discipline shall be limited to conduct which occurs on College premises or which adversely affects the College Community and/or the pursuit of its objectives.

  • Conduct - Rules and Regulations

    Any student found to have committed the following misconduct is subject to the disciplinary sanctions outlined in Article IV:

    1. Acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to the following:
      • Cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty.
      • Furnishing false information to any College official, faculty member, or office.
      • Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any College document, record or instrument of identification.
      • Tampering with the election of any College recognized student organization.

    2. Disruption or obstruction of teaching, administration, disciplinary proceedings, other College activities, including its public-service functions on or off campus, or other authorized non-College activities, when the act occurs on College premises.

    3. Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, stalking, harassment, coercion and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the physical and/or mental health and safety of any person.

    4. Attempted or actual theft of and/or damage to property of the College or property of a member of the College community or other personal or public property.

    5. Hazing, defined as 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 or organization.

    6. Failure to comply with directions of College officials or law enforcement officers acting in performance of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to one of these persons when requested to do so.

    7. Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys to any College premises or unauthorized entry to or use of College premises.

    8. Violation of published College policies, rules, or regulations.

    9. Violation of federal, state, or local law on College premises or at College sponsored or supervised activities.

    10. Use, possession or distribution of narcotics or other controlled substances except as expressly permitted by law, or appearing on campus or at a college event while under the influence of these illegal substances.

    11. Use, possession or distribution of alcoholic beverages except as expressly permitted by law and College regulations, or public intoxication on College premises.

    12. Illegal or unauthorized possession of firearms, explosives, other weapons or dangerous chemicals on College premises.

    13. 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.

    14. Obstruction of the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on College premises or at College sponsored or supervised functions.

    15. Conduct which is disorderly, lewd, or indecent; breach of peace; or aiding abetting, or procuring another person to breach the peace on College premises or at functions sponsored by, or participated in by, the College.

    16. Theft or other abuse of computer time, including but not limited to:
      • Unauthorized entry into a file to use, read, or change the contents, or for any other purpose.
      • Unauthorized transfer of a file.
      • Unauthorized use of another individual's identification and password.
      • Unauthorized use of phone and electronic devices such as radios, etc.
      • Use of computing facilities to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member or College Official.
      • Use of computing facilities to send obscene or abusive messages.
      • Use of computing facilities to interfere with normal operation of the College computing systems.

    17. Abuse of the Judicial System, including but not limited to:
      • Failure to obey the summons of a Judicial Body or College Official.
      • Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information before a Judicial Body.
      • Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a judicial proceeding.
      • Initiation of a judicial proceeding knowingly without cause.
      • Attempting to discourage an individuai's proper participation in, or use of, the judicial system.
      • Attempting to discourage an individual's proper participation in, or use of, the judicial system.
      • Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of a Judicial Body prior to and/or during the course of the judicial proceeding.
      • Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Student Code.
      • Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the judicial system.

  • Violation of Law and College Discipline

    1. 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-carnpus.

    2. When a student is charged by federal, 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 before a Judicial Body under the Student Code, however, the 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 and faculty members, acting in their personal capacities, remain free to interact with governmental representatives as they deem appropriate.

605.04 Judicial Policies

  • Charges and Hearing

    1. Any member of the College community may file charges against any student for misconduct. Charges shall be prepared in writing and directed to the Judicial Advisor responsible for the administration of the College's judicial system. Any charge should be submitted as soon as possible after the event takes place, preferably within 5 working days of the alleged act or within five (5) working days of the college being made aware of the alleged act. The complaint must specify the alleged breach of the Student Code of Conduct and give enough information to determine if charges will be pressed.

    2. The Judicial Advisor may conduct an investigation to determine if the charges have merit and/or if they can be disposed of administratively by mutual consent of the parties involved on a basis acceptable to the Judicial Advisor. Such disposition shall be final and there shall be no subsequent proceedings. If the charges cannot be disposed of by mutual consent, a hearing shall be called where the Judicial Advisor may serve in the same matter as the Judicial Body or a member thereof.

