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WAC 495C-121-050

Prohibited student conduct.

The college may impose disciplinary sanctions against a student who commits, attempts to commit, or aids, abets, incites, encourages, or assists another person to commit any act of misconduct, which includes, but is not limited to, the following:
(1) Academic dishonesty. Any act of academic dishonesty, including cheating, plagiarism, and fabrication.
(a) Cheating includes any attempt to give or obtain unauthorized assistance relating to the completion of an academic assignment or requirement.
(b) Plagiarism includes taking and using as one's own, without proper attribution, the ideas, writings, or work of another person in completing an academic assignment or requirement.
(c) Fabrication includes falsifying data, information, or citations in completing an academic assignment or requirement, or providing false or deceptive information to an instructor concerning the completion of an assignment or requirement, including submitting for credit without authorization academic work also submitted for credit in another course.
(2) Other dishonesty. Any other act of dishonesty, including:
(a) Forgery, alteration, submission of falsified documents, or misuse of any college document, record, or instrument of identification;
(b) Tampering with an election conducted by or for college students; or
(c) Furnishing false information, or failing to furnish correct or complete information, in response to the request or requirement of a college official or employee.
(3) Obstruction or disruption. Conduct which significantly obstructs or disrupts any operation of the college, any college meeting, any college class or other activity, any activity authorized to occur at a college facility, or any college-sponsored activity, including obstructing the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular movement or blocking access to or from any college facility or college-sponsored event.
(4) Assault, abuse, intimidation, etc. Assault, physical abuse, verbal abuse, threat(s), intimidation, harassment, bullying, stalking, reckless conduct, or other conduct which harms, threatens, or is reasonably perceived as threatening the health or safety of another person or another person's property or which unreasonably disrupts the educational environment. For purposes of this subsection:
(a) Bullying is severe or pervasive physical or verbal abuse involving an apparent power imbalance between the aggressor and victim.
(b) Stalking is intentional and repeated following of another person, which places that person in reasonable fear that the perpetrator intends to injure, intimidate, or harass that person. Stalking also includes instances where the perpetrator knows or reasonably should know that the person is frightened, intimidated, or harassed, even if the perpetrator lacks such an intent.
(c) Reckless conduct means acts performed with a heightened degree of carelessness or indifference so as to create a significant risk of physical, mental, or emotional harm to another person.
(5) Cyber misconduct. Cyberstalking, cyberbullying or online harassment. Use of electronic communications including, but not limited to, electronic mail, instant messaging, texting, electronic bulletin boards, and social media sites, to harass, abuse, bully, or engage in other conduct which harms, threatens, or is reasonably perceived as threatening the health, safety, or well-being of another person. Prohibited activities include, but are not limited to, unauthorized monitoring of another's electronic communications directly or through spyware, sending threatening messages, disrupting electronic communications, sending a computer virus or malware, sending false messages to third parties using another's identity, nonconsensual recording of sexual activity, or nonconsensual distribution of a recording of sexual activity.
(6) Property violation. Damage to, or theft or misuse of, real or personal property or money of:
(a) The college or state, including college facilities;
(b) Any college student, official, employee, or organization; or
(c) Any other member of the college community or a college organization.
Property violation also includes possession of such property or money after it has been stolen.
(7) Failure to comply with directive. Failure to comply with the direction of a college official or employee who is acting in the legitimate performance of his or her duties, including failure to properly identify oneself to such a person when requested to do so.
(8) Weapons. Holding, wearing, transporting, storing, or otherwise possessing any firearm, dagger, sword, knife or other cutting or stabbing instrument, club, explosive device, or any other weapon or device which is apparently capable of producing bodily harm, on or in any college facility, subject to the following exceptions:
(a) Commissioned law enforcement personnel or legally authorized military personnel while in performance of their duties;
(b) College-owned knives, tools, etc., that are being used for a legitimate educational purpose as part of a college instructional program;
(c) A student with a valid concealed pistol license may store a pistol in his or her vehicle parked on campus in accordance with RCW 9.41.050 (2) or (3), provided the vehicle is locked and the pistol is concealed from view;
(d) The president may grant permission to bring such a weapon or device on or into a college facility when he/she determines that it is reasonably related to a legitimate pedagogical purpose, provided that such permission shall be in writing and shall be subject to all terms and conditions incorporated in that writing; and
(e) This policy does not apply to the possession and/or use of disabling chemical sprays when possessed and/or used for self-defense.
