It is the responsibility of every student to become familiar with the College’s Student Code of Conduct. Questions regarding the Code can be directed to the Dean of Student Development at 708-596-2000, ext. 5708.
The Academic Code of Conduct is intended to maintain an atmosphere conducive to developing optimum classroom educational experiences for all members of the College community, faculty and students. A violation of the Academic Code of Conduct includes, but is not limited to, any act of cheating, plagiarism or electronic data fraud related to the instructional processes of South Suburban College.
Cheating is breaking the rules or creating an unfair advantage over someone else. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, taking credit for someone else’s answers or unauthorized use of any materials, resources or electronic devices while completing an exam, quiz or assignment at South Suburban College. Cheating also includes submitting someone else’s work as one’s own or helping another student cheat.
Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, direct quotation or paraphrasing of the work of someone else without proper citation of the original source.
For help avoiding plagiarism seek assistance from an instructor, the Academic Assistance Center or the Writing Center before submitting an assignment.
For help avoiding plagiarism seek assistance from an instructor, the Academic Assistance Center or the Writing Center before submitting a paper or assignment.
Dress codes are flexible, but students may be requested to leave the campus if a mode or style of dress interferes with academic processes.
The Student Code of Conduct has been developed to maintain an atmosphere conducive to developing optimum educational experiences for all members of the College community. Conduct in violation of this Code includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the following:
A. Any acts of classroom disruption that go beyond the normal rights of students to question and discuss with instructors the instructional process relative to subject content. If a student is unresponsive to a faculty member’s intervention and remains disruptive in the classroom, the faculty member may ask the student to leave the class session. The student may not return to class until a meeting is held between the student and the instructor or the Dean Of Student Development. The instructor shall determine whether to meet with the student.
Appropriate classroom behavior will be reinforced. Continued or excessive acts of classroom disruption will prohibit the student from returning to class until meeting with the Dean Of Student Development and establishing a behavior contract. The behavior contract must be agreeable to the faculty member, Dean Of Student Development and the student. Violation of a behavior contract will result in additional sanctions. The Dean Of Student Development may also impose other sanctions.
B. Using pagers, cell phones, and other electronic communication and entertainment devices (e.g. cd players, tape players, etc.) in classes, labs, and the library. Pagers and cell phones should be turned off or set on vibrating alarm. Electronic entertainment devices should be turned off and put away prior to entering classes, labs, or the library;
C. Using or occupying any space or facilities owned or leased by the College at any time without authorization of the Board of Trustees or the appropriate College administrators;
D. Attempting to prevent or obstruct faculty and/or students going to and from classes or College sponsored activities;
E. Preventing or attempting to prevent any individual on the College campus from carrying out assigned duties or lawful business;
F. Willfully destroying or damaging College property;
G. Blocking pedestrians or vehicular traffic on or near College facilities;
H. Participating in any activity that endangers the physical being of any person;
I. Violating any municipal, county, state or federal law, statute or ordinance while on College facilities;
J. Refusing to comply with College officials performing of their duties;
K. Any act of dishonesty toward the College, including, but not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, misuse of College documents or records, forgery, or knowingly furnishing false information to the College, or to others in the name of the College;
L. Any conduct considered disorderly, lewd, indecent, or obscene, including profane or abusive language toward members of the College community;
M. Possessing, selling, using, consuming, or distributing alcoholic beverages or controlled substances or being under the influence of such items at any College facility or at an officially sponsored College event on or off campus except an off campus activity where all in attendance meet the minimum age requirement established
by law, and the location of the activity does not prohibit such beverages;
N. Possessing or using of firearms, explosives, harmful or dangerous chemicals or other weapons capable of inflicting injury to persons or damage to property, except as permitted by College regulations;
O. Gambling while on College facilities, unless the activity has been approved by the College and is
permitted by law;
P. Any acts of unprofessional conduct.
Non-violent violations of the Student Code of Conduct will result in remediation. Remediation will teach the student responsible behavior, the need to accept the consequences of behavior, and effective communication and conflict resolution skills.
