Student Code of Conduct

Students are expected to conduct themselves as mature and responsible individuals at all times, showing high regard and respect for the rights, privileges, and property of others, including college facilities and property. Student behavior is subject to federal, state, and local laws.

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MCC Conduct Policy & Student Code of Conduct

Students are expected to conduct themselves as mature and responsible individuals at all times, showing high regard and respect for the rights, privileges, and property of others, including college facilities and property. Student behavior is subject to federal, state, and local laws.


Students are expected to perform honest academic work and follow established College
policies and procedures.


Violation of any College regulations or applicable federal, state, or local statutes may result in administrative action up to or including suspension or expulsion. MCC's student body is governed by the following Code of Conduct.

I. Preamble


Freedom to teach and freedom to learn are inseparable parts of academic freedom. The freedom to learn depends upon appropriate opportunities and conditions in the classroom, on the campus, and in the community. Students should exercise their freedom with responsibility. As members of the academic community, students are subject to the obligations that accrue to them by virtue of this membership. When a student's violation of the law adversely affects the college's pursuit of its recognized educational objectives, the college may enforce its own regulations. When students violate college regulations, they are subject to disciplinary action by the college whether or not their conduct violates the law. If a student's behavior simultaneously violates both college regulations and the law, the college may take disciplinary action independent of that taken by legal authorities.


The college, therefore, has a duty to develop Code of Conduct policies and procedures that provide and safeguard academic freedom, student rights, student responsibilities, and due process. The purposes of the policies, regulations, and procedures are to:


1. Provide an academic environment that will promote quality educational outcomes;
2. Assure individual freedom and protect the individual in his/her pursuit of knowledge; and
3. Promote the development of self-discipline, respect for others, and concern for one's personal conduct.


It is the responsibility of the President to direct the staff in the development, implementation and publication of such procedures.


II. Student Rights


A. Students are free to pursue their educational goals. Appropriate opportunities for learning in the classroom and on the campus will be provided by the college. Student performance will be evaluated on an academic basis, not on opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to academic standards.
B. Students have the right to freedom of expression, inquiry, and assembly without restraint or censorship
subject to reasonable and non-discriminatory rules and regulations regarding time, place, and manner. Freedom of expression must conform to generally recognized community standards of decency and morality.
C. Students have the right to inquire about and to propose improvements in policies, regulations, and procedures affecting the welfare of students through established student government procedures, campus committees, and college officers.
D. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 provides safeguards regarding the confidentiality of and access to student records, and this Act will be adhered to by the college. Students and former students have the right to review their official records and to request a hearing if they challenge the contents of these records.
E. No disciplinary sanctions other than admonition, warning, reprimand, or temporary removal from class or an activity may be imposed upon any student without notice and opportunity for response.
F. Grade Appeal: A student has the right to appeal to his/her instructor an assigned final course grade within thirty (30) working days after the postmarked date of the grade. If the student is not satisfied with the grade appeal, the student may seek assistance from the faculty supervisor, the Division Chair, and/or the Vice President of Instructional Services.
A grade assignment may be reviewed under the Grade Appeal Procedure.


III. Student Code of Conduct


All students and staff shall be provided a safe, peaceful, and honest educational environment. Therefore, when in the judgment of college personnel a student's conduct disrupts or threatens to disrupt the college community, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken to restore and protect the safety, peace, and integrity of the community. Students are expected to conduct themselves according to generally accepted standards of scholarship and conduct. The purpose of the Student Code of Conduct is not to restrict student freedoms but to protect the rights of individuals in their academic pursuits. The Associate Degree Nursing, Early Childhood Education, Basic Law Enforcement Training, Medical Assisting, and Practical Nursing students are directed by more specific standards which are approved by an advisory committee and/or an approving agency. Therefore, students are prohibited from engaging in any conduct that materially and adversely affects the educational process including, but not limited to, the following rules:


Rule 1: State & Federal Laws
A student shall not violate any state or federal laws while on MCC campuses or while attending a MCC activity, function, or event off MCC grounds.


