Acts of Misconduct

Students shall be subject to District discipline only for good cause which shall include, but not be limited to, the following categories of misconduct that occurs at any time, in any format with a member of the District community, or at a District-approved activity or sponsored event.

A. Dishonesty, such as cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to the District.

B. Forgery, alterations, or misuse of District documents, records, or identification.

C. Use of any electronic listening or recording device in any classroom without the prior consent of the instructor, except as necessary to provide reasonable auxiliary aids and academic accommodations to a student with a disability.

D. Making a video recording, audio recording, taking photographs, or streaming audio/video of any person in a location where the person has a reasonable expectation of privacy, without that person’s knowledge and express consent.

E. Sale, preparation, or distribution for any commercial purpose course lecture notes or video or audio recordings of any course, unless authorized by the authoring faculty or District representative in advance. The unauthorized sale or commercial distribution of course notes or recordings by a student is a violation of this policy whether or not it was the student or someone else who prepared the notes or recordings.

F. Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary procedures, District activities, or other activities authorized by the District including its public service functions, or of other authorized activities.

G. Solicitation or acceptance of money or other item of value as an inducement, encouragement, or reward for intercollegiate participation or false declarations regarding eligibility for participation in intercollegiate athletics.

H. Sexual misconduct including but not limited to lewd or indecent behavior, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual harassment, or threat of sexual misconduct as defined by law or policy of the District.

I. Participation in hazing or any method of initiation or pre-initiation into a campus organization or other activity engaged in by the organization or members of the organization at any time that causes, or is likely to cause, physical injury or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in psychological harm to any student or other person.

J. Harassment, bullying, or discriminatory behavior defined as conduct that is objectively severe, pervasive, and offensive, and that so substantially impairs a person’s access to District programs or activities that the person is effectively denied equal access to the District’s resources and opportunities.
Harassment includes, but is not limited to, conduct that is motivated on the basis of a person’s race, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, marital status, ancestry, service in the uniformed services, physical or mental disability, medical condition, or perceived membership in any of the classifications.

K. Stalking behavior in which a student repeatedly engages in a course of conduct directed at another person and makes a credible threat with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear for his or her safety, or the safety of his or her family; where the threat is reasonably determined by the District to seriously alarm, torment, or terrorize the person; and where the threat is additionally determined by the District to serve no legitimate purpose.

L. Physical, verbal, written, or image based abuse of any person, or conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any such person.

M. Assault, battery, or any threat of force or violence upon a person.

N. Possession or use of any deadly weapon, replica weapon, explosive, or other destructive devise on District Property including, but not limited to firearm, dirk, dagger, ice pick, knife, or any other object used as a weapon.

O. Willful misconduct resulting in injury or death to a person or which results in cutting, defacing, or other damage to any District or personal property.

P. Committing, attempting, or being an accomplice to robbery or extortion on District property or at a District activity.

Q. Theft of or damage to property of the District or of a member of the District community or campus visitor. This includes abuse of District computers and other District electronic resources such as computer and electronic communications facilities, systems, and services. Abuses include, but are not limited to, unauthorized entry, use, transfer, or tampering with the communications of others; interference with the work of others and with the operation of computer and electronic commutations facilities, systems, and services.

R. Willful or persistent smoking or use of electronic or vapor smoking device in any area on District property where smoking has been prohibited by law or by regulation of the Board of Trustees of Sonoma County Junior College District.

S. Unauthorized entry to, possession of, receipt of, or use of any District services, equipment, resources, or properties, including the District or College name or logo. Unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of keys or entry devices to any District facilities.

T. Violation of District regulations maintained by the Office of Student Affairs concerning student organizations, or the time, place and manner of public expression, including participation in a disturbance of the peace or unlawful assembly.

U. Engaging in expression which is libelous or slanderous or which so incites others as to create a clear and present danger of the commission of unlawful acts on District premises or at District-sponsored or supervised functions, or the violation of lawful District administrative procedures, or the substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the District.

V. Unlawful possession, use, sale, offering to sell, or furnishing, or being under the influence of, any controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant or poison or unlawful possession of, or offering, arranging or negotiating the sale of any drug paraphernalia.

W. Continued disruptive behavior, failure to comply with directions of District officials acting in the performance of their duties, continued willful disobedience, habitual profanity or vulgarity, open and persistent defiance of authority or persistent abuse of District personnel requiring inordinate drains on staff time, resources and supervision.

X. Failure to identify oneself to, or comply with the directions of a District official acting in the performance of their duties or resisting or obstructing such District official in the performance of or the attempt to perform their duties.

Y. Failure to observe precautions the District deems necessary to ensure the safety of the student or others.