Violation of this Code of Conduct is considered grounds for sanction against the student and, if the situation should warrant, binding over to civil authorities for appropriate action.
A student accused of violating the Code of Conduct will be referred to the Dean of Student Development or the College Disciplinary Standards Committee. Any alleged infraction requiring the intervention of the College Police Department, which may include, but is not limited to, acts of violence or threats of violence, drug or narcotic violations, or any other action considered a Severe Sanction, will be referred to the Dean of Student Development to schedule a hearing on the infraction with the College Disciplinary Standards Committee. The role of the Dean of Student Development or the College Disciplinary Standards Committee, as appropriate, is to determine whether the student is guilty of the violation. The student will receive notice of the alleged violation, including the specific code violations and appropriate reference to the Student Code of Conduct.
The Dean or the College Disciplinary Standards Committee may impose any of the following sanctions upon any student found to have violated the Student Code Of Conduct. Classifications of sanctions from minor to intermediate or severe will be imposed based upon the severity of the offense. More than one of the sanctions may be imposed for a single violation.
a. WARNING: Student receives a warning and/or reprimand that the College has taken note of the student’s action and further violations of the Student Code of Conduct may result in probation, suspension or dismissal depending upon severity of the incident.
b. PROBATION: Student is reprimanded for violating specified regulations. Probation is for a designated period of time and may result in more severe disciplinary sanctions if further violations occur during the probationary period. The student will receive written notification of his/her probation.
c. BEHAVIORAL CONTRACT: Student enters into a written agreement to modify behavior. The student’s failure to fulfill terms of the contract may result in additional disciplinary sanctions.
a. RESTITUTION: Student is required to reimburse for damage to or misappropriation of property in addition to other types of disciplinary action.
b. DISCRETIONARY SANCTIONS: Student is required to complete work assignments, community service, or other assignments.
c. ALCOHOL/DRUG SANCTIONS: Student may receive an assessment and be required to participate in counseling or educational programs in lieu of, or in addition to, the imposition of other disciplinary actions. Parents of students under the age 21 will be notified in the event of discipline related to alcohol and drug use.
d. WITHDRAWAL: Student will administratively be withdrawn from any and all classes with consequent loss of associated tuition and fees.
a. SUSPENSION: Student is prohibited from attending all enrolled College courses for a determined period of time and must meet all specific requirements for readmission to College courses as determined by the Dean of Student Development or the College Disciplinary Standards Committee. A suspension will not exceed ten  school days per offense.
b. DISMISSAL: Student is prohibited from attending all enrolled College courses for more than ten (10) days. A Dismissal shall not exceed the remainder of the current semester through the following full semester (Fall or Spring). Following the dismissal period, the student must appeal in writing to the Dean of Student Development for reinstatement.
c. EXPULSION: Student is prohibited from attending all enrolled College courses for a period not to exceed the remainder of the current semester through the following two (2) full semesters (Fall or Spring). Following the expulsion period, the student must appeal in writing to the Dean of Student Development. The Dean will review the appeal with the Vice President for Student Development and determine whether the appeal should be referred to the College Disciplinary Standards Committee. All decisions made by the College Disciplinary Standards Committee are final.
Severe sanctions are mandatory for the following offenses:
If the Dean of Student Development or the College Disciplinary Standards Committee believes dismissal or expulsion is warranted, the College Disciplinary Standards Committee shall convene within five (5) school days. The student shall receive notice of the hearing. At the hearing, the student may be represented and may cross-examine any witness who testifies. The Committee shall consider the facts, determine if a violation has occurred, and recommend an appropriate sanction. The Committee will provide a written decision to the Dean of Student Development or a designee. The Dean shall notify the student, in writing, of the Committee’s decision.
There will be a single verbatim record, such as a tape recording, of all College Disciplinary Standards Committee hearings. The verbatim record may only be reviewed on the College premises and shall remain College property.
