7.00 Conduct of StudentsSee version history
As members of the larger community, students are entitled to all rights and protection accorded them by the laws of the community. As members of the academic community, students are subject to the obligations of the College community as well as federal, state, and local laws. The CPCC Student Code of Conduct, including Students' Rights and Responsibilities and Disciplinary Procedures, is published online in the CPCC Student Handbook.
A. College premises – any property in use by the College: includes property leased or owned, property used for official functions sponsored by the College, and property used by the College in the conduct of any of its courses.
B. Student – any person enrolled in any course offered by the College at any location whether it is credit or non-credit. These policies, therefore, apply to any student for any semester during which that student is enrolled or during which an activity in question transpired.
C. Weapons – any object, visible or concealed, of a potentially threatening nature that could be used to harass, intimidate, or injure another person, as defined in North Carolina General Statues 14-269.2.
A. General Standards of Conduct
Students shall obey the law, show respect for properly constituted authority, perform contractual obligations, show regard for the property of other persons and the College, maintain absolute integrity and high standards of individual honor in scholastic work, and observe high standards of behavior that are appropriate for a democratic educational environment in which the rights of others are respected.
B. Illegal Activities
Students shall not engage in illegal activities on College premises. Such activities include but are not limited to: theft; gambling; the possession of weapons; and the possession, consumption, or distribution of illegal drugs or alcoholic beverages that are regulated by state statute. Violators will be prosecuted by civil authorities and may additionally incur sanctions by the College.
C. Alcohol and Illegal Drugs
Students shall not manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess, use, or be under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol. This policy is further regulated by Policy 7.01.
D. Possession of Firearms
Students who are on College premises or attending functions sponsored by the College are strictly prohibited from having weapons in their possession. This includes visible and concealed weapons, even weapons for which the owner has obtained the required permits. Students are subject to criminal penalties outlined in North Carolina General Statutes 14-269.2 for having weapons in their possession.
Any student who has reason to believe these regulations are being or have been violated must immediately report the matter to College Security at 704-330-6911 or a College administrator.
Any student who violates these regulations or who fails to report reasonable suspicion of any violation will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion.
Duly sworn law enforcement officers and deputy sheriffs acting in the discharge of their official duties as well as others mentioned specifically in North Carolina General Statutes 14-269.2 are excepted.
Possession or use of firearms on College premises for instructional purposes must have the prior approval of the Vice President for Learning and must comply with North Carolina General Statutes 14-269.2 Section (g)(1).
III. Disciplinary Sanctions
Illegal activities on College premises or failure to meet standards of conduct acceptable to the College while on its premises may result in appropriate sanctions including disciplinary suspension and expulsion.
IV. Due Process and Disciplinary Procedures
The procedure stated below will be followed when disciplinary action against a student is initiated. Student organizations may also be disciplined using these same procedures.
A. Within seven working days after a complaint is received, the Dean of Student Life and Service Learning or designee will inform the student of the complaint against him/her in writing.
B. The student will be advised of the date, time, and location of the disciplinary hearing in which the complaint will be presented.
C. The Dean of Student Life and Service Learning or designee may temporarily suspend a student until the hearing process can be completed. The student will be reinstated if, at any step in the procedure, the complaint is dismissed.
D. The complaint will be described and examined at a disciplinary hearing between the student and the Dean of Student Life and Service Learning or designee. An accused student does not have the right to representation, or to use any recording device, at a hearing.
E. The Dean of Student Life and Service Learning or designee will have five working days following the hearing to present a written decision to the student.
F. The Dean of Student Life and Service Learning or designee will notify all appropriate College offices regarding actions they need to take in response to the decision about the student and will notify College Security if a student is suspended or expelled from the College.
G. A student who wishes to appeal the decision has seven working days following receipt of the written decision to request an appeal hearing. The process for conducting an appeal hearing is outlined in Section V. of the Student Code of Conduct.
H. Following an appeal hearing, the decision of the Dean of Student Life and Service Learning or designee may be appealed to the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services, whose decision will be final. This final appeal will be conducted only if the student shows evidence that the College violated its own procedures in conducting the appeal hearing.
I. A student who is suspended shall apply to the Dean of Student Life and Service Learning or designee for readmission to the College.
J. A student who is expelled shall apply to the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services for readmission to the College.
Changes approved by Cabinet on September 13, 2004; April 30, 2012