Student Code of Conduct

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is committed to the advancement of learning and to the development of responsible individuals. Each student is considered to be a responsible person and is expected to uphold appropriate standards of behavior. The College expects proper student conduct on-campus and at off-campus functions sponsored by the College. Students who demonstrate an inability to conform to acceptable conduct may lose the right to enjoy the educational, social and recreational opportunities of the College.

Criminal violations which occur on campus or at College-sponsored events may be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency. A student may be subject to the sanctions of the Student Code of Conduct in addition to being subject to action in criminal and/or civil court.

A student engaging in misconduct may be subject to disciplinary sanctions. The types of behavior subject to disciplinary action includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Violation of published College policies, rules, or regulations.
  2. Violation of federal, state, or local law on College premises or at College-sponsored or supervised activities.
  3. Disruption or obstruction of teaching, administration, disciplinary proceedings, or other College activities, including its public service functions on or off campus.
  4. Abuse or other conduct which threatens or endangers the safety of any person: (1) physical abuse, (2) verbal abuse, (3) threats, intimidation, and coercion
  5. Harassment, sexual harassment, and/or stalking which threatens or endangers the safety of any person.
  6. Attempted or actual theft of and/or damage to property of the College or property of a member of the College community.
  7. Hazing defined as an act that injures, frightens, endangers or degrades an individual.
  8. Conduct which is disorderly, lewd, or indecent; excessive amorous behavior, breach of peace; or aiding or abetting, or procuring another person to breach the peace on College premises or at functions sponsored by or participated in by the College.
  9. Failure to comply with the directions of College officials or law enforcement officers acting in the performance of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to those persons when requested to do so.
  10. Unauthorized entry to or use of College premises or property and/or unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of keys to any College premises or property.
  11. Use, possession, or distribution of narcotic or other controlled substances except an expressly permitted by law.
  12. Use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages.
  13. Use, possession or concealment of any firearms, explosives, other weapons, or dangerous chemicals.
  14. Gambling in any form. Subject to local statutes, activities such as raffles or drawings that benefit recognized campus organizations may be permitted with proper approval.
  15. Intentionally supplying false information to the College and/or alteration of unauthorized use of College documents or instruments of identification.

Students are protected against discrimination by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and against sexual discrimination, including sexual harassment by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Students who are sexually harassed are encouraged to discuss the matter with the Title IX Coordinator, the Safety and Security Office, or the Deputy Coordinators at the other education centers and should refer to the College's Title IX Policy located on the College's website.