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Code of Conduct

Excerpt from Student Handbook:
Darton 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 educational purpose, should be used.

  1. ACADEMIC IRREGULARITIES
    1. Prohibitions
      1. The receiving or giving of unauthorized assistance in the preparation of any academic or clinical laboratory assignment is prohibited.
      2. The taking or attempt to take, stealing, or otherwise procuring in an unauthorized manner any material pertaining to the education process is prohibited.
      3. 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.
      4. The fabricating, forging, falsifying of laboratory and/or clinical results is prohibited.
      5. 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.
      6. Breach of confidentiality regarding patient information is prohibited.
    2. Procedures
      1. 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 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 Vice President for Student Affairs by the Vice President of Academic Affairs for Judicial Committee disposition.
      2. 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 Vice President for Student Affairs.

  2. CLINICAL MISCONDUCT
    In selected programs (i.e., Allied Health and Nursing) clinical education assignments are an integral part of the planned academic program of study. Darton College students receive clinical training at Darton College and at affiliated institutions (hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, etc.) and are in direct contact with patients, patients’ families, professional staff and other students. Professional standards of behavior, as outlined in the individual program handbooks, must be met for successful completion of the program.
    1. Prohibitions
      1. Any conduct, which places a patient, staff member, faculty member or fellow student in direct personal jeopardy, is prohibited.
      2. Any breach of patient or institutional confidentiality is prohibited.
      3. Any action, which violates professional and/or ethical standards of behavior, is prohibited.
      4. Any action, which violates the policies of the affiliated institution and/or the terms of the affiliation agreement, is prohibited.
    2. Procedures
      Action taken will depend on the seriousness of the charge(s) and will be determined by the specific program director after consultation with the appropriate clinical faculty, the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Vice President for Student Affairs. Some actions may result in the student being immediately suspended from all clinical activities. The process for Academic Appeals shall be followed.

  3. POLICIES OF DISRUPTIVE AND OBSTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOR
    Policies of the Board of Regents stipulate that any student, faculty member, administrator or employee, acting individually or in concert with others, who clearly obstructs or disrupts, or attempts to obstruct or disrupt any teaching, research, administrative, disciplinary or public service activity authorized to be discharged or held on any campus of the University System of Georgia is considered by the Board to have committed an act of gross irresponsibility and shall be subject to disciplinary procedures, possibly resulting in dismissal or termination of employment.
    1. Classroom Behavior
      Ordinarily, disruptive behavior is not a problem in a college setting. However, should a student’s classroom or clinical laboratory behavior be disruptive, the following policy applies:
      • If a student’s conduct interferes with or disrupts the orderly class process, the instructor should promptly advise the student to cease the misbehavior. If the disruptive behavior continues, the instructor may ask the student to leave the class and to schedule a private conference with the instructor prior to returning to the class. The instructor may also refer the matter to the Vice President for Student Affairs for appropriate disciplinary action.
      • If the student refuses to leave the classroom and continues the disruptive behavior, the instructor may discontinue the class session, inform the student not to return to class without the instructor’s permission, and report the incident in writing to the Vice President for Student Affairs. Such a report should include dates, times, action, names of persons involved, and names of witnesses. The Vice President for Student Affairs then pursues the matter with the Vice President for Academic Affairs and through the student disciplinary procedure if necessary.
      • If, when the class next convenes, the student attempts to return to class without the prior permission of the instructor, the instructor may deny the student access to the class. If the student interferes with or disrupts the orderly class process and/or refuses to leave the classroom when requested by the instructor, the instructor may obtain the assistance of the campus security officers to remove the student from the class and prevent return to that class. The instructor will inform the Vice President for Student Affairs of the incident without delay.
    2. Campus disruptions pending or caused by acts of God (tornado) or of undetermined origin (fires or bomb threats) and other disruptions (accidents or traumatic illnesses) are to be dealt with by existing emergency plans that will if possible preserve life, property, and the normal operations of the College.
    3. It is college policy that no pets, unenrolled or unauthorized persons or other friendly but distracting elements be brought into classrooms, library, or any other service area of the college unless specifically requested or authorized by the instructor or person in charge of the activity area. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult when visiting Darton College. All student activities sponsored events are for students with valid ID cards unless otherwise indicated. This restriction on persons, particularly members of the family, attending public college functions does not apply, as family members and friends are always welcome at public activities on campus, such as graduation or nurse pinning ceremonies.

