Student Code of Conduct


The Columbia College Student Code of Conduct provides a framework to guide the personal conduct of Columbia College students, as members of the academic and College community. Students enrolled in Columbia College assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the College’s function as an educational institution. Columbia College has adopted the following policies and procedures as an expression of its expectations of student conduct.


This policy applies to all Columbia College students, including future and former students.


Columbia College students, as members of the academic community and College community, are expected to accept and adhere to the high standards of personal conduct set forth herein. Students shall:

  • Treat all members of the community with courtesy, respect, and dignity.
  • Comply with directions of College officials acting in the performance of their duties, including the College's student conduct procedures.
  • Treat the campus itself (including buildings, grounds, and furnishings) with respect.
  • Respect the rights and property of other members of the community.
  • Fulfill their obligations through honest and independent effort and integrity in academic and personal conduct.
  • Accept responsibility for, and the consequences of, their actions, and encourage responsible conduct in others.
  • Respect the prohibition of possession, consumption, distribution, and provision of alcohol on campus, and the illegal possession, use, distribution, and provision of controlled substances.
  • 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.
  • Refrain from soliciting, aiding, or inciting others to commit a violation of College conduct policies.
  • Refrain from tampering with fire safety equipment in College buildings and on campus grounds.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Refrain from conduct that is inconsistent with federal, state or local laws or that is otherwise inconsistent with the best interests of the College.

Some examples of classroom misconduct that will not be tolerated include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Conduct that disrupts classroom activities
  • Verbal abuse
  • Assault
  • Interference with the educational opportunity of other students
  • Attending class under the influence of alcohol or other drugs
  • Unlawful conduct

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