Code of Student Conduct
Student conduct in the environment of an institution of higher learning is expected to be exemplary at all times. The regulations listed within the Code of Student Conduct pertain to students and student life at Bossier Parish Community College. The Code of Student Conduct is promulgated by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Services under the power and authority delegated by the Board of Louisiana Community and Technical College Supervisors and through the Chancellor of the College. The Chancellor has delegated the Vice Chancellor for Student Services and the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs as the agencies responsible for the administration of discipline at Bossier Parish Community College.
The Code of Student Conduct
In support of the mission of BPCC, the College expects its students, student organizations, and all members of the College community to respect the rights of others, as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Louisiana and to obey all federal, state, and local laws, the rules and regulations of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Supervisors and of Bossier Parish Community College.
BPCC affirms the rights of a student to fair and reasonable resolution of problems, which may accompany the condition of his/her enrollment. The handling of discipline on the College campus is not a criminal proceeding and will follow College procedures.
Each student is responsible for reading and obeying all rules outlined in the Code of Student Conduct. Regulations are designed to create and promote a wholesome educational environment, which includes honesty, integrity, citizenship, interacting/communicating with others in a respectful and civil manner. To this means, the College condemns hate speech, as well as epithets and slurs based on race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, etc.
The Articles of Section One list the offenses which may be punished, whether they are committed by a student acting singly or with other students or by members of a student organization, whether the violation occurs on or off College property, and whether or not any action is taken by civil authorities.
Student organizations are accountable for any actions or activities by a member acting singly or in concert with others that result in a violation of conduct standards.
The College may also impose discipline sanctions if an off campus violation causes the student to be a clear and present danger or threat to the College community or deters the College from its purposes, function, or goals.
Students suspended and/or expelled from another college or university for disciplinary reasons may not be allowed to enroll in Bossier Parish Community College
Section I: Acts That Constitute Sanctionable Misconduct
- Failure to comply with behavioral standards of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System and Bossier Parish Community College, as well as abide by local, state, and federal laws.
- Violation of the rights of individuals as established in the United States and Louisiana Constitutions.
- Verbal abuse in the form of "fighting words," abusive messages either written, verbal, or by email, or words directed at an individual, which tend to incite an immediate breach of peace.
- Harassing conduct of any kind including acts based on race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, etc.
- Stalking, that is, the repeated following or harassing of another person accompanied by the making of a credible threat with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear of death or serious injury.
- Cyber stalking, that is, use in electronic mail or electronic communication any words or language threatening to inflict bodily harm, physical injury to the property of, or extortion of money or other things of value to any person or the person's family or dependents; use of electronic mail or electronic communication for the purpose of threatening, terrifying, or harassing any person; use of electronic mail or electronic communication to make false statements to any person or the person's family or dependents with the intent to threaten, terrify, or harass.
- Bullying, that is, severe or repeated use by one or more individuals of written, verbal, or electronic communication, or a physical act or gesture or exclusion directed at another individual. Bullying may cause physical or emotional harm, may create a hostile environment, and may infringe on a personís rights, and/or may disrupt the campus environment.
- Physical abuse or threat thereof including acts of intimidation against any person or persons, or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any such person or persons including hazing, domestic violence or offensive touching.
- Sexual offenses, including offensive touching (sexual battery), nonconsensual intercourse (rape), and intercourse with a person who is not capable of giving consent due to some form of intoxication or who is otherwise incapable of giving consent.
- Disregard for the property rights of others including theft, larceny, embezzlement, fraud, the temporary taking or unauthorized use of the property of another (including the property of the College), and/or possession of stolen goods.
- Unauthorized entry or use of College facilities or any violation of College rules regarding the use of College property. Unauthorized use, access to, manipulation of, tampering with or duplication of any College computer hardware, software programs, and/or associated documentation including, but not limited to, telecommunications equipment, computer equipment, etc.
- Using the College's computing resources for personal or financial gain; allowing non-college personnel access to computing resources on campus; displaying obscene, lewd, or sexually harassing images or text in use of the College's computers; or modifying or copying records or data belonging to the College.
