Code of Conduct

Students are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with generally accepted standards, while appropriately incorporating SCC’s values of integrity, community, respect and responsibility. The purpose of the Student Code of Conduct is not to restrict student rights but to protect the rights of all students in their academic pursuits.

Southeastern Community College considers the behavior described in the following sub-sections as inappropriate for the SCC community and in opposition to SCC’s values of integrity, community, respect, and responsibility.  These expectations and rules apply to all students, whether curriculum, continuing education, basic skills, early college, or career and college promise. SCC encourages community members to report to SCC officials all incidents that involve the following actions. Any student found to have committed or to have attempted to commit the following misconduct is subject to sanctions.

Integrity. Southeastern Community College students exemplify honesty, honor, and a respect for the truth in all of their dealings. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:

  • Falsification. Knowingly furnishing or possessing false, falsified or forged materials, documents, accounts, records, identification or financial instruments.
  • Academic Dishonesty - Acts of academic dishonesty, including but not limited to taking or acquiring possession of any academic material from a member of the college staff or student body without permission or unethically obtained study materials; receiving or giving help during tests; submitting papers or reports that are supposed to be original work but are not entirely the student’s own; and not giving credit for others’ work, plagiarism.
  • Copyright Infringement - Unauthorized use of any copyrighted material.
  • Unauthorized Access - Unauthorized access to any SCC building (i.e. keys, etc.) or unauthorized possession, duplication or use of means of access to any SCC building.
  • Collusion. Action or inaction with another or others to violate the Code of Student Conduct.
  • Election Tampering - Tampering with the election of any SCC recognized student organization.
  • Taking of Property - Intentional and unauthorized taking of SCC property or the personal property of another, including goods, services, and other valuables.
  • Stolen Property. Knowingly taking or maintaining possession of stolen property

Community.  Southeastern Community College students build and enhance their community. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:

  • Disruptive Behavior. Substantial disruption of SCC operations including obstruction of teaching, research, administration, other SCC activities, and/or other authorized non-SCC activities which occur on campus.
  • 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.
  • Unauthorized Entry. Misuse of access privileges to SCC premises or unauthorized entry to or use of buildings, including trespassing, propping or unauthorized use of alarmed doors for entry into or exit from an SCC building.
  • Trademark. Unauthorized use (including misuse) of SCC or organizational names and images.
  • Damage and Destruction. Intentional, reckless and/or unauthorized damage to or destruction of SCC property or the personal property of another.
  • IT and Acceptable Use. Violating the SCC Use of Information Systems policy.
  • Gambling. Gambling as prohibited by the laws of the State of North Carolina. Gambling may include raffles, lotteries, sports pools, and online betting activities.
  • 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 arrows, axes, machetes, nun-chucks, throwing stars, or knives with a blade of longer than four and a half inches (4 ½”), except as permitted by state law.
  • Tobacco. Smoking or tobacco, including but not limited to vaping, e-cigarettes, or any other electronic nicotine delivery system, use in any area of campus.
  • Fire Safety- Violation of local, state, federal or campus fire policies including, but not limited to:  
    • Intentionally or recklessly causing a fire which damages SCC or personal property or which causes injury.
    • Failure to evacuate an SCC controlled building during a fire alarm.
    • Improper use of SCC fire safety equipment; or
    • Tampering with or improperly engaging a fire alarm or fire detection/control equipment while on SCC property. Such action may result in a local fine in addition to SCC sanctions.
  • Ineligible Association. Associating with a student organization without having met eligibility requirements established by SCC.
  • Animals. Animals, with the exception of animals that provide assistance (e.g. service animals), and pets are not permitted on campus except as permitted by SCC policy.
  • Wheeled Devices. Skateboards, roller blades, roller skates, bicycles and similar wheeled devices are not permitted inside SCC buildings or on sidewalks. 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 SCC property caused by these activities

Respect - Southeastern Community College students recognize that respecting the dignity of every person is essential for creating and sustaining a flourishing college community. They understand and appreciate how their decisions and actions impact others and are just and equitable in their treatment of all members of the community. They show positive regard for each other and act to discourage and challenge those whose actions may be harmful to and/or diminish the worth of others. Conduct that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:

