Student Code of Conduct

Students are adults and are, of course, expected to know what constitutes “acceptable” behavior. The College prefers to emphasize counseling and guidance in promoting good student conduct. However, when this approach fails, our only option is disciplinary action. If a student has any questions concerning appropriate conduct, he/she should see a college counselor, the Dean of Instruction or Senior Vice President for Instruction and Student Services (curriculum students), Dean of Continuing Education (continuing education students), or the Director of the Hoke Center (Hoke Center/SandHoke students).

Sandhills Community College reserves the right to deny admission or readmission to students whose presence on campus is construed by the administration as harmful or potentially harmful to Sandhills Community College students, faculty, and/or staff. Moreover, Sandhills Community College may refuse to admit any applicant during any period of time that the student is suspended or expelled from any other education entity. Students admitted to the College must adhere to the Student Code of
Conduct, which prohibits conduct that impairs significantly the welfare or the educational opportunities of others in the college community. The college may disclose educational information (which includes  disciplinary information/records) with postsecondary institutions where the student seeks to enroll, intends to enroll, or is already enrolled so long as the disclosure is for purposes related to the students enrollment or transfer. Students may request a copy of their records by contacting the Senior Vice  President for Instruction and Student Services.

The statements, policies, and procedures contained in the Student Code of Conduct have one purpose: to ensure the existence at Sandhills Community College of opportunities and conditions that are conducive to effective learning, teaching and living together. This document is the product of the cooperative thought and dialogue of students, instructors and administrators of the College.

The following Code of Conduct applies to all students enrolled in courses with Sandhills Community College. The code should not be considered an exclusive list of acceptable and unacceptable behavior.

  1. Each student is held responsible for information in the college Catalog published online at www.sandhills.edu.
  2. Students who lose, damage, deface, destroy, sell, vandalize, or otherwise dispose of college property placed in their possession or entrusted to them will be charged for the full extent of the damage
    or loss and are subject to disciplinary action.
  3. Under no conditions will alcoholic beverages, narcotics, or illicit drugs be permitted on college property or at college“sponsored events. Students under the influence of or possessing alcohol or
    drugs will be in violation of this policy and subject to disciplinary action. The College will comply fully with local and state laws concerning the possession of and/or sale of drugs. In addition, students might not be able to receive federal student aid if they are or have been convicted of selling or possessing illegal drugs, if the drug offense for which they are/were convicted occurred while they
    were receiving federal student aid. To regain eligibility, students must provide to the Senior Vice President for Instruction and Student Services documentation of a minimum of six months
    rehabilitation and an on-going plan to remain drug or alcohol-free. Acts such as stealing, fraud, forgery, falsifying documents, gambling, fighting, and destruction of property will not be
    permitted. Any violation of this regulation may result in expulsion from the College on the FIRST offense.
  4. Under no condition will the possession of a dangerous weapon, including but not limited to handguns, be permitted on college property. Such acts of possession may result in expulsion from the
    college on the first offense.
  5. The College will comply fully with existing North Carolina laws that make possession of firearms or explosives on campus a Class I Felony and ALL weapons on campus unlawful. Sandhills Community College will immediately report ANY and ALL violations to local authorities.
  6. In the interest of protecting students, faculty, staff, or property from harm, the College reserves the right to take disciplinary action in response to behavior off“campus that violates college expectations
    and policies or could be detrimental to the College.
  7. Smoking is permitted only in the following locations on the main campus: Covered pavilion on the parking lot side of Dempsey Student Center; Fountain courtyard near Causey, Meyer, and Blue
    Halls; Picnic Shelter near Causey Hall; and parking lots. The use of tobacco is prohibited by students, staff, faculty, or visitors in all campus buildings at all campus locations and in any college-owned
    vehicles. For purposes of this policy, tobacco is defined as any type of tobacco product including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipes, smokeless or spit tobacco, or snuff.
  8. Students are not to bring children to class except under exceptional circumstances and with prior approval of the faculty member. All vehicles must be properly registered, display appropriate
    stickers, and abide by posted and announced parking and traffic regulations. Violators of traffic and parking regulations are subject to fines, wheel locks, towing, or possible revocation of campus
    parking privileges. Student records may also be withheld until fines are paid.
  9. Fiscal irresponsibility such as failure to pay college levied fines, failure to repay college-funded loans, or the passing of worthless checks to college officials is subject to disciplinary action.
  10. Behavior that creates an atmosphere of fear and/or intimidation of a student or faculty/staff member is prohibited. Any and all verbal, written, or physical threats of violence to oneself or other will be
    taken seriously and dealt with appropriately.
  11. Prospective students visiting campus must report to Student Services or the Division of Continuing Education upon arrival. Those failing to do so may be asked to leave.
  12. The Dempsey Student Center and other campus facilities are for student use and for authorized activities. Thus, unauthorized individuals may be asked to leave.
  13. All curriculum students are required to have and to carry a student ID. Students may be asked to show their ID at random. Failure to comply may result in disciplinary action.
  14. Any act, comment, or behavior that is of a sexually suggestive or harassing nature and that in any way interferes with an employees or students performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or
    offensive environment is strictly prohibited by Sandhills Community College.
  15. Faculty and students at Sandhills Community College”on the main campus or off-campus locations, including online”have the right to an instructional environment that is conducive to study, thought,
    and full concentration on study topics. Student behavior that threatens such an environment and disrupts learning and teaching activities”including unauthorized use of technology (e.g., cell
    phones, computers, hand-held devices) ”will not be tolerated and will be subject to disciplinary actions.
  16. Appropriate attire, including shoes, must be worn at all times. It is expected that attire reflect the generally accepted bounds of good taste and not disrupt the learning process.
  17. If, in the opinion of college officials, clothing and/or behavior (including droops or the presence of gang colors, signs, and or symbols) are threatening, intimidating, or offensive in nature, sanctions may be imposed immediately.
  18. For the safety of all concerned, the campus will be closed from 12 midnight to 5 a.m.
  19. Failure to abide by the SCC Information Technology Resources Acceptable Use Policy may lead to disciplinary action, including loss of computer privileges, dismissal from the College, and/or
    criminal prosecution. The college expects and requires ethical and responsible behavior of individuals using information services.
  20. Providing false information or fraudulent documents to college officials or procuring any money, goods, or services under false pretense is prohibited.
  21. Rudeness and lying to school officials as well as failing to comply with instructions of college officials acting in performance of their duties are subject to disciplinary action.
  22. In the interest of civility, privacy, and safety, coed accommodations on any club, class, or SCC sponsored trip is prohibited.
  23. Any and all other offenses that may need the attention of the Senior Vice President for Instruction and Student Services or Dean of Instruction (all curriculum students), the Dean of Continuing
    Education (continuing education students), the Director of the SCC Hoke Center (all students taking classes at the Hoke Center) are subject to this code.

