Students of the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton (UACCM) are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that respects the rights of other members of the UACCM community and conforms to the rules and regulations of the College and the laws of the State of Arkansas and the United States of America.
Student Misconduct and Discipline
Student conduct outside the accepted standards will subject the student to disciplinary action under UACCM policies.
The following behaviors are prohibited and considered student misconduct:
Alcohol and Illicit Drugs
To possess, use, manufacture, distribute, or to be under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs; or be in possession of drug paraphernalia
To possess, receive, use, solicit, or furnish unauthorized aid in an academic endeavor (see Academic Honor Code for more details)
Climbing on College Structures
To climb, rappel, or any similar action is prohibited on College structures
Damage to Property
To misuse or harm the property of others
Deception, Fraud, or Misuse of Documents
To forge, alter, or acquire College documents, records, or identification cards without authorization
Disruptive Behavior and Disorderly Conduct
To engage in behavior that disrupts the normal functions of the College, disturbs the peace, or violates the rights of others
Failed Financial Obligations
False Alarms and Threats
To communicate by any means to the College or anyone affiliated with the College a false alarm or threat, inclusive of fire or other threats
Furnishing False Information
To provide information, which is false or misleading to the College for its official use
To wager on the outcome of any activity or event
To perform any action, verbal or non-verbal, that persistently annoys another
Lewd, Indecent, or Obscene Behavior
To behave in a manner that is offensive to established community standards of decency or modesty
Misuse of Internet Privileges
To violate the terms of the Computer Use Agreement with the College
Non-Compliance with Directions of a College Official
To fail to comply with reasonable directions given by an employee of the College
Physical Abuse or Threat of Physical Abuse
To physically endanger or threaten to endanger the health or safety of another or oneself
To appropriate ideas, which are not common knowledge, or writings of another and represent them as one’s own (see Academic Honor Code for more details)
To appropriate or possess the property of another without right or permission
Tobacco products are not permitted anywhere on the UACCM campus.
To use obscene, profane, or derogatory language, which insults, abuses, or defames another
Violation of College Policies or Regulations
To fail to comply with published or announced College policies or regulations
Violation of Local, State, or Federal Law
To violate local, state, or federal law
Weapons, Firearms, Explosives
To possess or use unauthorized fireworks, firearms, dangerous chemicals, explosive materials and devices, or lethal weapons of any type
Sexual Discrimination, Harassment, and Misconduct
Any allegation of sexual discrimination, harassment, and/or misconduct will be subject to review and investigation in accordance with the UACCM Title IX Policy.
The rules and regulations of the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton apply to all conduct on College owned, controlled, or operated property and at College-sponsored activities either on or away from campus. Charges or convictions of local, state, or federal law which occur off-campus will not result in disciplinary action by the College except in those cases where the action occurred at a College function or activity, or it is determined that action by the College is necessary to protect the members of the College community, the College’s property, or its educational mission.
If the criminal authorities are considering a case, UACCM judicial procedures continue as usual since criminal proceedings and UACCM procedures are unrelated activities. Similarly, judicial action by the College does not prohibit the filing of criminal charges.
Student Judicial Procedures and Rights
Student discipline meetings and/or hearings are based on fundamental fairness practices and preponderance of evidence. They are not formal legal proceedings and are not subject to the rules that govern civil or criminal hearings including, but not limited to, the rules of evidence. Allegations of student misconduct will be handled in the following manner:
- Allegations of student misconduct may be brought to the attention of the Vice Chancellor for Student Services. Students accused of misconduct will be given the opportunity for an administrative review meeting if the Vice Chancellor for Student Services deems the allegations have merit.
- After conducting an investigation, the accused student will be notified of the allegations against him or her and will be notified of the time and place of the administrative review meeting as soon as the Vice Chancellor for Student Services determines that the allegations have merit. The student must attend the administrative review meeting. Failure to attend in itself is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and may result in immediate disciplinary action. If the student fails to attend the administrative review meeting, he/she forfeits any rights for further proceedings and/or appeals, and the decision of the Vice Chancellor for Student Services is final. The Vice Chancellor for Student Services reserves the right to have other College faculty, staff, or students attend the administrative review meeting.
