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Student Conduct & Academic Honesty

Office of Student Conduct Mission

Our mission is to educate students about their rights and responsibilities as members of the College community while maintaining an environment conducive to student success and ensuring due process through disciplinary proceedings.

Student Conduct Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Goal: Education and Self-Reflection

  • Students who participate in a conduct hearing will understand how violating college policy can affect their life as a student.
  • Students who participate in a conduct hearing will understand the college policy they are charged with violating.
  • Students who participate in a conduct hearing will be able to describe the student conduct process.
  • Students will be able to access information on student rights, responsibilities and college policies.

Goal: Civility

  • Students who participate in a conduct hearing will be able to define civility.
  • Students who participate in a conduct hearing will be able to articulate one or more alternatives to demonstrating poor behavior.
  • Students who participate in a conduct hearing will be able to identify 1 or 2 community members who were effected by their misbehavior.

Goal: Safety

  • Students will understand their role in creating a safe environment.
  • Students will report actions that could threaten the safety of themselves and others.
  • Students will understand the purpose of the Student Code of Conduct and the College disciplinary process in promoting a safe environment.

Philosophy

Students enrolling in the College for credit or non-credit courses assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the College's function as an educational institution. The College has an interest in behavior subject to this code separate from that of the civil authorities and, therefore, has the right and responsibility to exercise its jurisdiction and to take such action as is appropriate to protect this interest. Whenever appropriate, the College may report a discipline matter to civil authorities.

Any member of the College community (administrative official, faculty member, employee or student) may bring a charge under this code against a student by submitting the particulars of the allegation in writing to the Associate Dean of Student Life (Bethlehem) or Associate Dean of Students (Monroe). In addition to bringing charges under the code, all Northampton students are encouraged to bring all grievances and complaints to the Student Affairs Office (Bethlehem) or the Associate Dean of Students Office (Monroe). Please visit www.northampton.edu/reportit for more details.

The discipline process is designed to maintain a safe and civil environment while educating students on community expectations. Students who are unable to conform to community expectations may no longer be able to participate as a member of this community. The preponderance of evidence standard will be used throughout the discipline process. Therefore, students may be sanctioned if it is determined to be more likely than not that a policy violation occurred. Any sanction(s) will be proportionate to the severity of the violation(s).

 

Student Misconduct: Academic

Academic Honesty Policy & Procedures

Academic Honesty Policy

Northampton Community College considers honesty to be essential to the learning experience. Academic honesty is one of the values that we expect members of the NCC community will apply in their work on this campus and take into their lives beyond NCC. Violations of academic honesty harm the learning experience and violate the expectations and values that we hope the NCC community embraces. We expect all members of the NCC academic community to conduct themselves and their work ethically and honestly.

Student Responsibilities

  • Students are solely responsible for their work and for making sure that their work represents their own honest efforts to meet the goals of the course.
  • They are responsible for learning and following the policies and expectations of the college and for understanding the consequences of actions that violate the policy on academic honesty.
  • They are responsible for showing that the work they present is theirs in whatever ways are deemed appropriate by the faculty for the course.

Faculty Responsibilities

  • Faculty members are responsible for demonstrating academic honesty in their work.
  • They are responsible for making their expectations related to academic honesty clear to their classes including which activities and resources are allowed and the consequences for violations in their courses.
  • They are responsible for communicating violations of the academic honesty policy to students and their division Dean and to the Associate Dean of Student Life (Bethlehem) or the Associate Dean of Students (Monroe).

Academic Honesty Violations

Violations of the academic honesty policy include any actions that attempt to gain academic credit for work that does not represent the student's own efforts and knowledge. They include, but are not limited to the following situations and examples:

Cheating on examinations and quizzes:

  • Using notes, materials, and/or mechanical, electronic or technological devices not authorized by the instructor during examinations or quizzes.
  • Providing or receiving help on an examination or test in a manner not authorized by the instructor.
  • Buying, selling, improperly obtaining, or using any tests or examinations.
  • Posing as another student or allowing another student to pose as you when taking an exam or quiz.
  • Altering or adding answers on exercises, exams, or quizzes after the work has been graded.

Plagiarizing:

  • Using the ideas or words of others without appropriate quotation and documentation that acknowledges the source or sources – in other words, presenting someone else's work as one's own.
  • Copying, exact words, phrases or sentences without quoting and giving credit to the source.
  • Using a paraphrased version of the opinions, work, or ideas of others without giving credit.mation & Policies
  • The wrongful appropriation of all or part of someone else's literary, artistic, musical, mechanical, or computer-based work.