Rule 2: Weapons & Dangerous Instruments- NC General Statute 14-269.2
It is unlawful for anyone to possess any weapon, whether openly or concealed, while on private school or public school property unless it is used as part of a school activity or ceremony. In essence, the statute refers to any and all property owned, used, or operated by any Board of Education, school, college, or university for the administration of any public or private educational institution. In practice, then, this statute permits prosecution of anyone carrying any dangerous instrument in school, on school grounds, or at any school activity.


Rule 3: Narcotics, Alcoholic Beverages, & Controlled Substances
A student shall not knowingly or negligently own, possess, use, transport or be at any time under the influence of any narcotic drug, alcoholic beverage, or any other controlled substance (as controlled substance is defined by the North Carolina General Statutes or 21 U.S.C. subsection 812) while on MCC grounds or during the time when a student is participating in any MCC activity, function, or event off MCC grounds. Use of any drug authorized by medical prescription from a registered physician, the student shall be held strictly accountable for his/her behavior while under the influence of prescribed medicines.


Rule 4: Sexual Harrassment
A student shall not engage in any act, comment, or behavior which is of a sexually suggestive or harassing nature that in any way interferes with a student's or an employee's performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. (See page 15 of the College catalog for more details).


Rule 5: Academic Dishonesty, Cheating, Forgery, & Related Offenses
It shall be a violation of the MCC Code of Conduct for a student to commit any one of the following acts:
1. Academic cheating, including, but not limited to, unauthorized copying of academic work of another, collaboration for use of notes or books on examinations without prior permission of the instructor.
2. Plagiarism or the intentional presentation of work of another without proper acknowledgment of the source.
3. Fabrication and falsification or the intentional misrepresentation of any information or citation in an academic exercise.
4. Submission of substantial portions of the same academic work for credit more than once without authorization.
5. Abuse of academic materials in the form of destruction, theft, or concealment of library or other resource material or of another student's notes or laboratory experiments.
6. Complicity in academic dishonesty in helping or attempting to help another student to commit an act of academic dishonesty
7. Forgery, alteration, copyright violation, or misuse of college documents, records, computer software, Internet materials, or instruments of identification with intent to deceive or disrupt.
8. Furnishing of false information to any MCC personnel including forgery, falsification, or fraudulent misuse of any documents, records, or identification cards.
9. Having someone other than the student do work for that student.


Rule 6: Disruption & Disorderly Conduct
A student shall not engage directly or indirectly in disorderly conduct which is intended to provoke violent retaliation or cause a breach of peace which disrupts, disturbs, or interferes with the normal routine activities or teaching of students, or with the peace, order, or discipline on MCC grounds.


Rule 7: Lewd or Indecent Conduct
A student shall not engage in lewd or indecent conduct, including public physical or verbal action or distribution of obscene or libelous material.


Rule 8: Assault On or Verbal Abuse Of A MCC Employee, Student or Others
A student shall not intentionally cause, or attempt to cause or threaten to cause, physical injury, verbal abuse, harassment, or communicate a threat, or direct any profane language toward any MCC employee, another student or MCC guest, visitor, or invitee at any time while such student is enrolled at MCC, or while such student is on MCC grounds or is attending a MCC activity, function, or event held off MCC grounds.


Rule 9: Classroom & Campus Activities
A student shall comply with all directions of teachers, student teachers, substitute teachers, lab instructors, MCC administrators, or authorized personnel during any time when the student is under the authority of MCC personnel. A student on campus shall promptly identify him/her self to a MCC official or campus public safety officer at all times upon reasonable request. A student shall appear before MCC officials or disciplinary bodies when so directed. Any failure by any student to promptly obey or to abide by these regulations in this Rule 9 shall constitute a violation of this Code of Conduct.

Rule 10 : Damage to or Destruction of Private Property
A student shall not intentionally, willfully or wantonly cause, or attempt to cause, damage to MCC property or private property of another, or shall not steal, or attempt to steal, MCC property or private property of another when on MCC grounds or while attending a MCC activity, function, or event held off MCC grounds.