- Vandalism, malicious destruction, damage, defacing, misuse, or abuse of College, public, or private property, including library materials, computer equipment and software, vending machines, and vehicles.
- Setting a fire on campus or campus-related premises without proper authority.
- The intentional making of a false report of a bomb, fire, or other emergency.
- Failure to comply with fire or safety procedures (including failure to evacuate for fires drills and weather alarms) whenever the alarm sounds.
- Falsification of academic records, identification cards, medical documentation, financial aid records, academic forgery, altering official academic documents, misusing College documents, or withholding information relating to admission, transfer credits, financial aid, academic status, disciplinary status, records, etc.
- Failure to answer a College summons or to appear for a discipline hearing as notified by College officials.
- Failure to meet any College-related financial obligation. Passing worthless checks in order to fulfill financial obligations.
- Participation in any group demonstration, sit-in, or disorderly conduct which disturbs the orderly activities and processes of the College.
- Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverage in any form on campus or while participating in a College activity or on a College-sponsored trip.
- Carrying a firearm, or dangerous weapon, by a student or non-student on school property, at school-sponsored functions or firearm-free zone. This includes ammunition, explosives, fireworks, or other dangerous substances or materials of any kind.
- Unauthorized or illegal possession, use, or transportation of narcotics, stimulants, depressants, hallucinogenic drugs, marijuana, or other illegal drugs on campus or while on a College-sponsored event or trip.
- Obstructing or restraining the passage of any person at an exit or entrance to the College campus or property.
- Academic misconduct, such as cheating or plagiarism (see Academic Misconduct policy).
- Personal conduct which does not comply with socially accepted behavior in the academic community (e.g. drunkenness, use of profanity, disorderly conduct, lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct).
- Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary procedures, or College-authorized activities or events. Severe or repeated disruption of class/lab activities.
- Disobedience to lawful order or directive from campus police, an instructor in the classroom, and/or insubordination or disrespect to an instructor and/or administrator when they are functioning in their official capacity.
- Disturbing the peace by unreasonable loud noise or behavior.
- Failure to display valid vehicle registration permit when on campus.
- Gambling of any type.
- Conviction of any criminal ordinances or laws.
- Excessive noise.
- Retaliation against any complainant, witness, or College employee.
- Violation of the Smoke-Free Campus policy.
- Repeated or accumulated violations of any part of the code.
Section II: Academic Misconduct
Academic misconduct represents a most serious type of student misconduct; therefore, the College must make a determined effort to prevent its occurrence. The College must also develop policies and procedures that assure students of due process protection when academic misconduct is alleged and that provide meaningful and consistent sanctions for students found guilty of academic misconduct.
Equal treatment guaranteed to students by the 14th Amendment to United States Constitution requires that the same College policies, procedures, and practices be used to consider all allegations of academic misconduct and also requires the imposing of "like sanctions for like violations" on all students found guilty of academic misconduct. This obligation of the College can be fulfilled only if each instructor reports all suspected academic misconduct to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Services in accordance with the provisions of this Code.
Students may be asked to sign a Student Honor Code in each class at the beginning of each semester. The Student Honor Code is as follows:
I, (student name), agree to abide by the BPCC policies and procedures as stated in the Student Handbook regarding types of academic misconduct, the disciplinary sanctions for academic misconduct, and the due process procedures. I agree that all assignments that I do for this course, including tests, will be my own and that I will neither give nor receive any unauthorized assistance.
Types of Academic Misconduct
Although all academic misconduct is wrong, premeditated acts of academic misconduct represent a greater threat to the integrity of the College than do unpremeditated acts of academic misconduct. The following definitions of and distinctions between unpremeditated and premeditated academic misconduct are established.
Unpremeditated academic misconduct is an act of academic misconduct taken without advance contemplation, prior determination, or planning, or full understanding that the act is considered academic misconduct: e.g., on the spur-of-the-moment, seizing the opportunity to cheat; collaboration to a greater degree than is permitted in a particular situation; and careless or incomplete documentation of sources.
