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Student Code of Conduct

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Students are admitted to Gordon State College with the expectation that they have developed acceptable personal standards of conduct and ethics.  Students are expected to have a responsible attitude toward and respect for the regulations and standards of the College, the laws of the community, state, and nation, and the standards of fellow students.

College regulations go into effect at the time a student matriculates and continue until the time of graduation or withdrawal.  By the act of registration, the student assumes an acceptance of the standards and regulations which are stated in this handbook and in other publications of the College.  Students should realize that they may be held accountable through the College’s disciplinary system when an on-campus or off-campus offense is committed, which by its nature, would present a clear and present danger of serious physical or mental harm to the students or to another member of the College community or to College property.  In such case, the Vice President for Student Affairs or official designee may impose the necessary temporary sanctions, pending a hearing.

A. Classroom Behavior

Discipline in the classroom is vested in the authority of the instructor. Instructors are expected to establish guidelines for their classes and the college will support their enforcement.

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B. Academic Dishonesty

Gordon State College recognizes honesty and integrity as being necessary to the academic function of Gordon State College. The following regulations are promulgated in the interest of protecting the equity and validity of Gordon State College’s grades and degrees and to assist students in developing standards and attitudes appropriate to intellectual life.

  1. No student shall receive or attempt to receive assistance not authorized in the preparation of any laboratory reports, examinations, essays, themes, term papers, computer software, or similar requirements to be submitted for credit as part of a course or in fulfillment of a College requirement.
  2. No student shall knowingly give, or attempt to give, unauthorized assistance to another in the preparation of any laboratory reports, examinations, essays, themes, term papers, computer software, or similar requirements to be submitted for credit as part of a course or in fulfillment of a College requirement.
  3. Plagiarism is prohibited. It is assumed that the written work submitted for evaluation and credit is the student's own unless appropriately acknowledged. Such acknowledgment should occur whenever one directly quotes another person's actual words, appropriates another's ideas, opinions, or theories even when they are paraphrased, and whenever one borrows facts, statistics, or other illustrative materials unless the information is common knowledge.
  4. No student shall sell, give, lend, or otherwise furnish to any unauthorized person any material which can be shown to contain the questions or answers to any examination scheduled to be given at some subsequent date or time in any course of study offered by the College, excluding questions and answers from tests previously administered.
  5. No student shall take or attempt to take, steal, or otherwise procure in an unauthorized manner any material pertaining to the conduct of a class, including tests, examinations, grade change forms, grade rolls, roll books, laboratory equipment, library materials, etc.
  6. No student shall falsify any fact presented in any laboratory reports, research, examinations, essays, themes, term papers, or similar requirements to be submitted for credit as part of a course or in fulfillment of a College requirement.

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C. Administrative Summons

Students are expected to respond immediately to an administrative summons.

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D. Alcohol Policy

Georgia law prohibits possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by those under the legal drinking age and prohibits making alcoholic beverages available to persons under the legal drinking age. Federal, state, and local laws pertaining to possession and use of alcoholic beverages and other drugs are enforced on the College campus and in residence halls. 

  1. The manufacture, distribution, sale, possession, or use of intoxicating substances on campus, or while participating in a College function, or at College approved events off campus is strictly prohibited.
  2. Student(s) on or returning to campus who are unable to control himself or herself because of alcohol consumption are in violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
  3. No student shall furnish or cause to be furnished any alcoholic beverage to any person under the legal drinking age.
  4. Consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages is not allowed on campus.
  5. Alcohol containers are not allowed (full, empty, or decorative).  The possession or presence of alcohol containers (full, empty, decorative, etc.) is prohibited in residence hall rooms and on campus and will be viewed as evidence of possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages regardless of student’s age.

This policy applies to all drugs and their abuse (including alcohol). Exception for Disclosures:  The school, at its discretion, may notify parents of a student under 21 (at the time of violation) if the institution has determined that the student violated its alcohol or drug policies.

For Standards of Conduct, College and Legal Sanctions and information on Alcohol and Drugs and Treatment referral please see Gordon State College Counseling Center web page http://www.gordonstate.edu/studentlife/counseling.asp.

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E. Animals

Animals, except for those needed to assist disabled persons or those required for research or class experiments, are prohibited (unless written permission is obtained from the Vice President for Student Affairs or official designee). No animals of any kind may be kept in or about the residence halls.

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F. Dining Hall Rules and Regulations

Dress Code

All individuals entering the dining hall must wear a shirt and shoes. The cafeteria reserves the right to deny entrance to anyone in attire deemed inappropriate.

