Disciplinary

Purpose: College students, curriculum and continuing education, are citizens of the local, state, and national governments and of the academic community and are, therefore, expected to conduct themselves as law abiding members of each community at all times. Admission to a college carries with it special privileges and imparts special responsibilities apart from those rights and duties enjoyed by non-students. In recognition of the special relationship that exists between the College and the academic community, which it seeks to serve, the Wilson Community College Board of Trustees has authorized the President of the College to take such action that may be necessary to maintain campus safety and preserve the integrity of the College and its educational environment.

Pursuant to this authorization, the College has developed the following regulations, which are intended to govern student conduct on the campus. In addition, students are subject to all national, state, and local laws and ordinances. If a student's violation of such laws or ordinances also adversely affects the College's pursuit of its educational objectives, the College may enforce its own regulations regardless of any proceedings instituted by other authorities. Conversely, violation of any section of these regulations may subject a student to disciplinary measures by the College whether or not such conduct is simultaneously in violation of local, state, or national laws. When a student fails to abide by the rules and regulations of the College or fails to obey the ordinance of local, state, and national governments, disciplinary action may be taken.

Visitors to the College, including community patrons of the library, are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the general rules and regulations of the College, and violations may result in the suspension of the privilege of visiting the campus. Visitors to the College do not have the same rights of due process and appeals as students.

Process: Wilson Community College embraces the philosophy that the proper aim of discipline is teaching. Therefore, the discipline of students in this educational community is part of the teaching process. Toward that end, due process is established and observed.

Responsibility: The Dean of Student Development is responsible for enforcement of student disciplinary policies and procedures and will, in the pursuit of that responsibility, observe the proper aim of discipline, observe the procedure of due process, consider all evidence, determine the facts, render a decision, and impose appropriate disciplinary sanctions when a student has been charged with violation of College rules and/or regulations.

 

For more information contact:

Donald Boyette
Dean of Student Development
(252) 246-1275
dboyette@wilsoncc.edu

 

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Disciplinary Offenses

For the purpose of these regulations, a "student" shall mean any person who is registered for study at the College for any academic period. Generally, through appropriate due process procedures, College disciplinary measures shall be imposed for conduct which adversely affects the College's pursuit of its educational objectives, which violates or shows a disregard for the rights of other members of the academic community, or which endangers property or person on College or College controlled property. All Wilson city police officers have been given the authority to control access and to patrol facilities. Failure to leave after instruction to do so can result in those individuals being charged with trespassing (G.S. 14-159-13). Individual, group, or organizational misconduct, which is subject to disciplinary sanctions, shall include but not be limited to the following offenses:

Academic Dishonesty: Any behavior or action in the classroom, laboratory, clinical site, or distance learning venue that attempts to deceive the instructor. Examples of academic dishonesty include cheating, plagiarism, or lying; (read more about Academic Dishonesty)

Alcoholic beverages: The use and or possession of alcoholic beverages on College owned or controlled property; (read the Drug and Alcohol Free Campus Policy)

Attempts of aiding and abetting the commission of offenses: Any attempt to commit any of the foregoing offenses or the aiding and abetting of the commission of any of the foregoing offenses (an "attempt" to commit an offense is defined as the intention to commit an offense coupled with the taking of some action toward its commission);

Classroom misconduct (traditional or distance education): Classroom misconduct includes, but is not limited to, disruptive, threatening, offensive, or otherwise unacceptable behavior in the classroom and would include any behavior, language, or activity that constitutes a disciplinary offense or a violation of the Computer and Internet Usage Policy. Classroom misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance is prohibited;

Dangerous conduct: Any conduct which constitutes a serious danger to any person's health, safety, or personal well-being, including any physical or immediate threat to others;

Disorderly conduct or language: Any individual or group behavior or language which is abusive, obscene, lewd, indecent, violent, excessively noisy, disorderly, or which unreasonably disturbs other groups or individuals;

Dress: College students are mature enough to make wise and appropriate decisions on the type of apparel suitable for a college campus. Dress which disrupts the learning process is not allowed. Dress that includes any words or images that are obscene, offensive, or tend to promote violence, drugs, or disrespect religion is prohibited;

Drugs: The unlawful possession or use of any drug or controlled substance, including any stimulant, depressant, narcotic, hallucinogenic drug or substance, marijuana, or sale or distribution of any such drug or controlled substance; (read the Drug and Alcohol Free Campus Policy)

Explosives, fireworks, and flammable materials: The unauthorized possession, ignition, or detonation of any object or article, which would cause damage by fire or other means to persons or property;

Failure to cooperate with College officials: Failure to comply with directions of College officials acting in the performance of their duties;

