Date of Adoption: June 18, 2003.
Purpose: The student code of Bellevue Community College identifies the rights, responsibilities and potential consequences for inappropriate actions for students attending Bellevue Community College. It has been amended to include new definitions and instructions pertaining to electronic media, distance education and property.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 132H-120-020 through 132H-120-310.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28B.50.140.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 03-08-021 on March 26, 2003.
Changes Other than Editing from Proposed to Adopted Version: Language was stricken from WAC 132H-120-020(5). A line was added at WAC 132H-120-050 [(1)](vi). Language was amended on WAC 132H-120-300(5).
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 8, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 8, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making:
Pilot Rule Making:
or Other Alternative Rule Making:
Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
June 18, 2003
Elise J. Erickson
The student is in the unique position of being a member of the college community and the community at large. Admission to the college carries with it the expectation that students:
(1) Will ((
Students will)) respect and abide by the laws
of the community, state, and nation;
(2) Will adhere ((
Adhere)) to college rules and
regulations which assure the orderly conduct of college
(3) Will maintain ((
Maintain)) high standards of
integrity and honesty;
(4) Will respect the rights, privileges, and property of other members of the college community; and
(5) Will not interfere with legitimate college affairs.
Bellevue Community College may apply sanctions or take
other appropriate action only when student conduct ((
and significantly)) interferes with the college's:
(1) Primary educational responsibility of ensuring the opportunity of all members of the college community to attain their educational objectives;
(2) Subsidiary responsibilities of protecting property,
keeping records, providing services, and sponsoring
nonclassroom)) non-classroom activities, such as lectures,
concerts, athletic events and social functions.
An atmosphere of learning and self-development is created by appropriate conditions in the college community. The rights, freedoms and responsibilities in this document are critical ingredients toward the free, creative and spirited educational environment to which the students, faculty, and staff of Bellevue Community College are committed.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 34.05 RCW and RCW 28B.50.140. 92-19-047, § 132H-120-020, filed 9/10/92, effective 10/11/92; Order 16, § 132H-120-020, filed 3/15/73.]
(1) "Alcoholic beverages" are any beverages as defined in RCW 66.04.010(15), as now law or hereafter amended.
(1))) (2) "Assembly" (( means)) is any overt activity
engaged in by two or more persons, the object of which is to
gain publicity, advocate a view, petition for a cause or
disseminate information to any person, persons or groups of
(3) "Associated students" is the student body and such authorized groups organized under the provisions of the constitution and bylaws of the associated students of the college.
(2))) (4) "Board" means the board of trustees of
Community College District (( No.)) VIII, state of Washington.
(3))) (5) "College" means Bellevue Community College
located within Community College District (( No.)) VIII, state
(4))) (6) "College property or facilities" (( means and
includes)) are any and all real and personal property that the
college owns, uses, controls or operates, (( owned or operated
by the college and shall include)) including all equipment,
buildings and appurtenances affixed thereon or attached
thereto. College property and facilities extend to affiliated
websites, distance education classroom environments, and
agencies or institutions that have educational agreements with
(5))) (7) "College personnel" refers to any person
employed on a full-time or part-time basis, except those who
are faculty members, by Bellevue Community College.
(6))) (8) "Complaint" means any expression of
dissatisfaction with the performance of a student, (( college))
employee or procedure.
(9) "Controlled substance" is any drug or substance as defined in RCW 69.50 as now law or hereafter amended.
(7))) (10) "Disciplinary action" (( means and)) includes
warning, reprimand, probation, expulsion, suspension(( [,])),
or any (( lesser)) sanction of any student by the dean of
student services, the college discipline committee, the
president(( [,])), or the board of trustees for the violation
of any of the provisions of the student code for which
sanctions may be imposed.
(11) "Distance education" means various methods of instructional delivery that include, but are not limited to, online courses, telecourses and interactive video courses.
(8))) (12) "District" means Community College District
VIII, state of Washington.
(9))) (13) "Faculty member" means any employee of
Bellevue Community College who is employed on a full-time or
part-time basis as a teacher, counselor, librarian(( [,])), or
other position for which the training, experience(( [,])) and
responsibilities are comparable as determined by the
appointing authority, including administrative appointment.
(14) "Free speech area" means an area that shall be designated by the college president which can be reserved by student groups through the office of student programs.
(10))) (15) "President" means the duly appointed chief
executive officer of Bellevue Community College, state of
Washington, or in his/her absence, the acting chief executive
(11))) (16) "Recognized student organization" shall
mean and include any group or organization composed of
students which is formally recognized by the associated
students of Bellevue Community College.
