Student Code of Conduct

Student Code of Conduct


Houston Community College views college-level students as adults who subscribe to a basic standard of conduct, which requires that they not violate any municipal, state or federal laws. Furthermore, no student may disrupt or otherwise interfere with any educational activity or fellow students’ right to pursue academic goals to the fullest in an atmosphere appropriate to a community of scholars. Any student failing to abide by appropriate standards of conduct during scheduled college activities may result in disciplinary action. Students suspected of violating the student code of conduct will be subject to the disciplinary process. Students have the right to due process. For detailed information regarding violations of the student code of conduct and the disciplinary and appeal process, visit




HCC prohibits smoking inside any of its buildings, owned or leased, including offices, classrooms, restrooms, hallways, elevators and all other interior locations. Smoking is permitted outside in approved areas established by each college, administrative or support location.


Drug-Free Schools


HCC is fully dedicated to a drug-free environment for all students and employees at all college locations. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, sale, offer to sell, purchase and/or use of controlled substances or alcohol on campuses, at teaching sites, in vehicles, and on other property owned, leased or under the control of HCC and at all on-campus and off-campus, school-sponsored activities is prohibited. As a condition of enrollment, all students are required to follow HCC policy and regulations concerning alcohol and other drugs. College counselors are available to students for consultation on alcohol and other drug issues. Counselors will assist students personally or act as a referral source when necessary. All student-counselor relationships will be on a confidential basis to the extent permitted by law.


Scholastic Dishonesty


Students are responsible for conducting themselves with honor and integrity in fulfilling course requirements. Penalties and/ or disciplinary proceedings may be initiated by college district officials against a student accused of scholastic dishonesty. “Scholastic Dishonesty” includes, but is not limited to, cheating on a test, plagiarism and collusion. Possible punishments for academic dishonesty may include a grade of “0” or “F” on the particular assignment, failure in the course, and/or recommendation for probation or dismissal from the college district. A recommendation for suspension or expulsion will be referred to the college Dean of Instruction for disciplinary disposition. Students have the right to appeal the decision. 14 2010 - 2011Student Handbook


Misuse of Electronic Devices in the Classroom


The use of electronic devices by students in the classroom is up to the discretion of the instructor. Any use of such devices for purposes other than student learning is strictly prohibited. If an instructor perceives such use as disruptive and/or inappropriate, the instructor has the right to terminate such use. If the behavior continues, the student may be subject to disciplinary action to include removal from the classroom or referral to the dean of student services.


Disruptive Behavior


Students that conduct themselves in a manner that significantly interferes with college teaching, research, administration, disciplinary procedures or other authorized college activities (including its public service functions) on the college premises will be subject to disciplinary action.


Threatening Behavior


A student that poses a threat to him/herself or others will be subject to disciplinary action and may involve a mental health leave of absence.


Organizational Discipline


Organizations and officers of organizations must adhere to the same basic standard of conduct applied to individual students within the College System. Student groups and organizations may be charged with alleged violations of local, state and federal laws and/or College System policies. A student group or organization and its officers may be held collectively and/or individually responsible when alleged violations occur either during an event sponsored by the organization or by an individual representing or associated with that organization or group.