The College is committed to providing a safe working environment free from violence and free from the threat of violence. Therefore, Zero Tolerance for violence and threats of violence shall be exercised at the College. Violence is defined as a physical assault upon any student or employee of the College or visitor at the College and a threat of violence is defined as any verbal or nonverbal communication which is designed to create the fear that a violent act may be committed against the recipient.
The College shall assist members of the College community in reporting acts of violence and threats of violence and the following procedures shall be applicable:
Any student who witnesses, hears, or is the recipient of violence or threats of violence shall report the incident to the Campus Police Department.
An incident report shall be completed, describing the time, place, and circumstances of the incident as well as the person(s) involved. A copy of the report shall be forwarded to the Dean of Student Development.
The College shall immediately remove from the College premises any student accused of committing a violent act or accused of threatening a violent act at the College, until a hearing is held.
The College shall fully investigate any reported violent act or threatened violence to a member of the College community or visitor at the College.
The student will receive notice of the alleged violation, including reference to specific code violations and information regarding the Student Codes of Conduct procedures.
An Interim Suspension denying the student access to the campus (including classes) shall be imposed until the student meets with the College Disciplinary Standards Committee.
The College Disciplinary Standards Committee will convene within five (5) school days of the act of violence or threat of violence to review the facts and determine the appropriate Severe Sanction as discipline for a violent act/threat.
The Dean of Student Development will notify the student, in writing, of the Committee’s decision.
Within five (5) days of the imposition of any of the above sanctions, the student may submit a written request for a meeting with the Disciplinary Standards Committee. The request shall be made to the Dean of Student Development. Within a reasonable time, the Disciplinary Standards Committee shall meet to review the Dean’s action. At the review, the student may be present to discuss the matter with the Committee. The Committee may take such action as it finds appropriate, including the sanctions as set forth above or no sanction, and inform the student of the decision within two (2) school days of the meeting.
South Suburban College encourages the use of the Internet (including electronic mail, bulletin boards, FTP and Telnet facilities, news groups, World Wide Web Browsers and any future information technology developments) as a source of information and a means of communication. The use of facilities provided by South Suburban College to access these resources is subject to the following guidelines:
In providing Internet connection, South Suburban College will collect usage statistics and monitor traffic but will attempt to respect the privacy of communications. If complaints about obscene language, personal attacks, attempts to send anonymous or pseudonymous messages, threats, attempts to violate the privacy of others, or other antisocial behavior are received, the college reserves the right to investigate in any way possible. Offenders risk losing privileges at the College and may be subject to College disciplinary procedures and may be subject to civil or criminal actions.
Section 106 of the Federal Copyright Law allows the owner of copyright the exclusive right to do and authorize reproduction, distribution, transfer of ownership by rental, lease or lending, and public performance and display of the copyrighted work.
Section 117 deals exclusively with the rights for computer programs. It states that it is not an infringement for the owner of a copy of a computer program to make or authorize the making of another copy or adaptation of that computer program provided:
Any exact copies prepared in accordance with the provision of this section may be leased, sold or otherwise transferred, along with the copy from which such copies were prepared, only as part of the lease, sale or transfer of all rights in the program. Adaptations so prepared may be transferred only with the authorization of the copyright owner.
Section 501 states that anyone who violates any of the exclusive rights of the copyright owner is an infringer. Section 504 and Section 506 allow for civil and criminal charges to be filed against an infringer.
Users are expected to respect any additional rules or guidelines which may apply to remote systems accessed using South Suburban College facilities. Further, College facilities are not to be used to try to gain unauthorized access to South Suburban College systems or remote systems.
A person commits the offense of computer tampering when he/she knowingly and without the authorization of a computer’s owner or in excess of the authority granted to him/her:
The criminal charge for computer tampering may be a misdemeanor or felony offense.
