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Student Code of Conduct

Darton State College has a dual responsibility to its students. One responsibility is to furnish them with academic knowledge. The other is to help the student grow and develop into mature, worthy citizens of the community. When College disciplinary actions are taken, penalties are imposed so as to teach the individual and the student body that the rules and regulations of society must be obeyed. The minimum which will accomplish this educations purpose should be used.

Academic Irregularities
A. Prohibitions

The receiving or giving of unauthorized assistance in the preparation of any academic or clinical laboratory assignment is prohibited.

The taking or attempt to take, stealing or otherwise procuring in an unauthorized manner any material pertaining to the education process is prohibited.

The selling, giving, lending or otherwise furnishing to any unauthorized person the questions and/or answers to any examination known to be scheduled at any subsequent date is prohibited.

The fabrication, forging, falsifying of laboratory and/or clinical results is prohibited.

Plagiarism is prohibited. Themes, essays, term papers, tests and other similar requirements must be the work of the student submitting them. When direct quotations are used, they must be indicated and when the ideas of another are incorporated into the paper they must be appropriately acknowledged.

Breach of confidentiality regarding patient information is prohibited.

B. Procedures

When an instructor elects to charge a student with a violation of this Code of Conduct, the instructor will advise the student of the charge and will describe the evidence which supports the charge. Visual or audible observations made by the instructor will be considered acceptable forms of evidence. The student may, in writing, admit guilt, waive his right to a hearing, and request that the instructor impose penalties. Authorized penalties for academic irregularities include:

  1. A reprimand from the instructor;
  2. A requirement to resubmit the assignment in which the irregularity occurred;
  3. A grade change for the course and/ or assignment which the irregularity occurred;
  4. Referral to the Dean of Students by the Vice President of Academic Affairs for Judicial Committee disposition

If the student denies guilt and/or refuses to waive his right to a hearing, the matter will be referred to the Judicial Committee through the Dean of Students.

Nonacademic Irregularities
A. Prohibitions

  1. Alcoholic Beverages and Illicit Drugs - The sale, use, distribution, or possession of alcoholic beverages or illicit drugs on campus or at institutionally sponsored events off campus are prohibited.
  2. Damage to Property
    1. Assembly on campus for the purpose of creating a riot, destruction or disorderly diversion which interferes with the normal operation of the college, is prohibited. This should not be construed so as to deny the right of peaceful, non-disruptive assembly.
    2. Obstruction of the free movement of persons about the campus, interference with the use of college facilities, or materially interfering with the normal operation of the College is prohibited.
    3. The abuse or unauthorized use of sound amplification equipment, boom boxes, radio, etc. indoors or outdoors is prohibited.
  3. Disorderly Conduct
    1. Disorderly conduct or breach of the peace on college property, in college facilities or at off campus activities is prohibited.
    2. Pushing, striking, or physically assaulting any member of the faculty, administration, staff, student body, or any visitor to the campus is prohibited.
    3. Conduct on college property or in college facilities which materially interferes with the normal operations of the college is prohibited.
    4. Entering or attempting to enter any social, athletic, or any other event sponsored or supervised by the College or any recognized college organization without credentials for admission, i.e., ticket, college ID card, or invitation, is prohibited.
    5. Interference with, or giving false identification to or failure to cooperate with any properly identified college faculty, administrator or staff personnel while these persons are in the performance of their duties is prohibited.
  4. Narcotic substances - The possession or use of (without valid medical or dental prescription) manufacture, furnishing, or sale of any narcotic or dangerous drug controlled by the federal or Georgia law on college property or in college facilities is prohibited.
  5. Falsification of Records - No student shall alter, counterfeit, forge, falsify, or cause to be altered, counterfeited, forged, or falsified any record, form or document used by the college.
  6. Explosives - No student shall possess, furnish, sell, or use explosives of any kind in or on college property.
  7. Fire Safety
    1. No student shall tamper with fire safety equipment.
    2. The unauthorized possession, sale, furnishing, or use of any incendiary device is prohibited.
    3. No student shall set or cause to be set any unauthorized fire in or on college property.
    4. The possession of or use of fireworks in or on college property is prohibited.
    5. No student shall make, or cause to be made, a false fire alarm.
  8. Weapons - Students are prohibited from the use of firearms in or on college property except by law enforcement officers, judges, and district attorneys. The possession or use of any other offensive weapons is prohibited.
  9. Club Initiations - All acts, rites, and ceremonies of induction or initiation into any college club or organization, which tend to inflict or allow physical or mental abuse are prohibited.
  10. Prohibited Areas - Eating and/or drinking are prohibited in areas so designated. Prohibited areas include all classrooms, laboratories, and other areas where such restrictions are posted.
  11. Smoking - Smoking is prohibited in all buildings.
  12. Student ID Cards -
    1. Lending, selling, or otherwise transferring a student ID card is prohibited.
    2. The use of a student ID card by anyone other than its original holder is prohibited.
  13. Theft
    1. No student shall sell a textbook not his own without written permission of the owner.
    2. No student shall take, attempt to take or keep in his possession, items of college property, or items belonging to students, faculty, staff, student groups, or visitors to the campus without proper authorization.
  14. Unauthorized Entry or Use of College Facilities
    1. No student shall make unauthorized entry into any college building, office, or other facility nor shall any person remain without authorization in any building after normal closing hours.
    2. No student shall make unauthorized use of any college facility.
  15. Gambling - The playing of cards or any other game of skill or chance for money or other items of value is prohibited.
  16. Parking - Parking is permitted only in appropriately designated areas. Vehicles parked in unauthorized areas will be subject to removal at owner's expense.
  17. Repeated Violations - Repeated violations of published rules or regulations of the college cumulatively indicating a unwillingness or inability to conform to the standards of the college for student life are prohibited.
  18. Violation of Laws - Violation of local, state, or federal law, on or off campus, which act constitutes (or creates a substantial likelihood) of material interference with the normal, orderly operation and process of the college is prohibited.

