Students' Rights and Responsibilities and Student Code of Conduct

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges students are both citizens and members of the academic community. As citizens, students enjoy the same freedom of speech, peaceful assembly, and right of petition that other citizens enjoy. As members of the academic community, students are subject to the obligations which are theirs by virtue of this membership.

The College expects its students to conduct themselves in such a way as to reflect credit upon the institution they represent. There are two basic standards of behavior required of all students: a) They shall not violate any board policy, municipal, state, or federal law; b) nor interfere with or disrupt the orderly educational processes of the College. Students are not entitled to greater immunities or privileges before the law than those enjoyed by other citizens generally.

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Identification Cards


I.D. cards are available on request. Contact the Student Development area if you would like an I.D. card.

Authorized Use of Facilities


The College is a public facility entrusted to the Board of Directors and College officials for the purpose of conducting the process of education. Activities which appear to be compatible with this purpose are approved by the College in accordance with established College procedure. Activities which appear to be incompatible or in opposition to the purpose of education or the mission of the College are normally disapproved. College officials exercise reasonable control over the use of facilities to ensure the College’s maximum use for the purpose for which it was intended. Therefore, any student or organization planning an activity at the College which requires space to accommodate two or more persons must have prior approval of the activity. Application forms to reserve space and for the approval of the activities are available through the appropriate College office.

Right to Assemble


Students have the right of free expression and advocacy; however, the time, place, and manner of exercising speech and advocacy rights shall be regulated in such a manner to ensure orderly conduct, noninterference with College functions or activities, and identification of sponsoring groups or individuals. (All on-campus meetings and college- sponsored activities must be preregistered and approved by the Dean of Student Development or his/her designee.)


Conduct Expected of Students - Student Code of Conduct


The following regulations describe offenses for which disciplinary proceedings may be initiated. The College expects from its students a higher standard of conduct than the minimum required to avoid disciplinary action. Students are expected to obey the law, to show respect for properly constituted authority, to perform contractual obligations, to maintain integrity and a high standard of honor in academic work, and to observe a standard of conduct appropriate for the College. The College expects all students to conduct themselves under all circumstances in a responsible manner. This implies thoughtful consideration of college property and members of the college community.

Any student or group of students failing to observe either the general standards of conduct or any specific regulation adopted by the College, or acting in a manner not in the best interest of other students of the College, shall be subject to disciplinary action.

The following shall constitute unacceptable behavior and shall subject the offenders to disciplinary penalties as provided in College policy:

Academic Dishonesty


College deans may initiate disciplinary proceedings against a student accused of Academic Dishonesty. Academic Dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating on a test, plagiarism, and collusion. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated in any course at this college. Plagiarism and other forms of cheating are examples of such dishonesty and will result in serious consequences. Plagiarism is presenting someone else's words as your own, whether in writing or in speaking.

You are plagiarizing if you:

  1. Use direct quotes without quotation marks and textual citation of the
    material;

  2. Paraphrase without crediting the source;

  3. Present another's ideas as your own without citing the source;

  4. Submit material written by someone else as your own (this includes purchasing or borrowing a
    paper);

  5. Submit a paper or assignment for which you have received so much help that the writing style is
    significantly different from your own.

  6. Participate in a group project which presents plagiarized material;

  7. Fail to provide adequate citations for information obtained through electronic
    research;

  8. Download or submit work from electronic sources without citation


You are cheating if you:

  1. Partially or wholly copy someone else's exam or homework;

  2. Allow another student to copy your work or submit work you have written as his/her own;

  3. Refer to any text, notes, other materials, or any other type of assistance including electronic devices, during an exam without authorization to do so;

  4. Submit a paper or assignment for which you have received so much help that the writing style is significantly different from your own;

  5. Pass test answers to another student during or before a test. Cheating and plagiarism, whether intentional or accidental, are serious offenses.

