(A) Clark state college is an academic
community in which all persons students, faculty, administration and
staff share responsibility for its growth and continued welfare. As
members of the college community, students can reasonably expect that the
following rights shall be respected by all college offices, programs, employees
Clark state college further encourages all
members of the college community to endorse, support and abide by the following
statement of values which this community has deemed fundamental to its mission
and integral to its growth.
Students may freely engage in noncommercial
activities on any subject provided they do so in a manner that does not violate
this policy. Students, in turn, have the responsibility to respect the rights
of all members of the college in exercising these freedoms.
No agent or organization of Clark state
community college shall discriminate against any student on the basis of race,
color, religion, gender/sex or expression, national origin (ancestry), military
status, disability, age (forty years of age or older), genetic information,
sexual orientation, status as a parent during pregnancy and immediately after
the birth of a child, status as a parent of a young child, or status as a
foster parent and any other protected group status as defined by law or college
policy in its educational programs, activities, admissions, or employment
practices as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972,
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities
Act, and other applicable statutes. In their individual roles as members of
student organizations, students have the responsibility not to discriminate
Students may assemble in an orderly manner and
engage in peaceful protest, demonstrations and picketing which does not disrupt
the functions of the college, threaten the health or safety of any person or
violate this rule.
Students may exercise their religious
convictions and associate with religious, political or other organizations of
their choice in college facilities provided they do so in a manner that
respects the rights of other members of the community and complies with this
policy. Students have the responsibility to respect the rights of other members
of the college community to free exercise of their religious convictions and to
free association with organizations of their choice.
Students have a reasonable expectation to be
free from unreasonable searches or unlawful arrest on college property.
Students have the responsibility to respect the privacy of other members of the
Students shall have access to accurate and
plainly stated information relating to maintenance of acceptable academic
standing, graduation requirements and individual course objectives and
requirements. Students may expect instruction from designated instructors at
appointed class times and reasonable access to those instructors. Students have
the responsibility to attend class and to know their appropriate academic
Students may expect a reasonably safe
environment supportive of the colleges mission and their own educational
goals. Students have the responsibility to protect and maintain that
environment and to protect themselves from all hazards to the extent that
reasonable behavior and precaution can avoid risk.
Students may establish representative
governmental bodies and to participate in college governance in accordance with
the rules and regulations of the college. Students who accept representative
roles in the governance of the college have the obligation to participate
Students shall be afforded due process before
formal disciplinary sanctions are imposed by the college for violations of this
policy. Students have the right to written notice and the opportunity for a
hearing before any change in status is incurred for disciplinary reasons,
unless a significant threat to persons or property exists.
Students may access and control access to their
education records as provided in the federal Family Educational Rights and
Privacy Act of 1974, also known as the Buckley Amendment. These include the
rights to review and challenge the content of educational records, to control
disclosure of personal and academic information to third parties and to limit
the routine disclosure of all or some information defined as "directory
information" by the act.
(B) Students at Clark state college are
expected to conduct themselves in a manner supportive of the educational
mission of the institution. As members of the college community, student have
the responsibility to behave appropriately. Integrity, respect for the person
and property of others and a commitment to intellectual and personal growth in
a diverse population are values deemed fundamental to membership in the college
community and represent the student code of conduct.
Clark state college considers the following
behaviors, or attempts thereof, whether acting alone or with any other persons,
in violation the student code of conduct. Examples include but are not limited
(1) Physical harm or
threat of physical harm or general conduct which threatens the mental or
emotional health of any person or persons.
(2) Physical or verbal,
oral or written harassment, which is beyond the bounds of protected free speech
that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational
(3) Disorderly conduct
including but not limited to public intoxication, lewd, indecent or obscene
behavior or intentional disruption of lawful activities of the
(4) Theft, damage to
personal/college property or unauthorized entry, use or occupation of college
(5) Forgery, alteration,
fabrication or misuse of records, grades, diplomas, college documents, and
(6) Illegal purchase,
use, possession or being under the influence of or distribution of alcohol,
drugs, or controlled substances on college property in college vehicles, or at
(7) Non-compliance with
directives of the college officials.
(8) Possession of
firearms, explosive devices, fireworks, dangerous or illegal weapons or
(9) Interference with or
misuse of fire alarms, elevators or other safety and security equipment or
(10) Violation of any
federal, state or local law which has a negative impact on the well-being of
the college or its individual members.
(11) Violation of college
policies, rules or regulations that are published in the student handbook or
any other official college publications or agreements.
(12) Academic misconduct
including but not limited to plagiarism and cheating. For example, misuse of
academic resources or facilities and misuse of computer software, data,
equipment or networks.
(13) Violations of a
position of trust or authority at the college including the misuse or
unauthorized use of Clark state or organizational names, representatives,
(14) Disruptive behavior
and/or the obstruction of teaching, research, administration, or other lawful
Clark state activities on or off campus.