Language

Loud, obscene, or profane language will not be permitted in the cafeteria.

Safety

No disruptive behavior will be tolerated (i.e., horseplay, wrestling, food throwing, fighting, etc.).

Identification

To dine in the dining hall you must have your proper encoded student identification and/or a meal card or pay cash at the door.

Smoking

Smoking is not allowed.

Courtesy

Students are responsible for leaving tables clean and taking trays to dish room.

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G. Disciplinary Charges

Disciplinary charges against a student or student organization alleging infractions of the rules and regulations of the College may also subject such student or student organization to temporary sanctions by the Vice President for Student Affairs or official designee.  This may include suspension pending the final disposition of the case if the student’s presence or conduct disrupts the academic atmosphere of the school, endangers fellow students, teacher or school officials, or damages property.

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H. Disorderly Assembly

  1. No student shall assemble on campus for the purpose of creating a riot, or destruction, or disorderly diversion which interferes with the normal operation of the College.  This section should not be construed so as to deny any student the rights of peaceful, nondisruptive assembly. Students may seek written permission from the Vice President for Student Affairs or official designee to assemble for peaceful purposes.
  2. No student or group of students shall obstruct the free movement of other persons about the campus, interfere with the use of College facilities, or materially interfere with the normal operation of the College.
  3. The abuse or unauthorized use of sound amplification equipment indoors or outdoors is prohibited.  (Any use of sound amplification equipment must be cleared through the Vice President for Student Affairs or official designee.)

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I. Disorderly Conduct

  1. Disorderly or obscene conduct, language, dress or breach of the peace on College property or at any function sponsored or supervised by the College is prohibited.
  2. No student shall push, strike, or physically assault any member of the faculty, administration, staff, student body, or any visitor to the campus.  Physical assault, including sexual assault, is prohibited.
  3. No student shall intentionally harass another person.  Harassment includes but is not limited to threatening, intimidating, verbally abusing, impeding, telephoning, following, or persistently bothering or annoying.  Harassment may represent but is not limited to acts based on sex, race, religion, national origin, or disability.
  4. No student shall fail to comply with the administrative policies enacted by the College.
  5. Conduct on College property or at functions sponsored or supervised by the College, which materially interferes with the normal operation of the College or the requirements of appropriate discipline, is prohibited.
  6. No student shall enter or attempt to enter any building, dance, social or athletic event, or any other event sponsored by or supervised by the College or any recognized College organization without credentials for admission, i.e., ticket, I.D. card, invitation, key, etc.  At such College functions, a student must present proper credentials to properly identified College faculty and staff upon their request.
  7. Conduct, dress, and/or expressions which are obscene or which are patently offensive to the prevailing standards of an academic community are prohibited.
  8. No student shall interfere with, give false name to, or fail to cooperate with, any properly identified College faculty, administrative, or staff personnel while these persons are in the performance of their duties.
  9. The children of students are not allowed in class. Children (unauthorized) are not conducive to the residence hall environment and are not allowed in the residence halls.
  10. In-line skating, roller blading, and/or skateboarding is prohibited throughout the college campus.

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J. Disregard for Library Property

No student shall take, attempt to take, or keep in their possession items belonging to the library, or items placed in the library for display, reference, etc. Malicious or unwarranted damage, destruction, or defacement of library materials is prohibited.

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K. Dress

Students are required to be appropriately dressed at campus functions so as not to cause disruption.  (Note specific dress code requirements in food service areas listed elsewhere.)

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L. Drug Policy - Zero Tolerance

Georgia law prohibits possession of drugs. Federal, state, and local laws pertaining to possession and use of drugs are enforced on the College campus and in residence halls.

  1. The manufacture, distribution, sale, possession, or use of marijuana, narcotics, controlled substances, intoxicating substances or dangerous drugs on campus, or while participating in a College function, or at College approved events off campus is strictly prohibited.
  2. Student(s) on or returning to campus who are unable to control himself or herself because of drug consumption are in violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
  3. Consumption or possession of drugs is not allowed on campus.  Possession of drug paraphernalia is prohibited on campus. 
  4. Inappropriate or misuse of prescription drug(s) is a violation of the drug policy.

This policy applies to all drugs and their abuse (including alcohol). Exception for Disclosures:  The school, at its discretion, may notify parents of a student under 21 (at the time of violation) if the institution has determined that the student violated its alcohol or drug policies.

