Student Rights and Responsibilities

Code of Student Conduct (Board Policy 20-35)

The College will maintain a Code of Student Conduct to provide fair and reasonable rules and procedures to promote personal development and to ensure that students do not engage in conduct that interferes with the operations of the College. Students are responsible for their own conduct in complying with existing College policies regarding student behavior. The College will maintain disciplinary procedures to address violations of the Code of Student Conduct.

Code of Student Conduct Procedures

Conduct which interferes with College purposes is not acceptable, yet a member of the College community can rightfully expect that the College will exercise with restraint its power to regulate student behavior and that rules and regulations will be adopted only when the educational process clearly and directly requires such action. Students are accountable for their own conduct. Sanctions for violations of College rules and regulations for conduct which interferes with college affairs will be addressed by the College. Student conduct which involves an alleged violation of criminal law, will be referred to appropriate civil authorities.

Students at College of DuPage are expected to demonstrate qualities of morality, integrity, honesty, civility, honor and respect. Behavior which violates these standards for which discipline may be imposed includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. Cheating, plagiarism, forgery, misrepresentation and all forms of academic dishonesty.
  2. Purposely furnishing false information to any College official, faculty member or office.
  3. Forgery, alteration or misuse of any College document, record, form or instrument of identification.
  4. Failure to meet College financial obligations.
  5. Verbal abuse, physical abuse, assault, threats, intimidation, harassment, sexual harassment, coercion or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health and safety of any person on College premises.
  6. Intentional damage, destruction, attempt to damage or destroy, theft or attempted theft of College property or the property of College personnel, other students or any other person or the property of independent contractors maintained or stored on College premises.
  7. Theft, attempted theft or mutilation of Library materials.
  8. Disruption or obstruction of any operation of the College, including, but not limited to, teaching, learning, disciplinary proceedings, college activities, public service functions on or off-campus or other authorized non-college activities when the act occurs on College premises.
  9. Illegal or unauthorized use of computing resources as defined in the Information Technology "Electronic Communications Guidelines" located in the Office of the Vice President of Information Technology and on the Information Technology website at www.cod.edu/it including, but not limited to:
    1. Unauthorized entry into a file to use, read or change the contents or for any other purpose.
    2. Unauthorized transfer of a file.
    3. Unauthorized use of a computer account, identification number or password.
    4. Use of computing facilities to interfere with any other person's work.
    5. Use of computing facilities to interfere with the operation of the College computing system or any other computing system.
    6. Unauthorized use or copying of copyrighted software.
    7. Use of computing facilities to send obscene or abusive messages or images.
    8. The installation or use of a program whose effect is to damage computer systems, media or files
    9. Unauthorized use of computer time for personal or business purposes.
  10. Unauthorized use of College telephones, facsimile (fax) machines or other College equipment.
  11. Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys to any College premises, unauthorized entry or attempted unauthorized entry to College premises, unauthorized occupancy or use of College premises.
  12. Conduct, behavior or involvement in an activity which causes or may reasonably lead College authorities to anticipate substantial injury or disruption or material interference with College activities or the rights of others.
  13. Possession, use, distribution or attempt to use or distribute an illegal or controlled substance or look-alike. Refer to Board Policy 25-5, Drug Free School.
  14. Possession, use, distribution or attempt to use or distribute alcoholic beverages. Refer to Board Policy 25-5, Drug-Free Schools.
  15. Use of tobacco products is prohibited in all indoor College facilities, owned or leased, and in all college-owned vehicles. Refer to Board Policy 10-160, Smoke-Free Campus.
  16. Use or possession of a firearm, weapon or explosive, including, but not limited to, a pistol, revolver, switchblade knife, bomb or any object containing noxious or dangerous chemicals, unless such use or possession is authorized by the College of DuPage Police Department.
  17. Gambling of any kind.
  18. Violation of published College Board Policies as stated in the College of DuPage Board Policy Manual, College of DuPage Administrative Procedures, departmental policies and procedures and College of DuPage Police Department procedures.
  19. Violation of federal, state or local law on College premises or at College-sponsored or supervised activities.
  20. Abuse of the judicial system, including, but not limited to:
    1. Failure to obey the summons of a judicial body or College official.
    2. Falsification, distortion or misrepresentation of information before a judicial body.
    3. Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a judicial proceeding.
    4. Initiation of a judicial proceeding knowingly without cause.
    5. Attempting to discourage an individual's proper participation in, or use of, the judicial system.
    6. Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of a judicial body prior to, and/or during the course of the judicial proceeding.
    7. Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the judicial system.

