2006-2007 CCBC College Catalog
Code of Conduct
CCBC is a multi-ethnic
community comprised of students, faculty, staff and administrators. This
community recognizes the need to establish a code of conduct that
contains rules and regulations that promote growth and development,
guide student actions, and define sanctions that will be imposed when
rules and regulations are violated. For the benefit of the community at
large, these regulations limit certain behaviors and activities. They
also protect the health, welfare, safety, rights and property of the
college. Any student whose conduct violates this Code of Student Conduct
will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension or
Ultimate authority for student discipline is vested in the Board of
Trustees by The Community College of Baltimore County Charter.
Disciplinary authority may be delegated to college administrators,
faculty members, committees, and organizations, as set forth in
appropriate policies, rules, or regulations adopted by the Board.
Students may be asked to assume positions of responsibility in the
enforcement of the student code of conduct so that they might contribute
their skills and insights to the resolution of disciplinary cases.
The primary purpose for the imposition of discipline in the college
setting is to protect the campus community. Consistent with that
purpose, reasonable efforts will be made to foster the personal,
educational and social development of those students who are held
accountable for violations of college regulations.
PURPOSE OF THE DISCIPLINARY SYSTEM
People grow and mature in communities. Living in a community requires
depending upon the knowledge, integrity and decency of others. In
turn, the best communities help individuals mold habits and values
that will enable them to achieve the highest personal satisfaction,
including the satisfaction associated with helping to make a better
world. This Code protects the multi-ethnic community at each campus of
The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC). It fosters the CCBC
commitment to excellence and equity, and affirms the shared values
that make respect for diversity possible.
STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Right: No student shall be
subject to unlawful discrimination on the grounds of age, ethnicity,
national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability in any
activity sponsored by the college on or off the college grounds.
Responsibility: Students shall not engage in unlawful discrimination against
other students or faculty members. Every student shall treat all
members of the college community with respect and courtesy.
Freedom of Expression and Inquiry
Right: Students have
First Amendment rights to freedom of expression and inquiry. Such
freedom is protected in order to build a community dedicated to the
pursuit of truth, grounded in respect for diversity and civil
Responsibility: Students must express themselves in
a civil and lawful manner that does not materially or substantially
disrupt the operation of the college, or interfere with the rights of
Freedom of Association
Right: Students have the right
to freedom of association.
Responsibility: Students are
responsible for respecting the rights of others to freedom of
association. When assembling and expressing their views, students must
do so in a manner which does not materially or substantially disrupt
the educational process or the operations of the college.
Freedom from Arbitrary and Capricious Grading
Students have the right to be free from arbitrary or capricious
grading, and to seek appropriate review of legitimate grievances, as
specified in college regulations.
Responsibility: Students are
responsible for achieving reasonable standards of performance and
behavior established for each course.
Right to Privacy
Right: Students have rights to
privacy, inspection and challenge of their educational records, as
provided by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.
Responsibility: Students have responsibility to respect the established
privacy rights of others, including the privacy of educational records
belonging to other students.
Freedom of the Press
Right: Students may publish news
and commentary in accordance with established First Amendment
Responsibility: Students may not misuse college
property (including computer resources) or the college name for
unauthorized purposes. Students are responsible for adhering to
pertinent state and federal law, including laws regarding defamation,
obscenity, copyright infringement, invasion of privacy, prohibited
harassment, ethnic intimidation, and threats of violence. Students
shall adhere to established standards of journalistic ethics,
including a commitment to honest reporting, and a responsibility to
allow diverse views to be heard.
Freedom of Speech
Right: Students have the right to
express their views on matters affecting college life, in accordance
with established procedures for campus governance.
Responsibility: Students have the responsibility to encourage a
diversity of views, and to follow democratic procedures designed to
create a climate of reasoned discourse and action.
Freedom from Harassment
Right: Students have the right
to be free from unlawful intimidation or coercion, including sexual
Responsibility: Students are responsible for
respecting the rights of others to be free from unlawful intimidation
or coercion, including sexual harassment.
PROCEDURAL PROTECTIONS FOR STUDENTS
Students accused of disciplinary violations are entitled to the
following procedural protections:
To be informed by the Office of the dean of Learning & Student
Development of the charges against them, and the identity of the
To be allowed to request an informal resolution of the case.
To be allowed at least three business days to prepare for a
disciplinary conference and five business days to prepare for a
To hear and respond to evidence upon which a charge is based.
