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Student Conduct

As a member of Rappahannock Community College’s student body, you are considered to be a responsible adult. Your conduct while in class, on-campus, or participating in any other College-sponsored activity should reflect that adult responsibility. The College considers you the primary person who is responsible for your conduct.

The great majority of students conduct themselves appropriately. In those cases in which a student’s behavior may be outside of the bounds of what is expected, the College reserves the right to take disciplinary action as needed to preserve order and/or to maintain an effective educational environment. Generally, the College will initiate disciplinary action when a student engages in any conduct not authorized by the College that disrupts the educational pursuits of other students, the maintenance of order, the educational environment on campus, or for conduct prejudicial to the academic functions of the College. Failure to meet standards of conduct acceptable to the college may result in disciplinary probation, suspension, dismissal or other penalty depending on the nature of the offense. Students who are dismissed must reapply to the college. Readmission is not assured.

Examples of conduct for which a student may be subject to disciplinary action include but are not necessarily limited to the following:

  • Academic cheating or plagiarism (refer to the section on Academic Honesty below for detailed information).
  • Intentionally violating copyright laws, including but not limited to illegal downloads or pirating files.
  • Disruptive behavior in classrooms, on campus, on the computer, or at any other College-sponsored activity.
  • Failure to follow safety instructions, safety policy, or safety procedure in laboratory settings or during field experiences associated with the laboratory setting; or working without supervision in the laboratory setting.
  • Failure to provide accurate and complete information to the best of your knowledge. This includes the college application, as well as applications to specific programs (e.g., ADN & LPN), and applications and any other documents needed at clinical and internship sites.
  • Threats to the health, safety, or welfare of members of the college community
  • Harassment, bullying, or intimidation of other RCC students, faculty, or staff, either in person, through electronic means, or via social media
  • Obscene conduct or public profanity.
  • Sexual harassment/sexual misconduct.
  • Assault and battery or threats of bodily harm to students, faculty or staff.
  • Threats to the health, safety, or welfare of members of the college community
  • Unauthorized use of computer resources or unauthorized efforts to modify or hack computer hardware or software.
  • Accessing obscene and pornographic materials on the College’s computers.
  • Possession of alcoholic beverages.
  • Gambling.
  • Manufacture, sale, possession, distribution, or use of narcotics, marijuana, or other controlled substances.
  • Unauthorized use or possession of firearms, weapons, or fireworks.
  • Intentionally furnishing false information to the College.
  • Forgery, unauthorized alteration, or misuse of College documents, records, or identification.
  • Writing bad checks to pay bills owed to the College.
  • Using the College’s name for soliciting funds or other activity without authorization from a proper College authority.
  • Theft, larceny, or embezzlement.
  • Destruction, damage, defacing or misuse of public or private property.
  • Illegal entry and/or occupation of state property.

If any of these behaviors also violate state, federal, county, city, or town laws, the College will inform the appropriate authorities of the violation. Regardless of what these authorities may do, the College may take its own disciplinary action.

Threat Assessment Team
Purpose: As a requirement of Virginia Code Section 23-9.2:10, each public college or university shall have in place policies and procedures for the prevention of violence on campus. RCC is committed to providing a safe campus environment that promotes student learning. As part of this commitment, RCC has established the Threat Assessment Team, a multi-disciplinary group responsible for evaluating and managing risks associated with behaviors that may present a threat to the campus community’s safety. The RCC TAT, in collaboration with the RCC Violence Prevention Committee, will help develop policies and procedures for violence prevention, including assessment and intervention with individuals whose behavior may pose a threat to campus safety. The RCC TAT members include the vice president of finance and administrative services, Glenns Campus dean, Warsaw Campus dean, dean of student development, human resources manager, counselors and other College constituencies as needed. All members of the TAT are considered to be school officials and will have complete access to student records when necessary to do their job. The TAT is responsible for addressing reported behavioral or mental health incidents involving students, faculty, staff or visitors which occur on a RCC campus or site.

Anyone may make a referral to the Threat Assessment Team, this includes students, faculty, staff, and parents. Behavior that warrants a referral to the TAT includes behaviors that might compromise safety, erratic behavior that disrupts teaching or college activities, self-injurious behaviors, and suicidal ideation. You do not need to make the decision about whether a situation is an issue for TAT or should be handled by another department, when in doubt make a referral. The TAT members will review the information provided in the referral and take the appropriate action. If you feel there is an immediate threat, dial 911 and contact campus security. Glenns 804-758-6765. Warsaw 804-333-6765. Kilmarnock Center and King George site call 911.

To make a report in person, you may provide a report to one of the following depending on your location: Glenns Campus Dean Room 131, Warsaw Campus Dean Room 141, Dean of Student Development Room 106A Glenns or 105A Warsaw, King George Site Director, Kilmarnock Site Director.

Your report will be forwarded to the TAT.


This page was last modified on April 14, 2015. If you are looking for previous catalog information, please reference the 2008-2010 Catalog, 2010-2012 Catalog, 2013-2014 Catalog, or 2014-2015 Catalog.

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