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General Conduct

All Grand Rapids Community College students are expected to respect and value the rights of others and conduct themselves as responsible citizens. Choosing to join the GRCC community obligates each student to a code of civilized behavior. The following personal actions on GRCC property, as defined herein, at official College functions, or which place students, faculty or employees at risk are prohibited. This following list is not intended to be exhaustive, and the College reserves the right to impose discipline on students for personal actions which may not be expressly identified.

  1. Attempts to Defraud
    • Includes any activity intended to misrepresent any official document or identification used by or issued by the College.
  2. Threatening or Causing Physical or Other Harm to Any Person
    • Includes any conduct that threatens or causes physical injury or endangers another person’s or one’s own health or safety including, but not limited to: physical violence, assault, or the threat to use physical violence; use or possession of fireworks, gunpowder, dangerous chemicals, or explosive materials; and blocking or preventing the use of or access to fire exit doors and building hallways, etc.
  3. Complicity in Violating the Student Code of Conduct
    • Includes attempting, aiding, abetting, conspiring, hiring or being an accessory to any act prohibited by this Code. If a student has knowledge of another student, individual or group committing or attempting to commit a violation of this Code, he or she is required to remove him or herself from the situation and report it to the College.
  4. Copyright Infringement
    • Students must respect copyright laws that protect software owners, artists, and writers. Plagiarism in any form will not be tolerated. The use of College resources to infringe upon copyright laws (print, digital, and internet) is prohibited. This applies to all forms of electronic media including, but not limited to, software, electronic encyclopedias, image files, video files and sound files.
  5. Demonstrations
    • The First Amendment protects the right to assemble and to petition, but it requires that the right be peaceably exercised in accordance with the law. This right may be exercised by the use of written or spoken words, by acts such as picketing and by "peaceable" mass assemblies and demonstrations, subject to College regulations on time, place and manner of such activity.
      The College will not tolerate the deliberate material or substantial disruption of the classroom, work environment or movement of others, nor will it condone violence or physical interference with the facilities or functions of the campus. If protestors (or anti-protestors) resort to the use of violence or physical interference, College officials may, without delay, invoke the use of legitimate authority to remove all violators.
  6. Discrimination
    • Engaging in discrimination against other students, faculty or staff, College officials, or guests on the basis of gender, race, color, national origin, religion, height, weight, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam Era veteran, and/or any other legally protected class not heretofore mentioned as set forth in GRCC Equal Opportunity Policies is prohibited.
  7. Disorderly Conduct and Disruptive Behavior
    • Includes the disruption of College activities and College business in classes, programs, meetings, Commencement, and other student activities. Disruption may include: disorderly conduct, lewd or indecent behavior, breach of peace, or aiding, abetting or procuring another person to breach the peace on College premises or at functions sponsored by or participated in by the College, and disruptions and nuisances such as loud, abusive or otherwise offensive language; persistent and deliberate offensive personal behavior; illegal gambling; loitering in hallways, entrances, or other areas where safety is or may be compromised; and/or creating a hazard to persons.
  8. Ethical and Acceptable Use of Technology
    • GRCC grants the privilege of using information technology resources and equipment to students strictly for the purposes of learning, research, student school related activities, and administration. The use of GRCC Instructional Technology resources is subject to all federal, state and local laws, and to the College’s applicable policies and guidelines. Students are responsible for making themselves aware of and complying with these policies and guidelines, as outlined in the GRCC Acceptable Use Agreement. Violations include, but are not limited to:
      • Non-compliance with any federal, state and local laws.
      • Non-compliance with Information and Network Security standards.
      • Engaging in unauthorized or deliberate actions that damage or compromise equipment, network accounts, etc.
      • Applying for or accessing individual accounts under false pretense.
      • Unauthorized use of College provided e-mail.
  9. Safety Violations
    • No student shall cause a fire or explosion. No student shall engage in conduct that causes or attempts to cause a fire or explosion. No student shall falsely report a fire, explosion or an explosive device.
    • No student shall possess and/or use fireworks (including sparklers) or explosives of any kind on College property or at any College activity.
    • No student shall tamper with fire safety equipment, or fail to evacuate during a fire alarm on College property or at any College activity.
    • No student shall engage a false alarm or report or declare a false bomb or fire threat.
    • No student shall knowingly disregard a fire alarm or bomb threat or refuse to evacuate a College building, College function or a section of a building where a fire alarm is sounding or an order to evacuate has been given.
    • No student shall enter or exit from a fire escape except during a fire drill or in the case of an actual fire.
    • No student shall, without authorization, operate, tamper with, or otherwise misuse any fire suppression equipment, except for the purpose of extinguishing a fire.
  10. Gangs
    • Involvement in gang-related activities includes, but is not limited to, the display of gang symbols, gang paraphernalia, colors, signs, or graffiti. A gang is defined as a group of individuals with identifiable leadership that conspires and acts in concert, mainly for criminal purposes. Behavior on or about College premises or at College-sponsored events that creates conflict or an atmosphere of intimidation, or creates a clear and present danger to life or property, or disrupts orderly operation is prohibited.
  11. Harassment
    • Verbal or written abuse, threats, , coercion or any other conduct that places another individual in reasonable fear of his or her safety through words or actions directed at that person, or substantially interferes with the working, educational or personal environment of the individual.
    • Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for favors, and/or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
      • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment or academic environment.
      • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly as a term or condition of an individual’s employment or status in a College activity, or
      • Submission to, or rejection of, such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or decisions affecting such individual’s employment or status in a College activity.
      • Harassment based on race, creed, national origin, sex, religion, handicap, veterans status, or any other status protected by law which creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive employment or academic environment.