Violation of Federal, State or Local Laws (Board Policy 20-40)

  1. College disciplinary proceedings may be initiated against a student charged with a violation of a federal, state or local law which is also a violation of the Student Code of Conduct; that is, if both violations result from the same factual situation, without regard to pending civil litigation in court or criminal arrest and prosecution. Proceedings under this code may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with or following civil or criminal proceedings off-campus.
  2. When a student is charged by federal, state or local authorities with a violation of law, the College will not request or agree to special consideration for that individual because of the individual's status as a student. If the alleged offense is also the subject of a proceeding before a judicial body under the Student Code of Conduct (Refer to the College Catalog), however, the College may advise off-campus authorities of the existence of the Student Code of Conduct and how such matters will be handled internally within the college community. The College will cooperate fully with law enforcement and other agencies in the enforcement of criminal law, on College of DuPage premises. Individual students and college employees, acting in their personal capacities, remain free to interact with governmental representatives as they consider appropriate.

For more information, contact the Dean of Student Affairs, (630) 942-2485.

Code of Academic Conduct (Board Policy 20-41)

College of DuPage is committed to the promotion of absolute integrity and high ethical standards of individual honesty in academic work. As members of the College community, students are expected to refrain from academic dishonesty in all forms, including but not limited to: cheating, plagiarism, furnishing false information, abuse of academic materials, misconduct during a testing situation, facilitating academic dishonesty, and misuse of identification with intent to defraud or deceive.

All work submitted by students is expected to be the result of the student's individual thoughts, research and self-expression. When students use ideas, wording, or organization from another source, the source shall be acknowledged appropriately. The College will maintain disciplinary procedures to address violations of the Code of Academic Conduct.

Code of Academic Conduct Procedures

As members of the College of DuPage Community, we have expectations of both faculty and students. Thus, there must be a shared commitment to the highest standards of learning. Faculty and students have mutual responsibility for establishing a clear understanding of the importance of honest academic behavior and for practicing the College of DuPage values of Integrity, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility. Together we envision a positive learning environment that promotes the open exchange of ideas by practicing civility as defined in the Code of Student Conduct and ethical learning behaviors as defined in the Code of Academic Conduct.

Violations and Sanctions

Violations of the Code of Academic Conduct are activities (observed or reported) or materials that are deceitful and dishonest. Violations of the Code will be reported and determined in accordance with the processes described in the procedures relating to academic integrity. Sanctions for violations of the Code will be based upon the nature of the violation and may include any of the sanctions in the procedures relating to academic integrity.

Responsibilities of Students and Faculty

The objective of the Code of Academic Conduct is to sustain an environment in which students recognize and demonstrate the importance of being accountable for their academic behavior: Students have the responsibility to:

  • Become fully knowledgeable of the Code of Academic Conduct;
  • Produce their own work;
  • Encourage honesty and integrity among their fellow students

Faculty members have the responsibility to:

  • Review classroom expectations with respect to all aspects of academic honesty;
  • Describe those expectations clearly in the class syllabus;
  • Inform the student directly of any charges of academic dishonesty;
  • Refer students to the Dean of Student Affairs in a consistently applied manner.

Definitions-Behaviors Covered by the Code of Academic Conduct

As members of the College community, students are expected to refrain from academic dishonesty in all forms, including, but not limited to:

Cheating - copying or attempting to copy from another student in any work submitted for evaluation, whether tests or assignments; intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids; use of any unauthorized assistance, resources, materials or electronic/ cellular devices with or without photographic capability in taking quizzes, tests or examinations; altering graded work after it has been returned, then submitting the work to be re-graded.

Plagiarism - the reproduction of ideas, words or statements of another person as one's own without acknowledgement, or use of an agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.

Unauthorized Collaboration - intentionally sharing or working together on an academic exercise when such actions are not approved by the course instructor.

Furnishing False Information - intentional and unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation furnished to any College official, faculty member or office; misuse of identification with intent to defraud or deceive.

Facilitation of Academic Dishonesty - permitting or attempting to help another violate the Code of Academic Conduct; alteration or sabotage of another student's work, such as tampering with laboratory experiments.

Abuse of Academic Materials - Destroying, stealing, or making inaccessible library, laboratory or other academic resource material, or attempting to do so; stealing or otherwise obtaining advance copies of placement tests; the acquisition, without permission, of a test or other academic material belonging to College of DuPage, to any department, or to any staff member; duplicating copyrighted software without authorization or using such software on College computers; "hacking" on College computers or installing "virus" programs.

Bribes, Favors and Threats - Bribing or attempting to bribe, promising favors to, or making threats against, any person with the intention of affecting an evaluation of a student's academic performance; conspiring with another person who then performs one of these acts on one's behalf.

Complicity in Academic Dishonesty - Helping another commit an act of academic dishonesty, especially providing material or information to another person with knowledge that this will be used deceitfully in an academic evaluation activity; permitting one's own work to be submitted by another person as if it were that person's original work.

Falsification of Records and Official Documents - Altering transcripts, grade reports or other documents affecting academic records; forging a signature of authorization or falsifying information on any academic document, such as permission forms, petitions or other documents.

Personal Misrepresentation and Proxy - Taking another person's place in an exam, placement test or other academic activity, either before or after enrollment; having another person participate in an academic evaluation activity or evaluation in place of oneself.