The Student Code of Conduct is a statement of the Cuesta College District expectations regarding student
standards of conduct, both academic and non‐academic. Students are expected to obey all laws and District
policies and regulations. Students shall be subject to discipline for violation of these laws, policies, and
regulations. Student misconduct may also be subject to other regulations of the District, including but not
limited to regulations regarding complaints of harassment and discrimination.
The Office of the Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Student Success & Support Programs, College
Centers has the responsibility to uphold the Student Code of Conduct to impose disciplinary action as
appropriate and to assure the implementation of the Student Conduct and Due Process Procedures.
The following conduct violations shall constitute good cause for disciplinary action. Good cause
includes, but is not limited to, the following offenses:

  1. Violation of District policies, procedures, or regulations.
  2. Failure to comply with directions of District officials acting in the performance of their duties;
    disrupting, obstructing, or interfering with instructional, administrative, disciplinary, or other
    functions or activities of the District.
  3. Cheating, plagiarism (including plagiarism in a student publication), or engaging in other academic
  4. Unauthorized use of a personal electronic device in an instructional or testing environment (such as
    smart watch, cell phone or tablet).
  5. Dishonesty, forgery, alteration or misuse of college documents, records or identification; or
    knowingly furnishing false information to the District.
  6. Causing, attempting to cause, or threatening to cause physical injury to another person.
  7. Possession, sale or otherwise furnishing any firearm, knife, explosive or other dangerous object,
    including but not limited to any facsimile firearm, knife, or explosive, unless, in the case of
    possession of any object of this type, the student has obtained written permission to possess the
    item from a District employee, which is concurred in by the college president.
  8. Unlawful possession, use, sale, offer to sell or purchase, or furnishing, or being under the influence
    of, any controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053) of Division 10 of
    the California Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind; or
    unlawful possession of, or offering, arranging or negotiating the sale of any drug paraphernalia, as
    defined in California Health and Safety Code Section 11014.5.
  9. Committing or attempting to commit robbery or extortion.
  10. Causing or attempting to cause damage to District property or to private property on campus.
  11. Unauthorized possession or use of any personal property or equipment of the District.
  12. Stealing or attempting to steal District property or private property on campus,or knowingly
    receiving stolen District property or private property on campus.
  13. Willful or persistent smoking (including electronic cigarette devices) in any area smoking has been
    prohibited by law or by regulation of the college or the District.
  14. Committing sexual harassment as defined by law or by District policies and procedures.
  15. Engaging in harassing or discriminatory behavior based on disability, gender, gender
    identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or
    any other status protected by law.
  16. Engaging in intimidating conduct or bullying against another student through words or
    actions, including direct physical contact; verbal assaults, such as teasing or name‐calling;
    social isolation or manipulation; and cyber bullying; “bullying” means any severe or
    pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or
    by means of an electronic act, directed toward one or more students that has or can be
    reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:
    1. Placing a reasonable student or students in fear of harm to that
      student’s or students’ person or property;
    2. Causing a reasonable student to experience a substantially detrimental effect on
      his or her physical or mental health;
    3. Causing a reasonable student to experience substantial interference with his
      or her academic performance;
    4. Causing a reasonable student to experience substantial interference with his
      or her ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or
      privileges provided by the District.
  17. Engaging in intimidating or bullying against District personnel through words or actions.
    Disruptive behavior, willful disobedience, habitual profanity or vulgarity, or the open and
    persistent defiance of the authority of, or persistent abuse of, District personnel.
  18. Willful misconduct which results in injury or death to a student or to college personnel or
    which results in cutting, defacing, or other injury to any real or personal property owned by
    the District or on campus.
  19. Lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct on District‐owned or controlled property or at District‐
    sponsored or supervised functions.
  20. Engaging in expression which so incites students as to create a clear and present danger of
    the commission of unlawful acts on college premises, or the violation of lawful District
    administrative procedures, or the substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the
  21. Persistent, serious misconduct where other means of correction have failed to bring about
    proper conduct.
  22. Unauthorized preparation, giving, selling, transfer, distribution, or publication, for any
    commercial purpose, of any contemporaneous recording of an academic presentation in a
    classroom or equivalent site of instruction, including but not limited to handwritten or
    typewritten class notes, except as permitted by any District policy or administrative
  23. Unauthorized entry upon or use of District facilities.
  24. Sexual Assault, defined as actual or attempted sexual contact with another person without
    that person’s consent, regardless of the victim’s affiliation with the community college,
    including, but not limited to the following:
    1. Intentional touching of another person’s intimate parts without that person’s
      consent or other intentional sexual contact with another person without that
      person’s consent.
    2. Coercing, forcing, or attempting to coerce or force a person to touch another
      person’s intimate parts without that person’s consent.
    3. Rape, which includes penetration, no matter how slight, without the person’s
      consent of either of the following:
      1. The vagina or anus of a person by any body part of another person or by an
      2. The mouth of a person by the sex organ of another person.
  25. Sexual exploitation, defined as a person taking sexual advantage of another person for
    the benefit of anyone other than that person without that person’s consent, regardless of
    the victim’s affiliation with the community college, including, but not limited to, any of
    the following:
    1. Prostituting another person.
    2. Recording images, including video or photograph, or audio of another
      person’s sexual activity, intimate body parts, or nakedness without
      that person’s consent.
    3. Distributing images including video or photograph, or audio of another
      person’s sexual activity, intimate body parts, or nakedness, if the
      individual distributing the images or audio knows or should have known
      that the person depicted in the images or audio did not consent to the
      disclosure and objected to the disclosure.
    4. Viewing another person’s sexual activity, intimate body parts, or
      nakedness in a place where that person would have a reasonable
      expectation of privacy, without that person’s consent, and for the
      purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire.
  26. Any act which is defined as a felony, misdemeanor or infraction under the laws of the State of