(12))) (17) "Sponsored event or activity" shall mean
any activity that is scheduled by the college and supervised
and controlled by the college's faculty members, librarians,
counselors, or other college personnel. Such "sponsorship"
shall continue only as long as the event is supervised and
controlled by the college faculty member, librarian, counselor
or other college personnel. When the sponsored event or
activity is of prolonged nature, and free time periods are
permitted to the students participating in the event, any
activity taking place during such a free time period outside
of the supervision and control of the activity shall be deemed
to a (( nonsponsored)) non-sponsored activity.
(13))) (18) "Student," unless otherwise qualified,
means any person who is enrolled for classes or has been
accepted for admission to the college.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.50.140. 02-10-069, § 132H-120-030, filed 4/26/02, effective 5/27/02. Statutory Authority: Chapter 34.05 RCW and RCW 28B.50.140. 92-19-047, § 132H-120-030, filed 9/10/92, effective 10/11/92; Order 16, § 132H-120-030, filed 3/15/73.]
(2) Faculty members, other college employees, and members of the public who breach or aid or abet another in the breach of any provision of this chapter shall be subject to
(a) Possible prosecution under the state criminal law;
(b) Any other civil or criminal liability for which remedies are available to the public; or
(c) Appropriate disciplinary action pursuant to the state of Washington higher education personnel board or the district's policies and regulations.
(d) Restriction from entry to any college property or facilities, the violation of which could result in criminal trespass;
(3) The college may carry out any disciplinary proceedings prior to, simultaneously, or following civil or criminal proceedings in a court of law.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 34.05 RCW and RCW 28B.50.140. 92-19-047, § 132H-120-040, filed 9/10/92, effective 10/11/92; Order 16, § 132H-120-040, filed 3/15/73.]
(1) Academic freedom.
(a) Students are guaranteed rights of free inquiry, expression and peaceful assembly upon and within college facilities that are generally open and available to the public. Students and other members of the college community shall always be free to express their views or support causes by orderly means which do not disrupt the regular and essential operation of the college.
(b) Students shall have the right of assembly as defined in WAC 132H-120-030 upon college facilities that are generally available to the public: Provided, That such assembly shall:
(i) Be conducted in an orderly manner; and
(ii) Not unreasonably interfere with vehicular or pedestrian traffic; or
(iii) Not unreasonably interfere with classes, schedules, meetings, or ceremonies, or with the educational functions of the college;
(iv) Not unreasonably interfere with college functions; and
(v) Not cause damage or destruction to college property or private property on the college campus.
(vi) The president reserves the right to direct students assembling under this subsection to relocate to the free speech area designated in WAC 132H-120-030(14), to prevent interference will college classes or other college activities.
(c) Students are free to pursue appropriate educational objectives from among the college's curricula, programs and services, subject to the limitations of RCW 28B.50.090 (3)(b).
(d) Students shall be protected from academic evaluation which is arbitrary, prejudiced or capricious, but are responsible for meeting the standards of academic performance established by each of their instructors.
(e) Students have the right to a learning environment which is free from unlawful discrimination, inappropriate and disrespectful conduct, and sexual harassment.
(2) Due process.
(a) The right of students to be secure in their persons, quarters, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures is guaranteed.
(b) No disciplinary sanction may be imposed on any student without notice to the accused of the nature of the charges.
(c) A student accused of violating this student code is entitled, upon request, to procedural due process as set forth in this chapter.
(3) Distribution and posting. Students may distribute or
post printed or published material subject to official
procedures printed and available in the ((
dean of student
service's office)) office of student programs. All free
publications not in violation of state and/or federal laws
such as books, magazines, newspapers, handbills, leaflets, or
similar materials may be distributed on campus. The college
may restrict the distribution of any publications where such
distribution unreasonably interferes with college operations. Such materials may be distributed from authorized public areas
in the student center and at any outdoor area on campus
consistent with the maintenance of college property, with the
free flow of traffic and persons, and not in a manner which in
itself limits the orderly operation of college affairs. Any
person desiring to distribute such publications shall first
register with the (( director)) office of student programs so
that reasonable areas and times can be assured and the
activities of the institution will not be unduly interfered
with. All handbills, leaflets, newspapers, and similarly
related matter must bear identification as to the publishing
agency and distributing organization or individual.