To call and engage relevant witnesses.
To be assured of confidentiality, in accordance with the terms of
the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.
To be allowed to request that any person conducting a disciplinary
conference, or serving as a hearing board member or hearing
officer, be disqualified on the ground of personal bias.
To be considered innocent of the charges until proven responsible
by clear and convincing evidence.
To be informed by the appropriate academic dean in matters related
to academic dishonesty (Page XX (insert page number of student
handbook), Section 19-K). Academic integrity allegations are
resolved in a separate Code of Academic Integrity.
CODE OF CONDUCT DEFINITIONS
When used in this Code:
the term “aggravated violation” means a violation which resulted
or possibly could have resulted in significant damage to persons
or property or which otherwise posed a substantial threat to the
stability and continuance of normal college or college-sponsored
the term “group” means a number of persons who are associated with
each other, but who have not complied with college requirements
for registration as an organization.
the terms “institution” and “college” mean The Community College
of Baltimore County, and all of its undergraduate or professional
departments and programs.
the term “organization” means a number of persons who have
complied with college requirements for registration.
the term “reckless” means conduct which one should reasonably be
expected to know would create a substantial risk of harm to
persons or property or which would otherwise be likely to result
in interference with normal college or college-sponsored
the term “student” means any person for whom the college maintains
educational records, as defined by the Family Educational Rights
and Privacy Act of 1974, and related regulations.
the term “college premises” means buildings or grounds owned,
leased, operated, controlled or supervised by the college.
the term “weapon” means firearms, explosives, metal knuckles,
knives with blades more than 3 inches long, or any other
instrument or substance identified as a weapon by Maryland state
the term “college-sponsored activity” means any activity on or off
college premises that is specifically initiated or supervised by
the terms “will” or “shall” are used in the imperative sense.
INTERPRETATION OF REGULATIONS
The purpose of publishing disciplinary regulations is to give students
general notice of prohibited behavior. This Code is not written with
the specificity of a criminal statute.
The college reserves the right to take necessary and appropriate
action to protect the safety and well being of the campus community.
Such action may include taking disciplinary action against those
students whose behavior off college premises indicates that they pose
a substantial danger to others.
Violations of Federal, State or Local Law
and College Regulations
Students may be accountable both to civil authorities and to the
college for acts that constitute violations of law and of this Code.
Disciplinary action at the college will normally proceed during the
pending of criminal proceedings, and will not be subject to challenge
on the ground that criminal charges involving the same incident have
been dismissed or reduced.
The campus dean of Learning and Student Development or a designee at
any CCBC campus may suspend a student from the college for an interim
period pending disciplinary or criminal proceedings, or medical
evaluation. The interim suspension shall become immediately effective
without prior notice whenever there is evidence that the continued
presence of the student at the college poses a substantial and
immediate threat to him/herself or to others or to the stability and
continuance of normal college functions.
A student suspended on an interim basis shall be given a prompt
opportunity to appear personally before the dean of Learning and
Student Development or a designee in order to discuss the following
the reliability of the information concerning the student’s
conduct, including the matter of his or her identity;
whether the conduct and surrounding circumstances reasonably
indicate that the continued presence of the student on college
premises poses a substantial and immediate threat to himself or
herself or to others or the stability and continuance of normal
STANDARDS OF CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR
Primary responsibility for managing the classroom environment rests
with the faculty. Students who engage in any prohibited or unlawful
acts that result in disruption of a class may be directed by the
faculty member to leave the class for the remainder of the class
period. Longer suspensions from a class, or dismissal on disciplinary
grounds, must be proceeded by a hearing or disciplinary conference, as
set forth in Part 25 of this Code.
CCBC expects that its students will adhere to high standards of good
citizenship. The following misconduct is subject to disciplinary
action as etermined by the campus dean of Learning and Student
Intentionally or recklessly causing physical harm to any person on
college premises or at college-sponsored activities, or
intentionally or recklessly causing reasonable apprehension of
Sexual assault or sexual harassment, as defined in published
Unauthorized use, possession or storage of any weapon on college
premises or at college-sponsored activities
Intentionally initiating or causing to be initiated any false
report, warning or threat of fire, explosion or other emergency on
college premises or at college-sponsored activities.
Any act or omission committed on or off campus that constitutes a
serious criminal offense. A serious criminal offense is defined as
an action that Maryland state law identifies as a felony and which
indicates that the student constitutes a substantial and
continuing danger to the safety or property of the college or
members of the campus community.