Filing False Charges: When a student makes charges of a violation of College policy, should the ensuing investigation determine that such charges are not bona fide and were not made in good faith or that the student knowingly provided false testimony;

Financial misconduct: Any conduct, including but not limited to, knowingly passing forms of payment such as a worthless check, debit, credit card, or money order in payment to the College community;

Firearms and other dangerous weapons: Any unauthorized or illegal possession or use of firearms or dangerous weapons of any kind is prohibited. Firearms or any other dangerous weapon may not be possessed on campus at anytime for any reason except for authorized sworn law personnel;

Gambling: Gambling in any form;

Harassment/Discrimination: Any act of harassment or discrimination by an individual or group against a student, college employee, campus group, visitor, or guest. Harassment shall include, but not be limited to, insults, heckling, verbal abuse, threats of physical abuse, unwanted suggestions of a sexual nature, repeated teasing or annoyance of another, promotion of one's beliefs to the disparagement of others or actions intended to disturb others; (read A Student's Guide to Reporting Harassment)

Hazing: Hazing means any intentional or reckless act on or off the property of the College by students acting alone or with others involving any action which is directed against any other students that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of that student, or which induces or coerces a student to endanger such student's mental or physical health or safety. For the purpose of this statement, hazing is defined as those actions taken and situations created in connection with initiation into or affiliation with any organization;

Internet Misconduct: Any activity that violates Computer and Internet Usage Policies, including any prohibited Internet actions;

Misuse of documents or identification cards: Any forgery, alteration of, or unauthorized use of College documents, forms, records, or identification cards including necessary information in connection with a student's admission, enrollment, financial transactions, or status in the College;

Obstruction of or interference with College activities or facilities: Any intentional interference with or obstruction of any College activity, program, event, or facilities, including the following:

Off-campus facilities: Students enrolled in classes at off-campus locations must adhere to the rules and regulations established by the College and authorities governing the use of the facilities;

Theft: Any act of misuse, act of theft or unauthorized possession or sale of College property, or any such act against a member of the College community or a guest of the College;

Unacceptable conduct hearings: Any conduct at any College hearing involving contemptuous, disrespectful, or disorderly behavior or the giving of false testimony or other evidence at any hearing;

Violations of general rules and regulations: Any violation of the general rules and regulations of the College as published in an official College publication, including the intentional failure to perform any required action or the intentional performance of any prohibited action;

Violations of state or federal laws: Any violation of state or federal laws or regulations proscribing conduct or establishing offenses, which laws and regulations are incorporated herein by reference;

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Disciplinary Sanctions

Upon determination that a student or organization has violated any of the rules, regulations, or disciplinary offenses set forth in these regulations, the Dean of Student Development may impose the following disciplinary sanctions either singly or in combination. Some disciplines must adhere to additional state, federal, or organizational and accrediting agency guidelines and regulations. Immediate sanctions, up to and including expulsion, may be necessary in some cases to guarantee the safety and harmony of the campus environment.

Restitution:A student who has committed an offense against property may be required to reimburse the College or other owner for damage to or misappropriation of such property. Any such payment in restitution shall be limited to cost of repair or replacement.

Warning: The appropriate College officials may notify the student that continuation or repetition of specified conduct may be cause for other disciplinary action.

Reprimand: A written reprimand or censure may be given any student or organization whose conduct violates any part of these regulations. Such a reprimand does not restrict the student in any way, but does have important consequences. It signifies that he or she is in effect being given another chance to conduct himself or herself as a proper member of the College community and that any further violation may result in more serious penalties.

Restrictions: A restriction upon a student or organization's privileges for a period of time may be imposed. This restriction may include, for example, denial of the right to represent the College in any way, denial of use of facilities, parking privileges, participation in extracurricular activities, or restriction of organizational privileges.

Disciplinary Probation: Continued enrollment of a student on probation may be conditional upon adherence to these regulations. Any student placed on probation will be notified of such in writing and will also be notified of the terms and length of probation. Probation may include restrictions upon the extracurricular activities of a student. Any conduct in violation of these regulations while on probationary status may result in the imposition of a more serious disciplinary action.

Loss of Course Credit: Loss of course credit and a failing course grade may be imposed for proven charges of serious academic dishonesty.

Suspension: If a student is suspended, he or she is separated from the College for a stated period of time with conditions of readmission to the College.

Expulsion: Permanent removal and exclusion from the College, College controlled facilities, programs, events, and activities.

