VI.E. Student Responsibilities

VI.E.1. Student Code of Conduct

VI.E.1.01 - Policy

Each student shall have access to LSCS’s rules and regulations concerning student conduct. These rules and regulations are in effect when attending or participating in any class or activity sponsored by LSCS or one of its colleges, either on campus or at an off-campus location.

LSCS is dedicated to providing a quality comprehensive educational program designed to meet and balance the diverse and changing educational, social, economic, and cultural needs of the community while providing a safe and healthful environment. LSCS is committed not only to learning and to the advancement of knowledge but also to the education of ethically sensitive and responsible persons. LSCS seeks to achieve these goals through a sound educational program and through rules and regulations governing student life that encourage responsibility and respect for the rights and viewpoints of others.

LSCS believes that students are adults who are responsible for their own actions, and who should be free to pursue their educational objectives in an environment that promotes learning, protects the integrity of the academic process, and protects the learning community.

VI.E.1.02 - Policy Regarding Conduct

LSCS and each of its colleges shall provide a safe, responsive learning environment for all students and shall develop a student code of conduct to effectuate this goal.

VI.E.1.03 - Applicability of Code of Conduct

The academic and non-academic misconduct described in this section applies to all students enrolled in a credit or non-credit course at LSCS, whether offered on or off campus or online.

VI.E.1.04 - Academic Matters

Students assigned to health or other facilities, as part of clinical courses or serving in internships as part of a course, are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner in the clinical/internship setting and to adhere to the standards of practice appropriate to the particular professional field. Professional conduct is a component of the academic performance evaluation of a student.

Action taken against a student for failure to meet academic performance standards will be considered an academic matter and not a disciplinary matter in violation of the Student Code of Conduct.  Accordingly, any such actions may be appealed under applicable provisions of the academic regulations, not under the Student Code of Conduct.

VI.E.1.05 - Off-Campus Activities

When off-campus and not participating in matters related to LSCS or one of its colleges’ activities or business, students shall not be considered under the control of LSCS, and LSCS shall not be held responsible for the off-campus activities or personal conduct of its students. Students who violate a local ordinance or any law risk the penalties prescribed by civil or criminal law. Nonetheless, LSCS may take disciplinary action against those students whose behavior off-campus, or in matters unrelated to LSCS or one of its Colleges’ activities or business, indicates that they pose a serious and substantial danger to themselves or others.

VI.E.1.06 - “Sponsored Activities” Defined

“Sponsored activities” are events and activities initiated by a student, student organization, college department, faculty member, or other employee which meet one of the following:

  1. are expressly authorized, aided, conducted, or supervised by the System;
  2. are funded in whole or in part by the System;
  3. are initiated by an officially registered student organization and conducted or promoted in the name of that student organization and/or the System; or
  4. take place on System premises.

This definition also extends to System business that does not necessarily occur on System premises or at System sponsored activities.

