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Texas State Technical College Code of Conduct

Purpose
It is the practice of Texas State Technical College (TSTC) to encourage fair and efficient solutions for problems arising out of the student/college relationship. As responsible members of the college community, students and organizations/ clubs are expected to maintain the highest level of academic and social conduct and are responsible for knowing TSTC’s policies and standards. The Code is reviewed every academic year, but it is a living document which can be modified to comply with federal, state or local law.


Definitions
Board of Regents – governing body of TSTC System, appointed by the Governor of Texas
Code of Student Conduct (the Code) – standards of conduct and procedures established to provide a full and fair opportunity for review of alleged misconduct
College – Texas State Technical College (TSTC)
College Premises – all buildings, facilities, land and other property that is owned, used, leased or controlled by the college
Complaint – a statement of the essential facts constituting a violation of the Code or policy of the college
Disciplinary Officer – college official authorized to investigate alleged violations of the Code and to administer the procedures and sanctions of the Code
Disciplinary Conference (Conference) – an informal conversation with the student to review the alleged violation(s) and give them an opportunity to respond directly and present relevant information including witnesses, documents, etc
Drug Paraphernalia – any equipment, product, or material that is used for making, using, or concealing drugs, regardless of that item’s intended use at the time of its production
Established Student Relationship – from the time of application for admissions to the college through an award of degree which will include breaks of enrollment if the student continues to have an association with the college
Notice of Complaint – the initial document that identifies alleged misconduct in violation of the Code
Review – a request made by a student who disagrees with the Discipline Officer’s decision or sanction and requests that the Student Conduct Review Board evaluate the decision
Review Administrator – Chair/individual assigned to collect, schedule, and be a liaison for the review process
Preponderance of Evidence – the majority of the evidence would cause a reasonable person to support a conclusion (it is more likely than not it happened, 51 percent rule)
Residential Facilities – any facility operated by the college or under agreement by an outside agency, with sole purpose of providing housing for students
Student – an individual who has established a relationship with the college for the purpose of taking a course or courses
Student Conduct Review Board – a group convened at the request of a student or student group to evaluate the Dean’s decision or sanction placed on an individual
Working Day – Monday through Friday, except for official college holidays or college closings