- The Vice Chancellor for Student Services will conduct an administrative review meeting with the accused student and make a determination of responsibility. In some cases, there may be more than one administrative review meeting before a decision is made. Once the determination of responsibility is made, the Vice Chancellor for Student Services will document the administrative review meeting and determine if any sanctions are appropriate. The student will be notified in writing of the finding of responsibility and sanction(s), if any. The determination of responsibility shall be made on the basis of whether it is more likely than not that the accused student has violated the Student Code of Conduct.
- If the student accepts the finding of responsibility and/or sanction(s), the decision of the Vice Chancellor for Student Services will be final, and there will be no further proceedings or appeals.
- If the student does not accept the finding of responsibility and/or sanction(s), the allegations will be heard by the Student Conduct Review Board in the form of a judicial hearing. The student must attend the judicial hearing. If the student fails to attend the judicial hearing, the student forfeits any rights for further proceedings and/or, appeals and the finding of responsibility and/or sanctions is final.
- The Vice Chancellor for Student Services will serve as the chairperson for the Student Conduct Review Board to ensure all conduct policies are followed but will not have a vote towards the outcome of the hearing. A recording will be made of the hearing and will be kept by the Vice Chancellor for Student Services for at least one year. Hearings will be conducted by the Student Conduct Review Board according to the following guidelines:
- The right to the presumption of innocence unless guilt is established. Guilt is determined either by an admission of guilt by the accused or by the presentation of evidence which establishes guilt by a preponderance of the evidence.
- The right to written notice of the allegations against a student within 10 class days after the determination of responsibility. If necessary for the charges to be sent through the mail, the charge must be postmarked within the same 10 day period.
- The right to be informed of one’s rights. These rights are printed in the College Catalog and are available from the Vice Chancellor for Student Services.
- The right to be notified of the time and place of the judicial hearing at least 48 hours prior to the hearing. This is to allow ample time to prepare for the hearing. This right may be waived in writing by the accused. If notice of the time and place of the hearing is sent to the student by mail, the hearing cannot be scheduled until five days after the postmark.
- The right to request to face one’s accuser at the hearing. The accused must notify the Vice Chancellor for Student Services in writing at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled hearing if this right is exercised to ensure the accuser is present at the hearing. If the accuser exercises his/her right to not appear at the hearing, the Vice Chancellor for Student Services will determine whether it is in the best interest of the College to cancel the hearing and dismiss allegations against the accused or proceed with the hearing.
- The right of access, upon request prior to the hearing, to all physical evidence (i.e., video, audio, photographs, printed documents, etc.) to be presented at the hearing.
- All discipline hearings are closed to the public. The accused and the accuser may be accompanied to the discipline hearing only by a member of the College faculty, staff, or a parent or legal guardian. Exceptions to this must be presented in writing to the Vice Chancellor for Student Services at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled hearing. The Vice Chancellor for Student Services reserves the right to deny the request. If the result of the administrative review meeting is a suspension of ten or more days or expulsion, the student may be accompanied at the discipline hearing by one support person, including an attorney, who may fully participate during the discipline hearing.
- The right to testify and present evidence and material witness. Witnesses, other than faculty, staff, or parent/legal guardian accompanying the accused, will not be permitted to attend the hearing until requested by the Vice Chancellor for Student Services to provide testimony.
- The right to refuse to answer questions. Refusal to answer will not be taken as an indication of guilt and must be noted without prejudice.
- The right to hear, question, and rebut adverse witnesses and to rebut unfavorable inferences that might be drawn from adverse written evidence.
- The right to be judged solely on the evidence presented at the hearing and to an explanation of the reason(s) for the decision in the case. Both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of any campus judicial hearing.
