Code of Conduct
It is the expectation of the faculty and administration of the College that students will act maturely and develop the ability to lead and govern themselves.
In order to provide the maximum opportunity for learning and to support the mutual respect necessary within the teaching/learning environment, students are expected to adhere to the following guidelines within the classroom, laboratories, library, and other College facilities and on College sponsored trips.
Students are expected to:
- report to class on time and remain for the duration of the class.
- be responsible for all material covered and announcements made within class, even when absent from class.
- come to class prepared (completed homework and readings).
- refrain from conversations whenever the instructor or another student is speaking.
- maintain an atmosphere conducive to the teaching/learning process.
- silence all electronic devices during class.
- abide by the College’s Guide for Responsible Use of Electronic Communication and not abuse the privileges of access to electronic information and communication.
- adhere to classroom policies set by their instructors in the class format/syllabus.
- turn in assignments on time (in the proper format), participate in class discussions, and prepare for tests.
- adhere to the College’s Academic Integrity Policy.
- abide by college policies related to children on campus.
- refrain from tobacco use in unauthorized areas.
- abide by the Student Code of Conduct contained within this document.
- abide by all college policies.
I. Infractions/ Violations
The following student actions are Code of Conduct Violations and may result in sanctions:
- Plagiarism or academic cheating.
- Forgery or alteration of the College identification card or records.
- Destruction of, damage to, malicious misuse of, or abuse of College property, or personal property on campus.
- Assault upon another person or the threat thereof while on campus.
- Theft of College property or personal property on campus.
- Lewd or indecent conduct on campus.
- Possession, use, or sale of unauthorized narcotics or illegal substances on campus.
- Unauthorized use, possession, or sale of firearms or other dangerous weapons on campus.
- Drunk and/or disorderly conduct on campus.
- Possession of alcoholic beverages on campus property except where expressly authorized by the President.
- Sexual harassment
- Violation of other College rules and regulations after publication, distribution, or posting thereof in such a manner to ensure fair notice to the student.
- Willful destruction of the passageway, or exit or entrance to the College campus, of a College building or facility, or any portion thereof.
- Failure to provide proper identification of oneself when requested by a College official including security officers, faculty, and staff members.
- Failure to respond to official correspondence and communication from the College.
- Gambling on College property.
- Smoking in unauthorized locations.
- Disruptive behavior or conduct.
- Misrepresentation of proper identification of oneself in the transaction of College business and dealings with College officials and representatives.
- Unauthorized possession of animals on College premises.
- Abuse of privileges of access to electronic information and communication.
If a student is found guilty of a violation(s) one or more of the following sanctions may be imposed:
- Expulsion: permanent separation of the student from the College. Notification will appear on the student's transcript and the official disciplinary file in the Office of Student Life Programs. The individual will also be barred from College premises.
- Suspension: separation of the student from the College for a specified period of time. Notification may appear on the student's transcript. Notification will appear in the official disciplinary file. The individual shall not participate in any College sponsored activity and may be barred from College premises.
- Temporary Suspension: the College reserves the right to temporarily suspend any individual charged under the Code with any violation which is a serious threat to the physical well being of any individual(s) or property. In the event of such temporary suspension, a hearing must be held before the appropriate College official within seven (7) calendar days of the date of the incident or discovery thereof.
- Monetary Fines: not to exceed $125. Notification will appear on the student's financial records and in the official disciplinary file.
- Restitution: the student is required to make payment to the College or other persons, groups, or organizations for damages incurred as a result of commission of a Code violation.
- Other Sanctions: to include disciplinary probation consisting of written letters of reprimand, restrictions upon participation in College activities, requirement of formal apologies, explanations, and assignments of research and/or work projects. Other academic sanctions might include expulsion from a class or instructor initiated withdrawal from a course or courses. See policy on cheating and plagiarism for sanctions related to these violations.
Any person who exhibits conduct not in keeping with the established standards of the College is subject to penalty with possible fine, probation, suspension, or expulsion from the College.
Any member of the College community may charge any other member of the College community with a Code of Conduct violation.
All Code of Conduct violations must be filed in writing within seven (7) calendar days of their occurrence:
- Non-academic (non-classroom) violations must be filed with the Director, Student Life Programs in the Office of Student Life Programs.
- Academic violations regarding plagiarism and cheating must be filed with the Provost/Dean of Academic Affairs.
- Academic violations regarding classroom offenses must be filed with the appropriate Assistant Academic Dean in the Academic Affairs Division. Academic violations regarding classroom offenses in Integration of Knowledge (INTG) classes must be filed with the INTG Coordinator.
- Non-classroom oriented violations are filed with the Director, Student Life Programs in the Office of Student Life Programs.
The following procedure will take place after a non-classroom Code of Conduct violation:
When a Code of Conduct violation is filed, the Director, Student Life Programs will issue written notice of the code violation to the alleged code violator(s) within seven (7) calendar days of receiving the code violation incident report. This notification will include the alleged violator (s) and date, time, and location of the disciplinary hearing.
There are two options for a hearing in a non-classroom oriented violation:
- Option #1 for disciplinary hearing:
The alleged code violator(s) may choose to have the hearing with the Director, Student Life Programs. The Director, Student Life Programs will meet with the alleged code violator(s) in a one-on-one setting. Once all evidence has been reviewed, the Director, Student Life Programs has the option of deciding any sanctions at that time. The Director, Student Life Programs will inform the alleged code violator(s) of the official College ruling in writing no later than seven (7) calendar days following the disciplinary hearing.
- Option #2 for disciplinary hearing:
The alleged code violator(s) may choose to have the hearing with the Student Judiciary. The Student Judiciary is appointed by the President of the College upon the recommendation of the Student Government Association. Involvement of the Student Judiciary regarding a disciplinary matter is the option of the individual(s) charged with a code violation.
