Jurisdiction

  • Students at SCC are provided a copy of the Student Code of Conduct at New Student Orientation and annually in the form of a link on the College website. Hard copies are available upon request from the Dean of Students. Students are responsible for having read and abiding by the provisions of the Student Code of Conduct.

    The Student Code of Conduct and the student conduct process applies to the conduct of individual students at all college-owned or controlled property and all College-affiliated student organizations, events and activities on or off campus. The SCC Student Code of Conduct applies to any individual enrolled in any credit or non-credit course and thereafter as long as the student has a continuing educational interest in the College.

    The Student Code of Conduct applies to guests of SCC students whose hosts may be held accountable for the misconduct of their guests. The Code may also be applied to resident non-students, campers and high school bridge/extension/partner/dual-credit and continuing education programs by contractual agreements. Visitors to and guests of the College may seek resolution of violations of the Student Code of Conduct committed against them by members of College community by submitting a report via TIPS or to a College Administrator.

    The Student Code of Conduct may also apply off-campus when the Dean of Students or designee determines that the student's conduct presents a danger or threat to the health or safety of him/herself or others.

    The Student Code of Conduct may be applied to behavior conducted online, via email or other electronic medium. Students should also be aware that online postings such as blogs, web postings, chats and social networking sites are in the public sphere and are not private. These postings can subject a student to allegations of conduct violations if evidence of policy violations is posted online. The College does not regularly search for this information but may take action if and when such information is brought to the attention of College officials. However, most online speech by students not involving SCC networks or technology will be protected as free expression and not subject to this Code, with two notable exceptions:

    • A true threat, defined as "a threat a reasonable person would interpret as a serious expression of intent to inflict bodily harm upon specific individuals";
    • Speech posted online about the College or its community members that causes a significant on-campus disruption.

    The College retains conduct jurisdiction over students who choose to take a leave of absence, withdraw or have graduated for any misconduct that occurred prior to the leave, withdrawal or graduation. If sanctioned, a hold may be placed on the student's ability to re-enroll and/or obtain official transcripts and/or graduate. All sanctions must be satisfied prior to re-enrollment eligibility.

    There is no time limit on reporting violations of the Student Code of Conduct; however, the longer someone waits to report an offense, the harder it becomes for College officials to obtain information and witness statements and to make determinations regarding alleged violations.

    Though anonymous complaints are permitted, doing so may limit the College's ability to investigate and respond to a complaint. Those who are aware of misconduct are encouraged to report it as quickly as possible via the online incident reporting system, TIPS, or directly to the Dean of Students or Campus Security.