Premeditated academic misconduct is an act of academic misconduct which grows out of advance contemplation or meditation, prior deliberation, or planning which may, but not necessarily, include the preparation of a written plan or notes. Although prior thought and planning is requisite to premeditation, this prior thought and planning need not exist for any particular period of time before it is carried into effect.
For purposes of filing formal charges, each of the following offenses will normally be considered an act of academic misconduct:
- Copying from another student's test;
- Allowing another student to copy from a test paper;
- Using unauthorized materials or documents. Having such forbidden material open in sight of the student will be considered prima facie evidence of use;
- Failing to thoroughly follow instructions related to the preparation and presentation of work submitted for credit in a manner that results in submitting as one's own the work of another, or misleading faculty members as to the condition under which the work was prepared, e.g., working with another on a project that was to be done individually;
- Collaboration during a test with any person by giving or receiving information without authority;
- Using specially prepared materials, e.g., notes, formula lists or notes written on the student's clothing or body, during a test. Bringing such forbidden material to a test will be considered prima facie evidence of use or attempted use;
- Stealing, buying, or otherwise obtaining all or part of an unadministered test, including answers to an unadministered test;
- Selling or giving away all or part of an unadministered test, including answers to an unadministered test;
- Bribing any other person to obtain an unadministered test or information about an unadministered test;
- Substituting for another student, or permitting any other person to substitute for oneself, to take a test;
- Submitting as one's own, in fulfillment of academic requirements, any work such as, but not limited to, a theme, report, term paper, essay, computer software, other written work, painting, drawing, sculpture, or other scholastic art work prepared totally or in part by another;
- Any selling, giving, or otherwise supplying to another student for use in fulfilling academic requirements any theme, report, term paper, essay, computer software, other written work, painting, drawing, sculpture, or other scholastic art work;
- Breaking in and/or entering a building or office for the purpose of changing a grade in a grade book, on a test paper, or on other work for which a grade is given;
- Changing, altering, or being an accessory to changing and/or altering a grade in a grade book, on a test paper, on other work for which a grade is given, on a "drop slip," or on other official academic records including computer files of the College which relate to grades;
- Proposing and/or entering into an arrangement with an instructor to receive a grade of "F" or any other reduced grade in a course, on a test, or any other assigned work instead of being charged with academic misconduct under the Code of Student Conduct;
- Plagiarism is defined as using another's work as one's own including words, ideas, or data of others, and/or information from the Internet. The source of this information must be acknowledged through complete, accurate, and specific footnote or comparable references, and, if word-for-word statements are included, through quotation marks as well. Failure to identify any source, published or unpublished, copyrighted or uncopyrighted, from which information, terms, phrases, or concepts have been taken, is plagiarism. Only universally available facts such as the date of Abraham Lincoln's death are excluded from such documentation requirements. By placing his or her name on work submitted for credit, the student certifies the originality of all work not otherwise identified in references;
- Attempting to commit, or being an accessory to the commission of, an offense listed above.
Disciplinary Sanction for Academic Misconduct
Sanctions for Academic Misconduct
The following sanctions for acts of academic misconduct may be imposed upon students participating in academic courses for credit or audit at BPCC by the instructor of record for the student:
- Probation and an Academic Misconduct Counseling Form (AMCF) filed. A "0" on the assignment/test will be given.
- Removal from the course in which the academic misconduct has occurred. A letter grade of "F" in the course will be given.
The following sanctions for acts of academic misconduct may be imposed upon students in academic courses for credit or audit at BPCC only by decision of the Academic Misconduct Appeals Committee within the venue of an Academic Misconduct Appeals hearing:
- Separation from the College for one semester. A letter grade of "F" in the course will be given.
- Separation from the College for not less than two semesters or more than two calendar years. A letter grade of "F" in the course will be given.
- Expulsion from the College. A letter grade of "F" in the course will be given.
Assignment of Grade
If a student is charged with academic misconduct, and the case cannot be handled administratively or considered by the Academic Misconduct Appeals Committee prior to the final date for filing a semester grade, the instructor bringing the charge shall report an "I" grade in the course in which the alleged academic misconduct occurred. If the student is found not guilty, a permanent grade will be assigned to remove the "I" grade on the basis of the quality of work done in the course. If the student is found guilty of academic misconduct, the sanction determined by the Vice Chancellor for Student Services and/or the Academic Misconduct Appeals Committee will be applied.
Separation or Expulsion from the College
When separation from the College is the imposed sanction, students will receive an "F" in the course in which the academic misconduct has occurred. All other courses will be dropped and a "W" grade will be assigned. Repeat does not apply to grades imposed because of academic misconduct.
Due Process for Academic Misconduct
Applicable Geographical Jurisdiction
College disciplinary action shall be taken only for academic misconduct which takes place in the following areas or situations:
- College-owned or controlled property, all other remote sites, and all electronic learning venues.
- Divisions and programs may also establish conduct standards for the student-department relationship, as long as these standards are consistent with the provisions of the Code of Student Conduct.
Instructions for Documenting Alleged Acts of Academic Misconduct
If an alleged act of academic misconduct occurs in a class, the following due process steps will be followed:
- The instructor will verbally (or by email in the instance of an internet course) notify the student of the alleged charges and evidence against the student, will promptly complete an Academic Misconduct Counseling Form, and will document all evidence.
- The instructor's supervisor will schedule a meeting with the student and the instructor and will present a copy of the Academic Misconduct Counseling Form to the student. Failure of the student to attend this meeting will be interpreted as an admission of guilt. The student will be given the opportunity to refute the charges. The instructor and the instructor's supervisor will then jointly determine if the charges are justified or are to be dismissed.
- If the charges are to be dismissed, the instructor's supervisor will so note on all copies of the Academic Misconduct Counseling Form. The instructor's supervisor will keep a copy of the Academic Misconduct Counseling Form in the division office files.
- If the charges are deemed to be justified, the student will be advised of the disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed for the academic misconduct. The instructor's supervisor will then send a copy of the Academic Misconduct Counseling Form to the Vice Chancellor for Student Services for further review.
- The Vice Chancellor for Student Services may dispose of the alleged academic misconduct as being unfounded, may impose administrative sanctions 1 - 2 without a hearing, or may refer the alleged violation to the Academic Misconduct Appeals Committee for a formal hearing.
- The Vice Chancellor for Student Services will notify the student by letter of the date, time, and place of the hearing. The letter of notice shall be either hand-carried to the student while on campus or sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, addressed to the student at the address appearing in official College records. The letter of notice will direct the student to appear before the Academic Misconduct Appeals Committee on the date, time, and place specified for the hearing. The letter of notice will specify a hearing date no fewer than three, but not more than ten, working days after the receipt of the letter.
- Prior to the hearing, the Vice Chancellor for Student Services will inform the student of the following rights of due process:
- The student defendant has the right to a closed hearing.
- The student defendant had the right to appear at the hearing alone or with an advisor or friend. The advisor or friend may advise the student defendant but may not address the Committee.
- The student defendant has the right to argue on his/her behalf.
- At the hearing, the Academic Misconduct Appeals Committee will consider the evidence presented. If the student is found guilty of academic misconduct, the Committee will decide whether the academic misconduct is unpremeditated or premeditated and will impose the appropriate sanction for the academic misconduct.
- The Chair of the Academic Misconduct Appeals Committee will inform the Vice Chancellor for Student Services in writing of the outcome of the hearing.
- The Vice Chancellor for Student Services will inform the student, the academic dean and the instructor of the outcome of the hearing.
- The student defendant has the right to appeal the decision of guilt or any sanction resulting from it to the Chancellor of the College.
Section III: Disciplinary Policies and Procedures
The Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is responsible for the administration of discipline involving the academic setting. The Vice Chancellor for Student Services is responsible for administration of discipline for all non-academic classes, as well as administration of discipline for Middle College.
