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Student Conduct

  • SPC students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that will reflect credit to the college, the community and themselves. Each student, by registering, assumes the responsibility to become familiar with and abide by these general regulations and rules of conduct.

    (Dos and don’ts)

    Do: Treat others with the same respect you expect and you’ll do fine.

    Don’t: The following actions are prohibited at or on any campus or center of the college, or at any college-sponsored or college-affiliated activity or event. Violation of any of these regulations may result in disciplinary action. The college reserves the right to impose discipline based on any student conduct, regardless of locations, that may adversely affect the college or college community. Further, disciplinary action may be imposed in special circumstances where prescribed by law.

    1. Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages.
    2. Use, possession, sale, barter, exchange, gift, distribution or other transaction of any drugs, which would be in violation of Chapter 893 of the Florida Statutes.
    3. Cheating in any form.
    4. Stealing or attempting to steal.
    5. The use of indecent or abusive language.
    6. Gambling.
    7. Hazing. The college’s anti-hazing policy and the penalties for violations thereof are set forth in Board of Trustees’ Rule 6Hx23-4.331.
    8. Vandalism or destruction of property.
    9. Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys or access cards to any college premise or service.
    10. Taking or unauthorized use or possession of college property or the private property of another.
    11. Falsification, forgery, alteration or misuse of any college record, document or identification card.
    12. Permitting another to use his or her college identification card, impersonating another or misrepresenting being authorized to act on behalf of another.
    13. Failure to comply with lawful directives of college officials or security officers acting within the performance of their duties.
    14. Any action that causes or attempts to cause a fire or explosion, including bomb threats, or any false reporting of a fire, explosion or any tampering with the fire safety equipment or other safety devices or the failure to evacuate college buildings during a fire alarm.
    15. Fraudulent and/or unauthorized official use of the college name, seal, emblem, nickname or motto.
    16. Lewd or indecent conduct.
    17. Behavior or actions disruptive of normal, peaceable and orderly operation of the college.
    18. Any disorderly conduct or breach of peace. This includes, but is not limited to, such conduct as threatening, fighting or other tumultuous behavior, the making of unreasonable noise or offensively coarse utterances, gestures or display, or abusive language to any person, creation of a hazard or offensive condition or other causes or matters resulting in the disturbance of the public tranquility and order of the college, its students or personnel.
    19. Participation in a campus demonstration which unreasonably disrupts the normal operations of the college and infringes upon the rights of other members of the college community; leading or inciting others to disrupt scheduled and/or normal activities within any campus (site), building or area; intentional obstruction which unreasonably interferes with freedom of movement, either pedestrian or vehicular on a campus (site).
    20. Obstruction of the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on college premises or at college-sponsored or supervised functions.
    21. Acts of verbal or written abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion and/or other conduct that creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working and/or educational environment.
    22. Violation of a federal or state law, county or city ordinance.
    23. Repeated offenses of a less serious nature.
    24. Assault or physical abuse.
    25. Possession or use of explosives (including fireworks), chemical agents, or deadly weapons (including firearms). No person shall possess or carry a firearm upon college property except municipal, county, state and federal law enforcement officers either on or off duty, or students at the indoor firing range of the SPC Allstate Center. When said law enforcement officers are not in uniform and carry an exposed firearm on their person, they shall be required to display their officially issued badge, shield or identification tag while participating as a student or instructor in Criminal Justice Institute programs at the Allstate Center. At all other sites, law enforcement officers not on duty or not in official uniform must conceal their weapons. When carrying concealed weapons on St. Petersburg College property, law enforcement officers must be ready to display an officially issued badge, shield or law enforcement identification upon request. Registered students and employees of the college who are licensed to carry concealed weapons as authorized by F.S. 790.06 must have the written permission of the president or his designee. Said weapons shall be limited to a stun gun, or non-lethal electric weapon, or a device solely designed for defensive purposes. These weapons must not fire a dart or projectile, and shall be concealed at all times.
    26. Unauthorized entry and/or occupancy of college facilities.
    27. Violations of student traffic and parking rules 
    28. Sexual harassment 
    29. Sexual misconduct 
    30. Discrimination. The denial of services or access to activities to an individual because of his or her race, religion, age, national origin, gender, marital status, or disability constitutes discrimination.
    31. Stalking. To follow or harass repeatedly another person as to put that person in fear for his/her safety.
    32. Actions committed with disregard of the possible harm to an individual or group which could or does result in injury to an individual or group.
    33. Failure to respect the right-to-privacy of any member of the college community.
    34. Disobedience. Failure to abide by official college rules, procedures, policies or guidelines.
    35. Conduct endangering safety and welfare. The commission of any act which one could reasonably foresee as having the potential to threaten or endanger the health or well-being of any person or property.
    36. Misuse of computer and computer information resources:
      a. Altering, modifying, destroying, disclosing or taking information resource property, (including equipment, supplies, data, programs, software, and supporting
      documents) as well as modifying equipment or supplies without proper authorization.
      b. Unauthorized entry into a file to use, read, or change the contents, or for any other purpose.
      c. Unauthorized transfer of a file.
      d. Unauthorized use of another individual’s identification and/or password.
      e. Use of any computing facilities, either locally or remotely, to interfere with the work of another student, faculty or staff member of the college, or to negatively
      impact the college network and/or computing system.
      f. Use of any computing facilities, either locally or remotely, to interfere with the normal operating of the college network and/or computing system.
    37. False information. Furnishing false information to a college official in the exercise of his/her responsibilities.
    38. Engaging in commercial solicitation on college property. This does not apply to college organization sales when approved by the college.
    39. Knowingly instituting a false charge against another.
    40. Intentionally, without consent, limiting or restricting the freedom of another to move about in a lawful manner.
    41. Any action that interferes with or obstructs the college’s hearing process, including failure to appear upon request of a chairperson for a hearing panel at a hearing; failure to testify upon a request of a chairperson of a hearing panel at a hearing; improper conduct at a hearing; knowingly making false statements at a hearing; disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of the hearing process; attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in or use of the hearing process; attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of the hearing panel prior to, during or after the hearing proceedings; influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the hearing process; and/or failure to complete imposed sanctions. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to compel self incrimination.
    42. Conspiracy to commit violation of any of the above or aiding, abetting, assisting, hiring, soliciting, or procuring another in the violation of any of the above.
    43. Students are expected to be dressed neatly and in good taste at all times while on campus and while attending any college-sponsored activity.

    Student and student organization regulations

    Students enrolled at St. Petersburg College are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that will reflect credit to the college, the community and themselves. Each student, by registering, assumes the responsibility to become familiar with and to abide by the general regulations and rules of conduct listed in this rule. If found guilty of violation of any of these rules, a student may be subject to the placing of a hold on their student record, the withholding of grades, credits, transcripts, or diplomas, disciplinary probation, suspension or dismissal, in accordance with prescribed rules for the handling of disciplinary cases.

    The following is a list of applicable procedures: