Regulations & Code of Conduct
I. General responsibility
Delta College has the responsibility to adopt and enforce rules which are consistent with Delta College goals and operations and to establish due process procedures in disciplinary cases.
II. Authority to establish standards of conduct
Standards of conduct are established by rules of the College, as adopted by the Board of Trustees, and made known through College publications or by notices distributed or prominently posted on College bulletin boards and by law of the United States, State of Michigan, and County of Bay (public laws).
Except in the case of interim or emergency-type rules as granted by Michigan Public Act No. 26 of 1970, such regulations will be established and amended with the advice of the College Senate, but final authority is through either the Delta College Board of Trustees or the laws of the United States, State of Michigan, or County of Bay.
III. Individual responsibility
An individual having an institutional relationship to Delta College (member of College Community) is automatically placed under the rules of the College. "Institutional relationship to the College" means any connection of employment, enrollment, or service existing between any person and Delta College. As used herein, this phraseology is intended to prevent the application of these rules to purely personal or social relationships between or among students, Faculty members, Administration, or staff members outside of the College proper. Therefore, it is important for all members of the College Community to familiarize themselves with the rules and regulations affecting them.
IV. Delta College sponsored activity is subject to disciplinary action by Delta College that is appropriate to the nature of the offense
Disciplinary action will be taken in accordance with applicable law, regulation, policies and procedures governing cases of violation.
V. Reports of violations
Reporting of violations will be within the province of all members of the College Community because they have a common responsibility to maintain an orderly and efficient community for their mutual benefit.
Violations may fall in one of several categories:
- Minor offenses which are dealt with by reprimand
- Violations by students which are to be reported to the Vice President of Student and Educational Services
- Violations by Faculty or staff members which are to be reported to the President
- Civil or criminal violations which are to be reported to the Campus Police Department.
VI. Severance provision
If any of the foregoing rules or any part of any such rule will be adjudged invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, then such adjudication will not affect the validity of these rules as a whole or any provision or part of any such rule not so adjudged invalid.
Code of Conduct
1. Physical force
No member of the College community shall use physical force, threaten physical force, or use intimidation against any person engaged in an activity properly undertaken as part of an institutional relationship of the College except as permitted under normal law enforcement procedures.
No member of the College community shall interfere with a College function by depriving any person of needed safety, quiet, or other physical conditions of work or study.
No member of the College community shall interfere with the free movement of any person engaged in an activity properly undertaken as part of the College.
In keeping with the system of voluntary compliance, no member of the College community shall fail to follow the reasonable instructions given by a College official to stop specified conduct, if such conduct threatens disruption or interference with the rights of others, College discipline, College functions, academic operations, College activities, and/or the College community. All members of the College community are bound to the reasonable requests and directions of College officials.
No member of the College community shall refuse to provide identification when requested to do so by an identified employee of the College.
6. Forbidden occupation
No member of the College community shall, once given reasonable notice to leave by authorized designee, continue occupation of any College facility or property which is under the direct control or responsibility of the College, especially if such occupation interferes with a College function or risks injury to a person or property.
7. Facility entry and usage
No member of the College community shall gain or attempt to gain unauthorized entry to or make unauthorized use of the College facilities or property.
No member of the College community shall damage, deface, destroy, steal, or misappropriate the property of the College, any member of the College community, or any visitor to the College Campus.
9. Unauthorized use of College financial, technological or physical resources
No unauthorized member of the College community shall use the College telephones, postal machines and meters, duplicating machines, motorized vehicles, or other equipment. This provision shall be deemed to also include College billing, charging, and credit card numbers utilized for communications or transportation purposes. Further it shall be a violation for any member of the College Community who has not been issued a key by the College to possess or use College keys for any purpose whatsoever.
10. Counterfeiting, altering and copying
- No member of the College community, shall falsely make, forge, manufacture, print, reproduce, copy, tamper with, or alter any writing, document, record, or identification used or maintained by the College or by members of the College community.
- No member of the College community shall knowingly possess, display, or cause or permit to be displayed any writing, record, document, or identification form used or maintained by the College or by members of the College community, knowing the same to be fictitious, altered, forged, counterfeited, or made without proper authority.
