Student Code of Conduct



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Students attending Dixie Technical College (Dixie Tech) shall conduct themselves in a manner consistent with customary standards of employment. Faculty and staff of Dixie Tech are committed to providing all students a positive learning environment where employment skills can be learned in a safe atmosphere. Consistent with this philosophy, is the general expectations that fellow students, faculty, and staff are to be treated in a polite, respectful manner.

The following apply to any students attending Dixie Tech, while on College controlled property, while on an externship assignment, while representing the College in the community, or may also apply to off-campus locations when the Student Services Officer determines the off-campus conduct affects a substantial Dixie Tech interest. This may include:

The following are unacceptable:

Attendance and Performance: Consecutive absences of 10 or more scheduled days, or failing to meet program performance expectations.

Alcohol and Controlled Substances: Use of alcohol and drugs not prescribed to the holder. Use of, possession of, or trafficking of controlled substances or drug-related paraphernalia (illegal drugs) in class or on the premises.

Animals: Animals are not allowed in college facilities unless they are service animals.

 Assault: Knowingly or recklessly causing or attempting to cause serious physical harm to another. This includes any threat or act of violence intended to harass, frighten, cause harm, or emotional duress.

Cheating: Cheating is a serious offense and will be punished by penalties that are deemed appropriate by administration. Repeat offenses are punishable by penalties including expulsion from the College.  Plagiarism is considered a form of cheating.

Destruction of Property: Intentionally or recklessly damaging, destroying, defacing, or tampering with the property of the Dixie Tech or the property of another person or entity.

Dishonesty and Misrepresentation: Knowingly or recklessly furnishing false information to College officials, faculty and/or staff. This includes forgery or alteration of College documents, records, or identification. This also includes presenting others’ work as one’s own.

Disruption of the College and Disturbing the Peace: Behavior that unreasonably disrupts or otherwise interferes with the lawful functions of the College, the rights of other students to pursue an education or actions of the College faculty or staff such as abusive or threatening behavior towards other students, faculty, staff or other College representatives, as well as knowingly or recklessly disturbing the peace of the College including, but not limited to, disorderly conduct, failure to comply with an order to disperse, and/or being intoxicated.

Dress Code: Students should dress appropriately for the occupational environment for which they are training and to start acquiring wardrobes suitable for employment.

Clothing should be appropriate for safety and effective performance of tasks in the area of training in which they are enrolled. College students and employees are expected to be neatly groomed and free of body odor.  They should be considerate of coworkers who may be sensitive to strong fragrance. Students and employees should look professional in appearance at all times and should be free from distracting attire/jewelry.   The lead instructors of each program may further define what attire is appropriate.

Harassment: Conduct that has the purpose or foreseeable effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s educational performance or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or learning environment for that individual. Dixie Tech will abide by the following:

  1. The College is committed to providing students with an environment that is free of discrimination and harassment. In compliance with federal laws, this policy defines sexual harassment and discrimination, explains proper procedures for investigation, and identifies sanctions for violations.
  2. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

a)            Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of the student’s academic performance;  or

b)            Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for academic decisions affecting the student; or

c)            Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a student’s academic performance or by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning or work environment.

  1. Consent: Consent is knowing, voluntary, and clear permission by word or action to engage in mutually agreed upon sexual activity. Since individuals may experience the same interaction in different ways, it is the responsibility of each party to make certain that the other has consented before engaging in the activity. For consent to be valid, there must be a clear expression in words or actions that the other individual consented to that specific sexual conduct. Consent can be withdrawn once given, as long as the withdrawal is clearly communicated.  Consent to some sexual contact (such as kissing or fondling) cannot be presumed to be consent for other sexual activity (such as intercourse). A current or previous dating relationship is not sufficient to constitute consent. The existence of consent is based on the totality of the circumstances, including the context in which the alleged incident occurred and any similar previous patterns that may be evidenced.
    1. Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking and Retaliation, as defined below, are prohibited:

a)            Sexual Violence: A severe form of sexual harassment, and refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent, including, but not limited to rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual coercion, or similar acts.

b)            Relationship/Dating Violence: Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim.

c)            Domestic Violence: Crimes of violence committed against a victim by a current or former spouse or intimate partner.

d)            Stalking: A course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his/her safety or the safety of others or to suffer emotional distress. Stalking may include repeatedly following, harassing, threatening, or intimidating another.

e)            Retaliation: Any adverse action taken by a member of the College faculty, staff, or student body against any individual on the basis of a good faith report made by such individual or on the basis of such individual’s participation in an investigation by the College.

