Student Code of Conduct

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Students of Dalton State College have an obligation to assist in making the College an effective place for the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the development of self, and the improvement of society. As citizens, students enjoy the same freedoms that other citizens enjoy and, in turn, they are responsible for conducting themselves in accordance with the requirements of law and the DSC Code of Student Conduct. As students of Dalton State College, they are responsible for compliance with all College regulations. Under the authority of the Board of Regents, the College is delegated the responsibility for establishing and enforcing regulations pertaining to student conduct. (Regents Bylaws, Article VI, Section B.)

View the entire Student Code of Conduct here.

Prohibited Conduct:

  1. Alcohol
    1. Possession or consumption of any alcoholic beverage on campus, regardless of a person’s age
    2. Providing, distributing, or selling an alcoholic beverage, except as permitted by law
    3. Facilitating the consumption or possession of an alcoholic beverage against the college policy and law
    4. Disruptive or disorderly conduct connected with the influence of alcohol
    5. Misuse of the Off Campus Event Alcohol Policy, which states: Students of legal drinking age, as designated by the state, are permitted to purchase, possess, and consume alcoholic beverages at off-campus activities that are not being funded through student activity funds, institutional funds, or the utilization of campus resources (i.e. State Vehicle). If alcohol is present at an event, attendance must never be required. If an event is mandatory, no alcohol may be served. Even the perception of, or encouragement of, required attendance must always be avoided when alcohol is being served. Persons under the legal drinking age are strictly prohibited from purchasing, possessing, or consuming alcoholic beverages in accordance with law. Exceptions from this policy, in regards to the funding of the activity and/or utilizations of campus resources surrounding the activity, if warranted, can be made by the Dean of Students and/or the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services.
  2. Cheating, a form of Academic Dishonesty
    1. Use of any unauthorized assistance or sources in preparation for or while completing quizzes, tests, examinations, and other course assignments
    2. The acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a faculty member or college official
    3. Engaging in any behavior specifically prohibited by a faculty member in the course syllabus or classroom directions
    4. Unauthorized selling, giving, lending, or otherwise furnishing material which contains the questions or answers to assignments or examinations
  3. Damage to Property
    1. Malicious or unauthorized damage or destruction of property belonging to the College, a member of the College community, or visitors to the College
    2. Violations of the Posting and Publicity Policy
  4. Dating Violence
    1. Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the alleged victim. Dating Violence is subject to and addressed through the Sexual Misconduct Policy
  5. Disorderly Conduct
    1. Assembly on campus for the purpose of creating a riot, destruction, or diversion which interferes with the normal operation of the College. (This should not be construed to deny any students the right of peaceful, non-disruptive assembly)
    2. Obstruction of the free movement of persons about the campus, interference with the use of College facilities, or material interference with the normal operations of the College
    3. Abuse or unauthorized use of sound amplification equipment indoors or outdoors during classroom hours
    4. Obstructing, disrupting, or attempting to obstruct or disrupt any teaching, research, administrative, disciplinary, or otherwise authorized activity
    5. Unauthorized audio, photograph, or video recording of any person while of College premises without consent from the individual in the recording, when such a record is likely to cause injury, harm, or distress. This includes, but is not limited to taking pictures of another person without consent in a gym, locker room, or restroom
  6. Domestic Violence
    1. Violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the alleged victim, be a person with or whom the alleged victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitated with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the allege victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction. This does not include roommates in residential housing. Domestic Violence is subject to and addressed through the Sexual Misconduct Policy
  7. Drugs
    1. Possession and/or use, without valid medical prescription, of any federal or state controlled substances, even synthetic varieties (including prescription drugs and/or any item misused for the purpose of intoxication)
    2. Manufacture, distribution, and/or sale of any federal or state controlled substances, even synthetic varieties (to include prescription drugs and/or any item misused for the purpose of intoxication)
  8. Failure to Comply
    1. Failure to comply with directions of a properly identified College official or law enforcement officer in performance of their duties
    2. Failure to truthfully identify oneself to College official(s) when requested.
    3. Failure to comply with notices or sanctions pertaining to the student conduct process, including initial meeting requests, notices of student conduct hearings, and sanction requirements
  9. Falsification
    1. Altering, falsifying, counterfeiting, and/or forging any record, form, or document used by the College
    2. Lending, selling, or otherwise transferring student identification material
    3. Use of student identification materials by anyone other than the original holder
    4. Presenting false information within an official college process, including but not limited to, admissions and student conduct proceedings
  10. Fire Safety
    1. Tampering with fire safety equipment
    2. Setting or causing any unauthorized fire in or on College premises
    3. Refusing to leave a College building when the fire alarm sounds or when directed to leave by College officials for fire safety reasons
