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AP 4-30a Student Code Conduct Responsibilities And Rights

Arapahoe Community College
Series 4 – Students
AP 4-30a Student Code of Conduct: Responsibilities and Rights

Originated: January 1993

Revised: May 1998; September 2000; August 2001; September 2003; October 2003; November 2005; April 2010; October 2012; November 2014; September 2017; October 2019; May 2020; August 2020

Effective: May 1998; September 2000; August 2001; September 2003; October 2003; November 2005; April 2010; October 2012; November 2014; September 2017; October 2019; May 2020; August 2020

References: BP 3-125; BP 4-30; BP 4-31; BP 4-50; SP 4-30; SP 4-31; SP 4-32; AP 1-40; AP 19-30a; BP 19-60; SP 19-60


Diana M. Doyle, Ph.D. President, Arapahoe Community College


This Procedure contains pertinent information affecting students, current through the date of its issuance. To the extent that any provision of this Procedure is inconsistent with State or Federal law, State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education Policies (BPs) or Colorado Community College System President’s Procedures (SPs), the law, BPs and SPs shall supersede and control. BPs and SPs are subject to change throughout the year and are effective immediately upon adoption by the Board or System President, respectively. Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the BPs, SPs as well as College directives, including but not limited to this Procedure.

Nothing in this Procedure is intended to create (nor shall be construed as creating) an express or implied contract or to guarantee employment for any term. The College reserves the right to modify, change, delete or add to this Procedure as it deems appropriate.


At Arapahoe Community College (ACC), enforcement of this Student Code of Conduct, Responsibilities, and Rights is the responsibility of the Chief Student Services Officer or CSSO. The CSSO (or designee) or Equal Opportunity / Title IX Coordinator, dependent on the circumstances, may evaluate the matter and determine whether to assign trained college employees to investigate. The CSSO (or designee) makes the final decision as to whether student disciplinary action is appropriate.

Students Rights, Responsibilities and Code of Conduct

  1. CCCS Common Student Code of Conduct

    In order to support a positive, safe, and productive learning environment for the entire College community, all students are expected to abide by Arapahoe Community College’s Student Code of Conduct (SCOC). Conduct that violates student rights and freedoms and is subject to disciplinary action includes, but is not limited to:

    Please note: In most circumstances, the college will treat attempts to commit code of conduct violations as if those attempts had been completed. Violations may result in, but are not limited to, fines, restitution, community service, and/or disciplinary procedures.

    1. Academic Misconduct

      Plagiarizing, cheating, or committing any other form of academic misconduct including, but not limited to, unauthorized collaboration, falsification of information, and/or helping someone else violate reasonable standards for academic behavior. Students who engage in any type of academic dishonesty are subject to both academic consequences as determined by the instructor and to disciplinary action as outlined in the Arapahoe Community College Disciplinary Procedures. See Academic Misconduct Statement of the document for definitions.

    2. Disruptive Behavior

      Engaging in any behavior that negatively affects or impedes teaching or learning (regardless of mode of delivery or class setting); or disrupts the general operation of the college.

    3. Deceitful Acts

      Engaging in deceitful acts, including, but not limited to: forgery, falsification, alteration, misrepresentation, non-disclosure, or misuse of documents, records, identification and/or educational materials.

    4. Conduct that is Detrimental to College or to Safety

      Conduct that is deemed detrimental, harmful and/or damaging to the college and/or that jeopardizes the safety of others as determined by the Chief Student Services Officer or designee. Examples include, but are not limited to, slamming doors, throwing chairs, and/or defacing of college property, or property of others.

    5. Physical / Non-physical Abuse
      1. Physical abuse or conduct that threatens or endangers another person’s health or safety.
      2. Non-physical abuse, threats, intimidation, coercion, influence, or any unwelcome conduct in any form that is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent that it alters the conditions of the learning environment or employment.
      3. Knowingly falsifying, publishing or distributing, in any form, material that tends to impeach the honesty, integrity, virtue or reputation of another person.
    6. Harassment and/or Discrimination

      Discrimination or harassment on the basis of sex/gender, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy status, religion or sexual orientation.

