Chapter 3: Student Affairs03:05:03 Disciplinary Offenses
Related Polices and Guidelines
TBR Guideline P-080 Discrimination & Harassment – Complaint & Investigation Procedure
TBR Policy 1.02.11.00 Appeals to the Chancellor and the Board
TBR Policy 1.03.02.60 Freedom of Speech and Expression
TBR Policy 1.06.00.05 Uniform Procedures for Cases Subject to the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act
TBR Policy 3.02.00.01 General Policy on Student Conduct & Disciplinary Sanctions
TBR Policy 3.02.01.00 Student Due Process Procedure
TBR Policy 5.01.02.00 Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action
TBR Policy 6.01.00.00 Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment or Sexual Misconduct
TBR Policy 6.02.00.00 Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment
TBR Policy 6.03.00.00 Sexual Misconduct
TBR Rule 0240-02-03 Student Conduct and Disciplinary Sanctions
NeSCC Policy 03:05:00 Expectations of Students and Student Code of Conduct
NeSCC Policy 03:05:04 Academic, Non-Academic, and Classroom Misconduct
NeSCC Policy 03:05:05 Disciplinary Sanctions
NeSCC Policy 03:05:06 Disciplinary Procedures
NeSCC Policy 06:43:00 Student Discipline Committee
NeSCC Policy 06:51:00 Academic Discipline Committee
Disciplinary measures shall be imposed according to these rules and Northeast State Community College’s restatement of these rules, procedures, and processes implementing these rules. Northeast State Community College shall use the standard of evidence contained in the Tennessee Uniform Administrative Procedures Act, T.C.A. §§ 4-5-101 et seq. (“UAPA”) and Department of State Rule 1360-04-01. These rules shall not be used to violate rights guaranteed under the constitution of the State of Tennessee or the constitution of the United States.
To this policy and the Northeast State Community College (NeSCC) restatement of this policy and applicable procedures and processes, NeSCC shall use the “preponderance of the evidence” standard. A preponderance of the evidence means the greater weight of the evidence or that, according to the evidence, the conclusion sought by the party with the burden of proof is the more probable conclusion. These rules shall not be used to violate rights guaranteed under the constitution of the State of Tennessee or the constitution of the United States. Both students and student organizations may be subject to disciplinary action for the following disciplinary offenses identified in these rules:
- Threatening Conduct. Any conduct, threatened conduct, or attempted conduct that poses a threat to a person’s safety, health, or personal well-being including, but not limited to, endangering the health, safety, or welfare of any person; engaging in conduct that causes a reasonable person to fear harm to his or her health, safety or welfare; or making an oral or written statement that an objectively reasonable person hearing or reading the statement would interpret as a serious expression of an intent to commit an act of unlawful violence to a particular individual or group of individuals;
- Disruptive Conduct. Any conduct, threatened conduct, or attempted conduct that is disruptive to Northeast State Community College’s learning environment, including, but not limited to, engaging in any action that interferes with the ability of the instructor to teach or other students to learn. Disruptive conduct in the classroom includes, but is not limited to, behavior that obstructs or disrupts the learning environment (e.g., offensive language, harassment of students and instructors, repeated outbursts from a student that disrupt the flow of instruction or prevent concentration, failure to cooperate in maintaining classroom decorum, etc.), text messaging, and the continued use of any electronic or other noise or light emitting device which disturbs others;
- Academic Misconduct. Any action or attempted action designed to provide an unfair academic advantage or disadvantage for oneself or others. Academic misconduct includes a wide variety of behaviors such as plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, and other academic dishonesty. The following definitions apply:
- Plagiarism. The adoption or reproduction of ideas, words, statements, images, or works of another person as one’s own without proper attribution. Examples include but are not limited to copying of passages from works of others into one’s own work without acknowledgment; summarizing or paraphrasing ideas from another source without proper attribution, unless such information is recognized as common knowledge; and using facts, statistics, graphs, representations, or phrases without proper attribution;
- Cheating. Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or aids in any academic exercise or test/examination. Examples include but are not limited to copying another’s work; obtaining or giving unauthorized assistance; unauthorized collaboration or collusion with another person; having another person take a test for a student; and the use of unauthorized materials or devices. The term academic exercise includes all forms of work submitted for credit or hours; and
- Fabrication. Falsifying, fabricating, or misrepresenting data, research results, citations or other information in connection with an academic assignment. Unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise.
