Student Code of Conduct

In order to support a positive, safe, and productive learning environment for the entire College community, all students are expected to abide by the Pikes Peak Community College Student Code of Conduct. Conduct that violates student rights and freedoms and is subject to disciplinary action includes, but is not limited to:

1. Academic Misconduct

Plagiarizing, cheating, or committing any other form of academic misconduct including, but not limited to, unauthorized collaboration, falsification of information, and/or helping someone else violate reasonable standards for academic behavior. Students who engage in any type of academic dishonesty are subject to both academic consequences as determined by the instructor and to disciplinary action as outlined in the Pikes Peak Community College disciplinary procedures (Colorado Community College System President’s Procedure SP4-30).

2. Disruptive Behavior

Engaging in any disruptive behavior that negatively affects or impedes teaching or learning (regardless of mode of delivery or class setting); or disrupts the general operation of the college.

3. Deceitful Acts

Engaging in deceitful acts, including, but not limited to: forgery, falsification, alteration, misrepresentation, non-disclosure, or misuse of documents, records, identification and/or educational materials.

4. Conduct that is Detrimental to College or to Safety

Conduct that is deemed detrimental, harmful and/or damaging to the college and/or that jeopardizes the safety of others as determined by the Pikes Peak Community College Dean of Students. Examples include, but are not limited to, slamming doors, throwing chairs, and/or defacing of college property.

5. Physical/Non-physical Abuse

  • Physical abuse or conduct that threatens or endangers another person’s health or safety.
  • Non-physical abuse, threats, intimidation, coercion, influence, or any unwelcome conduct in any form that is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent that it alters the conditions of the learning environment or employment.
  • Knowingly falsifying, publishing or distributing, in any form, material that tends to impeach the honesty, integrity, virtue or reputation of another person

    6. Harassment and/or Discrimination

Discrimination or harassment on the basis of sex/gender, race. color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy status, religion or sexual orientation.

7. Sexual Misconduct

Sexual Misconduct offenses include, but are not limited to Sexual Harassment, Non-Consensual Sexual Contact (or attempts to commit same), Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse (or attempts to commit same), and/or Sexual Exploitation. (See SP 4-120a for more information: http://www.cccs.edu/SBCCOE/Policies/SP/PDF/SP4-120a.pdf).

8. Weapons

Possession or distribution of any unauthorized firearms, ammunition, explosives, fireworks and/or other dangerous weapons (or chemicals) or use/threat of use of any instrument as a weapon to intimidate, harass, or cause harm to others.

9. Narcotics/Alcohol

Use, being under the influence, manufacturing, possession, distribution, purchase, or sale of alcohol and/or drugs (illegal and/or dangerous or controlled substance) while on college-owned or college-controlled property, and/or at any function authorized or supervised by the college and/or in state owned or leased vehicles.

Note: Although possession and use of marijuana consistent with the requirements of the Colorado Constitution is no longer a crime in the State of Colorado, the possession and use of marijuana remains illegal under federal law. Consistent with federal law, including the Controlled Substances Act and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, the use and/or possession of marijuana continues to be prohibited while a student is on college owned or college controlled property, and/or any function authorized or supervised by the college and/or in state owned or leased vehicles.

10. Dress Code

Dress or personal hygiene that fails to meet the established safety or health standards of specific classes or activities offered by the college.

11. Leaving Children Unattended

Leaving children unattended or unsupervised in campus buildings or on campus grounds unless enrolled or participating in authorized campus activities.

12. Violation of Laws, Directives, and Signage

  • Violating any municipal, county, state or federal law that adversely impacts the conditions of the educational or employment environment.
  • Violations of college traffic and parking rules, regulations, or signage.
  • Creating an intentional obstruction that unreasonably interferes with freedom of movement, either pedestrian or vehicular. This includes, but is not limited to leading or inciting to disrupt college activities. Failure to comply with the lawful directives of College employees acting within the scope of their duties, including those directives issued by a College administrator to ensure the safety and well-being of others.
  • Violations of college policies, protocols, or procedures.

    13. Illegal Gambling

Participation in illegal gambling activities on college owned or college controlled property, and/or any function authorized or supervised by the college and/or in state owned or leased vehicles.

14. Unauthorized Entry and/or Unauthorized Possession

Entry into, or use of any building, room, or other college-owned or college-controlled property, grounds, or activities without authorized approval. This also includes, but is not limited to the unauthorized possession, duplication or use of college keys, lock combinations, access codes, and access cards and/or credentials.

15. Unacceptable Use of College Equipment, Network or System

Unacceptable uses of any college-owned or operated equipment, network or system including, but not limited to: knowingly spreading computer viruses; reposting personal communications without author’s consent; copying protected materials; using the network for financial or personal gain, commercial activity, or illegal activity; accessing the network using another individuals account; unauthorized downloading/uploading software and/or digital video or music; downloading/uploading, viewing or displaying pornographic content, or any other attempt to compromise network integrity.

16. Unauthorized Pets/Animals

Possession of any unauthorized pet or animal, excluding trained service animals while on college-owned or college-controlled property.

17. Tampering with Student Organization, Election, or Vote

Tampering with the process of any college recognized student organization, election or vote.

18. Group or Organization Conduct

Students who are members of a college recognized student organization or group and commit a violation of SCOC may be accountable both as an individual and as a member of the student organization.

19. Abuse of the Student Disciplinary and/or Grievance Procedure

Abuse of the Student Disciplinary and/or Grievance Procedure includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of the student disciplinary/grievance procedure.
  • Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation, or knowingly pursuing malicious, frivolous, or fraudulent charges.
  • Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in, or use of, the student disciplinary/grievance procedure.
  • Attempting to influence the impartiality of a participant and/or the student disciplinary/grievance procedure.
  • Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a participant in the student disciplinary/grievance procedure.
  • Failure to comply with directives and/or sanctions imposed under student disciplinary/grievance procedure.
  • Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the student disciplinary/grievance procedure.
  • Engaging in retaliatory acts in any form against any person or person(s) involved in the student disciplinary/grievance procedure

Please note: In most circumstances, Pikes Peak Community College will treat attempts to commit code of conduct violations as if those attempts have been completed.

At Pikes Peak Community College, administration of the disciplinary and grievance procedures is the responsibility of the Dean of Students.