Initiation of Discipline Proceedings
- When the Vice Chancellor receives information alleging that a student(s) has violated any rule or regulation of this Code, the Board of Supervisors, the College, or its various divisions, the Vice Chancellor shall investigate the alleged violation.
- The Vice Chancellor may summon a student (either orally or in writing) to appear in connection with an alleged violation. The summons shall direct the student to appear at a specified date, time, and place.
- A student who fails, without good cause, to comply with a summons or letter of notice issued by the Vice Chancellor may be charged with a violation of Sub-section 1.17; may be placed on disciplinary probation, temporarily suspended, or barred against readmission.
- The Vice Chancellor may dispose of a violation as being unfounded, may impose administrative sanctions without a hearing, or may refer the violation to a formal disciplinary hearing or formal academic misconduct hearing.
- Student: any person enrolled in academic classes (full-time, part-time, audit, or credit).
- College employee: any person employed by the College including student employees.
- College facilities: all lands, buildings, and facilities owned, leased, or controlled by the College.
- College activity, event, or trip: any activity, event, or trip that is sponsored by the College or any division/organization of the College.
- Disciplinary Hearing Committee: committee composed of four faculty/staff members, the president of the Student Government Association, and two student members appointed by the SGA. The initiating administrator is an ex-officio member only. A quorum consists of five members of the committee, two of whom must be students and two of whom must be faculty/staff.
- Academic Misconduct Appeals Committee: committee composed of faculty/staff members, the president of the Student Government Association, and two student members appointed by the SGA. The initiating administrator is an ex-officio member only. A quorum consists of five members of the committee; two of whom must be students and two of whom must be faculty/staff.
Discipline sanctions may be imposed in response to sanctionable misconduct committed by students or a student organization. The purpose of imposing sanctions is to promote educational and social development of the student and the College community, to provide appropriate penalties, and to deter other acts of misconduct which thwarts the aims, purposes, and policies of the institution.
No refund or credit of tuition, fees, or other costs associated with attendance of the College will be made to students when discipline sanctions are imposed which result in the student's being deprived privileges and/or access to services.
In the case of serious violations, a notation of the discipline matter will be placed on a student's transcript until it is cleared. In case of dismissal from the College, the record is permanent.
Discipline records are confidential in accordance with federal and state laws. The contents of the student discipline record may not be released to anyone not associated with campus discipline except upon written approval of the student or a court-ordered subpoena.
The initiating administrator may dispose of a violation by imposing any of the following sanctions without a hearing:
- Written Reprimand: from the appropriate administrator to the student on whom the penalty is imposed, placed in the student's permanent discipline record.
- Warning probation: written notification that further violations of any sub-section of this code will result in more severe discipline action. Warning probation may be imposed for a period of not more than one calendar year.
- Disciplinary probation: written notification that further violations of any sub-section of this code may result in suspension. The terms of disciplinary probation shall be determined by the Vice Chancellor.
- Suspension of privileges: prohibits participation in or attendance at certain events, activities, or class/lab; restricts specific campus student privileges.
- Community Service: assigned a specific number of hours of service.
- Restitution: repair or replacement of property damaged.
- Fines: monetary fines to fit the particular case. If the fine is not paid, it remains on the student's record as an indebtedness to the College, which then renders the student ineligible to register for subsequent semesters.
- Cancellation of registration and/or denial of credit may be imposed in cases where the student is found guilty of withholding information relating to the student's admission, transfer credits, academic status, records, etc.
- Suspension: may be used by the Vice Chancellor in the event of a threat of safety to the College community or if a student refuses to answer a summons.
- Expulsion: may be used by the Chancellor and/or the Disciplinary Hearing Committee in the event of a threat of safety to the college community.
- Most violations and infractions of behavioral standards are dealt with by administrative sanctions. The student may appeal the sanctions of the administrator and request a hearing before the Disciplinary Hearing Committee. Requests for appeals must be submitted to the administrator within four (4) working days of the notification of the administrative sanction.
