Catalog 2021-2022

Prohibited Conduct

Any student found to have committed the following misconduct is subject to the disciplinary sanctions outlined in this Student Code of Conduct:

  1. Acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to, the following:
    1. Cheating, plagiarism, collusion, or other forms of academic dishonesty as outlined in the Academic Honesty Policy (see Academic Honesty Policy).
    2. Furnishing false information to any technical college official, faculty member, or office.
    3. Forging, altering, or misusing any technical college document, record, or instrument of identification.
    4. Tampering with the election of any student organization officially sanctioned and recognized by the college.
  2. Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, other technical college activities, its on- or off-campus public-service functions, or other authorized non-college activities when the act occurs on the technical college premises.
  3. Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, and/or other conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.
  4. Attempted or actual theft of and/or damage to property of the technical college, property of a member of the college community, or other personal or public property.
  5. Hazing, which is an act that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student or which destroys or removes public or private property for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a group or organization.
  6. Failure to comply with directions of technical college officials or law enforcement officers acting in the performance of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so.
  7. Unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of keys to any technical college premises or unauthorized entry to or use of technical college premises.
  8. Violation of published policies, rules, or regulations of the Technical College System of Georgia and/or Athens Technical College including, but not limited to, rules imposed upon students who enroll in a particular class or program.
  9. Violation of federal, state, or local law on college premises or at activities sponsored or supervised by the technical college.
  10. Use, possession, or distribution of narcotics or other controlled substances except as expressly permitted by law.
  11. Use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages except as expressly permitted by the law and college regulations.
  12. Public intoxication.
  13. Illegal or unauthorized possession of firearms, explosives, other weapons, or dangerous chemicals on technical college premises or at activities sponsored or supervised by the technical college.
  14. Participation in a campus demonstration that disrupts the normal operations of the college and infringes on the rights of other members of the technical college community; leading or inciting others to disrupt scheduled and/or normal activities within any campus building or area; intentional obstruction that unreasonably interferes with freedom of movement, either pedestrian or vehicular, on campus.
  15. Obstruction of the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on college premises or at functions sponsored or supervised by the college.
  16. Conduct that is unbecoming to a student, including but not limited to, conduct that is disorderly, lewd, or indecent; a breach of peace; or aiding, abetting, or procuring another person to breach the peace on college premises or at other locations where classes, activities, or functions sponsored or authorized by the college may be held.
  17. Theft or other abuse of computer time, including but not limited to, the following offenses:
    1. Unauthorized entry into a file to use, read, or change the contents or for any other purpose.
    2. Unauthorized transfer of a file.
    3. Unauthorized use of another individual's identification and password.
    4. Use of computing facilities to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member, or technical college official.
    5. Use of computing facilities to send obscene or abusive messages.
    6. Use of computing facilities to interfere with the normal operations of the technical college computing system.
    7. Violation of the Acceptable Computer and Internet Use policy established by the Technical College System of Georgia and Athens Technical College.
  18. Abuse of the judicial system, including but not limited to, the following:
    1. Failure to obey the summons of a judicial body or technical college official.
    2. Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information before a judicial body.
    3. Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a judicial proceeding.
    4. Initiating a judicial proceeding knowingly without cause.
    5. Attempting to discourage an individual's proper participation in or use of the judicial system.
    6. Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of a judicial body prior to and/or during the course of the judicial proceeding.
    7. Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a member of a judicial body prior to, during, and/or after a judicial proceeding.
    8. Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Student Code of Conduct.
    9. Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the judicial system.
  19. Use of tobacco products on campus (see Use of Tobacco Products)
  20. Failure to dress appropriately at all times — Dress requirements vary in classrooms, laboratories, and shop areas. Students enrolled in internships and clinical courses must dress appropriately according to the requirements of the work in which they are participating. Students shall not dress, groom, wear, or use emblems, insignia, badges, or other symbols or lewd or vulgar words where the effect thereof is offensive to a reasonable person or otherwise causes the disruption or interference with the orderly operations of the college. The supervising administrator shall determine if the particular mode of dress results in disruptions or interference. Students shall observe at all times the rules governing body cleanliness, and they shall not wear short or tight shorts, swimsuits, or tank tops nor shall they have bare midriffs or bare feet.