Rule 11: Tampering With Fire Alarms or Safety Equipment
It is not permissible for a student to set off, use, or tamper with a fire alarm or any fire safety equipment on college premises or at college-sponsored or college-supervised functions, except with reasonable belief in the need for such alarm or equipment.


Rule 12: Vehicles, Traffic, & Parking Irregularities
Vehicles must be parked in designated areas. Vehicles will be operated safely, moderately, and courteously. The speed limit on campus is 20 miles per hour. Vehicles must be registered in the MCC Bookstore. Violators of traffic and parking regulations are subject to a fine for each violation. Student records and grades may be withheld until fines are paid.


Rule 13: Children in Classrooms or Shop Areas
Children under 12 are not allowed in classrooms or shop areas during class sessions, nor may they be left unattended in the library, student commons, or on campus grounds.


Rule 14: Roller Skating, Roller Blading, & Skate Boarding
For the safety and well-being of all MCC students, employees, and visitors, no one is permitted to roller skate, roller blade, or skateboard on sidewalks, parking lots, or any other college property.


Rule 15: Involuntary Psychological or Psychiatric Withdrawal
It shall be grounds for dismissal if and when it shall be medically determined that a student poses a threat to the physical well-being of self or others or if such student has a physical, mental, or emotional condition of such a nature as to disturb or disrupt the normal and usual activities of other persons on campus.
A student shall agree to have a psychiatric evaluation when it appears to the satisfaction of the President of MCC, or his/her designee, that such examination is in the best interest of the student, or MCC, or both.


Rule 16: Fiscal Irresponsibility
Fiscal irresponsibility, such as failure to pay college-levied fines or debts, failure to repay college-funded loans, the passing of worthless checks to college personnel, or the failure to repay the overpayments of grants shall be handled through normal collection procedures. Student records, grades and registrations will be held until financial obligations are met.

IV. Disciplinary Process


Any instructor or staff member may use his/her discretion to warn a student against violating the Student Code of Conduct or may temporarily suspend a student from a single class or activity for the duration of that specific class or activity. A sanction or admonition, warning, reprimand, or temporary suspension may be imposed upon any student. Other sanctions can only be imposed in accordance with the process called for under the Disciplinary Procedures.


1. Temporary Suspension Procedures
If an instructor or staff member determines that a student's conduct poses a continuing threat to the health or well being of any member of the academic community or the activities of the college, he or she may suspend the student from a course or the College until the Vice President of Student Development can investigate the student's conduct. Prior to the temporary suspension, the student will be given the opportunity to explain his or her conduct to the instructor or staff member who is taking the suspension action.
The instructor or staff member invoking such suspension will complete a Student Code of Conduct Incident Form with the Vice President of Student Development as soon as possible, but no more than two working days following the incident. The Vice President will resolve the matter in a timely manner using the steps outlined below under Disciplinary Procedures.


2. Responsibility For Implementation
The Vice President of Student Development is responsible for implementing student discipline procedures.


