Student Code of Conduct Terminology & Definitions

Student Code of Conduct Terminology & Definitions

The terms "college" or "College" or "campus" or "DACC" all mean Danville Area Community College

The term “student” includes all persons taking courses at Danville Area Community College, either full or part time, credit or non-credit. Persons who withdraw after allegedly violating the Student Code of Conduct, who are not officially enrolled in a course but who have a continuing relationship with the College or who are in the process of enrolling in a course are still considered “students.”

The term “faculty member” means any person hired by DACC to conduct classroom or teaching activities or who is otherwise considered by the College to be a member of the faculty.

The term “administrator” includes any person employed by DACC, performing assigned administrative or professional responsibility.

The term “staff” includes any person employed by DACC, performing duties assigned.

The term “member of the DACC college community” includes any person who is a student, faculty member, DACC administrator, staff, volunteer, or any other person employed by or contracted to perform services for the College. A person’s status in a particular situation shall be determined by the Vice President of Human Resources or his/her designee.

The term “college premises” includes all land, buildings, facilities, and other property owned, used, or controlled by DACC [including adjacent streets and sidewalks].

The term “Student Conduct Hearing Committee” means any person or persons authorized by the Vice President of Student Services to determine whether a student has violated the Student Code of Conduct and to recommend sanctions that may be imposed when a violation has been found to have occurred.

The term “Student Conduct Officer” means a DACC official authorized on a case-by case-basis by to investigate and impose sanctions upon any student(s) found to have violated the Student Code of Conduct.

The term “Appeals Committee” means any person or persons authorized by the DACC President to consider an appeal from the Student Conduct Officer’s or Student Conduct Hearing Committee’s determination as to whether a student has violated the Student Code of Conduct or from the sanctions imposed by the Student Conduct Officer or Student Conduct Hearing Committee.

The terms “will” and “shall” is used to refer to something a person is expected to do.

The term “may” is used in the permissive sense.

The term “policy” refers to those policies that have been adopted by the Board of Trustees and are included in the College’s Policy Manual.

The term “procedure” refers to the written regulations of DACC as found in, but not limited to, the Student Code of Conduct, Student Handbook, and in the College Catalog.

The term “academic dishonesty” is defined as dishonesty or deception in fulfilling academic requirements and is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, un-permitted collaboration, forged attendance (when attendance is required), fabrication (e.g., use of invented information or falsification of research or other findings ), using advantages not approved by the instructor (e.g., unauthorized review of a copy of an exam ahead of time), knowingly permitting another student to plagiarize or cheat from one’s work, or submitting the same assignment in different courses without consent of the instructor.

The term “cheating” is defined as any attempt by a student to answer questions on a test, quiz, or assignment by means other than his or her own knowledge. Examples include the following:

  • Using the textbook or other materials, such as a notebook, not authorized for use during an examination.
  • Using technology (i.e. cell phones, laptop computers, social media, text messages, etc.) to aid in the completion of work when not permitted to do so.
  • Observing the work of another student or allowing another student to plagiarize, copy, or observe your work.
  • Using unauthorized material during a test such as notes, formula lists, notes written on clothing, etc.
  • Taking a quiz, exam, or similar evaluation in the place of another person.
  • Providing or requesting assistance from another person in a manner prohibited by the instructor.
  • Acquiring unauthorized knowledge of an examination or any part of an examination.
  • Submitting the same paper in two different courses without the knowledge and consent of instructors.

The term “plagiarism” includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgement. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.

The term “Reporting Party” or “Referring Party” mean any person who submits a referral alleging that a student violated this Student Code of Conduct.

The term “Complainant” means any person who is alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. The Complainant is not always the same person who submitted the referral concerning the charges. Regardless of whether the Complainant submitted the referral concerning the charges, the Complainant will be afforded all the basic rights (i.e., the right to an advisor) outlined in the Code of Conduct Procedures below.

The term “Accused” or “Respondent” or “Accused Student” refers to the student who is charged with violating the DACC Student Code of Conduct. He or she will be asked to respond to the report and follow the conduct procedures noted below. These terms can be used interchangeably. Please note: The College’s Sex-Based Misconduct Policy and Procedures contain their own definitions of “Complainant” and “Respondent,” with which students should familiarize themselves.

The term “disruptive behavior” includes, but is not limited to the following:

  1. Behavior that causes a disruption to either academic endeavors or the administration of the College;
  2. Conduct that disrupts any authorized or sponsored College event;
  3. The blocking of an entrance, exit, or access to any College facility, area, road, stairway and/or walkway;
  4. Behavior that could endanger life or property
  5. Behavior that infringes on the rights of other members of the College community;
  6. Leading or inciting others to disrupt scheduled and/or normal activities within any campus building or area

The term “hazing” means any activity expected of someone joining or participating in a group that a reasonable person would find to humiliate, degrade, abuse, or endanger them, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate.

The term “bullying” means unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. There are 6 main types of bullying: 1) verbal, 2) social, 3) physical, 4) relational aggression, 5) cyberbullying, and 6) prejudicial bullying.

The term “FERPA” means the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Among other provisions, FERPA deals with the release of student education records, and affords students certain rights regarding those records.