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Disciplinary Procedures

Instructors have the authority and the primary responsibility for control over classroom behavior and academic integrity, and can order the temporary removal of any student engaged in disruptive conduct or any other conduct that violates the general rules of the College. Such short-term suspensions assume that the instructor witnesses or has first-hand knowledge of the conduct warranting disciplinary action and that the student is given the opportunity to be heard. Such rudimentary due process is generally conducted face to face with the student and any notice of charges or disciplinary sanction may be in written or oral form.

Where violations are more serious and extended suspension or other disciplinary sanctions are deemed appropriate, accused students must be afforded more robust due process protections. Under such circumstances, the Dean of Student Development will initiate the following administrative procedures:

NOTE: A student may appeal academic dishonesty sanctions 5, 6, and 7 by filing a written appeal with the Dean of Student Development within ten calendar days of being notified of the sanction. The student's appeal would enter the Disciplinary Procedures process at this point (see Academic Dishonesty).

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Due Process Appeals

First Appeal: Administrative hearing before Judicial Council

NOTE: The College Judicial Council has both the authority and the responsibility to hear disciplinary appeals in an unbiased manner. Its hearings are administrative, not judicial. As such, legal counsel will not be allowed for either the College or the accused student.

A student may appeal the decision made by the Dean of Student Development within ten consecutive calendar days from the receipt of the notification or the attempt to deliver by the College. Such a request to appeal must be made in writing to the Chair of the Judicial Council. The Dean of Student Development will provide the Chair of the Judicial Council with documentation outlining the alleged misconduct, identification of the offense, and a summary of the evidence.

The student has a right to a fair hearing and the Judicial Council Chair shall make a determination as to whether any member of the Judicial Council is materially connected or could have a personal bias in the case in question.

Upon receipt of a request to appeal, an administrative hearing date shall be set and the student shall be notified by certified/return receipt mail, such a notice to be at least ten consecutive calendar days before the date of the hearing. In all disciplinary hearings conducted, the following procedures shall be followed:

Second Appeal: To the Vice President of Instruction and Student Development

A student may appeal the decision of the Judicial Council within ten calendar days from the receipt of the notification of the decision of the Judicial Council, or an attempt to deliver same by certified mail. The appeal must be in writing and must give a full explanation of the basis for the appeal.

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Grievance Procedures

NOTE: This review and appeals procedure is not meant for addressing claims of harassment or discrimination. Such claims should be promptly reported to the Dean of Student Development, or in his/her absence, any senior administrator. See "A Student's Guide to Reporting Harassment" on the following pages.

Note: A student who has concerns regarding fairness of evaluation of an individual test, project, or paper/assignment may have those concerns addressed through the following Grievance Procedures.

If a student has concerns regarding classroom management, policies, conduct, instructional methods or effectiveness, or fairness of evaluation, the student is expected to first attempt to resolve their concerns with the instructor in a timely manner. If such attempted resolution is unsuccessful, the student should address their concern with the appropriate coordinator, director, or associate dean. If the student's concerns are not abated, the student may file a formal grievance in writing with the associate dean in the case of a curriculum class or the Dean of Continuing Education and Sustainability in the case of a continuing education class. In order for a grievance to move forward in the investigative and deliberative process, they must be filed with the appropriate person before the end of the semester in which the alleged actions or circumstances that caused the grievance occurred. The student may consult and request the assistance of their academic advisor, a counselor, or the Dean of Student Development in preparing a written grievance. Such written formal grievance must include:

The associate dean or Dean of Continuing Education and Sustainability will conduct a more formal investigation, establish and consider all the facts, render a decision as to the validity of the claimed grievance, and take appropriate action to address the student's concern or grievance. The student will be notified of the decision in writing.

The student may appeal in writing, the decision made by the associate dean or Dean of Continuing Education and Sustainability to the Vice President of Instruction and Student Development. The Vice President of Instruction and Student Development shall consider all evidence, determine the facts, uphold previous decisions, deny requests, rescind previous decisions, render a decision, and notify the student by certified/return receipt mail to the student's address of record last listed in the student's permanent file. The decision of the Vice President of Instruction and Student Development is final.

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Academic Dishonesty

The College guarantees the integrity of the academic process. Cheating and plagiarism are threats to that integrity; therefore, everyone must work together to prevent their occurrence. Students are expected to perform honestly and to work in every way possible to eliminate cheating by any member of a class. Each faculty member has the responsibility to fairly evaluate the academic progress of each student and in doing so may use www.turnitin.com or other appropriate software to assist with his or her evaluation of written work.

Definitions:

Academic dishonesty is defined as any behavior or action in the classroom, laboratory, clinical site, or distance learning venue that attempts to deceive the instructor. Examples of academic dishonesty include cheating, plagiarism, or lying.

