LOS ANGELES CITY COLLEGE

07-08 CATALOG

[REV. 07/07]

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 Classroom Conduct


Instructors are responsible for presenting appropriate material in courses, and students are responsible for learning this material. Although it is a student’s academic performance that is evaluated in determining grades, student conduct is important in the academic setting. Enrollment in a class may be terminated due to unsatisfactory student conduct, undue disrespect toward an instructor or administrator, or academic dishonesty. Each student is responsible for maintaining standards of academic performance established for each course in which he or she is enrolled.
 

 Standards of Student Conduct

 

  • Students enrolling in one of the Los Angeles Community Colleges may rightfully expect that the faculty and administrators will maintain an environment in which there is freedom to learn. This requires that there be appropriate conditions and opportunities in the classroom and on the campus. As members of the College community, students should be encouraged to develop the capacity for critical judgment; to engage in sustained and independent search for truth; and to exercise their rights to free inquiry and free speech in a responsible, nonviolent manner.

    Students shall respect and obey civil and criminal law, and shall be subject to legal penalties for violation of laws of the City, County, State, and Nation.

    Student conduct must conform to LACCD and Los Angeles City College rules and regulations. Violations of such rules and regulations will subject students to disciplinary action. Such violations, include, but are not limited to, the following:

    Board Rule 9803.10
    Willful disobedience to directions of College officials acting in the performance of their duties.

    Board Rule 9803.11
    Violation of College rules and regulations including those concerning student organizations, the use of College facilities, or the time, place, and manner of public expression or distribution of materials.

    Board Rule 9803.12
    Dishonesty, such as cheating, or knowingly furnishing false information to the College.

    Board Rule 9803.13
    Unauthorized entry to or use of the College facilities.

    Board Rule 9803.14
    Forgery, alteration, or misuse of College documents, records, or identification.

    Board Rule 9803.15
    Obstruction or disruption of classes, administration, disciplinary procedures, or authorized College activities.

    Board Rule 9803.16
    Theft of or Damage to Property. Theft of or damage to property belonging to the College, a member of the College community, or a campus visitor.

    Board Rule 9803.17
    Interference with Peace of College. The malicious or willful disturbance of the peace or quiet of any of the Los Angeles Community Colleges by loud or unusual noise of any threat, challenge to fight, or violation of any rules of conduct as set forth in the LACCD Board Rule regarding “Conduct on Campus.” Any person whose conduct violates this section shall be considered to have interfered with the peaceful conduct of the activities of the College where such acts are committed.

    Board Rule 9803.18
    Assault or Battery. Assault or battery, abuse or any threat of force or violence directed toward any member of the college community or campus visitor engaged in authorized activities.

    Board Rule 9803.19
    Alcohol and Drugs. Any possession of controlled substances which would constitute a violation of Health and Safety Code section 11350 or Business and Professions Code section 4230, any controlled substances the possession of which are prohibited by the same, or any possession or use of alcoholic beverages while on any property owned or used by the District or colleges of the District or while participating in any District or college-sponsored function or field trip. “Controlled substances,” as used in this section, include but are not limited to the following drugs and narcotics: Opiates, opium, and opium derivatives; mescaline; hallucinogenic substances; peyote, marijuana; stimulants, depressants, cocaine.

    Board Rule 9803.20
    Lethal Weapons. Possession, while on a college campus or at a college-sponsored function, of any object that might be used as a lethal weapon is forbidden all persons except sworn peace officers, police officers, and other government employees charged with policing responsibilities.

    Board Rule 9803.21
    Discriminatory Behavior. Behavior while on a college campus or at a college-sponsored function, inconsistent with the District’s nondiscrimination policy, which requires that all programs and activities of the Los Angeles Community College District be operated in a manner which is free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, age, handicap, or veterans status.

    Board Rule 9803.22
    Unlawful Assembly. Any assemblage of two or more persons to (1) do an unlawful act, or (2) do a lawful act in a violent, boisterous, or tumultuous manner.

    Board Rule 9803.23
    Conspiring to Perform Illegal Acts. Any agreement between two or more persons to perform illegal acts.

    Board Rule 9803.24
    Threatening Behavior. A direct or implied expression of intent to inflict physical or mental/emotional harm and/or actions, such as stalking, which a reasonable person would perceive as a threat to personal safety or property. Threats may include verbal statements, written statements, telephone threats, or physical threats.