- The right to an appeal.
At the conclusion of the hearing, the Student Conduct Review Board will deliberate in closed session and render a decision. In the decision, the review board may: Affirm the original determination of responsibility and sanction(s); Affirm the original determination of responsibility, but lessen the sanction(s); Affirm the original determination of responsibility, but increase the sanction(s); or Reverse the original determination of responsibility and determine if any sanction(s) is appropriate.
The Vice Chancellor for Student Services will report the decision of the review board in writing to the student and inform him/her of the right to appeal on or before a specified date.
A student may appeal decisions of the Student Conduct Review Board through the following process:
- A Request for Appeal form must be submitted to the Vice Chancellor for Student Services on or before the date specified in the notice of decision. In addition to completing the Request for Appeal form, the student must write a letter stating the grounds for believing the decision to be erroneous or unfair. The request for an appeal must include one of the following reason(s):
- Procedural error occurred
- Insufficient evidence to support the violation(s)
- Sanction(s) imposed were inappropriate
- New evidence which was unavailable during the original review and which may have the potential to substantially impact the decision and/or sanction(s)
- The Request for Appeal form and accompanying letter will be forwarded to the Chancellor, who reserves the right to assign the appeal to his/her designee.
- The Chancellor, or his/her designee, may deny a request for an appeal.
- If an appeal is granted, it will be limited to review of the record of the judicial hearing and supporting documents, unless presentation of new evidence is available which may have the potential to substantially impact the decision and/or sanction(s). The Chancellor, or his/her designee, will determine if such evidence is allowed.
- The Chancellor, or his/her designee, may request an appeal meeting with the student prior to making a final decision. If an appeal meeting is granted and the result of the disciplinary hearing is a suspension of ten or more days or expulsion, the student may be accompanied at the appeal meeting by one support person, including an attorney, who may fully participate during the appeal meeting.
- The Chancellor, or his/her designee, will determine if the sanction(s) imposed were appropriate for the violation(s) of the Student Code of Conduct. In the decision, the Chancellor, or his/her designee, will: Affirm the decision of the Student Conduct Review Board; Affirm the decision of the Student Conduct Review Board, but lessen the sanction(s); Affirm the decision of the Student Conduct Review Board, but increase the sanction(s); or Reverse the decision of the Student Conduct Review Board and determine if any responsibility or sanction(s) is appropriate.
- The decision of the Chancellor, or his/her designee, is final and the student will be notified in writing of the decision.
The following sanctions may be used as a result of the administrative review meeting, judicial hearing, or appeal:
Establish a series of meetings between the student and a counselor in order to assist the student in meeting the behavioral expectations of the College and in meeting his/her individual needs in academic or personal development.
A task that benefits the individual, campus, or community.
The immediate removal and withdrawal of the student from a specified course or courses.
A written or verbal notice to the student that continuation or repetition of a specified conduct may cause for additional disciplinary action.
Compensating the College or other injured party for damaged, lost, or destroyed property.
The loss of specified privileges for a definite or indefinite period of time.
Disciplinary action taken as a result of conduct conflicting with College regulations. Disciplinary probation may include loss of privileges or use of College services. Disciplinary probation is to be for a definite or indefinite period of time.
Removal from the College for a definite or indefinite period of time. An individual receiving this sanction must leave the campus upon receipt of the decision and may not enter the campus during his/her period of suspension. Exceptions to this may be granted by the Vice Chancellor for Student Services.
Permanent removal from the College whereby the student may not return or re-enroll at any point in the future. An individual receiving this sanction must leave the campus upon receipt of the decision and may not enter the campus at any point in the future. Exceptions to this may be granted by the Vice Chancellor for Student Services.
In certain circumstances, the Vice Chancellor for Student Services may impose an interim suspension prior to an administrative review meeting and/or judicial hearing. Interim suspension may be imposed for the following reasons:
- To ensure the safety and well-being of members of the College community or preservation of College property;
- To ensure the student’s own physical or emotional safety and well-being; or
- If the student poses a threat of disruption of or interference with the normal operations of the College.