  4. NONACADEMIC IRREGULARITIES
    1. 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
        Malicious or unauthorized intentional damage or destruction of property belonging to the College, to a member of the College community, or to a visitor to the campus is prohibited.
      3. Disorderly Assembly
        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.
      4. 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. Harassment of students, faculty and staff will not be tolerated. Harassment includes conduct, whether verbal, written or physical, which has the purpose or reasonably foreseeable effect of creating an offensive, demeaning, intimidating or hostile environment for any individual or group because of race, nationality, origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion or any other reason. Such conduct includes but is not limited to objectionable epithets, demeaning depictions or treatment, slurs, taunting, negative stereotyping and threatened or actual abuse or harm. Any student, employee or student organization privileged to study or work in the Darton College community who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action.
        5. 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, Darton College ID card or invitation, is prohibited.
        6. 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
      5. The possession or use (without valid medical or dental prescription) manufacture, furnishing or sale of any narcotic or dangerous drug controlled by federal or Georgia law on college property or in college facilities is prohibited
      6. 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.
      7. Explosives
        No student shall possess, furnish, sell, or use explosives of any kind in or on college property.
      8. 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 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.
      9. Weapons
        Students are prohibited from possession 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.
      10. 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.
      11. Eating and/or drinking are prohibited in areas so designated. Prohibited areas include all classrooms, laboratories, and other areas where such restrictions are posted.
      12. The use of tobacco products is prohibited in all campus buildings and outdoor campus areas which include athletic fields, tennis courts, Challenge Course area and parking lots (with the exception of use in personal vehicles).
      13. Cellular phones, beepers, or any other devices with an audible alert are not allowed in the classrooms, clinical settings or any other professional function sponsored by Darton College.
      14. 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.
      15. 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.
      16. 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.
      17. Gambling
        The playing of cards or any other game of skill or chance for money or other items of value is prohibited.
      18. Parking
        Parking is permitted only in appropriately designated areas. Vehicles parked in unauthorized areas will be subject to removal at owner’s expense.
      19. Repeated Violations
        Repeated violations of published rules or regulations of the college cumulatively indicating an unwillingness or inability to conform to the standards of the college for student life are prohibited.
      20. Violation of local, state, or federal law, on or off the campus, which act constitutes (or creates a substantial likelihood) of material interference with the normal, orderly operation and process of the college is prohibited.
      21. If it becomes evident that a student has a condition, either physical, mental, emotional or psychological, which could cause danger to self or others or creates a disruption to the normal operations of the college, the College reserves the right to withdraw the student, pending a hearing. In this situation, the College may require medical information prior to permitting re-enrollment or continuation in a course, lab and/or clinical setting.
    2. 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 Vice President for Student Affairs. Each complaint shall include a statement of facts outlining each alleged act of misconduct. The Vice President will assist in the preparation of the charge.
      2. The student will be notified in writing by the Vice President for Student Affairs 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 Vice President for Student Affairs will refer the case to the Judicial Committee for full disposition. Otherwise, the Vice President for Student Affairs will make full disposition of the case, except that the Vice President for Student Affairs may, for good cause, refer any case to the Judicial Committee. Cases otherwise referable by the Vice President for Student Affairs to the Judicial Committee, may in very unusual instances, be referred by the Vice President 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 Vice President for Student Affairs 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 Vice President for Student Affairs, 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 witnesses scheduled to appear.
      5. The student is expected to notify parents or guardian 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 so 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. 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 guardian.

  5. DRUGS AND ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
    The officials and faculty of this college, along with the Board of Regents, recognize and support the laws of Georgia with respect to sale, use, distribution, and possession of illicit drugs and alcoholic beverages on college campuses as well as within the state-at-large. Liability for violation of these laws and related liabilities may be imposed on the purchaser or seller as well as on hosts, chaperons, sponsors or promoters of any event or occasion involving participants going to, being present at or departing from such event. To this end, the college and the board have endorsed a program designed to enhance awareness and curb use of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and others in the University System. Further, this college shall stress individual responsibility related to the use of illicit drugs and alcohol on and off the campus.