(9) Hazing. Hazing includes, but is not limited to, any initiation into a student organization, or any pastime or amusement engaged in with respect to such an organization, that causes, or is likely to cause, bodily danger, physical harm, or serious mental or emotional harm to any student, regardless of whether the victim has consented.
(10) Alcohol, drug, and tobacco violations.
(a) Alcohol. Use, possession, delivery, sale, or being observably under the influence of any alcoholic beverage, except as permitted by law and applicable college policies.
(b) Marijuana. Use, possession, delivery, sale, or being observably under the influence of marijuana, the psychoactive compounds found in marijuana, or any product containing marijuana or such compounds that is intended for human consumption, regardless of form. While state law permits the recreational use of marijuana, federal law prohibits such use on college facilities or in connection with college activities.
(c) Drugs. The use, possession, delivery, sale, or being observably under the influence of any legend drug, including anabolic steroids, androgens, or human growth hormones as defined in chapter 69.41 RCW, or any other controlled substance under chapter 69.50 RCW, except as prescribed for a student's use by a licensed health care practitioner.
(d) Tobacco, electronic cigarettes, and related products. Use of tobacco, electronic cigarettes or smoking devices, and/or related products on or in any college facility is prohibited, except that such use in a designated smoking area or in a closed private vehicle is permitted when consistent with applicable law and rules. "Related products" include cigarettes, pipes, bidi, clove cigarettes, water pipes, hookahs, chewing tobacco, and snuff.
(11) Lewd conduct. Conduct which is lewd or obscene.
(12) Discriminatory conduct. Discriminatory conduct which harms or adversely affects any member of the college community because of her/his race; color; national origin; sensory, mental or physical disability; use of a service animal; gender, including pregnancy; marital status; age; religion; creed; genetic information; sexual orientation; gender identity; veteran's status; or any other legally protected classification.
(13) Sexual misconduct. Any act of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual intimidation, and sexual violence.
(a) Sexual harassment means unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, including unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, that is sufficiently serious as to deny or limit, and that does deny or limit, based on sex, the ability of a student to participate in or benefit from the college's educational program or that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for campus community members.
(b) Sexual intimidation. The term "sexual intimidation" incorporates the definition of "sexual harassment" and means threatening or emotionally distressing conduct based on sex including, but not limited to, nonconsensual recording of sexual activity or distribution of such a recording.
(c) Sexual violence is a type of sexual discrimination and harassment. Nonconsensual sexual intercourse, nonconsensual sexual contact, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking are all types of sexual violence.
(i) Nonconsensual sexual intercourse is any sexual intercourse (anal, oral, or vaginal), however slight, with any object, by a person upon another person, that is without consent and/or by force. Sexual intercourse includes anal or vaginal penetration by a penis, tongue, finger or object, or oral copulation by mouth to genital contact or genital to mouth contact.
(ii) Nonconsensual sexual contact is any intentional sexual touching, however slight, with any object, by a person upon another person that is without consent and/or by force. Sexual touching includes any bodily contact with the breasts, groin, mouth, or other bodily orifice of another individual or any other bodily contact in a sexual manner.
(iii) Domestic violence includes asserted violent misdemeanor and felony offenses committed by the victim's current or former spouse, current or former cohabitant, person similarly situated under domestic or family violence law, or anyone else protected under domestic or family violence law.
(iv) Dating violence means violence by a person who has been in a romantic or intimate relationship with the victim. Whether there was such relationship will be gauged by its length, type, and frequency of interaction.
(v) Stalking means intentional and repeated harassment or following of another person, which places that person in reasonable fear that the perpetrator intends to injure, intimidate, or harass that person. Stalking also includes instances where the perpetrator knows or reasonably should know that the person is frightened, intimidated, or harassed, even if the perpetrator lacks such intent.
