following outlines the procedures related to the Student Code of Conduct
including a listing of violations, explanation of discipline, and information
regarding student appeals.
of Conduct Violations – Academic Integrity
The improper use of any information or material,
which shall be used to determine academic credit. Examples include, but are not limited to the
from another student’s test or homework paper
another student to copy from a test or homework assignment
unauthorized materials during a test, such as the course textbook, notebook,
formula lists, notes, including those stored in electronic devices
during a test with any other person by giving them or receiving information
another individual write or plan a paper, including those purchased from
research paper services
the same paper/project in more than one class
The attempt to present the work of another, as
it may relate to written or oral work, computer-based work, mode of creative
expression (i.e., music, media or the visual arts), as the product of one’s own
thought, whether the other’s work is published or unpublished, or simply the
work of a fellow student.
When a student submits oral or written work for
credit that includes the words, ideas, or data of others, the source of
information must be acknowledged through complete, accurate, and specific
references, and if verbatim statements are included, through the use of
quotation marks as well. By placing
one’s name on work submitted for credit, the student certifies the originality
of all work not otherwise identified by appropriate acknowledgments. A student will avoid being charged with
plagiarism if there is an acknowledgment of indebtedness. Examples include:
using another person’s actual words without quotation marks or documentation
another person’s idea, opinion, or theory without documentation, even if it is
completely paraphrased in one’s own words
upon facts, statistics, or other illustration materials without documentation –
unless the information is common knowledge
Any act or omission with intent to deceive an
instructor for academic advantage.
Misrepresentation includes using computer programs generated by another
and handing it in as your own work unless expressly allowed by the instructor;
lying to an instructor to increase your grade, lying or misrepresenting facts
when confronted with allegations of academic integrity
The use of invented or fabricated information,
or the falsification of research or other findings with the intent to deceive
for academic advantage; also, the falsification or misrepresentation of
experimental data, and violating the professional ethics that are established
in clinical activities, science labs, research projects, or internships. Examples include:
information not taken from the source indicated
sources in a Works Cited or reference not used in the academic exercise
data or source information for research or other academic exercises
any academic exercise as one’s own (e.g., written or oral work, sculpture,
computer program, etc.) prepared totally or in part by another, including
a test for someone else or permitting someone else to take a test for you
The act of working with another person on an
academic undertaking for which a student is individually responsible. Unless working together on an individual assignment
has been previously approved, it is not allowed. On group projects, students must stay within
the guidelines set by the instructor and this rule. If the instructor provides additional
guidelines, they must be followed.
Failure to do so also constitutes a violation of these policies and
The intentional violation of college policies
by tampering with grades or taking part in obtaining or distributing any part
of a test, quiz, or graded assignment. Examples
buying, downloading, or otherwise obtaining all or part of a test and/or test
or giving away all or part of an un-administered test and/or test answers or
any graded work
or bribing any other person to obtain a test or any information about a test
the truth, including handing in computer programs or using computer programs
generated by another as one’s own work; lying to an instructor to increase a
grade, and lying or misrepresenting facts when confronted with an allegation of
Electronic Device Usage
of improper electronic device use include but are not limited to:
access, modification, use, creation, or destruction of calculator-stored or
computer-stored data and programs
or giving away all or part of the information stored electronically will be
used as graded material
2. Improper online, web, and hybrid course use
or providing unauthorized outside help with completing online quizzes or
access to confidential test materials or questions before quizzes or
of Conduct Violations - Social Misconduct
threat of violence
(as defined by Illinois Revised Statutes)
10. Abusive or Disorderly Conduct
11. Intentional obstruction or substantial
interference with any person’s right to attend or participate in any college
12. Participation in any activity to disrupt
any function of the College by force or violence
behavior representing a danger to person(s)
B. Property Damage
or malicious damage or destruction of property
behavior representing a danger to property
C. Weapons (unauthorized possession and/or
guns, bb guns, and airsoft pistols
