Student Conduct

School Rules, Conduct Procedures and Expectations

In order that a community of people may live and work together in harmony, there must be a commitment to its policies and procedures including behavioral expectations. A community has the right to expect of its members certain standards of achievement and social behavior, and to this end, Bergen Community College has established a framework of rules and academic expectations. Above all else, personal honesty and academic integrity are the fundamental ingredients for success at Bergen Community College.

Social Expectations/Conduct Procedures

It is the school’s expectation that all members of the Bergen Community college community will, at all times conduct themselves in a manner which evidences respect for self, for others faculty, students, staff, guests and visitors and for the school.

Student Conduct Policy and Procedures

The Office of Student Conduct in collaboration with various departments within Student Affairs strives to develop student responsibility, teach respect for oneself and others, and promotes the growth of the entire student body by implementing the Student Code of Conduct in an unbiased, timely, consistent manner through the use of the goals and outcomes outlined below.

Standards of Conduct

Upon accepting admittance to Bergen Community College, all students acknowledge that while participating in activities on and off-campus, they are governed by College policies and regulations. Each student is expected to exercise discretion and follow the Student Code of Conduct. It is a student’s responsibility to be aware of al prohibited conduct on and off campus by familiarizing themselves with the Student Code of Conduct. The Student Code of Conduct can be found online under the Office of Student Conduct Process and Policies webpage or by clicking this link: Student Code of Conduct.

Policies and Regulations Governing Conduct

At the beginning of the academic semester, each incoming student is expected to view the Student Handbook online. The handbook contains information about the College in general; courses of study; student activities; and rules, regulations and procedures essential to student life on campus. Every student is responsible for knowing the information included in the Student Handbook.

Student Code of Conduct

The Board of Trustees authorizes the President of the College to employ a disciplinary process to administer any campus disruption and to restore College function and prevent injury to persons or property. The College reserves the right to suspend, dismiss, or expel any student for justifiable cause. All students are governed by College policies and regulations. Each student is expected to exercise discretion, and act within the limits of decorum and propriety at all times and in all places.

Students are responsible to familiarize themselves with the Student Code of Conduct. The Student Code of Conduct can be found online in English and Spanish on the Office of Student Conduct Process and Policies. You can also click this link: Student Code of Conduct.

Dismissal of Disruptive Students -Involuntary Leave of Absence Policy

Bergen Community College (the “College”) has implemented provisions for normal disciplinary proceedings published under the Student Code of Conduct that can lead to the expulsion, suspension, or interim suspension of students. The policy stated below expands the scope of the Student Code of Conduct to include the involuntary withdrawal of students whose behavior requires emergency attention by the College administration. Emergencies referred to in this policy are incidences of extreme disruptive behavior by students that occur at on- or off-campus, including College-sponsored, events. The College reserves the right to implement normal disciplinary procedures in addition to the procedures set forth below if the circumstances warrant such action. These incidents can be medical and/or psychological in nature and/or conduct that poses security risks to the College community. A student may be placed on an Involuntary Leave of Absence from the College by the Vice President of Student Affairs and the Dean of Student Life & Judicial Affairs (or designee) if one or more of the following conditions are met:

  1. The student engages, or threatens to engage in, behavior which poses a danger of causing physical harm to the College Community or College property; and/or
  2. Exhibits behavior that interferes with the student’s ability to function in an academic or residential setting and/or seriously interferes with the educational pursuits or living environment of others; and/or
  3. Commits a violation of the College’s Student Code of Conduct and lacks the capacity to comprehend and participate in the College’s disciplinary process but continues to pose an imminent threat to the College community; and/or
  4. Commits a violation of the College’s Student Code of Conduct and did not understand the wrongfulness of the conduct at the time of the offense. Ignorance of the wrongfulness of the action is not an excuse.