Columbia College under the Yosemite Community College District Board Policy (5500) has specified those standards of student behavior which it considers essential to its educational mission and its community life. These regulations are designed to represent reasonable standards of conduct. The Student Code of Conduct governs the behavior of students and guests on campus and at college-sponsored activities. Violations of the code may subject individuals to disciplinary action, which is consistent with the requirements of due process.
The following conduct shall constitute good cause for discipline, including but not limited to the removal, suspension or expulsion of a student.
- Causing, attempting to cause, or threatening to cause physical injury to another person.
- Possession, sale or otherwise furnishing any firearm, knife, explosive or other dangerous object, including but not limited to any facsimile firearm, knife or explosive is forbidden, unless, in the case of possession of any object of this type, the student has obtained written permission from a specified college representative and the college president to possess the item.
- Unlawful possession, use, sale, offer to sell, or furnishing, or being under the influence of, any controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053) of Division 10 of the California Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind; or unlawful possession of, or offering, arranging or negotiating the sale of any drug paraphernalia, as defined in California Health and Safety Code Section 11014.5.
- Committing or attempting to commit robbery or extortion.
- Causing or attempting to cause damage to district property or to private property on campus.
- Stealing or attempting to steal district property or private property on campus, or knowingly receiving stolen district property or private property on campus.
- Willful or persistent smoking in any area where smoking has been prohibited by law or by regulation of the college or the district.
- Committing sexual harassment as defined by law or by district policies and procedures.
- Engaging in harassing or discriminatory behavior based on race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, sex (i.e., gender), marital status or sexual orientation or any other status protected by law.
- Willful misconduct which results in injury or death to a student or to college personnel or which results in cutting, defacing, or other injury to any real or personal property owned by the district or on campus.
- Disruptive behavior, willful disobedience, habitual profanity or vulgarity, or the open and persistent defiance of the authority of, or persistent abuse of, college personnel.
- Cheating, plagiarism (including plagiarism in a student publication), or engaging in other academic dishonesty.
- Dishonesty; forgery; alteration or misuse of college documents, records or identification; or knowingly furnishing false information to the district.
- Unauthorized entry upon or use of college facilities.
- Lewd, indecent or obscene conduct on district-owned or controlled property, or at district-sponsored or supervised functions.
- Engaging in expression which is obscene; libelous or slanderous; or which so incites students as to create a clear and present danger of the commission of unlawful acts on college premises, or the violation of lawful district administrative procedures, or the substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the district.
- Persistent, serious misconduct where other means of correction have failed to bring about proper conduct.
- Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, or other college activities, including its public service functions, or any other authorized activities. Pagers, cellular telephones and other similar electronic devices must be turned off in classrooms and other campus sponsored events unless authorized by an appropriate faculty or staff member. (Board Policy 5500; Education Code Section 66300, 66301)
Violators of Student Code of Conduct are subject to the following types of disciplinary action which will be administered by appropriate College personnel.
- Reprimand—A person receiving a reprimand, either oral or written, is thereby notified that continued conduct for the type described may result in formal disciplinary action against the student.
- Instructor Removal—An instructor may remove a student from his/her class for the day of the misconduct and the next class meeting.
- Disciplinary Probation—Formal disciplinary action may include, but is not limited to, the following: a. Removal from any Associated Students (ASCC) organization office held. b. Revocation of the privilege of participating in College and/or student-sponsored activities.
- Disciplinary Suspension—Formal disciplinary action denying campus privileges for a specified period of time. A suspended student is not to occupy any portion of the campus and is denied all College privileges, including class attendance, and privileges noted under “Disciplinary Probation,” for a specified period of time. There shall be two classes of suspensions
a. The first “summary suspension” is to protect the school from the immediate possibility of disorder or threat to the safety of all students.
b. The second “disciplinary suspension” serves as a penalty against the student as a result of the failure of his/her conduct to meet standards expected by the College.
5. Expulsion—Formal action taken by the Yosemite Community College District terminating a student’s privilege to attend the Colleges of the District, for disciplinary reasons.
The student disciplinary procedure is an administrative process used to review alleged student conduct violations. Findings will be based upon a preponderance of the evidence. The following due process procedures will be followed:
- Student will be given written or oral notice of the alleged violation.
- Student will be given an opportunity to respond to the allegations.
- Dean of Student Services or designee will investigate and notify the student of the findings and disposition of the case.
- The investigation will be completed within 15 days.
- All disciplined parties will have the right to appeal.
- The student must notify, by phone or in writing, the Vice President of Student Learning within 24 hours of the notification of findings and disposition if he/she plans to appeal the decision.
- The student shall have five (5) days from the date he/she receives notice of the decision to file an appeal with the Vice President of Student Learning. Appeal forms are available in the office of the Vice President of Student Learning.
- Using the appeal form, the student must submit a concise statement based on new evidence or procedural error in interpretation of the evidence to the President of the College or designee.
- The student shall receive notice of the determination of the President of the College within 10 days. The decision of the President or designee shall be final. The following are not appealable:
a. Short-term suspension of five school days or less, and lesser sanctions.
b. Short-term removal by a College instructor.
c. Disciplinary probation for a period of one year or less. d. Written or verbal reprimand.