(vi) Consent means knowing, voluntary and clear permission by word or action, to engage in mutually agreed upon sexual activity. Each party has the responsibility to make certain that the other has consented before engaging in the activity. For consent to be valid, there must be at the time of the act of sexual intercourse or sexual contact actual words or conduct indicating freely given agreement to have sexual intercourse or sexual contact.
A person cannot consent if he or she is unable to understand what is happening or is disoriented, helpless, asleep or unconscious for any reason, including due to alcohol or other drugs. An individual who engages in sexual activity when the individual knows, or should know, that the other person is physically or mentally incapacitated has engaged in nonconsensual conduct.
Intoxication is not a defense against allegations that an individual has engaged in nonconsensual sexual conduct.
(14) Harassment. Unwelcome and offensive conduct, including verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct, that is directed at a person because of such person's protected status and that is sufficiently serious as to deny or limit, and that does deny or limit, the ability of a student to participate in or benefit from the college's educational program or that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for other campus community members. Protected status includes a person's race; color; national origin; sensory, mental or physical disability; use of a service animal; gender, including pregnancy; marital status; age; religion; creed; genetic information; sexual orientation; gender identity; veteran's status; or any other legally protected classification. See "Sexual misconduct" for the definition of "sexual harassment." Harassing conduct may include, but is not limited to, physical conduct, verbal, written, social media, and electronic.
(15) Retaliation. Taking adverse action against any individual for reporting, providing information, or otherwise participating in a process for addressing alleged violations of federal, state, or local law, or college policies, including allegations of discrimination or harassment.
(16) Misuse of electronic resources. Theft or other misuse of computer time or other electronic information resources of the college, which includes:
(a) Unauthorized use of such resources or opening of a file, message, or other item;
(b) Unauthorized duplication, transfer, or distribution of a computer program, file, message, or other item;
(c) Unauthorized use or distribution of someone else's password or other identification;
(d) Use of such time or resources to interfere with someone else's work;
(e) Use of such time or resources to send, display, or print an obscene or abusive message, text, or image;
(f) Use of such time or resources to interfere with normal operation of the college's computing system or other electronic information resources;
(g) Use of such time or resources in violation of applicable copyright or other law;
(h) Adding to or otherwise altering the infrastructure of the college's electronic information resources without authorization; or
(i) Failure to comply with the college's policies or procedures governing the use of such time or resources.
(17) Unauthorized access. Unauthorized possession, duplication, or other use of a key, keycard, or other restricted means of access to college property, or unauthorized entry onto or into college property.
(18) Safety violations. Any nonaccidental conduct that violates, interferes with, or otherwise compromises any law, rule, policy, procedure, or equipment relating to the safety and security of college facilities or the college community, including tampering with fire safety equipment or triggering false alarms or other emergency response systems.
(19) Motor vehicle operation. Operation of any motor vehicle in an unsafe manner or contrary to posted signs or college procedures.
(20) Violation of laws or policies. Violation of any federal, state, or local law or regulation, or college rule, policy, or procedure, which regulates the behavior of the college's students, including a parking rule.
(21) Student procedures violations. Misuse of or failure to follow any of the procedures relating to student complaints or misconduct, including:
(a) Falsification or misrepresentation of information;
(b) Failure to obey a subpoena;
(c) Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a proceeding;
(d) Destroying or altering potential evidence, or attempting to intimidate or otherwise improperly pressure a witness or potential witness;
(e) Attempting to influence the impartiality of, or harassing or intimidating, a student conduct committee member or other disciplinary official; or
(f) Failure to comply with any disciplinary action, term, or condition imposed under this chapter.
(22) Ethical violation. Ethical violations include, but are not limited to, breach of a generally recognized and published code of ethics or standard of professional practice that governs the conduct of a particular profession, which the student has been specifically informed about and is required to adhere to as a condition of enrolling in a course or participating in an educational program.
In addition to initiating discipline proceedings for violation of the student conduct code, the college may refer any violations of federal, state or local laws to civil and criminal authorities for disposition. The college shall proceed with student disciplinary proceedings regardless of whether the underlying conduct is subject to civil or criminal prosecution.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.50.140. WSR 16-06-026, § 495C-121-050, filed 2/22/16, effective 3/24/16; WSR 14-11-070, § 495C-121-050, filed 5/19/14, effective 6/19/14.]
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