and/or explosive devices
type of arms defined as weapons in Chapter 38 code revised 720/CLS 5/24-1,
Illinois Criminal Code Deadly Weapons
interference, resistance, or failure to comply with directions of an identified
College Official acting in the line of duty
false information to the College with the intent to deceive
alteration, or misuse of College documents, records, and identification cards
or issuing a bad check, e-check, or insufficient funding sources with intent to
use of an ACH account or credit card account presented as a form of payment
or conversion of College funds, supplies, equipment, labor material, space, or
of stolen property
entering false fire alarms
with fire extinguishers, alarms, or safety equipment
with elevator controls and/or equipment
to evacuate during a fire, fire drill, or false alarm
H. Cannabis or Illegal Drugs/Controlled
Substances (as defined by Illinois Revised Statutes)
possession and/or use
I. Violations of other duly promulgated
College policies or regulations, including but not limited to alcohol,
demonstrations, service animals, smoking, solicitation, and guidelines for
access to data and programs stored on the computer are adjudicated under this
J. Acts against the Administration of this
of a complaint or charge knowing that the charge was false or/ with reckless
disregard of its truth
with or attempt to interfere with the enforcement of this Code including, but
not limited to, intimidation or bribery of hearing participants, acceptance of
bribes, dishonesty, or disruption of proceedings and hearings held under this
violation of the terms of any disciplinary sanction or attached conditions
imposed in accordance with this Code
aiding, abetting, concealing, or attempting conduct in violation of this Code
functioning as employees of the College will be accountable to employee
policies and accountable to the Student Code of Conduct.
IV. Student Organization Responsibility
A. Student organizations are expected to conduct
themselves in a manner consistent with the College’s function as an educational
institution. Student organizations must
observe all federal, state, local laws and College policies, including the Code
of Conduct, both on and off campus. A
student group will be responsible for the actions and conduct of its members
when one or more of its members, acting in the capacity of their membership,
commit a violation of the Code of Conduct.
Student organizations found in violation of the Code of Conduct will be
subject to student conduct procedures and sanctions in the same manner as
B. Any Notice of Complaint regarding
alleged misconduct involving a student organization will be delivered to the
Vice President of Student Services and to the organization’s advisor. Student organizations are responsible for
responding to all complaints and failure to respond may result in resolution of
the matter in the absence of any representative of the organization.
C. A complaint filed against a student
organization doesn’t preclude the possibility of complaints being filed against
any or all individual students involved in the alleged misconduct.
Code of Conduct Complaints
A. Academic Integrity
Determining whether the
academic integrity violation is intentional
will be left to the faculty’s discretion. Upon suspicion of policy violation, the
faculty member contacts the student and provides the student an opportunity to
respond to the faculty allegations of violation of the academic integrity code.
The faculty member may choose to only
impose a Class-Level Penalty; however, the faculty member may choose to report
the incident at the administrative level as an infraction. If the faculty member chooses to report to
the administrative level, the process includes the following steps:
faculty member observing or investigating the apparent academic integrity
violation documents the act on the Academic
Integrity Incident Report Form, found on myKC and submits the form to the faculty
member’s instructional dean.
faculty member collects evidence, often by photocopying the plagiarized
assignment and creating documentation of the incident. This documentation will
be submitted with the Academic Integrity Incident Report Form.
faculty member explains to the student the procedures and penalties for an academic
integrity incident and provides the student with a copy of Kaskaskia College’s Student
Code of Conduct Policy and Procedure.
incident report and related documentation are forwarded to the student’s
program Dean if this Dean was not in receipt of the information from the
reporting faculty. The student’s program instructional dean contacts the
student to notify them that an Academic Integrity Incident Report has been
filed. The dean will discuss the
of their receipt of the Academic Integrity Incident Form and an opportunity to
discuss the incident with the faculty member.
will provide the student with an opportunity to describe the incident and
listen to the student’s explanation of the event in an informal hearing and may
take steps to resolve conflicting information described by the student.
will inform the student regarding the procedure for appeal.
will enter an academic integrity hold on the student record using the incident
date. Once student signs the Incident Report form, dean will end-date the hold.