VI.E.1.07 - Non-Academic Misconduct

Non-academic misconduct can occur in many different ways. Examples of non-academic misconduct, include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Disrupting, obstructing, or interfering with System or System sponsored activities or access to college facilities or college-sponsored activities, including, but not limited to, teaching, studying, research, administration, disciplinary procedures, cultural events, or fire, police, emergency, and other services. Student demonstrations and similar activities must follow LSCS’s Free Speech Policy and procedures.
  2. Causing physical and/or psychological abuse, threats of violence, terroristic threats, stalking, or harassment of any member of the LSCS community or visitor on LSCS property, or conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any such person. This includes verbal threats and threats made via electronic communication. Using, possessing or storing without authorization any weapon, dangerous chemical, or explosive element, including without limitation ammunition, whether or not the user or possessor holds a federal, state, or other license.
  3. Violating a policy by use or possession of a weapon or instrument designed to look like a firearm, explosive, or weapon, which is used to assault or to cause reasonable apprehension of harm to another person.
  4. Initiating, or causing to be initiated, any false report, warning, or threat of fire, explosion, or other emergency.
  5. Violating fire regulations, including the misuse or damage of fire safety equipment; tampering, misusing, damaging, or playing with fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, exit lights, emergency lights, or other similar equipment; tampering with or pulling under false pretenses a fire alarm; or propping stairwell fire doors open.
  6. Violating the terms of any disciplinary action imposed in accordance with this Code.
  7. Interfering with freedom of expression of others.
  8. Violating any LSCS policy, procedure, regulation or rule, including, but not limited to, those concerning sexual assault, moving violations, student organizations, use of LSCS facilities, smoking, alcohol, and the time, place, and manner of public expressions.
  9. Possessing, using, selling, administering, or distributing alcoholic beverages or any illegal or controlled substances, designer drug, or drug paraphernalia without authorization.
  10. Littering, damaging, defacing, or destroying LSCS property, or property under its jurisdiction, or removing, using, occupying, or entering such property improperly or without authorization.
  11. Gambling or holding a raffle or lottery at LSCS without proper approval from LSCS and/or other authorities.
  12. Violating any local, state, federal, or other applicable law.
  13. Engaging in obscene, vulgar, offensively lewd, or indecent conduct, expression, or sexual conduct in or on LSCS property, including computer access of obscene material.
  14. Furnishing false information or willfully misrepresenting any fact to LSCS or to members of the LSCS community who are acting in the exercise of their official duties.
  15. Forging, altering, falsifying, or misusing LSCS documents, records, forms, or identification cards.
  16. Willfully misrepresenting to anyone within or outside of the college community one's status with LSCS, or willfully misrepresenting that the LSCS supports, sponsors, or approves the services or activities of any person, group, or organization.
  17. Stealing or attempting theft of LSCS property or services or personal property, or knowingly possessing such stolen property.
  18. Infringing upon the right of other students to fair and equal access to any of LSCS’s library materials and other LSCS academic resources.
  19. Using, without authorization, the LSCS’s facilities and/or equipment, including but not limited to, the phone system, mail system, computer system, transportation system, and/or equipment, or use of any of the above for any illegal act. LSCS facilities may be used for the designated educational purposes only. LSCS facilities may not be used for personal use, personal business use, or commercial use (except as otherwise authorized by LSCS Board Policy). LSCS facilities may be used for recreational activities only in designated areas.
  20. Causing false information to be presented before any administrative proceeding of LSCS, or intentionally destroying evidence relevant to such a proceeding.
  21. Failing to comply with the direction of LSCS officials, including campus security officers acting in the performance of their duties.
  22. Hazing - (see subsection E.2.04).
  23. Abandoning a child in any place on LSCS’s premises without providing reasonable and necessary care for the child, under circumstances under which no reasonable, similarly situated adult would leave a child at that age and ability. A student commits an offense if having custody, care, or control of a child younger than 15 years of age and intentionally abandoning the child on LSCS’s premises, exposes the child to an unreasonable risk of harm.
  24. Using abusive, indecent, profane, or vulgar language in a public place, phone conversation, or via electronic communication directed at another student, LSCS employee, or visitor.
  25. Attempting to commit acts prohibited in this Code of Conduct, or encouraging or assisting others to commit such acts are prohibited and may be punished to the same extent as if one had committed the prohibited act.

VI.E.1.08 - Classroom Misconduct

LSCS seeks to provide an environment where discussion and expression of all views relevant to the subject matter of the class are recognized as essential to the teaching and learning process. However, students do not have the right to interfere with the freedom of the faculty to teach or the rights of other students to learn.

Faculty are to set the standards of conduct that are acceptable in the classroom at the beginning of the semester. If a student behaves disruptively in the classroom after the faculty member has explained the unacceptability of such conduct and the consequences that will result, the student may be asked to leave the room for the remainder of the class time. If the student refuses to leave the room when directed, the faculty member may request the assistance of LSCS’s Police Department. If such assistance is requested, the police officer will inform the student that he or she is not to return to class until he or she has met with the academic dean and received written permission to return to class.

When a student is asked to leave the class, the faculty member shall prepare and submit a written report of the incident to the Chief Academic Officer and the Chief Student Services Officer. The report shall include the date, time, place, and student conduct. The office of the Chief Student Services Officer shall maintain the written report of the incident.

VI.E.1.09 - Academic Integrity

LSCS upholds the academic core values of learning: honesty, respect, fairness, and accountability. It promotes the importance of personal and academic honesty. It embraces the belief that all learners – students, faculty, staff, and administrators – will abide by the aforementioned academic core values providing their own work and giving appropriate credit to the work of others. Fabrication of sources, cheating, or unauthorized collaboration is prohibited on any work submitted within LSCS.

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism and cheating.

Any occurrence of academic dishonesty is to be determined in accordance with Board Policy Section V.C. “Academic Achievement”.