Knowingly violating the terms of any disciplinary sanction imposed
in accordance with this Code.
Unauthorized distribution or possession for purposes of
distribution of any controlled substance or illegal drug on
college premises or at college-sponsored activities.
Intentionally furnishing false information to the college.
Making, possessing, or using any forged, altered, or falsified
identification on college premises, or at college-sponsored
activities; making, possessing, or using any forged, altered, or
falsified college document, on or off-campus.
Intentionally interfering with the freedom of expression of others
on college premises or at college-sponsored activities.
Academic dishonesty: Academic integrity allegations are resolved
in a separate Code of Academic Integrity available in the offices
of the academic deans.
Theft of property or of services on college premises or at
college-sponsored activities; knowing possession of stolen
property on college premises or at college-sponsored activities.
Intentionally or recklessly destroying or damaging the property of
others on college premises or at college-sponsored activities.
Engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct on college premises
or at college-sponsored activities which interferes with the
activities of others, including studying, teaching, research and
Failure to comply with the directions of college officials,
including campus police officers, faculty, and professional staff
acting in performance of their duties.
Violation of published college regulations or policies, compiled
by the deans of Student Development on each CCBC campus.
Use, possession or sale of any controlled substance or illegal
drug on college premises or at college-sponsored activities.
Unauthorized use or possession of fireworks on college premises.
Sanctions that may be imposed for any violations of this Code may
Warning: notice, orally or in writing, that continuation or
repetition of prohibited conduct may be cause for additional
Censure: a written reprimand for violation of specified
regulations, including a warning that continuation or repetition
of prohibited conduct may be cause for additional disciplinary
action. Notice of this action may appear on the student’s academic
transcript for up to one year.
Restitution: repayment to the college or to an affected party for
damages resulting from a violation of this Code.
Disciplinary Probation: exclusion from participation in privileged
or extra-curricular institutional activities for a specified
period of time. Additional restrictions or conditions may also be
imposed. Violations of the terms of disciplinary probation, or any
other violation of this Code during the period of probation, will
normally result in suspension or expulsion from the college.
Notice of this action may appear on the student’s academic
transcript for up to two years.
Suspension: exclusion from college premises, and other privileges
or activities, as set forth in the suspension notice. Notice of
this action may appear on the student’s academic transcript for up
to four years.
Expulsion: permanent termination of student status, and exclusion
from college premises, privileges and activities. This action will
be recorded on the student’s academic transcript, but may be
removed by the dean of Student Development and Enrollment
Management after five years, for good cause.
Other Sanctions: other sanctions may be imposed instead of, or in
addition to, those specified in sections (a) through (f) of this
part. For example, students may be offered the option of voluntary
withdrawal rather than a suspension. Service or research projects
may also be assigned.
Repeated or aggravated violations of any section of this Code may also
result in expulsion or suspension or in the imposition of such lesser
penalties as may be appropriate.
Attempts to commit acts prohibited by this Code may be punished to the
same extent as completed violations.
STANDARDS OF DUE PROCESS
Students subject to expulsion or suspension from the college will be
entitled to a hearing before a student/faculty hearing board,
appointed in accordance with policies adopted on each CCBC campus.
Students subject to lesser sanctions for non-academic misconduct will
be entitled to an informal conference, as set forth in Part 30 of this
The purpose of campus disciplinary proceedings is to provide a fair
evaluation of an accused student’s responsibility for violating
college regulations. Formal rules of evidence shall not be applied,
nor shall deviations from prescribed procedures necessarily invalidate
a decision, unless significant prejudice to a student respondent or
the college may result.
Any person may refer a student or a student group or organization
suspected of violating this Code to the dean of Learning and Student
Development of the campus where the alleged misbehavior occurred.
Those referring cases are normally expected to serve as the
complainant, and to present relevant evidence in hearings or
conferences. The complainant may request the assistance of a Community
Advocate, as set forth in part 37 of this code.
CONFERENCE AND HEARING BOARD REFERRALS
The dean of Learning and Student Development or a designee will
conduct a preliminary review to determine whether the alleged
misconduct might result in expulsion or suspension from the college.
Students not subject to suspension or expulsion will be entitled to an
informal disciplinary conference with the dean of Learning and Student
Development or a designee, as set forth in Part 30 of this Code.
Students who are subject to suspension or expulsion will be entitled a
hearing before a campus hearing board.
