Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct
for Students and Employees

The Five Towns College Code of Conduct articulates the standards of behavior that an institution of higher education expects from its students and employees. This Code of Conduct is intended to reflect the maturity, values and personal expectations that students and employees in a higher education setting should demonstrate. This includes accepting responsibility for their own behavior and conducting themselves in a manner that shows compliance with the College’s standards and adherence to the codes, rules, policies and procedures stated in the Five Towns College Catalog, the Five Towns College Student Handbook, the Five Towns College Residence Life Handbook, any other applicable institutional publications, and local, state and federal laws.

Students and employees at Five Towns College, individually and collectively, are obligated to make judgments in the best interests of the College community. Therefore, this Code of Conduct identifies, but is not limited to, the ethical standards and acceptable behaviors that the College deems appropriate and is applicable to conduct both on and off-campus and when studying abroad. Infractions of the Code of Conduct may be subject to a disciplinary hearing and/or the imposition of sanctions.

Further, this Code of Conduct includes reference to the N.Y.S. Sexual Harassment Prevention law, New York State Education Law, Article 129-B, Enough is Enough, and incorporates by reference the Five Towns College Policies and Procedures related to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as adopted, stated and posted on the Five Towns College website, www.ftc.edu, and should be referred to accordingly.

General Standards of Conduct

  • There shall be no disorderly, indecent, violent, defiant or unruly behavior or conduct in violation of any College or governmental law or regulation that leads to a hostile, offensive, intimidating, abusive, learning/living environment. This includes behavior that is discriminatory or harassing based on gender, race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, age, marital status, veteran status, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability. Further, this includes any conduct or behavior, i.e. sexual misconduct that violates provisions of the N.Y.S. Sexual Harassment law, N.Y. S. Education Law Article 129-B and the federal Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as more fully stated in this document.
  • Students and employees are prohibited from bringing, possessing or using on campus any weapons (or device that has projectiles), firearms, knives, box cutters or the like.
  • Alcoholic beverages, or controlled substances, are prohibited including marijuana, narcotic, chemical, or inhalant, unless prescribed by a student’s treating physician, for use solely by that student as directed, documented and approved for use on campus. Please note that medical marijuana, even if prescribed, is still deemed to be an illegal drug under federal law and, thus, not a permitted use on campus.
  • Students and employees are expected to use socially acceptable language and to conduct themselves in a mature and socially acceptable manner at all times in person, online, and in all communications in the real and virtual campus environments; and on the Web. This refers to conduct and behavior related to the use of campus facilities, i.e. the Upbeat and Downbeat Cafés, gymnasium, library, parking lot, etc. Individuals are expected to act politely and respectfully towards others. College property should be used properly, including adherence to regulations pertaining to health, safety, and security. Further, guidelines or rules are posted in the computer labs and other areas where equipment is being used. Violation of these guidelines is subject to sanctions.
  • Students and employees shall not interfere with institutional affairs or operations; or with the educational process, whether in person or online, through conduct or behavior that disrupts academic endeavors or interferes in any way with the administration of the College. This includes prohibition against endangering life or property of the College community, infringing on the rights of other members of the College community or acting in any way to violate provisions of the N.Y.S. Sexual Harassment Prevention law, New York State Education Law Article 129-B, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, or other applicable local, state or federal statutes.
  • Students and employees shall comply with the directions of College officials acting in the performance of their duties. This includes the requirement to bring, show and carry ID cards upon arrival on campus to gain access and entry, and to display/carry ID cards at all times to help Five Towns College Public Safety officers ensure a safe and secure environment.

In addition to the various codes, rules, policies and procedures stated in the institution’s publications, Five Towns College specifically reserves the right to take appropriate action with respect to any student or employee who, in its sole judgment, may endanger the health and/or safety of any other student, staff or faculty member.

Academic Misconduct

Academic Misconduct includes, but is not limited to, face-to-face and/or online dishonesty, and/or unethical behavior that violates academic standards expected of Five Towns College students and employees such as cheating on an examination, plagiarizing, submitting work from another course (unless receiving prior approval to do so), using complete or partial information from Internet sources without citing and giving proper credit, improper citation, taking a test for or completing an assignment for another student, working collaboratively on homework assignments or take-home exams (unless instructed to do so by the professor), and other conduct that is inappropriate for students in attendance at an institution of higher education.

In either case – plagiarism or cheating – the penalty may be a failing mark in the particular activity or examination. Should there be a repetition of either, the student is subject to failure in the course, and dismissal from the College. Academic misconduct will result in disciplinary action and/or appropriate sanctions depending on the facts of each case.

Copyright Law, Fair Use, Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and Creative Commons, etc. Students and employees are expected to act ethically and respect the federal Copyright, Fair Use, Digital Millennium, Creative Commons and other relevant statutes. Guidelines are available in the Five Towns College Library and at http://www.ftc.edu/forms/IT-Network- Policy.pdf.

