Actions or activities that constitute misconduct will result in appropriate disciplinary action which may include reprimand, disciplinary probation, suspension or dismissal from the College. Academic misconduct may be punished by an academic sanction in the course and/or program in which the misconduct occurred (See Academic Integrity section). Violations of the Student Conduct Code include, but are not limited to, the following:
- All forms of academic dishonesty (See Academic Integrity section).
- Conduct that is a crime by the criminal law of the State of Illinois, local government or the United States that takes place on College property or in the course of a College activity. Such violations are also subject to referral to the College’s Public Safety Department and/or civil authorities for investigation and action.
- Unauthorized taking or possession of College property or services or the property or services of others.
- Misrepresentation or falsification of any official records required of the student by the College.
- Using language that is degrading or abusive to any person.
- Possession, on person or motor vehicle, or use of:
1. Illegal drugs
2. Illegal fireworks, incendiary devices, or other dangerous explosives.
3. Alcoholic beverages on any College property or at College sponsored activities.
- Possession, on person or motor vehicle, or firearms or other dangerous weapons on College property or at College sponsored activities.
- Participation in the name of the College in any non-sanctioned activities off-campus.
- Intentional damage to or destruction of College property or of property on College premises belonging to others.
- Failure to comply with the directions of College officials and their authorized agents acting in the performance of their duties.
- Threatening, attempting, or committing physical violence against any person, or endangering the health and safety of any person, or acting, abetting, encouraging, or participating in a riot or rioting or inciting a riot on College property or at a College activity.
- Reckless driving and parking student vehicle in unauthorized areas (see Motor Vehicle & Parking Regulation brochure).
- Intentional actions which obstruct, disrupt, or physically interfere with the use of College premises, buildings, rooms, or hallways, or refusal to vacate a building, street, sidewalk, driveway or other facility of the College when directed to do so by a College official.
- Preventing or attempting to prevent any guest speaker from being heard or causing a speaker to suspend or interrupt the presentation.
- Misusing, altering, or fabricating an ID card.
Actions or activities not committed on College property may also be subject to penalties if, at the sole discretion of the College, the best interest of the College, student body and educational processes is served.
In the event of disruptive activities on campus, the College will immediately request assistance from the Department of Public Safety and/or proper law enforcement agencies, and those involved will be subject to arrest and/or College disciplinary action.
Students will honor the tradition of academic honesty.
- No student shall, during the course of a quiz or examination (1) offer information of any kind to another student: (2) receive information of any kind from another student or from the quiz or examination responses made by another student; or (3) have in his/her possession any tool, written material, or other device which may be of assistance to him/her in taking the quiz or examination and which has not been authorized by the person proctoring the quiz or examination.
- No student shall submit to an instructor as his/her own any work which contains ideas or materials taken from another without full acknowledgement of the author and the source.
- No student shall take, steal, or otherwise procure in any unauthorized manner any piece or pieces of materials which contain the questions or answers to any examination scheduled to be given to any individual or group enrolled in any course of study offered by the College.
- No student shall sell, give away, lend or otherwise furnish to any unauthorized individual any piece or pieces of materials which contain the questions or answers to any examination scheduled to be given to any individual or group enrolled in any course of study offered by the College.
- The unauthorized possession of any of the aforesaid pieces of material shall be considered prima facie evidence of a violation of the provisions of this regulation.
- The instructor who has witnessed academic dishonesty or who has other evidence that academic dishonesty has occurred will confront the student to inform him/her of the allegation. Time permitting; the instructor will contact the Vice President for Student Services prior to talking with the student. If the student admits academic dishonesty, the instructor may give the student a reduced or failing grade in the course and will inform in writing the Vice President for Student Services. Other academic sanctions, such as disenrollment from the course or academic program or disciplinary penalties such as reprimand, probation, suspension, or dismissal, may be imposed in accordance with the Disciplinary Procedures section.
- If a student disputes the allegation, a hearing will be provided by the Vice President for Academic Services. An Academic Hearing Committee consisting of five (5) members (two students, two faculty members, and one administrator) will be appointed by the Vice President for Academic Services. The responsibility of the Academic Hearing Committee is to determine disputes concerning academic dishonesty. If, as a result of the hearing, the student is found to have committed academic dishonesty, the instructor will give the student a reduced or failing grade in the course. Other disciplinary sanctions, such as probation, suspension or expulsion, may be imposed by the Vice President for Student Services in accordance with the Disciplinary Procedures section of the Student Code of Conduct.