Application

Prohibited Conduct
The Discipline Officer may initiate disciplinary proceedings against a student for violations of the Code. Specific examples of prohibited conduct subject to disciplinary action include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1.  Acts Violating Statewide Operating Standards (SOS), and College Policies.
  2. Acts of Dishonesty
    1. Intentionally furnishing false or misleading information to the college or a college official.
    2. Forging, altering, falsifying or misusing any college document or instrument of identification.
    3. Intentionally interfering with any election process.
  3. Acts Affecting the College Community
    1. Engaging in disruptive behavior or activity, including but not limited to such acts defined in the Texas Education Code.
    2. Failure to comply with the reasonable directive(s) of a college employee which includes Resident/Community Assistants.
    3. Failure to heed an official summons within the designated time or failure to identify oneself to an institutional representative in response to a request.
    4. Violation of a rule or regulation relating to residence life policies, a breach of a housing contract/lease or motor vehicle regulations.
    5. Gambling in any form.
    6. Failure to fulfill financial or contractual obligation(s) to the college.
  4. Acts Affecting Property or Service
    1. Theft or attempted theft of property or services.
    2. Possession of stolen or lost property.
    3. Destruction or damage to college property or the property of others.
    4. Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of access devices to college property or the property of others.
    5. Unauthorized entry onto or use of college or individual’s premises, equipment or resources.
  5. Acts Affecting Computing Resources or Technology
    1. Unauthorized access, use or misuse of college computing resources, systems or data.
    2. Disrupting college computer operations or the availability of computing resources.
    3. Using another individual’s identification, password or other credential.
    4. Unauthorized use or sharing of copyrighted materials through electronic means.
    5. Initiating or contributing to attacks against external networks or college systems.
    6. Use of college computers to access lewd, offensive or pornographic material.
    7. Transporting copies of college programs, records or data to another person or computer without written authorization.
    8. Using the college’s computer resources for personal gain.
  6. Acts Affecting Health, Safety or Welfare
    1. Engaging in physical or verbal abuse, domestic violence, threats, intimidation, harassment, bullying, coercion, physical/electronic stalking or any other conduct that threatens or endangers the health, safety or welfare of another person.
    2. Possession, use, sale or distribution of any quantity, whether usable or not, of an illicit drug (including synthetic), narcotic, controlled substance, illegal drug paraphernalia or equipment. This includes medication not prescribed to oneself.
    3. Public intoxication, use, possession or distribution of an alcoholic beverage(s).
    4. Being under the influence of alcohol, an illicit drug, narcotic, synthetic, or controlled substance.
    5. Providing minors or any other individual intoxicating beverages in violation of any state, federal or local law.
    6. Hazing, as defined by the Texas Education Code, including engaging in, soliciting, encouraging, directing, aiding, or voluntarily submitting in behavior that could cause physical, mental or emotional harm to another or is considered humiliating or degrading.
    7. Engaging in acts of gender discrimination, sexual misconduct, abuse, assault or harassment.
    8. Engaging in speech, either orally or in writing that is directed to incite, produce lawless action, or intimidate another.
    9. Possession or use of a dangerous weapon, defined as any instrument, device or object capable of inflicting physical harm. Examples of a dangerous weapon include firearms,   explosive. devices, dangerous chemicals, knives, fireworks, compressed air guns, pellet guns, stun or zip guns, tasers, BB guns, paint ball guns, batons, nun chucks, etc. 
    10. Misuse or tampering of fire or other life safety equipment or interfering with any college or public safety function.
    11. Reporting a false emergency or threat.
    12. Smoking inside campus buildings or designated nonsmoking areas.
  7. Acts Violating Law
    1. Engaging in conduct that constitutes a criminal offense under international, federal, state or local law whether  convicted or not, and regardless of whether the incident happened on campus or off campus.
    2. Breaching the peace; or abetting or inciting another to breach the peace.
    3. Disorderly conduct as defined by state law or any activity that includes, but may not be limited to: physical or verbal abuse, injury to another person, indecent displays or use of indecent language, nonconsensual acts of  sexual contact/assault or disrespect for the rights and privileges of others.
  8. Facilitating Acts of Misconduct
    1. Planning or facilitating an act of misconduct.
    2. Being present during the commission of an act of misconduct, supporting/encouraging the act or not reporting the act to the appropriate officials.
  9. Acts interfering with the Disciplinary Process
    1. Failure to comply with a request to schedule and attend a conference with the Discipline Officer within a designated time.
    2. Failure to comply with sanction(s) imposed under the Code or by the College.
    3. Falsifying or misrepresenting information at any stage of the disciplinary process.
    4. Knowingly initiating a false complaint to a college official.
    5. Attempting to discourage a person’s participation in or use of the disciplinary process.
    6. Harassment, intimidation, coercion, bribery, or retaliation against a college official or person involved in the disciplinary process.
  10. Acts of Academic Dishonesty
  11. Includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, collusion, falsifying academic records, any act designed to give unfair advantage to the student or any attempt to commit such an act.
    1. “Cheating”on academic work includes, but is not limited to:
      1. Copying from another student’s test paper or other academic work.
      2. Possession, during a test, of material, such as class notes, that is not authorized by the person giving the test. The presence of textbooks is a violation if they have been prohibited by the person giving the test.
      3. Collaborating, without authority, or seeking aid from another student during an examination or assignment, or in preparing academic work.
      4. Using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting or soliciting, in whole or in part, the contents of an un-administered test, test key, homework solution or computer program.
      5. Substituting for another student or permitting another student to substitute for oneself to take a test or  prepare other academic work.
      6. Paying, offering money or other valuables to, or coercing another person to obtain an un-administered test, test key, homework solution or computer program, or Information about an un-administered test, test key, homework solution or computer program.
      7. Falsifying laboratory reports and/or other academic work offered for credit.
      8. Taking, keeping, misplacing or damaging property of the college, or of another, if the student knows or reasonably should know that an unfair academic advantage would be gained by such conduct.
      9. Failing to comply with instructions given by a person administering a test.
      10. Discussing the contents of an examination with another student who will take the examination.
      11. Divulging the contents of an examination for the purpose of preserving questions for use by another when the instructor has designated that the examination is not to be removed from the examination room or not to be returned to the student.
      12. Misrepresenting facts, including providing false grades or resumes for the purpose of obtaining academic or financial benefit or injuring another student academically or financially.
    2. "Plagiarism” includes, but is not limited to, the appropriation, buying, receiving as a gift or obtaining by any means another’s work and the submission of it as one’s own academic work offered for credit.
    3. “Collusion” means the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing academic or lab assignments  offered for credit, or collaboration with another person to commit a violation of any scholastic-dishonesty rule.
    4. “Falsifying academic records” includes, but is not limited to, the alteration of grades or other falsification of an academic record such as grade report, test paper, registration material or reporting form used by the college.


Procedures for discipline due to academic dishonesty will be the same as disciplinary actions specified herein except that in an academic dishonesty action, the case first will be considered and reviewed by the faculty member. The faculty member is also responsible for the initial conference with the student where the student tells his/her side of the story. The faculty member must fill out an Academic Dishonesty Reporting Form and submit it to the Discipline Officer. Further disciplinary sanctions may occur if circumstances warrant. If the student does not accept the decision of the faculty member, he/she may request a Review with the Student Conduct Review Board. Procedures for the review are identical to any other Code violation.

Disciplinary Procedures
The Discipline Officer will assess all suspected and reported violations of the Code. Complaints regarding alleged misconduct should be submitted to Student Rights and Responsibilities as soon as possible after the alleged violation.
After completing an initial inquiry the Discipline Officer may:


Notice of Complaint


Notice of Disciplinary Findings


Sanctions for Misconduct

Review Process

Student Conduct Review Board

General Rules

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