Disciplinary sanctions for students convicted of a felony offense involving the manufacture, distribution, sale, possession or use of marijuana, controlled substances or other illegal or dangerous drugs, shall include the forfeiture of academic credit and the temporary or permanent suspension or expulsion from the institution.  (BOR Policies; Section 406.04).

For Standards of Conduct, College and Legal Sanctions and information on Alcohol and Drugs and Treatment referral please see Gordon State College Counseling Center web page http://www.gordonstate.edu/studentlife/counseling.asp.

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Withdrawal of Recognition of Student Organizations

The Board of Regents has determined that the use of marijuana, controlled substances, or other illegal or dangerous drugs constitutes a serious threat to the public health, welfare, and academic achievement of students enrolled in the University System of Georgia.  Therefore, all student organizations, including but not limited to societies, fraternities, sororities, clubs, and similar groups of students which are affiliated with, recognized by, or which use the facilities under the jurisdiction of institutions of the University System, are hereby charged with the responsibility of enforcing compliance with local, state, and federal laws by all persons attending or participating in their respective functions and affairs, social or otherwise.  (Section 406.01)

As provided by the Student Organization Responsibility for Drug Abuse Act, any such student organization which through its officers, agents, or responsible members knowingly permits, authorizes or condones the manufacture, sale, distribution, possession, serving, consumption or use of marijuana, controlled substances or other illegal or dangerous drugs at any affair, function, or activity of such student organization, social or otherwise, is hereby declared to be in violation of the laws of this state and shall have its recognition as a student organization withdrawn and, after complying with the constitutional requirements of due process, shall be expelled from the campus for a minimum of one calendar year from the date of determination of guilt. Such organization shall also be prohibited from using any property or facilities of the institution for a period of at least one year.  Any lease, rental agreement or other document between the Board of Regents or the institution and the student organization which relates to the use of the property leased, rented or occupied shall be terminated for knowingly having permitted or authorized the unlawful actions described above.  All sanctions imposed by this policy shall be subject to review procedures authorized by the Board of Regents (Article VII of the Bylaws).

An appeal to the Board of Regents shall not defer the effective date of the adverse action against the student organization pending the Board's review unless the Board so directs. 

Any such stay or suspension by the Board shall expire as of the date of the Board's final decision on the matter.

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M. Explosives

No student shall possess, furnish, sell, or use explosives of any kind on College property or at College functions.

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N. Falsification/Misrepresentation of College Records

  1. No student shall complete any College record dishonestly.
  2. No student shall alter, counterfeit, forge, or cause to be altered, counterfeited, or forged, any record, form, or document used by the College, nor shall any student knowingly use any such altered, counterfeited, or forged record, form, or document.
  3. No student shall hinder or mislead or attempt to hinder or mislead a properly identified College official in the performance of his/her duty by providing false or misleading information or by misrepresenting the facts.

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O. Fire Safety

  1. No student shall tamper with fire safety equipment.
  2. The unauthorized possession, sale, provision, or use of any incendiary device is prohibited.
  3. No student shall set or cause to be set any unauthorized fire or fire hazard in or on College property.
  4. No student shall make, or cause to be made, a false fire alarm.
  5. All occupants of a building must leave the building immediately whenever the fire alarm sounds.
  6. The possession or use of fireworks on College property or at events sponsored or supervised by the College or any recognized College organization is prohibited.  Fireworks are defined as any substance prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion, or detonation.
  7. Hot plates, toaster ovens, open elements, or other appliances may not be used in the residence halls.
  8. Smoking is NOT permitted in the residence halls or surrounding areas.

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P. Gambling

The playing of cards or any other game of skill or chance for money or other items of value is prohibited.

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Q. Hazing

Hazing is defined as any action or situation, which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a person for the purpose of initiation or admission into any organization registered by the College.  This includes, but is not limited to, beating, branding, forced exercises, forced consumption of food or beverage or any other substance.  Also included are activities causing mental stress such as sleep deprivation, exclusion from contact with others, or forced contact that could result in extreme embarrassment or adversely affect the dignity of the individual. 

For the purpose of clarity, any activity described above that is directly or indirectly a condition of initiation or admission into a registered student organization shall be presumed to be a forced activity, the willingness of the individual to participate in such an activity notwithstanding.  All students and College-registered student organizations are prohibited from hazing in any form, both on and off campus.

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R. Joint Responsibility for Infractions

  1. Students who knowingly act in concert to violate College regulations have individual and joint responsibility for such violation; such concerted acts are prohibited.
  2. Students are responsible for the conduct of their guests on or in College property and at functions sponsored by the College or any registered College organization.

