In order to ensure that all students are familiar with their rights and responsibilities, Delgado Community College publishes policy and procedures information on the College’s web site. Student rights and responsibilities are also listed in each semester’s Student Handbook.
In order to provide conditions indispensable to the full achievement of the objectives of higher education, the College guarantees the following rights to all students:
- Consideration for admission to the College and equal participation in all College offerings, programs and activities, without regard to race, color, religious or political affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship, national origin, age, disability/handicap or marital status or veteran’s status, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or the sickle cell trait.
- Participation in campus, local, national, or international organizations for intellectual, religious, social, political, economic, or cultural purposes when such organizations do not infringe upon the rights of others.
- Ability to freely engage, individually or in association with others, in off-campus activities, provided students do not claim to represent the College.
- Issuance of publications following appropriate procedures.
- Democratic student governance.
- Use of campus facilities, with appropriate approval.
- Choice of speakers and topics, subject to approval.
- Petition for changes through proper channels.
- Due process in discipline matters.
Acceptable student conduct is determined, in most cases, by good sense and judgment. The College reserves the right to take any necessary and/or appropriate steps to protect the safety and well being of the College community. Jurisdiction may be extended based on conduct off campus, when the behavior or the presence of the student, in the College’s sole judgment, adversely impacts or represents a threat to the College community, damages the reputation of the institution, or impairs, obstructs, or interferes with the interests and/or mission, processes, or functions of Delgado Community College. Behavior conducted through electronic means through blogs, web pages, social networking sites and any other modes of electronic communication are in the public sphere, are not private, and can be subject to allegations of misconduct. The following acts as set forth by legislative action and Board of Supervisors policy are contrary to acceptable conduct. Any student who commits or attempts to commit any of these acts will be subject to disciplinary proceedings:
A. Intentional obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary procedure, or other authorized college event;
B. Unauthorized entry into or unauthorized occupation of any college facility;
C. Verbal, emotional, or physical abuse or threat thereof against any person on campus or at any college-authorized event, or
other conduct which threatens or endangers the health and safety of any such person;
D. Harassment defined as the act of systematic and/or continued unwanted and annoying actions of one party or a group. Such actions will be considered a violation of misconduct if deemed, for example, as intimidating, disparaging, unwelcomed sexual advances, physical or verbal in nature. Furthermore, if a violation of legal statute is found to have occurred the matter may be pursued criminally.
E. Theft or damage to personal property or to the property of the College or injury to a person on the campus;
F. Intentional interference with the right of access to college facilities or with any lawful right of any person on the campus;
G. Setting a fire on campus without proper authority;
H. Unauthorized use or possession of fire arms, ammunition, or other dangerous weapons, substances, or materials on the campus;
I. Academic dishonesty, such as cheating or plagiarism;
J. Knowingly furnishing false information to the College;
K. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of college documents, records or identification;
L. Use, possession or distribution of narcotic or dangerous drugs such as marijuana, hallucinogens, and other drugs which are not prescribed or expressly permitted by law;
M. Failure to comply with the directives of campus officials and law enforcement officers acting in performance of their duties, or to identify oneself to these officers when requested to do so;
N. Conduct which adversely affects the student’s suitability as a member of the academic community (such as drunkenness, use of profanity, or behavior deemed unbecoming of a student);
O. Aiding or inciting others to commit any act set forth above;
P. Violating the Tobacco-Free College policy in accordance with Louisiana Revised Statutes 40:1300.251-263;
Q. Gambling in any form on college property;
R. Use or possession of any alcoholic beverage on campus or at College-related activities occurring off site, except at functions as approved by the Chancellor; and
S. Misuse or Abuse of Computer Equipment, Programs, or Data - Unauthorized use of computing resources or use of computing resources for unauthorized purposes is prohibited by the College’s Information Technology Security policy. This may include but is not limited to such activities as accessing or copying programs, records, or data belonging to the College or another user without permission; attempting to breach the security of another user’s account or deprive another user of access to the College’s computing resources; knowingly or carelessly performing an act that will interfere with the normal operation of computers, terminals, peripherals, or networks; using the College’s computing resources for personal or financial gain; allowing non-college personnel access to college computing resources; displaying obscene, lewd, or sexually harassing images or text in use of college computing services; transporting copies of College programs, records, or data to another person or computer site without written authorization; attempting to destroy or modify programs, records or data belonging to the College or another user.
Actions requiring discipline are not limited to the above.