Consequences include:

  1. Disciplinary Action by the Instructor: An instructor who suspects you of plagiarism or cheating must inform you of the allegation as soon as possible. If the instructor comes to the conclusion that the student has committed an act of academic dishonesty, the instructor will determine what action to take. The instructor may decide to give you a zero for the assignment, may reduce your grade for the course, or even assign an F for the course. The instructor may send a written report of the case to inform the Dean or Authorized College Official, and may request additional disciplinary action; a copy is sent to the student.

  2. Student Appeal: If you believe that the finding of plagiarism or cheating is in error or the penalty unjust, you may appeal to the Dean or Authorized College Official. The appeal will be processed in accordance with Section 2-200 of the Student Code of Conduct. An informal hearing will be held and an Administrative Disposition will be presented to the student. Further appeal information is included in the Student Code of Conduct located in the Student Handbook.


Alternatives: Academic dishonesty is unnecessary, especially since there are alternatives.

  1. If you are unsure about the proper use of sources, or the extent to which collaboration on an assignment is allowed, talk with the instructor;

  2. Consult a recognized handbook for instruction on citing source materials;

  3. Contact the Skills Center (MCC), Writing Center (SCC), or Academic Success Center (CCC).


Note: Material adapted from handouts of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and University of
Delaware.


Technology Usage Policy for EICC


This policy applies to Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (hereafter referred to as “EICC”) which includes Clinton (CCC), Muscatine (MCC), and Scott Community Colleges (SCC). Technology resources and usage may be described as all EICC owned print and electronic media and services including, but not limited to: computers, EICC phones (wireless or wired), printers, modems, email communications, EICC web content, wireless
connections, and fax transmissions. Personal equipment connected to the EICC network is also subject to this policy.

As a public learning institution financed and supported by public funds, it is incumbent upon EICC to ensure that its technology resources are responsibly and effectively maintained and used by all persons affiliated with EICC. Such persons include credit and noncredit EICC students, faculty, staff, student employees, alumni, EICC, CCC, MCC, and SCC foundation participants, and guests at the institution who will be referred to throughout this procedure as EICC technology users—or simply “users.”

The use of technology and information resources is governed by all applicable EICC faculty, staff, and student policies as well as applicable federal, state, and local laws and statutes. Students have 25GB storage space (may vary depending on available resources) within EICConnect/Office 365 for emails and electronic files.

Statement of General Expectations

All EICC technology users must abide by applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding technology usage, as well as existing District policies and procedures. Paramount to EICC’s mission as an institution of higher learning, EICC values academic freedom and academic achievement. EICC promotes openness to new ideas, sensitivity to multicultural issues, and unlimited access to a wide range of information and ideological perspectives. The District values the free flow of information and does not condone censorship.

Individual Responsibilities

Technology resources users are expected to:

  • Use technology in a manner consistent with federal, state and local laws.
  • Support an educational environment free from harassment and discrimination as described in the Employee and Student Handbook.
  •  Use technology resources appropriately so as to not interfere with the educational mission of the institution or the daily business of the District.
  • Students and employees are expected to make backup copies of their work to ensure against loss.
  • Use strong passwords and change them frequently.
  • Be aware of and employ security practices to prevent unauthorized access to user computers, accounts, passwords, user names, and personal identification numbers (PIN). This would include logging off from the computer following usage, avoiding sharing PIN and other passwords, and using secure methods for sharing, storing or transferring information.
  • Use technology resources consistent with other institutional policies.
  • Assist in maintaining and enhancing the integrity of EICC technology resources by taking measures to support the security and privacy of computer networks.
  • Report any systems interference, technological performance problem, or damage to equipment to the Help Desk (336-3456 or helpdesk@eicc.edu) or the computer lab supervisor on duty.

