The Merced College Standards of Student Conduct, as approved by the Board of Trustees, is available online. Policies affecting student conduct may be found under the links related to Board Policies and Procedures 5500. Copies also may be obtained from the Office of Student Personnel. Merced College students are expected to conduct themselves in an exemplary manner. Students are prohibited from using or possessing drugs or alcoholic beverages on the campus or at any school function held on or off campus. Students not following standards of student conduct may experience a range of disciplinary actions.
The following conduct shall constitute good cause for discipline, including but not limited to the removal, suspension or expulsion of a student.
- Causing, attempting to cause, or threatening to cause physical injury to another person.
- Possession, sale or otherwise furnishing any firearm, knife, explosive or other dangerous object, including but not limited to any facsimile firearm, knife or explosive, unless, in the case of possession of any object of this type, the student has obtained written permission to possess the item from a district employee, which is concurred in by the college president.
- Unlawful possession, use, sale, offer to sell, or furnishing, or being under the influence of, any controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053) of Division 10 of the California Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind; or unlawful possession of, or offering, arranging or negotiating the sale of any drug paraphernalia, as defined in California Health and Safety Code Section 11014.5.
- Committing or attempting to commit robbery or extortion.
- Causing or attempting to cause damage to district property or to private property on campus.
- Stealing or attempting to steal district property or private property on campus, or knowingly receiving stolen district property or private property on campus.
- Willful or persistent smoking in any area where smoking has been prohibited by law or by regulation of the college or the District.
- Committing sexual harassment as defined by law or by District policies and procedures.
- Engaging in harassing or discriminatory behavior based on disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation race, sex, (i.e., gender) religion, age, national origin, disability, or any other status protected by law.
- Engaging in intimidating conduct or bullying against another student through words or actions, including direct physical contact, verbal assaults, such as teasing or name-calling; social isolation or manipulation; and cyberbullying.
- Willful misconduct which results in injury or death to a student or to college personnel or which results in cutting, defacing, or other injury to any real or personal property owned by the District or on campus.
- Disruptive behavior, willful disobedience, habitual profanity or vulgarity, or the open and persistent defiance of the authority of, or persistent abuse of, college personnel.
- Cheating, plagiarism (including plagiarism in a student publication), or engaging in other academic dishonesty.
- Dishonesty; forgery; alteration or misuse of college documents, records or identification; or knowingly furnishing false information to the District.
- Unauthorized entry upon or use of college facilities.
- Lewd, indecent or obscene conduct on District-owned or controlled property, or at District-sponsored or supervised functions.
- Engaging in expression which is obscene; libelous or slanderous; or which so incites students as to create a clear and present danger of the commission of unlawful acts on college premises, or the violation of lawful District administrative procedures, or the substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the District.
- Persistent, serious misconduct where other means of correction have failed to bring about proper conduct.
- Unauthorized preparation, giving, selling, transfer, distribution, or publication, for any commercial purpose, of any contemporaneous recording of an academic presentation in a classroom or equivalent site of instruction, including but not limited to handwritten or typewritten class notes, except as permitted by any district policy or administrative procedure
Students who engage in any of the above are subject to the procedures outline in AP 5520 title Student Discipline Procedures.
The Student Code of Conduct (Board Policy 5500) also may be found on the Merced College web site under the link for Board of Trustees.