  12. Hazing
    • Hazing means any act committed on GRCC property or in connection with any GRCC related group or activity that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of an individual (including, without limitation, an act intended to cause degradation, cruelty, or humiliation), or that destroys or removes public or private property, for the purpose of initiation in, admission to, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a group or organization. Hazing is prohibited by the College.
      In response to allegations of hazing under this regulation, it is not a defense that
      • The victim gave consent to the conduct.
      • The conduct was not part of an official organizational event or sanctioned or approved by the organization.
      • The conduct was not required as a condition of membership in the organization.
  13. Illegal or Unauthorized Possession/Use of Alcohol and Drugs
    • This includes the unauthorized use, possession, manufacturing or distribution of illegal drugs, controlled substances, look-alike drugs, narcotics or alcoholic beverages or being under the influence of the same. Prohibited conduct includes the use of a prescription drug if the prescription was not issued to the student and sniffing toxic vapors.
  14. Illegal or Unauthorized Possession/Use of Weapons
    • Possession, use, control or distribution of any weapons, including but not limited to, firearms, pellet guns, air pistols/rifles, explosives, dangerous chemicals, knives, stilettos, dirks, brass knuckles, licensed weapons, objects or instruments possessed for use as a weapon or for direct or indirect delivery to another person for use as a weapon is prohibited.
  15.  Indecent or Obscene Behavior
    • Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, indecent exposure, urinating or defecating in public, voyeurism, etc.
  16. Misrepresentation
    • Includes representing or acting on behalf of the College or another individual when not authorized to do so.
  17. Misuse or Unauthorized Possession or Use of Public or Private Property
    • includes theft or the taking or unauthorized use or possession of public or private property or unauthorized use or acquisition of services.
    • includes destroying, damaging or littering of any property, conduct that defaces, destroys, damages, or litters any property of the College or any property of an individual or group whether on Campus or at a College function.
  18. Obstruction/Abuse of Grievance Procedure
    • Includes but is not limited to:
      • failure to comply with a summons of the Student Discipline Hearing Committee.
      • falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information to the Hearing Committee.
      • disruption or interference with the orderly process of a discipline hearing.
      • attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in or use of the Student Discipline Grievance Procedure.
      • attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of the Student Discipline Hearing Committee prior to and/or after a Student Discipline Grievance Procedure.
      • verbal or physical harassment and/or intimidation of a member of Student Discipline Hearing Committee prior to, during and/or after a student Discipline Grievance Procedure.
      • failure to comply with decisions, recommendations or sanctions imposed by the Student Discipline Hearing Committee.
      • influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the Student Discipline Grievance Procedure.
  19. Refusal to Identify and/or Comply
    • Includes disobedience or insubordination toward College officials or designees acting in the performance of their duties. Students are required to produce identification for a College official when asked, specifically their student ID card.
  20. Rioting
    • Rioting is defined as engaging in, or inciting others to engage in, harmful or destructive behavior in the context of an assembly of persons disturbing the peace on Campus, in areas proximate to Campus, or in any location when the riot occurs in connection with or in response to a GRCC-sponsored event. Rioting includes, but is not limited to, such conduct as using or threatening violence to others, damaging or destroying property, impeding or impairing fire or other emergency services, or refusing the direction of authorized personnel.
  21. Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct
    • Includes:
      • Any sexual act or attempt to engage in any sexual act with another person without the consent of the other person or, in circumstances in which the person is unable, due to age, disability, or chemical or other impairment, to give consent.
      • Any intentional intimate touching of another without the consent of the other person or, in circumstances in which the person is unable, due to age, disability, or chemical or other impairment, to give consent.
  22.  Tobacco Free Environment Policy
    • Includes:
      • No person shall use, chew, smoke or sell tobacco products at any time or in any place on GRCC properties, including sidewalks within the boundaries of any GRCC campus. The policy shall extend to all properties owned, operated, leased or maintained by GRCC, including all Regional Centers, MTEC properties, Learning Corner properties and the McCabe-Marlowe House.
  23. Stalking
    • Includes:
      • the willful, malicious or repeated harassment and/or following of another person that would cause a reasonable person to feel alarmed or to suffer psychological or emotional distress.
      • Cyber-stalking, also known as online harassment or electronic stalking, or persistent offensive, threatening communication through the Internet, via e-mail, chat rooms, instant messaging or through other electronic means.
  24. Threatening Behavior
    • Includes:
      • any written or oral communication, conduct or gesture, that is directed toward any member of the GRCC community including but not limited to students, faculty, employees, vendors, customers or guests, including to oneself, that causes a reasonable apprehension of physical harm to a person or property.
      • Interference by force, threat, harassment or duress with personal safety, academic efforts, employment, and/or participation in College- sponsored activities.
        Note: A student can be guilty of threatening behavior even if the person who is the object of the threat does not observe or receive it, so long as a reasonable person would interpret the maker’s statement, communication, conduct or gesture as a serious expression of intent to physically harm.
  25. Unauthorized Access & Use of Facilities and Services
    • Includes:
      • unauthorized access or entry to College buildings, structures or facilities, information systems, or obtaining or providing to another person the means of such unauthorized access.
      • unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys or access cards for any College property.
      • continued occupation of any College facility after being requested to leave by a College employee, official or designee acting in the performance of their duties.
  26. Violation of College Rules, Procedures & Policies
    • Includes the violation of College rules, regulations, procedures and policies as promulgated in Institutional policy statements, whether published in hard copy or available electronically on the GRCC website.
  27. Violation of Local, State or Federal Laws
    • Includes engaging in conduct that violates any municipal or county ordinance, federal or state law, including, but not limited to, laws governing alcoholic beverages, drugs, gambling, sex offenses, indecent conduct, arson, copyright, etc. (Requires conviction or no contest plea?)