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Student Rights, Regulations, and Responsibilities

College students are considered to be mature individuals. Their conduct, both on and off campus, is expected to be that of responsible adults in public places. Common courtesy and cooperation are the basic rules for conduct at the college. Students are required to know and follow the college regulations listed below.

Academic Integrity

1. Each student is held responsible for information published in the College of The Albemarle Academic Catalog, Student Handbook, and announcements placed on student bulletin boards.

2. Cheating and plagiarism are those processes of utilizing as one’s own, another’s work, words, or ideas. Those processes are not the mark of a competent college student; students who cheat or plagiarize are subject to disciplinary action by the college. 

3. College of The Albemarle honors the right of free discussion and expression. That these rights are a part of the fabric of this institution is not questioned. It is equally clear, however, that in a community of learning, willful disruption of the educational process, destruction of property, and interference with the rights of others cannot be tolerated. Accordingly, it shall be the policy of the college to deal with such disruption, destruction, or interference promptly and effectively but also fairly and impartially without regard to race, religion, gender, and political beliefs. Students interested in information concerning campus demonstrations are required to consult with the Vice President, Student Development; the Dean, Dare County Campus; or the Dean, Edenton-Chowan Campus.

Courtesy/Social Behavior
4. Dress Code (see below)

5. Without the prior approval of an instructor, the use of cell phones, pagers, portable audio/video players, or other similar equipment by students in  classrooms and labs is prohibited. Students may not use such equipment in common areas in a manner that disturbs others. 

6. Admittance to all social events will be by student identification cards.

7. No outside guests, other than a student’s date, are allowed at college social events.

8. General misconduct by students and/or their guests at college functions will subject students to disciplinary action by the Student Disciplinary Committee.

9. Students will be expected to make use of the disposal containers in the halls, Student Center, shops, classrooms, and on student grounds.

10. College of The Albemarle is a smoke/tobacco free campus.  This applies to all campus and center locations - including the Owens Center/YMCA, all boardwalks, inside or outside buildings, on campus grounds including parked cars and parking lots.  On college locations where the facility is in a public area (shopping center), the area immediately in front of the doors is considered smoke free.

Safety/Legal Concepts

11. Any and all actions or materials prohibited by federal, state, and city/county laws are also prohibited on the college campus. Students who do not abide by these laws are subject to disciplinary and/or legal action.  The college is not bound by the outcomes of any other judicial process and will proceed according to its own disciplinary procedures.

12. The use of skateboards, rollerblades, or other similar devices on the campus is prohibited.

13. Students who negligently lose, damage, destroy, sell, or otherwise dispose of college property placed in their possession or entrusted to them will be charged for the full extent of the damage or loss and be subject to disciplinary action.

14. Students who engage in such acts as stealing, cheating, gambling, using profane language, engaging in personal combat, and possessing firearms or dangerous weapons on college property are subject to disciplinary action.

15. No student or visitor shall possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any gun, rifle, pistol, dynamite cartridge, bomb, grenade, mine, powerful explosive as defined in G.S. 14284.1, bowie knife, dirk, dagger, slingshot, leaded cane, switchblade knife, blackjack, metallic knuckles, or any other weapon of like kind, not used solely for instructional or school sanctioned ceremonial purposes, in any college building, or vehicle or other property owned, used, or operated by the college. Currently employed law enforcement officers are not subject to this rule.

Respect for Normal Operation
16. Any student who, with the intent to obstruct or disrupt any normal operation or function of the college or any of its components, engages or invites others to engage in individual or collective conduct which destroys or significantly damages any college property; which impairs or threatens impairment of the physical well-being of any member of the college community; or which because of its violent, forceful, threatening, or intimidating nature or because it restrains freedom of lawful movement or otherwise prevents members of the college community from conducting their normal activities within the college, shall be subject to prompt and appropriate disciplinary action which may include suspension, dismissal,  and/or legal actions from the college.

