Core Values and Philosophy
As a student at Heartland Community College, you are a member of the College community. As such, you are expected to uphold and accept standards of conduct. These expectations form the basis of the Code of Student Conduct and exemplify a set of core values that include integrity, social justice, respect, community, and responsibility.
The student conduct process at Heartland Community College is not intended to punish students. The goal is to help balance the interests of individual students with the interests of the College community. The process is intended to help develop and educate students.
Standards of Conduct
The Code of Student Conduct applies to all students and all College-affiliated student organizations. The Code of Student Conduct applies to behaviors on campus, at any College-sponsored event and in certain instances can apply to off-campus behavior.
Examples of conduct violations include, but are not limited to:
- Academic dishonesty, such as cheating, plagiarism, etc.;
- Knowingly furnishing false information to the College;
- Forgery, alteration or any misuse of College documents and records;
- Conduct which significantly interferes with the College’s teaching, administration or other responsibilities;
- Conduct which endangers the health, safety or well-being of members of the College community or visitors to the campus, including but not limited to, unauthorized and/or illegal possession, use or distribution of controlled substances, look-alike drugs, alcohol or unauthorized/illegal use or possession of firearms or any other weapon;
- Violation of specific College rules and regulations, including those regarding campus parking, equipment, facilities and telecommunications/Internet;
- Failure to comply with directions of College officials acting within the scope of their duties;
- Any conduct which constitutes a violation of a federal, state or local law. College officials will cooperate with federal, state and local authorities in any investigation of such violations.
If Code of Student Conduct violations also violate federal or state law, the College conduct process will go forward aside of any criminal complaint that arises from the same incident.
Reporting Code of Student Conduct Violations
Reporting a concern does not mean that you have to be positive a violation occurred. By submitting a report, you are indicating that you want someone to look into a situation. You can report possible Code of Student Conduct violations through campus security, the Director of Student Success or through an online form.
Conduct Process Overview
Once notification is received from any source (victim, 3rd party, online, etc.), the College will proceed with a preliminary investigation and/or may schedule an initial educational meeting/conference with the responding student to explain the conduct process to the responding student and gather information.
- College conducts a review of the complaint.
- Administrator schedules meetings with involved parties to hear all sides of complaint.
- Administrator decides outcome based on the preponderance of evidence.
- Administrator notifies appropriate individuals of outcome.
- Administrator reviews and finalizes sanctions.
- Student has the right to appeal decisions made by the administrator.
This is a simplified version of the conduct process. To see a full overview of this process, read Section 5 of the Code of Student Conduct.
It is possible for student groups and organizations to be held in violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Procedures for groups follow the same process as for individual students.
In certain cases, the College provides amnesty to those who may be hesitant to report violations to College officials because they fear that they themselves may be accused of minor policy violations. Educational options will be explored, but no conduct proceedings or conduct record will result. However, records regarding the provision of amnesty will be maintained.