The Board of Trustees expects that persons enrolling at Metropolitan Community College conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the educational purpose of instruction. Students have the obligation to abide by federal and state statutes and municipal ordinances, especially those that govern conduct on college campuses and at college functions. Furthermore, the Board expects students to conform to board policies, district regulations and district procedures. Finally, students are expected to demonstrate academic honesty and integrity at all times.
Because the Board has the obligation to maintain an environment conducive to learning and the pursuit of knowledge, the chancellor is authorized to develop a regulation that describes the conduct expected of students and set forth disciplinary actions to be taken against those who fail to conform to that standard.
MCC's Code of Student Conduct:
The following acts will subject a student to college disciplinary action. However, this list is not exhaustive, and other unrenumerated actions may be deemed so significant by college officials as to warrant disciplinary action.
- Interference with the academic freedom or the freedom of speech of any student, employee, or guest of the college.
- Violence against or forcible interference with the freedom of movement of any member or guest of the college community.
- Interference with or obstruction of any college sponsored or approved function or activity.
- Behavior which infringes upon the rights of others, endangers their well-being or safety, or results in personal injury to others.
- Disturbing the peace on college premises.
- Failure to comply with the proper request of college officials acting in performance of their duties or to identify oneself to these officials when asked.
- Participating in or contributing to the unauthorized use of college property or unauthorized entrance into college buildings, including, but not limited to, intentionally or wantonly causing damage to college or personal property.
- Theft of personal or college property or having in one's possession books o other library materials not properly checked out of the library.
- Knowingly furnishing false information to the college, including, but not limited to, alteration, misuse or unauthorized use of college identification cards, records, or documents.
- Possession of weapons on MCC property in violation of BP 2.05130 Weapon Possession.
- Use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages and/or illegal drugs and controlled substances on college premises or at any college sponsored activity, including appearing on college premises while under the influence of alcohol or drugs/controlled substances.
- Violation of federal and state law or local ordinances on college premises, especially when such violation adversely affects the college and/or members of the college community.
- Gambling on college premises.
- All forms of academic dishonesty, including:
- Plagiarism – the intentional use of the ideas or words of another as one's own in a paper or other academic assignment.
- Cheating during examinations, whether by copying from a fellow student or by using information in the form of unauthorized aids brought to the examination.
- The submission of work for any assignment that has been prepared by another student.
- Submission of a single paper to fulfill requirements in two courses without prior approval of the instructors of both courses.
- Using a false name or signing the name of another individual without proper authorization in connection with any course work.
- Signing the name of another individual without proper authorization on any college form or using a false name or another person's identification card without proper authorization.
- Intentional disregard of board policies, district regulations, district procedures, or college procedures applicable to students.
Summary of Disciplinary Actions
The dean of students may take the following disciplinary actions:
- Warning: Oral explanation by dean of student o violation and possible consequences if misconduct continues.
- Disciplinary Reprimand: Written warning from dean of students.
In lieu of the above actions by the dean of students, the president of the college may take the following action:
- Summary Suspension: Without a hearing if student fails to comply with request to meet with dean of students. Pending a hearing if student is viewed as disruptive or dangerous.
In order to impose a more serious disciplinary action against a student, a hearing is required. Actions that require a hearing are:
- Disciplinary probation
Unilateral Instructor Action – If objective evidence exists indicating that a student has practiced academic dishonesty, the instructor may assign a grade of "F" on the paper, examination, or assignment or assign a grade of "F" for the course.
If the instructor feels that a more severe action is appropriate, the complaint may be referred to the division chair and the dean of instruction. The dean has the authority to recommend an action to the president, or the student may request a hearing.
Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)
The MCC Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) works to increase communication flow about student issues amongst and between colleagues, departments, and campuses. It serves as an expression of MCC's concern about the safety, health, and well-being of students, staff, and faculty. It serves to uphold policies that address activities that are disruptive to our mission or our learning environments, as well as any suicidal or self-injurious threats or behaviors.
If you notice/observe any behavior that meets the description above, please report it immediately to the Dean of Students on your respective campus.
Call the Information Center at 816.604.1000 for more information.