(4) Off campus speakers. Recognized student organizations shall have the right to invite outside speakers to speak on campus subject to the availability of campus facilities, funding, and compliance with the college procedures available in the campus operations office.
(5) Incidental sales. Students have the right to engage in incidental sales of personal property in a private transaction provided college facilities are not explicitly used for this purpose.
(6) Commercial activities. The use of college grounds or facilities for commercial or private gain purposes is prohibited except where commercial activity such as sale of books, instructional supplies, or food contribute to the operation of the instructional program or where limited sale is specifically authorized by the dean of student services for the benefit of the approved activity.
(7) Fund raising. Students have the right to engage in fund raising activities for nonprofit organizations as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. All fund raising activities must be approved by the dean of student services.
(8) Sale of merchandise. All merchandise offered for commercial sale may be sold only through the college bookstore or college food services except when approved by the dean of student services.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.50.140. 02-10-069, § 132H-120-050, filed 4/26/02, effective 5/27/02. Statutory Authority: Chapter 34.05 RCW and RCW 28B.50.140. 93-12-008, § 132H-120-050, filed 5/19/93, effective 6/19/93; 92-19-047, § 132H-120-050, filed 9/10/92, effective 10/11/92; Order 16, § 132H-120-050, filed 3/15/73.]
(1) Materially and substantially interferes with the
personal rights or privileges of others or the educational
process of the college((
(2) Engages in unlawful conduct;
(2))) (3) Violates any provisions of this chapter; or
(3))) (4) Commits any prohibited act, including but not
limited to the following: (( of the following acts which are
(a) Alcoholic beverages. Being demonstrably under the influence of any form of alcoholic beverage. Possessing or consuming any form of liquor or alcoholic beverage except as a participant of legal age in a student program, banquet or educational program which has the special written authorization of the college president or his/her designee.
(b) Controlled substances. Using, possessing, selling or being under the influence of any narcotic drug or controlled substance as defined in RCW 69.50.101 as now law or hereafter amended, except when the use or possession of a drug is specifically prescribed as medication by an authorized medical doctor or dentist. For the purpose of this regulation, "sale" shall include the statutory meaning defined in RCW 69.04.005 as now law or hereafter amended.
(c) Illegal entry. ((
Entering)) Unauthorized entry into
or onto any locked or otherwise closed college property or
facility in any manner, at any time, without permission of the
college employee or agent in charge thereof.
(d) Forgery or alteration of records. Forgery, as defined in RCW 9A.60.010 - 9A.60.020 as now law or hereafter amended or any district record of instrument or tendering any forged record of instrument to any employee or agent of the district acting in his/her official capacity as such.
(e) Illegal assembly. Participation in an assembly which materially and substantially interferes with vehicular or pedestrian traffic, classes, hearings, meetings, the educational and administrative functions of the college, or the private rights and privileges of others.
(f) Malicious mischief. Intentional or negligent damage to or destruction of any college facility or other public or private real or personal property.
(g) Failure to follow instructions. Failure to comply with directions of properly identified college officials acting in performance of their duties.
(h) Physical abuse. Physical abuse of any person or conduct which is intended unlawfully to threaten imminent bodily harm or to endanger the health or safety of any person on college-owned or controlled property or at college-sponsored or supervised functions.
(i) Assault. Assault, reckless endangerment,
intimidation or interference upon another person in the manner
set forth in RCW 9A.36.010((
- [9A.36.])) through RCW 9A.36.050 or RCW 28B.10.570(( - [28B.10.])) through RCW 28B.10.572 as now or hereafter amended.
(j) Disorderly, abusive, or bothersome conduct. Disorderly or abusive behavior that interferes with the rights of others or which obstructs or disrupts teaching, research, or administrative functions.
(k) Weapons. Possession or use of firearms, explosives, dangerous chemicals or other dangerous weapons or instrumentalities on the college campus, except for authorized college purposes or for law enforcement officers, unless written approval has been obtained from the dean of student services or any other person designated by the president.
(l) Lewd conduct. Engaging in lewd, indecent((
obscene behavior on college-owned or controlled property or at
college-sponsored or supervised functions.
(m) False alarms. Falsely setting off or otherwise tampering with any emergency safety equipment, alarm or other device established for the safety of individuals and/or college facilities.
(n) Cheating and plagiarism. Engaging in cheating, stealing, plagiarizing, knowingly furnishing false information to the college, or submitting to a faculty member any work product that the student fraudulently represents as his or her own work for the purpose of fulfilling or partially fulfilling any assignment or task required as part of a program of instruction.
