Student Handbook

General Conduct Rules and Regulations

All College personnel are inherently responsible for the maintenance of acceptable conduct of persons on the College premises. Such a responsibility can be manifested as informally as a verbally expressed concern to a transgressing individual or a more formal expression of concern to a department head, divisional dean, or vice president.

In an instance of a violation, the President or his/her designee has the authority to make a determination and impose a sanction. Unless otherwise noted, the student has the right to appeal a given sanction.

Application of College disciplinary procedures regarding any of the following subsections will not preclude criminal or civil prosecution by any party having a legal right to prosecute. The President, under authority delegated by the Board of Trustees, is empowered to request police assistance from local, state, and federal agencies. The President may also make the decision to initiate injunction proceedings when deemed necessary.

Monroe Community College prohibits the following behavior:

    1. Alcohol
        a. The use, sale, transfer, or possession of alcoholic beverages on College premises
        b. Knowingly being in the presence or possession of alcoholic beverages or empty alcohol containers on College premises
        c. Disruptive behavior exhibited as a result of alcohol use, whether the use was on or off campus
    2. Amplification - use of amplification/audiovisual equipment and/or interference with any public, office, library, classroom, or other College function in any of the reservation facilities without prior approval from the Campus Events Office
    3. Animals
        a. Possession or accompaniment of animals in any campus building at any time - exceptions include laboratory animals, service/comfort animals as defined and recognized through the Services for Students with Disabilities Office, and the Housing and Residence Life pet policy guidelines for professional staff
        b. Improper handling or behavior of a service or comfort animal
        c. Failure to clean up after a service or comfort animal
    4. Assault
        a. Non-physical violence or abuse, including verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person
        b. Actual or attempted slapping, kicking, shoving, or otherwise striking another person
    5. Attempt - attempting to engage in conduct which, if completed, would result in the violation of any rule applicable to the College
    6. College grounds
        a. Use of College space and grounds by an organization or person without reservation of the space or proper authorization
        b. Operation of bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, or other recreational items in a reckless or unsafe manner on College grounds
        c. Storage of bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, or other recreational items within any College building or facility without appropriate authorization
    7. Complicity - the aiding, assisting, or abetting any person or persons in any action or conduct stated to be prohibited
    8. Computer and technology use
        a. Unauthorized entry into a file to use, read, or change the contents, or for any other purpose
        b. Use of another individual’s identification and/or password, or revealing the password to anyone, including faculty and staff
        c. Use of computing facilities and resources to:
            i. interfere with the work of another student, faculty, or college official
            ii. send obscene, harassing, or abusive messages, or view lewd or pornographic materials
            iii. interfere with normal operation of the College computing system
            iv. violate copyright laws
            v. advertise or run a business or organization
        d. Any attempt to bypass accounting or security mechanisms, circumvent data-protection or system consistency schemes, or uncover security loopholes
        e. Use of technology or social media outlets to harass or bully an individual or organization
        f. Use of any device for listening to, observing, photographing, recording, amplifying, transmitting, or broadcasting sounds or events occurring in any place where the individual/group has a reasonable expectation of being free from unwanted surveillance, eavesdropping, or recording, including the use of Unmanned Aerial Devices (UAV), Recreational Aerial Vehicles (RAV) and drones.
    9. Demonstrations
        a. Participation in a campus demonstration which disrupts the normal operations of the College and infringes on the rights of other members of the College community; leading or inciting others to disrupt schedules and/or normal activities within any campus building or area; intentional obstruction which unreasonably interferes with freedom of movement
        b. Providing or dispensing of materials that could lead to harm or injury to a person, including, but not limited to, self-defense spray, objects that can be thrown, objects that can be used to deface property, etc.
    10. Destruction of property
        a. Destroying, defacing, materially altering, or otherwise damaging property not his or her own. This includes, but is not limited to, doors, windows, swipe card mechanisms, restroom equipment, vending machine equipment, College transportation equipment, etc.
        b. Creating a condition which endangers or threatens property not his or her own
    11. Discrimination - unfair treatment of a person or group based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, familial status, gender identity or expression, age, genetic information, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, domestic violence victim status, and/or criminal conviction.
    12. Dishonesty
        a. Repeated violation of the Academic Honesty Policy or other incidents of dishonesty that involve complicity on a large scale
        b. Furnishing false information to any College official, faculty member, employee, or office
        c. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any instrument of identification, including, but not limited to, driver’s licenses, passports, MCC ID cards, etc.
        d. Use or attempted use of counterfeit money
        e. Forgery, alteration, falsification, or misuse of any College or official document, supplies, or record, including, but not limited to:
            i. Submission of a falsified universal grade change form to the College
            ii. Submission of false grade information of any sort to a College office or department, employer, academic institution, etc.
            iii. Altering any academic coursework and/or examinations so as to unjustly affect the grade awarded to that assignment
            iv. Knowingly falsifying application information
    13. Disorderly conduct
        a. Conduct that is disorderly, lewd, or indecent, or causes a breach of the peace
        b. Aiding, abetting, or procuring another person to breach the peace on College premises, or at functions sponsored or participated in by the College
    14. Disruption - the obstruction or disruption of any College function, class, or activity; general disruption that results in Public Safety or other public servant/faculty/staff response or intervention, both on and off campus
    15. Election tampering - tampering with the election process of any College-recognized student organization
    16. Failure to comply - the refusal to obey any reasonable or lawful request, order, or directive of a College Public Safety officer, faculty member, administrator, or any other identified representative of the College
    17. Fire and Safety
        a. Tampering with, misuse of, or negligent activation of fire alarms and firefighting equipment, including, but not limited to, fire extinguishers, fire hoses, heat and smoke detectors, sprinkler systems, etc.