  1. Sexual harassment can include:

a)            Unwelcome sexual remarks or compliments

b)            Sexual jokes, sexual innuendos or propositions

c)            Sexually-suggestive facial expressions

d)            Kissing, touching, hugging, patting, pinching and sexual contact

e)            Phone calls, messages, or materials of a sexual nature

f)              Repeated requests or pressure for dates or other meetings

g)            Turning work discussions to sexual matter

h)            Repeated comments or compliments about one's physical appearance, looks, clothing, physique

i)              Leering at a person’s body

j)              Pressure for or forced sexual activity

k)            Belittling remarks about a person’s gender or sexual orientation

l)              Obscene gestures of a sexual or gender-based nature

m)          Offensive sexual graffiti, pictures or posters

n)            Sexually explicit profanity

  1. Other unlawful harassment is verbal or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility towards an individual because of that individual’s race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, veteran status or disability of his/her friends, relatives, or associates when it has the purpose or effect of:

a)            Creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment; or

b)            Unreasonably interfering with a student’s academic performance; or

c)            Otherwise adversely affecting a student’s academic opportunities

  1. Harassing conduct includes, but is not limited to epithets, slurs or negative stereotyping; threatening, intimidating or hostile acts; denigrating jokes and display or circulation on the campus of written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group (including through email).
  2. Anyone who believes a student has been the subject of harassment should feel free to object to the behavior and should immediately report the incident to the College’s Grievance Coordinator.
  3. The College shall conduct a prompt and thorough investigation of the alleged incident in accordance with the school’s Student Grievance Procedures.
  4. Any conduct which could reasonably be perceived as retaliatory, such as accosting, calling, or writing to the complainant or encouraging third parties to harass the complainant because of their complaint is prohibited and shall be considered an independent violation of this policy.

Illegal Behavior: Behavior that violates federal, state or local law.

Information Technology: Misuse of, theft, unauthorized access or abuse of the Dixie Tech information technology including the violation of College internet access policies.

Insubordination: Failure to comply with reasonable requests from persons in authority.

Parking: Parking on Dixie Tech grounds is a privilege. Students must comply with all parking and driving regulations on campus. Failure to comply may result in loss of parking privileges, towing or parking fines.

Plagiarism: Violations of copyright law including plagiarism, illegal duplication and/or modification of materials or files, downloading or uploading copyrighted files without appropriate permission, using College equipment (including College networks) for copyright violation(s), distribution and/or display of materials including literary works musical works (including accompanying words), dramatic works (including any accompanying music) pictorial, graphic and sculptural works, motion pictures and other audio-­?visual works, sound recordings, architectural works and works created by state and local governments and any attempt to circumvent copy protection or digital rights management systems while at the College. Conduct which is covered under the “Fair Use” provisions of copyright law shall not be considered a violation.  Students must contact the copyright owner for permission and include citation and reference when using copyright material

Safety Equipment: Misuse of, unauthorized use, or alteration of fire fighting equipment, safety devices, fire alarms, fire extinguishers, or other emergency devices.

Sexual Misconduct: Engaging in sexual activities on school premises or during school activities, on or off the college campus.

Theft: Theft of the property or services of the College or any person or entity.

Tobacco Use: In keeping with Dixie Tech’s intent to provide a safe and healthful work environment, tobacco use is prohibited throughout the workplace and on school property.  This policy applies equally to all employees, students, and visitors.

Trespass or Forcible Entry: Trespass, or forcible entry into any College building, structure, or facility, or onto College property.

 Unauthorized Visitors: The presence, in classrooms, labs or assessment areas, of visitors, including children, without proper authorization. Children must be attended at all times.

Unsafe Practices: Physical harm to others or self, threat of physical harm to others or self, and dangerous or abusive usage of tools and materials. This also includes unsafe operation of private vehicles on school property and any other unsafe practice.

Use of College Facilities for Profit:  Any use of College facilities, resources or equipment which, in the judgment of the Administration, is primarily for profit or personal gain.

