Standards of Conduct

The mission of Pikes Peak Community College is to provide high-quality educational opportunities accessible to all. Therefore, it is expected that all students will act with civility, respect, and appropriate behavior in support of a positive and safe learning environment for the entire College community. Violations of this expected conduct include, but are not limited to, the following:

Violation of others’ rights:

  1. Engaging in any disruptive behavior which negatively affects or impedes the instructor’s ability to teach or the students’ ability to learn (regardless of the mode of educational delivery or class setting); or disrupts the general operations of the College, to include teaching, research, administration, disciplinary procedures, or other authorized activities.
  2. Using rude, degrading or abusive language (written or spoken) to any person, or harassing any person with gesture or language, including cursing.
  3. Engaging in behavior which may constitute sexual harassment. Any possible violations will be referred to the Pikes Peak Community College Executive Director of Human Resource Services for investigation of all credible allegations of sexual harassment in accordance with the official complaint investigation procedure.
  4. Disorderly conduct; breach of the peace; lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct; gambling; aiding or inciting another to breach the peace; or infringement upon the rights of others either on College-owned property or at College-sponsored or supervised functions.
  5. Knowingly falsifying with malicious intent; publishing or distributing, in any form, material that tends to impeach the honesty, integrity, virtue or reputation of another person; or knowingly pursuing malicious, frivolous or fraudulent charges against a student, instructor, or staff member without cause.
  6. Violating the Student Standards of Conduct when representing the College as a member of a student organization participating in College-sponsored travel and development opportunities off-campus. The student organization and its officers may be held collectively or individually responsible when such violation of the Student Standards of Conduct has received the tacit or overt consent or encouragement of the organization members, leaders, or officers.
  7. Aiding or encouraging others in committing or inciting others to commit any act of misconduct which violates the Pikes Peak Community College Student Standards of Conduct.
  8. Conviction of any crime or the performance of any act on or off the campus which, in the opinion of the College, gives rise to a reasonable belief that the continued presence of the student on campus will endanger the health, safety and welfare of that student, or any other student or employee of the college; will substantially disrupt the legitimate functions and activities of the College; or will infringe on the rights of others.

Violation of honesty and academic integrity:

  1. Dishonesty such as cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to the College in the classroom, laboratory, or any College testing situation.
  2. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of College documents, records, identification, educational materials, or College property.

Violation of safety and property:

  1. The threat to, or physical abuse of any person on College-owned or controlled property or at College-sponsored or supervised functions; this includes any conduct which endangers one’s own or another person’s welfare or safety.
  2. Board Policy states that no person may have on his or her person any unauthorized firearm, ammunition, explosive device, or illegal weapon on campus or any facility used by a college. Persons authorized to carry firearms and other equipment defined in the policy are:
    • those persons conducting and participating in an approved program of instruction in the college's curriculum which requires access to such equipment as an integral part of the instructional program;
    • certified peace officers;
    • those persons who have been issued a valid permit to carry a concealed handgun in accordance with Colorado’s Concealed Carry Act, C.R.S. § 18-12-201, et seq. and who are acting in compliance with the requirements of that Act; and
    • those persons granted permission at the discretion of the college president for specific purposes from time to time.

      Concealed Handgun Permit holders exercising their rights pursuant to Item #3 above are responsible for preventing the casual or inadvertent display of their handgun.

      It shall not be an offense if the weapon remains inside a locked motor vehicle upon the real estate owned by the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education.

      In accordance with Colorado Statute CRS 18-12-214(3), under no circumstances may a person other than a certified peace officer carry a firearm or other equipment defined in Board Policy onto the real property, or into any improvements erected thereon, of a public elementary, middle, junior high, or high school. This provision applies to The Classical Academy (TCA) facility, which is located on PPCC’s Rampart Range Campus and owned by School District 20 and to the Falcon Campus, which is owned by School District 49.

      In accordance with Colorado Statute CRS 18-12-214(3)(a), a concealed weapon permittee may have a handgun on the real property of the public school so long as the handgun remains in his or her vehicle and, if the permittee is not in the vehicle, the handgun is in a compartment within the vehicle and the vehicle is locked.

  3. Theft of or damage to property on the College premises or at authorized College functions.
  4. Unauthorized entry to or use of College facilities, materials, or equipment.
  5. Use of, being under the influence of, possession of, or distribution of alcohol or illegal or dangerous drugs on campus or at a College-sponsored function, except as expressly permitted by law and College regulations.
  6. Leaving children or pets unattended in campus buildings or on campus grounds (including in parked vehicles).