    Board Rule 9803.25
    Disorderly Conduct. Conduct which may be considered disorderly includes: lewd or indecent attire or behavior that disrupts classes or college activities; breach of the peace of the college; aiding or inciting another person to breach the peace of the college premises or functions.

    Board Rule 9803.26
    Theft or Abuse of Computer Resources. Theft or abuse of computer resources including but not limited to: (a) Unauthorized entry into a file to use, read, or change the contents, or for any other purpose. (b) Unauthorized transfer of a file. (c) Unauthorized use of another individual’s identification and password. (d) Use of computing facilities to interfere with the work of a student, faculty member, or college official, or to alter college or district records. (e) Use of unlicensed software. (f) Unauthorized copying of software. (g) Use of computing facilities to access, send or engage in messages which are obscene, threatening, defamatory, present a clear and present danger, violate a lawful regulation and/or substantially disrupt the orderly operation of a college campus. (h) Use of computing facilities to interfere with the regular operation of the college or district computing system.

    Board Rule 2803.27
    Performance of an Illegal Act. Conduct while present on a college campus or at a location operated and/or controlled by the District or at a District-sponsored event, which is prohibited by local, State, or federal law.

    Board Rule 9804
    Interference with Classes. Every person who, by physical force, willfully obstructs or attempts to obstructs, or attempts to obstruct, any student or teacher seeking to attend or instruct classes at any of the campuses or facilities owned, controlled, or administered by the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District, is punishable by a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500) or imprisonment in a county jail not to exceed one (1) year, or by both such fine and imprisonment. As used in this section, “physical force” includes, but is not limited to, use of one’s person, individually or in or concert with others, to impede access to or movement within which the premises are devoted.

    Board Rule 9805
    Interference with Performance of Duties by Employees. Action to cause or attempt to cause, any employee of the Los Angeles Community Colleges to do or refrain from doing, any act in the performance of his/her duties by means of a threat to inflict any injury upon any person or property, is guilty of a public offense.

    Board Rule 9805.10

    Assault or abuse of an Instructor. Assault or abuse of any instructor employed by the District in the presence or hearing of a community college student or in the presence of other community college personnel or students and at a place which is on District premises or public sidewalks, streets, or other public ways adjacent to school premises, or at some other place where the instructor is required to be in connection with assigned college activities.

    Board Rule 9806

    Unsafe Conduct. Conduct which poses a threat of harm to the
    with a Health Services Program (e.g., Nursing, Dental Hygiene, etc.); failure to follow safety direction of District and/or college staff; willful disregard to safety rules as adopted by the District and/or college; negligent behavior which creates an unsafe environment.

     

  •  Student Discipline Procedures

    Community college districts are required by law to adopt standards of student conduct along with applicable penalties for violation (Education Code Section 66300). The Los Angeles Community College District has complied with this requirement by adopting Board Rules 9803 and 9804-9806, Standards of Student Conduct .

    The LACCD has adopted Board Rule 91101, “Student Discipline Procedures,” to provide uniform procedures to assure due process when a student is charged with a violation of the Standards of Student Conduct. All proceedings held in accordance with these procedures shall relate specifically to an alleged violation of the established Standards of Student Conduct. These provisions do not apply to grievance procedures, student organization councils and courts, or residence determination and other academic and legal requirements for admission and retention. Disciplinary measures may be taken by the College independently of any charges filed through civil or criminal authorities, or both.

    Copies of the Student Discipline Procedures are available in the Office of Vice President of Student Services.

     Student Grievance Procedures - Ombudsperson
     Administrative Regulation E-55


    Information about the grievance procedures and a copy of the regulation are available to grievant(s) and/or respondent(s) upon request in Clausen Hall 117. The purpose of this regulation is to provide a prompt and equitable means for resolving student(s) grievances. In the pursuit of academic goals, the student should be free of unfair or improper action by any member of the academic community.

    The grievance procedure may be initiated by a student, or group of students who reasonably believe he/she/they have been subjected to unjust action or denied rights that adversely affect his/her/their status, rights, or privileges as a student. It is the responsibility of the student(s) to submit proof of alleged unfair or improper action.