- Hazing. Hazing, as defined in T.C.A. § 49-7-123(a) (1), means any intentional or reckless act, on or off the property, of any higher education institution by an individual acting alone, or with others, which is directed against any other person(s) that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of that person(s), or which induces or coerces a person(s) to endanger such person(s) mental or physical health or safety. Hazing does not include customary athletic events or similar contests or competitions, and is limited to those actions taken and situations created in connection with initiation into or affiliation with any organization;
- Disorderly Conduct. Any individual or group behavior which is abusive, obscene, lewd, indecent (including, without limitation, public exposure of one’s sex organs, public urinating, and public sexual acts), violent, excessively noisy, disorderly, or which unreasonably disturbs Northeast State Community College functions, operations, classrooms, other groups or individuals;
- Obstruction of or Interference with Northeast State Community College Activities or Facilities. Any intentional interference with or obstruction of any Northeast State program, event, or facility including but not limited to the following:
- Any unauthorized occupancy of facilities owned or controlled by NeSCC or blockage of access to or from such facilities;
- Interference with the right of any Northeast State member or other authorized person to gain access to any activity, program, event or facilities sponsored or controlled by Northeast State Community College;
- Any obstruction or delay of a security officer, public safety officer, police officer, firefighter, EMT, or any official of Northeast State Community College, or failure to comply with any emergency directive issued by such person in the performance of their duty;
- Participation in a demonstration that substantially impedes Northeast State Community College operations; or
- Obstruction of the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on property owned, leased or controlled by Northeast State Community College or at a Northeast State Community College activity.
- Misuse of or Damage to Property. Any act of misuse, vandalism, malicious or unwarranted damage or destruction, defacing, disfiguring or unauthorized use of property belonging to Northeast State Community College or a member of the TBR community including, but not limited to, any personal property, fire alarms, fire equipment, elevators, telephones, Northeast State Community College keys, library materials and/or safety devices;
- Theft, Misappropriation, or Unauthorized Sale of Property; Misuse of Documents or Identification Cards. Any forgery, alteration of or unauthorized use of Northeast State Community College documents, forms, records or identification cards, including the giving of any false information, or withholding of necessary information, in connection with a student’s admission, enrollment or status at Northeast State Community College;
- Weapons. Possessing, carrying, using, storing, or manufacturing any weapon on Northeast State controlled property or in connection with Northeast State Community College affiliated activity, unless federal or state law provides a student with an affirmative right to possess or carry a weapon on Northeast State Community College controlled property or in connection with Northeast State Community College affiliated activity (Refer to Guidance on Firearms on Campus, Exhibit #1);
- Explosives, Fireworks, Flammable, and Hazardous Materials. The unauthorized possession, ignition or detonation of any object or article that represents a potential danger to the Northeast State community, including, but not limited to, explosives, fireworks, flammable materials, ammunition, hazardous liquids, chemicals, or hazardous materials;
- Alcoholic Beverages and Alcohol-Related Conduct. The use, possession, distribution or sale of alcoholic beverages on Northeast State owned or controlled property or in connection with any Northeast State Community College activity unless expressly permitted by Northeast State Community College;
- Drugs. The unlawful possession, use, distribution, sale, or manufacture of any drug or controlled substance (including, but not limited to, any stimulant, depressant, narcotic or hallucinogenic drug, or marijuana). This offense includes using or possessing a prescription drug if the prescription was not issued to the student, as well as the violation of any local ordinance, state, or federal law concerning the unlawful possession or use of drugs;
- Drug Paraphernalia. The use, possession, distribution, sale, or manufacture of equipment, products or materials that are used or intended for use in manufacturing, growing, using or distributing any drug or controlled substance. This offense includes the violation of any local ordinance, state, or federal law concerning the unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia;
- Public Intoxication. Appearing on Northeast State Community College owned or controlled property or at a Northeast State Community College sponsored event while under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or of any other intoxicating substance;
- Gambling. Unlawful gambling in any form;
- Financial Irresponsibility. Failure to meet financial responsibilities to Northeast State Community College promptly including, but not limited to, knowingly passing a worthless check or money order in payment to Northeast State Community College;
