General Conduct

All GRCC students are expected to respect and value the rights of others and conduct themselves as responsible citizens. Choosing to join the GRCC community obligates each student to abide by a code of civilized behavior. The following personal actions on GRCC property, as defined herein, at official College functions, or which place students, faculty or employees at risk are prohibited. This following list is not intended to be exhaustive, and the College reserves the right to impose sanctions on students for personal actions which may not be expressly identified.

1.     Attempts to Defraud

Includes any activity intended to misrepresent any official document or identification used by or issued by the College.

2.     Bullying

Bullying is the systematic intentional behavior that may take many forms, including but not limited to, repeated unwanted physical, verbal, or written acts which are hostile or offensive, targeted at an individual or group and creates an intimidating and/or threatening environment which produces a risk of psychological and/or physical harm. Bullying may manifest as cyber stalking or cyber bullying as well as excluding behaviors such as ignoring or dismissing individuals or groups. See the Harassment Policy for complete details.

  1. Hostile behaviors include, but are not limited to, inappropriate behaviors that are harmful or damaging to an individual and/or property. Behaviors that are intimidating, threatening, disruptive, humiliating, sarcastic or vicious may also constitute hostile behavior.
  2. Offensive behaviors may include, but are not limited to, inappropriate behaviors such as abusive language, derogatory remarks, insults or epithets. Other offensive behaviors may include the use of condescending, humiliating, or vulgar language, swearing, shouting or use of unsuitable language, use of obscene gestures or mocking.

3.     Complicity in Violating the Student Code of Conduct 

Includes attempting, aiding, abetting, conspiring, hiring or being an accessory to any act prohibited by this Code. If a student has knowledge of another student, individual or group committing or attempting to commit a violation of this Code, he or she is required to remove him or herself from the situation and report it to the College.

4.     Copyright Infringement

Students must respect copyright laws that protect software owners, artists, and writers. Plagiarism in any form will not be tolerated.  The use of College resources to infringe upon copyright laws (print, digital, and internet) is prohibited. This applies to all forms of electronic media including, but not limited to, software, electronic encyclopedias, image files, video files and sound files. 

5.     Demonstrations

The First Amendment protects the right to assemble and to petition, but it requires that the right be peaceably exercised in accordance with the law. This right may be exercised by the use of written or spoken words, by acts such as picketing and by "peaceable" mass assemblies and demonstrations, subject to College regulations on time, place and manner of such activity.  

The College will not tolerate the deliberate material or substantial disruption of the classroom, work environment or movement of others, nor will it condone violence or physical interference with the facilities or functions of the campus. If protestors (or anti protestors) resort to the use of violence or physical interference, College officials may, without delay, invoke the use of legitimate authority to remove all violators.

6.     Discrimination

Engaging in discrimination against other students, faculty or staff, College officials, or guests on the basis of age, race, color, religion, marital status, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, height, weight, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetics and/or any other legally protected class not heretofore mentioned as set forth in GRCC Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination policy is prohibited in all programs, activities, services, employment and advancement including admissions to, access to, treatment in, or compensation in employment as required by state and federal law. 

7.     Disruptive Behavior

Includes the disruption of College activities and College business in classes, programs, meetings, and other student activities. Disruption may include: disorderly conduct, lewd or indecent behavior, breach of peace, or aiding, abetting or procuring another person to breach the peace on College premises or at functions sponsored by or participated in by the College.

8.     Ethical and Acceptable Use of Technology

The use of GRCC Instructional Technology resources is subject to all federal, state and local laws, and to the College’s applicable policies and guidelines, as outlined in the GRCC Acceptable Use of Technology Policy and Acceptable Use Agreement.

9.     Gangs

Involvement in gang-related activities includes, but is not limited to, the display of gang symbols, gang paraphernalia, colors, signs, or graffiti.  A gang is defined as a group of individuals with identifiable leadership that conspires and acts in concert, mainly for criminal purposes.  Behavior on or about College premises or at College-sponsored events that creates conflict or an atmosphere of intimidation, or creates a clear and present danger to life or property, or disrupts orderly operation is prohibited.

