16.0* Code of Conduct
16.1* KCC is an educational institution with a collegiate environment and thus has an obligation to adopt rules and regulations that both respect and protect the rights of the student and the campus community. Security measures include use of surveillance cameras to document violations.
The following Code of Conduct for students and visitors is enforced to prevent conduct which adversely affects the pursuit of educational goals. The Code of Conduct applies on KCC property as well as off-campus including extension class locations, clinical, lab settings, and in online formats (where applicable).
By committing any of the actions listed, the student/visitor is subject to immediate disciplinary action including – but not limited to – being asked to leave the classroom, computer area, resource location, or the college premises. Faculty members have the right to require that a student leave the class and not return until a meeting occurs with the dean of student development. All violations are subject to official college disciplinary actions including suspension and expulsion. A direct threat to the health and safety of the college or its students/staff will be grounds for immediate expulsion. Some violations are subject to state and/or local police action.
The following are prohibited:
(a) Providing false information. Violation includes knowingly furnishing false information to the institution, forging, altering or using the college’s documents or instruments of identification with intent to defraud.
(b) Obstruction of college business and activities. Violation includes obstruction or disruption of any operation of the college, including, but not limited to teaching, testing, classroom settings, college activities, public service functions, and operation of the physical facilities of the college.
(c) Inappropriate conduct/behavior. Violation includes abusive language and other conduct which is not respectful of others and/or the college. Disruptive activities, misuse of furniture or other property, and inappropriate behavior (includes classrooms, activities, and common areas) are violations.
(d) Abuse/assault/harassment, infringement upon the rights of others. Violation includes engaging in sexual misconduct, making threats of harm, including abusive language, using any form of physical aggression or displaying threatening behaviors toward any person on the campus, at any college-sponsored activity, or through any electronic format.
(e) Bullying – Violation includes physical, verbal, electronic, written or video bullying which threatens the mental or physical health or safety of an individual or group.
(f) Sexual assault – Violation includes domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking. Domestic violence means asserted violent misdemeanor and felony offenses committed by the victim’s current or former spouse, current or former cohabitant, or person similarly situated under domestic or family violence law, or anyone else protected under domestic or family violence law. Dating violence is violence by a person who has been in a romantic or intimate relationship with the victim, as gauged by the type, frequency, and duration of the relationship. Stalking means a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his/her or others’ safety, or to suffer substantial emotional distress.
(g) Destruction of property. Violation includes damaging college property or another individual’s property.
(h) Failure to comply with college officials. Violation includes failure to comply with any request by college officials in the performance of their duties, including failure to produce a KCC student ID or state-issued photo ID.
(i) Failure to comply with state law. Violation includes not complying with any of the laws of Illinois or its political subdivisions.
(j) Possession, use or distribution of alcohol and illegal substances. Violation includes the possession, use, or distribution of alcoholic beverages or illegal substances (unless authorized by the college for approved college functions).
(k) Illicit drugs and controlled substances. In accordance with local, state, and federal laws, violation includes the use, unlawful manufacture, sale, possession, or distribution of illicit drugs and controlled substances.
Anyone suspected, in the judgment of KCC faculty/administrators/security, to be under the influence of drugs, alcohol or other behavior-altering substances may be tested without notice according to board-approved procedures. Violation also includes failure to comply with college procedure for testing.
(l) Weapons. No individual shall possess, carry, or have control of a firearm either on his/her person or in his/her vehicle on any property owned or otherwise controlled by the college. Violation includes possessing or using firearms, explosive devices or any other devices classified as a weapon by the state of Illinois. Instruments used to simulate such weapons in acts that endanger or tend to endanger any person shall be considered weapons. Individuals possessing a valid license to carry a concealed firearm may store his/her concealed weapon within a secure case or a locked container out of plain view within their vehicle or stored within the vehicle’s trunk. Subject to board approval, firearm use or possession may be permitted where such use or possession is part of a course curriculum or training program. Sworn police officers, including members of the KCC Police Department, are authorized to carry firearms in accordance with state law and their police department regulations.