- Unacceptable Conduct Related to Disciplinary Proceedings. Any conduct at any stage of Northeast State Community College disciplinary proceeding or investigation that is contemptuous, threatening, retaliatory, or disorderly, including false complaints, false testimony or other falsification of evidence, and attempts to influence the impartiality of a member of an adjudicatory body, verbal or physical harassment or intimidation of a Northeast State Community College official, hearing panel member, complainant, respondent or witness;
- Failure to Cooperate with Northeast State Community College Officials. Failure to comply with reasonable directions of Northeast State Community College officials acting in the performance of their duties. This includes, but is not limited to, failing to respond to a request to report to a Northeast State Community College administrative office, failing to cooperate in a Northeast State Community College investigation, failing to appear at a Northeast State Community College hearing, including, without limitation, a disciplinary hearing;
- Attempts, Aiding and Abetting. Any attempt to commit any of the offenses listed under this section or the aiding or abetting of the commission of any of the offenses listed under this section. (An attempt to commit an offense is defined as the intention to commit the offense coupled with the taking of some action toward its commission.) Being present during the planning or commission of any offense listed under this section without having made an immediate report to Northeast State Community College prior to the commission of the planned offense will be considered as aiding and abetting. Students who anticipate or observe an offense must remove themselves from the situation and are required to report the offense to Northeast State Community College;
- Violations of State or Federal Laws. Any violation of state or federal laws, rules, or regulations prohibiting conduct or establishing offenses;
- Violation of Imposed Disciplinary Sanctions. Intentional or unintentional violation of a disciplinary sanction imposed through a Northeast State Community College disciplinary proceeding;
- Sexual Misconduct. Committing any act of sexual assault, rape, sexual battery, domestic violence, or dating violence as defined by state or federal law;
- Harassment, Stalking, or Retaliation. Any conduct that falls within T.C.A. § 39-17-308 (Harassment) or T.C.A. § 39-17-315 (Stalking) or “student-on-student harassment,” which means unwelcome conduct directed toward a person that is discriminatory on a basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law, and that is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively bars the victim’s access to educational opportunity or benefit. Engaging in “retaliation,” which is an act or omission committed by a student because of another person’s participation in a protected activity that would discourage a reasonable person from engaging in protected activity. Retaliation violates these standards regardless of whether the underlying allegation of a violation of a policy is ultimately found to have merit. Retaliation can include, without limitation: an act or omission committed against a person’s family, friends, advisors, and or other persons reasonably expected to provide information in connection with a Northeast State Community College investigation or hearing, and an act or omission committed by a student through a third party;
- Discrimination. Any conduct prohibited by any federal or state law, rule, or regulation related to discrimination, harassment, or retaliation;
- Unauthorized Duplication or Possession of Keys. Making, causing to be made or the possession of, with the intent to use or make available for use by others, any key for a Northeast State Community College facility without proper authorization;
- Litter. Dispersing litter in any form onto the grounds or facilities of Northeast State Community College:
- Pornography. Public display of literature, films, pictures or other materials which an average person applying contemporary community standards would find, (1) taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest, (2) depicts or describes sexual conduct in a patently offensive way, and/or (3) taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value;
- Abuse of Computer Resources and Facilities. Misusing and/or abusing Northeast State Community College computer resources including, but not limited to the following:
- Use of another person’s identification to gain access to Northeast State Community College computer resources;
- Use of Northeast State Community College computer resources and facilities to violate copyright laws, including, but not limited to, the act of unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials using Northeast State Community College information technology systems;
- Unauthorized access to a computer or network file, including but not limited to, altering, using, reading, copying, or deleting the file;
- Unauthorized transfer of a computer or network file;
- Use of computing resources and facilities to send abusive or obscene correspondence;
- Use of computing resources and facilities in a manner that interferes with normal operation of the Northeast State Community College computing system;
- Use of computing resources and facilities to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member, or Northeast State Community College official; or
- Unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing.