B. Procedures

All students and all persons employed by the College have the responsibility and obligation to report violators of the Code of Conduct. When a student is charged with violation of the foregoing conduct regulations, the student's case is treated according to constitutional requirements, due process and in keeping with the procedures outlined below:

  1. All complaints of alleged violations by a student shall be made to the Dean of Students. Each complaint shall include a statement of facts outlining each alleged act of misconduct. The Dean will assist in the preparation of the charge.
  2. The student will be notified by the Dean of Students that he is accused of a violation. The student may be asked to come in for a conference to discuss the complaint.
  3. At the above mentioned conference, the student shall be advised that:
    1. In writing, the student may admit or deny the alleged violation, waive all further hearing, and request that the college official take appropriate action.
    2. In writing, the student may admit or deny the alleged violation. If the case involves the possibility of suspension or expulsion, the Dean of Students will refer the case to the Judicial Committee for full disposition. Otherwise, the Dean of Students will make full disposition of the case, except that the Dean of Students may, for good cause, refer any case to the Judicial Committee. Cases otherwise referable by the Dean of Students to the Judicial Committee, may in very unusual instances, be referred by the Dean to an ad hoc faculty committee of five faculty members appointed by the President where there exists good cause e.g., the likelihood of serious emotional damage to the student defendant or others connected with the case. In such cases, all the procedures set out herein for cases before the Judicial Committee and appeals there from shall be substantively followed.
  4. In cases referred to the Judicial Committee the Dean of Students will, at least 72 hours in advance of the hearing, notify the student in writing, by hand delivery if reasonably possible and otherwise by certified mail to the last local address of the student within the reasonable knowledge of the Dean of Students, concerning the following:
    1. The date, time, and place of hearing
    2. A statement of the specific charges and grounds which, if proven, would justify disciplinary action being taken.
    3. The names of the witnesses scheduled to appear.
  5. The student is expected to notify parents or guardians of the charges, and these persons may request a conference with the college officials prior to the hearing.
  6. The decision reached at the hearing will be communicated in writing to the student and if the student is a minor or if the student requests, to his/her parents or guardian, it will specify the action taken by the hearing body and the interest of the College which has been adversely affected by the conduct which necessitated the disciplinary action. Upon the request of the student or the student's parents, a summary of the evidence will be communicated.
  7. The student will be notified in writing of the right to appeal the decision of the hearing body. In cases of appeal, any action assessed by the hearing body shall be suspended pending the outcome of the appeal to the President of the College. a copy of the final decision will be mailed to the student, and if the student is a minor or if the student so requests, to his/her parents or guardians.

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Last Update: June 8, 2016 5:57 PM

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