What is the role of the Student Judiciary?
The Student Judiciary is a committee of five (5) students who will review the code violation, evidence, and documentation and make a written recommendation regarding findings and sanctions against the alleged code violator(s) to the Director, Student Life Programs. The Director, Student Life Programs will review the recommendation of the Student Judiciary. The Director, Student Life Programs will inform the alleged code violator(s) in writing of the official College ruling no later than seven (7) calendar days following the disciplinary hearing.
- Option #1 for disciplinary hearing:
- Academic Violations for cheating and plagiarism:
The expectation at Bucks County Community College is that the principles of truth and honesty will be rigorously followed in all academic endeavors. This assumes that all work will be done by the person who purports to do the work without unauthorized aids. In addition, when making use of language and some idea not his or her own, whether quoting them directly or paraphrasing them into his or her own words, the student must attribute the source of the material in some standard form, such as naming the source in the text or offering a footnote. Individual instructors are responsible for completing the Plagiarism/ Cheating Incident Report within fourteen (14) days of the discovery of an offense. The instructor should maintain copies and forward originals of the Report and supporting documentation to the Office of the Dean of Academic Affairs. The Dean of Academic Affairs will notify the instructor’s Assistant Academic Dean, the student’s Assistant Academic Dean, and the Dean of Students. Instructors should include in their course formats an explanation of the Cheating and Plagiarism Policy and its penalties. The Office of the Dean of Academic Affairs will maintain a central record and monitor all policy violations.
First Recorded Offense
When an instructor charges a student with cheating or plagiarism, the instructor must complete a Plagiarism/Cheating Incident Report within fourteen (14) days of the incident’s discovery. The instructor must take one of the following two actions: Level 1—Issue a warning with the requirement that the offending portions of the work be revised. -OR- Level 2—Issue an automatic failing grade (F) for the work in question, e.g., quiz, essay, examination.
Second Recorded Offense
When the Office of the Dean of Academic Affairs receives a Plagiarism/Cheating Incident Report, a review of the central record file will be made to determine if any previous incidents have been reported on the same student. If one previous offense has been recorded, the instructor filing the Incident Report will be contacted and must resubmit the Incident Report taking one of the following two actions: Level 3—Issue an automatic withdrawal grade (W) for the course. (This action must be taken within the normal course withdrawal period). -ORLevel 4—Issue an automatic failing grade (F) for the course. NOTE: Instructors should always complete the Incident Report as a First Recorded Offense unless contacted by the Office of the Dean of Academic Affairs to resubmit the Incident Report as a second offense.
Third Recorded Offense
If the Office of the Dean of Academic Affairs receives a third recorded offense on the same student, it will notify the instructor and the College will take the following action: Level 5—Three year suspension from the College.
• Any incident or penalty, except Level 5, shall be levied by the instructor in writing and recorded in the Office of the Dean of Academic Affairs. • No information pertaining to the offense shall be disclosed to external entities such as colleges, employers, or agencies.
3. Academic violations regarding classroom offenses:
Disruptive classroom behavior and other classroom offenses will be filed with the Assistant Academic Dean in the department where the violation occurred, or with the INTG Coordinator for such offenses in INTG classes. Faculty make primary decisions regarding student discipline in the classroom. These decisions are subject to review by the appropriate Assistant Academic Dean responsible for the department, or by the INTG Coordinator for those classes.
The following procedure will take place after a classroom Code of Conduct violation:
Faculty member will ask the student to cease the disruptive or code violating behavior.
- If student does not cease the behavior, the faculty member may ask the student to leave the class.
- If asked to leave a class, the student must meet with the faculty member before the next scheduled class meeting to resolve the behavioral issue before continuing in the class.
- If in subsequent classes the student does not change his/her disruptive or code violating behavior, the faculty member will refer the student to the Assistant Academic Dean or the INTG Coordinator responsible for that department or class for a disciplinary hearing.
- The Assistant Academic Dean or the INTG Coordinator will give the alleged code violator(s) written notice of what they are accused within seven (7) calendar days of the most recent violation, including the date and time of their hearing.
- A disciplinary hearing will be conducted by the Assistant Academic Dean or INTG Coordinator who will determine the sanctions, if any.
- The Assistant Academic Dean or the INTG Coordinator will inform the alleged code violator (s) in writing of the official College ruling no later than seven (7) calendar days following the disciplinary hearing.
- Appeals to all rulings may be made in writing within fourteen (14) calendar days of the disciplinary hearing date.
- All academic oriented appeals will be filed with the Provost/Dean of Academic Affairs
- Non- classroom oriented appeals will be filed with the Dean, Student Affairs
- A subsequent appeal may be made in writing within fourteen (14) calendar days of the Dean level appeal hearing date to the College President. The decision of the College President shall be final.
- Disciplinary Records
Student disciplinary records are kept by the Office of Student Life Programs. These records are:
- available for examination by the student upon request;
- held indefinitely;
- excluded from an academic transcript and placement record;
- disclosed to all persons only upon subpoena, by written permission of the student, or as provided for elsewhere in this document.
Enforcement of a College Code of Conduct requires the cooperation of the college community.
- The ultimate responsibility for enforcement of the Code of Conduct rests with the College President and Board of Trustees.
- The College President may delegate enforcement of the Code of Conduct to appropriate College administrative officials and staff members.
- Chief responsibility for the enforcement of academic-oriented violations rests with the Provost/Dean, Academic Affairs.
- Chief responsibility for the enforcement of non-academic oriented violations rests with the Vice President/Dean, Student Affairs.
- Chief responsibility for official College disciplinary files rests with the Director, Student Life Programs.
- Day -to -day enforcement responsibility rests with all members of the College community including students, faculty, administrators, and staff members.