    The role of the Ombudsperson is that of a facilitator of the grievance process, and not that of an advocate for either the grievant(s) or respondent(s). During the informal resolution stage of the grievance process, the ombudsperson will facilitate informal meetings and discussions that may lead to a resolution of the grievance. If the matter cannot be resolved informally, the student may request a formal grievance hearing. Grievances pertaining to grades are subject to the California Education Code, Section 76224(a) which states: “When grades are given for any course of instruction taught in a community college district, the grade given to each student shall be the grade determined by the instructor of the course and the determination of the student’s grade by the instructor, in the absence of mistake, fraud, bad faith, or incompetency, shall be final.” This grievance procedure does not apply to the challenge process for prerequisites, co-requisites, advisories and limitations on enrollment; alleged violations of sexual harassment; actions involving student discipline; alleged discrimination on the basis of the ethnic group identification, religion, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability; or an appeal for residency decision; or the eligibility, disqualification or reinstatement of Financial Aid. The appeal procedure regarding Financial Aid may be obtained in the Financial Aid Office. Additional information regarding discrimination and sexual harassment procedures and policies are listed in the Schedule of Classes and the College Catalog. Procedure may be obtained from the Associate Dean of Student Life located in CH117. For assistance, call (323) 953-4000 extension 2450.

     

     Drug-Free Campus

     

    Los Angeles City College adheres to, supports, and is in full compliance with requirements that maintain our college as a drug-free institution of higher education. The LACCD Board of Trustees has adopted the following standards of conduct:

    Students and employees are prohibited from unlawfully possessing, using or distributing illicit drugs and alcohol on district premises, in District vehicles, or as part of any activity of the Los Angeles Community College District.

    The LACCD Board of Trustees has adopted Rule 9803.19, which prohibits:

    Any possession of controlled substances which would constitute a violation of Health and Safety Code section 11350 or Business and Professions Code section 4230, any use of controlled substances, the possession of which is prohibited by the same or any possession or use of alcoholic beverages while on any property owned or used by the District or colleges of the District. “Controlled substances,” as used in this section, include, but are not limited to the following drugs and narcotics: opiates, opium and opium derivatives, mescaline, hallucinogenic substances, peyote, marijuana, stimulants, depressants, cocaine.

    The LACCD Board of Trustees policy on the Drug-Free Workplace restates these prohibitions.

    Legal Sanctions
    Federal laws regarding alcohol and illicit drugs allow for fines and/or imprisonment. Other legal problems include the loss of driver’s license and limitations of career choices.

    Health Risks
    Health risks associated with the abuse of controlled substances include malnutrition, damage to various organs, hangovers, blackouts, general fatigue, impaired learning, dependency, disability, and death. Both drugs and alcohol may be damaging to the development of an unborn fetus.

    Other Risks
    Personal problems include diminished self-esteem, depression, alienation from reality, and suicide. Social problems include loss of friends, academic standing and co- and extra- curricular opportunities, alienation from and abuse of family members, and chronic conflict with authority. Economic problems include loss of job, financial aid eligibility, homes, savings, and other assets.

    Counseling, Treatment and Rehabilitation
    Students should contact the LACC Counseling Office for assistance and referrals.

    Disciplinary Action
    Violation of the above Board Rules shall result in student discipline, imposed in accordance with the Student or termination of financial aid; suspension; withdrawal of consent to remain on campus; expulsion subject to reconsideration; and permanent expulsion. Furthermore, institutional policies and practices may impose disciplinary sanctions on students and employees consistent with local, state, and Federal law, up to and including expulsion, termination of employment, and referral for prosecution for violations of the standard of conduct.

    The Los Angeles Community College District is committed to drug-free and alcohol-free campuses. We ask you to share in this commitment and dedication.

     

     Educational Environment Policy

     

    Due to requirements set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, proper attire, including shoes, eye ware, and other articles, should be worn during all class hours.

     

     Family Education Rights & Privacy Act


    See Student Records and Directory Information, elsewhere in this catalog.
     

     health fee waivers (student)

     

    LACCD policy exempts the following students from paying the student health fee: a) students who depend exclusively on prayer for healing in accordance with the teaching of a bonafide religious sect; c) students attending classes under an approved apprenticeship training programs; d) non-credit education students; e) students enrolled exclusively at District sites where health services are not provided; f) students enrolled exclusively through Instructional Television or distance education classes; g) students enrolled exclusively through contract education. Students exempted under the provisions of a), c) and d) above are eligible to receive the services of the college health program; all other exempted students are not eligible to receive the services of the college health program.

