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Student Rights, Responsibilities and Prohibited Behavior and Conduct

The College recognizes the necessity of establishing clear guidelines for student conduct to insure the protection of rights for the individual and for the college as an educational institution. In addition to other formal rules and regulations, the following statements adopted by the college apply to all individuals of the college community, as well as its guests.

Student Rights

Statement of Individual Rights: The following rights of all members of the college community shall remain inviolable:

1. To learn, teach, study, and search for truth without interference or harassment.

2. To move about the campus and in campus buildings freely and without interference or harassment.

3. To express opinions freely and without interference, individually or in groups, as long as such expression does not interfere with any other individual rights hereby guaranteed or result in damage to property.

4. To be treated at all times with courtesy and respect, regardless of ethnic origin, cultural background, sex, gender or gender identity, creed or ideology, as long as one displays regard for the rights of others as provided in this statement of individual rights.

If a student feels that their rights have been violated, WCJC Board Reg.591Student Grievances and Complaintsprovides policies and “internal procedures for handling student grievances and complaints concerning (a) discrimination or harassment based on sex, race, age, national origin, religion, veteran status, or handicap; (b) nonacademic decisions, rules, or regulations; (c) actions, rules, or regulations not defined as pertaining to disciplinary measures or decisions; (d) management or conduct of programs; (e) allegations of misleading advertisement or promotion of programs; or (f) other actions of college employees. Procedures for student redress of these concerns.”

Student Responsibilities

As a student of Wharton County Junior College, an individual assumes responsibility of observing a proper standard of conduct at all times.  This general behavior includes respect for order, morality, and personal honor.  Students are expected to know what is considered appropriate behavior in the college learning environment.  Students are expected to understand college policies and procedures regarding the administrative functions that impact their status with the college; these include but are not limited to enrollment and financial functions.   Students are encouraged to participate in all aspects of student life as citizens of the academic community.

Prohibited Behavior Statement

All students shall obey the law, show respect for College administration, faculty, staff, and employees, and shall observe correct standards of conduct. In addition to activities prohibited by law and/or other College policies or regulations, the following types of behavior shall be prohibited and subject to  disciplinary action, including but not limited to, possible dismissal from WCJC  dormitories and/or the college:

  1. Gambling, dishonesty, or the use of alcoholic beverages on campus or at any college sponsored event.

  2. The illegal use, possession, and/or sale of a drug or narcotic on campus, as those items are defined by the Texas Controlled Substances Act.

  3. Scholastic dishonesty, which shall include, but shall not be limited to, cheating on a test, plagiarism, and collusion. "Cheating on a test," includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Copying from another student's test paper;
  • Using materials or technology not authorized by
    the person administering the
    test;
  • Collaborating with or seeking aid from another
    student during a test without
    permission from the test administrator;
  • Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, or
    soliciting, in whole or in part, the
    contents of a test;
  • The unauthorized transportation or removal, in
    whole or in part, of the contents of a test;
  • Substituting for another student, or permitting
    another student to substitute for
    one's self to take a test;
  • Bribing another person to obtain a test or
    information about a test.

4. Owing a debt to the College or writing an "insufficient funds" check to the College. Either instance may result in a student being denied admission or readmission to the college until the debt is paid of check is redeemed.

5. Violations of the Penal Statues of Texas or of the United States occurring on college property or in connection with college sponsored or supervised activities.

6. Physical assault of threat of physical assault on anyone on college property or at a college event or college-sponsored activity.

7. "Hate Messages" including but not limited to, racial epithets or derogatory remarks attacking or belittling someone else's religious beliefs, lifestyle, national origin, physical attributes, gender identity or expression, etc. whether delivered orally or in writing. This includes any behavior defined as "bullying."

8. Physical obstructions or interference with teaching, research, administration, college activities, or the College's subsidiary responsibilities through "disorderly conduct" or "disruptive behavior."

9. Initiations by organizations that include any feature that is dangerous, harmful or degrading to the student--a violation of this includes prohibition renders the entire organization, as well as the individual participants, subject to appropriate discipline). This includes all forms of "hazing."

10. Endangering the health or safety of members of the college community or visitors to the campus.

11. Damaging or destroying college property.

12. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of College documents, records or identification.

13. Theft of property of the College or a member of the college community or campus visitor.

14. Failure to comply with reasonable directives from college officials acting in the performance of their duties.

15. Disorderly conduct that provokes a disturbance, threatens abuse or assault of another, or is otherwise indecent, profane, or excessively boisterous. This includes all behavior that results in the interference with the classroom or work environment.

16. Unauthorized use of College facilities, buildings, or grounds.

17. Failure to possess official identification--students are required to produce identification upon request of a faculty member, staff member or security officer.

18. The presence of the opposite sex in a student's dorm room or other private areas of the residence hall.

19. Sexual assault as defined in Texas Penal Code, and pursuant to College Regulation # 593.

20. Unauthorized visitors, including adults and children, who are not enrolled students or employed by the college,; are not permitted to attend classes without prior approval of the instructor and Office of the Vice President of Student Services.  All guests are required to register with the Office of the Vice President of Student Services or with the appropriate Campus Director.  Individuals in violation of this prohibition are subject o prosecution for trespassing.

21. The use or possession of explosives, fireworks, swords, daggers, straight razors or illegal knives is not permitted on campus or in the automobiles in campus parking lots.  Illegal knife means a (a)  knife with a blade over five and half inches long, (b)  hand instrument designed to cut or stab another by being thrown, (c) dagger, including but not limited to a dirk, stiletto, and poniard, (d) bowie knife, (e) sword, or (f) spear.

INFORMATION REGARDING FIREARMS IS FOUND ON THE CAMPUS CARRY PAGE ON THIS WEBSITE.

 

 

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