Western Technical College provides education and training to the residents of the Western District. As a learning organization, Western monitors student conduct and encourages positive behaviors in support of a positive teaching and learning environment as well as Western's values (https://www.westerntc.edu/about). A student is defined as any person who attends and/or is enrolled in any classes or program at the college.
In the classroom and in all aspects of college life, our goal is to provide the best opportunity for student success for all. Aspects of college life range from attending classes to being a representative of the College in the community and beyond. The College will take action to prevent and stop any negative behavior that inhibits learning. The following actions and/or behaviors shall be considered violations of the Student Code of Conduct and will subject any student or student organization to possible conduct sanctions:
- Physical or verbal abuse of any person.
- Disruption of the normal operation of the College, including behavior which prevents or interferes with a program, event or classroom instruction.
- Endangerment of the health, safety or rights of any person.
- Theft or damage to College property or property of any person on campus.
- Unauthorized entry or use of a College facility.
- Use, possession, or distribution of drugs, alcohol, firearms, explosives, dangerous chemicals, or other weapons; being under the influence of alcohol or drugs; and/or use of tobacco on campus property.
- Academic dishonesty such as plagiarism or cheating (see Academic Dishonesty Definition in Student Handbook).
- Unethical, inappropriate, or illegal use of technology in the District.
- Failure to comply with reasonable request of College officials acting in the performance of their duties and/or failing to positively identify one's self to a College official when requested to do so.
- Violent or threatening behavior such as, but not limited to, sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
- Engaging in actions which intimidate, harass, threaten, coerce, or otherwise endanger any person.
- Bullying such as aggressive and continual behaviors of making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and/or purposefully excluding a person from learning opportunities whether in person or through technological means
- Retaliation (any adverse action whether physical, verbal or psychological) toward an individual or group who initiated a complaint with the College.
Should alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct arise, a hearing procedure will be followed in accordance with the College conduct guidelines and/or the Nonacademic Code of Conduct Hearing Process. If determined that a violation did occur, conduct sanctions may range from referral for counseling support in situations where students need support services to suspension or expulsion from the College in situations where serious violations arise. In keeping with the mission of the College, any action taken will reflect an opportunity for the student to learn conduct that is more conducive to a positive learning environment.