A person commits aggravated computer tampering when he/she commits the offense of computer tampering as set forth in subsection (a) (3) of Section 16D-3 (above) and he/she knowingly causes disruption of or interference with vital services or operations of state or local government or a public utility; or creates a strong probability of death or great bodily harm to one or more individuals. The criminal charge of aggravated computer tampering is a felony.
A person commits the offense of computer fraud when he/she knowingly:
The criminal charge for computer fraud is a felony.
The policy of Responsible Use of Information Technology is a governing philosophy for regulating all applicable activities by students, faculty members, staff members, and other authorized users of South Suburban College’s facilities and information technology resources. It establishes general principles regarding appropriate use of equipment, software, networks, and facilities.
By adopting this policy, the Board of Trustees recognizes that all members of the College are bound by local, state, and federal laws relating to copyrights, security, and other statutes regarding media. They also recognize the responsibility of faculty, administration, and staff to take leadership roles in carrying out the policy and assuring that the College community honors the policy.
South Suburban College is ultimately responsible for the information and maintenance of information disseminated through College approved WWW Home Pages. In order to protect the College, departments, faculty, staff and students, the College reserves the right to inspect and remove any pages or files from the network.
Departments and College offices interested in having a link to their home page from the South Suburban College WWW site, will contact their dean or appropriate administrator for approval of linkage and content.
In support of its mission of offering quality in education and excellence in service, South Suburban College provides access to College facilities and information technology resources for students, faculty members, staff members, and other authorized users within institutional priorities and financial capabilities.
Access to the College facilities and information technology resources is a privilege granted to College students, faculty members, staff members, and other authorized users. Access to College facilities and information technology resources may be granted by the College based on the following factors: relevant laws and contractual obligations, the requester’s need to know, the information’s sensitivity, the risk of damage or loss on the part of the College, and derived educational benefit.
The College reserves the right to extend, limit, restrict, or deny computing privileges and access to its information resources. Data custodians- whether departments, divisions, students, faculty members, or staff members -reserve the right to grant access to information only for responsible uses that are consistent with the mission and purpose of the College and as long as such access does not violate any license or contractual agreement, College policy, or any federal, state, county, or local law or ordinance.
College facilities and information technology resources are to be used for the College-related activities for which they are intended or authorized. College facilities and information technology resources are not to be used for commercial purposes or personal purposes.
All members of the College community who use the South Suburban College facilities and information technology resources must act responsibly in their use of the resources. Every user is responsible for the integrity of the resources. All users of College owned or College-leased facilities and information technology resources must respect the rights of other users, respect the integrity of the physical facilities and controls, and comply with all pertinent licenses and contractual agreements. South Suburban College’s policy requires that all members of its community act in accordance with these responsibilities, relevant laws and contractual obligations, and the highest standard of ethics.
Authorized users and system administrators must guard against all abuses that disrupt or threaten the viability of any systems, including those at the College and those on networks to which the College systems are connected. Access to the College facilities and information technology resources without proper authorization from the data custodian(s), unauthorized use of College computing facilities, and intentional or negligent corruption or misuse of College facilities and information technology resources are direct violations of the College’s standards for conduct. These standards are outlined in South Suburban College Board Policy and Procedures, College collective bargaining agreements, and the Student Code of Conduct. Such activities may also constitute civil and/or criminal offenses.
The President or his designee is responsible for supervising the adoption of guidelines and procedures to implement this policy. System administrators may adopt additional guidelines and procedures for use of their own systems. Any additional guidelines and procedures adopted by system administrators must be consistent with this policy and must be approved by the President or his designee before adoption.
Alleged violations of this policy will be processed according to the administrative processes outlined in one or more of the following: South Suburban College Board Policy and Procedures, College collective bargaining agreements, the Student Code of Conduct, and the Academic Code of Conduct. South Suburban College treats access and use violations of College facilities and information technology resources seriously. South Suburban College may institute criminal and/or civil proceedings against violators as it deems necessary.