Student Conduct in the Instructional Environment

Faculty teaching courses for Sandhills Community College and students taking courses at Sandhills Community College have the right to an instructional environment that is conducive to study, thought, and full concentration on study topics selected by the instructor. Student behavior that threatens such an atmosphere and disrupts learning and teaching activities or creates an atmosphere of fear and intimidation of a student or faculty member will not be tolerated. The faculty and administration reserve the right to remove a student from a course or a program or to deny his/her admission to a course or a program if the student’s behavior is determined to be detrimental to the teaching environment.

The Sandhills Community College faculty, staff, and administration expect student behavior that assures an instructional environment:

  • where students arrive and depart on time,
  • where there is no disruptive behavior,
  • where the rights of others are respected and where students treat each other with politeness and respect,
  • that is free from menacing or threatening language or disrespectful behavior directed at either the professor or other students,
  • where a student’s attire is within the generally accepted bounds of good taste and does not disrupt the learning process,
  • where students are allowed to bring guests (including children) only with the expressed permission of the professor.

Academic Honesty

Sandhills Community College believes that the pursuit of knowledge requires honesty. Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to the following:

  1. Copying the work of another.
  2. Collaboration: Working with another person on a test, examination, or paper without expressed authorization and without indicating that collaboration has occurred.
  3. Plagiarism: The representation of the work of another person as one’s own; the failure to cite the source of an idea, information, or words that come from someone other than the author of the paper or the exam.
  4. Use of books, notes and/or electronic devices in examinations without the explicit permission of the professor.

Penalties for academic dishonesty may include the following:

  1. Zero grade on the test or assignment on which cheating occurs.
  2. Failing grade for the course.
  3. Failing grade and immediate dismissal from the course.

When a student is accused of academic dishonesty, the resolution of the accusation is between the professor and the student. If the solution is unsatisfactory, there is an inherent right to appeal. The appeal shall be in accordance with the Student Grievance Procedure.

