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Student Conduct

As members of the Pellissippi State’s community, each student bears certain responsibilities to themselves, their peers, and the institution to achieve success and maintain a safe environment conducive to teaching and learning. Among those responsibilities include demonstrating respect for self and others and maintaining personal and academic integrity. The Student Code of Conduct and Due Process establishes common expectations and outlines an equitable, educational process for holding members of our community accountable for their actions if academic and behavioral expectations are not met.

Students are strongly encouraged to review the Student Code of Conduct to discover the expectations the college has of its student body.

The Student Conduct office has primary responsibility for investigating alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct and Due Process and impose disciplinary sanctions when appropriate. Through its educational initiatives, disciplinary processes, and interactions with students, the Student Conduct office:

  • Engages students to accept responsibility as a contributor to the well-being of our college community and beyond;
  • Promotes student understanding of the harm and consequences of disruptive behavior and academic misconduct;
  • Consults with the campus community to create a climate supportive of effective instruction and learning;
  • The values of respect, equity, integrity and accountability are evident in all interactions.


Definition of Student

A “student” is any person admitted and/or registered for study at Pellissippi State for any academic period. This includes any period of time following admission and/or registration but preceding the start of classes for any academic period. It also includes 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 or expulsion from the institution.


Code of Conduct and Due Process Jurisdiction

Incidents occurring on property owned, leased, at an affiliated clinical site, or otherwise controlled by the college while participating in on-site, distance learning, or international programs may be referred to the Dean of Students for investigation and potential disciplinary action. Additionally, incidents occurring off campus that may impact or interfere with institutional activities, processes, or the mission of the college may also be considered for disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct and Due Process.  

Pellissippi State may continue to investigate and adjudicate an incident referred for conduct review regardless of the status or outcome of any external proceedings, which may include any civil or criminal proceedings.


Reporting Concerning Behaviors

There may be situations when students or employees are confronted with or witness disruptive, concerning or threatening behavior. If this happens, please submit the BIT referral form. You may also consult with the Dean of Students:

Travis Loveday,
Dean of Students
Student Conduct Office
Goins Building, Room 111
865-694-6415
tcloveday@pstcc.edu

If imminent danger is apparent, contact
Pellissippi State Police at 865-694-6649 or call 911 (8-911 from campus phone)



Spring 2018 Code of Conduct Update:

Recent changes to Tennessee state law (T.C.A. § 49-7-24) and Tennessee Board of Regents policy 1:03:02:60 necessitate an update to this year’s Code of Conduct and Due Process to align with the required student to student harassment definition outlined in these documents. The following changes apply:

Part 2 Disciplinary Offenses, Section B, Item 23 - Current version:

Harassment or retaliation. Any act by an individual or group against another person or group in violation of TBR policies, as well as federal and/or state laws prohibiting discrimination, including, but not limited to, TBR policies 5:01:02:00, 6:01:00:00, 2:02:10:01 and TBR Guideline P-080 and Pellissippi State Policies 00:03:00 and 06:23:00. All matters involving allegations of impermissible discrimination, harassment or retaliation will be governed by the procedures outlined in Tennessee Board of Regents Guideline P-080 Subject: Discrimination and Harassment—Complaint and Investigation Procedure or an institutional policy that reflects the current requirements of that Guideline.

This item will be updated to reflect the new definition and to separate the offenses of harassment and retaliation:

  1. Harassment. Unwelcome conduct directed toward a person that is discriminatory on a basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law and that is so sever, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively bars the victim’s access to an educational opportunity or benefit. All matters involving allegations of impermissible discrimination, harassment or retaliation will be governed by the procedures outlined in Tennessee Board of Regents Guideline P-080 Subject: Discrimination and Harassment—Complaint and Investigation Procedure or an institutional policy that reflects the current requirements of that Guideline.

  2. Retaliation. Seeking revenge, intimidating, threatening, coercing, or otherwise discriminating against any individual for exercising their right or responsibility to report misconduct under college policy.