Dec 02, 2023  

Academic Affairs

02:01:00 Academic and Classroom Misconduct


  1. The purpose of this policy is establish procedures as may be necessary to maintain campus conditions and preserve the integrity of the institution and its educational environment.
  2. Definitions
    1. For the purpose of this policy, a “student” shall mean any person who is admitted and/or registered for study at Chattanooga State Community College for any academic period. This shall include any period of time following admission and/or registration, but preceding the start of classes for any academic period. It will also include any period which follows the end of an academic period through the last day for registration for the succeeding academic period, and during any period while the student is under suspension from the institution.
    2. “Student” shall also include any person subject to a period of suspension or removal from campus as a sanction which results from a finding of a violation of the policies and regulations governing student conduct.
    3. For the purpose of this policy, “classroom” refers to any format in which courses are taught including, but not limited to, face-to-face, hybrid, desktop video conferencing, and online.
  3. Policy Statement
    1. Students enrolled at Chattanooga State Community College are citizens of their civic communities as well as the academic community. As such, they are expected to conduct themselves as law-abiding members of each community at all times.
    2. Admission to Chattanooga State Community College carries with it special privileges and imposes special responsibilities apart from those rights and duties enjoyed by non-students. In recognition of the special relationship that exists between the institution and the academic community which it seeks to serve, the Tennessee Board of Regents (“TBR” or “the Board”) has authorized the president of the institution to take such action as may be necessary to maintain campus conditions and preserve the integrity of the institution and its educational environment.
    3. For online and virtual classes, students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of “netiquette” while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students will refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.
    4. Pursuant to this authorization and in fulfillment of its duties to provide a secure and stimulating atmosphere in which individual and academic pursuits may flourish, Chattanooga State has developed the following policy based on TBR policy 3:02:00:01.
  4. Academic and Classroom Misconduct
    1. The instructor has the primary responsibility for maintenance of academic integrity and controlling classroom behavior, and can order the temporary removal or exclusion from the classroom of any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct that violates general rules and policies of the institution for each class session during which the conduct occurs. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom, beyond the session in which the conduct occurred, or further disciplinary action can be effected only through the appropriate due process procedures.
    2. Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, are immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. The instructor has the authority to assign an appropriate grade, up to and including a zero, for the exercise or examination, proportional to the nature and extent of academic misconduct. Disciplinary sanctions will be imposed only through the appropriate student disciplinary processes as outlined in TBR Policy 3:02:00:01.
    3. Students may appeal a grade assignment associated with a finding of academic misconduct, as distinct from a student disciplinary sanction, through appropriate institutional academic misconduct or grade appeal procedures. Courses may not be dropped pending the final resolution of an allegation of academic misconduct. Grade appeal processes are outlined in the Student Handbook. Refer to the Course Catalog for information on the process to appeal an assigned grade.
    4. Disruptive behavior in the classroom may be defined as, but not limited to, behavior that obstructs or disrupts the learning environment (e.g., offensive language, harassment of students and professors, repeated outbursts from a student which disrupt the flow of instruction or prevent concentration on the subject taught, failure to cooperate in maintaining classroom decorum, text messaging, and the continued use of any electronic or other noise or light emitting device which disturbs others.)
    5. The Student Code of Conduct detailing Academic and Classroom Misconduct Procedures is located in the Student Handbook.


Submitted to Policy Review Committee on February 21, 2022

Submitted to Policy Review Board on March 28, 2022

Approved by the Policy Review Board on April 13, 2022


Previous version:

Approved by Policy Review Board: 2017.11.29