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Student Rights and Responsibilities

Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Procedures


Introduction

Schoolcraft College exists to serve students and the surrounding community, providing a transformational learning experience to increase the capacity of individuals and groups to achieve their intellectual, social, and economic goals. The college is also a community, and students are important members of this community. Schoolcraft College supports a positive educational environment that will benefit student success. In order to ensure this vision, to ensure the protection of student rights and the health and safety of the college community, as well as to support the efficient operation of college programs, Schoolcraft College has established a Student Code of Conduct. Every student should know the responsibilities that students assume toward other students, faculty and staff as equal members of this community. Schoolcraft College cannot condone or support any action or activity by an individual or group that impinges on the rights of others, whether these individuals are members of the student body or the community at large.

Student Rights

Members of the student body enjoy the same rights and privileges guaranteed to them as citizens of the United States and as residents of the State of Michigan; they enjoy the same freedoms of speech and peaceable assembly as all citizens, but they are under certain legal obligations in the exercise of these freedoms by virtue of their membership in the college community. As a member of the Schoolcraft College community, a student is free to take advantage of all the educational opportunities available and to participate in all extracurricular activities sponsored by the college.

Student Responsibilities

Along with rights come certain responsibilities. No student may take any action that restricts other individuals from pursuing their educational goals or interferes with the Board of Trustees, its representatives and college faculty and staff in the performance of their duties. In cases of noncompliance with the Student Code of Conduct, the college will impose discipline that is consistent with the impact of the offense on the college community. Schoolcraft College reserves the right to pursue criminal and/or civil action where warranted. Students and student organizations have a right to expect enforcement of the Student Code of Conduct rules and regulations. Schoolcraft College expects students and student organizations to abide by this Code. It is important to note that unfamiliarity with these regulations is not grounds for excusing infractions.

Definitions

  1. The term “college” means Schoolcraft College.
  2. A “student” under this Code is defined as anyone who has been admitted to the college and with a continuing educational interest in the college. The term includes all persons taking courses at the college, either full-time or part-time. Persons who withdraw after allegedly violating the Student Code, who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with the college or who have been notified of their acceptance for admission are considered “students.” 
  3. The term “faculty member” means any person hired by the college to conduct classroom or teaching activities or who is otherwise considered by the college to be a member of its faculty. 
  4. The term “college official” includes any person employed by the college, performing assigned administrative or professional responsibilities.
  5. The term “member of the college community” includes any person who is a student, faculty member, college official or any other person employed by the college.
  6. The term “college premises” includes all land, buildings, facilities, and other property in the possession of or owned, used, or controlled by the college (including adjacent streets and sidewalks).
  7. The term “college sponsored or supervised activities” includes, but is not limited to: field trips, off-campus social activities organized by the college, official activities of college clubs, etc.
  8. The term “organization” means any number of persons who have complied with the formal requirement for college recognition as a student club or organization.
  9. The term “Student Conduct and Disciplinary Committee” means any person or persons authorized by the vice president of student services to determine whether a student has violated the Student Code and to recommend sanctions that may be imposed when a rules violation has been committed.
  10. The term “chair of the Student Conduct and Disciplinary Committee” means a college official authorized on a case-by-case basis by the vice president of student services to impose sanctions upon any student(s) found to have violated the Student Code. The vice president of student services may authorize a college administrator to serve simultaneously as the chair of the Student Conduct and Disciplinary Committee and the sole member or one of the members of the Student Conduct and Disciplinary Committee. The vice president of student services may authorize the same chair of the Student Conduct and Disciplinary Committee to impose sanctions in all cases.
  11. The vice president of student services is the person designated by the college president to be responsible for the administration of the Student Code.
  12. The term “policy” means the written regulations of the college as found in, but not limited to, the Student Code of Conduct, the college website and catalog.
  13. The term “complainant” means any person who submits a charge alleging that a student violated the Student Code of Conduct. When a student believes that she/he has been a victim of another student’s misconduct, the student who believes she/he has been a victim will have the same rights under the Student Code of Conduct as are provided to the complainant, even if another member of the college community submitted the charge itself.
  14. “Academic Honesty” is expected of all students. Academic honesty is ethical behavior in which students produce their own work and do not represent others' work as their own, either by plagiarism, by cheating or by helping others to do so.
  15. “Plagiarism” is the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgement. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.
  16. “Cheating” is:
  • The use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests or examinations.
  • The use of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems or carrying out other assignments.
  • The acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic materials belonging to a member of the college faculty or staff.
  • Engaging in any behavior specifically prohibited by a faculty member in the course syllabus or class discussion.
  • Allowing or participating in cheating by other students.
  • Copying from someone else’s work.
  • Submitting others’ work as your own or submitting your work for others.
  • Altering graded work and falsifying data.
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