Student Code of Conduct

Prohibited Conduct

Though the following is not an inclusive list, any student found to have engaged, or attempted to engage, in any of the following conduct while within the College’s jurisdiction, will be subject to disciplinary action by the College.

  1.  Disruption of, or interference with, any College activity, including teaching, administration, or other public service functions on or off campus, or other authorized non-College activities, when the act occurs on College premises;
  2.  Harassment. Violations of this policy include, but are not limited to:
    1.  Any act, display or communication that reflects Sexual Misconduct, Sexual and intimate partner violence and Stalking.
    2.  Any act, display, or communication that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her personal safety. This includes, but is not limited to, physical coercion or restraint.
    3.  Any act, display, or communication that causes substantial injury or distress on the part of the person or persons to whom it is specifically directed that results in the individual being deprived of educational activities or opportunities. This includes, but is not limited to, unwanted sexual advances or request for sexual favors.
    4.  Any attempt to repeatedly make contact, either in person or electronically, with a person over his/her stated objections, when such contact serves no legitimate purpose. This includes, but is not limited to, intentionally following another person in or about a public place or places.
  3.  Sexual harassment of any person. (See Sexual Harassment Policy in College Catalog).
  4.  Public intoxication or the use, possession, sale, attempted sale, barter, exchange, gift or distribution of alcoholic beverages except as expressly permitted by law and College regulations;
  5.  Attempted or actual theft of and/or damage to property of the College or property of a member of the College community or other personal or public property on campus;
  6.  Gambling, including unlawful games of chance for money or anything of value and the sale, barter, or other disposition of a ticket, order, or any interest in a scheme of chance by any name;
  7.  Solicitation, distribution, selling or promotion of materials on Cincinnati State owned or controlled property. Exceptions may be made for recognized student organizations after registering with the appropriate College official or permission from the event scheduling office;
  8.  Failure to comply with the directions of College officials or law enforcement officers acting in the performance of their duties, and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so;
  9.  Participation in a campus demonstration or unauthorized assembly that 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 scheduled activities in any campus building or area; or intentional obstruction that unreasonably interferes with freedom of movement, either pedestrian or vehicular;
  10.  Permitting another person to use his or her College identification card, impersonating another person, or misrepresenting authorization to act on behalf of another person;
  11.  Knowingly instituting a false charge against another person;
  12.  Unauthorized use, alteration or in any way tampering with fire equipment, safety devices or safety equipment;
  13.  Leaving children unattended while on campus;
  14.  Failure to comply with the official and proper order of a duly designated college official;
  15.  Using electronic or other means to make a video or photographic record of any person in a location where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy without the person’s prior knowledge, when such a recording is likely to cause injury, distress, or damage to reputation. This includes, but is not limited to, taking video or photographic images in shower/locker rooms or restrooms. The storing, sharing, and/or distributing of such unauthorized records by any means is also prohibited;
  16.  Physical abuse (e.g. fighting), verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, stalking, coercion and/or conduct that threatens or endangers the health and safety of any person;
  17.  Use, possession, sale, attempted sale, barter, exchange, gift or distribution of narcotic or other controlled substances, or drug paraphernalia, except as expressly permitted by law;
  18.  Misuse or misappropriation of College funds;
  19.  Acts of dishonesty, including, but not limited to, the following:
    1.  Furnishing false information to a College official or faculty member,
    2.  Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any College document, record, or instrument of identification,
    3.  Tampering with the election of any College recognized student organization.
  20.  Hazing of any individual or organization as defined by the laws of the State of Ohio. Hazing is 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 of continued membership in a group or organization, for which the acts do not result in bodily injury to any person;
  21.  Theft or abuse of computer time, including, but not limited to:
    1.  Unauthorized entrance into a file to intentionally damage, disable or impair computing or telecommunications equipment or software,
    2.  Acquisition or use of software that does not adhere to applicable software licenses and copyright laws or is not consistent with College computer use policies,
    3.  Introduction of viruses or other destructive software in College computer facilities,
    4.  Unauthorized transfer of a file.
    5.  Unauthorized use of another individual’s identification and password.
    6.  Use of computing facilities to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member, or College official,
    7.  Use of computing facilities to interfere with the normal operation of the College computing systems.
    8.  Any violation of the Cincinnati State acceptable use of Information Technology Policy found in the College catalog.
    9.  Use of computer facilities to send or view obscene or threatening messages and/or images.
    10.  Unauthorized access to secured computer labs.
  22.  Unauthorized or fraudulent use of the College name, seal, emblem, nickname, mascot, or motto;
  23.  Unauthorized entry and/or occupancy of College facilities, including unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of keys to any College facility;
  24.  Conduct which is disorderly, lewd, or indecent; breach of peace; or aiding, abetting, or procuring another person to breach the peace on College premises or at functions sponsored by, or participated in by, the College.
  25.  Conduct which is disorderly, lewd, or indecent; breach of peace; or aiding, abetting, or procuring another person to breach the peace on College premises or at functions sponsored by, or participated in by, the College.
  26.  Trespass on College grounds – unauthorized entry into restricted areas, entry into College buildings when College is closed to the public.
  27.  Use, possession, or carrying of firearms (including, but not limited to, pistols, rifles, shotguns, or ammunition), incendiary devices, smoke devices, knives, explosives or other dangerous weapons while on College owned or controlled property, or at College sponsored or supervised activities, except by College and other police officers and other persons specifically authorized by the College;
  28.  Any action that causes or attempts to cause a fire or explosion, including bomb threats, or any intentionally false reporting of a fire, or any tampering with the safety devices or the failure to leave College buildings during a fire alarm;
  29.  The denial of services or access to activities to an individual because of his or her race, religion, age, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation or disability;
  30.  Battery or physical abuse of any person resulting in bodily injury;
  31.  Violation of a federal or state felony offense law or any off-campus illegal activity that could pose an imminent threat to the safety of any member of the College community;
  32.  Violation of any college policy, prohibited conduct, federal or state misdemeanor offense, or equivalent offense under city or county law, involving no bodily injury or threat of bodily injury to any person;
  33.  Smoking of any kind is prohibited on the campus (this includes e-cigarettes).

Social Media

Cincinnati State does not prohibit students from joining and participating in online communities as individuals. However, any online behavior (e.g. cyber bullying, verbal threatening behavior, etc.) that violates the College’s Student Code of Conduct which is brought to the attention of a College official will be treated as any other violation of the Student Code of Conduct.

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