Any student found to have committed misconduct while classified as a student is subject to disciplinary sanctions, conditions, and/or restrictions. Misconduct or prohibited behavior includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Academic Dishonesty
    1. Cheating, defined as any act that gains or attempts to gain an unfair advantage in an academic setting.
    2. Plagiarism, defined as using someone else’s words or ideas without referencing the source.
    3. Collusion, defined as unauthorized cooperation between individuals that results (or potentially results) in giving an unfair advantage in an academic setting.
    4. Falsifying academic records
    5. Misrepresenting fact to the College or a College official.
    6. Any act intended to give unfair academic advantage to the student.

Note: When a report of alleged misconduct is received, the Academic Grievance procedure listed in the Discipline and Penalties section of this catalog will be followed.

  1. Consumption, possession, or distribution of illegal drugs or alcohol on College property;
    1. Sources for information on illegal drugs:
      1. Commonly Abused Drugs http://www.nida.hih.gov/drugsofabuse.html
      2. Federal Trafficking Penalties http://www.usdoj.gov/dea/agency/penalties.htm
  1. Use or possession of any items appearing to be or which could be used as weapons, including, but not limited to: handguns, firearms, ammunition, fireworks, pellet guns, paintball guns, BB guns, knives, or explosive or noxious materials on College premises except as expressly permitted by federal, state, and/or local law.
  2. Interference, coercion, disruption, or reckless behavior which impedes, impairs, or disrupts College missions, processes, or functions which endangers others or interferes with the rights of others on College property.
  3. Any incident involving violation and conviction of public laws is subject to disciplinary action by the college.
  4. Falsifying, altering, or forging any official College record or document, employing official documents or records for purposes of misrepresentation, or causing any official College Document or record to be falsified by means of any misrepresentation.
  5. Hazing in any form.
  6. Knowingly passing a worthless check or money order to the college or a member of the college community acting in an official capacity.
  7. Possessing stolen property on College property.
  8. Defacing, disfiguring, damaging, or destroying public or private property on
    College property.
  9. Giving false testimony or other evidence at any official hearing of the
    College, or giving false information to any faculty or staff member acting in the performance of their duties.
  10. Harassing anyone present on College property. [See FFDA and FFDB]
  11. Gambling, wagering, gaming, or bookmaking as defined by federal, state, and/or local law on College premises or with the use of equipment or services.
  12. Abusive, drunken, violent, or excessively noisy behavior or expression on College premises.
  13. Lewd, indecent, or obscene behavior on College premises.
  14. The threat or commission of physical violence against any person present on College premises.
  15. Students are prohibited from assaulting any person on College District property or while under the College District’s jurisdiction.
    1. Simple Assault is defined as:
      1. Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing bodily injury to another. Penal Code 22.01 (a)(1).
      2. Intentionally or knowingly threatening another with imminent bodily injury. Penal Code 22.01 (a)(2).
  • Intentionally or knowingly causing physical contact with another when the person knows or should reasonably believe that the other will regard the contact as offensive or provocative. Penal Code 22.01 (a)(3)
  1. Aggravated assault is defined as causing serious bodily injury to another or using or exhibiting a deadly weapon during commission of an assault. Penal Code 22.01 (a)
  2. Sexual assault is defined as intentionally or knowingly causing physical sexual contact or sexual penetration of another person without that person’s consent. Sexual assault is without consent of the other person if the actor compels the other person to submit or participate by use of physical force or violence, or threat of force or violence, and the other person believes the actor has the present ability to execute the threat, or the other person cannot consent. Penal Code 22.011
  3. Aggravated sexual assault is defined as sexual assault in which the actor:
    1. Causes serious bodily injury or attempts to cause the death of a victim or other person in the course of the same criminal episode; or
    2. By acts or words occurring in the presence of the victim, threatens to cause death, serious bodily injury, or kidnapping; or
  • Uses or exhibits a deadly weapon in the course of the same criminal episode; or
  1. Acts in concert with another who commits a sexual assault directed toward the same victim and occurs during the same criminal episode; or
  2. Assaults a victim who is younger than 14 years of age or is an elderly or disabled individual.
  1. By acts or words occurring in the presence of the victim, threatens to cause death, serious bodily injury, or kidnapping.
  2. Uses or exhibits a deadly weapon in the course of a criminal episode.
  3. Acts in concert with another who commits a sexual assault directed toward the same victim and occurs during the same criminal episode.
  4. Assaults a victim who is younger than 14 years of age or is an elderly or disabled individual. Penal Code 22.021
  5. The commissions of acts which constitute a violation of local, state, or federal law on College premises.
  6. Unauthorized entry or use of College facilities or any violation of College rules regarding the use of College property.
  7. Failure to comply with directions of College officials acting in the performance of their duties.
  8. Failure to present student identification on request of a College official acting in the performance of their duties.
  9. The threat or commission of physical violence against any College employee for the purpose of influencing the employee’s official actions.
  10. Stealing any item of tangible or intangible public or private property on College premises.
  11. Bribing any College employee.
  12. Unauthorized access to or misuse of College computers, computing programs, or service, and/or failure to comply with Texarkana College Computer Use Policies.
  13. Lifting, taking, or acquiring possession of, without permission, any academic material (tests, information, research papers, notes, books, periodicals, etc.) from a member of the College community (this includes the theft of instructors’ or other student’s books and/or materials for resale to the Bookstore).
  14. Students of the College, while on campus and/or participating in any function or activity of the college, are expected to meet acceptable standards of dress and personal hygiene. A student’s dress or personal hygiene shall be considered unacceptable if it is obscene or interferes with the educational responsibility of the College community or if it disrupts the administrative functions of the college, including social-educational activities.