10.   Harassment

Harassment is repeated, malicious mistreatment, verbal abuse, or conduct that is threatening, intimidating, humiliating, insulting, isolates people, or undermines their reputation through verbal or non-verbal communications. 

Grand Rapids Community College creates an inclusive learning and working environment that recognizes the value and dignity of each person.  It is the policy and practice of GRCC to provide equal educational and employment opportunities regardless of age, race, color, religion, marital status, sex/gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, height, weight, national origin, disability, veteran status or genetics in all programs, activities, services, employment and advancement including admissions to, access to, treatment in, or compensation in employment as required by state and federal law.  See the Harassment Policy for complete details.

11.   Hazing

Hazing means any act committed on GRCC property or in connection with any GRCC related group or activity that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of an individual (including, without limitation, an act intended to cause degradation, cruelty, or humiliation), or that destroys or removes public or private property, for the purpose of initiation in, admission to, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a group or organization.  Hazing is prohibited by the College.

In response to allegations of hazing under this regulation, it is not a defense that:

  1. The victim gave consent to the conduct.
  2. The conduct was not part of an official organizational event or sanctioned or approved by the organization.
  3. The conduct was not required as a condition of membership in the organization.

12.   Illegal or Unauthorized Possession/Use of Alcohol and Drugs

This includes the unauthorized use, possession, manufacturing or distribution of illegal drugs, controlled substances, look-alike drugs, narcotics, medical marijuana or alcoholic beverages or being under the influence of the same on campus. Prohibited conduct includes the use of a prescription drug if the prescription was not issued to the student, and sniffing toxic vapors.   See the Alcohol and Drug Policy for complete details.

13.   Illegal or Unauthorized Possession/Use of Weapons

Possession, use, control or distribution of any weapons, including but not limited to, firearms, pellet guns, air pistols/rifles, explosives, dangerous chemicals, knives, stilettos, dirks, brass knuckles, licensed weapons, objects or instruments possessed for use as a weapon or for direct or indirect delivery to another person for use as a weapon is prohibited.  See the Firearms, Explosives or Weapons Policy for complete details.

14.   Indecent or Obscene Behavior

Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, indecent exposure, urinating or defecating in public, voyeurism, etc.

15.   Misrepresentation

Includes representing or acting on behalf of the College or another individual when not authorized to do so.

16.   Misuse or Unauthorized Possession or Use of Public or Private Property

Includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Theft or the taking or unauthorized use or possession of public or private property or unauthorized use or acquisition of services. 
  2. Destroying, damaging or littering of any property, conduct that defaces, destroys, damages, or litters any property of the College or any property of an individual or group whether on Campus or at a College function.

17.   Obstruction/Abuse of Student Conduct Process

Includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Failure to comply with a summons of the Student Conduct Process.
  2. Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information.    
  3. Disruption or interference with the orderly process of a discipline hearing.
  4. Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in or use of the Student Appeal Procedure.
  5. Attempting to influence the impartiality of a conduct officer or a member of the Hearing Committee prior to and/or after a Student Appeal Procedure.
  6. Verbal or physical harassment and/or intimidation of a conduct officer or a member of Student Appeal Hearing Committee, failure to comply with decisions, recommendations or sanctions imposed.
  7. Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the conduct process.

18.   Refusal to Identify and/or Comply

Includes disobedience or insubordination toward College officials or designees acting in the performance of their duties. Students are required to produce identification for a College official when asked, specifically their student ID card.

19.   Rioting

Rioting is defined as engaging in, or inciting others to engage in, harmful or destructive behavior in the context of an assembly of persons disturbing the peace on Campus, in areas proximate to Campus, or in any location when the riot occurs in connection with or in response to a GRCC-sponsored event. Rioting includes, but is not limited to, such conduct as using or threatening violence to others, damaging or destroying property, impeding or impairing fire or other emergency services, or refusing the direction of authorized personnel.

