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Student Code of Conduct

The Student Code of Conduct provides the principles and procedures for ensuring an educational environment conducive to peaceful study. Students have the obligation to behave in an orderly and proper manner and any breach of the Code of Conduct will render a member of the student body liable to disciplinary action. It should be noted that by accepting the admission offer to KCST, the student acknowledges the right of KCST to take disciplinary action, including suspension and expulsion from the College.

The following is a list of behaviors, actions or attitudes that students must not engage in.

1. General
  • Engage in conduct adversely affecting the College community and/or the pursuit of its objectives, whether that conduct occurs on or off College premises.
  • Make false statements or use false documents in any College-related activity.
  • Violate any local law.
  • Use, possess, display, or store any weapon, dangerous instrument, fireworks, bomb-making materials, other explosive materials or chemical on College property or at a College activity or event.
  • Engage in commercial solicitation or selling merchandise on College property or promoting an event or activity at the College, unless specifically authorized by the College authorities to do so.
  • A student who engages in attempted misconduct can be disciplined to the same extent as the student who performed any act against the Code of Conduct.
2. Academic Ethics
  • Copy from another student’s exam/test/quiz paper or knowingly allow one’s own test/quiz paper to be copied.
  • Use materials during an exam/test/quiz that were not clearly authorized by the person responsible for the exam/test/quiz.
  • Collaborate with another student during an exam/test/quiz without permission.
  • Knowingly use, buy, sell, offer, transport, or solicit any of the contents of an exam/test/quiz.
  • Take an exam/test/quiz in place of another student or permit another student to take an exam/ test/quiz in his/her place.
  • Bribe or attempt to bribe another person to obtain a passing grade or a better grade on an exam/test/quiz or for a course.
  • Intentionally misstate facts or events on a graded exercise or assignment in a manner that affects the grade.
  • Engage in plagiarism, which includes representing the work of another person as one’s own, including information downloaded from the Internet. The use of another person’s words, ideas, or information without proper acknowledgement also constitutes plagiarism.
  • Obtain from or give to another student unauthorized assistance on any graded course work.
  • Compromise instructional and exam/test/quiz materials by acquiring, using, or providing to others unauthorized instructional and/or testing/quizzing materials.
3. Disruption, Assault and Related Offenses

Endanger, threaten or cause physical harm to:

  • Engage in disorderly conduct in College premises or College events. Disorderly conduct means intentionally causing disruption to the College community or local community either by means of violent, tumultuous, unreasonably loud or threatening behavior or by obstruction of vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
  • Disrupt any College-related activity, including impeding, interrupting or causing the interruption of any educational, recreational or administrative activity or event.
  • Disturb the wellbeing of the College by, among other actions, fighting, causing excessive noise, or engaging in indecent or obscene behavior.
  • Engage in behavior or aiding others to engage in behavior that constitutes a violation of rules, regulations or policies specified by the College or Student Fora.
  • Initiate, cause or contribute to any false warning or false report about fire, explosion, emergency or crime.
    • another person
    • another person’s property
    • another person’s personality
    • College property
4. Tobacco, Alcohol and Drug-related
  • Smoke or chew tobacco in College premises or at any College event.
  • Consume, transfer, sell, possess or be under the influence of any illegal or unauthorized drug or substance, including alcohol.
  • Drive on College property or in College-related events or activities while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
5. College IT Systems (Computers, Networks and Telephones)
  • Allow another person to use his/her account name, username or password.
  • Tamper with any features of the College IT system, including hacking, probing, attempting to break into other users’ accounts, obtain or use another person’s account name, username or password, create, use or transmit any type of malicious software.
  • Alter, disrupt, or reconfigure any College IT system, including the unauthorized introduction or removal of any new hardware, software, network device or telephone system or the unauthorized running of an IT server, whether virtual or physical on any College IT network.
  • Forge email or other electronic information or engage in any other conduct that is inappropriate, such as accessing, downloading, creating, storing, sending or forwarding spam, pranks, pornographic, obscene, harassing, threatening or intimidating messages on a College IT system.
  • Illegally download copyrighted material or violate any software license agreement or intellectual property rights in any College-related context.
6. Discrimination and Harassment
  • Display discriminatory behavior in relation to another member of the College community on the basis of age, ethnicity, gender, disability, color, national origin, race, religion or sexual orientation.
  • Engage in sexual harassment against a member of the College community, including, (i) repeated sexual advances, or propositions; (ii) verbal harassment of a sexual nature, including lewd comments and/or sexual jokes or references; and/or (iii) demeaning, insulting, intimidating, or sexually suggestive comments about an individual’s dress or body.
  • Engage in harassing conduct, including stalking or bullying or any other type of behavior understood by any reasonable person as being unwelcoming or offensive.
  • Engage in any type of sexual offense, including sexual assault, public sexual indecency, or indecent exposure
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