Georgia Highlands College

Code of Conduct

General Information

GeorgiaHighlands Collegehas developed a code of conduct to guide students in participating in the academic community. This Student Code of Conduct outlines the behaviors and actions that are prohibited and outlines the procedures for adjudicating them.

Students who are charged with violating the Student Code of Conduct are entitled to a fair hearing in which the accused will be allowed to speak in his/her defense and to call witnesses on his/her behalf. The procedures outlined in the Code are not bound to the standards of a court of law. Instead, in adjudication of such cases, the Hearing Officer or Panel will decide the case based on a standard of preponderance of evidence, requiring a conclusion that the breach of the Code more likely occurred than not. This means that the evidence to suggest a violation occurred must outweigh the evidence presented to suggest the violation did not occur. Evidence can include, but not be limited to, witness statements, admissions, physical evidence, or observation.

The following actions or behaviors are prohibited:

False Information

Providing false information or withholding information that would have altered the enrollment status of the student at the College.

Local, State, and Federal Statutes

Failing to abide by local, state, or federal laws.

Damage to Property

Maliciously damaging destroying, vandalizing, or misusing property belonging to the College, a member of the College community, or visitor to the College.

Littering.

Disorderly Conduct

Interfering with the normal functions of the College, including, but not limited to, classes, studying, research, teaching, administrative tasks, or public service.

Obstructing the free movement of students, faculty, staff, or guests of the College.

Interfering with use of College facilities for approved College functions or events.

Abusing, misusing, or using sound amplification equipment without authorization.

Interfering with the freedom of expression of others.

Breaching the peace of the College or College-sponsored activities.

Assaulting, harassing, or threatening to assault or harass any person on the College premises or at College-sponsored activities.

Entering or attempting entrance to any College event without authorization.

Interfering with faculty, staff, or emergency personnel performing their tasks.

Failure to Comply

Refusing to cooperate with a reasonable request from a College official in the performance of the official's duties.

Failing to appear for a disciplinary hearing.

Failing to complete disciplinary sanctions.

Weapons

Using or possessing a weapon on campus or at a College-sponsored activity, without authorization. A weapon may mean any object or substance designed to inflict an injury or incapacitate another person. A weapon may be a firearm, a knife, or any object or device designed for offense or defense; or other item considered as a weapon by local, state, or federal statutes.

Fire Safety

Tampering, misusing, or damaging any fire safety equipment such as, but not limited to, fire extinguishers, alarms, or sprinkler systems.

Causing a false alarm.

Setting a fire.

Failing to evacuate a building during an alarm.

Explosives

Possessing, using, selling, or distributing any explosive or incendiary device.

Possessing, using, selling, or distributing any unauthorized fireworks on campus or at a College event.

Drugs and Alcohol Policy

Possessing alcoholic beverages on campus and/or at College sponsored activities without authorization.

Being in an intoxicated state on the College premises or at College sponsored activities.

Driving on campus while under the influence of any drug, including alcohol.

Using, manufacturing, possessing, possessing with the intent to distribute, or distributing any controlled substance on the College premises or at a College activity.

Using club or student activity money to purchase alcohol and/or any controlled substance.

Theft

Removing or selling property or services not belonging to the person taking the property on the College premises or at College activities, without authorization.

Computers

Accessing or using College computers or computer networks on campus, without authorization.

Copying copyrighted software owned by the College, without authorization.

Copying of copyrighted materials not belonging to the College using College computers, without authorization.

Adding computer viruses or other software or programming to a College computer that interferes with the use of the College’s computer network, without authorization.

Misusing College computers.

College Documents

Forging or misusing College documents including, but not limited to, identification cards, transcripts, and parking permits.

Altering or transferring a Georgia Highlands College student identification card to another person.

Knowingly providing false information to the College.

Tobacco Use

Using tobacco products in College buildings. Tobacco products include, but are not limited to, cigarettes, snuff, and chewing tobacco.

Animals

Bringing into any College building any animal, except those needed to assist a person with a disability or those required for class or laboratory projects.

College Facilities/Property

Occupying or accessing any College building, facilities, or premises, without authorization.

Remaining in a facility after operating hours without authorization.

Using any College service without authorization.

Using, possessing, or duplicating College keys, without authorization.

College Name or Mascot

Using the College name, logo, seal, mascot, or symbols implying representation of the College without authorization.

Solicitation

Unauthorized selling or distributing on the College property.

Unauthorized posting of signs, banners, or other advertisements.

Freedom of Expression

Unauthorized assembling on the College premises.

Impeding the rights of others to speak or assemble in an authorized manner.

Harassment

Holding rites and/or ceremonies of induction, initiation, or orientation into College life or into any group on campus that tend to cause mental or physical suffering or place a person in danger of harm to self or others.

Sexually harassing anyone in any form, including written, spoken, or physical means.

Interfering with a student's or employee’s ability to work or study or that creates a hostile, intimidating, or offensive atmosphere.

Assault

Unwanted touching of another student, faculty or staff member, or invited guest of the College.

Assaulting another sexually as defined by Georgia law.

Joint Responsibility and Student Responsibility for Guests

Encouraging, conspiring, or cooperating with others to violate a College policy.

Serving as host to guests who violate the Student Code of Conduct while on campus or attending a College event.

Permitting guests to attend classroom activities without the consent of the instructor responsible for the course.

Violation of other Codes or Regulations as Outlined in the Georgia Highlands College Catalog

The Georgia Highlands College Catalog includes information pertaining to the following collegiate matters: course registration, course auditing, independent study policy, course changes, withdrawal procedure, records, expenses and fees, fee refund policies, financial responsibility, academic rights and responsibilities, academic advising, class attendance, grading system, grade reports, Dean's list, degree qualifications, financial aid, and veteran's assistance. Attempts to circumvent these policies through dishonesty are also considered breaches of the Student Code of Conduct and/or Academic Integrity Code.




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