Student Code of Conduct - 319.01

Students enrolled at Johnson County Community College 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. Students are subject to the policies and procedures of the college during their period of enrollment, and the college reserves the right to take disciplinary action in accordance with college policy 319.02-Student Disciplinary Action if in the judgment of the college a student has violated any provision of college policy 319.01-Student Code of Conduct or has not acted in the best interest of other students, faculty, staff, 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.

The following categories comprise the JCCC Student Code of Conduct (also referred to as Code):

1.  Alcohol and Controlled Substances

Johnson County Community College 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 college policy 320.00 and college policy 424.03.  In addition, the college requires students to comply with the provisions of the Kansas Controlled Substance Act, K.S.A. 65-4101.

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 a student or students. 

Authorized exceptions to this policy on consumption of alcohol are as  provided in college policy 217.06-Service of Alcoholic Beverages for Special Events and Regular Operations.

Student organizations may apply for special events at which alcoholic beverages may be served in accordance with the provisions of college policy 217.06-Service of Alcoholic Beverages for Special Events and Regular Operations.

2. Student Participation in College Programs

Participation in college-sponsored programs is considered a privilege and not a right. Therefore, students participating in such programs are expected to adhere to the Student Code of Conduct and to all specific conditions of participation in any college sanctioned activity, event or program. This includes, but is not limited to, behavioral conditions as described in contracts/agreements for athletic, academic and extra-curricular scholarships, and participation in other extra-curricular activities.

Illicit drug usage within the context of competitive athletics can compromise the physical well-being and health and safety of the individual; therefore, all athletes who practice and compete for varsity athletic teams at Johnson County Community College will be required to participate in the college’s Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program.  Specifics of the drug testing procedures, list of drugs of abuse, and counseling procedures are outlined within the Student Athlete Handbook.

3. Assembly

Free and open assembly is permitted 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 for assembly purposes is available through established facility reservation procedures. Student groups and organizations shall request such use through the Office of Student Life and Leadership Development.

4. 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 faculty, staff, students, trustees or visitors.

5. Academic Dishonesty, Cheating or Plagiarism

No student shall attempt, engage in, or aid and abet behavior that, in the judgment of the instructor of the class, is construed as academic dishonesty.  This  includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty such as those examples illustrated immediately below.

Examples of 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 instructor.

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.

6. College Computing Systems

No student shall engage in the following:

Willfully and without authorization gaining or attempting to gain access to and/or damaging, modifying, altering, destroying, copying, disclosing or taking possession of a computer, computer system, computer network or any other college property.

Using JCCC’s computers, computer system, network or any other property for the purpose of devising or executing a scheme or artifice with the intent to defraud or for the purpose of obtaining money, property, service or any other thing of value by means of false or fraudulent pretense or representation;

Willfully exceeding the limits of authorization and/or damaging, altering, destroying, copying, disclosing or taking possession of a computer, computer system, computer network or any other property.

It is the student’s responsibility to treat all college resources with care.

Students will not:

  • Use college computing systems for illegal or criminal activity
  • Use college resources to harass, defame or attack others
  • Use college resources for the posting, viewing or sending obscene or pornographic material or material that incites illegal activities
  • Use campus computing system for commercial or profit activities
  • Intentionally waste limited resources and supplies
  • Knowingly spread malware or viruses
  • Use college computing resources to play games or pursue other non-academic purposes without permission
  • Use college resources 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.

Modify, Damaging, Destroying or Copying of Data

Students shall not in any manner modify, damage, destroy, or copy any data to which they are not authorized.

Unauthorized Access/Sharing Passwords

Students shall not tamper with, attempt to gain or gain access to computer data to which the student has no security authorization (such as, but not limited to student files, faculty files, confidential information, student record data). All students are prohibited from sharing computer passwords. Passwords must be kept confidential.

7. 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 of the student.

8. 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.

9. Discrimination or Harassment

No student shall engage in discrimination, harassment or retaliation of another student as defined and prohibited by college policy 319.05; no student shall engage in discrimination, harassment or retaliation of an instructor, staff member or trustee of the college as defined and prohibited by college policy 411.01 and 420.01.

10. Disruptive Behavior

No student shall behave in a manner that is materially disruptive to the learning environment or that endangers or infringes upon the rights and/or safety of themselves or other students or staff. Any 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 to insure the maintenance of order. A student so placed on emergency suspension shall be given prompt notice of the charges and an opportunity for an appeal as provided in college policy 319.03-Appeal of Disciplinary Action. During the period of emergency suspension, the student shall be prohibited from entering the grounds of any property owned or operated by Johnson County Community College at any time, for any reason, unless otherwise approved by the vice president of Student Success/Engagement. Violation of such shall be grounds for removal from campus or college property, providing notice of trespass and filing  trespass charges and expulsion.

11. Dumping and Littering

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

12. Electronic Devices      

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 is prohibited.
  • Photographing individuals in secured areas such as lavatories or locker rooms is prohibited.
  • Taking photographs of any individuals without their consent is prohibited.
  • Taking unauthorized photographs of documents is prohibited.
  • Utilizing any type of electronic device to photograph, video record, audio record or make other electronic or digital record of or during course or extra-curricular activities is prohibited unless permission is expressly granted by the instructor.  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.  Students needing recordings of lectures for disability-related reasons should contact the ACCESS Services Office.

13. Gambling

No student shall engage in any form of gambling, as defined in K.S.A. 21- 4302 as amended from time to time, 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 computing systems.

14. 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, the wearing of any required personal protective equipment and the following of prescribed methods and procedures for handling and disposing of certain materials which may be hazardous, unstable, infectious, etc.

15. Tobacco Use/Smoking

Tobacco use/smoking is prohibited on or in any college facility except in outdoor designated areas. See College Policy 428.01 for further information.

16. 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 campus property without proper authorization.

17. Use of College Facilities

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.

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. 21-4201, as amended. Notwithstanding the foregoing, personal self-defense items containing mace or pepper spray shall not be deemed to be weapons for the purposes of this policy.

Johnson County Community College 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

Student 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.

Date of Adoption:
Revised: 5/26/93, 6/17/93, 6/19/97, 6/18/98, 3/23/00, 4/17/03, 3/23/04, 1/18/07, 5/17/07, 8/2/07, 12/13/07, 01/15/09, 08/18/2011