Financial Obligations

Students are required to fulfill their financial obligations to the College. The signing of promissory notes or any agreement to pay has legal consequences that students should take seriously. Transcripts and diplomas may be held for failing to comply with resolving any accounts due.

Fundraising Policy

Students are not permitted to engage in fundraising at performances at the Performing Arts Center (FTC PAC) unless specific guidelines are followed and written permission granted. Students are permitted to fundraise for academic projects and clubs within the College community during regular school hours so long as policies are followed. A formal request on a College form must be signed by the Academic Chair or by the Club Advisor, and should be approved by and filed with the Dean of Students office before any fundraising may take place.

Gambling

Gambling is not permitted in any building or on campus grounds.

Smoking

Smoking is not permitted in any College building or Residence Hall. This includes a prohibition against cigars, vaping and e-cigarettes, and compliance with the New York State Clean Indoor Air Act.

Hoverboards, Skateboards, Rollerblades & Similar Equipment

Students and employees are prohibited from using hoverboards, including self-balancing scooters, battery-operated scooters and hands-free Segways, on campus and in College buildings and residence halls as they possess a risk of fire and other serious injuries.

As such, hoverboards may not be charged, used, or stored in any building.

Due to safety concerns, students should refrain from using skateboards, rollerblades and similar equipment in College buildings and on campus. The use of hoverboards, skateboards, rollerblades and similar equipment could create a potentially dangerous, unsafe situation to users, individually and to others, and in the campus parking lots and other areas where College constituents walk, drive, or wait for the bus. Should students be interested in using skateboards, the Town of Huntington has an appropriate facility located in Greenlawn, N.Y. not far from the College. Further information can be found at:

http://www.huntingtonny.gov/content/ 13749/13843/15187/17903/25703/default.aspx

Parking

Eligible students and employees are required to register their motor vehicles with the Public Safety Office and adhere parking stickers to their vehicle to legally park on campus.

Students and employees should only park in the College’s designated parking area and comply with any posted restrictions. There is ample parking in the front lot on campus. Local laws should be followed and students and employees should refrain from parking on any public road in the vicinity of the campus.

Social Media Use

Students and employees should uphold this Code of Conduct when interacting and communicating online in the virtual environment and in their use of social media.

The College strives diligently to address, appease and engage in conversation with students and employees in a positive and productive way. Students and employees having concerns related to social media use, other online communications and/or face-to-face communications should feel free to approach the Dean of Students, Provost, Director of Residence Life, Public Safety Office or other College personnel to have these concerns resolved.

Further, the College prohibits cyberbullying and online harassment of all types and content. This type of misuse of electronic devices or communication or engagement on social media and in the virtual environment is seriously discouraged and will be disciplined appropriately.

Students and employees should reflect upon comments posted on social media and make every attempt to engage in a positive way, always considering the ramifications of what is said in a public forum, and the potential impact certain behaviors may have on career/professional endeavors. Communications found to violate the Code of Conduct will be subject to disciplinary process.

Theft/Vandalism

Theft or vandalism of College property and/or property of a member of the College community will not be tolerated. The College is proud of its library materials, musical instruments, audio and film/video equipment, theater arts props, and other resources. While it has implemented procedures to lend these items for students’ use, students are responsible to ensure that College property is handled carefully and returned in a timely fashion to avoid disciplinary action and/or charges to their account.

Use of Electronic Devices: Classroom, Required Consent

Technology, including smartphones, cell phones, tablets, laptops, etc. must be properly authorized for classroom use. Unauthorized use of electronic or other devices to make an audio/video recording of any person (instructor, student, or staff member) without consent is prohibited. Further, students and employees must obtain the required consent prior to posting any media content in the virtual environment, including on social media.

Students and employees should not misuse the College’s IT systems (computers, networks, telephones). Prank, threatening or harassing calls, texts, emails, misuse of social networking sites, or any inappropriate face-to-face, online or virtual messages are entirely prohibited.

Further, it is not permitted to use the College network for any unlawful activity, such as illegal file sharing or buying/selling weapons or drugs.

There is no expectation of privacy on the College network by users and students should keep that in mind as they use electronic devices on campus.

All personal files should be deleted from the College computers and your account logged out. Any use of the College technology and resources for personal use or financial gain can lead to disciplinary action.

Visitors/Guests to the College

Students and employees desiring to have visitors or guests on campus must follow College procedures. Parents and other family members fall into this category.

Visitors and/or guests to the College require proper authorization and should wear a Visitor’s Pass. To be granted access, visitors and/or guests must bring proper identification to the Public Safety security desk, be signed in, and wear a Visitor’s Pass until they exit the campus.

Visitors/Guests on campus is a privilege and will not be permitted if there is no legitimate educational purpose for the visitor, is abused or in anyway may jeopardize the institution’s operations. As such, the College reserves the right to deny access to any visitor/guest on campus. Residential Students seeking authorization to invite day visitors and/or guests on campus should follow the policies and procedures stated in the Residence Life Handbook. In any instance, when security at the front entrance is unavailable, visitors and/or guests should go to the Public Safety entrance, sign in and seek access after showing proper identification.