Copying all or part of an assignment, (a research paper, lab report, or workbook) from another person or resource and presenting it as your own work.

Purchasing an assignment and submitting it as your own work.
Falsifying or inventing information, data or research material. Altering or forging records or submitting false records as part of course work or making false statements, excuses, or claims to gain academic credit or influence grading.

Listing sources that you never consulted.

Gaining unauthorized access to another person's or the College's computer system or tampering with or copying programs, files, data or access codes associated with coursework.

Tampering with or damaging the work of others or preventing others from completing their own assignments.

Penalties

When a faculty member believes that a student has committed acts that violate the academic honesty policy, he or she will advise the student of the offense and the penalty imposed.

A faculty member may apply one of the following penalties:

  1. A written warning, with the requirement that the assignment be redone within the instructor's specified time. (Faculty members are encouraged to report the incident and action to their division Dean and to the Associate Dean of Student Life (Bethlehem) or the Associate Dean of Students (Monroe) using the online Academic Honesty Violation Form.
  2. A failing grade for the assignment or test. (Faculty members are encouraged to report the incident and action to their division Dean and to the Associate Dean of Student Life (Bethlehem) or the Associate Dean of Students (Monroe) using the online Academic Honesty Violation Form.
  3. An "F" grade for the course.
    • If a faculty member issues an "F" grade in the course as a penalty for academic dishonesty, he or she must send a written report of the instance of cheating or plagiarism and the action taken to the division dean and the Associate Dean of Student Life (Bethlehem) or the Associate Dean of Students (Monroe) using the online Academic Honesty Violation Form.
    • If the faculty member has given an "F" grade for the course as a penalty for a violation of academic honesty, a student may not withdraw from the course while the matter is under appeal or if it is resolved that the "F" grade stands.

Appeal Procedure-Charges of Academic Dishonesty

If a student wishes to appeal a charge of academic dishonesty or the penalty imposed, the student should follow these steps:

Step 1

  • If the student wishes to respond to the accusation, he/she must make an appointment and meet with the faculty member at a formal meeting within ten working days of the notification.
  • If the student and faculty member accept a specific resolution offered by either of them, the matter shall be considered closed.
  • If such a resolution cannot be reached, the student may formally appeal the action of the faculty member within three working days after the meeting with the faculty member. Appeal forms and procedure will be available in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Note: Working day is defined as any day when a full schedule of classes are in session (this excludes Saturday and Sundays).

Step 2

  • Within three working days of the meeting with the faculty member, the student may request in writing that the appropriate dean should call the meeting within five working days to include the student, faculty member, and program director, if any.
  • After this meeting, the dean will send all parties involved a written recommendation within three working days.
  • Students who do not agree with the recommendation in Step 2 may appeal to the Academic Appeals Committee within three working days. This appeal must be submitted, in writing, to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Step 3

  • Students initiate appeals to the Academic Appeals Committee (within three days of notification of outcome of Step 2) by requesting a hearing through the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. A hearing will be scheduled as quickly as possible, and all parties to the appeal will be informed of the date, time, and place of the meeting. The faculty member will delay recording the grade for the work in question until the appeal is decided.
  • The Academic Appeals Committee will decide whether evidence sustains Or does not sustain such charges of academic dishonesty, and whether the penalty is consistent with the stated policies and recommend a decision to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, whose decision is final unless different from the recommendation of the committee; in such cases, the student may appeal to the President, whose decision is final.
  • If evidence does not sustain such charges in the opinions of the committee and the Vice President for Academic Affairs, all records in the student's file related to this charge will be expunged. If evidence does sustain the charges and the appeal relates to the penalty, the committee may recommend the following actions:
    1. The assigned penalty will be supported.
    2. The faculty member may be asked to reconsider the penalty in question.
  • The Vice President for Academic Affairs will communicate in writing a decision to the student, faculty member, and the Vice President for Student Affairs no later than three working days after the hearing.

Recurring Violations of Academic Dishonesty

If the student is reported to have violated the Academic Honesty policy repeatedly, the Associate Dean of Student Life (Bethlehem) or the Associate Dean of Students (Monroe) shall request the Discipline Committee to consider the student's dismissal from the college.