        b. Causing a fire or explosion or unauthorized use of any potential incendiary device or equipment
        c. Tampering with, or misuse of, or rendering useless any elevator device or systems
        d. Failure to exit the building during a fire alarm or drill, except as authorized in a documented safety plan
        e. Use of elevators during a fire alarm or drill
        f. Possession and/or use of any equipment or materials that is/are determined to be a fire or safety hazard, including but not limited to:
            i. Any device with an open flame (candles, Bunsen burners, etc.)
            ii. Combustible/flammable liquids (butane, gasoline, etc.)
            iii. Hoverboards, motorized self-balancing or hands-free scooters
            iv. Explosives, or any other hazardous materials including sparklers and fireworks
            v. In the residence halls, non-UL approved appliances or appliances/items that are on the prohibited items list on the Housing and Residence Life website
        g. Storage of any motor vehicle or internal combustion machine within any College building
    18. Gambling – Money and/or other valuables being exchanged or wagered
    19. Harassment – unwelcome verbal, non-verbal, or physical conduct, based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, familial status, gender identity or expression, age, genetic information, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, domestic violence victim status, and/or criminal conviction, that is sufficiently persistent or pervasive such that it unreasonably interferes with, denies, or limits someone’s ability to participate in or benefit from the College’s educational program and/or activities, and is based on power differentials, the creation of a hostile environment, or retaliation.
    20. Hazing - any act which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or which 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
    21. Judicial system - abuse of the disciplinary process, including, but not limited to:
        a. Failure to obey a summons of a judicial body or College official
        b. Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information before a judicial body
        c. Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a judicial proceeding
        d. Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in, or use of, the judicial system
        e. Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of a judicial body prior to and/or during the course of the judicial proceeding
        f. Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a member of a judicial body prior to, during, and/or after a judicial proceeding
        g. Failure to comply with the sanctions imposed under the Student Code of Conduct
        h. Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the judicial system
    22. Keys/ID access
        a. Unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of keys or IDs to any College premises
        b. Unauthorized entry to, or use of, College premises
    23. Laws - any conduct which constitutes a violation of the laws of the United States, the State of New York, Monroe County, or any other civil jurisdiction
    24. Leaving the scene - attempting to flee or unlawfully leaving the area of an accident, crime, a College violation (and/or areas of potential accidents, crimes, or violations), or avoiding being apprehended or questioning by the College or other law enforcement agencies
    25. Publicity and Posting – distributing promotional material that is not approved by the Office of Campus Life and/or the Housing and Residence Life Office
    26. Rules - failure to abide by any of the College’s published policies, rules, and regulations, or any of the published policies of Housing and Residence Life
    27. Sexual Misconduct – Please refer to the above section called SUNY Definitions of Sexual Misconduct for definitions of the following:
        a. Sex discrimination
        b. Sexual harassment
        c. Sexual assault I
        d. Sexual assault II
        e. Sexual exploitation
        f. Dating violence
        g. Domestic violence
        h. Stalking
        i. Retaliation
    28. Smoking - Smoking and/or tobacco use is prohibited within the boundaries of College property, including all buildings, facilities, indoor and outdoor spaces, and grounds owned, rented or operated by the College. This includes, but is not limited to, parking lots, walkways, sidewalks, stairwells, college vehicles, residence halls, and private vehicles parked or operated on College property.
    29. Substances
        a. The use, sale, transfer, or possession of illegal substances and/or related paraphernalia on College premises
        b. Knowingly being in the presence of illegal substances
        c. Disruptive behavior exhibited as a result of substance use, whether the use was on or off campus
    30. Theft - using, taking, and/or possessing property or services that are knowingly not his or her own with intention to deprive the owner of his/her rights
    31. Traffic and Driving
        a. The obstruction of the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic, or the free access to, or exit from, any part of the College premises
        b. Unsafe or unauthorized use of a motor vehicle on campus grounds, including operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs
        c. Repeated failure to pay parking tickets and/or address traffic fines/citations
    32. Trespass/unauthorized entry - knowingly entering or remaining in a building, office, residence hall room, apartment, or any other College property at any time without permission or authorization
    33. Weapons
        a. Possession or use of any dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument on any college-owned or controlled property or at any college-sponsored or supervised function. For purposes of these guidelines, a “dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument” includes but is not limited to any: firearm, shotgun, rifle, pistol, air rifle, BB gun, folding pocket knife, dirk, dagger, locking blade knife, switch blade knife, brass knuckles, blackjack, billy club, nun-chuck sticks, sling shot, taser, stun gun, shocker, razor blade, acid, metal pipe, sharpened wood or metal trap, or any other weapon, instrument or object designed or modified to inflict physical harm on another person or animal. In the interest of protecting students, college personnel, or campus visitors, the College retains discretion to determine what constitutes a dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument.
        b. The possession of any replica or “fake” copy of a weapon which can, to a reasonable person, seem real.

Monroe Community College prohibits the following behaviors in the residence halls (items 34 through 38):
    34. Guest/Visitation Policy
        a. Hosting a guest who does not comply with directives given by College officials or violates any Housing and Residence Life or College policy
        b. Failure to appropriately sign in a guest
        c. Hosting more than two guests at one time; collectively hosting more than 12 people in a suite at one time
        d. Unauthorized visitation of a guest for more than three nights in a two-week period
    35. Cleanliness - Failure to maintain a level of cleanliness in your residence hall room or suite or failure to rectify documented cleanliness issues within your suite.
    36. Quiet Hours – failure to act responsibly and not interfere with the rights, comfort, or safety of roommates, suitemates or other residents; creating excessive noise
    37. Solicitation – soliciting any sales, services, or products door to door in a residence hall; advertising or using the residence halls as a place of business
    38. Suite agreement – failure to abide by the agreement signed by the members of your suite