Prohibited Conduct

Student Code of Conduct (Policy 2011: Regulations Governing Students)

1. Academic Dishonesty/Cheating.

Includes but is not limited to the following:

  1. The use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations.
  2. The use of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments.
  3. The acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic materials belonging to a member of the College faculty or staff.
  4. Engaging in any behavior specifically prohibited by a faculty member in the course syllabus or class discussion.
  5. Allowing or participating in cheating by other students.
  6. Copying from someone else’s work.
  7. Submitting others’ work as your own or submitting your work for others.
  8. Altering graded work and falsifying data.

2. Academic Dishonesty/Plagiarism. The use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgement. Also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.

3. Threatening Behaviors.

a. Threat. Written or verbal conduct that causes a reasonable expectation of injury to the health or safety of any person or damage to any property.

b. Intimidation. Implied threats or acts that cause a reasonable fear of harm in another.

4. Harm to Persons. Intentionally or recklessly causing physical harm or endangering the health or safety of any person, or restraining another person against his or her will.

5. Unwelcome Harassment. Any unwelcome conduct based on actual or perceived status including race, religion, color, gender, sex, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, pregnancy status, or other protected status. Any unwelcome conduct should be reported to campus officials, who will act to stop the conduct and implement the Resolution process.

6. Hostile Environment. An individual can be sanctioned for creating a hostile environment when these conditions exist: The conduct is so severe, pervasive, persistent and/or offensive that it limits the victim’s ability to participate in, or benefit from, an educational or employment program or activity.

 7. Discrimination. Any act that is based upon an individual or group’s actual or perceived status, including race, religion, color, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, pregnancy status, or other protected status that is sufficiently severe that it limits or denies the ability to participate in or benefit from the College’s educational program or activities.

8. Retaliatory Discrimination or Harassment. Adverse actions taken against someone who is participating in the Resolution process. For example: Threatening or harassing someone who filed a report or is a witness in the investigation.

9. Bullying and Cyberbullying. Repeated and/or severe aggressive behaviors that intimidate or intentionally harm or control another person physically or emotionally, and are not protected by the First Amendment.

10. Hazing. Endangering the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or destroying or removing property for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a group or organization. Participation or cooperation by the person(s) being hazed does not excuse the violation. Failing to intervene to prevent (and/or) failing to discourage (and/or) failing to report those acts may also violate the Code.

11. Sexual- and Gender-based Misconduct, including Sexual Assault. Includes, but is not limited to, sexual harassment, non-consensual sexual contact, non- consensual sexual intercourse, sexual exploitation (see #12), and/or retaliatory harassment, as well as other forms of misconduct described in this Code, which depending on circumstances may or may not be gender-based, including discrimination (#7), unwelcome harassment (#5), bullying and cyber bullying (#9), hazing (#10), intimate partner violence (#13) and stalking (#14). See Guide to Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct for more information; it is available at and by contacting the Student Relations Office at 734-462- 4486.

12. Sexual Exploitation. Taking non-consensual or abusive advantage of another for his/her own advantage or benefit, including (but not limited to) non-consensual video or audio taping of sexual activity, non-consensual sharing of intimate images, video or audio, engaging in ‘peeping Tom’ behavior, prostituting another student, and/or knowingly transmitting HIV or another STI to another student.

13. Intimate Partner or Domestic Violence. Violence or abuse by a person in an intimate relationship with another.

14. Stalking. Stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that is unwelcome and would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.

15. Invasion of privacy. The use of any device to capture audio, video, or digital recordings or photographs of any person while on College-controlled property or at College-sponsored events where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy (e.g. classrooms, instructional labs and other instructional spaces, restrooms, locker rooms).

16. Public Exposure. Includes deliberately and publicly exposing one’s intimate body parts, public urination, defecation, and/or public sex acts.

17. Falsification. Knowingly furnishing or possessing false, falsified or forged materials, documents, accounts, records, identification or financial instruments.

 18. Financial Aid Fraud. Attempted or actual financial aid fraud or corresponding behaviors that would allow a student to receive monetary benefit for which he or she is not eligible.

19. Unauthorized Access. Unauthorized access to any College building (i.e. keys, cards, etc.) or unauthorized possession, duplication or use of means of access to any College building or failing to timely report a lost College identification card or key.

20. Collusion. Action or inaction with another or others to violate the Student Code of Conduct.

21. Trust. Violations of positions of trust within the community.

22. Taking of Property. Intentional and unauthorized taking of College property or the personal property of another, including goods, services and other valuables.

23. Stolen Property. Knowingly taking or maintaining possession of stolen property.

24. Disruptive Behavior. Obstruction or disruption of College operations and/or the educational environment, including obstruction of teaching, research, administration, other College activities, and/or other authorized non-College activities which occur on College-owned or –controlled property, or off-campus conduct that adversely affects the College community and/or the pursuit of its objectives.

