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Student Conduct

The College has adopted a Student Conduct Code to protect the rights of students, faculty, staff and the College itself. This code ensures that the Columbia College learning community is one characterized by mutual respect, civility and good citizenship.

Columbia College students, as members of the academic community, are expected to accept and adhere to these high standards of personal conduct.

Students shall:

  1. Treat all members of the College community with courtesy, respect and dignity.
  2. Comply with directions of College officials acting in the performance of their duties.
  3. Treat the campus itself with respect, including buildings, grounds and furnishings.
  4. Respect the rights and property of other members of the College community.
  5. Fulfill their obligations through honest and independent effort and integrity in academic and personal conduct.
  6. Accept responsibility for and the consequences of their actions and encourage responsible conduct in others.
  7. Respect the prohibition of possession, consumption, distribution and provision of alcohol on campus and the illegal possession, use, distribution and provision of controlled substances.
  8. Abide by all published policies including but not limited to those that appear in the College Catalog, Student Handbook, Residential Life Handbook and Acceptable Use Policy.
  9. Refrain from any contact with firearms on campus and from tampering with fire safety equipment in College buildings.
  10. Have no firearms, weapons or any other item designed to inflict harm or damage on campus.

The Student Code of Conduct, as well as the preceding guidelines outlining the adjudication of conduct-related offenses, applies to all Columbia College students.


Plagiarism is using others' ideas and words without clearly acknowledging the source of that information. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. These violations are taken seriously in higher education and could result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course or dismissal from the College. If a student is unclear what constitutes plagiarism they should begin by asking their instructor for clarification. Additionally, the internet has extensive tools a student can use to help them avoid plagiarism. The easiest source is to access and search for the word "plagiarism." Many helpful sources will be provided. For proper citation of the original authors, students should reference the appropriate publication manual for their degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.) The instructor will be able to supply this information or you may access the website for writing guidelines.

Academic Integrity

The College expects students to fulfill their academic obligations through honest and independent effort. In a community of scholars committed to truth, dishonesty violates the code of ethics by which we live and is considered a serious offense subject to strong disciplinary actions. Academic misconduct includes but is not limited to the following:

  1. Knowingly furnishing false or misleading information.
  2. Falsification, alteration or misuse of college forms or records.
  3. Any joint effort in examinations, assignments, or other academic activity unless authorized by the instructor.
  4. Plagiarism in any form; using another's phrase, sentence, or paragraph without quotation marks; using another's ideas or structure without properly identifying the source; or using the work of someone else and submitting it as one's own.
  5. Willfully aiding another in any act of academic dishonesty. Columbia College is equally concerned about the interpersonal social relationships that affect the learning environment. Respect for the conditions necessary to enhance learning is, therefore, required.

Procedures: For details, review the Policies and Procedures section in your academic catalog.

Class Conduct

Students are expected to conduct themselves on campus and in class so others are not distracted from the pursuit of learning. Discourteous or unseemly conduct may result in a student being asked to leave the classroom. Persistent misconduct on the part of a student is subject to disciplinary action. Some examples of classroom misconduct that will not be tolerated include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Disorderly conduct
  • Harassment
  • Verbal abuse
  • Assault
  • Interference with the educational opportunity of other students
  • Attending class under the influence of alcohol or other drugs

Personal Conduct

Students may be disciplined for conduct, which constitutes a hazard to the health, safety, or well being of members of the college community or which is deemed detrimental to the interests of the college. These sanctions apply whether or not such conduct occurs on campus, off campus, at college-sponsored or non-college-sponsored events. Disciplinary action may be taken regardless of the existence of any criminal proceedings that may be pending.

Procedures: For details, review the Policies and Procedures section in your academic catalog.