Chapter Four: Student Services
Procedure Title: Standards of Student Conduct
Based On: Board Policies 1 and 2
Procedure Number: 4.07
Date Adopted/Revised: June 25, 2001; November 21, 2006; May 15, 2007; May 17, 2010; June 16, 2014; November 30, 2015; July 21, 2016
  1. South Arkansas Community College expects students to conduct themselves as responsible members of the college community and adhere to an appropriate code of conduct and dress (for example, the wearing of scrubs for allied health courses, steel-toed boots for welding classes, and casual business attire for business courses), as stated in course syllabi and program handbooks. Student conduct that interferes with the education of other students, excessive absenteeism, inability to pass required courses, unsatisfactory progress in clinical performance, moral and ethical misbehaviors, poor interpersonal skills, or insubordination may be subject to disciplinary action. All students are obligated to

    1. assume responsibility for their actions;

    2. respect the rights of others;

    3. conform to the reasonable rules of conduct;

    4. protect private and public property; and

    5. make effective use of their time in securing the benefits of a college education.

    Some of the selective-admission health-science programs have specific criteria regarding student conduct. In these matters, students are encouraged to refer to individual program policies.

  2. Student Rights

    1. The College recognizes the basic rights of the individual and provides guarantees to the students that grow out of the fundamental conceptions of fairness implicit in procedural due process.

    2. Students have the right to appeal any decision made by the College if they believe that the decision is unjust or arbitrary.

  3. Non-Academic Offenses Subject to Disciplinary Action

    (This list is not exhaustive)

    1. Forgery, alteration, unauthorized possession, or misuse of college documents, records, or instruments of identification.

    2. Furnishing false information or misrepresenting information to the college.

    3. Threatening, attempting to commit, or committing physical harm to any person on college-controlled property.

    4. Damage, destruction, theft of personal or college property, including incidents of arson, vandalism, larceny, burglary, breaking and entering, or robbery. College property also includes computers.

    5. Unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on college property or at college-controlled activities.

    6. Unauthorized possession or use of weapons, firearms, knives, and fireworks on college-controlled property.

    7. Disorderly conduct, violent or drunken behavior; the use of abusive or obscene language on college property; or reporting to the campus under the influence of illicit drugs or alcohol.

    8. Demonstrations or other interference of activities or functions of the college.

    9. Failure to comply with directions of college officials acting in the performance of their duties.

    10. Unauthorized presence on or use of college premises, facilities, or property.

    11. Making unwelcome sexual advances toward another student or college employee, including, but not limited to, stalking, date violence, sexual harassment, or sexual assault.

    12. Selling or peddling items on college property without permission.

    13. Violation of the college policy regarding Internet use.

    14. Any action that interferes with the educational process or the education of an individual.

  4. Disciplinary Procedures and Actions

    The disciplinary procedures of SouthArk are designed to be a part of the learning process and normally cover a wide range of disciplinary actions, including probation and dismissal. In order to protect the educational process of the College and, at the same time, to protect the rights of all students, the College has authority to develop and enforce rules and to impose discipline on students who violate rules and regulations.