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Code of Conduct

Hudson County Community College Code of Conduct

PROHIBITED CONDUCT

1. Engaging in any abusive or demeaning conduct or obscene gestures directed toward another individual or group of individuals which has the effect of creating a hostile environment, disrupts the educational process, or impedes the right or privileges of other members of the College community
2. Demeaning the race, sex, religion, color, creed, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry or age of an individual or individuals
3. Obstruction or disruption of teaching, learning, research, administration, discipline procedures or other College authorized event
4. Directly threatening, verbally assaulting or harassing an employee (administrator, faculty, staff), student, or guest(s) of the College
5. Failing to comply with directives from a College official (e.g., asked to leave a classroom, vacate an area, produce an I.D. card, etc.)
6. Engaging in any form of gambling while on College premises or at functions sponsored by the College
7. Inappropriate language, disorderly conduct or lewd, indecent, obscene conduct or expression on campus
8. Acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to the following:

a) Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any College document, record, or instrument of identification.
b) Alteration of College records, documents, or identification instruments or the use of the same with the intent to defraud.
c) Furnishing false information to any College official, faculty member or office.
d) Tampering with the election of any College recognized student organization.

9. Setting a fire on the campus or campus-related premises without proper authority. Inappropriate use of any combustible or chemical or flammable substance which may present a fire hazard, annoyance, threat, or danger to property or person and/or persons on College premises.
10. Theft, larceny, embezzlement, fraud, or the temporary taking of the property of another or possession of stolen goods without permission.
11. Theft, sale, and/or possession of stolen books
12. The intentional making of a false report of a bomb, fire or other emergency in any building, structure, or facility on College premises or College-related premises by means of activating a fire alarm or in any other manner
13. Physical assault, rape or sexual harassment of an employee (administrator, faculty, staff), student, or guest(s) of the College
14. Vandalism, malicious destruction, damage, defacing, or misuse of College, public or private property, including library materials and all computers
15. Unauthorized occupation, unauthorized entry or unauthorized use of any College facility or College-related facilities or premises
16. Participation in a demonstration, riot or activity that disrupts the normal operations of the College and infringes on the rights of other members of the College community; leading or inciting others to disrupt scheduled and/or normal activities within any College building or area.
17. Unauthorized use or possession on the campus of firearms, ammunition, explosives, fireworks, or other dangerous weapons, substances, or materials.
18. Violation of the College’s smoking policy
19. Use, possession, manufacturing or distribution of illegal drugs, controlled substances, narcotics or alcoholic beverages or being under the influence of the same.
20. Abuse of the disciplinary process, including but not limited to:

a) Failure to obey the summons of a Judicial Board or College official.
b) Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information before a Judicial Board.
c) Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a judicial proceeding.
d) Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in, or use of, the judicial system.
e) Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of a Judicial Board prior to, and/or during the course of, the judicial proceeding.
f) Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a member of a Judicial Board prior to, during, and/or after a judicial proceeding.
g) Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Student Code.
h) Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the judicial system.
i) Any other violation of existing local, state or federal law.

The College reserves the right to amend and expand the list of infractions. The College reserves the right to act immediately and to address disciplinary matters through the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

ANTI-BULLYING POLICY

Recognizing and addressing bullying is paramount to ensuring a safe and healthy campus environment that is conducive to learning and that protects the rights of individuals. Hudson County Community College defines “bullying” as severe or repeated use by one or more individuals of written, verbal, or electronic communication, or a physical act or gesture exclusion directed at another individual. Bullying may cause physical or emotional harm, may create a hostile environment, and may infringe on a person’s rights, and/or may disrupt the campus environment.
Any individual who believes that he/she is the subject of bullying or who has knowledge of bullying behavior immediately should report such conduct to the Office of Student Affairs, faculty, staff or Security personnel. Complaints of bullying will be investigated promptly and in as impartial and confidential a manner as possible. Retaliation against any individual reporting such conduct will not be tolerated.
Any individual who is found, after appropriate investigation, to have participated in bullying is subject to disciplinary action per the institution’s current policies.
The College has a zero tolerance for any forms of cyber-stalking, cyber-bullying, or cyber sexual harassment.