Disciplinary Procedures

  1. Report of offenses: Students, faculty members, staff or administrators should immediately report incidents that violate the Student Code of Conduct to the appropriate Senior Vice President for Instruction and Student Services or the Dean of Instruction (all curriculum students), Dean of Continuing Education (continuing education students) or Hoke Center Director (all students taking classes at the Hoke Center). When possible, the report should be documented through email or written report.
  2. The Vice President/Dean/Director will confer with all parties involved and decide on one of the following options:
    1. To declare the case closed immediately for lack of evidence and to notify in writing the accused and the< accuser.
    2. To refer the case to the risk assessment team for review and recommendation.
    3. To issue warning that repeated violation of the Code of> Conduct may necessitate further disciplinary action.
    4. To reserve the right to deny admission or readmission to any student whose presence on campus is disruptive to other students.
    5. To invoke penalties. A student may be placed on probation, suspended, or expelled from the College for conduct or personal behavior that is in violation of the Student Code of Conduct. The appropriate Vice President, Dean, or Director will, in writing, identify the claimed misconduct and present a statement of any penalty imposed. There is an inherent right to appeal. The appeal shall be in accordance with the Student Grievance Procedure.
    6. As a general rule, the status of a student accused of a violation of these regulations should not be altered until a final determination has been made in regard to the charges. Interim suspension may be imposed, however, upon a finding by the appropriate institutional official that the continued presence of the accused on campus constitutes an immediate threat to the physical safety and well-being of the accused or any other member of the institution’s community or its guests, poses a threat of destruction of property, or shows a potential for substantial disruption of classroom or other campus activities.

Student Grievance Procedure / Students Appeals Procedure

Grievance is defined as any matter of student concern or dissatisfaction within the control of the College, except for the following:

  • grades, which shall be subject to the decision of the professor unless< related to some type of suspected discrimination;
  • attendance policies and matters of a purely academic nature, which shall be adjudicated through the Dean of Instruction;
  • some matters involving allegations of sexual harassment, which are addressed elsewhere in this Catalog and published online at www.sandhills.edu; and
  • residency classification, which shall be subject to final ruling at the campus level by the Residency Committee and may be forwarded to the State Residency Committee; and
  • Financial Aid awards and eligibility, which shall be subject to review by the Financial Aid Appeals Committee with a final ruling by the Senior Vice President for Instruction and Student Services.

Student Appeal Procedure

The purpose of the Student Appeal Procedure is to assure students of Sandhills Community College that their grievances will be considered fairly, rapidly, and in a non-threatening atmosphere. This process is designed to be used by students, not their surrogates. In keeping with the college policy of addressing all grievances informally prior to resorting to formal procedures, it is assumed that prior to embarking on the formal Student Appeal Procedure, students will initially address problems and matters of concern informally with the student(s), faculty, or staff members involved.

However, the College recognizes that not all student grievances will be satisfactorily settled on an informal basis. Therefore, this Student Appeal Procedure has been adopted and applies to all appeals of disciplinary actions, appeals regarding student records and privacy rights, and appeals based on charges of discrimination. Students should follow these procedures first in all applicable situations.

Any student electing initially to pursue a grievance outside of these procedures has thereby waived the ability to pursue his or her grievance hereunder. A complete copy of the Student Grievance Procedure may be obtained from the Senior Vice President for Instruction and Student Services or Dean of Instruction’s Office. Student grievances resulting from academic practices or learning environment activities other than disruptive student behavior should be referred to the attention of the Dean of Instruction (curriculum students), VP of Continuing Education (continuing education students), or Hoke Center Director (Hoke Center students) after the student has met with the faculty member or department chair and attempted an informal resolution of the problem. Student grievances that affect an individual’s welfare and are not directly related to academic or classroom activities of the College should be brought to the attention of the Senior Vice President for Instruction and Student Services (curriculum students), VP of Continuing Education
(continuing education students), or Hoke County Director (Hoke Center students) after the student has made every effort to resolve the problem in an informal basis through conversation with the individuals involved.

Student Grievance Procedure Steps

  1. Informal Resolution – The student discusses grievance(s) with the appropriate Vice President/Dean/Director, who renders a decision within five (5) business days. The student may elect to continue the appeal in accordance with the following:
    1. Curriculum students will proceed to step 2 of the Student Grievance Procedure and appeal to the Student Grievance Committee.
    2. Continuing education students may appeal within seven (7) business days to the Senior Vice President. A decision will be rendered in ten (10) business days. The decision of the Senior Vice President is final. Exceptions to the procedure include continuing education certificate programs: BLET and NA. These students should proceed in accordance with step 2.
  2. Student Grievance Committee Hearing – The student submits a formal Grievance Form to the Student Grievance Committee Chair within three (3) business days of the Vice President’s/Dean’s/Director’s decision. The Student Affairs Committee renders a decision within ten (10) business days. Following a discussion by the Student Grievance Committee, the student may elect to continue the appeal to step 3. (The Student Grievance Committee may choose to discontinue a hearing if the student fails to attend two or more scheduled meetings.)
  3. President’s Review – The student submits a written request for review to the college President within three (3) business days after the Student Grievance Committee’s decision. The President renders a decision within ten (10) business days. The President’s decision will be final except in cases of sexual harassment or discrimination. In those cases, the student may elect to continue the appeal to step 4.
  4. Hearing Committee of the Board of Trustees – The student submits a written request for a hearing by the Board of Trustees within five (5) business days of the President’s decision. This request is submitted to the Executive Assistant to the President. The decision of the Board of Trustees in sexual harassment and discrimination cases is final.