Students referred for a hearing by the dean of Learning and Student
Development or a designee may elect to have their cases resolved in
accordance with Part 30 of this Code. Such an election must be in
writing affirming that the student is aware a hearing is being waived.
The full range of sanctions may be imposed, including suspension or
expulsion from the college.
The dean of Learning and Student Development or a designee may defer
proceedings for alleged minor violations of this Code for a period not
to exceed 90 days. Pending charges may be withdrawn thereafter, at the
discretion of the dean or designee.
Students accused of non-academic offenses that may result in penalties
less than expulsion or suspension are subject to a disciplinary
conference with the dean of Learning and Student Development, or
designee. The following procedural protections are provided to
respondents in disciplinary conferences:
written notice of the specific charges at least three business
days prior to the scheduled conference.
reasonable access to the case file prior to and during the
conference. The case file consists of materials which would be
considered “educational records,” pursuant to the Family
Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974; personal notes of
college; staff members or complainants are not included.
an opportunity to respond to the evidence and to call relevant and
a right to be accompanied by a Community Advocate, as provided in
part 37 of this Code.
CCBC HEARING BOARDS
Each CCBC campus will establish a hearing board, as specified in Part
23 of this Code. The dean of Learning and Student Development shall be
responsible for training and providing administrative support to the
The dean of Learning and Student Development may establish an ad hoc
hearing board whenever the regular hearing board is not constituted,
is unable to obtain a quorum, or is otherwise unable to hear a case.
An ad hoc hearing board shall be comprised of one faculty member,
appointed by an academic dean, and two students, appointed by the dean
of Learning and Student Development.
Both the findings and the sanctions determined by the hearing board
shall be regarded as recommendations to the dean of Learning and
Student Development of the CCBC campus where the case was heard.
Members of any CCBC hearing board who are charged with a violation of
this Code or with a criminal offense may be suspended from their
positions by the dean of Learning and Student Development during the
pending of the charges against them. Members found responsible of any
such violation or offense may be disqualified from any further
participation in the college judicial system.
HEARING BOARD PROCEDURES
The following procedural guidelines shall be applicable in hearings
conducted by the CCBC Hearing Board:
The dean of Learning and Student Development will appoint a
hearing officer. The hearing officer, who may be chosen from
outside the college, shall conduct the hearing. He or she may
participate in Board deliberations and discussions, but shall not
The dean of Learning and Student Development or a designee shall
give respondents notice of the hearing date and the specific
charges against them at least five business days in advance.
Respondents shall be given reasonable access to the case file,
which will be retained in the Office of the dean of Learning and
The hearing officer may subpoena relevant witnesses, after
consultation with the dean of Learning and Student Development.
Subpoenas must be personally delivered or sent by certified mail,
return receipt requested. College students and employees are
expected to comply with subpoenas issued pursuant to this
procedure, unless compliance would result in significant and
unavoidable personal hardship, or substantial interference with
normal college activities, as determined by the president of the
campus where the case is being heard.
Respondents who fail to appear after proper notice will be deemed
to have pled “No Contest” to the charges pending against them.
Nonetheless, the complainant will be required to present a case.
Hearings will be closed to the public. An open hearing may be
held, in the discretion of the hearing officer, if requested by
The hearing officer shall exercise control over the proceedings to
avoid needless consumption of time and to achieve orderly
completion of the hearing. Any person, including the accused
student, who disrupts a hearing may be excluded by the hearing
Hearings shall be tape recorded or transcribed.
Any party may challenge a board member or the hearing officer on
the ground of personal bias. Board members may be disqualified by
the hearing officer, or upon majority vote of the voting members,
conducted by secret ballot. The hearing officer may be
disqualified by the dean of Learning and Student Development.
Witnesses shall be asked to affirm that their testimony is
truthful, and may be subject to charges of violating this Code by
intentionally providing false information to the college.
Prospective witnesses, other than the complainant and the
respondent, may be excluded from the hearing during the testimony
of other witnesses. All parties, the witnesses and the public
shall be excluded during Board deliberations, which shall not be
recorded or transcribed.
The charges against the respondent must be established by clear
and convincing evidence.
Formal rules of evidence shall not be applicable in disciplinary
proceedings conducted pursuant to this Code. The hearing officer
shall give effect to the rules of confidentiality and privilege,
but shall otherwise admit all matters into evidence which
reasonable persons would accept as having probative value in the
conduct of their affairs. Unduly repetitious or irrelevant
evidence may be excluded.