If the program dean is unable to reach student for meeting described above, the
academic integrity hold will remain on the student’s record and a meeting will
be required prior to the student registering for subsequent semesters.
will sign the incident form indicating the due process conversation has
will sign the Academic Integrity Incident form as an indication that the
meeting between the instructional dean and the student has occurred.
incident form will be emailed to Vice President of Instructional Services (for
final signature), Instructional Services Coordinator, and cc to Administrative
Assistant (AA) to Vice President of Student Services.
Services Coordinator will upload signed incident form to Maxient after the case
to Vice President of Student Services processes the submitted documentation by
creating a case in Maxient. This process provides notification to the Vice
President of Student Services.
formal notification letter regarding the Student Code of Conduct Academic
Integrity violation is provided to the student from the Vice President of
Student Services through the college’s student conduct management system. Receipt of this notification is documented in
If there is a second Academic Integrity code of conduct by a
student, the student will be required to meet with the Vice President of
Instructional Services following the submission of the incident report by the
faculty. During this meeting, the student will be informed regarding the
appeal process and that there is be an ongoing academic hold on their account
which requires a meeting with the VP of Instruction prior to registering for
of Social Misconduct
reporting social misconduct should include an email describing the incident
and/or a completed Incident Report to be submitted by the reporter of the
social conduct violation. Incident
reports are also completed by security officers as a part of their routine
duties. All reports of code of conduct
violations shall be forwarded to the Vice President of Student Services.
VI. Hearing Procedures
A. Academic Integrity Violation
If the accused student contests the faculty
member’s decision, a formal appeal hearing may be requested in writing by the
student to the Vice President of Student Services within 10 college business
days of the time the dean and student meet to discuss the faculty generated
Academic Integrity Incident Form. Written
notices of a student appeal will be provided from the office of the Vice
President of Student Services to all parties announcing the date, time, and
location of the conduct appeal hearing.
hearing requested by a student under this section is conducted by a Conduct
Conduct Appeal Committee will consist of the following members:
(1) Instructional Services Dean or Associate Dean (represented by instructional
area other than the area under appeal).
(1) Student Services Dean or Director
(1) Faculty (must not be the faculty member whose report is being appealed)
(1) student peer –appointed by the Vice President of Student Services
(1) advisor chosen by student bringing appeal.
The advisor is a non-voting and non-presenting member of the appeal
Vice President of Student Services facilitates the appeal hearing process and
is a non-voting member of the committee.
hearing, the faculty member and the student will not be present at the same
time. The faculty will present
information regarding the academic integrity incident to the committee and then
the student will present their information to the committee. The student’s advisor will only be present in
the hearing when the student is present.
Both, the faculty member and student will be asked to remain available
in the event the committee has additional questions after hearing from both
the student misses the hearing, the Conduct Appeal Committee may proceed may
proceed with the process to completion.
10 college business days of the hearing, the Vice President of Student Services
sends written notification of the result to the student and faculty member,
Instructional Dean, and Vice President of Instructional Services.
10 college business days of the notification, the student may submit a written
appeal to the Vice President of Instructional Services. The decision of the Vice President of
Instructional Services is final.
B. Social Misconduct
Vice President of Student Services has the authority to issue sanctions for
Code of Conduct violations, up to suspension, without convening a student
conduct board. In these cases, a student
would have the option to appeal a decision to the Conduct Appeal Committee.
2. The Vice President of Student Services
will determine the composition of the student conduct board and appeal
committee and will determine which student conduct board and/or appeal
committee will be authorized to hear each case. The student conduct board shall
include representation from instructional and student services divisions of the
college, the student, and an advisor if so desired, and a member of Student
Congress or the Student Trustee.
3. The Vice President of Student Services
will develop procedures for the administration of the student conduct program
and rules for the conduct of hearings that are consistent with the provision of
the Code of Conduct.
4. Decisions made by the student conduct board
will be final unless the student initiates the appeal process.
