Student Code of Conduct

The College reserves the right to maintain a safe and orderly educational environment for students and staff. Therefore, when in the judgment of College officials, a student’s conduct disrupts or threatens to disrupt the College community, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken to restore and protect the sanctity of the community.

Enrollment at Johnston Community College indicates student acceptance of published rules andpolicies of the College. This code's purpose is not to restrict student rights but to protect those individuals in their academic pursuits. 

The following regulations set forth rules of conduct prohibiting certain types of student behavior. Violation of one or more of the following regulations may result in one of the sanctions described in the sanction section. Prohibited conduct shall include, but not be limited to:

  • Violation of the Academic Integrity Policy
  • Theft of, misuse of, or damage to College property, or theft of or damage to property of a member of the College community or a campus visitor on College premises or at College functions; unauthorized entry upon the property of the College or into a College facility or a portion thereof which has been restricted in use and thereby placed off limits; unauthorized presence in a College facility after closing hours.
  • Possession of or use of alcoholic beverages or being in a state of intoxication on the College campus or at College-sponsored or supervised functions off-campus or in College-owned vehicles. Possession, use or distribution of any illegal drugs, except as expressly permitted by law. Any influence which may be attributed to the use of drugs or of alcoholic beverages shall not in any way limit the responsibility of the individual for the consequences of his or her actions.
  • Disorderly, lewd, or indecent conduct, including, but not limited to, public urination, defecation, sexual acts performed in public or on College premises, taking pictures of another person in a gym locker room or restroom without that person’s consent, disrobing or streaking, and possession or distribution of any legally obscene materials.
  • The use of legally obscene language or behavior that materially or substantially disrupts College function.
  • Excessive noise on College property including its hallways, walkways, driveways, and parking areas.
  • Conduct which threatens or endangers the health/safety of any person on the campus, online, or at any College authorized function/activity including, but not limited to physical abuse, the threat of physical abuse, sexual misconduct, and assault. 
  • Discrimination on the grounds of age, race, color, sex, national origin, disability, religion, creed, military or veteran status, or genetic information on College premises, at College-sponsored or supervised functions, or online that is sufficiently severe that it limits or denies an individual the ability to participate in or benefit from the College’s educational program or activities.
  • Any act, comment, or behavior that materially and substantially disrupts the College or interferes with a student’s performance including that which promotes actual violence or harm, fighting words, true threats, violations of the law, criminal or severe harassment, defamation that harms a person’s reputation, false advertising or commercial speech that is misleading, or the use of public resources for partisan political activities.
  • Intimidation (implied threats) or coercion that causes a reasonable fear of harm in another.
  • Material or substantial obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration or disciplinary proceedings, or other College activities, including public service functions and other duly authorized activities on College premises.
  • Occupation or seizure in any manner of College property, a College facility or any portion thereof for a use inconsistent with prescribed, customary, or authorized use.
  • Participating in or conducting an assembly, demonstration, or gathering in a manner which threatens or causes injury to person or property; which interferes with free access to, ingress or egress of College facilities; which is harmful, obstructive or substantially disruptive to the educational process or institutional functions of the College; remaining at the scene of such an assembly after being asked to leave by a representative of the College staff.
  • Possession or use of a firearm, incendiary device, or explosive, except in connection with a College-approved activity. This also includes unauthorized use of any instrument designed to inflict serious bodily injury to any person.
  • Setting off a fire alarm or using or tampering with any fire safety equipment, except with reasonable belief in the need for such alarm or equipment.
  • Gambling.
  • Smoking and/or using other forms of tobacco products or use of electronic cigarettes in classrooms, shops, and labs or other unauthorized areas.
  • Violation of College regulations regarding the operation and parking of motor vehicles.
  • Forgery, alteration, copyright violation, or misuse of College documents, records, computer software, or computer equipment with intent to deceive; making a knowingly false statement, either orally or in writing, to a College official.
  • Failure to comply with instructions of College officials acting in performance of their duties, including failure to provide student ID in a timely manner when requested.
  • Violations of disciplinary probation terms or any College regulation during the probation period.
  • Fiscal irresponsibility such as failure to pay College-levied fines, failure to repay College-funded loans, or the passing of worthless checks to College officials.
  • Violation of a local, state, or federal criminal law on College premises adversely affecting the College community’s pursuit of its proper educational purposes.
  • Violation of the College’s Information Technology Acceptable Use Policy.
  • Use of cell phones, pagers or other electronic devices while attending class or participating in class-related activities ((i.e., labs, clinicals, etc.) without prior approval of the instructor.
  • Failure to respond to a notice of charges.

Please note: Certain programs including associate degree nursing and basic law enforcement training also have supplementary codes of conduct to which students within those programs must adhere.