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The College expects a high standard of conduct from its students. Students are expected to comply with the law, respect proper constitutional authority and obey College policies, rules and regulations. Unacceptable conduct is defined as an action or behavior that is contrary to the best interest of a fellow student or students, the faculty or staff, the College, or the teaching/ learning process. Students failing to perform according to established standards may be subject to disciplinary action. Policies, standards, rules and regulations apply to students attending College activities whether the activity takes place on or off campus.
Each student shall be responsible for becoming knowledgeable of the contents and provisions of College policies, rules, and regulations concerning student conduct. In some cases individual programs may have approved policies for student conduct which also apply to student conduct in those programs.
All students shall obey the law, show respect for properly constituted authority, and observe correct standards of conduct. In addition to activities prohibited by law, the following types of behavior shall be prohibited:
1. Scholastic dishonesty shall constitute a violation of these rules and regulations and is punishable as prescribed by Board policies. Scholastic dishonesty shall include, but not be limited to, cheating on a test, plagiarism, and collusion.
“Cheating on a test” shall include:
a. Copying from another student’s test paper.
b. Using test materials not authorized by the person administering the test.
c. Collaborating with or seeking aid from another student during a test without permission from the test administrator.
d. Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, or soliciting, in whole or in part, the contents of an unadministered test.
e. The unauthorized transporting or removal, in whole or in part, of the contents of the unadministered test.
f. Substituting for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for one’s self, to take a test.
g. Bribing another person to obtain an unadministered test or information about an unadministered test.
“Plagiarism” shall be defined as the appropriating, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means another’s work and the unacknowledged submission or incorporation of it in one’s own written work.
“Collusion” shall be defined as the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing written work for fulfillment of course requirements.
2. Violations of the penal Statutes of Texas or of the United States occurring on College property or in connection with College-sponsored activities may also constitute violations of the College’s rules and regulations when such violations affect the educational process and goals of the College.
3. Obstruction or disruption of any authorized College operation or activity. Disorderly conduct shall include any verbal or physical abuse, intimidation, or the subjection of another person to inappropriate, abusive, threatening or demeaning actions. Refer to FLBH.
4. Use of alcoholic or intoxicating beverages and use of drugs not prescribed by a physician. Refer to FLBE.
5. The illegal use, possession, transmissions, and/or sale of drugs or narcotics, as those terms are defined by the Texas Controlled Substances Act.
6. Gambling in any form.
7. Hazing with or without the consent of a student; a violation of that prohibition renders both the person inflicting the hazing and the person submitting to the hazing subject to appropriate discipline. Initiations by organizations may include no feature that is dangerous, harmful, or degrading to the student; a violation of this prohibition renders the organization subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
8. Failure to comply with a directive from a College administrator, faculty member, or AC Police Department.
9. Falsification of admission forms or alteration of student records.
10. Unauthorized solicitation. Refer to FI.
11. Using tobacco or tobacco products inside any College building.
12. Possession of firearms or any type of weapon unless special authorization has been approved by the administration. Refer toFLBF.
13. Holding rallies, demonstrations, or any other form of public gathering without prior approval of the Vice President of Student Affairs, or conducting an activity that causes College officials to interrupt their scheduled duties to intervene, supervise, or observe activities in the interest of maintaining order.
14. Exhibiting behavior that gives reasonable cause to question, in the opinion of the College, whether the student is able to satisfactorily function in institutional programs or institutional activities in which the student is engaged.
15. Interference with teaching, research, administration, or the College’s subsidiary responsibilities through “disorderly conduct” or disruptive behavior.” Refer to FLBH.
16. Failure to pay a debt to the College or writing an “insufficient funds” check to the College.
17. Disorderly conduct which shall include any verbal or physical abuse, intimidation or the subjection of another person to inappropriate, abusive, threatening or demeaning actions on property owned or controlled by the College or at College-sponsored functions. Students who behave in a disorderly fashion may be required to leave the premises, withdraw from a club or organization or withdraw from the College.
18. Dressing in a manner which does not observe health and safety regulations and appropriateness to a learning environment. Students shall be informed of special dress requirements for any particular course or program. Students failing to comply with such requirements may be subject to disciplinary action. In cases where a student’s dress or hygiene interferes with learning, the appropriate College official shall conduct initial counseling with the student.
19. Damaging or destroying College property.
20. Sexual assault or harassment which includes any unwanted sexual advances or contact. Violation of such may result in disciplinary action as well as prosecution under state, federal, or local laws.
21. Unauthorized access, reconfiguration, modification, copying or misuse of College or other students’ computer files, including inappropriate use of e-mail, data or software. Violation may lead to disciplinary action.
Any student violating the student conduct policy shall be subject to disciplinary action, including suspension, in accordance with College policy.
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