    3. Written notice of the hearing shall be forwarded to the student at least ten (10) calendar days prior to the date of the hearing. The notice shall include: the date, place and time of the hearing; a statement of the specific facts and charges to be heard; a copy of the student code of conduct which relate to the alleged violation as well as the hearing provisions of the student code of conduct.

    Hearings shall be conducted by a Judicial Body according to the following guidelines:
    • Hearings normally shall be conducted in private unless a public hearing is requested in writing at least 24 hours prior to the hearing.
    • Admission of any person to the hearing shall be at the discretion of the Judicial Body and/or its Judicial Advisor.
    • In hearings involving more than one accused student, the chairperson of the Judicial Body, in his or her discretion, may permit the hearings concerning each student to be conducted separately.
    • The complainant and the accused have the right to be assisted by any advisor they choose, at their own expense. The advisor may be an attorney. The complainant and/or the accused is responsible for presenting his or her own case and, therefore, advisors are not permitted to speak or to participate directly in any hearing before a Judicial Body.
    • The complainant, the accused and the Judicial Body shall have the privilege of presenting and cross-examining witnesses, subject to the right of cross-examination by the Judicial Body.
    • Pertinent records, exhibits and written statements may be accepted as evidence for consideration by a Judicial Body at the discretion of the chairperson. The student shall have the right to inspect and obtain copies of ail documents to be used at the hearing.
    • All procedural questions are subject to the final decision of the chairperson of the Judicial Body.
    • After the hearing, the Judicial Body shall determine {by simple majority vote if the Judicial Body consists of more than one person) whether the student has violated each section of the Student Code which the student is charged with violating.
    • The Judicial Body's determination shall be made on the basis of whether it is more likely than not that the accused student violated the Student Code.
    There shall be a single verbatim record, such as a tape recording of all hearings before a Judicial Body. The record shall be property of the College.
    Except in the case of a student charged with failing to obey the summons of a Judicial Body or College official, no student may be found to have violated the Student Code solely because the student failed to appear before a Judicial Body. In all cases, the evidence in support of the charges shall be presented and considered.
  • Sanctions

    1. The following sanctions may be imposed upon any student found to have violated the Student Code:
      • Warning: A notice in writing to the student that the student is violating or has violated institutional regulations.
      • Probation: A written reprimand for violation of specified regulations. Probation is for a designated period of time and includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the student is found to be violating any institutional regulation(s) during the probationary period.
      • Loss of Privileges: Denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time.
      • Restitution: Compensation for loss, damage, or injury. This may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary or material replacement.
      • Discretionary Sanctions: Work assignments, service to the College or other related discretionary assignments (such assignments must have the prior approval of the Judicial Advisor).
      • College Suspension: Separation of the student from the College for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for re-admission may be specified.
      • College Expulsion: Permanent separation of the student from the College. If a Judicial Body recommends expulsion, it shall require the concurrence of the Vice President of Student Services and the Superintendent/President, who shall recommend that the Board of Trustees approve the expulsion.

      More than one of the sanctions listed above may be imposed for any single violation.

      Other than College expulsion, disciplinary sanctions shall not be made part of the student's permanent academic record, but shall become part of the student's confidential record. The student's confidential record will be expunged of disciplinary actions other than College suspension or College expulsion based upon regulations and time lines provided in the California Community College Education Code and in Title 5 of the Administrative Codes of the State of California,

      The following sanctions may be imposed upon groups or organizations:

      • Those sanctions listed above in Section B1, a through e.
      • Deactivation: Loss of privileges including College recognition, for a specified period of time.
      • In each case in which a Judicial Body determines that a student has violated the Student Code, the sanction(s) shall be determined and imposed by the Judicial Advisor, in cases in which persons other than or in addition to the Judicial Advisor have been authorized to serve as the Judicial Body, the recommendation of all members of the Judicial Body shall be considered by the Judicial Advisor in determining and imposing sanctions. The Judicial Advisor is not limited to sanctions recommended by members of the Judicial Body.

      Following the hearing, the Judicial Body shall notify the Judicial Advisor who shall advise the accused in writing of the determination and of the sanction(s) imposed, if any.

  • Interim Suspension

    The Superintendent/President or his/her designee may suspend a student for up to ten (10) days, when immediate suspension is required in order to protect lives or property and to ensure maintenance of order.

