Disciplinary Offenses

    1. Generally, through appropriate due process procedures, institutional disciplinary measures shall be imposed for conduct which adversely affects the college's pursuit of its educational objectives, which violates or shows a disregard for the rights of other members of the academic community, or which endangers property or persons on college or college-controlled property.
    2. Individual or organizational misconduct which is subject to disciplinary sanction shall include but not be limited to the following examples:
      1. Conduct dangerous to others: Any conduct which constitutes a serious danger to any person's health, safety or personal well-being, including any physical abuse or immediate threat of abuse.
      2. Hazing: Any act of hazing, as defined by state law, by any individual or group.
      3. Disorderly conduct: Any individual or group behavior which is abusive, obscene, lewd, indecent, violent, excessively noisy, disorderly, or which unreasonably disturbs other groups or individuals.
      4. Obstruction of or interference with college activities or facilities: Any intentional interference with or obstruction of any college activity, program, event, or facilities including the following:
        1. Any unauthorized occupancy of college or college-controlled facilities or blockage of access to or from such facilities.
        2. Interference with the right of any college member or other authorized person to gain access to any college or college-controlled activity, program, event or facilities.
        3. Any obstruction or delay of a campus security officer, fireman or any college official in the performance of his or her duty.
         
      5. Misuse of, or damage to, property: Any act of misuse, vandalism malicious or unwarranted damage or destruction, defacing disfiguring, or unauthorized use of property belonging to the college including, but not limited to, fire equipment, elevators, telephones, institution keys, library materials and/or safety devices; and any such act against a member of the college community or a guest of the college. Acts of vandalizing and/or littering the campus grounds or buildings are strictly prohibited.
      6. Theft, misappropriation, or unauthorized sale: Any act of theft, misappropriation, unauthorized possession, or sale of college property or any such act against a member of the college community or a guest of the college.
      7. Misuse of documents or identification cards: Any forgery, alteration or unauthorized use of documents, forms, records or identification cards, including the giving of any false information or withholding of necessary information, in connection with a student's admission, enrollment or status in the college.
      8. Firearms and other dangerous weapons: Any unauthorized or illegal possession of or use of firearms or dangerous weapons of any kind is prohibited. No firearms shall be permitted on the college's campus or be worn by any person at any time except as provided in Tennessee Code Annotated, section 30-4052.
      9. Explosives, fireworks, and flammable materials: The unauthorized possession, ignition or detonation of any object or article which would cause damage by fire or other means to persons or property or possession of any substance which could be considered to be and used as fireworks.
      10. Alcoholic beverages: The use , possession, distribution, sale, or manufacture of alcoholic beverages or public intoxication on property owned or controlled by the college, at college sponsored events, on property owned or controlled by an affiliated clinical site, or violation on any term of Northeast State Community College's Drug Free Schools and Community Policy Statement.
      11. Drugs: The unlawful use, possession, distribution, sale, or manufacture of any drug or controlled substance (including any stimulant, depressant, narcotic, or hallucinogenic drug or substance, or marijuana), being under the influence of any drug or controlled substance, or the misuse of legally prescribed or "over the counter" drugs on property owned or controlled by the college; at a college sponsored event; on property owned or controlled by an affiliated clinical site; or in violations on any term of the Northeast State Community College's Drug Free School and Community Policy Statement.
      12. Gambling: Gambling in any form.
      13. Financial irresponsibility: Failure to meet financial responsibilities to the college promptly including, but not limited to, knowingly passing a worthless check or money order in payment to the college or to a member of the college community acting in an official capacity.
      14. Unacceptable conduct in hearings: Any conduct at a college hearing involving contemptuous, disrespectful or disorderly behavior, or the giving of false testimony or other evidence at any hearing.
      15. Failure to cooperate with college officials: Failure to comply with directions of college officials acting in the performance of their duties.
      16. Violation of general rules and regulations: Any violations of the general rules and regulations of the college as published in an official college publication, including the intentional failure to perform any required action or the intentional performance of any prohibited action.
      17. Attempts and aiding and abetting the commission of offenses: Any attempt to commit any of the foregoing offenses, or the aiding and abetting of the commission of any of the foregoing offenses ("an attempt" to commit an offense is defined as the intention to commit the offense coupled with the taking of some action toward its commission).
      18. Violations of state or federal laws: Any violation of state or federal laws or regulations prescribing conduct or establishing offenses, which laws and regulations are incorporated herein by reference.
       
    3. Disciplinary action may be taken against a student for violations of foregoing regulations which occur on college-owned, leased, or otherwise controlled property, or which occur off-campus when the conduct impairs, interferes with or obstructs any college activity or the missions, processes and functions of the college. In addition, disciplinary action may be taken on the basis of any conduct, on- or off-campus, which poses a substantial threat to persons or property within the college community.
    4. For the purpose of these regulations, a "student" shall mean any person who is registered for study at the college for any academic period. A person shall be considered a student during any period which follows the end of an academic period which the student has completed until the last day for registration for the next succeeding regular academic period, and during any period while the student is under suspension from the college.