Special Programs and Services
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Standards of Student Conduct
A student enrolling in one of the Los Angeles Community Colleges may rightfully expect that the faculty and administrators will maintain an environment in which there is freedom to learn. This requires that there be appropriate conditions and opportunities in the classroom and on the campus.
As members of the College Community, students should be encouraged to develop the capacity for critical judgment; to engage in sustained and independent search for truth; and to exercise their rights to free inquiry and free speech in a responsible, non-violent manner.
Students shall respect and obey civil and criminal law, and shall be subject to legal penalties for violation of laws of the city, county, state, and nation.
Student conduct in all of the Los Angeles Community Colleges must conform to District and College rules and regulations. Violations of such rules and regulations, for which students are subject to disciplinary action, include, but are not limited to the
Board Rule 9803.10. Willful disobedience to directions of College officials acting in the performance of their duties.
Violation of College Rules and Regulations
Board Rule 9803.11. Violation of College rules and regulations including those concerning student organizations, the use of College facilities, or the time, place, and manner of public expression or distribution of materials.
Board Rule 9803.12. Dishonesty, such as cheating, or knowingly furnishing false information to the Colleges.
Board Rule 9803.13. Unauthorized entry to or use of the College facilities.
Board Rule 9803.14. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of College documents, records or identification.
Disruption of Classes or College Activities
Board Rule 9803.15. Obstruction or disruption of classes, administration, disciplinary procedures or authorized College activities.
Theft of or Damage to Property
Board Rule 9803.16. Theft of or damage to property belonging to the College, a member of the College Community or a campus visitor.
Board Rule 9803.17. The malicious or willful disturbance of the peace or quiet of any of the Los Angeles Community Colleges by loud or unusual noise or any threat, challenge to fight, fight, or violation of any rules of conduct as set forth in this Article. Any person whose conduct violates this section shall be considered to have interfered with the peaceful conduct of the activities of the college where such acts are committed.
Board Rule 9803.18. Assault or battery, abuse, or any threat of force or violence directed toward any member of the College Community or campus visitor engaged in authorized activities.
Board Rule 9803.19. Any possession of controlled substances which would constitute a violation of Health and Safety Code section 11350 or Business and Professions Code section 4230, any use of controlled substances the possession of which are prohibited by the same, or any possession or use of alcoholic beverages while on any property owned or used by the District or colleges of the District or while participating in any District or college-sponsored function or field trip. “Controlled substances,” as used in this section, include but are not limited to the following drugs and narcotics: opiates, opium and opium derivatives, mescaline, hallucinogenic substances, peyote, marijuana, stimulants and depressants and cocaine.
Board Rule 9803.20. Possession, while on a college campus or at a college-sponsored function, of any object that might be used as a lethal weapon is forbidden all persons except sworn peace officers, police officers and other governmental employees charged with policing responsibilities.
Board Rule 9803.21. Behavior while on a college campus or at a college-sponsored function, inconsistent with the District’s non discrimination policy, which requires that all programs and activities of the Los Angeles Community College District be operated in a manner which is free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, age, handicap or veteran status.
Board Rule 9803.22. Any assemblage of two or more persons to 1) do an unlawful act, or 2) do a lawful act in a violent, boisterous or tumultuous manner.
Board Rule 9803.23. Any agreement between two or more persons to perform illegal acts.
Board Rule 9803.24. A direct or implied expression of intent to inflict physical or mental/emotional harm and/or actions, such as stalking, which a reasonable person would perceive as a threat to personal safety or property. Threats may include verbal statement, written statements, telephone threats or physical threats.
Board Rule 9803.25. Conduct which may be considered disorderly includes; lewd or indecent attire or behavior that disrupts classes or college activities; breach of the peace of the college; aiding, or inciting another person to breach the peace of college premises or functions.
Board Rule 9803.26. Theft or abuse of computer resources including but not limited to: a) Unauthorized entry into a file to use, read, or change the contents, or for any other purpose. b) Unauthorized transfer of a file. c) Unauthorized use of another individual’s identification and password. d) Use of computing facilities to interfere with the work of a student, faculty member or college official, or to alter college or district records. e) Use of unlicensed software. f) Unauthorized copying of software. g) Use of computing facilities to access, send or engage in messages which are obscene, threatening, defamatory, present a clear and present danger, violate a lawful regulation and/or substantially disrupt the orderly operation of a college campus. h) Use of computing facilities to interfere with the regular operation of the college or district computing system.
Board Rule 9803.27. Conduct while present on a college campus or at a location operated and/or controlled by the District or at a District sponsored event, which is prohibited by local, State, or federal law.
Board Rule 9804. Every person who, by physical force, willfully obstructs, or attempts to obstruct, any student or teacher seeking to attend or instruct classes at any of the campuses or facilities owned, controlled or administered by the Board of Trustees of Los Angeles Community College District, is punishable by a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500) or imprisonment in a county jail not to exceed one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment. As used in this section, “physical force” includes, but is not limited to, use of one’s person, individually or in concert with others, to impede access to or movement within or otherwise to obstruct the students or teachers of the classes to which the premises are devoted.
Board Rule 9805. Every person who attempts to cause, or causes, any officer or employee of the Los Angeles Community Colleges or any public officer or employee to do, or refrain from doing, any act in the performance of his/her duties, by means of a threat to inflict any injury upon any person or property, is guilty of a public offense.
Board Rule 9805.10. Every parent, guardian, or other person who assaults or abuses any instructor employed by the District in the presence or hearing of a community college student or in the presence of other community college personnel or students and at a place which is on District premises or public sidewalks, streets, or other public ways adjacent to school premises, or at some other place where the instructor is required to be in connection with assigned college activities is guilty of a misdemeanor.
Board Rule 9806. Conduct which poses a threat of harm to the individual and/or to others. This includes, but is not limited to, the following types of conduct: Unsafe conduct in connection with a Health Services Program (e.g. Nursing, Dental Hygiene, etc.); failure to follow safety directions of District and/or College staff; willful disregard to safety rules as adopted by the District and/or College; negligent behavior which creates an unsafe environment.
Student Discipline Procedures
Community college districts are required by law to adopt standards of student conduct along with applicable penalties for violation (Education Code Section 66300). The Los Angeles Community College District has complied with this requirement by adopting Board Rule 9803, Standards of Student Conduct (See above).
The District has adopted Board Rule 9804, Student Discipline Procedures, to provide uniform procedures to assure due process when a student is charged with a violation of the Standards of Student Conduct. All proceedings held in accordance with these procedures shall relate specifically to an alleged violation of the established Standards of Student Conduct.
These provisions do not apply to grievance procedures, student organization councils and courts, or residence determination and other academic and legal requirements for admission and retention. Disciplinary measures may be taken by the College independently of any charges filed through civil or criminal authorities, or both. Copies of the Student Discipline Procedures are available in the Office of the President.
Student Grievance Procedures
The purpose of the Student Grievance Procedure is to provide a prompt and equitable means for resolving student grievances. The procedures enumerated in Administrative Regulation E-55 shall be available to any student or applicant for admission, who believes a College decision or action has adversely affected his or her status, rights, and/or privileges as a student.
The procedures shall include, but not be limited to, alleged violations of the provisions of subsection (f) of section 55521 of Title V which pertain to a discriminatory prerequisite subject to challenge under subsection (d) (3) of section 58106; alleged violations of Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972 (and applicable regulations), grievances relating to disabled students as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, grievances relating to sexual harassment as defined in the District’s Sexual Harassment Policy, problems relating to financial aid, and grievances relating to course grades to the extent permitted by Education Code Section 76224(a). Section 76224(a) provides: