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College Catalog: Student Conduct Policy: Expectations for Student Conduct

Paul D. Camp Community College pledges to maintain a social and physical environment conducive to carrying out its educational mission. Those who teach your classes desire that you learn. Therefore, all students are expected to observe the following standards in order to maximize their learning opportunities:

  • Be informed about instructor’s policies, which are presented in course outlines/syllabi, as well as the policies of the college published in the PDCCC College Catalog and Student Handbook.
  • Be an active participant in class by taking notes and asking appropriate questions. Your involvement will benefit you and your classmates.
  • Treat the college’s faculty and staff, and your fellow students, with courtesy. Refrain from any behaviors – words or actions – that are disrespectful or may distract others from teaching and learning. Students are required to display the necessary tolerance, self-respect, and behavior for the campus environment.
  • Be moderate in speaking. Loud, obscene, argumentative, or threatening speech is disruptive to teaching and learning, and is offensive to others. It has no place in an academic setting.
  • Cultivate effective study strategies. Being an effective student is not instinctive. Use your study time wisely. Seek help from faculty and staff when you need it. Avail yourself of resources provided by the college.
  • Study course material routinely after each meeting or so. Study according to a regular schedule. Avoid cramming. Do not postpone working on assignments. Submit finished assignments on time.
  • Accept the challenge of collegiate studying, thinking, and learning. Anticipate that the level and quantity of work will compete with a job and family. Set realistic academic goals and schedules for yourself. Select an academic load whose work demands do not exceed your available time and energy.
  • Resolve any disagreements in a positive, non-combative manner. Request the assistance of college authorities if needed.
  • Show respect for the comfort of others in an educational setting by observing acceptable standards for personal cleanliness and dress.
  • Handle only your own possessions. Turn in any found items or money to college authorities.
  • In addition, the following behaviors have no place among a community of learners. Violations will result in disciplinary action.
  • Illegal or Disruptive Behavior: Behavior which interferes with providing a safe and effective teaching and learning environment, including any violation of federal, state, or local laws.
  • Dishonesty: Cheating, lying, intentionally furnishing false information to a representative of the college, representing the work of others as your own, and any other form of dishonesty with regard to applications, course or program requirements, course assignments, or assessments.  Any student helping another to cheat is as guilty as the student being assisted.
  • Violation of VCCS or PDCCC Rules, Regulations, or Guidelines, including (but not limited to) violations of Policy on Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking or Technology Policies including Computer Ethics and VCCS computer usage guidelines as defined in article 7.1 of title 18.2 of the Code of Virginia.
  • Plagiarism: The wrongful appropriation of another’s work without any indication of the source and the claiming of credit of such work as being the individual’s own. Student’s resubmission of the same work to multiple instructors is not permitted and is considered plagiarism.  Any student who fails to give credit for the form or content or material extracted from another individual’s work is guilty of plagiarism.