3. Disciplinary Procedures
To provide an orderly procedure for handling student disciplinary cases, the following procedures will be followed:
A. Complaint: Any faculty member or staff member, or student may file a complaint with
the Vice President of Student Development against any student or student organization
for violations of college regulations, excluding academic integrity violaions.
The individual(s) making the complaint must complete an Incident Form which includes:
(1) Name of the student(s) involved;
(2) The specific violation of the code of conduct;
(3) A description of the incident(s), including the time, place, and date of the incident(s);
(4) Names of person(s) directly involved or witnesses to the incident(s);
(5) Any action taken that relates to the matter; and
(6) Desired solution(s).
The statement of the charge should be forwarded directly to the Vice President of Student Development.
B. Preliminary Investigation & Decision: Within ten (10) working days after the Incident Form is filed, the Vice President will complete a preliminary investigation of the charge, which will include a meeting with the student. During the meeting, the student will be informed of the Incident Report, presented with the evidence, and be given an opportunity to respond. In instances where the student cannot be reached to schedule an appointment with the Vice President, or where the student refuses to cooperate, the Vice President will send a certified letter to the student's last known address, which will inform the student of the charges, the results of the preliminary investigation, the Vice President's decision, and a description of the appeals process.
C. Decisional Response: Within ten (10) working days after the charge is filed, the Vice President will notify the student of the decision. If the Vice President determines that the student has violated the Student Code, the response will include:
1. a written statement of the specific provisions(s) of the Student Code that the student violated;
2. a statement of sanctions imposed;
3. a statement of the student's right to appeal the decision; and
4. instructions regarding the appeals procedure.
If the Vice President determines that the student did not violate a provision of the Student Code of Conduct, or that informal admonition or counseling has resolved the Incident Report, then verbal or written communication will state that the charge has been dismissed or mutually resolved.


V. Sanctions


Code of Conduct sanctions or penalties are defined below. Any of these may be applied for any student enrolled full-time or part-time in any curriculum, continuing education or literacy program of the college and to identifiable groups and organizations that are a part of the college community.
Repeating an offense for which a sanction has been imposed will be grounds for the imposition of a more severe sanction.
Any student, staff, faculty member, or other college employee may give any student or group an admonition, warning, or reprimand at any time without due process. The Vice President of Student Development and the Disciplinary Review Committee will impose more severe sanctions.

A. Individual Sanctions:
Admonition: Friendly advice, counsel, criticism, or rebuke that may be given in oral or written form.
Warning: Oral or written notice that continuation of specified conduct may be cause for more severe disciplinary action.
Reprimand: Written criticism for violation of specified college policy or regulation.
Temporary Suspension: Exclusion from class and/or other privileges or activities as set forth in the notice, until a final decision has been made concerning alleged violtion.
Restitution: Payment for damaging, misusing, destroying, or losing property belonging to the college, college personnel, or students.
Loss of Academic Credit or Change of Grade: Imposed because of academic dishonesty. Instructors may change a grade or require another measure of competency in cases of academic dishonesty if due process is given to the student. Student may appeal the sanction of an instructor by following the college's Grade Appeal Procedure.
General Probation: Imposed for involvement in a minor Student Code of Conduct disciplinary offense. General Probation has two important implications: (1) the individual is given a chance to show his or her capability and willingness to observe the Student Code of Conduct without further penalty; and (2) if he or she violates the Code again, additional sanctions will be imposed.
Restrictive Probation: Results in loss of good standing. Notation of this is made in the individual's record. Restrictive conditions may limit activity in the college community. Generally the individual will not be eligible for initiation into any local or national organization, and may not receive any college award or other honorary recognition. The individual may not occupy a position of leadership or responsibility with any College or student organization, publication, or activity. Any violation of Restrictive Probation may result in immediate suspension.
Exclusion from class(es) and/or all other privileges or activities of the college for a specified time. This sanction is reserved for those offenses warranting discipline more severe than probation or for repeated misconduct. Students who receive this sanction must get specific written permission from the Vice President of Student Development before returning to campus.
Expulsion: Dismissing a student from campus for an indefinite period. The student loses his or her student status. The student may be readmitted to the college only with the approval of the College President.
B. Group Sanctions
Group General Probation: This is given to a college club or other organized group for a specified period. If group violations are repeated during the term of the probation, the charter may be revoked or activities restricted.
Group Restrictive Probation: Removing college recognition during the semester in which the offense occurred or for a longer period. While under restriction, the group may not seek or add members, hold or sponsor events in the college community, or engage in other activities as specified.
Group Charter Revocation: Removal of college recognition for a group, club, society, or other organization. A group may petition for re-charter if the President or his or her designee approves a time frame.
If a student wishes to appeal a disciplinary action of the Vice President, the student will follow the Student Grievance Procedure.

 

 
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