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College Catalog: Student Conduct Policy

Under the authority of the Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System, the College is delegated the responsibility for establishing and enforcing regulations pertaining to student conduct. Paul D. Camp Community College is committed to maintaining a safe learning environment with commitment to students. It is our duty to uphold a policy of honesty in academic affairs. Each individual is considered a responsible adult, and it is assumed that men and women of college age will maintain standards of conduct appropriate to membership in the college community. The College refrains from imposing a rigid code of discipline, but reserves the right to take disciplinary action compatible with its own interest when it is clearly necessary. Disciplinary action may be initiated by a complaint in writing filed by any member of the college community, including members of the faculty, staff, and student body. The complaint must be filed with the appropriate Division Dean, who will then begin an immediate investigation of the alleged violation.


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.

Disciplinary Action

Students alleged to have violated the standards of conduct shall appear before the appropriate Division Dean for possible disciplinary action. The Division Dean may dismiss the complaint, refer the complaint to the College’s Committee of Admissions and Review, or take disciplinary action to include the following:

Grade Reduction: Dishonesty or plagiarism may result in various academic penalties, including the receiving of a lesser grade, a grade of “F”, or withdrawal.

Restriction of Computer Access: Temporary restriction of the violator’s computing resource access for a fixed period of time, generally not more than six months.

Reprimand or Admonition: An oral or written statement to a student that he or she is not acting as a responsible adult and may be subject to more severe disciplinary action.

Disciplinary Probation: Exclusion from participation in the extra-curricular activities of the College, including the holding of any student office for a period of time not exceeding one academic year.

Restitution: Reimbursement for damaged or misappropriated property. This may take the form of appropriate service or other compensation.

Suspension: Exclusion from attending the College as a student for a definite period of time not to exceed one year. A student who is suspended will normally be required to appear before the Committee of Admissions and Review before readmission can be granted.

Dismissal: Termination of student status for an indefinite period. The conditions of readmission, if any, will be stated in the order of dismissal.


Appeal Procedures

Procedures by which a student may appeal the decision of the Division Dean are as follows:

Level I

The Committee of Admissions and Review will conduct an examination of the student’s conduct while on campus. Disciplinary action, if any, will be based upon the preponderance of the evidence, which means it is more likely than not that the violation occurred. The student has ten (10) working days from the decision of the Committee to appeal to the Vice President of Academic and Student Development who will appoint an Appeals Committee to review the decision of the Committee of Admissions and Review.

Level II

The Appeals Committee appointed by the Vice President of Academic and Student Development will review, accept, or modify the decision made by the Committee of Admissions and Review.

Level III

The student has five (5) working days to appeal the decision of the Appeals Committee to the President who will retain the final authority on all disciplinary cases of the College. The President may wish to convene an appropriate committee to conduct a review and advise whether proper procedures were followed and whether the facts supported the decision. In order to provide due process in handling disciplinary cases, the following guidelines will be followed:

  • Published rules and regulations will be followed (current College Catalog).
  • Written notice will be given to a student charged with a violation that may lead to disciplinary action.
  • The student will have the right to a hearing before an adjudicating body and will be given a reasonable length of time to prepare a defense for such hearing.
  • The student may have counsel at his or her own expense, advisors, parents, and relatives present at the hearing insofar as reasonable physical space allows. These individuals may advise the student and take notes but may not question witnesses or interrupt the hearing, without approval of the chair.
  • The student may call witnesses in his or her behalf. Character witnesses, who have no information relevant to the hearing, will not be permitted to testify. The chair will make the decision on who will or will not be permitted to testify.
  • The student may cross-examine all witnesses.
  • A record of the hearing shall be kept.
  • Written decisions shall be given promptly.
  • The accused shall be advised of appeal procedures.