The following, while not intended to be inclusive, illustrate offenses which are regarded as obstructive and disruptive:

a. Behavior that disrupts any normal operation of the college;

b. Use of profanity or other offensive language verbally or in writing;

c. Occupation of any college building or part thereof with intent to deprive others of its normal use;

d. Blocking the entrance or exit of any college building or room therein with intent to deprive others of lawful access to or from, or use of, said building or corridor or room;

e. Setting fire to or by any other means destroying or substantially damaging premises;

f. Any possession or display of or attempt to threaten to use, for any unlawful purpose, any weapon, dangerous instrument, explosive, or inflammable material in any college building or on any college campus;

g. Prevention of, or attempt to prevent by physical act, the attending, convening, continuation, or orderly conduct of any college class or activity or of any lawful meeting or assembly in any college building; and

h. Blocking normal pedestrian or vehicular traffic on or into any college campus.

Plagiarism and Cheating

Students attending College of The Albemarle are expected to adhere to the highest ethical standards of college students. Students who are found to have engaged in plagiarism and/or cheating will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from College of The Albemarle, and in appropriate cases, criminal prosecution. There is no “statute of limitations” on violations of the cheating portion of this policy meaning that students may be subject to disciplinary action at anytime that the cheating is discovered, even after graduation in appropriate cases.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, use of a work or a source, published or unpublished, of another without giving proper credit to the original author in a work submitted by a student in any college sponsored class, lab, or examination, either orally or in writing.

The term “work” includes research, strategies, or ideas. It applies to the spoken word whether recorded or live as well as written works, music, computer codes, art, and any other creative ideas or expression.

“Source” includes, but is not limited to, published works such as newspapers, textbooks, or web sites and unpublished sources such as lectures or interviews.

a.  Unintentional plagiarism normally occurs when a student is unfamiliar with proper documentation of sources or works or inadequately does so.  While unintentional plagiarism does constitute a violation of this policy, it will normally be dealt with by the instructor through remedial instruction or other corrective action deemed appropriate by the instructor.

b.  Intentional plagiarism includes the deliberate taking of another’s ideas or works and presenting them as your own. This is the more serious form of plagiarism and will normally be dealt with through more severe sanctions.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to, the following:
 a. Intentional plagiarism;
 b. Submission of work that is not the student’s own for any paper, assignment, or examination;
 c. Submission of falsified data or sources;
 d. Theft, or the attempted theft, of any test or examination;
 e. Unauthorized access to any exam or test by any means or device;
 f.  Use, or the attempted use, of a stand in or proxy for any assignment, test, or examination;
 g. Use of notes, textbooks, or other materials to include computer programs in preparation of any 
     assignment, or during any test or examination without the instructor’s explicit approval;
 h. Supplying or receiving unauthorized information or assistance in preparation for an assignment, test or 
     examination; or during a test or examination, whether written, verbal, through gestures or signals, or by 
     the use of electronic communication devices;
 i.  Copying any assignment, test, or examination without authorization from the instructor whether 
     electronically or mechanically; this would include photographing with a digital camera or appropriately 
     equipped cell phone or other electronic devices;
 j.  Copying answers from another student’s assignment, test, or examination and submitting as your own;
 k. Collaboration in the preparation of an assignment unless specifically permitted by the instructor of the 
     course for the particular assignment;
 l.  Submitting the same work for credit in two or more classes without the permission of the instructors for 
     any class subsequent to the first class the work was prepared for;
 m. Reproducing, either alone or with others, any test or examination after sitting for the test or 
      examination without the express permission of the instructor;
 n.  Any student who is aware of any cheating being committed by others in violation of this policy and 
     does not report it to the instructor, program coordinator, department chair, division chair, or other 
     administrative officer of the college may be subject  to disciplinary action.

Disciplinary Action
Disciplinary Action for any student found by an instructor to have engaged in any form of cheating will include, as a minimum, that the student receive a grade of “F” (0) for the assignment, test, or examination. The instructor may, after consulting with his/her supervisor, withdraw the student from the class in accordance with the procedures contained in this Academic Catalog under Student Disciplinary Procedure governing withdrawal from class. An incident report must be completed in all cases as described under Reporting Incidents. 

This assignment of an “F” requirement above is the minimum punishment permitted for a student found to have been cheating in violation of this policy and must be enforced by all instructors. This in no way prohibits the instructor or College of The Albemarle from imposing more severe sanctions in accordance with its policies and procedures for disciplining students.

The unauthorized use, or attempted use, of a communication device during an assignment, test, or examination shall create a presumption that the student was at the time engaged in sending or receiving information in violation of this policy. The burden of showing that the use of the device was not in violation of this policy would then be the responsibility of the student.