    7. Sexual Misconduct

      Sexual Misconduct offenses include, but are not limited to Sexual Harassment, Non-Consensual Sexual Contact (or attempts to commit same), Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse (or attempts to commit same), and/or Sexual Exploitation. (See SP 19-60 for more information.)

    8. Weapons

      Possession or distribution of any unauthorized firearms, ammunition, explosives, fireworks and/or other dangerous weapons (or chemicals/flammable liquids) or use/threat of use of any instrument (including, but not limited to paint ball guns, pellet guns, air soft guns, bow and arrows, knives) as a weapon to intimidate, harass, or cause harm to others.

    9. Narcotics / Alcohol

      Use, being under the influence, manufacturing, possession, cultivating, distribution, purchase, or sale of alcohol and/or drugs (illegal and/or dangerous or controlled substance) and/or alcohol/drug paraphernalia while on college owned or college controlled property, and/or at any function authorized or supervised by the college and/or in state owned or leased vehicles.

      Note: Although possession and use of marijuana consistent with the requirements of the Colorado Constitution is no longer a crime in the State of Colorado, the possession and use of marijuana remains illegal under federal law. Consistent with federal law, including the Controlled Substances Act and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, the use and/or possession of marijuana continues to be prohibited while a student is on college owned or college controlled property, and/or any function authorized or supervised by the college and/or in state owned or leased vehicles.

    10. Dress Code

      Dress or personal hygiene that fails to meet the established safety or health standards of specific classes or activities offered by the college.

    11. Leaving Children Unattended

      Leaving children unattended or unsupervised in campus buildings or on campus grounds unless enrolled or participating in authorized campus activities.

    12. Violation of Laws, Directives, and Signage

      Violating any municipal, county, state or federal laws, executive orders or public health orders that adversely impacts the health and well-being of the campus environment and those on campus.

    13. Violations of college traffic and parking rules, regulations, or signage.
      1. Damage to or falsely using fire alarms and/or fire extinguishers.
      2. Creating an intentional obstruction that unreasonably interferes with freedom of movement, either pedestrian or vehicular. This includes, but is not limited to leading or inciting to disrupt college activities.
      3. Violations of college policies, protocols, procedures or signage.
    14. Illegal Gambling

      Participation in illegal gambling activities on college owned or college controlled property, and/or any function authorized or supervised by the college and/or in state owned or leased vehicles.

    15. Unauthorized Entry and/or Unauthorized Possession

      Entry into, or use of any building, room, or other college-owned or college-controlled property, grounds, or activities without authorized approval. This also includes, but is not limited to the unauthorized possession, duplication or use of college keys, lock combinations, access codes, and access cards and/or credentials and/or propping open or tampering with doors/windows.

    16. Unacceptable Use of College Equipment, Network or System

      Unacceptable uses of any college-owned or operated equipment, network or system including, but not limited to: knowingly spreading computer viruses; reposting personal communications without author’s consent; copying protected materials; using the network for financial or personal gain, commercial activity, or illegal activity; accessing the network using another individuals account; unauthorized downloading/uploading software and/or digital video or music; downloading/uploading, viewing or displaying pornographic content, or any other attempt to compromise network integrity.

    17. Unauthorized Pets / Animals

      Possession of any unauthorized pet or animal, excluding trained service animals while on college-owned or college-controlled property.

    18. Tampering with Student Organization, Election, or Vote

      Tampering with the process of any college recognized student organization, election or vote.

    19. Group or Organization Conduct

      Students who are members of a college recognized student organization or group and commit a violation of SCOC may be accountable both as an individual and as a member of the student organization.

    20. Abuse of the Student Disciplinary and/or Grievance Procedure
      Abuse of the Student Disciplinary and/or Grievance Procedure includes, but is not limited to the following:


