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Student Conduct 800.30

Students are expected to obey local, state and federal laws, to show respect for properly constituted authority, to meet contractual obligations, to maintain academic integrity in scholastic work and to observe standards of conduct appropriate for an institution of higher learning. Students are expected to be responsible for their actions, whether acting individually or in groups. Failure to meet acceptable standards of conduct may result in disciplinary action, suspension or expulsion. The College will ensure due process and define routes of appeal. These policies apply to the conduct of all students, student organizations, teams and clubs. They also apply when off campus in connection with internships, academic activities and any activity sponsored or authorized by Lake Region State College. Lake Region State College will also hold students accountable for behavior that occurs off campus when an offense threatens the safety or security of any individual or institution.

  1. Scholastic Dishonesty: Academic Integrity is intellectual honesty, responsibility, and ethical behavior in scholastic conduct from use of information to actions in a classroom. It is the guide for the “pursuit of knowledge and understanding within a community of inquiry” (American University).

    The following are examples of academic dishonesty:
    1. Cheating is receiving or sending, or attempting to receive or send information, answers, data, etc. not otherwise permitted by the instructor.
      • Receiving, sharing, or transmitting information before or during an exam to someone who will be or is taking the exam
      • Looking at another student’s test during an exam or allowing another students to look at your exam
      • Copying from another student’s test or homework assignment with or without the other student’s permission
      • Working with another student on a test or an assignment without authorization
      • Using unauthorized material (texts, calculators, smart phones, paper, websites, notes on computer)to obtain answers or information for a test
      • Using passwords or electronic signatures of other individuals for any reasons, including to take a test for another person
      • Sharing answers for an assignment
    2. Plagiarism is using someone else’s work in part or whole and passing it off as the student’s own whether intentionally or not intentionally.
      • Using exact words or phrases without citing the source
      • Buying a paper from an online source or a person
      • Using a paper someone else has done either for you specifically or for another class
      • Without documenting the source, modifying the information or combining the information from more than one source to make it appear original
    3. Collusion is the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing any academic work offered for credit.
    4. Fabrication is falsifying data, research, sources, statistics, as well as information or verification.
      • Citing a statistic from a source without being sure if the numbers are correct
      • Combining sources but claiming only one of the sources
      • Forging of signatures on any form requiring another person’s verification
      • Misrepresenting situations such as
        • claiming a member was present on a group project when he or she was absent or left early
        • claiming you handed in work, implying the teacher lost it or the LMS didn’t accept it
        • claiming a family event, illness, emergency or funeral when, in fact, there is none

    Consequences
    Instructors have the authority to determine how an incident of scholastic dishonesty will affect a student’s grade. Situations may differ in severity and consequences as determined by individual instructors.

    If a student has an academic grievance, the grievance must be submitted in writing by following the appeals procedure found in policy 800.31.

  2. Safe Campus: Lake Region State College strives to provide an environment free of all forms of abuse, criminal activity and intimidation.
    1. Minor Misconduct: Disciplinary action may be taken against a student who:
      1. Violates city ordinances or state or federal laws
      2. Possesses or uses fireworks on College property
      3. Has conduct that interferes with the operations of the College
      4. Takes or causes minor damages, to the property of another
      5. Engages in disorderly behavior, harassment, bullying or any other type of activity that adversely affects another. This could include disruptive activity including verbal abuse of others or the use of profane or vulgar language. This could occur using electronic formats, including, but not limited to, telephone, texting, email, computer, or online social media harassment.
      6. Violates the LRSC Alcohol and Other Drugs policy (1500.15) regarding the possession or consumption of alcohol and/or marijuana
      7. Misuses a student identification card
      8. Falsifies any document including transcripts, receipts, identification, etc. or withholds or falsifies information on an application form or to any college official
      9. Possesses and/or uses unauthorized keys or otherwise trespasses on College property, including vehicles, rooms or apartments
      10. Tampers with fire alarms, fire extinguishers, automatic external defibrillators (AED), security cameras or other safety related devices
      11. Violates the LRSC Computer Use Policy/agreement (900.09.01)
      12. Conspires, facilitates or otherwise assists another who engages in any action that constitutes minor misconduct
    2. Major Misconduct: Major misconduct is any behavior or violation that may result in suspension, or expulsion from Lake Region State College. Disciplinary action may be taken against a student who:
      1. Commits two (2) or more minor misconduct violations
      2. Violates the Sexual Misconduct/Title IX Compliance Policy (1500.09)
      3. Violates the Harassment Policy (1500.08)
      4. Assaults or engages in intimidating behavior: Uses physical force, inflicts bodily injury or threatens another
      5. Intentionally or recklessly terrorizes or places another in fear of injury or death or causes the evacuation of a campus building or otherwise causes serious disruption or public inconvenience. Threatening to commit any crime of violence or act dangerous to human life or falsely informing another that such a dangerous situation or crime of violence is imminent knowing that to be false. This could include initiating a bomb threat or activating a fire alarm when no such emergency exist.
      6. Is in possession of or uses a dangerous weapon or is in possession of a concealed weapon unless possession or use is expressly authorized by law. Dangerous weapons may include knives, guns, explosives, or any other item that can be used to inflict fear or injury to include BB guns, pellet guns, airsoft guns or any toy replica.
      7. Intentionally or recklessly causes significant damage to the property of another
      8. Violates the LRSC Alcohol and Other Drugs policy (1500.15) regarding the unlawful delivery of alcohol or marijuana, or the possession, use, or delivery of other drugs.
      9. Commits any crime that would constitute a felony under the ND Century Code (i.e. robbery, burglary, criminal trespass, arson, or the possession of stolen property).
      10. Engages in any conduct considered hazing which creates a risk of injury to another, or involves forced physical activity which subjects any person to mental stress by the deprivation of sleep, isolation, whipping, beating, paddling, branding, forced calisthenics, or the overexposure to weather. Any initiation or hazing that includes a required consumption of food, liquor, beverages, drugs or other substances or includes unlawful restraint, public nudity or sexual contact would also constitute major misconduct.
      11. Conspires, facilitates or otherwise assists another who engages in any action that constitutes major misconduct
    3. Retaliation Prohibited: A student, a group of students or a student organization shall not retaliate against any person who files a complaint or grievance; reports misconduct, participates as a witness in an investigation, or otherwise provides information to college officials. Retaliation can be classified as minor or major misconduct depending on the nature of the action.
    4. Any person may file a verbal or written complaint with Director of Student Services against any student for misconduct. The complaint and appeal procedure is outlined in Policy and Procedure 800.31.

History
Administrative Council Approved Updates 08/17/15
Administrative Council Approved Updates 09/15/15

 

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