VI.E.1.10 - Dress and Grooming

Students' dress or grooming may not materially and substantially interfere with normal school operations.

Students are expected to be dressed and groomed in an appropriate manner while on campus or while participating in activities sponsored by LSCS.
 

VI.E.2. Specific Violations of Student Code of Conduct

VI.E.2.01 - Alcohol and Drug Use

Anyone registered in, or in attendance at, one of LSCS’s Colleges is prohibited from the possession, use, or distribution of unauthorized drugs and alcohol. Descriptions of the applicable legal sanctions under local, state, and federal law and of the health risks associated with the use of unauthorized drugs and the abuse of alcohol will be made available to students.

VI.E.2.02 - Disruptions

Conduct by students either in or out of class which, for any reason—whether because of time, place, or manner of behavior—materially disrupts class work, involves substantial disorder, or invades the rights of others is prohibited.

Students shall be subject to the provisions of the Board Policy prohibiting disruption of classes, and disruption of lawful assembly. (See Chapter II. Community and Governmental Relations, Board Policy).

VI.E.2.03 - Demonstrations

Student demonstrations and similar activities shall be prohibited when there is evidence that may reasonably lead LSCS authorities to expect substantial disruption of, or material interference with, normal System operations, or approved college activities.

No person or group of people acting in concert may willfully engage in disruptive activity or disrupt a lawful assembly on LSCS property.  Further, the LSCS administration is charged with the responsibility of keeping its property free of disruptive activities and may take whatever disciplinary action is deemed necessary in instances of disruption or threat of disruption.

Students who participate in any prohibited activities described above are subject to disciplinary action based on the severity of the violation and its overall effect on the welfare of other students.

VI.E.2.04 - Weapons and Weapons Possession

A student shall not intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly possess or go onto LSCS premises with any prohibited weapon, as defined below, except pursuant to written regulations or written authorization of LSCS.

A student shall not interfere with normal activities, occupancy or use of any building or portion of LSCS campuses, or of any vehicles engaged in the transportation of students to and from college-sponsored activities by exhibiting, using, or threatening to exhibit or use a firearm. Prohibited weapons are defined as follows:

  1. A firearm (any device designed, made, or adapted to expel a projectile through a barrel by using the energy generated by an explosion or burning substance or any device readily convertible to that use).
  2. An illegal knife (knife with blade over 5½ inches; hand instrument designed to cut or stab another by being thrown; switchblade knife; dagger; bowie knife; sword; or spear).
  3. An explosive weapon (any explosive or incendiary device, bomb, grenade, rocket or mine that is designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of inflicting serious bodily injury, death, or substantial property damage, or for the principal purpose of causing such a loud report as to cause undue public alarm or terror, and includes a device designed, made or adapted for delivery or shooting an explosive weapon).
  4. Knuckles (any instrument consisting of finger rings or guards made of a hard substance that is designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of inflicting serious bodily injury or death by striking a person with a fist enclosed in the knuckles).
  5. Armor-piercing ammunition (handgun ammunition that is designed primarily for the purpose of penetrating metal or body armor and to be used primarily in pistols and revolvers).
  6. A chemical dispensing device (device other than a small chemical dispenser sold commercially for personal protection, that is designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of causing an adverse psychological or physiological effect on a human being).
  7. A zip gun (a device or combination of devices that was not originally a firearm and is adapted to expel a projectile through a smooth-bore or rifle-bore barrel by using the energy generated by an explosion or burning substance).
  8. A club (instrument specially designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of inflicting serious bodily injury or death by striking a person with the instrument, including a blackjack, nightstick, mace, and tomahawk).

VI.E.2.05 - Hazing

LSCS prohibits hazing. "Hazing" means any intentional, or knowing or reckless act on or off LSCS property directed against a student, by one person alone or a person acting with others, that endangers the mental or physical health or the safety of a student for the purpose of being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization whose members are or include other students.

“Student" means any person who:

  1. is registered in or in attendance at LSCS;
  2. has been accepted for admission at LSCS where the hazing incident occurs: or
  3. intends to attend LSCS during any of its regular sessions after a period of scheduled vacation.
    “Hazing” includes, but is not limited to:
    1. any type of physical brutality, such as whipping, beating, striking, branding, electronic shocking, placing of a harmful substance on or in the body, or similar activity;
    2. 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;
    3. 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;
    4. any activity that intimidates or threatens the student with ostracism, that subjects the student to extreme mental stress, shame, or humiliation, that adversely affects the mental health or dignity of the student, that discourages the student from remaining registered in LSCS, or that may reasonably be expected to cause a student to leave the organization or LSCS rather than submit to acts described above; and
    5. any activity that induces, causes, or requires the student to perform a duty or task that involves a violation of the Texas Penal Code.