      1. Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of the student disciplinary / grievance procedure.
      2. Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation, or knowingly pursuing malicious, frivolous, or fraudulent charges.
      3. Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in, or use of, the student disciplinary/grievance procedure.
      4. Attempting to influence the impartiality of a participant and/or the student disciplinary/grievance procedure.
      5. Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a participant in the student disciplinary/grievance procedure.
      6. Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the student disciplinary/grievance procedure.
      7. Engaging in retaliatory acts in any form against any person or person(s) involved in the student disciplinary/grievance procedure.
    21. Failure to Comply
      1. Failure to comply with or follow the lawful directives of College employees acting with the scope of their duties, including those directives issued by a College administrator to ensure the safety and well-being of others.
      2. Failure to comply with or follow the directives and / or sanctions imposed under student disciplinary / grievance procedure.
  2. Student Responsibilities
    1. Students are responsible for acting with honesty and integrity in academic affairs.
    2. Students are responsible for conducting themselves appropriately in the classroom or other academic environment (regardless of mode of instructional delivery or setting) so as not to interfere with the instruction and learning of others.
    3. Students are responsible for maintaining the standards of academic performance established by their instructors.
    4. Students are expected to abide by the College rules and regulations during all College-sponsored events and activities on and off the college campus (regardless of mode of instructional delivery or setting).
  3. Student Rights
    1. Access
      1. ACC prohibits harassment or discrimination based on sex/gender, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran or military status, pregnancy status, religion, genetic information, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other protected category under applicable local, state, or federal law (also known as “civil rights laws”), including protections for those opposing discrimination or participating in any grievance process on campus. Students have the right to file a discrimination, harassment, or retaliation complaint internally pursuant to CCCS SP 19-60 or with outside federal and state enforcement agencies.
      2. ACC is committed to creating an inclusive environment that is fair, equitable and accessible to all students, staff and our community. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request for persons with disabilities. Students who need accommodation to participate in academic classes, programs, or services should contact the Disability Access Services Office or the sponsoring department for assistance (please allow additional time for the coordination of complex services). Students will be expected to participate in an interactive process to establish reasonable accommodations.
      3. All areas of our college will actively work to ensure that all learning materials, electronic and information technology (EIT), policies and procedures, and public communications meet and/or exceed Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.x and are compliant with Section 504 & 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA).
      4. Students have the right to assemble peaceably, providing such assembly does not disrupt the operation of the institution or infringe on the rights of other members of the College community. This right is subject only to reasonable time, manner, and place restrictions, as established by the CSSO or designee.
      5. Students have the right to dress according to personal taste, except (a) at graduation ceremonies for which participation requires the wearing of a cap and gown as specified by the Commencement Committee, (b) as required by select academic programs, and (c) as might interfere with the educational process or (d) with necessary to comply with health and safety requirements.
    2. Classroom and Academic Affairs
      1. Students have the right to express themselves concerning ideas and information presented in a course, provided such expression is orderly and does not infringe upon the rights of others or impede course progress.
      2. Students have the right to be evaluated on the basis of their academic performance as provided on the course syllabus, not on their opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to academic standards. They have the right to be protected through established procedures against prejudiced or discriminatory academic evaluation.
      3. Students have the right through established College procedures to assess courses, services, facilities and equipment; to make suggestions for their improvement; and to evaluate instructors and the instruction that is received.
    3. Rights to Shared Governance
      1. Students have the right to establish a democratic student government.
      2. Students have the right to representation as required for student fee changes and budget allocations whether or not an elected student government is in place.
    4. Student Life
      1. Students have the right to organize and to join clubs or associations (in accordance with the official Club Guide) for educational, political, social, religious, or cultural purposes without restraint by either the College administration or the Student Government.
      2. Affiliation with an off-campus organization must be identified in the campus organization's constitution and literature.
      3. Meeting rooms and other campus facilities will be made available to student organizations on a non-discriminatory, priority basis in accordance with College scheduling processes and procedures.
      4. Posted or distributed materials must adhere to applicable procedures; Posting and distribution of materials on campus, requires approval of all publicly posted materials by the Marketing Department and Student Life Office.
    5. Student Media Rights and Responsibilities
      1. The student media will be free of censorship and advance copy approval.
      2. Editors and managers will be free to develop their own editorial and news coverage policies. Editorials in all student publications will state the opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the institution or its student body.
    6. Disclosure of Student Records
      1. The privacy and confidentiality of all student records will be preserved and access guaranteed in accordance with The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The College will not permit the release of student records, other than “Directory Information”, without the written consent of the student, or under certain circumstances as allowed by law, including, but not limited to, disclosure to officials of another school or college for student enrollment or transfer purposes, pursuant to judicial orders or lawfully issued subpoenas, where the information contained in the student file is needed to protect the health safety or welfare of the student or other persons, disclosure to military recruiters in compliance with the Solomon Amendment. Directory Information includes the following information: student name, major field of study, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, the most recent educational institution attended, enrollment status, and participation in officially recognized activities and sports. Further, a student’s name may be released for graduation listings and lists of special awards, honors and events released to the news media; the students name and degree may also be released to employers for follow up graduate surveys. Students who do not want their Directory Information released to third parties should contact the Records and Enrollment Services Offices.
      2. Records related to a student’s disability are kept in confidence and will only be shared with other College personnel on a legitimate need-to-know basis when there is a compelling reason for the disclosure regarding some specific aspect of the confidential information, such as providing appropriate accommodation. Information will be shared with off-campus entities only through written consent of the student or as provided by law.