(o) Sexual harassment. Engaging in unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature where such behavior knowingly offends the recipient, causes discomfort or humiliation, or interferes with job or school performance.
(p) Theft or robbery. Theft or robbery from the district
or from another as defined in RCW 9A.56.010((
- ))through RCW
9A.56.050 and RCW 9A.56.100 as now law or hereafter amended.
(q) Unauthorized use of property. Converting or using college equipment, supplies or other property without proper authority.
(r) Refusal to provide identification. Refusal to provide positive identification (e.g., valid driver's license or state identification card) in appropriate circumstances to any college employee in the lawful discharge of said employee's duties.
(s) Smoking. Smoking in any college facility or on
campus grounds except where specifically posted as permitted,
classroom or laboratory, the library, or in any college
facility or office posted "no smoking")) or any other smoking
not complying with chapter 70.160 RCW.
(t) False complaint. Filing a formal complaint falsely accusing another student or college employee with violating a provision of this chapter.
(u) Improper use of computer, telephone or other electronic devises. Conduct that violates WAC 132H-120-210. Trespassing or gaining access, without authorization, to a computer, system, network, or electronic data owned, used by, or affiliated with the college.
(v) Ethics violation. The breach of any generally recognized and published code of ethics or standards of professional practice that governs the conduct of a particular profession for which the student is taking courses or is pursuing as an educational goal or major. These ethics codes must be distributed to students as part of an educational program, course, or sequence of courses and the student must be informed that a violation of such ethics may subject the student to disciplinary action by the college.
(w) Criminal law violation, illegal behavior, other unlawful violations. Students can be reported to proper authorities for acts which constitute violations to applicable local, state and federal laws. When the student's behavior is determined to threaten the health, safety and/or property of the college and its members, the college may immediately and summarily suspend the student and refer any such violation to the proper authorities for disposition.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.50.140. 02-10-069, § 132H-120-200, filed 4/26/02, effective 5/27/02. Statutory Authority: Chapter 34.05 RCW and RCW 28B.50.140. 93-12-008, § 132H-120-200, filed 5/19/93, effective 6/19/93; 92-19-047, § 132H-120-200, filed 9/10/92, effective 10/11/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.50.140. 86-01-056 (Order 91, Resolution No. 169), § 132H-120-200, filed 12/16/85; 83-12-012 (Order 84, Resolution No. 155), § 132H-120-200, filed 5/23/83; 81-07-034 (Order 71, Resolution No. 135), § 132H-120-200, filed 3/13/81; 80-15-011 (Order 71, Resolution No. 131), § 132H-120-200, filed 10/6/80; 78-07-024 (Order 57, Resolution No. 111), § 132H-120-200, filed 6/15/78; Order 44, § 132H-120-200, filed 8/11/76; Order 16, § 132H-120-200, filed 3/15/73.]
(1) A faculty member appointed by the president of the college.
(2) A member of the faculty, appointed by the president of the Bellevue Community College Association of Higher Education.
(3) Two representatives selected by the student services cabinet.
(4) Three students appointed by the president of the associated students of Bellevue Community College.
None of the above-named persons shall sit in any case in which he/she has a conflict of interest, is a complainant or witness, has a direct or personal interest, or has acted previously in an advisory capacity. Decisions in this regard, including the selection of alternates, shall be made by the college discipline committee as a whole.
The college discipline committee chair will be elected by the members of the college discipline committee.
There shall be a list of alternates provided in the same manner and number in which membership was obtained. The quorum required for a hearing is the chair, one faculty member, one representative of the student services cabinet and one student.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.50.140. 02-10-069, § 132H-120-220, filed 4/26/02, effective 5/27/02. Statutory Authority: Chapter 34.05 RCW and RCW 28B.50.140. 93-12-008, § 132H-120-220, filed 5/19/93, effective 6/19/93; 92-19-047, § 132H-120-220, filed 9/10/92, effective 10/11/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.50.140. 86-01-056 (Order 91, Resolution No. 169), § 132H-120-220, filed 12/16/85; Order 16, § 132H-120-220, filed 3/15/73.]
(2) When a person is charged with an offense punishable by suspension, or dismissal of his or her relationship with the institution, and where the person
(a) Waives the opportunity for a brief adjudicative proceeding, or
(b) By his/her conduct in the judgment of the hearing officer makes it impossible to conduct a brief adjudicative proceeding, or
(c) Is dissatisfied with the results of the brief adjudicative proceeding; that person is entitled to an adjudicative proceeding according to the provisions of RCW 34.05.410 and the guidelines of this chapter. Where an adjudicative proceeding is neither required by law nor requested by the student or the college, the matter may be resolved informally. Brief adjudicative proceedings before the discipline committee shall be conducted in any manner which will bring about a prompt, fair resolution of the matter.