During the interim suspension, a student may not enter campus without the permission from the Vice Chancellor for Student Services. Interim suspension will last no longer than five class days without the student having an administrative review meeting. After the administrative review meeting, the Vice Chancellor for Student Services will determine if the Interim Suspension continues pending the possibility of a judicial hearing. A student may remain on interim suspension until a decision is made by the Student Conduct Review Board.
Academic Honor Code
UACCM acknowledges the importance of honest academic behavior. This expectation applies to students taking courses on-campus and/or via distance learning. The objective of the Academic Honor Code is to sustain a learning-centered environment in which all students are expected to demonstrate integrity, honor, and responsibility and to recognize the importance of being accountable for one’s academic behavior.
Cheating and plagiarism are considered Academic Honor Code violations. These violations are handled through the following procedures:
- An instructor who suspects a student is guilty of cheating or plagiarism within the instructor’s class must inform the student of this suspicion and provide the student with an opportunity to respond to this accusation.
- An instructor who believes a student is guilty of cheating or plagiarism within the instructor’s class may take the following actions:
- Issue a warning to the student
- Lower the grade awarded to the student for the test or paper
- Require the student to retake the test or rewrite the paper
- Award no credit for the paper or test
- Award the student a failing grade for the course
- Other action specified in the course syllabus.
- A student who receives any of the above actions who feels the action is unjust may appeal the instructor’s decision to the Vice Chancellor for Academics. The student must present a written appeal to the Vice Chancellor for Academics within 10 days of the action by the instructor. The appeal document should contain the reason for the appeal. The Vice Chancellor for Academics will hold, within 10 class days of receipt of the appeal document, a hearing with the student and the instructor. The Vice Chancellor for Academics will notify the student of the decision within three workdays or class days of the conclusion of the hearing. The decision of the Vice Chancellor for Academics is final.
Cheating that occurs during an authorized test or assignment being administered in an alternate test location will be subject to the Academic Honor Code. The person responsible for monitoring the test or assignment will notify the instructor of the student accused of cheating who will then proceed with the Academic Honor Code procedures described above.
In extreme cases of cheating and/or plagiarism, the Vice Chancellor for Academics may bring the allegations to the attention of the Vice Chancellor for Student Services for possible Student Discipline and Misconduct violations. The Vice Chancellor for Student Services will determine if Student Judicial Procedures should be followed in addition to any Academic Honor Code decisions already made.
Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)
The mission of the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is to provide a multiple-perspective alliance that focuses on caring, prevention, and early intervention with students whose behavior is disruptive or concerning and to suggest appropriate interventions and strategies to establish conditions for student success.
The goals of the BIT are:
To provide a comprehensive process for understanding and helping students who are either having problems themselves or causing problems for others on campus.
- To provide positive interventions, services, information and referrals for students to prevent crisis situations.
- To provide an avenue for the centralized collection of information that addresses a spectrum of risks from a position of care and concern.
- To recognize campus-wide patterns of behavioral issues and recommend strategies for prevention and support.
- To assess levels of threat and risk and determine the most appropriate response to ensure safety for the student as well as the campus community.
Potential Actions of the BIT
Upon examination of the report to the BIT, the following actions are possible:
- Promptly follow up and/or gather more information from the person making the report
- Consult with other faculty, staff, or students familiar with the reported student
- Schedule a meeting between the reported student and a member(s) of the BIT
- Provide the student with information about campus and/or community resources which may offer assistance
- Create a behavioral contract between the reported student and the BIT
- Refer the student for psychological assessment and/or counseling sessions
- Transport the student to emergency services
- Refer the student for a Student Discipline and Misconduct review.
- In extreme cases, the BIT will recommend that the student be removed from campus pending further investigation and evaluation. The Vice Chancellor for Student Services is responsible for determining when such action is necessary.