    Where an interim suspension is imposed, the Superintendent/President or his/her designee shall conduct a hearing within ten (10) days of the interim suspension. The hearing related to an interim suspension shall include a full statement of the charges, and shall provide an opportunity for the student to respond to those charges.

  • Appeals

    During the interim suspension, students shall be denied access to the campus (including classes) and/or all other College activities or privileges for which the student might otherwise be eligible, as the Superintendent/President or the Judicial Advisor may determine to be appropriate.

    A decision reached by the Judicial Body or a sanction imposed by the Judicial Advisor may be appealed by accused students or complainants to an Appellate Board within five (5) working days of the decision. Such appeals shall be in writing and shall be delivered to the Judicial Advisor or his or her designee.

    Except as required to explain the basis of new evidence, an appeal shall be limited to review of the verbatim record of the initial hearing and supporting documents for one or more of the following purposes:

    • To determine whether the original hearing was conducted fairly in light of the charges and evidence presented, and in conformity with prescribed procedures, giving the complaining party a reasonable opportunity to prepare and present evidence that the Student Code was violated, and giving the accused student a reasonable opportunity to prepare and to present a rebuttal of those allegations.
    • To determine whether the decision reached regarding the accused student was based on the preponderance of substantial evidence, that is, whether the facts in the case were sufficient to establish that a violation of the Student Code occurred.
    • To determine whether the sanction(s) imposed were appropriate for the violation of the Student Code which the student was found to have committed.
    • To consider new evidence, sufficient to alter a decisional or relevant facts not brought out in the original hearing because such evidence and/or facts were not known to the person appealing at the time of the original hearing.

    If an appeal is upheld by the Appellate Board, the matter shall be remanded to the original Judicial Body and Judicial Advisor for reopening of the hearing to allow reconsideration of the original determination and/or sanction(s).

    In cases involving appeals by students accused of violating the Student Code, review of the sanction by the Appellate Board may not result in more severe sanction(s) for the accused student. Instead, following an appeal, the Superintendent/President may upon review of the case, reduce, but not increase, the sanctions imposed by the Judicial Advisor.

    In cases involving appeals by persons other than students accused of violating the Student Code, the Superintendent/President may, upon review of the case, reduce or increase the sanctions imposed by the Judicial Advisor or remand the case to the original Judicial Body and Judicial Advisor.

605.05 Interpretation and Revision

  • Any question of interpretation regarding the Student Code shall be referred to the Superintendent/President or his/her designee for final determination.

  • The Student Code shall be reviewed every three years under the direction of the Judicial Advisor.

605.06 Forfeiture of State Financial Aid

In accepting a scholarship, loan, fellowship, grant-in-aid or any other financial aid given or guaranteed by the state for assistance, every recipient thereof, who is a student at a public or private university, college or other institution of higher education, shall be deemed to have agreed to observe the rules and regulations promulgated by the governing authority of the university, college or other institution of higher education, for the government thereof.
Any recipient of such state financial aid who, on the campus of the university, college or other institution of higher education, willfully and knowingly commits any act likely to disrupt the peaceful conduct of the activities of such campus, and is arrested and convicted of a public offense arising from such act, may be determined to be ineligible for any such state financial aid for a period not to exceed the ensuing two academic years.
Any such recipient who is suspended from an institution of higher education for such acts shall be ineligible for such state financial aid for a period not less than the time of such suspension.
The governing authority of the university, college, or other institution of higher education shall, for purposes of this section, cause to be reviewed the record of each recipient and shall, as soon as practicable, notify a hearing board established by it of the name of any recipient who committed any such act and was arrested and convicted of any such public offense, or is found to have willfully and knowingly disrupted the orderly operation of the campus, or has been suspended from an institution of higher education for such acts (Education Code ยง69810).

False or Malicious Allegations

Any student(s) initiating or supporting malicious or false student conduct complaints may be guilty of violating MSJC's Student Code of Conduct, Section 605.03 (1) (b), "Furnishing false information to any College official, faculty member, or office" If the allegations are found to be true, the student could be subject to suspension or dismissal from the College.

Approved by Board of Trustees 10/8/96