5. A student conduct board may be
designated as arbitrator/mediator of disputes within the student community in
cases not involving a violation of the Code of Conduct. All parties must agree to
arbitration/mediation and to be bound by the decision with no right to appeal.
6. In certain circumstances, the Vice
President of Student Services may impose an interim suspension prior to a
hearing before the student conduct board.
Circumstances could include but are not limited to, theft or abuse of
College property or students posing a danger to themselves or others.
7. Charges and Hearings
member of the College community may file a complaint against any student for
misconduct. Complaints will be prepared
in writing and directed to the Vice President of Student Services who is
responsible for the administration of the college student conduct process. Any complaint should be submitted as soon as
possible after the event takes place.
Vice President of Student Services will (or will appoint a student conduct board
who will) determine if the charges warrant an investigation. If the complaint is not found to warrant an
investigation, the complaint will be dismissed.
the charges cannot be disposed of by mutual consent, a student conduct board will
be called to hear the charges. The Vice
President of Student Services may be authorized to serve simultaneously as a
student conduct administrator and member of a student conduct board. All charges will be presented to the accused
student in written form by the Vice President of Student Services with a date
of hearing regarding the charge. The
hearing date will be set not less than three nor more than 10 college business
days after the date of notice to the student.
Maximum time limits for scheduling of hearings may be extended at the
discretion of the Vice President of Student Services.
student may seek advice about the Code of Conduct, hearing procedures, and/or
student rights and responsibilities from the Vice President of Student Services
Office at any time.
are conducted by a student conduct board to provide the accused student an
opportunity to respond directly to the alleged violation and to offer a response. The hearing is an educational forum designed
to enable the student conduct board to determine if there has been a violation
of the Code of Conduct. Formal rules of
process, procedure, and/or technical rules of evidence such as are applied in
criminal or civil court are not used in the student conduct process. Hearings will be conducted according to the
normally will be conducted in private.
of any person to the hearing will be at the discretion of the student conduct board. Hearings are not considered open to the
hearings involving more than one accused student, the student conduct board may
permit the hearings concerning each student to be conducted separately.
complainant and the accused student have the right to be assisted by any
advisor they choose at their own expense.
The complainant and/or the accused student is responsible for presenting
his/her own case and therefore, while advisors may be present, they are not
permitted to speak or to participate directly in any hearing before a student
complainant, the accused, and the student conduct board may present
witnesses. All witnesses are subject to questioning
from the conduct board. Advisors may
not, in any circumstances, question the complainant, accused student, or
conduct board. Pertinent records,
exhibits, and written statements may be accepted as information at the
discretion of the student conduct board.
procedural questions are subject to the final decision of the student conduct board.
the conclusion of the hearing, the student conduct board will determine (by
majority vote) whether the student violated each section of the Code of Conduct
that the student was alleged to have violated.
student conduct board’s determination will be made on the basis of
preponderance of the evidence (whether it is more likely than not that the
accused student violated the Code of Conduct.)
conduct hearings that involve sexual and gender-based misconduct, proceedings
of the hearing will be modified to be in compliance with state and federal laws
and the Prohibiting Sex-Based Misconduct Policy and Procedure.
each case in which a student conduct board determines that a student has
violated the Code of Conduct, the sanction(s) will be determined and imposed by
the Vice President of Student Services.
In cases in which persons other than, or in addition to, the Vice
President of Student Services have been authorized to serve as the student
conduct board, the recommendation of all members of the student conduct board
will be considered by the Vice President of Student Services in determining and
imposing sanctions. The Vice President
of Student Services is not limited to sanctions recommended by members of the
student conduct board. Following the
hearing, the student conduct board and the Vice President of Student Services
will advise the accused in writing and/or orally of its determination and of
the sanction(s) imposed, if any.
will be a record of all hearings maintained by the Vice President of Student
Services. The record will be the
property of the College.
