Policy VI-O: General Policy on Student Conduct and Discipline
Academic institutions, such as San Jacinto College (College), exist for the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the development of students, and the general well-being of society. A primary responsibility of the college administration is to provide an environment that is conducive to free and open inquiry, the pursuit of wisdom, and the acquisition of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values that will result in ethically sensitive, responsible, and productive individuals. Self-discipline and a respect for the rights of others in the larger community are necessary for the fulfillment of such a goal. Accordingly, the college administration shall establish rules and regulations to guide and govern the interactions of the members of the college community. Students, having voluntarily enrolled in the College, are expected to abide by the rules, regulations, and accepted practices of the College until such time as they may be changed by orderly procedure.
Students at the College neither lose the rights nor escape the responsibilities of citizenship. Students are expected to obey both the penal and civil statutes of the local, state, and federal government; to conduct themselves in accordance with the policies and procedures of the San Jacinto College District Board of Trustees, administrative rules and regulations; and to observe standards of conduct appropriate for an academic institution. Students may be disciplined by the College for violating these standards of conduct on the campus or in connection with an institution-oriented activity, even if they may also be penalized by civil authorities for the same act. Institutional disciplinary penalties should not, however, be used merely to duplicate the penalties imposed by civil authority. Institutional disciplinary penalties may include, but not be limited to, disciplinary probation; restitution; suspension of rights and privileges; suspension from the College or an educational program; expulsion from the College or an educational program; revocation of degree and withdrawal of diploma; and fines.
The college administration shall promulgate and publish in the student handbook clear and specific standards of student conduct considered essential to protect and preserve the educational purpose, scholastic integrity, and facilities of the College. The rules and regulations providing for the administration of discipline shall assure timely disposition of allegations of misconduct, procedural fairness, and due process. Procedural safeguards shall be observed so as to protect students from unfair imposition of arbitrary or capricious penalties and shall further assure that students charged with misconduct are informed of the nature of the charges, and are given an opportunity to appeal decisions affecting their status with the College.
(See Guidelines and Procedures, Section 6-4)
(Effective March 2, 1981. Revised May 2, 1994, Reviewed February 6, 2008, Revised June 3, 2013)