Student Misconduct: Non-Academic

Student Misconduct: Non-Academic

Misconduct for which a student is subject to disciplinary action includes the following:

  1. Forgery, alteration or misuse of college documents, records or identification fraud; or knowingly furnishing false information to the College.
  2. Acting or speaking in a manner seriously disruptive to the normal educational functions of the College, administration of the College disciplinary procedures or other College activities, including its community service functions, or of other authorized activities on College property or at College-sponsored or supervised functions.
  3. Assaulting or harassing any person on College property or at College-sponsored or supervised functions; or threatening to do any of those acts; or conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of another person.
  4. Stealing, concealing, defacing, tampering with, or intentionally damaging College property, or the property of a student, College employee, or campus visitor, or threatening to do so.
  5. Unauthorized entry to, or use of, College property, including the failure to leave any of the College buildings or grounds after being requested to do so by an authorized representative of the College while in the performance of his duties.
  6. Drinking or possessing any alcoholic beverage*, or being intoxicated on College property or at College-sponsored or supervised functions.
  7. Use, possession, or distribution on College properties or at College-sponsored or supervised functions of controlled or dangerous drugs or substances as defined by state and/or federal law, except as expressly permitted by law.
  8. Possession or use on College property or at College-sponsored or supervised functions of any firearm, gun, knife (except a pen knife without a switchblade), or other dangerous or deadly weapons of any kind, or of any explosive material or device, except as expressly permitted in writing by the President or his designee.
  9. Failure to comply with reasonable directions of college officials acting in performance of their duties, including refusing to furnish identification upon request.
  10. Violation of other published College policies or regulations, or violation of federal, commonwealth, or local laws constituting felonies or misdemeanors.

Unless otherwise provided, the above actions will be considered unacceptable conduct on any of the College's campuses or branch facilities, including the student residential complex, and at College-sponsored or supervised functions or in any situation where students officially represent the College away from the campus.

*Students who are age 21 or above may consume alcohol when it is served, with College approval, at a College-sponsored event. However, all students, regardless of age, must abide by the laws of the Commonwealth and may not at any time be intoxicated on College property or at a College-sponsored event.

The consumption or possession of alcohol, alcohol containers or alcohol paraphernalia, is not permitted in the residential complex.

Disciplinary Actions

Warning

Oral or written expression that the student is in violation of the Student Code of Conduct and the imposed discipline, if any.

Disciplinary Probation

An official notice that the student may face suspension or expulsion should the student be involved in another incident during a specified period of time. The student may be excluded from acting as a representative of, or participant in, College co-curricular activities or programs and regular probationary meetings may be mandated.

Interim suspension

Exclusion from classes and other privileges or activities (not to exceed 15 days) pending final determination of an alleged violation. It is to be invoked only when the presence of the student on campus is detrimental either to the student or to others.

Suspension

Exclusion from classes and/or exclusion from other privileges or activities or from campus for a specific period of time.

Dismissal

Permanent dismissal from the College.

Housing and Residence Life Actions

Housing Probation

An official notice that the student may face housing contract termination should the student be involved in another incident during a specified period of time. The student may be excluded from acting as a representative of, or participant in, Housing and Residence Life activities or programs and regular probationary meetings may be mandated.

Housing visitation suspension

Exclusion from visiting the apartments, residential complex and general grounds or parking lots surrounding the housing facilities, including activities sponsored or supervised by the housing office, for a specific period of time.

Housing suspension

Exclusion from the apartments, residential complex and general grounds or parking lots surrounding the housing facilities including activities sponsored or supervised by the housing office, for a specific period of time. Students placed on housing suspension may be placed on probation or receive additional sanctions from the College.

Disciplinary action taken by the College is confidential. However, upon written request, alleged victims of any non-forcible sex offense or crime of violence (as defined by the Department of Education) will be notified of the results of any disciplinary proceedings against the accused student. If the alleged victim is deceased due to the crime or offense, the next of kin will be notified of the results upon written request. Any disciplinary action may include additional stipulations such as fines and/or rehabilitative procedures such as counseling and/or community service.

Disciplinary Actions Jurisdiction

Disciplinary Actions Jurisdiction

The Associate Dean of Student Life (Bethlehem), the Associate Dean of Students (Monroe) or his/her designees are responsible for administering the Student Code of Conduct. The College Committee on Discipline functions to hear appeals and offenses as deemed appropriate by the Assistant Dean of Students or the Associate Dean of Students.

