F-15: Student Conduct

Adoption Date: 06/15/92  |  Revision Date: 12/20/04

 Prairie State College shall require a Code of Student Conduct whereby persons attending or visiting the College assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the College's functioning as an educational institution.

In accordance therewith, the College shall institute the following Code of Student Conduct:

  1. Children are not to accompany students to classes or to be left unattended on the campus, in College buildings, or at any College event.
  2. Food, beverages, sleeping, card-playing, playing of personal radios/cassette/CD players, disruptive activity misuse of furniture or other property, and/or inappropriate interpersonal conduct for a public area are not permitted in the Atrium or other designated areas.
  3. The College shall be designated as a "Clean Air/Smoke-Free" environment.
  4. The College shall be designated as a "Safe School Zone" with zero tolerance for any violations of the law committed on the campus or at any College activity. The College operates according to the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Community Act of 1994, which allows for a "Safe School Zone," thereby prohibiting criminal activities occurring within the boundaries of the College campus.
  5. Misconduct for which students may be asked to leave the College premises and be subject to official College disciplinary actions fall into the following categories:
    1. False Information. Furnishing false, incomplete, or misleading information to the College on official records or altering official documents;
    2. Obstruction of College Business and Activities. Obstruction, unauthorized interruption, or disruption of the business of the College or any College activity including but not limited to testing, research, teaching, or of the classroom setting.
    3. Abuse/Assault/Harassment. Physical or verbal abuse, assault, or harassment, against a student, employee, or any other person on the campus or at any College event; conduct or expression which intimidates, threatens, or endangers the health or safety of any person on the campus or at any College event;
    4. Destruction of College Property. Unwarranted damage or destruction of property belonging to the College or to a member or guest of the College, including that which is rented or leased;
    5. Theft. Unauthorized taking, embezzlement, misappropriation, or possession of any College-owned property, the property of others, or property maintained by the College by any person on the campus or persons attending a College event;
    6. Unauthorized Use and Entry of College Facilities. Unauthorized use, entry, or occupancy of any College room, building, or area of the College or any unauthorized or improper use of the College property, facility, and equipment;
    7. Computer Information. Unauthorized or misuse of computers including but not limited to damaging or altering records, furnishing false information, unauthorized use of files, programs or data without permission or any unauthorized use of computer hardware, software, accounts, passwords, or keys;
    8. Unauthorized Use or Possession of Keys. Unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of keys of the College;
    9. Alcoholic Beverages. Possession, distribution, or use of alcoholic or intoxicating beverages on College property, except as authorized in accordance with College policy;
    10. Illicit Drugs and Controlled Substances. Use, unlawful manufacture, sale, possession, or distribution of illicit drugs and controlled substances on the campus or at any College event in accordance with local, state, and federal laws;
    11. Weapons on Campus. Use or possession of firearms, ammunition, other dangerous weapons or materials (except as expressly authorized by Board policy), and the use of instruments to simulate such weapons in acts which endanger or are reasonably likely to endanger any person;
    12. Fire Safety. Tampering with fire safety equipment, setting or causing unauthorized fires, or calling in or setting off false fire alarms on campus or at any College event;
    13. Bribery. Receiving a bribe, bribing or failing to report a bribe by any member of the College community;
    14. Rights of Others. Interference of the lawful rights of others to any College activity or College event;
    15. Conduct/Behavior. Disorderly behavior and/or lewd, indecent, dangerous, violent, unlawful, or obscene conduct or expression as defined in federal, state, or local statutes on the campus or at any College event;
    16. College Policies and Regulations. Violation of College policies or regulations;
    17. Failure to Comply with College Officials. Failure to comply with directions of College officials, including faculty in assigned courses, when these officials are acting in performance of their duties and responsibilities and are requesting the student to behave in accordance with College policies and regulations;
    18. Motor Vehicles. Violation of properly-constituted rules and regulations governing the use of motor vehicles on the campus or any College event, or the operation of a vehicle in a manner that endangers the safety of others;
    19. Obligations or Debts. Incurring obligations or debts in the name of the College;
    20. Distribution of Unauthorized Materials. Distribution of unauthorized materials including literature, handbills, posters, or other such printed matter;
    21. Hazing. Any action or situation intended or created intentionally to produce emotional or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule; and
    22. Gambling. Betting of money on the outcome of a game, contest, or other event or activity; playing games of chance or skill (such as cards, dice-throwing, cointossing, etc.) for money or other stakes.
    23. Electronic Devices: The use of personal pagers, cell phones, and other electronic communication and entertainment devices (e.g., CD players, tape recorders, video-graphic recorders, any such contrivance with photographic capability, etc.) in classes, labs and the library is prohibited. Pagers, cell phones, and other electronic equipment should be turned off and put away prior to entering classes, labs, or the library. Students with legitimate reasons for using this equipment can do so only after receiving explicit consent of the instructor or a librarian.