The provisions of this policy shall apply to all courses/classes offered by the college regardless of the delivery method.

Substance Abuse Policy
College of The Albemarle provides a safe and healthy environment for students to pursue academic excellence, technical and vocational training, career opportunities, and personal growth and development.  Protecting this environment includes keeping it drug-free. College of The Albemarle may permit or request law enforcement personnel to conduct drug searches on College of The Albemarle property. Such searches may be performed on a random or periodic basis and may also be performed when administration or law enforcement officers have a reasonable suspicion that illegal drugs may be present on campus. All searches will be executed in compliance with and to the fullest extent allowed by state and federal laws. Some programs, such as nursing, have a more detailed substance abuse policy. If there is any suspicion of substance abuse, the student is required to have and pay for a drug screen.

Under no condition will intoxicating liquor (defined as any beverage containing as much as one-half of one percent of alcohol), narcotics, illicit drugs, hallucinogens, barbiturates, or amphetamines be permitted in or on college property.  Off-campus college-sponsored events are subject to the requirements of state and federal laws (Chapter 18B of General Statutes of North Carolina, 21 CFR Part 1308 and other Federal Regulations).   Students representing the college at off-campus events are required to know and follow the student rights and responsibilities printed in the current college catalog.  No student organization or club shall purchase, give away, or sell any aforementioned intoxicating beverage or substance.  Anyone known to be under the influence of any aforementioned substance is prohibited from the college property.  In addition, the introduction, possession, sale, exchange, and/or use thereof is considered grounds for dismissal and possible legal action.  Use of a drug authorized by a medical prescription from a registered physician shall not be considered a violation of this rule.

“Controlled substances” include any drug listed in 21 CFR Part 1308 and other federal regulations.  Generally, these include, but are not limited to, heroin, marijuana, cocaine, PCP, and “crack.”  They also include “legal drugs” which are not prescribed by a licensed physician. 

Alcoholic beverages include beer, wine, whiskey, and any other beverage listed in Chapter 18B of the General Statute of North Carolina.

Any student convicted of violating any criminal drug statute while in the workplace (work-study), on the college premises, or while part of a college-sponsored activity will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination and dismissal.  An alternative may include completion of an approved drug abuse or alcohol rehabilitation program as a precondition for continued employment or enrollment at the college.

Students must inform the college in writing within ten (10) working days of being convicted of a violation of any criminal drug statute or alcoholic beverage statute that occurred while on the college campus or while participating in college-sponsored activities.

If work-study students working under federal grant monies are convicted of violating drug laws in the workplace, on college premises or as part of a college-sponsored activity, they will be reported to the appropriate federal agency.  As a condition of further employment on any federal government grant, the law requires all employees to abide by this policy.

Students receiving a Federal Pell Grant must abide by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act Certification printed on the Student Aid Report.

Dress Code
The college expects all students to dress in a manner in keeping with the serious academic intent of the college and in a manner acceptable to the community.  COA invites prospective employers and business leaders on campus throughout the academic year. Students should keep in mind that they may have an opportunity to meet their prospective employers, and first impressions are lasting impressions.

In light of these considerations, students are expected to use their own judgment in appropriate dress within the generally accepted bounds of good taste.  Although the College does not intend to impose upon individual style or creativity, students are prohibited from wearing clothing that is sexually suggestive or revealing. Students will not be permitted to dress in a manner which disrupts the educational environment. 

While students may dress casually, they should present a clean and appropriate appearance at all times. Shirts and shoes are required at all times while the student is on campus or while attending a COA activity, function, or event off the COA campus. Caps and hats should not be worn in any classroom except in certain circumstances which may be approved by the faculty member in charge.

Students are expected to dress in a manner appropriate to their major area of study.  Certain technical or vocational curricula, such as the allied health programs, may require special attire for clinical or laboratory areas.  BLET students are required to wear uniforms at all times while in class. A student may not attend classes or laboratory work conducted in the clinical or laboratory areas if such student is in violation of the dress codes for such areas.

Students who fail to adhere to the above guidelines are not allowed in any campus facility and are subject to disciplinary action which may include suspension and/or expulsion.


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