Brookdale Community College Student Code of Conduct
Student Rights & Responsibilities
The College places an emphasis upon certain core values and personal freedoms which are essential to its nature, mission and purpose as an academic community and institution of higher learning. Members of the College community are entitled to engage in the teaching and learning process undisturbed by violence, harassment, intimidation and bullying. The ability to do so is essential to the orderly pursuit of learning and work of all members of the College community. Students and student organizations may examine and discuss questions of interest to them and may express opinions publicly and privately. They may support causes by orderly means which do not disrupt the regular and essential operations of the College.
It is the responsibility of all students of the College to adhere to the letter and spirit of this statement of student rights and responsibilities, all College policies, rules and regulations and local, state and federal laws. Students shall not violate or attempt to violate any College policy, rule or regulation or any local, state or federal law. It is the responsibility of all students of the College to contribute to an educational atmosphere in which violations of personal rights and freedoms will not be tolerated.
Definition of a Student
For the purpose of this Student Code of Conduct, a student is defined as a person who is currently enrolled or registered as a credit student at the College at the time of the incident as to which the person has been charged with violoation of this Student Conduct Code. If a person is not enrolled or registered at the time of an incident in which he/she is involved which may constitute a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, that person and the referenced alleged misconduct may become subject to the Student Code of Conduct upon the person’s enrollment or reenrollment at the College.
Purpose & Scope
Standards of Conduct
a. a reasonable person will know, under the circumstances, will have the effect of physically or emotionally harming a student or damaging the student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm to his/her person or damage to his/her property; or
b. has the effect of insulting or demeaning any student or group of students; or
c. creates a hostile educational environment for the student by interfering with a student’s education or by severely or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm to the student.
Process & Disciplinary Procedure
It has been recognized that due process in higher education disciplinary matters need not parallel the requirements of due process in a court of law. The College will attempt to handle disciplinary matters privately, informally and expeditiously before resorting to formalized procedures or the referral to outside agencies. However, the College will ensure that the basic protections of due process will be implemented when students of the College are charged with violating the Student Code of Conduct.
The protections afforded every student and related processes are:
The acts identified below, when committed by any student and/or student organization, shall be considered violations of the Student Code of Conduct. These violations may be determined to be minor or major offenses at the discretion of the Student Conduct Officer or designee. The listing of acts constituting violations of this Student Code of Conduct set forth below is not intended to be an exhaustive or limited definition of what the College deems to be violations of the Student Code of Conduct. The listing is intended to provide students with guidance. The determination as to an alleged violation of Student Code of Conduct will be left to the sole discretion of the College and will be made on a case-by-case basis.
1. Engagement in behavior which in any way interferes with, disrupts and/or obstructs the teaching and learning process, including without limitation: research, administration, implementation of discipline procedures or other College authorized activities. Interference with, obstruction or disruption of teaching and learning process shall include, but not be limited to: tardiness; offensive language or behavior; disrespect to College instructors, visiting instructors, professors and/or visiting professors; and/or noise and improper use of electronic devices (e.g., cell phones, headphones, tablets and/or laptops).
2. a. Domestic Violence, as defined in College Regulation 6.3003R - “Procedures for Preventing and Responding to Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Involving Students.”
b. Dating violence, as defined in College Regulation 6.3003R - “Procedures for Preventing and Responding to Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and talking Involving Students.”
c. Sexual assault, as defined in College Regulation 6.3003R - “Procedures for Preventing and Responding to Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Involving Students.”
d. Stalking, as defined in College Regulation 6.3003R - “Procedures for Preventing and Responding to Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Involving Students.”
3. Harassment, intimidation or bullying of any person as defined above.
4. Disregard for the property and rights of others including the right to be free from verbal abuse or harassment.
5. Engagement in any abusive or demeaning conduct or obscene gestures directed toward another individual or group of individuals which has the effect of creating a hostile educational environment or impedes the rights or privileges of other members of the College community.
6. a. Physical abuse or harm against any person or persons.
b. Threats of physical abuse or harm against any person or persons
c. Other conduct which threatens or endangers the health, safety or welfare of another person or persons.
7. a. Theft, larceny, embezzlement, fraud or the temporary taking of the property of another, including, but not limited to, books and computers or other electronic devices, without permission.
b. Possession and/or attempted sale of any stolen goods.
8. Unauthorized occupation, unauthorized entry or unauthorized use of any College facility or College-related facilities or College Premises.