(m) Failure to meet debts and obligations. Violation includes not meeting all financial obligations to the college. Note: the registered student is responsible for his/her own financial obligations. KCConnect and the registration statement include important details on withdrawal deadlines.
(n) Abuse of computer technology. Use of campus equipment and facilities is a privilege, and violation of this privilege includes inappropriately use of computers, accessing pornographic materials on computer equipment or other similar abuses and infringements.
(o) Motorized vehicle noncompliance. Violation includes not complying with college rules regarding the use of motorized vehicles.
(p) Inappropriate attire. Violation includes wearing clothing which is disruptive to the learning environment.
(q) Disruptive use of electronic devices. Violation includes use of cell phones, pagers, and other devices which disrupts the learning environment. Students and visitors are expected to exercise good judgment and to de-activate such devices any time it may be a disruption.
(r) Inappropriate classroom behavior. Violation includes failing to follow classroom or program rules established by instructional staff.
(s) Gambling. Violation includes betting on the outcome of a game, contest, or other event or activity; playing games of chance or skill (such as cards, dice, or coin-tossing, etc.) for money or other stakes.
(t) Solicitation. Violation includes soliciting without approval from the department of Student Services.
(u) Tobacco use. In light of findings of the U.S. Surgeon General that exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke and use of tobacco are significant health hazards, the college will maintain a tobacco-free environment. The use, distribution, or sale of tobacco, including any smoking device, or carrying of any lighted smoking instrument, in college buildings or on college premises without exception, at events on college premises, or in college-owned, rented or leased vehicles, is prohibited. For the purpose of this policy, “tobacco” is defined to include any lit or unlit cigarette, electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) cigar, pipe, and any other smoking product; and smokeless tobaccos, also known as dip, chew, or snuff in any form. All persons on any college site for whatever purpose are expected to comply with this policy.
(v) Unauthorized use or possession of keys. Violation includes the unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys to any college premises or possessing unauthorized keys at college sponsored or supervised functions.
(w) Fire safety violations. Violation includes tampering with fire safety equipment, setting or causing unauthorized fires, or calling in or setting off false fire alarms.
(x) Theft. Violations include tampering with, and/or damage to, college property or property of a college community member or possessing stolen property.
16.2 An academic community is based on the assumption of mutual integrity shared by its students and faculty. Violations of the athletic or programmatic code of conduct will result in disciplinary action. The following violations of this assumption disrupt the teaching and learning environment and tarnish the public image of the college. Violations will result in disciplinary action by the college against the student.
(a) Cheating: Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids during any academic exercise or examination.
(b) Plagiarism: Representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own. Plagiarism includes claiming credit for assignments completed by someone else.
(c) Fabrication: Falsifying or inventing information or citations in any academic requirement, such as a term paper.
(d) Cooperative Learning Violation: Claiming credit for group assignments without making a significant contribution.
(e) Team Testing Violation: Participation in team testing without meeting the specific requirement of an instructor, e.g. failure to participate in the study group for the required amount of time outside of class.
(f) Misuse of Materials: Abuse or unauthorized possession of academic materials or removing an article that other students are required to read from the Learning Resource Center or any other location.
(g) Misrepresentation: Presenting false excuses or using deception to receive a higher grade or to avoid fulfilling the requirements of an assignment or course.
(h) Multiple Submissions: Submitting the same assignment to two or more instructors. If he or she believes that he/she can complete an assignment that meets the requirements of two or more instructors, he/she should obtain prior approval from all instructors involved.
(i) Facilitation of Academic Dishonesty: Helping or permitting another student to violate any provision of this code.
(j) Clinical site violations: Unprofessional behavior or unsafe practices.
16.3 The college prohibits the sexual harassment of and discrimination toward students, staff, and campus visitors.
16.4 The college reserves the right to call an ambulance and/or the Kankakee Police Department if a student appears to be in imminent danger of harming himself/herself or has threatened to harm others.