- A student accused of academic dishonesty in a course may not drop the course until such time as disciplinary action, if any, is conducted. If a grade of “W” is recorded for the course, it may be changed to reflect the disciplinary sanctions imposed as a result of academic dishonesty. In the event that the alleged violation occurs at the end of a term, an incomplete grade shall be assigned pending conclusion of the disciplinary process.
Lake Land College is committed to the fundamental values of preserving academic integrity as defined in this policy. Lake Land College may contract with an electronic service to detect originality of materials submitted by students. By registering for courses offered at Lake Land College, students consent that all assignments are subject to submission for textural originality reviewed by an electronic service. Assignments submitted to an electronic source may be included in the services restricted database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism.
When the Vice President for Student Services is presented with sufficient evidence to indicate a student is suspected of violating rule(s) of the Student Code of Conduct, the Vice President will notify the accused student in writing of the alleged violation and require the student to appear in the Office for Vice President for Student Services at a date and time specified to review the evidence. Any written notice will be delivered in person or deposited in the United States mail by certified or registered mail addressed to the student’s last known address. The last known address shall be that address as reported to the Admissions and Records Office at the time of the student’s last enrollment. If after discussion, or if the student fails to appear, and if the Vice President for Student Services is satisfied that the violation occurred as alleged, the Vice President shall notify the student and shall propose a penalty by means of a written notice. The Vice President for Student Services may impose the following penalties:
Reprimand. Notice, orally or in writing, that the student is or has violated the Student Code of Conduct, and continuation or repetition of violations may be cause for more severe disciplinary action.
Academic Sanction. Student may receive a reduced or failing grade in the course(s) and/or disenrollment from the course or academic program.
Disciplinary Probation. Student is prohibited from participating in, scheduling, or attending any extracurricular activities of the College for a specific time period.
Suspension. Exclusion from classes and other College activities for a specific time period not to exceed one calendar year. Petition for readmission at the end of the time period must be made through the Student Conduct Committee.
Dismissal. Exclusion from classes and other activities for one calendar year or longer. At the end of the time period, the student must petition the Student Conduct Committee for readmission. Students who re-enter the College and do not meet the conditions required by the Student Conduct Committee may be permanently dismissed.
The student, by such notice, shall be informed of the charges and actions to be taken and given ten (10) days to notify the Vice President for Student Services in writing if he/she wishes a formal hearing on the charges and actions by the Student Conduct Committee. If no student written response is received in the Office of the Vice President for Student Services in ten (10) calendar days, no hearing shall be held, the penalty proposed by the Vice President for Student Services shall be imposed, and the action shall be considered final.
If the student indicates a desire for a formal hearing by the Student Conduct Committee, he/she will be notified of the time, place and the process related to the Committee hearing. The Student Conduct Committee appointed by the President shall consist of five (5) members: two (2) students, two (2) faculty and one (1) administrator. The Student Conduct Committee hearing shall be private, unless agreed to the contrary by College officials and the defendant. At the hearing, the Vice President for Student Services will present the charges against the student and will make a recommendation concerning the type of discipline. The student will be allowed to present his/her case and have witnesses testify on his/her behalf. The student may have an attorney present or an advisor of his/her choice to advise him/her, but not to act as a spokesperson for the student. The College may also have its attorney present. Any party to the hearing may present witnesses subject to cross-examination. The decision of the Student Conduct Committee will be determined by a majority vote of the membership, with all deliberations private, without the presence of the student, the Vice President for Student Services, attorneys, etc. The function of the Student Conduct Committee shall be to determine the innocence or guilt of the student and the appropriate penalty. A complete set of minutes of the proceedings shall be taken and made available to College officials and the student.
If the student is found innocent, all record of charges, documentary evidence and testimony of witnesses shall be destroyed, with only a copy of the minutes retained. If the student is found guilty of misconduct by the committee, the Student Conduct Committee shall determine the exact disciplinary penalty and recommend such, sending its written recommendation to the President with copies to the Vice President for Student Services and the student. The type of penalty may include reprimand, disciplinary probation, suspension or dismissal from the College. Academic misconduct may include academic sanctions such as giving the student a reduced or failing grade in the course, or disenrollment from the course or academic program. The president may either endorse the recommendation or overrule the actions of the Student Conduct Committee.
The President will communicate this official College decision to the student. The decision of the President to the Board of Trustees of Lake Land College by giving written notice within ten (10) calendar days of the date of the written decision of the President