VI.E.2.06 - Consequences of Hazing

Any student who commits any hazing activity violates LSCS policy and is subject to criminal prosecution. A student commits an offense if the student:

  1. engages in hazing against a student;
  2. solicits, encourages, directs, aids, or attempts to aid another in hazing against a student;
  3. intentionally or knowingly permits hazing against a student to occur; or
  4. has firsthand knowledge of the planning of a specific hazing incident involving a student or firsthand knowledge that a specific hazing incident involving a student has occurred and knowingly fails to report that incident to a System representative, sponsor, or official.

VI.E.2.07 – Risk Management Program for Student Organization Members and Advisors

At least once during each academic year, LSCS shall provide a risk management program for members and advisors of registered student organizations at LSCS.  For this policy, “Advisor” means a person who:

  1. serves in an advisory capacity to a student organization to provide guidance to the organization and its members;
  2. is older than 21 years of age; and
  3. is not a student of the postsecondary educational institution at which the student organization is registered. Each advisor is required to attend a risk management program. 

Each registered student organization at LSCS must have the representatives of the organization attend a program.  The designated student organization representatives are the following four officer positions, or similar officer positions: the president, pledge class or new member chairperson, membership chairperson, and risk management chairperson. Other members of a student organization are encouraged to attend the program.

The program shall address, at a minimum, the following topics:

  1. possession and use of alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs, including penalties that may be imposed for possession or use;
  2. hazing;
  3. sexual abuse and harassment;
  4. fire and other safety issues, including the possession and use of a firearm or other weapon or of an explosive device;
  5. travel to a destination outside the area in which the institution is located;
  6. behavior at parties and other events held by a student organization; and
  7. adoption by a student organization of a risk management policy.

Each advisor or one of the student representatives designated above shall report on the program’s contents at a meeting of the full membership of the student organization.

Attendance shall be taken and maintained by the college's Student Life Program Manager, or equivalent. Records of attendance shall be maintained by the System for at least three years after the date of the program to which the record applies.

LSCS may impose reasonable sanctions on a person who is required to attend the program and fails to attend.

VI.E.3. Sexual Harassment, Assault, and Violence

VI.E.3.01 - Sexual Harassment Policy

See LSCS Board Policy §IV.F.4.01; et.seq.

VI.E.3.02 - Distribution of Sexual Assault Information

LSCS’s Colleges shall make available to students information regarding:

  1. who should be contacted if a sexual assault occurs, the importance of preserving evidence for criminal prosecution, and the person to whom the alleged offense should be reported;
  2. a student's option to notify law enforcement authorities, and the manner in which the College will assist in these circumstances;
  3. list of counseling, mental health, and other student services for victims of sexual assaults;
  4. notice that the college will change a student's academic situation after an alleged sex assault, if possible; and
  5. sanctions that may be imposed for sexual assaults.

VI.E.3.03 - Convicted Sex Offender Policy

As peritted by the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Section 62.153, each person required to register as a sex offender, and who intends to be employed, work with a contractor, or attend classes at LSCS register with LSCS’s Police Department at least seven (7) days prior to reporting to any System location.

As part of this registration the individual must submit information pertinent to his or her offenses which will be forwarded to LSCS's Review Committee for a determination of eligibility for employment, vendor services, or enrollment. A person seeking to be enrolled as a student must first be approved before completing the registration process.

Failure to register and receive necessary approval under this section may result in immediate suspension, dismissal, or termination of employment.

VI.E.4. Computer Safety and Rules

VI.E.4.01 - Computer Usage

LSCS public access terminals are provided to support the instructional and educational functions of the System.