Prohibited Conduct

  • Disrupting access of students, faculty or staff members to technological resources.
  • Obtaining or gaining unauthorized access to EICC computer systems or an account for another individual. This includes the unauthorized access, willful damage, or misuse of systems, applications, databases, code, files, or data.
  • Attempts to make unauthorized alterations or to cause interruptions of system configurations or programs that protect data or secure systems.
  • “Computer hacking” (i.e. unwanted or unsolicited entry into a computer system). This includes, but is not limited to, successful acts of hacking, unsuccessful hacking attempts, possession of the tools used for computer hacking, or running programs that attempt to obtain passwords, codes, access files, or confidential data.
  • Using technological equipment to interfere with the lawful rights of others by such activities as falsifying or altering records or software, creating fraudulent documents, damaging programs belonging to the EICC or another individual.
  • Knowingly introducing a “computer virus, worm, Trojan, malware or spam” to a computer or network (i.e. a program - either harmless or damaging - which attaches itself to another program and has the capability to reproduce in order to infect other computers).
  • Sending harassing, threatening material, or information to another individual (as defined by the EICC Harassment Policy).
  • Violating license agreements, copyrights, or intellectual property rights including copyright, patents, etc., by copying, distributing, or publishing intellectual property. This includes the unauthorized copying of any software (including operating systems, programs, applications, databases, games, music, movies, videos, text, or code) which is licensed or protected by copyright.
  • Permitting other persons—whether EICC users or unauthorized users—to use a EICC user’s accounts, passwords or access codes or allowing others to use your personal username and password to access campus networks or other technology resources.
  • Theft of EICC hardware or software.
  • Inappropriate or malicious use of technology resources including attempts to alter, erase, damage or intercept technological data or programs that are the property of EICC or EICC users.



Copyright


EICC recognizes and adheres to the U.S. and International copyright laws, software licenses, and intellectual property rights associated with both print and non-print materials. EICC forbids, under any circumstances, the unauthorized reproduction of software, use of illegally obtained software, or gathering or distribution of illegally obtained copyrighted digital materials. Using EICC equipment for any of these purposes is prohibited. EICC employees and students who violate this policy are subject to disciplinary action. Individuals who violate U.S. copyright law and software licensing agreements also may be subject to criminal or civil action by the owner of the copyright.

Distributing copyrighted songs, games, videos, movies, or other copyrighted files or materials without permission is a violation of the Federal copyright laws. Individuals who violate U.S. copyright law and software licensing agreements also may be subject to criminal or civil action by the owner of the copyright. EICC will cooperate with any criminal investigation regarding these matters. According to copyright laws, you do not need to be making a profit to be prosecuted for distributing copyrighted materials such as music, movies, games, and software files. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or “statutory” damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys’ fees. For more information, please contact www.copyright.gov new window - especially their FAQ’s at https://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/ new window.


Security and Privacy


Security of technology resources is of the utmost importance—all users are expected to cooperate in maintaining and enhancing the integrity of these resources. EICC reserves the right to inspect or monitor technology resources under its control, and to take appropriate action when there is reason to believe that a user has violated established policies. Every effort shall be made to protect the Constitutional rights of all EICC technology users.

EICC does not endorse the casual review of electronic communication and storage. However, users should be aware that their uses of EICC information technology shall have no guarantee of privacy. Technology resources are considered property of the EICC and EICC may initiate inspections or monitoring of information resources if it is deemed to be in the best interest of EICC. EICC may also be required to initiate inspections or monitoring if subject to subpoena or other legal requirements.

Responsible Use


The user bears the primary responsibility for the material that he or she chooses to access, send, or display. Respect the rights of others by complying with all EICC policies. Remember that you are representing EICC in all of your communications. Use only computer IDs or accounts and communications facilities, which you are authorized to use, and use them for the purposes for which they were intended. Do not let others use your username or password.

Students will be responsible for maintaining their own files that are stored in EICConnect/Office 365 including deleting files no longer in use, and copying files that they want to save to removable media.


Internet and Email Use Policy


A separate Internet Use Policy provides specific policy statements concerning usage of the internet by employees and students as well as policies regarding email. This policy is located at https://eicc.edu/content/EICC-internet-use-policy.pdf new window.


Personal Use of EICC Technology


Personal use of EICC technology by all EICC technology users must be viewed in the context of EICC’s academic mission. Usage preference shall be granted to users who are engaged in academic or work-related activity (as opposed to recreational usage) and should adhere to the following guidelines:

Users engage in no activity that harms the performance of technology, damages or defaces equipment, or knowingly exceeds the design parameters of the equipment, building or work facility.