11. Dishonesty and ethical behavior
No member of the College community shall behave, communicate, or otherwise conduct themselves in a dishonest or unethical manner.
12. Confidentiality of College records
No person shall inspect, investigate, or use College files (i.e., counseling, financial aid, placement, records, registration) without proper College authorization.
13. Firearms and other dangerous materials
The possession or use of firearms, firecrackers, explosives, toxic or dangerous chemicals, or other lethal weapons, equipment, or material is not permitted on College property at any time except when specifically authorized by the College for educational purposes or when firearms used for recreational purposes and transported through the Campus meet the regulations of the Department of Public Safety.
14. Alcoholic beverages
No member of the College community shall sell, be under the influence of, possess or consume alcoholic beverages on College property, or any property which is under the direct control or responsibility of the College. This regulation shall not apply to the President's home. This rule may be suspended from time to time by authorization of the President.
15. Drugs/drug paraphernalia
No member of the College community shall possess, sell, distribute, be under the influence of or use any controlled substance in either the refined or crude form, except:
- Controlled substances under a current prescription of a licensed physician, or
- Those specifically authorized to Delta College by Federal or State authorizing agencies for educational purposes.
Nor shall any member of the College Community possess property which is used, or intended for use, as a container for any controlled substance, except where prescribed or authorized as described in this paragraph.
16. Tobacco Free Policy
Effective August 1, 2007, Delta College became a tobacco free campus. Smoking and use of tobacco products will not be permitted anywhere on the campus; including centers, campus buildings, sidewalks, parking lots, building entrances and common areas, and in College-owned vehicles. The Administration shall fully implement this policy and all applicable laws, regulations, and local ordinances related to smoking and tobacco use.
17. Selling, soliciting and distributing
Any person who wishes to distribute, solicit, or sell information, materials, goods, or services not within the normal College activities and routine, must have the written permission of the Vice President of Student & Educational Services or the Vice President of Business and Finance or their designee.
18. Private business ventures
Delta College facilities such as offices, computers, copiers, etc. are not to be used for private business ventures. Also, Delta College's name is not to be associated in any way (such as use of letterhead, e-mail or return address) with private business ventures.
People may not bring animals on Campus or into College buildings. Service animals and animals used for educational purposes are exceptions; however, all animals must remain under the control of their owners and be properly licensed and medically treated as required by law. Emotional support animals are permitted with proper documentation through the Office of Disability Resources (students) or Human Resources (employees).
20. Aiders and abettors
No person shall aid and abet another person in committing an act which violates the Delta College Student Handbook, or Federal, State and Local Laws. Anyone who aids or abets in the violation of any policy or law, or who encourages the violation of any policy or law may be deemed as responsible as the actual violator or offender and may be subject to the same sanction as the original violator.
- No person shall physically or emotionally harass another person verbally; in writing; or through the phone, computer, etc. No person shall harass or stalk any person or group of persons. Stalking, racial and sexual harassment are included under this policy. Sexual harassment is defined in the Title IX section of this document.
- Harassment that threatens or endangers the health or safety of another person is prohibited. Harassment can be physical, verbal, in writing, in person, via telephone or text, or other electronic means.
- No person shall exhibit behavior that threatens to harm or to cause reasonable apprehension of harm to any other person or their property, including college staff.
- Placing an explosive device, or threatening the placement of explosives in or around campus is prohibited.
22. Delta College policies and procedures
No person shall violate any published policy, procedure or expectation from Delta College.
No person shall engage in any type or form of hazing. Hazing is defined as any planned or spontaneous action or situation that is demeaning to an individual, results in physical abuse or mental duress or in any way threatens or endangers the health or safety of an individual.
24. Federal, State and local laws
Violations of Federal, State or local laws, and violations of College policies, procedures, rules and regulations, including rules of governing bodies such as the Higher Learning Commission or the National Junior College Athletic Association, and including rules published in the College Catalog and student handbooks and manuals, shall constitute violations of College rules. Such violations apply both on-Campus and off-Campus in connection with College-sponsored activities.
All visitors to Delta College may be held accountable to all published college policies as outlined in the Delta College Student Handbook. Visitors are defined as any individual who is not a student, employee, or college recognized volunteer that is either present on college grounds or present at a college sponsored event.