Students are members of the College community and are expected to act responsibly and avoid interference with the rights, comfort or safety of other members of the College community. The following behaviors, and attempts thereof, are prohibited. Violations may lead to disciplinary and/or educational sanctions. Behaviors that may be addressed by this policy include, but are not limited to, acts committed in person, through third parties, and via electronic means. Incidents that may be addressed include, but are not limited to, those occurring on campus, off campus, at events sponsored by the college, and those occurring while studying abroad. Sanctions may be enhanced for violations of the Student Code of Conduct that are found to have been motivated by bias. In addition, failure to complete an assigned sanction will result in further action, including potential loss of campus privileges, up to and including residential or student status.

Prohibited Behavior

  1. Endangering, threatening, or causing physical harm to any person(s), causing reasonable apprehension of such harm, or endangering the emotional health or safety of any person, including behaviors that threaten, intimidate, coerce, haze, or bully. This includes, but is not limited to, physically restraining or detaining another person or forcibly removing a person from a place where they have a right to remain
  2. Engaging in an ongoing pattern of communication likely to cause injury, distress, or emotional or physical discomfort that serves no legitimate purpose, including the distribution of nude or sexually explicit video or photographic images of a person
  3. Domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual assault, sexual violence, and/or any sexual act perpetrated against a person’s will or where the person is incapable of giving affirmative consent
    1. A bystander acting in good faith or reporting individual acting in good faith that discloses any incident of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault to College officials or law enforcement will not be subject to the College’s code of conduct action for violations of alcohol and/or drug use policies occurring at or near the time of the commission of the domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault.
  4. All forms of harassment, including sexual harassment, bullying, or cyber-bullying
  5. Obscene behavior, which includes, but is not limited to, indecent exposure or the display of sexual or lewd behavior that reasonably would be offensive to others
  6. Making unauthorized video or photographic images of a person in a location in which that person has a reasonable expectation of privacy
  7. Possession of weapons, dangerous chemicals, explosives, or items that are replicas or have been altered to appear as a real weapon, such as a toy gun being painted black to appear as though it is an actual gun. Utilizing objects not normally viewed as a weapon in such a way that could cause harm is also prohibited.
  8. Any behavior, actual or perceived, which targets others based on age, ancestry, color, religion, disability, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, race, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation or any other protected class of an individual or group of individuals.
  9. Drugs/Controlled Substances
    1. Use or possession of drugs/controlled substances
    2. Sale and/or distribution of drugs/controlled substances
    3. Attendance at a gathering where controlled substances, illegal drugs, look-alike drugs or prescription drugs prescribed to another person have been used
      1. If, in on-campus housing, marijuana (odor, material, and/or residue) is positively identified by trained law enforcement personnel and (a) no one opens the door for Onondaga Community College Campus Safety Officers or Housing Staff or (b) no residents of that suite take responsibility for the behavior if found in a common/shared space, all residents of that living space will be held responsible for violating Code 9.3.
  10.  Alcohol
    1. Use or possession of alcohol
    2. Sale and/or distribution of alcohol
    3. Disorderly, destructive, or violent behavior to self or others while under the influence of alcohol
    4. Attendance at a gathering where alcohol has been consumed
      1. If, in on-campus housing, alcohol is found in a suite and no residents of that suite take responsibility for the alcohol found in a common/shared space, all residents of that living space will be held responsible for violating Code 10.4.
  11. Disorderly conduct
    1. Students are permitted to engage in peaceful activities consistent with Policy D10 Free Speech and Public Assembly.
  12. Hazing
  13. Deliberate damage to or destruction of the property or services of any party; vandalism
  14. Theft of property or services owned by any party; knowingly purchasing or possessing stolen property or services; possession, use, manufacture, sale, or distribution of any false, fraudulent, stolen, otherwise illegal, or ill-gotten currency, identification card, credit/debit (or similar) card, or document
  15. Residential Living Violations
    1. Specific Residential Life Policies can be found in the Residence Hall Living Handbook
  16. Fire Safety Violations
    1. Creating or contributing to a fire
    2. Failing to comply with fire drill, fire alarm and/or emergency evacuations or procedures
    3. Tampering with, damaging, or covering fire safety equipment, such as: fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, fire alarms, and sprinkler systems.
  17. Entering or remaining in a space belonging to the College or another person without permission
  18. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any College or official document, record, or instrument of identification (e.g., driver’s licenses and passports); tampering with the election process of any College-recognized student organization; furnishing false information to any College office or employee, including, but not limited to, misrepresentation of identity and making a knowingly false report of any crime, policy violation, or other incident.
  19. Failure to comply with a lawful directive of any authorized College or affiliated organization official or employee, including student employees, acting in the performance of his or her duties, including failure to present College identification when requested.
  20. Unauthorized gambling
  21. Retaliation
  22. Computer and technology misuse, including but not limited to expectations set forth in Policy J1- Computer Systems and Communications Networks Usage
  23. Abuse of the Conduct System
    1. Failure to obey the summons of a Student Conduct Administrator or College official
    2. Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information before a Student Conduct Administrator and/or student conduct hearing board
    3. Disruption or interference with the proceeding of a student conduct hearing
    4. Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in, or use of, the student conduct system
    5. Attempting to influence the impartiality of a panel member prior to and/or during the course of the student conduct proceeding
    6. Harassment and/or intimidation of a panel member, witness, or complainant prior to, during, and/or after a student conduct proceeding
    7. Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the student conduct system
  24. Violation of any federal, state, or local law or regulation, not otherwise reflected in the Prohibited Behaviors section of this Code of Conduct, whether or not formal charges have been filed.
    1. Proceedings under this policy may be carried out prior too, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off campus at the discretion of the College. Determinations made or sanctions imposed under this policy shall not be subject to change because a different result was reached in another forum. For allegations of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual activity that may otherwise violate this Code of Conduct, the proceedings shall run concurrently with any criminal justice investigation and proceeding, except for temporary delays as requested by external municipal entities while law enforcement gathers evidence. Temporary delays should not last more than ten (10) days except when law enforcement specifically requires and justifies a longer delay.
  25. Violation of any policy, procedure, rule, regulation or directive of the College or any of its affiliated organizations, including, but not limited to,
    1. i. Policy J1 Computer Systems and Communications Networks Usage**
    2. ii. Policy I7 Smoking and Tobacco Use**
    3. iii. Any other College policy*
  26. Knowingly acting or planning to act in concert to violate Onondaga Community College policy and/or knowingly allowing another person to violate Onondaga Community College policy without reporting to a college official (Joint Responsibility)


These general prohibited behaviors do not limit or restrict specific department, program, or course guidelines or expectations. It is the expectation that every student abides by all Onondaga Community College policies, including but not limited to behavioral expectations stated in individual course syllabi.