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SVCC Catalog/Handbook 2017-2018

172 Southside Virginia

172 Southside Virginia Community College Institutional Government 18. All constituents of the institutional community are free, individually and collectively, to express their views on issues of institutional policy and on matters of interest to the student body. 19. On questions of educational policy, students are entitled to a participatory function. A. Faculty-student committees shall be created to consider questions of policy affecting student life. B. Students shall be designated as members of standing and special committees concerned with institutional policy affecting academic and student affairs, including those concerned with curriculum, discipline, admissions and allocation of student funds. Protest 20. The right of peaceful demonstration for protest is granted within the institutional community. The institution retains the right to assure the safety of individuals, the protection of property, and the continuity of the educational process. 21. Orderly picketing and other forms of peaceful protest are permitted on institution premises. A. Interference with ingress to and egress from institution facilities, interruption of classes or damage to property exceeds permissible limits. B. Even though remedies are available through local enforcement bodies, the institution may choose to impose its own disciplinary sanctions. 22. Orderly picketing and orderly demonstrations are permitted in public areas outside institution buildings subject to the requirements of Section 20, 21 and 23. 23. Every student has the right to be interviewed on campus by legal organizations desiring to recruit at the institution. A. Any student, group, or organization may protest against any such organization provided that protest does not interfere with any other student’s right to have such an interview. B. Forms for college registration of demonstrations are available in the Student Services Office. Violation of Law and Institution Discipline 24. If a student is charged with, or convicted of, an offcampus violation of law, the matter is of disciplinary concern to the institution. A. The institution may impose sanctions for grave misconduct demonstrating flagrant disregard for the rights of others. B. Once a student is adjudged guilty in a court of law, the institution may impose sanctions if it considers the misconduct to be so grave as to demonstrate flagrant disregard for the rights of others. 25. Under 24A, the institution shall reinstate the student if he/she is acquitted or the charges are withdrawn. 26. The institution may institute its own proceedings against a student who violates a law on campus which is also a violation of a published institution regulation. Student Records 27. Upon graduation or withdrawal from the institution, official college records and files of former students shall continue to be subject to the provisions of the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Students shall have the right of inspection and review of their official college records in accordance with the Family Rights and Privacy Act of l974 as amended. Student Conduct 28. Southside Virginia Community College holds certain expectations of students to share the responsibility of maintaining a safe, secure, and honest academic environment. By applying for admission to the College, each student agrees to abide by the policies and procedures governing student conduct. The statement below outlines the rights each student has as a member of the college community as well as the responsibilities each student has to continue within that community. Each student has the privilege of exercising his or her rights without fear of prejudice provided he/she respects the laws of the Commonwealth, the policies of Southside Virginia Community College and the rights of others on campus. Such rights include the following: • Students are free to pursue their educational goals. Appropriate opportunities for learning in the classroom and on campus are provided through the curricula offered by the college. • No disciplinary sanctions may be imposed without due process, except as provided in the Student Conduct Policy below. • Students have the right to freedom of expression, inquiry, and assembly provided actions do not interfere with the rights of others or the effective operation of the college. • Academic evaluation of student performance shall be fair, not arbitrary or inconsistent. • Members of the college community, including students, have the right to expect safety, protection of property, and the continuity of the educational process.

Each student, as a responsible adult, shall maintain standards of conduct appropriate to membership in the college community. Such responsibilities include the following: • Each student has the responsibility to demonstrate respect for him/herself as well as faculty, staff and other students. • Each student has the responsibility to know, understand, and abide by the regulations and policies of the college. • Each student has the responsibility to pay all fines and debts to the college. • Each student has the responsibility to maintain academic integrity and abide by the academic honesty policy of the college. Prohibited Student Conduct 29. Disorderly conduct threatens a productive academic environment and will not be tolerated. Disciplinary action by the College shall be limited to conduct that adversely affects the college community’s pursuit of its educational objectives. Misconduct Violations of the following list of conduct violations, which is not all-inclusive, are subject to disciplinary action. A. Threat to Health or Safety: When the student’s continued presence at the college is deemed to constitute a threat to the health, safety or welfare of members of the campus community. B. Bomb Threat, Fire Alarm, Hoax: When the student activates a fire or lockdown alarm without cause, or makes a threat to bomb or damage college property, students, faculty, staff, or visitors; or undertakes a hoax involving use of a supposedly destructive device or substance; or encourages, incites, or solicits any person to commit such a threat or such an act. C. Weapons: When the student possesses, on his or her person, or uses weapons, to include guns, knives, or other dangerous objects. No weapons are permitted on campus. D. Theft: When the student engages in theft, larceny, embezzlement, or the temporary taking of the property of another without consent. E. Riot: When the student incites or engages in a riot or a disorderly assembly. F. Drugs: When the student engages in the possession, use, sale or manufacture of illegal or controlled substances. G. Forgery: When the student forges, alters, misuses, or falsifies college documents or records. H. Computer Security: When the student makes unauthorized use of computer resources, or makes unauthorized efforts to penetrate or modify any computing hardware or software. I. Disruption: Disruption of a classroom, laboratory, library, office, hallway, public student space, such as the student center, meeting or hearing. J. Failure to Comply: Failure to comply with a college official appropriately acting in the performance of his or her duties. K. Verbal Abuse: When the student utters obscene words or engages in verbal abuse that constitutes harassment of others. L. Assault, Battery, Fighting: When the student engages in non-sexual assault, battery, or fighting. M. Harassment: When the student engages in psychological abuse, racial, or other non-sexual harassment. N. Property Destruction: When the student destroys, damages, defaces, or misuses public or private property. O. Illegal Entry: When the student illegally enters or occupies state property. P. Gambling: When the student engages in unlawful gambling or gaming. Q. Alcoholic Beverages: When the student possesses or consumes alcoholic beverages or is legally intoxicated. R. Criminal Charges: When the student is formally charged with the commission of a crime. S. Misuse of Federal Funds: When the student uses federal funds for someone other than him/herself or uses funds in a way that does not support his/her own educational endeavors. T. Electronic Bullying: When a student uses Facebook, or any other type of social media, to intimidate or bully a student, faculty or staff member. U. Impersonation or Assuming a False Identity: When a student impersonates a college employee or falsely identifies him/herself. V. Sexual Misconduct: Sexual misconduct encompasses a range of behavior used to obtain sexual gratification against another’s will or at the expense of another. Sexual misconduct includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, and sexual violence. Sanctions 30. The following sanctions may be imposed upon students: A. Warning: Notice, orally or in writing, that continuation or repetition of conduct found wrongful, within a period of time stated in the warning, may be cause for more severe disciplinary action. B. Academic Penalty: The assignment of grades is the responsibility of the instructor. Thus, if the instructor determines that a student’s work has been intellectually dishonest, the instructor may require