OF STUDENT CONDUCT
A student enrolling in Merced College may rightfully expect
that the faculty and administrators will maintain an environment in which there
is freedom to learn. This requires that there be appropriate conditions and
opportunities in the classroom and on the campus. As members of the college
community, students are encouraged to develop the capacity for critical judgment;
to engage in sustained and independent search for truth; and to exercise their
rights to free inquiry and free speech in a responsible, non-violent manner.
Students shall respect and obey civil and criminal law, and are subject to legal
penalties for violation of laws of the city, county, state, and nation. Student
conduct at Merced College must conform to District and college rules and regulations.
Violations of such rules and regulations, for which students are subject to
disciplinary action, include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Willful disobedience to directions of college officials
acting in the performance of their duties.
- Violation of college rules and regulations including those
concerning student organizations, the use of college facilities, or the time,
place, and manner of public expression or distribution of materials.
- Dishonesty, such as cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing
false information to the college.
- Unauthorized entry to, or use of, college facilities.
- Forgery, alteration, or misuse of college documents, records
- Obstruction or disruption of classes, administration, disciplinary
procedures, or authorized college activities.
- Theft of, or damage to, property belonging to the college,
a member of the college community, or a campus visitor.
- Disorderly, lewd, indecent, obscene, or offensive conduct
or expression which interferes with the college's primary educational responsibility
or adversely affects a student's standing as a responsible member of the college
- Assault or battery, abuse, or any threat of force or violence
directed toward any member of the college community or campus visitor engaged
in authorized activities.
- Use, sale or possession on campus of, or present on campus
under the influence of, alcoholic beverages or other controlled substances,
or any poison classified as such by Schedule D in Section 4160 of the Business
and Professions Code.
Possession, while on campus or at a college
sponsored function, of any of the following weapons (except persons given
permission by the College Superintendent/President or designated representatives
or member of law enforcement agencies, such as police officers): any instrument
or weapons of the kind commonly known as blackjack, sling shot, fire bomb,
billy club, sandclub, sandbag, metal knuckles, and dirk, dagger, firearms
(loaded or unloaded), such as a pistol, revolver, rifle, etc; any switchblade
longer than two inches; any razor with an unguarded blade; any metal pipe
or bar used or intended to be used as a club; or any item, such as a chain,
used to threaten bodily harm. Ref. Board Policy 5500