Complainants and respondents shall be accorded an opportunity to
ask relevant questions of those witnesses who testify at the
Board members may take judicial notice of matters which would be
within the general experience of college students and faculty
A determination of responsibility shall be followed by a
supplemental proceeding in which either party may submit relevant
evidence or make relevant statements concerning the appropriate
sanction to be imposed. The past disciplinary record of the
accused student will only be supplied to the board during the
Any determination of responsibility will be supported by brief
written findings that will be placed in the case file and made
available to the student respondent before a final decision is
rendered by the dean of Learning and Student Development.
Mediation is encouraged as an alternative means to resolve most
disciplinary cases. The dean of Learning and Student Development shall
inform complainants and accused students in writing about the
availability of mediation resources, including resources offered by
county agencies. The dean, in the exercise of his or her discretion,
may decline to process a complaint until the parties in a non-academic
misconduct case make a reasonable attempt to achieve a mediated
settlement. To be binding in a disciplinary case, any mediated
settlement must be approved by the dean of Learning and Student
The dean of Learning and Student Development or a designee shall be
responsible for soliciting nominations, screening, appointing and
training students who will serve as Community Advocates. Community
Advocates may be assigned to advise complainants or respondents in
Judicial Board hearings. The role of Community Advocates will be
limited to consultation.
STUDENT GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS
Student groups and organizations may be charged with violations of
A student group or organization and its officers may be held
collectively and individually responsible when violations of this Code
by those associated with the group or organization have received the
consent or encouragement of the group or organization or of the
group’s or organization’s leaders or officers.
The officers or leaders or any identifiable spokesman for a student
group or organization may be directed by the dean of Learning and
Student Development to take appropriate action designed to prevent or
end violations of this Code by the group or organization. Failure to
make reasonable efforts to comply with the dean’s order shall be
considered a violation of this Code, both by the officers, leaders or
spokesmen for the group or organization and by the group or
Sanctions for group or organization misconduct may include revocation
or denial of registration or recognition, as well as other appropriate
A decision by a CCBC hearing board is a recommendation to the dean of
Learning and Student Development of the CCBC campus where the hearing
was held. Respondents will be provided copies of the board decision,
and given three business days to provide written comments to the dean
of Learning and Student Development before a final decision is made.
The imposition of sanctions will be deferred during the pending of the
dean’s review, unless, in the discretion of the dean, the continued
presence of the student on the campus poses a substantial threat to
him/herself or to others, or to the stability and continuance of
normal College functions.
A final appeal may be made to the campus president. Only two sanctions
may be appealed – extended suspension or expulsion. If the student is
dissatisfied with the outcome of the decision, he or she may request a
final appeal to the president through the dean of Learning and Student
Development, in writing within ten (10) days from the date of
notification of the decision from the dean. The campus president,
after reviewing all evidence and the summary of the hearing will
communicate his/her decision to the student in writing within ten (10)
In pending cases that could result in suspension or expulsion, a
temporary encumbrance will normally be placed on a student’s records
by the dean of Learning and Student Development.
Permanent notation of disciplinary action will be made on the
transcript whenever a student is expelled. Transcript notations of
disciplinary action will also be made if a suspension is implemented,
although students may petition for removal of the notation when the
suspension period has expired. Such a petition may be granted in the
discretion of the dean of Learning and Student Development or the
dean’s designee. Factors to be considered in reviewing petitions for
removal of any notation after suspension include the present demeanor
of the student, the student’s conduct subsequent to the violation, and
the nature of the violation, including the severity of any resulting
damage, injury or harm.
DISCIPLINARY FILES AND RECORDS
Case referrals will result in the establishment of a disciplinary file
in the name of the accused student, which shall be voided if the
student is found innocent of the charges. Voided files will be so
marked, shall not be kept with active disciplinary records, and shall
not leave any student with a disciplinary record. Voided files will
normally be destroyed after three years.
The files of students found responsible of any charges against them
will normally be retained as a disciplinary record for three years
from the date of the letter providing notice of final disciplinary
action. Disciplinary records may be reported to third parties, in
accordance with college regulation.
Disciplinary records may be voided by the dean of Learning and Student
Development for good cause, upon written petition of respondents.
Factors to be considered in review of such petitions shall include:
the present demeanor of the student.
conduct of the student subsequent to the violation.
the nature of the violation and the severity of any damage,
injury, or harm resulting from it.