     

     sex offender registration

     

    California law requires that certain statutorily defined sex offenders notify community college law enforcement officials that they are present on campus in specific capacities. If you fall into this category, you must register with the College’s Sheriff’s Department Office.


     

     Smoking Policy

     

    Smoking is not permitted in any classroom or other enclosed facility that any student is required to occupy or which is customarily occupied by students, faculty, staff, and/or administrator.

     

     Workforce Diversity

     

    The policy of the Los Angeles Community College District is to implement affirmatively equal opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Positive action will be taken to ensure that this policy is followed in all personnel practices, including recruitment, hiring, placement, upgrading, transfer, demotion, treatment during employment, rate of pay or other forms of compensation, selection for training, layoff, or termination. An Affirmative Action Program will be maintained in accordance with Board Rule 101301.

     

    Inquiries regarding Workforce Diversity at Los Angeles City College should be directed to the Associate Vice President, Administrative Services responsible for Human Resources.

     

     Equal-Opportunity Policy Compliance Procedure

     

    To assure proper handling of all equal opportunity matters, including the Civil Rights Act and Americans with Disabilities Act, discrimination, accommodation, and compliance issues, inquiries should be directed to following individuals:
    Compliance Officer
    • Sexual Harassment
    • Discrimination – Education
    • Discrimination – Workplace - Hiring/Promotion
    • Training
    For assistance, contact the Compliance Officer at (323) 953-4000 extension 2492.

    Dean, Special Programs
    • ADA
    • Section 504
    For assistance, contact the Dean of Special Programs,
    Clausen Hall 109 (323) 953-4000 extension 2280.

    Administrative Services for Affirmative Action
    • EEO – Hiring/Promotion
    • Gender Equity (Non-Athletic)
    For assistance, contact Lenore Saunders, Administrative Analyst,
    AD 213 (323) 953-4000 extension 2094.

     

     PROHIBITED DISCRIMINATION & HARASSMENT POLICY

     

  • The policy of the Los Angeles Community College District is to provide an educational, employment and business environment free from prohibited Descrimination, as defined by Rule 15003. Employees, students, or other persons acting on behalf of the District who engage in Prohibited Discrimination as defined in this policy or by State and Federal law shall be subject to discipline, up to and including discharge, expulsion, or termination of contract. The specific rules and procedures for reporting allegations of Prohibited Discrimination and for pursuing available remedies are incorporated in the Board Rules in Chapter 15. Copies may be obtained from each College and District Compliance Officer.

    The LACCD has a policy that provides formal and informal procedures for resolving complaints. Copies of the policy and procedures may be obtained from the LACC Compliance Office Website (www.lacitycollege.edu/resource/complianceoffice) or by calling the LACCD Office of the Vice Chancellor of Educational Services at (213) 891-2279, or the LACCD Office of Diversity Programs at (213) 891-2315.

     

    Any member of the Los Angeles City College community, which includes students, faculty, and staff, who believes, perceives, or actually experiences conduct that may constitute prohibited discrimination, has the right to seek the help of the College. Every employee has the responsibility to report such conduct to the LACC Compliance Officer when it is directed toward students.

     

    Potential complainants are advised that administrative and civil law remedies, including but not limited to injunctions, restraining orders or other orders, may be made available. For assistance, contact the Compliance Officer, (323) 953-4000 ext. 2492.

     

     

    Occupational Education Classes are open to all students. Although the lack of proficiency in English is no barrier to enrollment in occupational education courses, it is suggested the students deficient in English utilize the services of the college that are provided for persons who are limited in English proficiency or have English as a Second Language.

     

    Contamos con cursos vocacionales en distintas ramas de trabajo. Todos los cursos están disponibles a las personas que no dominan el idioma inglés con fluidez. No tener conocimientos básicos de inglés no debe ser un impedimento para matricularse en dichos cursos. Los servicios del colegio están disponibles para personas que hablan inglés como segundo lenguaje.

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