8100 Student Conduct

Policy Type: 

Students have the rights and accept the responsibilities of participating in an educational environment when they enroll at Henry Ford Community College. Each student is expected to respect the rights of others and to help create an environment where diverse people and ideas are valued. A collegiate community should be free from intimidation, discrimination and harassment, as well as safe from violence. Students are also expected to know and obey federal and state laws and local ordinances, as well as to be responsible for following College policies.

Students at HFCC have the same rights under the constitutions of our nation and state as other citizens. These rights include freedom of expression, press, religion, and assembly. Freedom of expression, for example, includes the expression of reasoned dissent and voicing of unpopular views. With every freedom goes the responsibility of affording the same right to others. All students have the right to be treated fairly, and to have access to College policies. Students are entitled to appropriate due process should they be accused of behavior that is in violation of laws for College policy.

The purpose of this policy is to help protect the safety and well­ being of the campus community and to assist the College in providing an environment that supports the educational process. The responsibility for maintaining such an environment is shared by all members of the College community.

The College Board of Trustees, acting through a delegation of authority to the President (or his/her designee) retains the ultimate right to make and enforce rules relating to student conduct and discipline. The College Board authorizes and directs the College President to develop, maintain and administer a student conduct policy and due process procedure which is consistent with the Board of Trustees' student conduct policy.

Students at HFCC are expected to show respect for order, law, personal rights of others, the educational mission of the College and to maintain standards of personal integrity.

The following are examples of behavior or situations that violate expected standards of conduct. This list is illustrative and is not exhaustive and is not to be read as a limitation of the College's right to discipline for infractions which are not listed.

  1. Interference with normal College or College-sponsored activities including, but not limited to: teaching, College administration, and College Board meetings;

  2. Failure to comply with the directions of College personnel, including campus safety, or with the orders of any College Board, such as the Student Council Advisory Board and the Student Newspaper Board;

  3. Violation of legal standards of decency;

  4. Discriminating against or harassing an individual or group in any activity, opportunity or organization on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, height, weight, or marital status, or retaliating against any such individual or group for having complained about such behavior;

  5. Disrupting a class, a class-related activity, or a College­ sponsored or related event;

  6. Physical assault;

  7. Stalking;

  8. Threats of injury or harm;

  9. Arson;

  10. Theft;

  11. Gambling;

  12. Damage to College, student, faculty, or employee property;

  13. Computer or technology abuse or tampering;

  14. Possession of firearms or dangerous weapons by persons who are not sworn federal, state, or local law enforcement officers who are required to carry weapons during the course of their employment. (Such individuals are required to notify Campus Public Safety of this requirement prior to bringing such weapons on campus);

  15. Falsifying, altering or providing false, inaccurate or incomplete information on any College application, form or document; or providing false, inaccurate or incomplete verbal information which is to be used with regard to any College application, form, document or transaction;

  16. Possession, use manufacture, sale of, or being under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance, without a physician's prescription, or possessing drug paraphernalia while on campus.

Students who commit one or more of these infractions, or who otherwise violate expected standards of conduct are subject to discipline pursuant to the Student Conduct Policy and Due Process Procedure, up to and including dismissal from the College.

Adopted Date: 
Monday, August 23, 2004
Board Approved
Rescinded Date: 
Monday, October 16, 2017
Rescinded Explanation: 
Policy updated and policy number discontinued