STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT
The enrollment of a student shall be construed as both evidence and a pledge that the student accepts the standards and regulations of Navarro College and agrees to abide by them. Conduct that interferes with the efforts of others to secure an education, enjoy a recreational event, or to reside in an environment that is clean, quiet, and conducive to study is prohibited. The College reserves the right to ask for the withdrawal of any student who refuses to adhere to the standards of the institution.
For the purpose of this section, a “student” is defined as an individual taking courses at the College, either full- or part-time including individuals who withdraw from the College during the conduct process; those who are not currently enrolled in courses but who have a continuing academic relationship with the College, and those who have applied for admission or readmission to the College.
Certain programs such as honors programs, Residence Life, as well as instructional areas (e.g. Cosmetology, Welding, Oil and Gas), Allied Health (e.g. Nursing, OTA, PTA) and Protective Services (e.g. Police, Fire and EMS) will require additional standards of conduct and may involve additional requirements for admissions and sanctions against student misconduct. The request for appeal of any instructional programmatic decisions must be made through the program director and his/her supervisor consistent with the Student/Instructor Conflict Resolution procedures. The students in these programs will be required to abide by both the Navarro College Student Handbook and the program specific Student Handbook. When there is conflict, the Navarro College Student Handbook supersedes the program handbook at the discretion of the campus judicial officer designee.
Students are responsible for knowing and obeying the college rules, as well as local, state, and federal laws. Consistent with U.S. Department of Education Title IX standards, and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 and the Campus SaVE Act, Navarro College uses a preponderance of evidence standard to determine whether a code violation is more likely than not to have occurred.
A student who violates these rules, whether on or off campus, will be subject to adjudication and potential disciplinary action in accordance with the College’s Due Process. Disciplinary action may result in suspension from Navarro College and additional, independent action from the civil authorities, such as the Navarro College Department of Public Safety or other local, state, or federal law enforcement agencies.
Specific examples of misconduct in which students may be subject to disciplinary action are listed in the Navarro College Student Handbook. No-tolerance violations include serious offenses such, but not limited to, acts of violence (fighting, physical assault, sexual assaults, harassment, drugs, and weapons) or threats thereof, on or off campus.
For specific information pertaining to sexual assaults, domestic or dating violence, specific processes are designed to provide Title IX protection for students. See Administration Procedures section on Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner or Domestic/Dating Violence (Student – Student Welfare – Freedom From Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation – Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner or Domestic/Dating Violence) for more information, including specific processes pertaining to prevention measures, rights of the accused and the rights of the accuser, reporting options, and investigation and disciplinary proceedings.
Navarro College is a drug- and alcohol-free campus. Possession, sale and/or use of any type of illegal drugs, alcohol, or mood-enhancing substance by any person on any property owned, leased, or controlled by Navarro College is strictly forbidden. The Navarro College Department of Public Safety will enforce all federal, state, and local laws concerning underage drinking, drug and mood-enhancing substance violations.
A student found to be in possession or under the influence of any illegal drugs and/or alcohol or mood-enhancing substances on or off campus will be subject to disciplinary action and/or criminal proceedings. Incidents occurring off-campus will be assessed based on the College’s Off-Campus Conduct procedures that hold all students to consistent standards defining acceptable forms of student conduct and maintaining civility and safety for the College community.
A student who has been convicted of any federal or state law involving the use, possession, or sale of a controlled substance shall lose their student aid eligibility for a specified period of time if they were receiving federal student aid when the offense occurred. The suspension of eligibility time table depends on the violation and may resume upon the completion of a Department of Education approved rehabilitation program.
Navarro College offers drug and alcohol abuse screening/counseling programs to students. The College employs experienced and/or licensed professional counselors to assist with drug and alcohol abuse.
A student shall not, through act or omission, assist another student, individual, or group in committing or attempting to commit a violation of this Code of Conduct. A student who has knowledge of another committing or attempting to commit a violation of the Code of Conduct is required to remove him or herself from the situation, and failure to do so when reasonable under the circumstances may be the basis for a violation of this procedure.
When a student is alleged to have violated Navarro College’s Code of Student Conduct by an offense committed off of the college premises, the College reserves the right to investigate and adjudicate. All students enrolled in Navarro College should clearly understand that the college is expressly concerned with student conduct both on and off campus. Navarro College expects the behavior of its students, at all times and in all settings, to be guided by the same standards that define acceptable forms of student conduct. To this end, any student enrolled in Navarro College who is found in violation of the Code of Student Conduct or state or federal laws, even in an off-campus setting, is subject to administrative disciplinary procedures that could result in one or a combination of several disciplinary sanctions as listed in the Student Handbook.
Based on the reasonable belief that a student has been involved in conduct off campus incompatible with the college’s function as an educational institution or with the mission of Navarro College, the Vice President for Student Services, in his/her discretion, may invoke the disciplinary process.