- Unauthorized Access to Northeast State Community College Facilities and/or Grounds. Any unauthorized access and/or occupancy of Northeast State Community College facilities and/or grounds is prohibited, including, but not limited to, gaining access to facilities and grounds that are closed to the public, being present in areas of campus that are open to limited guests only, being present in academic buildings after hours without permission, and being present in buildings when the student has no legitimate reason to be present;
- Providing False Information. Giving any false information to, or withholding necessary information from, any Northeast State Community College official acting in the performance of his or her duties in connection with a student’s admission, enrollment, or status in Northeast State Community College;
- Observation Without Consent. Observation Without Consent, which is prohibited by T.C.A. § 39-13-607 (a criminal statute) for purposes of this policy, means knowingly spying upon, observing, or otherwise viewing an individual, regardless of whether a photo, video, or recording is made, when the individual is in a place where there is reasonable expectation of privacy, without the prior effective consent of the individual, if the viewing would offend or embarrass an ordinary person if the person knew the person was being viewed. This includes, but is not limited to, taking video or photographic images in shower/locker rooms, living quarters, and restrooms, and storing, sharing, and/or distributing of such unauthorized images by any means;
- Smoking Violations. Smoking or tobacco use in any Northeast State Community College building or facility, in any state-owned vehicle, or on any Northeast State Community College grounds or property, unless in a designated smoking or tobacco use area. For the purposes of these rules, “tobacco use” includes, but is not limited to, the personal use of any tobacco product, whether intended to be lit or not, which includes smoking tobacco or other substances that are lit and smoked, as well as the use of an electronic cigarette or any other device intended to simulate smoking, and the use of smokeless tobacco, including snuff; chewing tobacco; smokeless pouches; any form of loose-leaf, smokeless tobacco; and the use of unlit cigarettes, cigars, and pipe tobacco;
- Maintenance of Ethical and Professional Standards. Failure to maintain the high ethical and professional standards of the various disciplines of the health professions may subject a student to suspension from a program, dismissal from a program, or other appropriate remedial action.
- A student enrolled in a program leading to a degree or certificate in a health profession is subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension and dismissal from a program for engaging in the following acts of misconduct, regardless of location:
- Commission of an offense classified as a felony by Tennessee or federal criminal statutes;
- Unlawful use, possession, or sale of drugs or narcotics, whether or not felonious;
- Other unprofessional or unethical conduct that would bring disrepute and disgrace upon both the student and profession and that would tend to substantially reduce or eliminate the student’s ability to effectively practice the profession in which discipline he or she is enrolled; or
- Conduct that is in violation of either a relevant Tennessee statute establishing professional standards or a rule or regulation of a Tennessee regulatory board or other body responsible for the establishment and enforcement of professional standards.
- A person applying for admission to a health profession program may be denied admission to the program on the basis of his or her violation of the aforementioned ethical and/or professional standards;
- Traffic and Parking Fines. Receiving $100.00 or more in traffic and/or parking violations on Northeast State Community College property or Northeast State Community College-controlled property during any semester.
- Indecent Exposure. Indecent Exposure, which is prohibited by T.C.A. § 39-13-511 (a criminal statute), for purposes of these rules means in a public place intentionally exposing one’s genitals or buttocks to another or engaging in sexual contact or sexual penetration where the person reasonably expects that the acts will be viewed by another, and the acts will offend an ordinary viewer or are for the purpose of sexual arousal and/or gratification.
- Disciplinary holds
- Northeast State Community College may place a hold on a student record when the student has:
- Withdrawn from Northeast State Community College while a disciplinary meeting and/or proceeding is pending;
- Not responded to a Northeast State Community College official’s request for a meeting or hearing; or
- Been suspended or expelled.
- A disciplinary hold may remain on a student’s record until final resolution of a disciplinary meeting and/or disciplinary hearing.
- Northeast State Community College will not confer a degree when a student record has been placed on hold, or when a student has a pending disciplinary meeting and/or disciplinary proceeding.
- Except for cases involving Academic Misconduct, Northeast State Community College will not revoke a degree or credential based on conduct occurring while a person was a student, but not discovered until after the awarding of a degree or credential.
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Revision History: Adoption April 2014; Revision June 2015; March 2018; Edited Dec. 2019; Edited July 2021; Revised Aug. 2022