9. a. Unauthorized use of firearms, replicas of firearms, ammunition, explosives, fireworks, other dangerous substances or materials or weapons.
b. Unauthorized possession of firearms, replicas of firearms, ammunition, explosives, fireworks, other dangerous substances or materials or weapons.
c. Unauthorized brandishing of firearms, replicas of firearms, ammunition, explosives, fireworks, other dangerous substances or materials or weapons.
10. a. Possession or use of any scheduled drug, such as narcotics, barbiturates, central nervous system stimulants, marijuana, sedatives, tranquilizers, hallucinogens, or other drugs or chemicals.
b. Manufacture, sale, distribution or possession for distribution of any scheduled drug, such as narcotics, barbiturates, central nervous system stimulants, marijuana, sedatives, tranquilizers, hallucinogens, or other drugs or chemicals
11. a. Vandalism, malicious destruction, damage, defacing, or misuse of College property, private property, including library materials and all computers.
b. Littering and/or disposal of garbage/recycling in places other than designated bins throughout College property.
12. a. Obstructing or restraining the passage of any person at an exit or entrance to College premises.
b. Preventing or attempting to prevent by force or violence or by threats of force or violence, the entrance or exit of any person to or from College Premises without the authorization of the administration of the College.
13. Setting a fire on the College Premises without proper authority.
14. Inappropriate use of any combustible or chemical or flammable substance which may present a fire hazard, annoyance, threat, or danger to property or any person on the College Premises.
15. Falsification, alteration or withholding of information related to academic records and/or documents.
16. Furnishing false information to a College employee with intent to deceive, including but not limited to permitting someone other than him/herself to take a test or examination in his/her name.
17. Failure to meet any College-related financial obligations.
18. Unauthorized use, possession and/or alteration of firefighting equipment, safety devices, College Police property, and/or other emergency or safety equipment.
19. a. Intentional making of a false report of a bomb, in any building, structure, or facility on College premises.
b. Intentional making of a false report of a fire in any building, structure, or facility on College Premises, including by means of activating a fire alarm.
c. Intentional making of a false report of any other emergency in any building, structure or facility on College Premises.
20. a. Disorderly conduct.
b. Rioting, inciting to riot or assembly to riot.
21. Participating in any and all forms and/or acts of hazing.
22. Failure to present student identification to a College employee, including without limitation, officials, administrators, faculty members, support staff members and/or police officers in response to a request. The required form of identification shall be a current and validated College issued identification card, driver’s license, military identification card, county photo identification card, and/or passport.
23. Failure to comply with the directives of a College employee, including without limitation, officials, administrators, faculty members, support staff members and/or police officers acting in the performance of their duties.
24. a. Possession of alcoholic beverages in any form on College Premises, except in those areas of the College Premises where the President or his/her designee has authorized the serving of alcoholic beverages, subject to prescribed regulations and federal and state law.
b. Consumption of alcoholic beverages in any form on College Premises, except in those areas of the College Premises where the President or his/her designee has authorized the serving of alcoholic beverages, subject to prescribed regulations and federal and state law..
c. Visible intoxication from any legal or illegal substance as defined in this Code while on College Premises.
25. Violation of any published policies, rules or regulations promulgated by an official College office, including without limitation, campus motor vehicle laws and regulations or the Tobacco-Free Institution Policy.
26. Any violation of the College’s Unattended Minors Regulation which requires registered students to be responsible at all times for their children/guests at any Brookdale location under the age of 18.
27. Interference with the performance of the duties of any College employee, including without limitation, officials, administrators, faculty members, support staff and/or police officers.
28. Failure of a student to respond to written communication from a College official in connection with an alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
29. Malfeasance in or misuse of membership in a student organization or on an athletic team which is injurious to the welfare or the College, any of its employees, students or student organizations or athletic teams.
30. Failure to abide by, or violation of, any sanction imposed by the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, the Vice President for Learning, the President and/or Board of Trustees.
31. Engagement in any form of gambling while on College premises or at functions sponsored by the College in any location.
32. Misrepresentation of oneself, a student organization or an athletic team to be an agent of the College.
33. Accessing, modifying and/or transferring electronic data system software or computing facilities without proper authorization.
34. Using or misusing the College’s name, logo or seal for soliciting funds, sponsoring activities or on printed matter without the express written approval of the proper College authority.
35. Violating the terms of any disciplinary sanction and/or penalty imposed in accordance with this Student Code of Conduct.
36. Any action which could constitute violation of existing local, state or federal law on College Premises or off-campus when such violation adversely affects the College.
