The Student Code of Conduct: A Look At A Few Important Policies

Written By: Josh Speer

Are you familiar with your Student Code of Conduct? It is a code that outlines what violates student rights and freedoms. Both actions, as well as attempts, at violating the code will be treated as essentially the same by the college. Let’s take a good look at this document, and what it considers to be unacceptable conduct.

Academic misconduct is the first violation outlined in the code. Cheating, plagiarizing, falsification of information, unauthorized collaboration, as well as assisting someone in violating these behavioral standards are all considered to be dishonest and subject to the Front Range Community College disciplinary procedures. There are other specifically outlined deceitful acts such as misrepresentation or misuse, forgery, alteration, or non-disclosure of documents, records, identification, or educational materials. Disruptive behavior that negatively impacts the learning environment or general operation of the college is also prohibited under this code of conduct.

Safety of the students, faculty, and staff is also one of the major concerns of this document. From actions as benign as slamming doors and throwing chairs, to physical and sexual abuse are actions of major concern. According to the code, “Non-physical abuse, threats, intimidation, coercion, influence, or any unwelcome conduct in any form that is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent that it alters the conditions of the learning environment or employment” are considered unacceptable. The same goes with slandering someone by publishing, distributing, or falsifying materials with intent to “impeach the honesty, integrity, virtue, or reputation of another person.” Something that should go without saying is the prohibition of sexual misconduct of any kind, from exploitation to non-consensual sexual contact. For more information about the school’s sexual harassment policy, read here.

Violating municipal, county, state, or federal law is another outlined area. Possession or distribution of firearms, ammunition, explosives, and/or other dangerous weapons like chemicals or flammable liquids is in direct violation of this code. Likewise, with narcotics or alcohol. According to the Colorado Constitution, the possession of limited amount of marijuana is no longer a punishable crime in the State of Colorado. However, under the Controlled Substances Act and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, the substance remains prohibited.

Though this is maybe about half of the content covered on the student code of conduct, I felt it was the most important. The majority of what is discussed in this article likely common sense to the majority of people but there are differences between conduct on school property compared to a private residence and it is important that people are aware of this. From academic dishonesty to safety concerns to prohibited substances, this code lays out some basic fundamentals necessary to ensure your maximum success in the academic realm.

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