    4. Unauthorized possession, sale, furnishing, and/or use of any incendiary device is prohibited
    5. Possession, sale, furnishing, and/or use of explosives of any kind on College premises or at a College function. Explosives refer to any substance prepared for the purpose of combustion, explosion, or detonation, including fireworks
    6. Possession and/or use in a Residential Life facility of any fire safety hazard included in the on-campus housing contract
    7. Possession, use, or storage of a hover board or similar devices in any campus buildings
  11. Gambling
    1. The playing of cards or any other game of skill or chance for money or other items of value, unless part of a college approved event
  12. Harm, Threat, or Endangerment
    1. Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, harassment, coercion, and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health/safety, causes significant distress, or alters daily living of any person (This includes acts over any means of electronic communication)
    2. Intentional actions, inactions, or negligence that leads to actual or potential harm to others (physical and/or emotional)
    3. Harassment or another use of force or threats to intimidate or promote fear
  13. Hazing
    1. Any practices, ceremonies, behaviors, rites of introduction which tend to cause, require, or allow mental or physical suffering, even if such activity is said to be voluntary. All rites, ceremonies, or practices of initiation or orientation into the life or membership of any college group or organization should be of an educational, historical, functional, and inspirational nature consistent with the accepted principles of higher education at Dalton State College
    2. Any action taken or situation created intentionally or unintentionally, on or off campus, which could be reasonably expected to produce emotional or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, ridicule, the violation of college policy, and/or the violation of any local, state, and national laws, even if the activity is said to be voluntary. (All policies of Dalton State College as well as local, state, and federal laws shall supersede those policies of national or local organizations.)
    3. All assessments to the appropriateness of an action in regards to hazing will be considered within the context of the College community as a whole, not just within the organization, and shall be determined by the Dean of Student Life or designee
    4. Hazing in connection with, as a condition of, or precondition of, gaining acceptance, membership, office, or other status in a recognized student organization or other college-sponsored activity
    5. Individual students and organization as a whole can be held responsible for their actions in promoting and/or actually hazing other students.
  14. Plagiarism, a form of Academic Dishonesty
    1. The use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without clear acknowledgement
    2. The unacknowledged use of materials by another person or agency engaged in selling papers or other academic material
    3. Use of previously submitted work without acknowledgement on a subsequent academic assignment
  15. Sexual Misconduct
    1. An umbrella term referring to a range of nonconsensual sexual acts including but not limited to sexual assault, nonconsensual sexual contact, sexual exploitation, and sexual harassment. For more information please see the Sexual Misconduct Policy
  16. Stalking
    1. Engaging in a course of conduct directed towards another person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety, the safety of an immediate family member, or close acquaintance or would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress
    2. Any stalking that is based upon sex is covered under and addressed through the Sexual Misconduct Policy
  17. Smoking and Tobacco
    1. The use of all forms of tobacco products on College premises. Tobacco products is defined as cigarettes, cigars, pipes, all forms of smokeless tobacco, clove cigarettes, and any other smoking device that use tobacco such as hookah, or simulate the use of tobacco such as vaporizers, or electronic cigarettes
    2. Advertising, sale, or free sampling of tobacco products on College premises, unless specifically stated and approved for research purposes
  18. Theft
    1. Taking, attempting to take, keeping in his or her possession, or reselling items of the College, or items belonging to students, faculty, staff, student groups, or visitors to the campus without proper authorization
  19. Unauthorized Entry or Use of College Facilities
    1. Unauthorized entry into any college building, office, or other facility
    2. Remaining without authorization in any building after normal closing hours
  20. Unauthorized Use of Computers and/or Internet
    1. Unauthorized entry into a file for any purpose, including but not limited to, use, read, transfer or alter the contents
    2. Use of anther individuals’ s identification and/or password to access a campus computer or network
    3. Use of computing facilities and resources to interfere with the work of another student, faculty, or college official
    4. Use of computing facilities to view or send obscene or abusive messages
    5. Use of computing facilities and resources to violate copyright laws
  21. Violation of Other Campus Policies
    1. Violating any campus, program, or housing regulations published in hard copy or available electronically. (The Code is a minimal set of standards. Other offices and departments may set forth more strict policies for specific programs, activities, or facilities.)
  22. Violation of Outside Law
    1. Violation of local, state, or federal law, on or off campus
  23. Weapons
    1. Possession of firearms, even if legally possessed, on College premises or at events sponsored or supervised by the College or any recognized student organization
    2. Possession of any item that could reasonably cause harm or damage is considered a weapon when it is brandished in a threatening manner

                    IMPORTANT: For information regarding HB 280 (campus carry) please visit this website.

Exceptions may be made for official use authorized by the College. Federal, state, and local law enforcement officers are exempt from this regulation.

Student Conduct Appeals

  • Policy can be found here.