Student Code of Conduct

 

Student Code of Conduct

The mission of the College of Southern Idaho is to provide quality educational, social, cultural, economic, and workforce development opportunities that meet the diverse needs of the communities it serves. CSI prepares students to lead enriched, productive, and responsible lives in a global society.

The College of Southern Idaho promotes behavioral standards that create a positive environment in which students can learn, work, and live.  The Student Code of Conduct is intended to help create and preserve this positive environment in support of the institution’s mission, educational philosophy, purposes, and functions; to foster students’ educational and civic development; and to protect the people, properties, systems, and processes that support the College.

Attending college is optional and voluntary.  Students voluntarily assume obligations of performance and behavior established by the College.  At the College of Southern Idaho, student members of the College community are expected to uphold and abide by certain standards of conduct that form the basis of the Student Code of Conduct.  These standards are embodied within a set of core values that include integrity, fairness, respect, community, and responsibility.  The College reserves the right to take necessary and appropriate action to protect the safety and well-being of the College community and maintain order and discipline on College property.  Each member of the College community is expected to assume responsibility for his/her conduct and to assume reasonable responsibility for the behavior of others.  The College does not assume parental responsibility for the conduct of its students.  Membership in the College community does not provide immunity from the laws and standards of local, state or federal jurisdictions. 

All CSI students are responsible for having read and abiding by the provisions of the Student Code of Conduct.

It is the intent of the College to treat all students with equal care, concern, dignity, and fairness.  Students should be aware that the student conduct process is different from criminal and civil court proceedings.  The College disciplinary process does not intend to use criminal law concepts, and criminal law concepts or technical judicial hearing rules, like rules of evidence, do not apply to student discipline.  Procedures and rights in student conduct proceedings do not include the same protections of due process afforded by the courts.  When more severe sanctions such as suspension beyond ten (10) days or expulsion from the College are imposed for violation of the Student Code of Conduct, fair process within the College disciplinary procedures, assures notice and an opportunity to be heard.  In cases involving less severe sanctions students are entitled to a different kind of due process, with fewer procedural protections.  The nature of the procedures depends upon the circumstances of each particular case.

Statutory Authority

This Student Code of Conduct has been approved by the College of Southern Idaho Board of Trustees.  The statutory authority and the enumerated general powers and duties of the Board of Trustees of a junior (community) college district are established in Sections 33-2101, 33-2103 to 33-2115, Idaho Code.

The Board has the authority and may modify or change the Student Code of Conduct at any time and without advanced notice.  In addition, the College reserves the right to, at any time and without advance notice, change the procedures contained in the Student Code of Conduct.  Changes shall go into force whenever the proper authorities so determine.  Reasonable effort will be made to notify those impacted by the changes by publishing the changes on the CSI Website.

Student Rights

All students of the College enjoy the same basic rights and are bound by the same standards of conduct.  Students' rights include:

  1. The same rights and protections under the Constitution of the United States and the State of Idaho as other citizens.

  2. The right to equal educational and employment opportunities, services, and benefits without regard to age, gender, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, or disability in accordance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and all other applicable state and federal non-discrimination statutes.  The right to be educated and work in an environment free of unlawful discrimination and harassment.    

  3. The right to non-disruptive inquiry and expression. Students shall have the right to freedom of speech, expression, petition, and peaceful assembly as set forth in the U.S. Constitution.  The right to free speech and expression is subject to reasonable restrictions of time, place, and manner, and does not include unlawful activity.  The right to engage in demonstrations assuming that the demonstration is not violent and does not unduly disrupt the educational and administrative process of the College or interfere with the rights of other members of the College community.      

  4. Right to freedom of association. Students are free to organize, engage, and voluntarily participate in associations of their own choosing, subject only to reasonable College regulations ensuring that such associations are neither discriminatory in their treatment of other members of the College community, nor operated in a manner that is unlawful or unduly interferes with or disrupts the educational and administrative process of the College or interferes with the rights of other members of the College community. 

