The following policies and procedures regarding student conduct and discipline are from the Kern Community College District Board Policy manual (Section 4F8 and Procedures 4F8 - other campus-specific policies and procedures are indicated where appropriate).
A. Board of Trustees Belief Regarding Student Conduct and Discipline
The Board of Trustees of the Kern Community College District, in support of public education and the exercise of general supervision of the campuses of the District, believes that student conduct must reflect the standards of good behavior expected by society. Since public education is furnished by the people of the District, it becomes a privilege for students to have this opportunity to further their education:
- Students shall respect constituted authority. This shall include conformance to State laws, Board regulations, College regulations, and applicable provisions of civil law.
- Students are expected to observe high personal standards of decency, morality, honesty, and social relationships. Student conduct should reflect consideration for the right of others, and students are expected to cooperate with all members of the College community.
- In order to operate effective programs, all College personnel shall be responsible for student conduct, and the College President shall have the right to administer suitable and proper corrective measures for misconduct.
- The Board of Trustees, the College President or designee may suspend a student for good cause. In addition, the Board of Trustees may expel a student for good cause or when the presence of the student causes a continuing danger to the physical safety of the student or others. The Board of Trustees may exclude from attendance in regular classes any student whose physical or mental disability is such as to cause his or her attendance to be inimical to the welfare of other students.
B. Good Cause: The Student Code of Conduct
Student Conduct (Revised December 13, 2001)—Since public education is furnished by the people, it is a privilege. The Board of Trustees of the Kern Community College District, in support of public education and the exercise of general supervision of the campuses, requires that student conduct must reflect the standards of appropriate behavior as defined in pursuant sections. (Education Code Section 76037)
4F8A Students shall respect constituted authority. This shall include conformance to Federal and State laws, Board regulations, College regulations, and applicable provisions of civil law.
4F8B The District expects students to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the educational purposes of the College. Student conduct should reflect consideration for the rights of others, and students are expected to cooperate with all members of the College community. (For specific guidelines regarding conduct, see Policy 4F8D of this Manual.)
4F8C College personnel are responsible for communicating appropriate student conduct and for reporting any violations thereof, and the College President or designee shall have the right to administer suitable and proper corrective measures for misconduct.
4F8D The Board of Trustees, the College President or designee may suspend a student for good cause or when the presence of the student causes a continuing danger to the physical safety of the student or others. The Board of Trustees may exclude from attendance in regular classes any student whose physical or mental disability is such as to cause his or her attendance to be inimical to the welfare of other students. (Education Code Sections 76020 and 76030)
As used in this section, good cause includes, but is not limited to, the following offenses that may result in the imposition of sanction(s) (See Policy 4F8E of this Manual):
“Good cause” may be established by using appropriate investigation standards, such as:
- Interview of witnesses
- Review of Campus Security Report, if applicable
- Review of written statements, if applicable
- Review of pertinent documents, if applicable
- Review of any other evidence, if applicable
- Persistent or gross acts of willful disobedience and/or defiance toward College personnel.
- Assault, battery, or any other form of physical abuse of a student or College employee.
- Verbal abuse of a student or College employee. This includes, but is not limited to: defamation, obscenity, or “fighting words.” (Education Code Section 66301)
- Any conduct that threatens the health or safety of the individual, or another, including any such action that takes place at an event sponsored or supervised by the College.
- Theft of or damage to the property of the College, another student, or staff.
- Interference with the normal operations of the College (e.g., disruption of teaching and administrative functions, disciplinary procedures, pedestrian or vehicular traffic, or other College activities, including its public service functions).
- Use of personal portable sound amplification equipment and other electronic devices (radios, cell telephones, pagers, and tape players, etc.) in a manner that disturbs the privacy of other individuals and/or the instructional program of the College.
- Unauthorized entry into, or use of, College facilities, equipment, materials, or supplies.
- Abuse of and/or tampering with the registration process.
- Forgery, falsification, alteration, or misuse of College documents, records, or identification.
- Dishonesty such as cheating, plagiarizing, or knowingly furnishing false information to the College and its officials. See Appendix 4F8D of this Manual for Student Conduct Definitions of Plagiarism and Cheating.
- Disorderly, lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct.
- Breach of the peace on College property or at any College-sponsored or supervised function.
- The use, sale, possession, or being under the influence of alcohol or any other controlled substance prohibited by law, on campus or at any function sponsored or supervised by the College.
- Illegal possession or use of firearms, explosives, dangerous chemicals, or other weapons on College property or at College-sponsored activities.
- Smoking and/or the use of tobacco products inside all campus buildings and other unauthorized campus areas.
- Failure to comply with directions of College officials, faculty, staff, or campus security officers who are acting in performance of their duties.
- Failure to identify oneself when on College property or at a College-sponsored or supervised event, upon the request of a College official acting in the performance of his/her duties.
- Harassment (verbal or physical or sexual) of any student or member of the College community. (Harassment is defined as an activity which causes substantial emotional distress and serves no legitimate purpose.) (See Policy 11C2 of this Manual for a definition of sexual harassment.)
- Abuse of computer resources. (See Policy 3E of this Manual regarding Information Technology policies)
- Abuse of or disruption to the student conduct and/or complaint process, including but not limited to:
- Failure to obey the summons of a College official or appropriate committee.
- Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information before a College official or appropriate committee.
- Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of an official College proceeding.
- Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of an official committee prior to and/or during the course of, an official College proceeding.
- Harassment and/or intimidation of any person involved in the conduct and/or complaint process, prior to, during, and/or after the proceeding.
- Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Student Conduct Code.
- Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the conduct or complaint process system.
- Repeated filing of frivolous and/or capricious complaints against College personnel.
- Hazing. (See Education Code Sections 32050 and 32051)
- Violation of other applicable Federal, State, and local laws (e.g., hate crimes) and College rules and regulations.
- Persistent, serious misconduct where other means of correction have failed to bring about proper behavior.
- Assisting another person, or soliciting another person, in any of the offenses listed in numbers 1 through 26 of this policy.