25. Disruptive/Obscene Speech. Includes the use of obscenities when the speech in question is not protected by the First Amendment and is disruptive to College operations and/or the educational environment, including obstruction of  teaching, research, administration, other College activities, and/or other authorized non-College activities which occur on College-owned or –controlled property.

26. Damage and Destruction. Intentional, reckless and/or unauthorized damage to or destruction of College property or the personal property of another, or behavior that threatens to damage or create hazardous conditions.

27. Fire Safety. Violation of local, state, federal or campus fire policies including, but not limited to:

a. Intentionally or recklessly causing a fire which damages College or personal property or which causes injury;

b. Failure to evacuate a College-controlled building during a fire alarm;

c. Improper use of College fire safety equipment; or

d. Tampering with or improperly engaging a fire alarm or fire detection/control equipment while on College property. Such action may result in a local fine in addition to College sanctions.

28. Unauthorized Entry. Misuse of access privileges to College premises or unauthorized entry to or use of buildings, including trespassing, propping or unauthorized use of alarmed doors for entry into or exit from a College building.

29. Demonstration. Participating in a demonstration which disrupts College operations, infringes on the rights of other members of the College community, or interferes with the freedom of movement of pedestrians and vehicles on College-owned or –controlled property.

 30. Rioting. Causing, inciting or participating in any disturbance that presents a  clear and present danger to self or others, causes physical harm to others, or damage and/or destruction of property, including conduct on College-owned or - controlled property or off-campus conduct that adversely affects the College community and/or the pursuit of its objectives.

31. Weapons. Possession, use, or distribution of explosives (including fireworks and ammunition), guns (including air, BB, paintball, facsimile weapons and pellet guns), or other weapons or dangerous objects such as tasers, stun guns, arrows, axes, machetes, nun chucks, throwing stars, or knives with a blade of longer than three inches, including the storage of any item that falls within the category of a weapon in a vehicle parked on College property. Exceptions to possession and use of firearms are certified law enforcement officers, students enrolled in Schoolcraft classes requiring firearms training, and College-owned firearms used for instructional purposes.

32. Alcohol. Use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages or paraphernalia except as expressly permitted by law and the College’s Alcohol Policy; or being under the influence of alcohol.

33. Drugs. Use, possession, manufacture, distribution, or sale of illegal drugs and other controlled substances or drug paraphernalia except as expressly permitted by federal law.

34. Prescription Medications. Abuse, misuse, sale, or distribution of prescription or over-the-counter medications.

35. Tobacco. Use of all tobacco products and electronic cigarettes is prohibited in all campus buildings, sidewalks, building entrances, common areas, and college-owned vehicles, with the exception of use in private vehicles.

36. Medical marijuana. The College will follow federal law regarding the use of medical marijuana.

37. Gambling. Gambling as prohibited by the laws of the State of Michigan (excludes approved charitable fundraising activities).

38. Computer Usage. Violating Schoolcraft College Computer Usage policies (available online at

39. Trademark. Unauthorized use (including misuse) of College or organizational names and images.

40. Copyright. Use of College resources to infringe upon copyright laws (print, digital and Internet) in all forms of media including, but not limited to, software, electronic encyclopedias, image files, video files, and sound files.

41.  Health and Safety. Creation of health and/or safety hazards (dangerous pranks, hanging out of or climbing from/on/in windows, balconies, roofs, etc.).

 42. Wheeled Devices. Skateboards, roller blades, roller skates, bicycles and similar wheeled devices are not permitted inside College buildings, or on tennis courts. Additionally, skateboards and other wheeled items may not be ridden on railings, curbs, benches, or any such fixtures that may be damaged by these activities and individuals may be liable for damage to College property caused by these activities.

43. Animals. Animals, with the exception of animals that provide assistance (e.g. seeing-eye dogs), are not permitted on campus except as permitted by law.

44. Ineligible Participation or Association. Participating or associating with a student organization without having met eligibility requirements established by the College.

45. Abuse of Resolution Process. Includes actions that interfere with this process. Examples include, but are not limited to, falsifying information, destroying or concealing information, trying to discourage someone from participating in the process, harassing or intimidating those who are taking part in the process, failing to comply with sanctions imposed as a result of the Resolution process, and trying to influence someone else to interfere with the process.

46. Failure to Comply. Failure to comply with the reasonable directives of College officials or law enforcement officers during the performance of their duties, failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so, and for students who have a student identification card in their possession, failure to produce that card when requested to do so.

47. Financial Responsibilities. Failure to promptly meet financial responsibilities to the institution, including, but not limited to; knowingly passing a worthless check or money order in payment to the institution or to an official of the institution acting in an official capacity.

48. Violations of Law. Evidence of violation of local, state or federal laws, when substantiated through the College’s conduct process.

49. Other Policies. Violating other published College policies or rules.