  5. The right to privacy of students’ education records.  The College shall not disclose or release information contained in student education records other than as permitted or required by applicable federal and state laws, rules, and regulations.

  6. A right to freedom from unreasonable search and seizure of one’s person, possessions, or residence by College officials or personnel.  The College will make every reasonable effort to respect the privacy of the student, and give prior notice, if possible, of entry into the student’s residence for purposes of inspection or verification of occupancy.  However, the College reserves the right to conduct a reasonable search of a student or areas under the student’s control, without notice, in emergency situations, for spot inspections, in cases of suspected or alleged violation of law or College policy, or for such other purposes as are reasonably necessary to ensure the safety and protection of members of the College community.

Student Responsibilities

All students of the College have certain responsibilities and obligations to the institution and to members of the College community.  Student responsibilities and obligations include:

  1. The responsibility to be fully acquainted and comply with all published College policies and procedures.
  2. The obligation to comply with state, federal, and local laws and regulations.
  3. The responsibility for assuming the consequences of one's own actions and reasonable responsibility for the behavior of others.
  4. The responsibility to recognize that their actions reflect upon the entire College community.
  5. The obligation to respect the rights and property of others, including other students, faculty, staff, administration, and the College.  The obligation to refrain from conduct that violates or adversely affects the rights of other members of the College community and/or the institution.
  6. The responsibility to provide proper identification upon request from College officials.   
  7. The responsibility to cooperate with College officials in the performance of their duties.
  8. The responsibility to ensure that the conduct of persons who come to visit them at the College complies with the rules and regulations of the College.

The Student Code of Conduct Applies to

The Student Code of Conduct and the student conduct process apply to the conduct of individual students and student organizations.  The Student Code of Conduct shall apply to conduct that occurs on College premises, at College-sponsored activities, and may also apply to off‑campus conduct when the off-campus conduct affects a substantial College interest.  A substantial College interest is defined to include:

  • Any action that constitutes a criminal offense as defined by federal or state law;
  • Any situation where it appears that the student may present a danger or threat to the health or safety of him/herself or others;
  • Any situation that significantly impinges upon the rights, property or achievements of self or others or significantly breaches the peace and/or causes social disorder;
  • Any situation that is detrimental to the educational interests of the College.

The President of the College shall decide whether the Student Code of Conduct shall be applied to conduct occurring off campus, on a case by case basis, in his/her sole discretion.

The Student Code of Conduct applies to conduct from the time of application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree/certificate, transfer to another school, or withdrawal/discontinuing attendance, even though conduct may occur before classes begin or after classes end, during intra-semester breaks and between semesters, as well as during the academic year and during periods between terms of actual enrollment.  The Student Code of Conduct shall apply even if the student withdraws from the College while a disciplinary matter is pending.  The Student Code of Conduct also applies to misconduct that occurs prior to, but is not reported until after the offending student graduated, transferred or stopped attending, as long as the misconduct is reported within six months of its occurrence.  Otherwise, there is no time limit on reporting of violations of the Student Code of Conduct, as long as the offending student is still enrolled at the College.  However, the longer someone waits to report an alleged offense, the harder it becomes for the College to make a determination regarding alleged violations.  Those who are aware of misconduct are encouraged to report it as quickly as possible, in writing, to the Dean of Students.  Further, the Student Code of Conduct applies to guests of College community members, whose hosts may be held accountable for the misconduct of their guests.  Visitors to and guests of the College of Southern Idaho are also protected by the Student Code of Conduct, and may initiate grievances for violations of the Student Code of Conduct committed by members of the College community against them.

Contact Information

If you have questions or for more information please contact the Office of the Dean of Student Services

Location: 2nd floor of Taylor Administrative Building
Phone: 208-732-6255 or 800-680-0274, ext. 6255
Email: sscholes@csi.edu