Vaping. Vaping on school grounds is prohibited.

Weapons: Possession or use of a firearm, or explosive device of any description and/or anything used to threaten or harm including, but not limited to firecrackers, compressed air-guns, pellet guns, BB guns, paint guns, or water guns, except as authorized by law.

Drug-Free Environment: Dixie Technical College has a policy of maintaining a drug-free environment. All students are hereby notified that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of a controlled substance is prohibited in this institution’s facilities. The institution’s facilities are defined as all classrooms, restrooms, administrative and faculty offices, student lounge, parking, and common areas.

Sanctions for Misconduct

The following sanctions may be imposed upon any student found to have violated the Student Code of Conduct. The level of sanction imposed upon the student will be commensurate with the severity of the violation.

A student’s record of conduct may be considered when determining the appropriate sanction to be imposed. Minor infractions occurring within programs will normally be handled by the program instructor or department head. The Student Services Officer or that person’s designee is in charge of applying college wide sanctions for student misconduct. More than one sanction may be imposed from the list for any single violation.

Warning: A warning is a verbal or written reprimand for violating a College regulation or policy. The warning advises a student that any further violations may result in more stringent disciplinary action.

Probation: Probation involves the imposition of specified restrictions which deprive the student of various privileges for a stated period of time. The extent of the restrictions and the length of the period of time are to be determined by the magnitude of the offense.  Probation is considered a serious matter and further infractions of College rules and regulations subject a student to possible suspension or expulsion.

Suspension: A student who receives a suspension will be excluded from the College facilities and all College-related activities for a stated period of time. To be considered for re-admission, the student must present an application for re-admission to the Vice-President of Student Services and may be required to meet additional criteria for continued enrollment.

Expulsion: Any student who receives expulsion will be permanently excluded from Dixie Tech. Once a student has been expelled, the student is not eligible for re-admission.

Other Sanctions:  Other appropriate sanctions may be imposed.

Interim Action

In certain circumstances the Student Services Officer or that person’s designee may impose an interim suspension or other sanctions or remedies pending conclusion of the Grievance process.  These may include:

a.         schedule changes;

b.         academic accommodations;

c.         leave of absence;

d.         withdraw from/retake a class without penalty;

e.         no contact agreement; and/or

f.          referrals for counseling and support for victims whether or not a victim chooses to make an official report.

Removal from Classroom

Instructors have the right and responsibility to remove, or request assistance in removing, a student from the classroom as quickly as possible if the student is being unnecessarily disruptive to the learning process, is violating classroom or College rules, local, state or federal law, or is found to be out of compliance with legal obligations or restrictions or is a threat to themselves or others.

  1. Students who are removed should be escorted to Student Services and referred to the Student Services Officer who will determine whether or not the student should be removed from the campus until such time as the investigation and subsequent review have been completed.
  2. Instructors and /or Student Services personnel may, at their discretion, summon local law enforcement to respond to assist in the removal of a student.

Alcohol and Drug Testing

All Dixie Tech students consent to drug and alcohol testing upon admission, for postaccident investigations, and in reasonable suspicion situations.   Testing shall be conducted by the college’s Security personnel in accordance with law.

Grievance Resolution

Dixie Technical College strives to maintain a positive and professional learning environment for its students. This standard of excellence is monitored on an ongoing basis. Open communication is essential in resolving issues of contention. Students are therefore strongly encouraged to discuss and to work out any difficulty or misunderstanding with the particular instructor or staff member with whom that situation exists.

Should you have cause for concern in this area, you are encouraged to follow the procedure listed below in a timely manner:

  1. An attempt should be made to resolve the disagreement at an informal level among the parties involved.
  2. If you cannot resolve the issue at an informal level, you have the right to submit a grievance to the Student Service Officer for resolution. Grievances must be submitted in writing by the student to the Student Services Officer within 90 days of the incident.
  3. The College’s Student Service Officer is Derek Hadlock and the coordinator’s contact information is:

a)            Phone: 435-674-8403

b)            Email: dhadlock@dixietech.edu

c)            Office: 610 Tech Ridge Drive #A156, St. George, UT  84770

  1. The College’s Student Grievance Policy is available on the College’s website.


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