Cheating is the intent to deceive the instructor in his/her effort to fairly evaluate an academic exercise. It includes, but is not limited to, copying another student's homework, class work, or required project (in part or in whole) and handing it in as one's own; giving, receiving, offering, and/or soliciting, or attempting to give, receive, offer, or solicit, information on a quiz, test, or exam; or plagiarism. Electronic devices are prohibited during all testing situations, and other situations as determined by the instructor. The use of any such devices during testing may be viewed as an attempt to cheat and may result in serious academic sanction. See also Electronic Devices Policy.

Plagiarism is a form of cheating and lying. Plagiarism can be either deliberate or unintentional, but in either case it is the misrepresentation of another person's ideas, words, or statistics as your own original work. The rules and regulations for quoting and citing material in college-level work can be complicated, but in all cases, it is the students' responsibility to understand the citation methods appropriate to the discipline. Sometimes students make mistakes that technically result in plagiarism. When this happens, the College recognizes that it occurred unintentionally. However, intentional plagiarism is a more serious kind of plagiarism that involves a deliberate lie and an effort to cheat. Intentional plagiarism is a flagrant attempt to deceive the instructor of an assignment by presenting a whole assignment or parts of an assignment that were written by someone else as if it were the student's original work. Examples of intentional plagiarism include but are not limited to:

  1. Taking passages from articles or books and including them in your paper without providing proper citations.
  2. Taking original ideas from sources and including them in your paper as if they were your own conclusions.
  3. Cutting and pasting material from the Internet into your paper without citing your sources.
  4. Letting someone else (a friend, classmate, parent, etc.) write parts of your paper for you.
  5. Buying a paper from a commercial source and submitting it as your own, or taking a paper from a classmate, friend, or anyone else and submitting it as if you wrote it.
  6. Submitting drawings, musical compositions, computer files or any other kinds of material created originally by someone else, and claiming or implying that you created it yourself.

Sanctions:

Any student found by a faculty member to have committed academic dishonesty may be subject to the following sanctions. A faculty member may impose sanctions 1,2,3, and 4. The faculty member may recommend to the Associate Dean or Dean of Continuing Education and Sustainability that sanctions 5, 6, or 7 be imposed. All cases of academic dishonesty must be recorded on the Report of Academic Dishonesty form and sent to the appropriate Associate Dean or the Dean of Continuing Education and Sustainability who will forward a copy to the Dean of Student Development. The Dean of Student Development keeps a record of all cases of academic dishonesty, and if a student has repeated offenses, the Dean of Student Development may recommend additional actions and penalties. The maximum penalty is expulsion from the College.

  1. Academic Warning - A written notice to the student that he/she has violated the academic dishonesty policy.
  2. Grade Adjustment - Lowering of a score on a test or assignment, which could result in a 0 for that assignment.
  3. Discretionary Sanctions - Additional academic assignments determined by the faculty member.
  4. Course Failure - Failure of a student in the course where academic dishonesty has occurred.
  5. Disciplinary Probation - Continued enrollment of a student with written notice of the terms and length of probation. Any conduct in violation of these regulations while on probationary status may result in the imposition of a more serious disciplinary action.
  6. Suspension - If a student is suspended, he or she is separated from the College for a stated period of time with conditions of readmission to the College
  7. Expulsion - Permanent removal and exclusion from the College.

Appeal of Sanctions for Academic Dishonesty:

Students can appeal sanctions imposed for academic dishonesty. Faculty member sanctions 1, 2, 3, and 4 may be appealed through the Grade Appeal Process found in the College catalog and website. Disciplinary sanctions 5, 6, and 7 may be appealed by following the Disciplinary Procedures outlined in the College Student Handbook and on the College website.

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Drug and Alcohol Free Campus Policy

In compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act and the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act, it is the policy of this College that the use, possession, distribution, manufacture, or dispensation of illicit drugs and alcoholic beverages on college property or as part of any college sponsored activity be prohibited. The term "illicit drugs" can include any drug listed in G.S. 90-89 through G.S. 90-94. The term "alcoholic beverage" can include any beverage listed in G.S. 18B-101.

Any employee or student who engages in any of these prohibited actions on College property or at a College sponsored activity will be subject to sanctions which will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, with the penalties which may be imposed ranging from written warnings, mandatory counseling or rehabilitation, up to and including termination of employment or expulsion. Any infraction which is also a violation of federal, state, or local law will be turned over to local law enforcement authorities. Legal sanctions for violations of federal, state, or local laws can include, but are not limited to, fines and prison sentences.

