Student Conduct, Issues & Reporting
Any institution operating with thousands of people must have in place rules, policies and procedures protecting and supporting a cooperative education environment. To maintain this environment, the college outlines a code of conduct that defines both misconduct and proper/appropriate conduct. A student’s responsibility in maintaining a good environment is to:
- Maintain high standards of academic integrity
- Respect the rights of others
- Refrain from actions that endanger themselves or others
- Comply with district and college rules and regulations
- Comply with civil authority
Misconduct is inappropriate behavior that affects the institution’s pursuit of its educational objectives.
- Any member of the college community may file a student conduct complaint against any student when they believe there has been a violation of the student code of conduct.
- Student Conduct incidents are reported to the Vice President of Student Services at 206.934.6788.
- Violations may also be reported directly to SSC Security as well as the police. SSC Security will directly report the incident to the Vice President of Student Services. Campus Security can be reached at 206.934.0911.
- When a report of a violation occurs, the Vice President of Student Service Office will begin an investigation and determine the validity of the report.
- The student(s) and witness(es) may be called for an initial interview.
- The student will be notified of the violation, their rights and responsibilities and date of the Student Conduct hearing.
- After the hearing, the student will be notified of the decision and what if any disciplinary sanctions apply. Sanctions may include warnings, reprimands, probation, suspensions or expulsion.
- Certain sanctions warrant the right to an appeal. Appeals are forwarded to the Student Conduct Appeals Committee under the direction of the Assistant Attorney General for the State of Washington.
Please note: Because student conduct proceedings are kept confidential, those reporting a violation will most likely not be notified or made aware of the hearing date, sanction or outcome unless it is educationally necessary.
- Call 911 and/or see a licensed health care provider immediately, then
- Contact Campus Security at 206.934.0911 or the Vice President of Student Services Office at 206.934.6788.
As an institution of higher education, it is important that we foster an environment which is free of sexual harassment and set an example as a place where people treat each other with consideration and respect. Sexual harassment will not be tolerated at this college.
Sexual harassment is defined as: unwelcome or unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
Some examples of sexual harassment include:
- Sexist humor or remarks
- Remarks about one’s physical appearance which implies sexual interest
- Showing nude or sexual pictures
- Written communications with sexual overtones
- Pressure for dates
- Unsolicited kissing, patting or fondling
- Requests for sex in exchange for grades or employment
South Seattle Community College is committed to providing an environment in which students and employees can study and work without sexual intimidation. If you feel you have been subjected to this behavior, you may contact the Title IX/RCW 28A.640 officer at (206) 934-6415 or the Vice President of Student Services Office at (206) 934-6788.
- What is a Bias Incident?
A Bias Motivated Incident is an action in which a person or group is intentionally targeted and subjected to harassment because of their actual or perceived disability; race, ethnicity, or national origin; religion; sexual orientation, and, for the purposes of this plan, sex, gender, gender identity, and gender expression, but the offense does not rise to the level of a crime.
- How do I report a Bias Incident?
A member of the Bias Incident Response/Support Team (BIRST) will be the first official point of contact, other than campus security, for facilitating access to all needed services. Other departments, if contacted first, will make a referral to a BIRST member.
BIRST is responsible for carrying out procedures in incidents in which the offender is unknown; however, all alleged bias motivated incidents should be reported to a BIRST member for documentation.
- What is the role of the BIRST Team?
- Making every effort to contact person affected within 24 hours and, while respecting whatever decision they have made, encourage them to pursue some type of assistance.
- Providing advice on the college’s discrimination complaint procedures, and academic assistance.
- Providing advocacy for the person affected in other proceedings.
- Providing appropriate counseling referral to the person affected.
- Providing appropriate medical referral.
Examples of Misconduct
- Intentional or repeated disruption of teaching, research, administration or campus activities.
- Physical or verbal abuse, harassment of any person on campus premises.
- Academic dishonesty, including plagiarism.
- False statements or false charges against the college or an employee.
- Forgery, altercation or misuse of documents, funds, records, ID.
- Theft from or damage to campus property or property of a member of the college.
- Possession of illegal firearms and weapons, explosives, dangerous chemicals, etc.
- Possession, consumption, intoxication, or distribution on campus of alcohol, controlled substances or unlawful drugs, including marijuana (for any purpose or amount).
- Failure to comply with direction of campus officials or failure to identify one’s self to persons when requested.
- Participation in any activity which disrupts normal operations of the college.
- Obstruction of the free flow of pedestrians or vehicular traffic on college premises.
- Conduct which is disorderly, lewd, or indecent; breach of peace; aiding, abetting breach of peace on the campus.
- Sexual harassment.
- Other harassment, including stalking.
- Smoking in unauthorized areas.
*See Washington Administrative Code WAC 132F-121-110 for full description.
Washington Administrative Code for Student Conduct
- Student complaints are different from Student Conduct Policies and Procedures. Student complaints are for students who have a complaint or wish to report a bias incident against faculty, staff or program or administrator. The Dean of Student Life is the Student Advocate and can be reached in JMB 122 or call 206.934.6749.
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