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Standards of Conduct


The Board of Trustees of North Arkansas College has the authority to establish rules and regulations which will facilitate the operation of the college and which are in the best interest of the college community. North Arkansas College assumes that, by the act of registering, the student agrees to obey all rules and regulations set forth by the college. The administration reserves the right to deny participation in the internal life of the college community to any individual or group that knowingly and deliberately violates any campus rule with which they disagree. Students do not have the right to invade the privacy of others, to damage the property of others, to disrupt the regular and essential operation of the college, or to interfere with the rights of others. The jurisdiction and discipline of the college shall apply to conduct that occurs on property owned, occupied, or used by the college; while a student is attending or participating in any college related activity; or in any location if the conduct adversely affects the student’s suitability as a member of the college community or is detrimental to the interests of the institution. Violation of these policies may result in probation or suspension from any classroom activity. If you are a victim of or witness a violation of any of the following policies please fill out a Student Safety Form and return it to the Student Services Office, Room 185. A copy of this form is located at the back of this handbook or you may obtain a copy in the Student Services Office.


1. Cellular Phones and Pagers
The use of cellular phones and pagers in the classroom is prohibited at Northark.


2. Firearms or Weapons
Carrying and using firearms, ammunition, knives, clubs or any other assault weapon on college property is prohibited by state statute. Firearms and weapons may not be kept in the building or in vehicles on campus. Discharge of firecrackers or any other type of firework is prohibited.


3. Gambling
Any form of gambling on campus or at any college-sponsored activity is forbidden by state statute.


4. Intoxicants and Drugs
The use or possession of drugs, intoxicating liquors, and/or beer while on college property is strictly prohibited by state statute. Entering the campus under the influence of drugs or intoxicating liquor is likewise prohibited.


5. Physical or Verbal Abuse
Physical or verbal abuse of any person on the property of North Arkansas College or disregard for the physical well-being, or rights of any person on Northark-owned property or any conduct which threatens or endangers the health, safety, or well-being of any such person is prohibited.


6. Student Dress
Northark students are expected to dress in a manner appropriate for responsible adults in an educational setting.


7. Theft
Theft, vandalism, defacement or damage to property of North Arkansas College, its premises, or to the property of other students or members of the Northark community is prohibited.


8. Threats
Any act of threat, including profane or abusive language, perpetrated for the purpose of harassing or submitting any member of the College to pain, discomfort, or indignity, whether in or on Northark property is prohibited.


9. Tobacco
Tobacco product use is prohibited throughout the Northark buildings on the North, South and Center Campuses. Northark is a TOBACCO FREE campus.

10. Vandalism
Students are expected to respect the property of the college and that of others. Damage to or destruction of such property is prohibited.

 

Protection of Academic Integrity

Academic fraud and dishonesty (as defined below) are regarded as offenses requiring disciplinary action.

Cheating:
Intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise.


Facilitating academic dishonesty:
Intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another commit an act of academic dishonesty.


Plagiarism:
To intentionally take and use as one’s own the ideas, writing, or research of another individual.


Test Tampering:
Intentionally gaining access to restricted test materials including booklets, banks, questions, or answers before a test is given; or tampering with questions or answers after a test is completed.


Students may resolve disciplinary action by following the proper steps:
Instructor, Dean or Program Director, Vice-President of Learning, Institutional Standards and Appeals Committee. Cases of cheating and plagiarism at Northark are considered to be serious offenses and are subject to one or more of the following alternatives:


1. No credit for the assignment or opportunity for make-up.
2. Loss of credit and dropped from the course.
3. Permanent suspension from Northark.


Academic Due Process


If students have grievances concerning an instructor or method of instruction they should speak with the instructor or division chairman. Should a student be unable to resolve the grievance with the instructor or division chairperson, the student may then file a written grievance within five days with the Northark Vice-President of Learning. Further appeals include the Institutional Standards and Appeals Committee, the Northark President, and the Board of Trustees.

 

Non-Academic Due Process


If a student has a grievance of a non-academic nature, the student should fill out either the Student Safety Form or the Student Complaint Form, which may be obtained in the Student Services Office, Room 185.  In the event a student files a complaint with the Vice-President of Learning the following procedure will be followed:
  1. A signed copy of the complaint must be filed in the office of the Vice-President of Learning.

  2. The Vice-President of Learning will review the complaint and render a decision within five class days unless further investigation is needed.

  3. If a complaint is filed which requires further investigation, a decision will be made when the Vice-President of Learning determines all information related to the complaint has been attained.  A disposition should be available in three weeks.

  4. The student must indicate any action taken to resolve the complaint.  If the complaint involves an instructor, the student needs to follow the procedures for Academic Due Process and note on the form whether proper channels of resolution have been followed.

  5. If the student does not agree with the decision of the Vice-President of Learning, the student may appeal to the Institutional Standards and Appeals Committee (ISA) within 12 days.

  6. If the student does not agree with the decision of the ISA Committee, the student may appeal to the President and the Board of Trustees.

  7. If the disciplinary action must be taken against a student, the Vice-President of Learning will make this decision.  If the student disagrees, he/she may appeal to the ISA Committee.  Further appeals may be made to the President and the Board of Trustees.