Sanctions & Penalties
The sanctions and penalties set forth below may be applied either singularly or in any combination as appropriate to the circumstances of each case. Any of these sanctions or penalties may be imposed on a student who engages in harassment, intimidation or bullying in violation of this Student Code of Conduct.
a. The Student Conduct Board will be convened to hear all cases which could result in suspension or expulsion. The Student Conduct Board will be composed of two (2) students and one (1) representative of the College faculty and staff. A training program for potential Student Conduct Board members will be held each fall.
b. In such cases, the Student Conduct Officer or his/her designee, acting as a nonvoting member of the Student Conduct Board, will arrange with the student charged with violation of the Student Code of Conduct the time and place of the hearing before the Student Conduct Board, which said notice will advise the student of the charges against him/her; the student’s right to question witnesses against him/her; the student’s right to produce witnesses on his/her behalf; and the student’s right to select counsel of his/her own choosing. Counsel will be allowed to advise the student or students charged with violation of the Student Code of Conduct, but will not be permitted to speak and/or examine witnesses at the hearing. Other College students, faculty and staff may attend the hearing only upon the invitation of the Student Conduct Officer or if they are presented as a witness by the student whose conduct is the subject of the hearing. The Student Conduct Board will be convened to consider the alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct as soon as possible in proximity to the time of the alleged incident.
c. The Student Conduct Officer or his/her designee will present all charges against the student at the hearing before the Student Conduct Board.
d. The Director of Student Services or the College Officer of the Day will assume the role of the Student Conduct Officer as stated in this Student Code of Conduct if there exists a specific conflict of interest for the Student Conduct Officer in any pending case.
e. At the hearing, the Student Conduct Board will hear the charges against the student and hear the statements of witnesses for and against the student and may question the witnesses. The Student Conduct Board will conduct a hearing about alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct by more than one (1) student in the same case and/or pertaining to the same incident at one hearing.
f. Upon conclusion of the hearing and after deliberation, the Student Conduct Board will render its decision based upon the preponderance of evidence presented at the hearing, both in writing and through verbal testimony.
g. The Student Conduct Officer will notify the student charged of the decision of the Student Conduct Board within 24 hours of receiving the decision of the Student Conduct Board.
h. A taped or digitally recorded record of all Student Conduct Board hearings shall be made. The record shall be retained by the College in accordance with College policy and regulation and relevant federal and state law.
i. Violations determined to have occurred and penalties imposed may be publicized in the College newspaper without mention of or alluding to the names of the persons involved in the incident resulting in a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
a. The Vice President of Student Affairs will appoint an appeal committee consisting of two (2) students and one (1) representative of the College faculty and staff.
b. The Vice President of Student Affairs will convene such appeals committee, give notice to the student appellant of the time and place of the meeting of the appeals committee to hear the appeal, and will preside over the appeal hearing.
c. The appeal committee, after hearing the matter, may take any of the following actions:
(1) Affirm the decision of the Student Conduct Board;
(2) Revise decision of the Student Conduct Board; or
(3) Render a new decision.
d. The Vice President of Student Affairs will advise the student in writing of the decision of the appeal committee within one (1) working day of the appeals committee’s rendering of its decision.
Suspension of a student may be imposed wihen the Student Conduct Board has determined that a Major Offense has occurred or when the conditions of disciplinary probation are disregarded. Suspension is imposed only on the basis of the recommendation of the Student Conduct Board and with the approval of the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs. Suspension is applied for a given period of time, and the term is specified to the student.
A student suspended from the College forfeits all rights and privileges of a student, including participation in all College-related or College sponsored functions. All suspension actions will be noted in the student’s College record.
Any student may be summarily suspended by the Vice President of Student Affairs or the College Officer of the Day for a period not to exceed ten (10) College working days pending a hearing before the Student Conduct Board.
In the event of any appeal of the Student Conduct Board decision, the Vice President of Student Affairs may suspend the student or continue any previous suspensions pending the disposition of the appeal.
Expulsion of a student from the College may be imposed in situations in which Major Offenses of this Student Code of Conduct have occurred or when a series of suspensions have been issued to a student without sufficient improvement in the student’s conduct. Expulsion may be recommended to the College President by the Vice President of Student Affairs.
Authority of the College President
Any expulsion imposed on a student for violation of this Student Code of Conduct at all times will be subject to the approval the President of the College. Nothing in this Student Code of Conduct will be deemed to limit the final authority of the President of the College in all matters relating to violations of this Student Code of Conduct and the impositions of the aforementioned sanctions and/or penalties.