(3) Written notice of the time and place of this hearing
before the college discipline committee, shall be given to the
student by personal service or certified mail not less than
twenty)) fifteen calendar days in advance of the hearing. The notice shall be issued by the dean of student services and
(a) A statement of the time, place and nature of the disciplinary proceedings;
(b) A statement of the charges including reference to the particular sections of the student code involved; and
(c) To the extent known, a list of witnesses who will appear and a summary description of any documentary or other physical evidence that will be presented by the college at the hearing.
(4) The student shall be entitled to:
(a) Hear and examine the evidence against him or her and be informed of the identity of its source;
(b) Present evidence in his or her own behalf and to cross-examine witnesses testifying on behalf of the college as to factual matters.
(c) Take depositions upon oral examination or written interrogatories. Discovery shall be done according to the rules of civil procedure or by a less formal method where all parties agree.
(5) The student shall have all authority possessed by the
college to obtain information relevant to the issues of the
hearings, he/she specifically describes, in writing, and
tenders to the dean of student services no later than three
days prior to the hearings, or requests the presence of
witnesses or the production of other relevant evidence
relevant to the issues of the hearings)).
(6) The student shall have the right to dismiss a member of the college discipline committee on prejudicial grounds if notice is tendered in writing to the dean of student services at least three days prior to the scheduled hearing.
(7) The student may be represented by counsel of his or her choice at the disciplinary hearing. If the student elects to choose a duly licensed attorney as his or her counsel, he or she must tender at least seven calendar days' notice thereof to the dean of student services.
(8) In all disciplinary proceedings the college may be represented by the dean of student services or his or her designee who shall present the college's case to the college discipline committee. The dean of student services may elect to have the college represented by an assistant attorney general.
(9) An adequate record of the hearing shall be maintained and shall include:
(a) All documents, motions, and intermediate rulings;
(b) Evidence received and considered;
(c) A statement of matters noticed; and
(d) Questions and offers of proof, objections and rulings thereon.
(10) The chair of the college discipline committee shall preside at the disciplinary hearing and shall be considered the presiding officer.
(11) The dean of student services shall designate a recorder to take notes during the hearing and to prepare a written summary of all evidence, facts and testimony presented to the college discipline committee during the course of the hearing.
(12) Hearings conducted by the college discipline committee generally will be held in closed session, provided that the accused student may request the hearing to be held in open session.
(13) If at any time during the conduct of a hearing visitors disrupt the proceedings, the chair of the committee may exclude such persons from the hearing room.
(14) Any student attending the college discipline
committee hearing who continues to disrupt ((
proceedings after the chair of the committee has asked him or
her to cease or to leave the hearing room shall be subject to
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.50.140. 02-10-069, § 132H-120-300, filed 4/26/02, effective 5/27/02. Statutory Authority: Chapter 34.05 RCW and RCW 28B.50.140. 93-12-008, § 132H-120-300, filed 5/19/93, effective 6/19/93; 92-19-047, § 132H-120-300, filed 9/10/92, effective 10/11/92; Order 16, § 132H-120-300, filed 3/15/73.]
Reviser's note: The bracketed material preceding the section above was supplied by the code reviser's office.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 92-19-047, filed 9/10/92)
WAC 132H-120-310 Decision by the college discipline committee. (1) Upon conclusion of the disciplinary hearing, the college discipline committee shall consider all the evidence therein presented and decide by majority vote whether to uphold the decision of the dean of student services or to recommend to the president any of the following actions:
(a) That the college terminate the proceedings and exonerate the student or students:
(b) That the college impose any of the disciplinary actions as provided in this chapter.
(2) Within seven calendar days, the student will be
provided with a copy of the college discipline committee's
findings of fact and conclusions regarding what occurred,
whether the student violated any provision of the student
[code])) code and recommendation for the final disposition
of the matter at issue. The committee shall also advise the
student of his/her rights to present, within twenty-one
calendar days, a written statement to the president of the
college appealing the recommendation of the college discipline
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 34.05 RCW and RCW 28B.50.140. 92-19-047, § 132H-120-310, filed 9/10/92, effective 10/11/92; Order 16, § 132H-120-310, filed 3/15/73.]