20.   Safety Violations

Conduct which endangers the health or safety of any person(s), including, but not limited to:

  1. Intentionally or recklessly starting a fire or causing an explosion.
  2. Misusing fire safety equipment, fire escapes or elevators.
  3. Intentionally or recklessly endangering the welfare of any individual.
  4. Intentionally or recklessly obstructing fire, police, or emergency services.
  5. Using, possessing, or storing dangerous chemical, fireworks, or explosives.
  6. Using, possessing, or storing any object classified as a weapon by the State of Michigan on college property.
  7. Utilizing any instrument in a manner that endangers or tends to endanger any person.
  8. Obstructing the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
  9. Failing to comply with the reasonable and lawful directions of GRCC officials and GRCC Campus Police.
  10. Falsely alerting others about an emergency.

21.   Sexual Misconduct

Sexual misconduct includes but is not limited to sexual violence including sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, and sexual exploitation.

Sexual harassment is defined as any unsolicited, offensive behavior that uses sexuality to disadvantage another, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  1. Submission to sexual harassment is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment or academic admission or advancement, or;

  2. Submission to or rejection of sexual harassment is used as the basis (or threatened to be used as the basis) for employment actions or academic decisions or evaluations, or;

  3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or educational performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or learning environment.

See the Sexual Misconduct Policy for complete details and definitions.

22.   Stalking

A course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for her, his, or others' safety, or to suffer substantial emotional distress.

23.   Threatening Behavior

Includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Any written or oral communication, conduct or gesture, that is directed toward any member of the GRCC community including but not limited to students, faculty, employees, vendors, customers or guests, including to oneself, that causes a reasonable apprehension of physical harm to a person or property.
  2. Interference by force, threat, harassment or duress with personal safety, academic efforts, employment and/or participation in College-sponsored activities.

Note: A student can be guilty of threatening behavior even if the person who is the object of the threat does not observe or receive it, so long as a reasonable person would interpret the maker’s statement, communication, conduct or gesture as a serious expression of intent to physically harm.

24.   Threatening or Causing Physical or Other Harm to any Person

Includes any conduct that threatens or causes physical injury or endangers another person’s or one’s own health or safety including, but not limited to: physical violence, assault, or the threat to use physical violence; use or possession of fireworks, gunpowder, dangerous chemicals, or explosive materials; and blocking or preventing the use of or access to fire exit doors and building hallways, etc.

25.   Tobacco/E-Cigarette Free Environment

According to the Tobacco Free Environment policy, students shall not use, chew, smoke or sell tobacco products, e-cigarettes and medical marijuana, at any time while subject to the jurisdiction of the GRCC Student Code of Conduct or in any place on GRCC properties, including sidewalks within the boundaries of any GRCC campus. The policy shall extend to all properties owned, operated, leased or maintained by GRCC, including all Regional Centers, MTEC properties, Learning Corner properties and the McCabe-Marlowe House. See the Tobacco/E-Cigarette Free Environment Policy for complete details.

26.   Unauthorized Access and Use of Facilities and Services

Includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Unauthorized access or entry to College buildings, structures or facilities, information systems, or obtaining or providing to another person the means of such unauthorized access.
  2. Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys or access cards for any College property.
  3. Continued occupation of any College facility after being requested to leave by a College employee, official or designee acting in the performance of their duties.

27.   Violations of College Rules, Procedures, and Policies

Students are responsible for making themselves aware of and complying with College policies and guidelines, which can be found at

28.   Violation of Local, State or Federal Laws

Includes engaging in conduct that violates any municipal or county ordinance, federal or state law, including, but not limited to, laws governing alcoholic beverages, drugs, gambling, sex offenses, indecent conduct, arson, copyright, etc. The conduct process may be instituted without regard to the pendency of civil or criminal litigation in court or criminal arrest and prosecution. Sanctions imposed as a part of this process shall not be subject to change based on the outcome of any criminal process. 

NOTE: Students under 18 years of age who are involved in acts of violence, drugs, and alcohol or sexual assault violations may have their parents notified by the Student Conduct Administrator (or designee.)