Section 3345.21 of the Ohio Revised Code authorizes the College to develop rules for the conduct of students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Persons who violate such rules or otherwise interfere with others’ abilities to benefit from College offerings may be removed from College property and subject to suspension or expulsion.
Zane State College (hereby referred to as the College) seeks to provide a positive atmosphere in which individuals can pursue educational opportunities. To safeguard that positive atmosphere, the College has adopted a Student Code of Conduct Policy to set the standards for appropriate and inappropriate behaviors for students and to establish due process procedures consistent with regulations governing the College. The Chief Student Affairs Officer for Student Services is charged with enforcing the Student Code of Conduct and the policies and procedures thereof. The Chief Student Affairs Officer for Student Services will review the offense, decide an appropriate response to resolve the violation, and make a decision available to affected parties. Students subject to disciplinary sanctions have due process rights that provide avenues for a hearing and an appeals process. Confidentiality, in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), will be maintained in disciplinary action proceedings.
The Student Code of Conduct is applicable: on College owned or leased grounds, buildings, equipment, and facilities; at all College-sponsored activities, regardless of location; and outside the College and its facilities when a threat to safety is posed to any person within the College community
The term “College” means Zane State College.
The term “student” includes all persons taking courses at the College, both full-time and part-time, for credit and non-credit and persons who have been admitted to the College but are not officially enrolled for a particular term.
The term “faculty” means any person or group of persons hired by the College to conduct classroom activities.
The term “College official” includes any person employed by the College, performing assigned administrative or professional responsibilities.
The term “College community” includes any person who is a student, faculty member, College official, any other person employed by the College, or any visitor to the College campus. A person’s status in a particular situation shall be determined by the Chief Student Affairs Officer for Student Services.
The term “College premises” includes all land, buildings, facilities, and other property in the possession of or owned, used, or controlled by the College (including adjacent streets and sidewalks).
The term “misconduct” is defined as any behavior which compromises the health, safety, peace, or property of any other student, any member of the College community, guests or invitees of the College on property of the College, or in any manner interferes with the operation of the College.
The term “organization” means an association of individuals who have complied with the formal requirements of College registration of an organization.
The term “Hearing Board” means any group of persons authorized by the Chief Student Affairs Officer for Student Services to determine whether a student has violated the Student Code of Conduct and to recommend sanctions to the conduct.
The term “shall” is used in the imperative sense. The term “may” is used in the permissive sense.
The term “policy” is defined as the written regulations of the College as found in the College catalog.
The Chief Student Affairs Officer for Student Services is the person designated by the College President to be responsible for the administration of the Student Code of Conduct.
Prohibited conduct subject to disciplinary action includes, but is not limited to:
Students accused of violating the Student Code of Conduct are entitled to procedural protections as follows:
Behavior that interferes with educational objectives and programs of the College is unacceptable. Such behavior will result in disciplinary action. Disciplinary action may result in one or more of the following sanctions being imposed upon any student found to have violated the Student Code of Conduct: