Henry Ford College Student Code of Conduct

Policy Type: 

I. Henry Ford College Student Code of Conduct

II. Who Does This Policy Affect

HFC Board of Trustees, students, faculty, employees, staff, visitors and vendors (“HFC Community Members”)

III. Purpose

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.

Henry Ford College (HFC) is a comprehensive college that is dedicated to maintaining a teaching-learning environment that fosters critical thinking, creativity, personal integrity and self-esteem. We value the diversity of our educational community and of the communities we serve. The purpose of this document is to define a collegiate standard of behavior and to explain the actions to be taken if a student fails to adhere to those standards. Questions regarding this policy and procedure should be directed to the Vice President of Student Affairs/designee.

This policy addresses non-academic behavior, such as criminal behavior, and disorderly or disruptive conduct. Academic behavior, such as cheating, is addressed in official student publications, such as the Student Handbook, and the Faculty Handbook. For academic behavior and complaints, reference the Complaint Policy. https://policies.hfcc.edu/policy/student-0

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.

Whenever, in this policy or in the Student Code of Conduct Procedure, written notice to the student is required, such written notice is deemed accomplished by HAWK e-mail and mailing the document in question to the address the student has on file with the College’s Registrar (Web Advisor). It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that the address on file with the College’s registrar is current. Written notice can also be accomplished by providing the document in question to the student by hand delivery.

IV. Policy Statement

Students enrolled (registered) and/or attending HFC are responsible for adhering to HFC’s Student Code of Conduct, rules and regulations, college policies and for complying with all local, state and federal laws.

Rights and Responsibilities

Students have the rights and accept the responsibilities of participating in an educational environment when they enroll (register) and/or are attending HFC. Each student is expected to respect the rights of others and to help create an environment where diversity of 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 follow College policies.

Students at HFC have the same rights under the constitutions of our nation and state as other citizens. All students have the right to be treated fairly and with dignity without regard to race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, physical or mental disability, perceived disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status and any other characteristic protected by law.

Student Code of Conduct Violations

The following is a non-exhaustive list of behaviors and attempted behaviors that are inconsistent with behavioral standards of the College and are subject to disciplinary action.

  1. Violations of state, federal and local laws and ordinances and HFC policies;

  2. Not showing respect for the personal rights of others, the educational mission of the College, and maintaining standards of personal integrity.

  3. Interfering with normal College or College-sponsored activities including, but not limited to: interference with teaching (disrupting a class), class related activities (including off-site clinical and on-line classes), or a College-sponsored event such as College administration, and College Board meetings;

  4. Failing to comply with the direction of Campus Safety and other College officials and personnel, including failure to leave or identify self when requested by Campus Safety or police;

  5. Engaging in activity that violates HFC’s Sexual Misconduct and Non-Discrimination policies. The College will not permit, and will take strong action against any sexual harassment of its students and employees by anyone and particularly by fellow employees or management. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission defines sexual harassment as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal and physical conduct and communication of a sexual nature when either:

    i. submission to or rejection of such conduct or communication by an individual is used as a factor in decisions affecting such individual’s hiring or employment; or
    ii. such conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's employment or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment environment.

  6. Causing harm to another person, such as assaulting, battering or killing another person;

  7. Stalking;

  8. Threatening to cause harm to another person;

  9. Setting fires or tampering with fire or safety equipment;

  10. Stealing;

  11. Gambling;

  12. Causing damage to College, student, faculty, or employee property;

  13. Hazing;

  14. Bullying another person;

  15. Violating HFC’s Computer Systems Acceptable Use Policy including, but not limited to, violation of HFC’s Social Media and Cell Phone Use policy and other prohibitions such as:

    i. Harassment of persons or organizations on or off campus for any reason.

    ii. Sending or receiving material of a profane, pornographic, or threatening nature.

    iii. Sabotage, misuse, or abuse of equipment, software, or data on or off campus, including unauthorized alteration of HFC's Systems and computer files through the willful or negligent introduction of viruses or by mechanical or electronic tampering.

    iv. Unauthorized production or reproduction of programs, or multiple copies of material in any form for the purpose of resale or redistribution in violation of the intellectual property rights of HFC or any other person.

    v. Plagiarizing, altering, or tampering with the work of others. Please see HFC’s policy on Academic Dishonesty

    vi. Gaming, solicitation, or any activity deemed illegal or contrary to HFC policies.

    vii. Theft of intellectual or other property, including copyright infringement.

    viii. Intentionally preventing an electronic communication from being received by the intended recipient without authorization from the originating sender.

    ix. Intentionally causing an electronic communication to be viewable or heard by persons other than the named recipient without authorization from the originating sender, or the named recipient, except where the recipient of electronic communications reports a violation of the Computer Systems Use Policy.

  16. Violation of HFC’s Dangerous Weapons policy, Federal, state, or local law enforcement officers who are required to carry weapons during the course of their employment are required to notify the Campus Safety Office of this requirement prior to bringing such weapons on campus;

  17. 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, submitting false incident reports with Campus Safety or College administrators, or transaction. Using a falsified document or record;

  18. Engaging in an activity that violates the Non-Smoking policy and/or the Drug and Alcohol Policy;

  19. Disrupting HFC business operations, sponsored activities, classroom teaching for purposes other than expressing protected First Amendment speech;

  20. Reporting or causing to be reported any false report, threat, or warning of an emergency on HFC’s premises or at an HFC sponsored event, including without limitation bomb threats and setting off false fire alarms;

  21. Misusing over the counter drugs or other substances on campus or at College authorized activities;

  22. Assuming another person’s identity;

  23. No skateboards, roller blades, roller skates, bicycles, or similar wheeled devices are permitted inside College buildings. Skateboards and other wheeled devices may not be ridden on railings, curbs, benches, stairs, or other such fixtures for the safety of the student and others, and to prevent damage to College property. Failure to comply with these restrictions may also result in the individual being liable for any damages caused by these activities.