in the case of a student charged with failing to comply with a request to
attend a meeting with a student conduct board, no student may be found to have
violated the Code of Conduct solely because the student failed to appear. In all cases, if the accused student, with
notice, does not appear at a hearing, the information in support of the
complaint shall be presented and considered and the hearing will proceed in the
student conduct board may accommodate concerns for the personal safety,
wellbeing, and/or fears of confrontation of the complainant, accused student,
and/or other witnesses during the hearing by providing separate facilities,
video technology, telephone, or other means approved by the Vice President of
A. Academic Integrity Violations
The following are examples of sanctions that
may be imposed by the faculty member for conduct violations related to Academic
Integrity. The College allows the
faculty member the option to impose the appropriate sanction(s) based on each
individual case; however, the faculty should follow the established policies
outlined in their course syllabus when imposing the sanction(s).
1. Class-Level Penalties:
of an assignment, quiz, test, examination, or paper. A failing grade (F) may be assigned for the
work in which the violation occurred.
in the course: A failing grade (F) may
be assigned for a course in which the violation occurred.
In addition to the Class-Level Penalties
outlined above, the College will impose Institutional-Level Penalties based on
the individual situation or if the student is a repeat offender. These additional penalties include:
Reprimand (First Offense) - a written warning to the student that the cited
behavior is not acceptable in the College community and that further misconduct
will result in more severe disciplinary action.
In addition, the student will be placed on “Academic Integrity Hold”
that will remain on the student record for the remainder of the semester in
which the policy violation occurred and through the time they register for
their next semester. This hold will
require the student to meet with an instructional dean prior to registering for
Probation (Second Offense) - removes a student from good disciplinary
standing. The probation shall last the
entire time that the student is enrolled at the College. The student will continue to be placed on
“Academic Integrity Hold.” The student
will be required to meet with the Vice President of Instructional Service prior
to registering for subsequent semesters.
The student will also be financially responsible for all costs incurred
for the course in which the academic integrity incident was reported. Any misconduct during the probationary period
will bring further disciplinary action and will result in suspension.
Certain scholarship programs may impose additional sanctions, beyond the
faculty and College sanction, for academic integrity incidents.
Suspension (Third Offense) - is an involuntary separation of the student from
the College that will begin at the end of the academic term in which the
academic integrity incident occurs. If
the student is on scholarship, all scholarship funds will be revoked and the
student will be financially responsible for all costs as a result of the loss
of awarded institutional scholarships.
This suspension will be for one calendar year, after which, readmission
will be permitted. Disciplinary
Suspension is entered on the student’s transcript for the duration of the
suspension. Upon readmission to the
College, the student will be placed on “Academic Integrity Hold” and on
Disciplinary Probation, which will remain on the student record while the
student is enrolled at the College.
student will be afforded the right to appeal the severity of the sanctions
imposed by the established Conduct Appeal Committee and Procedures.
for violations of College regulations or conduct that interferes with College
affairs will be imposed by the College.
Sanctions, up to and including dismissal from the College, may be
imposed for failure to comply with the policies and regulations as outlined in
this document. These sanctions will
define whether, and under what conditions, the violator may continue as a
student in the College. The College may
impose sanctions independent of any action taken by civil authorities. The College may impose sanctions in response
to actions taken by civil authorities on matters not involving the College if
the civil actions bring negative attention to the College. In keeping with the educational purpose of
the College, disciplinary actions are intended to be remedial rather than
following are sanctions that may be imposed for a violation of this Code of
Conduct. In addition, a condition may
accompany a sanction. Conditions include,
but are not limited to, restitution of damages, work projects, required
counseling or therapy, required academic performance, etc. A condition may include loss of certain
College privileges. If a condition
accompanies a sanction, the condition must be related to the violation.
Reprimand – In cases of minor violations and when the student acknowledged the violation,
a written reprimand may be issued by the appropriate vice president. The purpose of the reprimand shall be to call
to the student’s attention the responsibility of meeting certain minimal
community standards. Since a reprimand
is given only when the violation is acknowledged, the sanction may not be
Censure – is a written warning to the student that the cited behavior is not
acceptable in the College community and that further misconduct may result in
more severe disciplinary action. The
student may appeal the finding of a violation but may not appeal the severity
of the sanction.