The rules hereby adopted shall govern the conduct of students upon the campuses of the College and also upon or with respect to any other premises or property under the control of the College used in its teaching, research, administrative, service, cultural, recreation, athletic and other programs and activities.

Except for College-sponsored off-campus programs, it is the intent of the College to leave disciplinary action with respect to off-campus offenses to civil authorities. It must be noted, however, that there are certain off-campus offenses that by their very nature pose as disruptions or serious threats to the College Community. In such cases, the College reserves the right to take appropriate action.

Disciplinary Procedures

Disciplinary Procedures

  1. The Assistant Dean of Students (Bethlehem), the Associate Dean of Students (Monroe) or his/her designee will conduct an investigation of the alleged misconduct. Based on the results of the investigation, the Assistant Dean of Students, the Associate Dean of Students or his/her designee will either:
    1. dismiss the charge
    2. impose a disciplinary action in the form of a warning, probation, interim suspension, suspension, or expulsion
    3. refer the case to the College Committee on Discipline. The Committee will recommend action to the Associate Dean of Student Life .
  2. All disciplinary actions are to be imposed within 20 consecutive days of the initial written notification of the charges.
  3. For cases initially referred to the College Committee on Discipline:
    1. The College Committee on Discipline shall be composed of the following: 8 faculty members (at least two who teach at the Monroe campus) elected to a two year term at large by their peers; 8 students (at least 2 shall take classes at the Monroe Campus) appointed to a one year term by the Student Senate and/or Monroe Student Governance; and an appointee of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs.

      Note: students may self-nominate or be nominated by their peers or faculty and staff at the College. Elected members of the student governing bodies are automatically eligible for consideration.
      1. A quorum shall consist of the following: 3 persons – including 1 faculty member, 1 student and the appointed administrator. All decisions shall be determined by a majority of those present.
      2. Election of faculty and students to this Committee will be administered by the office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs.
    2. The accused will receive written notification of:
      1. Charges lodged against him/her, including identification of the complainant
      2. Scheduled time and place of all hearings to include the identity of the person(s) hearing the case. A student has the right to challenge the composition of the College Committee on Discipline. The Associate Dean of Student Life or the Associate Dean of Students must be notified in writing of this intent no later than 24 hours prior to the scheduled hearing. This notification must identify, as precisely as possible, the specific reason for the challenge.
      3. Any disciplinary action that is to be imposed and the specific period of time for which the disciplinary action will be in effect.
      4. The student is entitled to assistance by an advisor who can be a faculty member, staff member, or a fellow student from within the College. This advisor will be allowed to join the student in the hearing; however, the accused student is responsible for presenting his/her own information and the advisor is not permitted to speak or participate directly. The Associate Dean of Student Life or the Associate Dean of Students must receive written notification from the student of the intent to have an advisor present no later than 24 hours prior to the scheduled procedure.
      5. All hearings are closed unless the student requests an open hearing.
  4. A student, charged with a violation of the code, shall be presumed innocent of those charges until responsibility is determined or the basis of the evidence properly admitted.
  5. Refusal by the student to participate in disciplinary proceedings shall result in exclusion from classes and/or exclusion from other privileges or activities or from campus. Additionally, discipline proceedings may be held without the presence of accused students who refuse to participate in the process.

Appeals

Appeals

Any student found responsible for a violation under the Code of Conduct may appeal the decision as outlined below. Such appeals must be filed in writing with the Associate Dean of Student Life (Bethlehem) or the Associate Dean of Students (Monroe) within 5 days from the date the student received notification of the disciplinary action. The written appeal must contain reasons for the appeal. Normally, appeals may be made on three bases:

  1. New information sufficient to alter a decision.
  2. The College's failure to follow its own processes and procedures.
  3. Improper sanctions.

A student may appeal a disciplinary decision of the Associate Dean of Student Life or the Associate Dean of Students to the College Committee on Discipline. After hearing an appeal, the Committee will recommend action to the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs or his/her designee.

In cases where the College Committee on Discipline conducts the initial hearing and recommends action to the Associate Dean of Student Life (Bethlehem) or Associate Dean of Students (Monroe), appeals will be made directly to the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs, or his/her designee. The Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs decision represents the final process within the institution of all judicial matters.