    Any student of a public educational institution who is convicted, under the laws of this state, the United States, or any other state, of any felony offense involving the manufacture, distribution, sale, possession, or use of marijuana, a controlled substance, or a dangerous drug shall as of the date of conviction be suspended from the public educational institution in which such person is enrolled. Except for cases in which the institution has previously taken disciplinary action against a student for the same offense, such suspension shall be effective as of the date of conviction, even though the educational institution may not complete all administrative actions necessary to implement such suspension until a later date. Except for cases in which the institution has already imposed disciplinary sanctions for the same offense, such suspension shall continue through the end of the term, semester, or other similar period for which the student was enrolled as of the date of conviction. The student shall forfeit any right to any academic credit otherwise earned or earnable for such term, semester, or other similar period; and the educational institution shall subsequently revoke any such academic credit which is granted prior to the completion of administrative actions necessary to implement such suspension.

  6. COMPUTER POLICY AND NETWORK USE POLICY
    Darton College provides computing resources and worldwide network access to qualified members of the college community and general public for legitimate academic and administrative purposes. All resource users utilizing Internet, Email and network resources are expected to be aware of specific policies governing their use, and should act responsibly while using shared computing and network resources. Specific usage policies and guidelines follow, but may not be all inclusive. All policies are subject to change as the Internet/Email and computing network environment evolve.

    Each person using Darton College computer and network resources should:
    1. Take no actions which violate the Computer and Network Use Policy, Student Code of Conduct, Classified Staff Personnel Policy, or College’s Faculty Handbook.
    2. Abide by security measures implemented to protect information, data and systems.
      Examples of adhering to this policy include periodic establishment of new passwords for your computer accounts and limiting use only to the registered account owner. Examples of misuse include using a computer account and/or obtaining an unauthorized password, using the campus network to gain unauthorized access to any computer system, or using a “sniffer” or other method in an attempt to “crack” a password.
    3. Identify himself/herself clearly and accurately. Concealing or masking the identity of electronic communications such as altering the source of an email message by making it appear as if the message was sent by someone else, or the sending of anonymous email is in violation of Darton’s Computer and Network Use Policy.
    4. Use computer and network resources efficiently. Due to limited bandwidth, playing network games are prohibited, as are other high use applications such as “IRC’s”. Using College printers as a “copy machine” to print multiple copies of a document is prohibited. Other examples of inappropriate use include deliberately wasting computer resources by sending unsolicited mail either individually or via listservs and/or newsgroups (spam), and sending “chain letters” or engaging in “pyramid” schemes.
    5. Ensure that others are free from harassment or intimidation. Do not use computer systems to send, post, or display offensive, abusive, slanderous, vulgar, or defamatory messages, text, graphics, or images. This includes harassment and intimidation of individuals on the basis of race, sex, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.
    6. Ensure that the use of computer resources is academically oriented. Use of a computer account or the network for profit or commercial gain is prohibited. Examples include using a computer account for engaging in consulting services, software development, advertising products/services, and/or other commercial profit-based endeavors.
    7. Respect copyright and intellectual property rights. Users must adhere to the terms and conditions of any and all software licensing agreements and/or copyright laws as specified by the vendor or licensor.
    8. Respect Darton College property. Misuse of equipment or software, knowingly running or installing computer viruses or password cracking programs, attempting to circumvent installed data protection methods that are designed and constructed to provide secure data and information, or in any way attempting to interfere with the physical computer network/hardware, or attempting to degrade the performance or integrity of any campus network or computer system is in violation of this policy. Installation of hardware or software and changing the configuration on desktop PC systems without prior approval of the CIS Department is prohibited.
    9. Respect and adhere to other departmental/college/Internet Service Provider’s acceptable use policies governing that system or network. However, this does not in any way release the users obligation to abide by the established policies governing the college’s computer systems and Internet/Intranet networks. Consequences of Misuse and/or Non-Compliance Misuse of computing and network resources or non-compliance with written usage policies may result in one or more of the following consequences:
      • Temporary deactivation of computer/network access
      • Permanent deactivation of computer/network access
      • Disciplinary actions taken by the department or Vice President for Student Affairs Office
      • Expulsion from school or termination of employment
      • Subpoena of data files
      • Legal prosecution under application Federal and State laws
      • Possible penalties under the law, including fines and imprisonment

      The campus Information Service Helpdesk is located in Building A, Room 168, (229)317-6704.

