Student Code of Conduct Policy 319.01

Johnson County Community College
Series: 300 Students
Section: Code of Conduct and Discipline

Students enrolled at Johnson County Community College (JCCC) are expected to conduct themselves as responsible individuals at all times while participating in any course or College activity or event, and while representing the College either on or off campus. Student participation in College-sponsored programs is considered a privilege and not a right. Therefore, students participating in such programs are expected to adhere to this JCCC Code of Conduct and to all specific conditions of participation in any College sanctioned activity, event or program, including but not limited to, behavioral conditions as described in contracts/agreements for athletic, academic and extra-curricular scholarships/activities.

Students are subject to the Policies and Procedures of the College. Violations of this Policy may be reported pursuant to the Student Disciplinary Action Operating Procedure. The College will take disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Disciplinary Action Policy if the College determines that a student has violated any provision of this Student Code of Conduct or has not acted in the best interest of other students, employees, or the College as a whole. In addition, the College may refer a student conduct matter to appropriate authorities if determined necessary by the College.

Students are required to comply with the following JCCC Student Code of Conduct provisions (also referred to as the “Code”):

1. Academic Dishonesty, Cheating or Plagiarism

No student shall attempt, engage in, or aid and abet behavior that, in the judgment of the faculty member for a particular class, is construed as academic dishonesty. This includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty.

Examples of academic dishonesty and cheating include, but are not limited to, unauthorized acquisition of tests or other academic materials and/or distribution of these materials, unauthorized sharing of answers during an exam, use of unauthorized notes or study materials during an exam, altering an exam and resubmitting it for re-grading, having another student take an exam for you or submit assignments in your name, participating in unauthorized collaboration on coursework to be graded, providing false data for a research paper, using electronic equipment to transmit information to a third party to seek answers, or creating/citing false or fictitious references for a term paper. Submitting the same paper for multiple classes may also be considered cheating if not authorized by the faculty member.

Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to, any attempt to take credit for work that is not your own, such as using direct quotes from an author without using quotation marks or indentation in the paper, paraphrasing work that is not your own without giving credit to the original source of the idea, or failing to properly cite all sources in the body of your work. This includes use of complete or partial papers from internet paper mills or other sources of non-original work without attribution.

A faculty member may further define academic dishonesty, cheating or plagiarism in the course syllabus.

2. Alcohol and Controlled Substances

JCCC supports and endorses the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act amendments of 1989, as stated in the Substance Abuse Policy 320.00 (for students) and Substance Abuse Policy 424.03 (for employees). In addition, the College requires students to comply with the provisions of the Kansas Controlled Substances Act (K.S.A. 65-4101, et seq.).

These laws and Policies provide, in part, that no student shall consume or possess any alcoholic beverages, unlawfully manufacture, distribute, dispense, consume or possess controlled substances, or be under the influence of such substances on any College-owned, College-operated, or College-utilized facility or at any College-sponsored event or activity either on or off campus. This includes but is not limited to service learning trips, internship experiences, clinical and practicum assignments, or any off-campus JCCC sponsored gathering of students. All athletes who practice and compete for athletic teams at JCCC will be required to participate in the College’s Drug and Alcohol Abuse Testing, Prevention and Counseling Program. Specifics of this Program are outlined within the Student Athlete Handbook.

3. Assault and Battery

No student shall threaten or commit an assault or battery (including sexual offenses) on or toward any member of the College community including its employees, students, trustees or visitors.

4. Bullying

Bullying is prohibited at JCCC. Bullying is defined to include an intentional gesture or any intentional written, verbal, electronic or physical act or threat that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment that a reasonable person knows or should know has the effect of physically or mentally harming another; causing damage to property; and/or causing a fear of harm to a person or property. Cyberbullying, or bullying through the use of electronic means, is also prohibited.

5. Contracts

No student shall enter into a contract with an outside agency using the name of the College. Contracts entered into in violation of this rule shall be the personal responsibility and liability of the student.

6. Counterfeiting and Altering

No student shall tamper with, alter in any way, manner, shape or form, or make any unauthorized reproduction or copies of any writing, record, document of identification or any form used or maintained by the College. This shall include electronic and computerized data.

7. Discrimination, Harassment or Retaliation

No student shall engage in discrimination, harassment or retaliation of another as defined and prohibited by the Student Discrimination, Harassment or Retaliation Complaint Policy 319.05.

8. Disruptive Behavior

No student shall behave in a manner that is materially disruptive to the learning environment, that is likely to cause damage or actually causes damage to College property, or that endangers or infringes upon the rights and/or safety of themselves or others. Student obstruction or disruption of an educational process, administrative process or other College function is prohibited. It is the responsibility of all students to cooperate fully with officers from the JCCC Police Department, including providing valid identification upon request.

Severe Disruption/Acts of Violence (Clear and Present Danger) - The vice president of Student Success & Engagement or designated party may immediately impose an emergency suspension in the event that a student’s continued presence on campus poses a significant danger to themselves or others, and/or there is reasonable cause to believe that such an emergency suspension is required to protect lives or property and/or to ensure the maintenance of order. A student placed on emergency suspension shall be given prompt notice of the charges and an opportunity for an appeal as provided in the Student Appeal of Disciplinary Action Procedure 319.03. During the period of emergency suspension, the student is prohibited from entering the grounds of any property owned or operated by JCCC at any time, for any reason, unless otherwise approved by the vice president of Student Success & Engagement. Violation of the emergency suspension shall be grounds for removal from campus or College property, initiation of trespass proceedings and/or expulsion.

9. Dumping and Littering

No student shall deposit, dump, litter or otherwise dispose of any refuse on College property, except in duly designated refuse depositories.