Additional Statements Governing Student Conduct

  1. Academic Misconduct Statement
    Arapahoe Community College is committed to academic honesty and scholarly integrity. The College can best function and accomplish its mission in an atmosphere of the highest ethical standards. All members of the College community are expected and encouraged to contribute to such an environment by observing all accepted principles of academic honesty. Academic misconduct violations include but are not limited to:
    1. Plagiarism – includes, but is not limited to:
      1. The use, by summary, paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full, clear, and accurate citations. Common knowledge does not need to be cited. However, common knowledge may differ among academic disciplines. When in doubt, cite the source.
      2. Submitting examinations, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, undocumented quotations, web-based materials, or other material as one's own work when such work has been prepared by another person or copied from another person (including electronic media sources).
      3. The unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials (including electronic media).
      4. Handing in the same paper in more than one class is generally considered self-plagiarism. Students must first discuss and receive written permission from the instructor to use the same paper in more than one course.
      5. Faculty will use various methods, including plagiarism detection software, to determine academic dishonesty.
    2. Cheating – includes, but is not limited to:
      1. Use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations.
      2. Dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments.
      3. Acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the College faculty or staff.
      4. Collaborating on projects, assignments, exams, etc. where such collaboration is expressly forbidden by the instructor or where the syllabus states the default must be the student’s own work.
    3. Fabrication – includes, but is not limited to:
      1. The falsification or invention of any information or citation in any academic exercise.
      2. Using “invented” information in any laboratory experiment or other academic exercise of research without permission of the instructor.
      3. Misrepresenting the actual source from which information is cited (such as citing a quote from a book review as though it came from the original work).
    4. Grade tampering – includes, but is not limited to:
      Forging or otherwise altering grades, transcripts, course withdrawal forms, or other academic documents.
    5. Misuse of computers and other technology:
      1. Illegally or without prior permission accessing a computer hard drive or software.
      2. Preprogramming a calculator, computer, cellphone, etc. to contain answers or other unauthorized information for examinations.
      3. Stealing or destroying the academic work of another through electronic means.
    6. Facilitating academic misconduct – includes, but is not limited to:

      1. Knowingly helping or attempting to help another commit any act of academic dishonesty.
      2. Substituting for another person in an examination.
      3. Allowing another to copy one’s work in an examination or other academic exercise.
    7. Violation of course rules
      Violation of course rules as contained in program regulations or guidelines and established by departments, regulatory boards, or licensing bodies. Those found in violation may be subject to disciplinary sanctions under the Arapahoe Community College Code of Conduct as well as academic penalties imposed by the class instructor, up to and including failure of the course. Please note: no distinction will be made between intentional and unintentional academic misconduct
  2. Tobacco Statement
    Smoking and the use of tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices, are prohibited in or on college property, including college and/or in state owned or leased vehicles. This statement does not prohibit the use of nicotine patches, pills, gum, or other products specifically designed to assist individuals with the cessation of smoking or tobacco product use.

    Possession of unlit tobacco products, tobacco products as a prop in performance art or a material in artistic work, or in health awareness related courses, programs or training sessions, or as otherwise approved by the President.

    For more information on compliance and enforcement of ACC’s smoke and tobacco free campus, see ACC Procedure AP19-30a.