      The Computer Lab is located in Building G, Room 101, (229)317-6754.


      This is an abbreviated version of the full Darton College Computer and Network Use Policy. A copy of the full document is located in the library, department offices and all computer classrooms and labs. A copy is also published on the web. If you need a full copy, you may request one in the Campus Information Office (A160).

  7. THE JUDICIAL COMMITTEE
    1. The Judicial Committee of the College consists of five members of whom three are members of the faculty appointed by the President of the College and two are currently enrolled full-time students appointed by the President of the College.
    2. The Vice President for Student Affairs provides staff for recording services when necessary.
    3. The Judicial Committee hears cases involving alleged violations of the Student Conduct Code referred to it by the Vice President for Student Affairs. Normally, these cases are those in which there is a possibility of suspension or expulsion of the accused student.
    4. Preliminary investigations of charges against students are made by the Vice President for Student Affairs. Cases are referred to the Judicial Committee through its chairperson. The chairperson sets the time and place for a hearing and notifies other members from that point. The Vice President for Student Affairs does all summoning of defendant(s) and witnesses.
    5. Decisions of the Judicial Committee are made by majority vote. A quorum consists of four members, two faculty and two students.
    6. Members of the Judicial Committee may disqualify themselves if their personal involvement in the case is detrimental to the interest of the accused or of the institution. The President may make replacements for members who disqualify themselves.
    7. The Judicial Committee makes a tape recording and/or summary transcription of the proceedings. This tape will be placed in the custody of the Vice President for Student Affairs immediately following the hearing. A copy will be made for review and/or appeals purposes. The original will be secured until all chances for appeal and/or litigation have passed.
    8. The Judicial Committee hears cases involving non-academic grievances. (See Grievance Procedures).

  8. RIGHTS OF STUDENT DEFENDANT BEFORE THE JUDICIAL COMMITTEE
    1. At hearings of the Judicial Committee, student defendants will be afforded all rights required by due process. As a minimum, they must be advised of the following:
      1. The right to an advisor of their choice.
      2. The right to question the complainant.
      3. The right to present evidence in their behalf.
      4. The right to remain silent and have no inference of guilt drawn from that silence. The defendant is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty.
      5. The right to cross-examination.
      6. The right to appeal if the Judicial Committee imposes suspension or expulsion. (See Disciplinary Appeals)
      7. A tape recorder and/or summary transcription of the proceedings will be kept and made available at the student’s request for the sole purpose of appeal from a decision of suspension or expulsion. The student may also have a verbatim transcript made at the student’s own expense. The College will also have this option at its expense.
      8. The right to attend classes and required college functions until a hearing is held and a decision is rendered. Exceptions to this would be made when the student’s presence would create a clear and present danger of material interference with the normal operation and processes of the requirements of appropriate discipline at the College. In such cases, the Vice President for Student Affairs may impose temporary protective measures, including suspension, pending a hearing, which may be reasonably necessary. Such temporary protective measures may be applied where the student is accused of violation of a college regulation or of a local, state or federal law or regulation. It is understood that such temporary protective measures, if applied, will be without avoidable prejudice to the student.

  9. CODE OF CONDUCT PENALTIES
    The following are possible penalties which may be imposed upon the student for an infraction of the Code of Conduct, This list shall not be taken to be exhaustive and may be enlarged or modified to meet particular circumstances in any given case.
    1. Expulsion - permanent severance of the student’s relationship with the College.
    2. Disciplinary Suspension - temporary severance of the student’s relationship with the College for a specific period of time, through not less than one semester.
    3. Disciplinary Probation - notice to the student that any further major disciplinary violation may result in suspension; disciplinary probation might also include one or more of the following: the setting of restriction, the issuing of a reprimand, restitution.
    4. Reprimand
      1. Oral reprimand - an oral disapproval issued to the student.
      2. Letter reprimand - a written statement of disapproval to the student.
    5. Restrictions - exclusion from enjoying or participating in:
      1. Social activities
      2. Student ID card privileges.
    6. Restitution - reimbursement for damage to or misappropriation of property; this may take the form of appropriate service or other compensation.
    7. Those sanctions listed in B.1., for academic irregularities.
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