These policies and regulations shall apply to any currently enrolled or former student who has been accepted for admission or readmission to Odessa College, to any registered student organization, or to any prospective student while he or she is on the campus or any off-campus facility designated for college use.
Each student shall be charged with notice and knowledge of the contents and provisions of the District’s rules and regulations concerning student conduct. All students shall obey the law, show respect for properly constituted authority, and observe correct standards of conduct. Each student shall be expected to:
- Demonstrate courtesy, even when others do not;
- Behave in a responsible manner, always exercising self-discipline;
- Attend all classes, regularly and on time;
- Prepare for each class and take appropriate materials and assignments to class;
- Obey all classroom rules;
- Respect the rights and privileges of students, faculty, and other College District staff and volunteers;
- Respect the property of others, including College District property and facilities; and
- Cooperate with and assist College District staff in maintaining safety, order, and discipline.
In addition to activities prohibited by law, the following types of behavior shall be prohibited:
- Gambling, dishonesty or the possession or use of intoxicating liquors.
- The illegal use, possession, control, manufacture, transmission, and/or sale of a drug or narcotic, as those terms are defined by the Texas Controlled Substances Act, on campus.
- The use, possession, control, manufacture, transmission, and/or sale of paraphernalia related to any prohibited substance.
- Scholastic dishonesty shall constitute a violation of these rules and regulations and is punishable as prescribed by board policies. Scholastic dishonesty shall include, but not be limited to, cheating on a test, plagiarism and collusion.
- “Cheating ” shall include:
- Copying from another student’s test paper
- Using test materials not authorized by the person administering the test.
- Collaborating with or seeking aid from another student during a test without permission from the test administrator.
- Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing or soliciting, in whole or in part, the contents of an unadministered test.
- The unauthorized transporting or removal, in whole or in part, of the contents of the unadministered test.
- Substituting for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for one’s self, to take a test.
- Bribing another person to obtain an unadministered test or information about an unadministered test.
- “Plagiarism” shall be defined as the appropriating, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means another’s work and the unacknowledged submission or incorporation of it in one’s own written work.
- “Collusion” shall be defined as the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing written work for the fulfillment of course requirements.
- Owing a monetary debt to the College District that is considered delinquent or writing/authorizing an “insufficient funds” payment to the District.
- Violations of the Penal Statutes of Texas or of the United States occurring on District property or in connection with District-sponsored activities may also constitute violations of the District’s rules and regulations when such violations affect the educational process and goals of the District.
- Possession or use of firearms on District-controlled property except for educational purposes that have the prior approval of the vice president.
- Interference with teaching, research, administration, or the District’s subsidiary responsibilities through “disorderly conduct” or “disruptive behavior.”
- Use of alcoholic or intoxicating beverages and use of drugs not prescribed by a physician.
- Hazing with or without the consent of a student; a violation of that prohibition renders both the person inflicting the hazing and the person submitting to the hazing subject to appropriate discipline.
“Hazing” means any intentional, knowing or reckless act occurring on or off school property directed against a student, by one person alone or acting with others, that endangers the mental or physical health or the safety of a student for the purpose of pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in or maintaining membership in any organization whose members are or include other students. The term includes, but is not limited to:
- Any type of physical brutality, such as whipping, beating, striking, branding, electrical shocking, placing of a harmful substance on the body or similar activity.
- Any type of physical activity, such as sleep deprivation, exposure to the elements, confinement in a small space, calisthenics or other activity that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student.
- Any activity involving consumption of a food, liquid, alcoholic beverage, liquor, drug or other substance that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student.
- Any activity that intimidates or threatens the student with ostracism, that subjects the student to extreme mental stress, shame or humiliation, or that adversely affects the mental health or dignity of the student or discourages the student from entering or remaining registered in an educational institution, or that may reasonably be expected to cause a student to leave the organization or the institution rather than submit to acts described above.
- Any activity that induces causes or requires the student to perform a duty or task that involves a violation of the Penal Code.
- Initiations by organizations may include no feature that is dangerous, harmful or degrading to the student; a violation of this prohibition renders the organization subject to appropriate discipline.
- Threatening another person, including a student or employee.
- Intentionally, knowingly, or negligently causing physical harm to any person.
- Engaging in conduct that constitutes harassment, bullying, dating violence, stalking, or sexual abuse directed toward another person, including a student or employee.
- Violating policies, rules, or agreements regarding the use of technology resources.
- Attempting to access or circumvent passwords or other security-related information or the College District, students, or employees.
- Attempting to alter, destroy, or disable College District technology resources.
- Using the Internet or other electronic communications to threaten College District students, employees, or volunteers.
- Sending, posting, or possessing electronic messages that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation, or illegal.
- Endangering the health or safety of members of the District community or visitors to the campus.
- Damaging, defacing or destroying college property, property of a member of the college community or property of a campus visitor.
- Stealing from the College District or others.
- Knowingly giving false information in response to requests from the college.
- Forging, altering or misusing college documents, records or ID cards.
- Violating college policies or regulations concerning parking; registration of student organizations; use of college facilities; or the time, place and manner of public expression.
- Failure to comply with directions of college officials acting in the performance of their duties, including failure to provide identification when requested.
- Ignoring a summons to the office of the Executive Director of Student Life.
- Engaging in any conduct that College District officials might reasonably believe will substantially disrupt the College District programs or incite violence.