2023-2024 Student Guide & Residence Life Handbook 
    
    Jun 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Student Guide & Residence Life Handbook

Resident Code of Conduct


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When a student enrolls at South Plains College, it is assumed that the student accepts the rules and regulations prescribed by the College. It is the student’s obligation to be familiar with the standards of conduct. Rules and regulations are also contained in, but not limited to, the following SPC publications: General Catalog, Student Guide, Residence Life Handbook and SPC Parking and Traffic Regulations.

When you enroll as a student at South Plains College and fill out your residence life application, you are agreeing to abide by the rules and regulations of SPC as outlined in the Residence Life Handbook and the Student Guide Code of Conduct. As a student, you are responsible for becoming familiar with the contents of these publications.

Student Conduct

Each student in the residence halls is expected to exercise self-discipline and to respect the rights of other students. Each resident must realize that in a group living experience, certain rules should be observed by all in order to maintain a safe and educational environment. Individuals in violation or in the presence of a violation of the rules established by the College, or State and/or Federal government will be handled appropriately. Questions related to appropriate and inappropriate behavior should be addressed to the Hall Director or the Associate Dean of Students. Students should refer to the Student Conduct section of the Student Guide for additional information.

Dean Referrals

Dean referrals are issued for a number of reasons including code of conduct violations or as a part of an active investigation. Any student issued a Dean Referral by the Campus Police Department or a Hall Director is expected to report to the Dean of Students or Associate Dean of Students office the next business day by 8:00 AM. If you have class at 8:00 AM, you are expected to schedule a time for later in the day.  This can be done by talking to the administrative assistant in person or calling 806-716-2379.  Failure to appear may result in a resident being removed from student housing or increased sanctions.

Procedures for Disciplinary Action

All offenses of misconduct in residence halls shall be dealt with by the Dean of Students or Associate Dean of Students and will follow due process procedures. All offenses that may lead to suspension or expulsion shall be regarded as major offenses and be dealt with by the due process procedures detailed in the Student Guide.

Penalties for Misconduct

Penalties for misconduct include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Warning or Reprimand
  • Referral to Health & Wellness
  • Restriction
  • Community Service
  • Fines
  • Disciplinary Probation
  • Disciplinary Suspension
  • Expulsion
  • Removal from College Housing

Residents and their guest(s) are required to abide by the rules in the Residence Hall Handbook and the Student Guide. When residents or guests violate a rule or procedure, the Hall Director will report the event to the Dean of Students or Associate Dean of Students via an incident report and dean referral for investigation and/or due process proceedings.

Areas of Misconduct 

In addition to the Student Code of Conduct, residents are expected to abide by all items outlined below.

CANDLES and OPEN FLAMES

No items that have open flames, flammable fuels or open coils may be used in a residence hall. Candles, candle wax, Scentsy warmers, candle warmers, potpourri pots, oil burners, incense and scented plug-ins are prohibited in the residence hall rooms, lobbies, and storerooms due to possible fire hazards. This rule includes decorative candles with burned or unburned wicks and wickless candles. Violation of this rule may result in immediate relocation and disciplinary action. These items will be confiscated immediately.

PROFANITY OR OBSCENITY

The use of rude, vulgar, indecent or obscene verbal or written expressions, while protected by the First Amendment, are considered detrimental to the community residence hall environment and are not condoned. The College reserves the right to refuse postings, which contain rude, vulgar, indecent, or obscene expressions. Residents will be asked to refrain from this type of language when in hall common areas.

TOBACCO

The use of any tobacco product (including smokeless tobacco), electronic cigarette, or vapor device throughout all indoor areas and within a 25-foot perimeter around all facility entrances, exits and HVAC air intake vents under the control of SPC, including sporting facilities and in SPC vehicles, is prohibited. Smoking or vaping in a room will result in disciplinary measures and possible a fine.  The legal age to use tobacco is 21.

UNAUTHORIZED POSSESSION OF KEYS

The possession by students of keys or access cards/fobs to college buildings or facilities that have not been issued to the student by an authorized college official is strictly prohibited.

USE OF COLLEGE PROPERTY

Items belonging to the College (couches, lounge chairs, tables, etc.) are not allowed in student rooms. College property other than furnishings assigned to the student’s room will be removed, and students may be referred for disciplinary action. No College property may be moved or taken from the hall without written authorization from the Hall Director.

Furniture must remain in its designated space. Room furnishings are to remain in the rooms at all times. Common area furniture that is removed by a student for their private use will be considered stolen and disciplinary action may be taken. No additional locks may be installed. Students may not leave any type of furnishings or property outside of their room or in the hallway. No College furniture should be moved to an outside location.

VERBAL ABUSE

Frequently, staff members must confront residents and/or their guest in order to remind them of various rules. Unfortunately, residents sometimes persist in being argumentative, respond by shouting, or make rude, vulgar, indecent or obscene comments and/or gestures to the staff members. Anytime this is done within earshot of the staff member, it is considered verbal abuse. This type of interaction could lead to additional disciplinary sanctions.