Navarro College seeks to promote a teaching and learning environment free from material and substantial classroom disruptions. Faculty have the authority and responsibility to effectively manage their classroom environments. Instructors may determine the time and manner for student questions and expression of points of view in the instructional setting.
Accordingly, instructors should establish, communicate and enforce reasonable rules of classroom behavior and decorum via the syllabus and classroom discussion. These procedures are not intended to discourage appropriate classroom expression, discussion, or disagreement, but to promote respectful interactions.
Rules and expectations for the instructional setting should be established by the instructor and communicated to the students via the course syllabus and classroom discussion at the beginning of the course. Such rules may contain reasonable restrictions in light of the instructional setting, teaching method, and learning objectives; They also may vary depending upon the educational context. Instructional rules may include, but are not limited to prohibitions on the use of electronic devices, refusing to be seated, talking during lectures, sleeping, eating, newspaper reading, entering the classroom late, or leaving early without authorization, etc.
Disruptive Behavior is prohibited. “Disruptive behavior” means conduct that materially and substantially interferes with or obstructs the teaching or learning process in the context of a classroom or educational setting. Disruptive behavior includes conduct that distracts or intimidates others in a manner that interferes with instructional activities, fails to adhere to an instructor’s appropriate classroom rules or instructions, or interferes with the normal operations of the college. While mild and severe behaviors may be subject to interpretation, college officials must make the final determination of what is considered appropriate behavior.
Mild Forms of Disruptive Behavior: Talking in class, arriving late, talking on cell phones, sleeping in class, and reading material unrelated to the class.
Instructors who experience students engaging in mild disruptive behavior should provide one or more of the following warnings: a verbal, e-mail, early warning referral, or a written form of communication. The communication should identify the prohibited behavior that occurred, the rules that were violated, and the behavior that is required in the future. The warnings also should include notice stating that any subsequent violation of the classroom rules or this procedure may result in the instructor filing a student code of conduct complaint utilizing the Early Warning Referral or email to the Dean of Student Guidance.
- Arriving late or exiting early
- Making long-winded or off-task comments
- Eating or drinking
- Conducting side conversations
- Talking/Text messaging on cell phones
- No back and forth quibbling
- Constantly disagreeing or complaining
- Bringing babies or children to class
- Making disrespectful or offensive comments or gestures to the instructor or fellow students
- Making inappropriate remarks
- Acting in an immature manner
- Making exaggerated or emotional responses
- Appearing to be under the influence of chemicals
- Irrational, inappropriate unrelated statements
Severe Forms of Disruptive Behavior: Intimidation, insubordination, physical threats and violence are considered severe forms of disruptive behavior. If the disruptive behavior is serious or severe the proper authorities should be contacted immediately.
The instructor must document the disruptive behavior in writing either through an Early Warning Referral or by emailing the Dean of Student Guidance.
The complaint should also include a copy of any written warning provided to the student. The instructor must also notify his/her instructional dean of the complaint that the Student Services officials will investigate in accordance with the Student Handbook. The student disciplinary procedures shall govern all proceedings involving such complaints. Sanctions, if necessary, will be imposed in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
Severe Behavior:* The following intimidating or aggressive behaviors toward instructors are considered severe:
- Obscene gestures
- Verbal sniping
- Hostile arguing
- Defiant or menacing physical posturing
- Harassing or intimidating statements toward the instructor
*These lists are inclusive and may not be comprehensive.
The college expects all students to do their own schoolwork at all times. Any student guilty of dishonesty in academic work is subject to instructional consequences as defined in the course syllabus or departmental handbook and may include any of the following: a grade of zero, course failure, or removal from the program. A faculty member may begin such action if a student is accused of “cheating on academic work.” Cheating includes, but is not limited to:
- Copying from another person’s test paper or academic work;
- Using, during a test, materials not authorized by the person giving the test;
- Collaborating without authority with another person during an examination or in preparing academic work;
- Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting or soliciting, in whole or in part, the contents of a test prior to its being fully administered or without permission;
- Substituting for another student or permitting another person to substitute for oneself to take a test or prepare other academic work; and
- Stealing and deliberately using ideas or writings of others without giving written credit to them (plagiarism).
When a student is accused of academic dishonesty, the faculty member and the student will attempt to reach a resolution first and based on the course syllabus. If no resolution is achieved, the student may appeal to the appropriate instructional dean for review of the decision made by the instructor.
If the incident includes a violation of a departmental program requirement as stated in the course syllabus or departmental handbook, a student’s written appeal should be reviewed through the instructional chain of command.
Only non-instructional testing violations occurring in the testing center (e.g., TSI, GED testing) may result in disciplinary review by Student Services.
Date Issued: January 22, 2015