Priority in student computer labs is given to users for the completion of academic activities.

Access or use of any institutional data for one’s own personal gain or profit, for the personal gain or profit of others, or for political purposes is strictly forbidden.


Enforcement of Technology Usage Policy


Interim Response: EICC Information Technology personnel may temporarily disable an account or service to an individual when there is reason to believe an alleged violation of the Technology Usage Policy is believed to have occurred. This may happen when one of the alleged violations:

  • Violates federal, state or local law;

  • Could result in damage or interference with official EICC business; or

  • Could result in liability for EICC.


Disciplinary Action: A student who is believed to have violated the Technology Usage Policy may be charged with a violation of student conduct as stated in the Student Handbook. An employee who is believed to have violated the Technology Usage Policy may be charged with a violation of the employee conduct stated in the Employee Handbook. Discipline and appeal processes will follow the established procedures in the respective Handbooks.


Failure to Pay Financial Obligations


The College may prevent registration for those students who have allegedly refused to pay or failed to pay a debt he/she owes to the College. Students who do not make arrangements to pay their tuition maybe dropped from their classes.


Hazing


The College is opposed to activities which: seriously imperil the physical well-being of any student; are by nature indecent, degrading, or morally offensive; or reasonably can be assumed to have a degrading effect upon the mental or moral attitude of persons participating therein. Any group or individual participating in hazing activities characterized by any or all of the above will be subject to disciplinary action from the office of the Dean of Student Development.


Illegal Gambling


Illegal gambling is not permitted. Student groups or students who engage in gambling without a license and proper approval will be subject to disciplinary action by the Dean.


Misuse of Alcoholic Beverages


Violations of the College guidelines for the use of alcoholic beverages at College events, and violations of the District policies regarding alcoholic beverages on campus will result in disciplinary action by the Dean of Student Development. For more information regarding the District Alcohol Policy, please consult Board Policy 836.


Prohibition of Controlled Substances


EICC prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of controlled substances by students and employees on property owned or leased by EICC or in conjunction with EICC sponsored activities. Violations of this policy will result in the initiation of disciplinary action. Students may obtain information about available drug or alcohol counseling and rehabilitation programs from the Dean of Student Development.


Sex Offenses


As with any serious crime committed or attempted on college premises, it is the practice of EICC to encourage the victim to report any allegation of sexual abuse, including acquaintance rape, to the proper authorities for investigation. EICC will assist in the reporting process upon request.


Other Offenses


The college may initiate disciplinary proceedings against a student who:

  1. forges, alters, or misuses College documents, records, or I.D. cards;

  2. intentionally disrupts the orderly processes of the College or interferes with the lawful rights of others;

  3. conducts him/herself in a manner which significantly interferes with College teaching, research,
    administration, disciplinary procedures, or other College activities and public service functions;

  4. damages, steals, defaces, or destroys College property or property of a member of the College
    community or campus visitor;

  5. knowingly gives false information in response to reasonable requests from College officials;

  6. assaults, threatens, abuses, or endangers in any manner the health or safety of a person at the College or
    at a College-sponsored event;

  7.  violates College policies or regulations, such as, parking; guidelines for student events; technology use,
    registration of student organizations and activities; registration of meetings and activities; use of
    College facilities; or the time, place, and manner of public expression;

  8. fails to comply with the directions of College officials acting in the performance of their duties;

  9. is convicted of an indictable offense under either municipal, state, or federal law which occurred on
    College property or at an off-campus, College-sponsored event;

  10. illegally possesses, uses, sells, or purchases drugs, narcotics, hallucinogens, or alcoholic beverages on or
    off campus;

  11. repeatedly violates College policies, procedures, or guidelines and/or repeats less serious breaches of
    conduct;

  12. possesses firearms or other lethal weapons while on campus without specific permission from the Dean.


NOTE: College disciplinary action will ordinarily be only when these offenses occur on campus or at College- sponsored events.