2-1: Student Code of Conduct – Policy

Policy Overview

Santa Fe Community College (SFCC or College) strives to create and maintain an environment that supports and respects all members of the learning community. In order to help achieve this goal, SFCC has established a Code of Conduct which sets out values, expectations and standards of behavior that apply to all students.

Scope and Applicability

The Code of Conduct applies to all students, visitors and guests regardless of status. SFCC recognizes that there is a diverse student body and has established standards so that all students have the opportunity to pursue their educational goals in a respectful and high quality atmosphere.

Policy Statement

  1. SFCC is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for students, faculty, staff and the public. Students at SFCC are expected to behave in a respectful, civil and thoughtful manner at all times.
  2. Any student who has been subjected to misconduct by others or who observes misconduct should report it promptly to the Vice President for Student Success (VPSS), Student Affairs Officer (SAO), and/or to Campus Safety and Security (CSS).
  3. SFCC values involvement, integrity, lifelong learning and excellence. In the spirit of these values, every member of the campus community has a personal responsibility to respect the rights of others and to behave in a manner conducive to learning and/or living in an educational environment, As a result of these values, the following conduct is prohibited:
  1. Classroom Conduct
    1. Plagiarizing, cheating, or committing any other form of academic misconduct including but not limited to unauthorized collaboration, falsification of information and/or helping someone else violate responsible standards for academic behaviors is prohibited. Students who are found to have engaged in this type of conduct are subject to both consequences as determined by the instructor and disciplinary action under SFCC policy 2-2 Student Corrective and Disciplinary Action.
    2. Any behavior that may disrupt others from learning or may interfere with the efforts of a faculty member to instruct a class, for example:
      use of cell phones or other portable electronics, unless authorized by the faculty member teaching the course.
    3. Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, or SFCC activities, including its functions on or off campus.
  2. Campus Conduct
    1. Conduct that is disorderly, lewd, or indecent
      ;breach of the peace; or aiding, abetting, or encouraging another person to breach the peace on College premises or at activities sponsored by or participated in by SFCC. Engaging in behavior that could reasonably be foreseen to cause disruption of, obstruction of, or interference with any service or activity provided or sponsored by the College.
    2. Any violent behavior toward another student, a faculty or staff member or any other individual on campus
      A student who exhibits this type of behavior shall face discipline under Policy 2-2, Student Corrective Action and Disciplinary Action, up to and including expulsion.
    3. Physical abuse, verbal abuse
      Threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, and/or conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person. All threats and threatening behavior shall be taken very seriously and investigated promptly.
    4. Attempted or actual theft
      of and/or damage or destruction to property of SFCC, or property of a member of the College community, or other personal or public property, including unauthorized use of property located on the campus or property owned or controlled by SFCC.
    5. Failure to comply with direction
      of College officials, security personnel or law enforcement officers in the performance of their duties.
    6. Conduct that violates any SFCC policy, seriously threatens the educational mission of SFCC, or the health or safety of any member of the College community, even if such conduct occurs off campus.
    7. Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys
      to any SFCC premises, or unauthorized entry to or use of SFCC premises.
    8. Possession of any unauthorized pet or animal, excluding trained service animals, while on College-owned or College-controlled property. (Policy 4-21 Service and Other Animals on Campus)
    9. Tampering with or disabling any security camera or any other campus safety or security equipment.
    10. Leaving children unattended or unsupervised in campus buildings or on campus grounds or in vehicles.
    11. Camping within campus facilities or grounds, regardless of the duration or purpose of the use.
    12. Clothing and/or personal hygiene that fails to meet the established safety or health standards of specific classes or activities offered at SFCC.
    13. Unauthorized display or distribution of any written notices such as fliers, posters, brochures, etc.
    14. Vending and sales activities unless authorized (Please refer to Policy 8-2 Campus Solicitation, Vending, and Political Activity by External Parties.)
  3. Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct
    1. Discrimination or harassment on the basis of sex/gender, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy status, religion, serious medical condition, spousal affiliation, gender identity or sexual orientation. (See Policies 2-22 Student Sexual Harassment and 2-23 Student Discrimination and Harassment)
    2. Sexual misconduct offenses include, but are not limited to, sexual harassment, non-consensual sexual contact (or attempts to commit same), non-consensual sexual intercourse (or attempts to commit same), and/or sexual exploitation. (See SFCC Policy 2-28 SFCC Student Policy on Sexual Violence, Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking for more information.)
  4. False Alarms and Weapons
    1. Deliberately causing a false fire alarm or creating any sort of false bomb threat or public alarm.
    2. Possession or distribution of any firearms, ammunition, explosives, fireworks, and/or other dangerous weapons (or chemicals/flammable liquids) unless authorized by an SFCC official, or use/threat of use of any instrument (including, but not limited to, paint ball guns, pellet guns, air soft guns, bow and arrows, knives) as a weapon to intimidate, harass, or cause harm to others.
  5. Drugs, Alcohol, Medical Marijuana, Smoking and Gambling
    1. Using, being under the influence, manufacturing, possessing, cultivating, distributing, purchasing, or selling of alcohol and/or drugs (illegal and/or dangerous or controlled substance) and/or alcohol/drug paraphernalia while on College-owned or College-controlled property, and/or at any function authorized or supervised by SFCC and/or in state-owned or leased vehicles.
      1. Note: The President may make an exception regarding alcohol, by granting prior written consent. All laws relating to the sale, purchase and distribution of alcohol much be observed, including age limits.
    2. Although possession and use of medical marijuana consistent with the requirements of the New Mexico State Law is not a crime in the State of New Mexico, the possession and use of marijuana remains illegal under federal law. Consistent with federal law, including the Controlled Substances Act and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, the use and/or possession of marijuana continues to be prohibited while a student is on College-owned or College-controlled property, and/or any function authorized or supervised by SFCC and/or in state-owned or leased vehicles.
    3. Smoking except in designated smoking areas.
      1. For the purpose of this policy, smoking shall include the use of tobacco products, e-cigarettes, electronic vaping devices, personal vaporizers, electronic nicotine delivery systems, or other such devices that vaporize substances to simulate smoking.
    4. Gambling of any kind, including computer gambling, sports betting pools and pyramid schemes on campus-owned or SFCC-controlled property.
  6. Computing and Networking
    1. Violation of SFCC policy on the acceptable use of computing and network resources. Unacceptable uses of computing resources include, but are not limited to:
      1. Use of electronic forums to violate other sections of the Student Conduct Code;
      2. Sharing of accounts or computer access;
      3. Violation of electronic privacy;
      4. Interference with computer use or operations;
      5. Unauthorized entry into or tampering with computers, networks, or other information resources;
      6. Commercial or illegal use of electronic or computer resources;
      7. Violation of copyright law or other intellectual property protection laws or policies; or
      8. Threats, abuse or harassment, as defined in SFCC policies made or transmitted via electronic forums, social media platforms or electronic mail.
      9. Refer to policy 7-1- Technology Usage Policy, policy 7-3 Information Security Policy and policy 8-7 Social Media Policy for more information
  7. Parking and Campus Traffic Rules
    1. Failing to follow traffic rules or respect designated handicap parking spaces and fire zone areas in College parking lots.
      1. Any person who violates traffic or parking rules is subject to having their vehicle towed or immobilized by the use of a boot.
      2. If you receive a warning sticker, or if your car has been towed or immobilized, see the Campus Safety and Security Office.
    2. Using bicycles, skateboards, roller-skates, wheelies, scooters, hover boards, in-line skates, and the like in prohibited areas, such as SFCC sidewalks and other campus walkways. These items may only be used on campus streets
  8. A student who violates any provision of this Code of Conduct may be subject to discipline under the SFCC Student Corrective Action or Disciplinary Action Policy (Policy 2-2). The discipline imposed will depend on the severity of the violation and the circumstances of the situation.


  1. Academic DishonestyMeans any behavior that misrepresents or falsifies the student’s knowledge, skills or ability with the goal of unjustified or illegitimate evaluation or gain and includes cheating, plagiarism and falsification or fabrication of records. Assisting another student in cheating, plagiarism and falsification of records is also academic dishonesty.
  2. CampingIs defined as using campus facilities or grounds for living accommodations or housing purposes, such as overnight sleeping or making preparations for overnight sleeping or making preparations for overnight sleeping (including the laying down of bedding for the purpose of sleeping), the making of any fire, or using a portable stove for cooking, lighting or warmth, or the use of tents, motor vehicles, or other structures for living or shelter.
  3. CheatingIncludes using or attempting to use unauthorized materials such as notes, texts, visuals, electronic devices, copies of test materials and presenting the work of others to misrepresent the student’s knowledge, skills or ability. Unauthorized collaboration also constitutes cheating.
  4. IntegrityStrict adherence to a standard of values and conduct.
  5. PlagiarismIs the intentional or unintentional representation of another’s work as one’s own, without proper acknowledgement of the original author or creator of the work.

Policy Process

  1. Students should familiarize themselves with the expectations outlined in this Code of Conduct and ensure they comply with them. Any questions or concerns about this Code of Conduct should be discussed with the VPSS, SAO or their designee.
  2. Students who violate any provision of this Code of Conduct may be subject to discipline under the Student Corrective Action and Disciplinary Action Policy 2-2, up to and including, expulsion.
  3. The discipline imposed will depend on the severity of the violation and the circumstances of the situation.
  4. SFCC may also report any apparent violation of law to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.

Statement of Accountability and Responsibility

The President, through the VPSS and the Division of Student Success (DSS), shall be responsible for enforcing student focused procedures and policies. The SAO, in conjunction with the VPSS is responsible for ensuring the adherence to this policy and initiating procedures for any corrective action or disciplinary process. DSS shall work with various different departments and offices to comply with this policy and develop procedures that will enforce this policy regarding awareness, prevention, and remediation.


Policy 2-2 Student Corrective and Disciplinary Action
Policy 2-22 Student Sexual Harassment
Policy 2-23 Student Discrimination and Harassment
Policy 2-28 Student Policy on Sexual Violence, Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, Domestic Violence, And Stalking
Policy 4-21 Service and Other Animals on Campus
Policy 7-1 Technology Usage
Policy 7-3 Information Security
Policy 8-2 – On Campus Solicitation, Vending, and Political Activity by External Parties
Policy 8-7 Social Media

SFCC Governing Board: 3/20/08, 3/23/16