    The College prohibits the use of hover boards and drones on College property, which includes College facilities and buildings.

  24. Any other actions deemed unsuitable for a College campus.

V. Definitions

“College” means Henry Ford College

“Student” means all persons who are currently admitted, enrolled (registered) and/or attending HFC (or upon the issuance of a student ID number). This includes part-time or full–time students despite geographical location i.e., including being enrolled in on-line courses, certificate courses, non-credit courses, and clinical sites.

“Faculty member” means any person hired by HFC to conduct a classroom or teaching activities.

“College administrator or staff” means any person who is employed by HFC and has the designation of part-time or full-time status and is hired as a temporary or full-time permanent employee.

“Campus community and college community” includes any person who is a student, faculty member, college administrator or staff member employed by HFC, and any authorized non-employed personnel (such as interns). A person’s status in a particular situation shall be determined by the Vice President of Student Affairs/designee.

“Business days” refers to days Henry Ford College’s administrative offices are open.

“Drug paraphernalia” means medicinal marihuana, electronic cigarettes, all smoking aids like hookahs, bongs, etc. This list is illustrative only and is not an exhaustive list of substances not allowed on HFC premises

"Vice President"refers to the Vice President of Student Affairs (and his or her designee).

"Vice President’s office" means the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs, located in the Administration Building, Room number 430.

“Harassment, Bullying, and Harassment causing a Hostile Environment”means conduct that is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it unreasonably interferes with a person’s college employment, academic performance or participation in College programs or activities and creates a working, learning, program or activity environment that a reasonable person would find intimidating, hostile or offensive. The conduct does not have to be threating and may include deliberate and persistent communication that disturbs the recipient.

“Direct Threat” is defined as a significant risk to the health and safety of others (or self) that cannot be eliminated by a modification of policies, practices, or procedures or by the provision of auxiliary aids or services.

“Policy”means the written regulations of the College documented but not limited to the HFC Catalog, Student Handbook, Student Code of Conduct, College web site and departmental/division publications.

“Domestic violence” is a pattern of behavior in which one person uses physical, sexual, economic or emotional abuse to control the victim . This behavior specifically includes assault or assault and battery of a person’s spouse or former spouse, an individual with whom he or she has or has had a dating relationship, an individual with whom he or she has had a child in common, or a resident or former resident of his or her household. http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,4643,7-123-1589_1711-10257--,00.html

"Force" means physical force, violence, threat, intimidation or coercion.

"Incapacitation" means the physical and/or mental inability to make informed, rational judgments. States of incapacitation include, without limitation, sleep, blackouts, and flashbacks. Where alcohol [or other drug] is involved, one does not have to be intoxicated or drunk to be considered incapacitated. Rather, incapacitation is determined by how the alcohol consumed impacts a person's decision-making capacity, awareness of consequences, and ability to make informed judgments.

The question is whether the accused student knew, or a sober, reasonable person in the position of the accused student should have known, that the complainant was incapacitated. Because incapacitation may be difficult to discern, students are strongly encouraged to err on the side of caution; e.g., when in doubt, assume that another person is incapacitated and therefore unable to give effective consent. Being intoxicated or drunk is never a defense to a complaint of Sexual Misconduct under this Process.

"Off campus conduct" means conduct that occurred on any place other than on College-owned or leased property, at any College sanctioned function, at the permanent or temporary local residence of a College student, faculty member, employee, or visitor, or elsewhere in Michigan, and is reasonably related to a college function or activity.

“Stalking” means a pattern of behavior made up of a series of two or more separate non-continuous acts which shares the same purpose and causes a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed or molested, and that actually causes the victim to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed or molested. MCL 750.411h(1)(d)

"Hearing Officer Cadre" means the standing group of faculty and/or staff appointed by the Vice President of Students (or his or her designee) to specifically conduct hearings of alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct.

"Student Code of Conduct" means HFC's Student Code of Conduct, as enforced by the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs/ Designee (Student Conduct and Compliance).

VI. Responsible Party to Policy Interpretation/Review

Vice President of Student Affairs
Student Conduct and Compliance Officer/designee

VII. Related Documents

Student Policies, Rights, and Responsibilities

Student Code of Conduct Due Process Procedure

Student Complaint Policy

Sexual Misconduct (Title IX) webpage

Domestic Violence Awareness information on the MI State Police webpage

Academic Integrity Policy

Smoke Free Campus Policy

Drugs/Alcohol Policy

Computer Acceptable Use Policy

Use and Regulation of College Property for Expressive Activities

Social Media and Cell Phone Use Policy

Dangerous Weapons

VIII. Policy History:

a. Adopted by Board: August 23, 2004
b. Previous Policy Section(s) Students; Previous Policy No(s).8100


December 17, 2018 -due to OCR recommendations of adding definition of direct threat
October 16, 2017
July 15, 2015
April 13, 2011

This policy supersedes and replaces any and all policies related to this subject

Adopted Date: 
Monday, August 23, 2004
Revised Date: 
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Monday, October 16, 2017
Monday, December 17, 2018
Board Approved