Probation – removes a student from good disciplinary standing. The probation shall last for a stated period
of time and until specific conditions have been met, if imposed. Any misconduct during the probationary period
will bring further disciplinary action and may result in suspension. Probationary status prevents the student from
representing the College in extracurricular activities and may result in the
loss of some types of financial assistance.
Suspension – is an involuntary separation of the student from the College for a
stated period of time and until a stated condition is met, if imposed, after
which readmission will be permitted.
Disciplinary Suspension is entered on the student’s transcript for the
duration of the suspension.
Suspension – is an involuntary separation of the student from the College for
an unprescribed period of time and until a stated condition is met, if
imposed. Any consideration for
readmission requires a written petition to the appropriate administrative
official before readmission will be considered.
The Indefinite Suspension is entered on the student’s transcript for the
duration of the suspension.
Separation – is imposed when the Vice President of Student Services has
reasonable cause to believe that a serious and direct threat to the safety and
wellbeing of the members and/or property of the College community will be
present if an individual is permitted to remain an active member of the
community. A preliminary hearing or the
opportunity of a preliminary hearing shall be afforded. If it is impossible or
unreasonably difficult to conduct a preliminary hearing prior to the Interim
Separation, the individual shall be afforded the opportunity for such a
preliminary hearing at the earliest practical time.
purpose of the preliminary hearing is to determine if there is justification to
invoke an Interim Separation. During the
preliminary hearing, the student will be provided a statement of the reasons
for Interim Separation and will be afforded an opportunity to rebut. Interim Separation is temporary and shall be
enforced only until the completion of a full disciplinary hearing. A full disciplinary hearing shall be provided
within a reasonable period of time.
an interim suspension, students will be denied access to the campus, including
classes, to college activities or privileges for which the student might
otherwise be eligible, as the Vice President of Student Services determines
appropriate. The interim suspension does
not replace the regular student conduct processes, which will proceed on the
decision reached or a code of conduct sanction may be appealed by accused
students to an appeals committee within ten college business days of receipt of
the decision. Failure to respond within
the five college business days after the receipt of the decision will result in
the implementation of the recommended sanction(s).
when explaining the basis of new evidence, an appeal will be limited to a review
of the record of the initial hearing and supporting documents for one or more
of the following purposes.
determine whether the original hearing:
conducted fairly in light of the charges and evidence presented
to prescribed procedures giving the complaining party a reasonable opportunity
to prepare and present evidence that the Code of Conduct was violated
the accused student a reasonable opportunity to prepare and to present a
rebuttal of those allegations
determine whether the decision reached regarding the accused student was based
on the preponderance of the evidence, that is, whether the facts in the case
were sufficient to establish that a violation of the Code of Conduct occurred
determine whether the sanction(s) imposed was appropriate for the violation of
the Code of Conduct, which the student was found to have committed
consider new evidence, sufficient to alter a decision or other relevant facts
not brought out in the original hearing because the person appealing did not
know such evidence and/or facts at the time of the original hearing.
cases involving appeals by students accused of violating the Code of Conduct, a
review of the sanctions by an appeal committee may result in more severe
sanctions for the accused students. An
appeal to the Vice President of Student Services may not result in more severe
sanctions for the accused students.
decision reached by an appeal committee may be appealed by accused students or
complainants to the Vice President of Student Services within five college business
days of the decision. Such appeals will
be submitted in writing to the Vice President of Student Services, or
designee. Conditions to (D.2. a-d)
Vice President of Student Services may, upon review of the case, reduce, but
not increase, the sanctions imposed by either the Vice President of Student
Services and/or an appeal panel.
Vice President of Student Services will notify the student of the appeals committee’s
decision in writing. This notification
will include final charges, sanction(s), and/or instructions for a new hearing.
decision of the Vice President of Student Services shall be final.
Note: The ACADEMIC
INTEGRITY INCIDENT REPORT FORM link can be found on the on myKC under
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