Commuter students who are guests of residence hall students must follow all policies and procedures that resident students are held to abide. Further, any guest or visitor on campus is expected to be made aware of the Code of Conduct by his or her host. Both host and visitor/guest may be held responsible for any infractions of the Code of Conduct.

Disciplinary Procedure

Students and employees in violation of the Code of Conduct are subject to such penalties as: Warning, No Contact Letters, Probation, Suspension, or Expulsion, depending on the facts of each case, the evidence submitted, and the findings of the appropriate decision-making body, including the Disciplinary Committee, Dean of Students, Associate Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life, Provost or designee or other judicial body. Other sanctions appropriate to the individual circumstances may also be imposed. In some cases, students may be required to pay restitution to the College.

An administrative decision may require that a student or employee follow particular instructions or refrain from engaging in certain conduct or behavior. Failure to follow this instruction may result in a request to immediately leave the campus. A refusal to obey an instruction given as to conduct and/or behavior shall be grounds for immediate disciplinary action.

If, in the judgment of the College administration, continued attendance by the individual charged with misconduct will endanger the safety and well being of the individual and/or members of the College community, the following procedures shall be followed:

  • The student(s) or employee(s) receives notice of a Code of Conduct violation (preferred notice is FTC email; then, in-person, phone, or text, as appropriate);
  • A disciplinary hearing is held before a committee consisting of faculty and/or administrative personnel;
  • At the hearing, the student(s) or employee(s) may present a written statement or state his/her case orally (the parent or guardian of student may also be present, if requested);
  • The Disciplinary Committee and/or other judicial body will notify in writing the student or employee of the findings, determination and/or penalties and decision;
  • An appeal to the Provost is permitted within three (3) days as long as the reason for the appeal is based upon (i) new evidence; (ii) a belief that the decision was based on erroneous fact or conclusion of law; or (iii) was arbitrary or capricious.
  • The decision of the Provost or his/her designee is final.

Grievance Procedure

Generally, as pertains to students/employees, and this Code of Conduct, a grievance is defined as a charge that a student/employee believes he/she has been adversely affected in a direct, personal, and material way by a decision or action of another individual. Such a dispute may involve another student, faculty, College administrator, or a staff member. There are two ways to resolve a grievance-informally and formally. These procedures are set forth below:

Informal:

A student/employee who believes he or she has been personally aggrieved by a staff or faculty member in a matter dealing with his/her coursework or the carrying out of a College regulation should first seek to resolve the problem through discussion or email with the individual involved.

If speaking with the individual, i.e. staff or faculty, does not bring a resolution, students/employees are encouraged to contact the Department/Division Chair. Should further assistance be needed, the Dean of Students Office should be consulted.

Formal:

Failing a resolution of the matter informally, the student/employee may then file a formal complaint with the Dean of Students Office. The Dean of Students, Associate Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life, or appropriate designee will investigate this complaint. The student/employee may be asked to provide additional information and/or the results of such investigation will be forwarded to the complainant.

Students/employees are assured that no adverse action will be taken as a result of filing a complaint. If the student/employee remains dissatisfied with the decision reached at this level, he/she may appeal within three (3) days to the Provost or his/her designee for redress.

In some instances, depending on the nature of the grievance, the Provost or his/her designee has the discretion to assemble a panel of three members, including staff, faculty or students to review the facts, informal decision, and may request additional investigation, hearing, or supplemental documentation. In any event, the decision of the Provost or his/her designee, including panel, is final.

If there is a vacancy in any of these positions, the grievance shall be filed with the next level institutional official. Grievances against the President shall be filed in writing directly with the Provost or designee, who shall forward such grievances to the FTC Board of Trustees to avoid any conflict of interest.

All formal complaints in the form of Incident Reports should be filed through the Public Safety Office. Depending on the nature of the grievance, the above procedures will be followed. If the alleged complaint potentially falls under the ambit of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 or the N. Y. S. Education Law, Article 129-B, or the N.Y.S. Sexual Harassment Prevention law, the particular policies and procedures adopted and promulgated thereunder by the College will take precedence and be followed. In such instance, the matter will be forwarded to the attention of the Five Towns College Title IX Coordinator. The FTC Sexual Misconduct Polices and Procedures are located here: https://www.ftc.edu/nys-education-law-article-129- b/?preview=true and https://www.ftc.edu/wpcontent/uploads/2014/09/FINAL-Title- IX.7.27.18_links-1.pdf.

Student Complaints

A Student Complaint relates to an incident, concern, or institutional process at the College that does not necessarily fall under the definition of a grievance as stated above but is a matter of fact that a student would like to present for administrative attention. To do so, a form entitled “Student Complaint” is provided in the Dean of Students Office. Individuals who have a matter that warrants institutional attention should complete this form and submit it there in Room 108B or to dos@ftc.edu.