Any such person charged with a violation of this policy may be suspended from enrollment or employment before initiation or completion of disciplinary proceedings, if, after an appropriate pre-termination inquiry, the College determines that the continued presence of such person within the College community would constitute a clear and immediate danger to the health or welfare of other members of the community.

Each employee is required to inform the College in writing within five days after he or she is convicted of violating any federal, state, or local drug or alcoholic beverage control statute where such violation occurred while in the College workplace, on College premises, or as a part of any college sponsored activity. A conviction means a finding of guilt (including a plea of nolo contendere) or the imposition of a sentence, or both by any judicial body charged with the responsibility to determine violations of federal or state criminal drug statutes.

In the case of a conviction of an employee working on a federal government grant or contract, the College must notify the U. S. Governmental agency from which the grant was made within ten days after receiving notice from the employee or otherwise receiving actual notice of a drug conviction. Within 30 days after receiving notice of a conviction, disciplinary action against the employee must be undertaken by the College, up to and including termination. The employee, if retained, may be required to satisfactorily participate in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program.

The College maintains information on its drug-free awareness program in the office of the Director of Human Resources and the office of the Dean of Student Development. This information includes the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol which can include, but are not limited to, sleep disorders, gastrointestinal problems, cardiovascular disease, respiratory problems, and death. The use of illicit drugs and abuse of alcohol can also be a danger in the workplace or academic environment creating problems of tardiness, absenteeism, and poor performance.

The College does not have a program of drug counseling, rehabilitation or an employee assistance program. However, people experiencing problems with illicit drugs or alcohol abuse are encouraged to voluntarily seek counseling or treatment programs.

Wilson Community College will conduct a biennial review of its drug-free awareness program to determine its effectiveness and implement changes as needed. The biennial review will also ensure that sanctions for violations of this policy are consistently enforced.

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A Student's Guide to Reporting Harassment

The purpose of this guide is to ensure an orderly resolution of charges of sexual, racial, or other forms of harassment brought by students at Wilson Community College. Sexual harassment and racial harassment have been held to constitute a form of discrimination prohibited by the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended and Title IX of the Education amendments of 1972. Applicable law prohibits other types of harassment. Wilson Community College prohibits all acts of harassment and will properly investigate any claims of harassment.

Sexual and Other Unlawful Harassment / Definitions of Harassment

Wilson Community College is committed to providing an educational and/or work environment that is free from all forms of discrimination and harassment. Wilson Community College expressly prohibits any form of unlawful discrimination or harassment based on sex; race; color; national origin; age; religion; disability; citizenship; status as a Vietnam era, special disabled, or other covered veteran; or status in any group protected by law. Wilson Community College provides ongoing harassment training to ensure everyone the opportunity to work and/or learn in an environment free of sexual and other unlawful harassment.

Sexual harassment is defined as unwanted sexual advances, visual, verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. This definition includes many forms of offensive behavior and includes gender-based harassment of a person of the same sex as the harasser. Examples of the types of conduct expressly prohibited by the policy include, but are not limited to, the following

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute harassment when: (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment or reward; (2) submission to or rejection of the conduct is used as a basis for making educational, academic, or employment decisions; or, (3) the conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with educational, academic, or employment performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational, academic, or employment environment.

All College employees and students are responsible for creating an atmosphere free of discrimination or harassment, sexual or otherwise. Further, all College employees and students are responsible for respecting the rights of all members of the College community.

If any student experiences or witnesses any sexual or other unlawful harassment or discrimination in the College environment, report it promptly to the Dean of Student Development. If the Dean of Student Development is unavailable or you believe it would be inappropriate to contact that person, you should promptly contact any senior administrator. This policy applies to all incidents of alleged discrimination or harassment, including those that occur off-campus or off-hours, when the alleged offender has a relationship with the College. Should the alleged discrimination or harassment occur at a time other than the normal operating hours of the College, your complaint should be filed as early as practicable on the first business day following the alleged incident.

All allegations of sexual or other harassment will be quickly and discreetly investigated. All complaints will be kept confidential to the maximum extent possible. All employees and students have a duty to cooperate fully with the College in connection with any such investigation.

If Wilson Community College determines that an employee or student is guilty of discriminating or harassing another individual, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against the offending employee or student, up to and including termination of employment, suspension, or expulsion.

Wilson Community College prohibits any form of retaliation against any student or employee for filing a bona fide complaint under this policy or for assisting in a complaint investigation. However, if after investigating any complaint of harassment or unlawful discrimination, the College determines that the complaint is not bona fide and was not made in good faith or that an employee or student has provided false information regarding the complaint, disciplinary action may be taken against the individual who filed the complaint or who gave false information.

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