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Student Conduct

General Principles

  • Purpose: Columbia College has adopted a Student Code of Conduct to protect the rights of students, faculty, staff and the college. This code ensures that the Columbia College learning community is characterized by mutual respect, civility and good citizenship.
  • Inherent Authority: Columbia College reserves the right to take necessary and appropriate action to protect the safety and well-being of the campus community.
  • Interpretation: Having voluntarily enrolled in Columbia College, students are presumed to be knowledgeable of and remain in compliance of all rules and regulations of the Student Code of Conduct, both on-campus and off-campus. The Code of Conduct is not a criminal code; it should be read broadly and is not designed to define misconduct in exhaustive terms.
  • Proceedings: Disciplinary proceedings conducted in relation to the Code of Conduct shall be informal, fair and expeditious. Disciplinary action may be taken regardless of the existence of any criminal proceedings that may be pending.
  • Jurisdiction: 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.

Student Code of Conduct

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 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 including buildings, grounds and furnishings with respect.
  4. Respect the rights and property of other members of the 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 Columbia College catalog, student handbook, Residential Life Handbook, Code for Computer Users and class syllabi.
  9. Refrain from tampering with fire safety equipment in college buildings and on campus grounds.
  10. Have no firearms, weapons or any other item designed to inflict harm or damage on campus. Sworn law enforcement and military officials possessing firearms while on duty may be exempt.
  11. Behave in a manner that does not intentionally or recklessly interfere with normal college sponsored activities, including but not limited to, studying, teaching, research, college administration, or fire, police or emergency services.
  12. Refrain from behavior that intentionally or recklessly endangers, threatens or causes physical or emotional harm to any person, or that intentionally or recklessly causes reasonable apprehension of such harm.

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

Behavioral Misconduct Procedures

Students are expected to conduct themselves 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 as outlined in the student handbook and in the course syllabus. Some examples of 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

Overview of the Discipline Process

  1. Complaint is filed or report is received
  2. Student receives written notice of alleged violations
  3. An investigation is conducted into the alleged violations
  4. A hearing is scheduled if necessary and held
  5. If a respondent is found responsible for violation of policy, sanctions are issued
  6. The respondent will receive written notice of the outcome of the hearing
  7. The complainant or respondent may appeal the outcome of a conduct hearing

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

Academic Misconduct Procedures

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:

  • Knowingly furnishing false or misleading information
  • Falsification, alteration or misuse of college forms or records
  • Any joint effort in examinations, assignments or other academic activity unless authorized by the instructor
  • 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
  • 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.

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

  • Procedures for Day Campus can be found in the Policies and Procedures section of the Academic Catalog.
  • Procedures for Evening Campus can be found in the Policies and Procedures section of the Academic Catalog.
  • Procedures for Online and Nationwide Campuses can be found in the Policies and Procedures section of the Academic Catalog.


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