Student Code of Conduct

III. Definitions

  1. The term “PCCC” or “College” means Passaic County Community College.
  2. The term “Student” includes all persons taking credit and non-credit courses at PCCC, pursuing undergraduate or continuing education studies. Persons who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with PCCC are considered “students.”
  3. The term “Faculty Member” means any person hired by PCCC to conduct classroom activities.
  4. The term “College Official” includes any person employed by PCCC performing assigned administrative or professional responsibilities.
  5. The term “Member of the PCCC Community” includes any person who is a student, faculty member, PCCC official, or any other person employed by PCCC.
  6. The term “College Premises” includes all land, buildings, facilities, and other property in the possession of or owned, used, or controlled by the College.
  7. The term “Organization” means any group of persons who have complied with the formal requirements for College recognition.
  8. The term “Judicial Affairs Committee” means a standing committee of the Academic Council, the academic governing body of PCCC. The Judicial Affairs Committee is authorized by the Bylaws of the Academic Council to determine whether a student has violated the Student Code of Conduct and to recommend the imposition of sanctions.
  9. The term “Cheating” includes, but is not limited to:
    1. use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations;
    2. dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructions in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out the assignments; or
    3. the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the College faculty or staff. (For additional information, see the Academic Integrity Policy.)
  10. The term “Plagiarism” includes, but is not limited to, the intentional use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgement. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials. (For additional information, see the Academic Integrity Policy)
  11. The term “Disruptive Behavior” includes engaging in any reckless, tumultuous, or unlawful act or course of conduct outside of class, or engaging in any classroom behavior detrimental to the learning environment that may require the faculty member to warn or verbally dismiss the student from the classroom and/or request a security escort. This behavior includes, but is not limited to, acting out, participating in side conversations, and the use of cellular telephones, text messaging or other forms of audible or electronic devices. This provision is not designed to be used as a means to punish classroom dissent. The respectful expression of a disagreement with the teacher’s views is not in itself “disruptive” behavior.
  12. The term “Expulsion” means separation of the student from the College and being barred from College property and all College-sponsored events.
  13. The term “Sexual Misconduct” refers to an umbrella term that includes sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, all of which are defined in pccc.edu/TitleIX . Additionally, this term also refers to any act of a sexual nature. Examples include but are not limited to: use of any substance to incapacitate an individual; lewd or obscene conduct (public urination, sexual acts performed in public, surreptitiously taking and or distributing pictures of another person in a gym, locker room, or restroom, streaking, possession or distribution of pornographic material; possession or distribution of any obscene materials, as defined by the standards of the College community).
  14. The term “Sexual Harassment” refers to any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, including but not limited to unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; or other verbal or nonverbal conduct of a sexual nature, including rape, sexual assault, unwelcome touching, patting or other physical contact, and sexual exploitation when submission is made either explicitly or implicitly a condition of employment, the basis of employment decision, the basis of academic determinations, or has the purpose or effect of interfering with the victim’s work performance or academic performance. In addition, depending on the facts, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking may also be forms of sexual harassment.
  15. The term "Hazing" is defined as a disorderly offense if in connection with initiation of a student or fraternal organization, a person knowingly or recklessly organizes, promotes, facilitates or engages in conduct which may place another person in danger or bodily injury.
  16. The term “Crime of Violence” includes, but is not limited to, arson, burglary, robbery, homicide, sexual misconduct, assault, destruction/damage/vandalism of property and kidnapping/abduction.
  17. The term "Stalking" is defined as engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to (A) fear for his or her safety or the safety of others; or (B) suffer substantial emotional distress.
  18. The term “Cyber Bullying” is defined as willful and repeated threats, harassment or intimidation intended to inflict harm through the medium of electronic media. This behavior may occur on or off-campus.