It shall be a violation of LSCS policy to attempt deliberately to prevent other users' access to the System's computer system, to degrade system performance, or to copy or destroy files. This includes, without limitation, the following:

  1. intentionally disrupting access of other students, faculty, or staff to the System’s computer resources;
  2. knowingly obtaining access to a computer account, identification number, or password assigned to another student, faculty member, staff member, or College office;
  3. knowingly using an account, identification number, or password belonging to another student, faculty member, staff member, or College office for other than its intended purpose, or using an identification number or an inactive account, password, or identification number;
  4. misusing System computer equipment by such activities as falsifying or altering records or documents, damaging programs belonging to another, sending harassing or threatening material, or duplicating copyrighted software unlawfully;
  5. intentionally using System computer resources to store, download, upload, display, print, or e-mail computer images that constitute "obscene materials" as defined by Section 43.21 of the Texas Penal Code and that are not directly related to, or required for, a specific educational course or research project related to an educational program;
  6. displaying or transmitting messages, images, or cartoons that are sexually explicit or that demean a person on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender national origin, disability, or religion; or
  7. using System e-mail or other computer resources for commercial purposes or for personal financial gain.

Any student who violates this policy shall be subject to discipline by LSCS, up to and including suspension or expulsion from the System.

Members of the public who are not enrolled in academic, technical, college-level or continuing education courses will be permitted to use such facilities for research purposes only when the use does not deny a LSCS student or employee access. Any member of the public whose use is not in accord with this policy may be asked to cease use of the computer, leave the facility, and forfeit rights to future use of System computers.

Minors who are not enrolled in System academic, technical or college-level courses shall only be permitted to use a computer on which a filtering device has been installed. Parental or guardian permission is required for all minors who wish to enroll in academic, technical or college-level courses in a College at the System. Such permission acknowledges that college level course work might contain materials or subject matter considered to be adult in nature.

Exceptions to this policy may apply in the libraries at LSCS Colleges which have public library partnership agreements.

VI.E.4.02 - Prohibited Use of Computers

The following conduct by computer users shall be treated as a violation of this policy and may subject the user to discipline, including loss of computing privileges, up to and including termination for a System employee, and dismissal for a student:

  1. anonymous or forged e-mail messages;
  2. unauthorized attempts to access another person's e-mail or similar electronic communications;
  3. use of another's name, e-mail, computer address, or workstation to send e-mail or similar electronic communications;
  4. use of System e-mail or other network resources for commercial purposes or for personal financial gain;
  5. access to a restricted computing resource without authorization or use for purposes beyond the authorization;
  6. transmission of copyrighted materials without the written permission of the author or creator through System e-mail or other network resources in violation of U.S. copyright law;
  7. use of computing resources, including e-mails, in a manner that disrupts the work or educational environment;
  8. intentional use of System computing resources to store, download, upload, display, print or e-mail computer images that constitute "obscene materials" as defined by Section 43.21 of the Texas Penal Code and that are not directly related to, or required for, a specific educational course or research project directly related to an educational program.
  9. the display or transmission of messages, images, cartoons, or other messages or images that are sexually explicit or that demean a person on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, disability, or religion, which may constitute prohibited harassment under System policies;
  10. upload or download of unauthorized materials to any System server; and
  11. sharing of an account, password, or other authentication device that was provided to permit access to restricted computing resources.

VI.E.4.03 - E-Mail Privileges

Access to LSCS’s e-mail and similar electronic communication systems is a privilege that is extended to current employees, students, and affiliates in good standing. The privilege of access ends with the termination of employment, the failure to re-enroll in a System educational program, or disciplinary sanctions.

VI.E.4.04 - E-Mail Confidentiality

LSCS cannot guarantee the privacy or confidentiality of electronic documents, and any messages that are confidential, as a matter of law, should not be communicated over e-mail.

LSCS reserves the right to access e-mail to engage in routine computer maintenance and housekeeping, to carry out internal investigations, to prepare responses to requests for public records, or to disclose messages, data, or files to law enforcement authorities.

VI.E.4.05 - E-Mail Records

Messages sent as e-mail should meet the same standards for distribution or display as tangible documents or instruments. As with all records maintained by the System, and to the extent required by law, files saved in the System's information system, including e-mail, may be subject to release with a public information act request.

VI.E.4.06 - Loss of Computing Privileges

Use of LSCS’s equipment and networks shall comply with the policies and procedures of the System, and access may be denied to any student, employee, affiliates, or member of the public who fails to comply with the System's policies and procedures regarding appropriate computer use.

VI.E.4.07 - Overloading of Computer Resources:

Nothing in this policy shall prohibit LSCS or College System Operator from intercepting and stopping e-mail messages or other computer use which have the capacity to overload the computer resources. Discipline may be imposed for intentional overloading of the System’s computer resources.

LSCS Policy Manual Section adopted by the Board of Trustees on December 1, 2011