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S. Misuse of Property

Damage to, destruction of, or removal of any property belonging to the College, to a member of the College community, or to a visitor is prohibited.

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T. Noise

The abuse or unauthorized use of sound amplification equipment or other noise (e.g. yelling, banging, etc.) indoors or outdoors is prohibited.  (Any use of sound amplification equipment must be cleared through the Vice President for Student Affairs or official designee.)

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U. Payment of Fees, Charges, or Fines

Students are required to pay fees, charges, and fines within the specified time.

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V. Relation of College Code to Local, State, and Federal Laws

Students are subject to the rules and regulations of the College and to local, state, and federal laws. Violation of these rules, regulations, or laws is prohibited, and violators may be referred to the College’s disciplinary system.

A student in any institution of the University System of Georgia who is charged with or indicted for a felony or crime involving moral turpitude, may be suspended pending the disposition of the criminal charges against the student (BOR 406.02).

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W. Repeated Violations

Repeated violations of published rules or regulations of the College, which cumulatively indicate an inability or unwillingness to conform to the standards of the College for student life, will be grounds for suspension or dismissal.

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X. Residence Halls

Residence halls have their own published regulations, the violation of which could be cause for campus disciplinary action.

  1. No unauthorized student/non-student shall enter, attempt to enter, or remain in restricted areas of College residence halls.  Unauthorized students living in the residence halls are subject to dismissal.
  2. Students shall abide by all policies established by various residence halls for the protection of the privacy, rights, privileges, health, or safety of the community.

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Y. Solicitation

The following forms of solicitation, when approved by the Student Activities Office, are permitted:                                     

  1. Fund raising activities by an organization related to the College; and
  2. Distribution of information in public areas.

All other solicitation is prohibited as the purpose of the College is to promote the educational versus the commercial atmosphere in the residence halls and on the campus.

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Z. Student Identification Cards/Residence Hall Keys

  1. Lending, selling, or otherwise transferring a student photo I.D./residence hall key is prohibited.
  2. The use of a student photo I.D./residence hall key by anyone other than its original holder is prohibited.
  3. Any other fraudulent use is prohibited.
  4. Students are required to carry College I.D.’s on their person at all times and to present identification upon request by any College Official.

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AA. Theft

  1. No students shall sell textbooks that are not their own without written permission of the owner.
  2. No students shall take, attempt to take, or keep in their possession items of College property or items belonging to students, faculty, staff, student groups, or visitors to the campus without proper authorization.

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BB. Tobacco Usage

Tobacco usage is prohibited at Gordon State College.  In order to ensure a safe, healthy environment, all Gordon State College facilities are tobacco free for all employees, students, and visitors effective June 1, 2011. The use of all tobacco products is prohibited within the boundaries of all College locations, including all buildings, facilities, indoor and outdoor spaces and grounds owned, rented, operated, and/or leased by the College.  This policy applies to parking lots, walkways, sidewalks, sports venues, State vehicles and private vehicles parked or operated on College property.  For the purposes of this policy, tobacco is defined as any type of tobacco product including, but not limited to: cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, electronic cigarettes, pipes, bidis, hookahs, blunts, smokeless or spit tobacco or snuff.

Enforcement of this policy is intended to be educational, but violations may result in monetary fines of $25.00 and/or disciplinary actions as outlined in the Gordon State College Academic Catalog/Student Code of Conduct.

Students are not to congregate or loiter within 100 feet of campus.  Students should not trespass on private property or block the sidewalk.

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CC. Unauthorized Entry or Use of College Facilities

  1. No student/non-student shall make or attempt to make unauthorized entry into any College building, office, or other facility; nor shall any person remain without authorization in any College facility after normal closing hours.
  2. No student/non-student shall make or attempt to make unauthorized use of any College facility or service.
  3. Unauthorized possession or use of College keys/ identification is prohibited.
  4. Students and/or student groups may not make reservations in their name for outside groups or organizations to use College space. (See Facility Reservation Process)
  5. Unauthorized students residing in the residence halls are subject to dismissal.
  6. No student shall walk or climb any campus wall, fence, gate, etc.

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DD. Weapons

Except as expressly provided in O.C.G.A. 16-11-127.1,

  1. Possession of firearms on College property or at events sponsored or supervised by the College or any recognized College organization is prohibited.
  2. The possession or use of any other offensive weapons is prohibited (i.e., knives, stun guns, nunchakus, bows, clubs, baseball bats, etc.).
  3. No reasonable facsimile of a weapon is allowed on campus for safety's sake (i.e. toys, squirt guns, rubber knives, etc.).

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