Section IV: Disciplinary Hearing Procedures
In disciplinary cases involving a formal hearing before the Disciplinary Hearing Committee, the hearing is informal and will be closed. All deliberations of the committee are private. The standard of guilt is whether it is more likely than not that the violation occurred. The vote is by a simple majority vote of the members present.
Notice of Hearing
- The Vice Chancellor shall notify the student by letter, of the date, time, and place for the hearing and of the precise charges which have been lodged against him or her, stating where, when, and how the alleged violation occurred and citing the section(s) of the Code which were allegedly violated.
- The letter of notice shall direct the student(s) to appear before the committee on the date, time, and place specified for the hearing.
- The letter of notice shall be either hand carried to the student while on campus or sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, addressed to the student at the address appearing in official College records.
- The letter of notice shall specify a hearing date no fewer than three, not more than ten, work days after the receipt of the letter.
- In the event a student defendant does not accept his/her certified return receipt letter concerning the hearing and/or does not appear at the hearing at the specified time and place, the student defendant will relinquish his/her rights to serve as the student defendant and to present his/her information to the committee, and the hearing will continue as scheduled. The student defendant will be notified by certified return receipt letter of the decision of the committee.
Rights of the Student Defendants and Victims
- The student defendant and victim shall be informed of the due process rights as outlined below.
- The student defendant and the victim have the right to a closed hearing.
- The student defendant and the victim have the right to appear at the hearing alone or with an advisor or friend. The advisor or friend may advise the defendant or victim but may not address the committee, witnesses, or other parties.
- The student defendant has the right to know what documentary evidence will be offered against him/her.
- The student defendant and the Vice Chancellor have the right to offer evidence.
- The student defendant has the right to argue on behalf of himself or herself.
- The Committee members have the right to cross-examine each witness who will testify.
- The Vice Chancellor will be informed of the outcome of the hearing by the Committee Chair; the Vice Chancellor will then notify the student defendant in writing of the outcome.
- Victims of cases involving violence and/or sexual offenses will be informed of the outcome of the hearing and subsequent appeals.
- The student defendant has the right to appeal the decision of guilt or any sanction resulting there from.
- The Chair of the Disciplinary Hearing Committee and/or the Vice Chancellor for Student Services may postpone the hearing for cause.
Disciplinary Hearings Committee Sanctions
- Any administrative sanction listed above.
- Suspension: forced withdrawal from the College for a specified period of time.
- Expulsion: permanent, forced withdrawal from the College.
- Bar Against Readmission: written notification issued to a student who has left the College that he/she will not be allowed to re-enroll until the pending discipline matter has been resolved. The penalty terminates on clearance of the discipline matter. This sanction may also be imposed in cases of severe disciplinary infractions and/or in the event of a threat of safety to the College community. Students may appeal to the Disciplinary Hearing Committee for readmission to the College after one year.
Section V: Appeal Procedures
- The student has the right to appeal the decision of guilt or any sanction imposed if any of the following apply: procedural error occurred; insufficient evidence to support the charge(s); sanctions imposed were inappropriate; information discovered that indicates that the administrator or committee members were not impartial. The appeal is based on the records of the investigation/hearing. No new evidence may be presented.
- The student may issue an appeal by submitting the written appeal to the appropriate administrator within four (4) working days after notice of the sanction has been given (either verbally or written) to the student. A student may issue a written appeal as follows:
- Decision of the instructor to the academic dean of the appropriate academic area.
- Decision of the academic dean to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
- Decision of administrative sanction to the Disciplinary Hearing Committee.
- Decision of Disciplinary Hearing Committee to College Chancellor.
- The LCTCS will allow for appeal of grievances to the Board of Supervisors of the LCTCS after all due process procedures at the institutional level are exhausted. If a student chooses to appeal to the LCTCS Board, the appeal must be within 30 calendar days of the institution's decision. The System staff shall then review the due process proceedings followed by the institution and submit recommendations to the LCTCS Board.
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