  • Discrimination. Any act or failure to act that is based upon an individual or group’s actual or perceived status (race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, citizenship, disability, veteran and genetic information, or other protected status) that is sufficiently severe that it limits or denies the ability to participate in or benefit from SCC’s educational program or activities.
  • Harassment. Any unwelcome conduct based on actual or perceived status including race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, citizenship, disability, veteran and genetic information, or other protected status. Any unwelcome conduct should be reported to campus officials, who will act to remedy and resolve reported incidents on behalf of the complainant and community.
  • Hostile Environment. Sanctions can and will be imposed for the creation of a hostile environment only when unwelcome harassment is sufficiently severe, pervasive (or persistent) and objectively offensive that it unreasonably interferes with, limits or denies the ability to participate in or benefit from SCC’s educational or employment program or activities.
  • Retaliatory Discrimination or Harassment. Any intentional, adverse action taken by a responding individual or allied third party, absent legitimate nondiscriminatory purposes, against a participant or supporter of a participant in a civil rights grievance proceeding or other protected activity under this Code.
  • By-standing
    • Complicity with or failure of any student to appropriately address known or obvious violations of the Code of Student Conduct or law.
    • Complicity with or failure of any organized group to appropriately address known or obvious violations of the Code of Student Conduct or law by its members.
  • Abuse of Conduct Process. Abuse or interference with, or failure to comply in, SCC processes including conduct and academic integrity hearings including, but not limited to:
    • Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information.
    • Failure to provide, destroying or concealing information during an investigation of an alleged policy violation.
    • Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in, or use of, the campus conduct system.
    • Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a member of a campus conduct body prior to, during, and/or following a campus conduct proceeding.
    • Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed by the campus conduct system.
    • Influencing, or attempting to influence, another person to commit an abuse of the campus conduct system.
  • Harm to Persons. Intentionally or recklessly causing physical harm or endangering the health or safety of any person. 
  • 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.
  • Intimidation. Intimidation defined as implied threats or acts that cause a reasonable fear of harm in another.
  • Bullying and Cyberbullying. Bullying and cyberbullying are repeated and/or severe aggressive behaviors that intimidate or intentionally harm or control another person physically or emotionally and are not protected by freedom of expression.
  • Hazing. Defined as an act that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or that destroys or removes public or private 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 this policy.
  • Intimate Partner/Relationship Violence. Violence or abuse by a person in an intimate relationship with another.
  • Stalking. Stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that is unwelcome and would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.
  • Sexual Misconduct. Sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to, sexual harassment, non-consensual sexual contact, non-consensual sexual intercourse, and/or sexual exploitation.
  • Public Exposure. Includes deliberately and publicly exposing one’s intimate body parts, public urination, defecation, and public sex acts.

Responsibility - Southeastern Community College students are given and accept a high level of responsibility to self, to others, and to the community. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:

  • Alcohol. Use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages or paraphernalia except as expressly permitted by law and within the limitations of SCC’s Policy 2.04 Drug and Alcohol Policy and associated procedures.
  • Drugs. Use, possession or distribution of illegal drugs and other controlled substances or drug paraphernalia except as expressly permitted by law and within the limitations of SCC’s Policy 2.04 Drug and Alcohol Policy and associated procedures.
  • Prescription Medications. Abuse, misuse, sale, or distribution of prescription or over-the-counter medications;
  • Failure to Comply. Failure to comply with the reasonable directives of SCC officials or law enforcement officers during the performance of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so.
  • Financial Responsibilities. Failure to promptly meet financial responsibilities to the institution.
  • Other Policies. Violating other published SCC policies or rules, including parking and driving policies and procedures.
  • Health and Safety. Creation of health and/or safety hazards (driving, dangerous pranks, hanging out of or climbing from/on/in windows, balconies, roofs, etc.)
  • Violations of Law. Evidence of violation of local, state or federal laws, when substantiated through the SCC’s conduct process.