Violation of College policies and administrative functions:

  1. Failure to comply with the verbal or written directions of College employees acting in the performance of their duties.
  2. Unacceptable uses of any College-owned computing equipment and/or network, including, but not limited to knowingly spreading computer viruses; sending harassing, intimidating and/or threatening messages; re-posting personal communications without the author’s consent; copying protected material in violation of copyright law; using the network for financial gain, commercial activity, or illegal activity; accessing the network using another individual’s account; downloading, loading or executing software without appropriate authorization; or attempting to compromise the network integrity in any other way.
  3. Interfering with the judicial/grievance procedures or outcomes, including falsification or misrepresentation of information; failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed by the disciplinary officer; or retaliation in any form against any person involved in a judicial/grievance action.
  4. Violation of College rules regarding the operation and parking of motorized vehicles on College property.

At Pikes Peak Community College, interpretation of the disciplinary and grievance procedures is the responsibility of the Dean of Students.

Procedures

1. Decision

The Chief Student Services Officer or his/her designee shall receive all allegations of student misconduct, investigate the complaints and make a Decision. He/she may decide that the charges can be disposed of administratively by mutual consent of the parties involved on a basis acceptable to him/her. If an administrative resolution is not achieved, the Chief Student Services Officer or designee shall issue a Decision which determines whether the alleged conduct occurred; whether the conduct violated the Code of Conduct or College policies or procedures; and impose a sanction(s) if appropriate. The student shall receive written Notice of the Decision and be advised of his/her right to appeal the Decision by filing a written appeal with the Chief Student Services Officer within seven (7) days of service of the Decision. In the case of suspension or expulsion, the sanction shall be imposed no earlier than six days after service of the Notice unless it is a summary suspension or the sanction is agreed to by the student. If an appeal is requested, suspension and/or expulsion shall not be imposed until the appeal procedures below have been completed.

2. Appeal

  1. In the event of an appeal, the Chief Student Services Officer shall give written Notice to the student and the Impartial Decision Maker which describes the conduct to be inquired into; the Code of Conduct and/or College policies or procedures which were allegedly violated; the date, time and place of the alleged violation; the sanction that is threatened and the date, time and place of the hearing before the Impartial Decision Maker. The Notice shall be given at least seven (7) days prior to the hearing unless a shorter time is agreed to by the parties.
  2. Conduct of Hearings. The Impartial Decision Maker shall determine its own hearing procedures, keeping in mind the following guidelines:
    1. The Student shall have the right to be heard by the Impartial Decision Maker; in the event that the student is under the age of eighteen or incapacitated, he/she may have an advisor present to assist him/her in presenting his/her case.
    2. Students do not have the right to be represented by an attorney during these proceedings except in the case where civil or criminal actions concerning the student are pending and in that case, the attorney’s role shall be advisory only. The student is responsible for presenting his/her own case and, therefore, advisors are not permitted to speak or to participate directly in any hearing except as provided in #1 above.
    3. The Student shall have the right to identify documents, witnesses and other material he/she would like the Impartial Decision Maker to review before making a final decision.
    4. Hearings shall be conducted in private unless all parties agree otherwise.
    5. A record of the hearing should be maintained by the Impartial Decision Maker.
  3. Determination by Impartial Decision Maker. The Impartial Decision Maker shall make its findings and determinations in closed meeting out of the presence of the Chief Student Services Officer and the student charged. Separate findings are to be made as to the conduct of the student and on the sanction(s), if any, to be imposed. No discipline shall be imposed on the student unless the Impartial Decision Maker is persuaded by a preponderance of the evidence that the student committed the alleged conduct and that it constituted a violation of the Code of Conduct and/or College regulations; that the student should be sanctioned (including modifying the sanction imposed below) and that the discipline is reasonable given the violation. The student and the Chief Student Services Officer shall be given written Notice of the Decision. The Decision shall be issued within five calendar days of the close of the hearing and it shall become final unless a Petition for Review is filed.
  4. Petition for Review. The Chief Student Services Officer or the student may petition the College President to review the Impartial Decision Maker’s decision by filing a written petition within five (5) days after notification of the Decision. If a review is requested, the other party will be given three (3) days to respond to the petition and his/her response materials will be given to the College President to review before a decision on the petition is made.
  5. President’s Decision. The College President shall review the record of the case and the petition and may affirm or reverse the Decision of the Impartial Decision Maker. The record shall consist of the Impartial Decision Maker’s written documents and the recording of the hearing and any written materials submitted in support of the Petition for Review. The College President shall notify the Chief Student Services Officer and the student in writing of his/her decision within fourteen (14) days of service of the Petition for Review. The College President’s decision is final.

3. Miscellaneous

  1. College disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with violation of a law if the violation occurred at the College or College-sanctioned activities or was of such a nature as to impact upon the College which is also a violation of the College’s Student Code of Conduct. Proceedings under this Procedure may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off-campus.
  2. Time limits for scheduling of hearings may be extended at the discretion of the Impartial Decision Maker.
  3. The procedural rights afforded to students above may be waived by the student.