10. Financial Responsibility

Students who register for classes at JCCC are obligated to pay charges billed to the student account in accordance with the Student Financial Responsibility Statement.

11. Gambling

No student shall engage in any form of gambling, as defined by law (see K.S.A. 21-6403 as amended), on College-owned, College-operated, or College-utilized property, at College-sponsored events or activities either on or off campus, or through the use of College owned technology and communication systems

12. Safety

Students are required to observe the safety rules of any classroom, laboratory or other College premises, whether such procedures are written or oral rules or directions. This shall include, but not be limited to completing all required safety training, wearing required personal protective equipment and following prescribed methods and procedures for utilizing dangerous machinery and/or handling and disposing of certain materials which may be hazardous, unstable, infectious, etc.

13. Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking

Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking, as those terms are defined in the Sexual Misconduct Policy 650.00, are strictly prohibited.

14. Technology, Communication Systems and Electronic Devices

Students must comply with JCCC’s Use of Communication Systems Policy 510.00 and Operating Procedure 510.01.

Specifically, students will not use College technology and communication systems:

  • For illegal or criminal activity;
  • To harass, defame or stalk others;
  • For the posting, viewing or sending obscene or pornographic material or material that incites illegal activities;
  • For unauthorized commercial or for-profit activities;
  • To intentionally waste College resources and supplies;
  • To knowingly spread malware or viruses;
  • To play games or pursue other non-academic purposes without permission;
  • For the distribution, downloading, uploading, or sharing of any material, software, data, document, sound, picture, or any other file that is specified as illegal by any federal or state laws or considered to be proprietary;
  • To modify, damage, destroy, or copy any data to which they are not authorized; or
  • To tamper with, attempt to gain or gain access to computer data to which the student has no security authorization (including, but not limited to student files, faculty files, confidential information and student record data).

Students shall not share passwords to College technology and communication systems. Passwords must be kept confidential.

Additionally, no electronic communication device shall be used in a manner that causes disruption in any instructional, learning or activity setting, during any class, or within any College-owned, College-operated, or College-utilized facilities. This includes, but is not limited to, abuse of cellular or other electronic devices as follows:

  • Utilizing cellular phones or other electronic devices with photographic capabilities for the purposes of photographing test questions or engaging in other forms of academic misconduct, academic dishonesty or illegal activity;
  • Photographing individuals in secured areas such as lavatories or locker rooms;
  • Taking photographs of any individuals without obtaining appropriate consent;
  • Taking unauthorized photographs of documents; or
  • Utilizing any type of electronic device to photograph, video record or audio record a course or extra-curricular activity unless permission is expressly granted by the faculty member or JCCC representative. A student may be required to complete a Tape Recording Lecture Agreement before receiving permission to record. Regardless, when permission is granted, students agree to use such recordings only for personal use and agree not to post such recordings on the internet, or otherwise distribute them to others. Students needing recordings of lectures for disability-related reasons should contact the ACCESS Services Office to arrange for appropriate accommodations.

15. Theft/Vandalism

Students shall not engage in the theft of or damage to property belonging to another person or the College. This includes tampering with coin-operated machines, defacing of public property and relocating of College property without proper authorization.

16. Tobacco Use/Smoking

Tobacco use/smoking and use of electronic cigarettes (and similar devices) is prohibited on or in any College facility except in outdoor designated areas. See the Tobacco and Smoke-Free Campus Policy 428.01 for further information.

17. Use of College Facilities and Assembly

Students shall not be in College-owned, College-operated, or College-utilized facilities except during times established in the academic calendar or during normal College hours of operation. Students wishing to utilize College facilities at times outside of normal hours of operation must secure permission from the Office of Student Life and Leadership Development.

Free and open assembly is permitted in public areas of the College, subject to reasonable time, place and manner restrictions. For the purposes of this Code, assembly is defined as an individual or group organizing for the purpose of communication. Use of College space, whether public or non-public, for assembly purposes is available through established facility reservation procedures administered by the Office of Student Life and Leadership Development.

18. Weapons

For purposes of this Policy, “weapon” means any object or substance designed to inflict a wound, cause an injury or incapacitate, or create a reasonable fear of harm, including but not limited to those weapons described in K.S.A. 21-6301, as amended, except that personal self-defense items containing mace or pepper spray shall not be deemed to be weapons for the purposes of this Policy.

JCCC prohibits the possession or use of firearms, explosives, or other weapons or any facsimile thereof within any College building or facility and at any College-sponsored classes, events or activities. This Policy shall apply to all persons entering or upon any College campus, including students, employees, and campus visitors; provided that, this Policy shall not apply to authorized and full-time commissioned law enforcement officers, authorized armored car personnel, or others authorized in writing by the JCCC Chief of Police or designee.

Pursuant to K.S.A. 75-7c10 of the Kansas Personal and Family Protection Act, K.S.A. 75-7c01 et seq., as amended (the “Act”), no license issued pursuant to the Act shall authorize a licensee to carry a concealed weapon into any College facility that is posted in accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the Kansas Attorney General as a facility where carrying a concealed weapon is prohibited. Notwithstanding the foregoing, and in accordance with the Act, this Policy shall not be deemed to prohibit any person licensed under the Act from possessing a firearm within a vehicle or other private means of conveyance.

19. Other Violations

Students shall not: (a) violate a federal or state law or local ordinance; (b) aid or abet any violation of federal law, state law, local ordinance, or this JCCC Student Code of Conduct; or (c) violate any other JCCC Policy, Procedure or rule.

Date of Adoption:
Revised: 05/26/1993, 06/17/1993, 06/19/1997, 06/18/1998, 03/23/2000, 04/17/2003, 03/23/2004, 01/18/2007, 05/17/2007, 08/2/2007, 12/13/2007, 01/15/2009, 08/18/2011, 10/22/2015