Student Conduct

Student Conduct deals with students who violate the TCC Student Conduct Code. As an integral part of the educational mission of the College, the disciplinary process is seen as a tool for guiding and teaching rather than punishment. Mediation is also provided for both students and faculty.
 

Be Advised:

The TCC Student Code of Conduct defines hazing as an act which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or which destroys or removes public or private property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, a group or organization. Hazing will not be tolerated at TCC and anyone found to be involved in any act of hazing is grounds for immediate suspension. Your safety as a student is of the utmost importance. If you have been hazed or know of another student that has fallen victim to hazing, please notify the Student Conduct Office and/or the TCC Police Department.

Disclosure Form

If you are a new, re-enrolling, or transfer student who answered "yes" to having a criminal and/or disciplinary background on the general TCC application, you will need to complete this form.

Student Behavior Incident Report

If you are a faculty and/or staff member who needs to report the behavior of a student, please fill out the Student Behavior Incident Report

Disruptive Behavior

  • Along with faculty and students, the Student Conduct Office assumes responsibility to help create and maintain a campus environment that supports effective instruction and enhances student learning.
  • In a community of learners, it is expected that students will conduct themselves in an orderly manner. However, when student misconduct does occur, corrective action needs to be taken. These guidelines are designed to help faculty members assess disruptive student behavior and determine the appropriate course of action.
    Guidelines for Dealing With Disruptive Behavior
  • As a student at TCC, it is important for you to understand the active role you play in promoting positive conditions for learning and preventing student disruptions. It is expected that you will work collaboratively with faculty, staff and peers to (1) help create positive conditions for learning, (2) promote high ethical and moral standards of conduct, and (3) encourage adherence to the Student Code of Conduct.

Student Code of Conduct

Student Conduct and Discipline Philosophy

The Tallahassee Community College (TCC) District Board of Trustees, faculty and staff are determined that the campus be a place of learning, safety, shared responsibility and harmony. To ensure this quality of life, TCC reserves the right to remove any person who acts to impair or prevent the accomplishments of any of the College's lawful missions, processes, or activities. The faculty, staff, and students have an obligation to foster an atmosphere of mutual respect and high regard for the life and property of the College.

It is expected that all members of the educational community will share respect for the law and adhere to the highest ethical and moral standards of conduct. In the event that these high standards are not self-enforced the College will take action to protect its interests. Student conduct on campus and at off-campus-sponsored activities and facilities is expected to be supportive of these interests.

The disciplinary function at Tallahassee Community College is an integral part of the educational mission of the College. Discipline is seen as a tool for guiding and teaching rather than punishment. Since behavior, which is not in keeping with acceptable standards, is often symptomatic of attitudes, misconceptions, and emotional crises, the treatment of these symptoms through education and rehabilitative activities is an essential element of the disciplinary process. Severe disciplinary action against a student, such as suspension or expulsion, is considered and invoked only when other remedies fail. Even in the case of irrevocable expulsion for misconduct, the process will not be considered punitive in the criminal sense, but rather the determination that the student is unqualified to continue as a member of the College community.

Honor Code

As part of the Tallahassee Community College family - students, faculty, and staff - I hereby commit to uphold the highest standards of academic honesty, personal integrity, and respect for myself and others as essential components of academic and personal growth.

Standards of Conduct

Tallahassee Community College has established regulations which are considered necessary to preserve and maintain an environment conducive to learning, to insure the safety and welfare of members of the College community, to encourage students in the development and practice of good citizenship and self-discipline, and to protect property and equipment of the College. Following are the standards of conduct expected of students and other members of the college community. 

TCC Student Handbook

Student FAQs

How will I know if I have a charge?

  • Notice of charges and alleged offenses are issued in letter form via e-mail to your TCC student e-mail account within 5 business days from the receipt of an incident report or written statement to our office. You have 10 days to respond to the letter by scheduling an appointment with the Office of Student Conduct. During this time, a Disciplinary Hold is placed on your student account.
  • Disruptive behavior can be defined as behavior that substantially or repeatedly interferes with the instructor’s ability to conduct class or other students’ ability to learn. All students are expected to uphold the Student Code of Conduct (located in the Student Handbook); any violation of the Code of Conduct may be reported to the Office of Student Conduct.

How long do I have to appeal?

  • A written appeal must be submitted within five (5) business days of the receipt of the written decision of the judicial body to the Dean of Students. If the judicial body’s decision is not appealed within that time frame, the decision of the judicial body becomes final.
  • All cases will be kept confidential within the parties involved, who may include: the reporter of the incident, the Office of Student Conduct, and the Dean of Students (should you complete an appeal). Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), even parents, guardians, and/or family members will not be notified unless the student has signed a waiver.

Who knows about my case?

  • All cases will be kept confidential within the parties involved, who may include: the reporter of the incident, the Office of Student Conduct, and the Dean of Students (should you complete an appeal). Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), even parents, guardians, and/or family members will not be notified unless the student has signed a waiver.

Will this charge stay on my record?

  • If you are found responsible for a violation of the Student Conduct Code, the College will maintain a record of the violation in compliance with Florida Records law (some exceptions may apply). If you have questions about these exceptions, please schedule an appointment with the Office of Student Conduct.

Will other educational institutions and/or employers be made aware that I have violated the Student Code of Conduct?

  • A disciplinary record does not automatically exclude a student from further study, employment, leadership roles, etc. The decision would depend on the type or severity of misconduct in which a student is involved. A disciplinary record may lead an admissions office to more closely scrutinize the student's application. Our office releases information about a student's disciplinary record to another school or potential employer as allowed by the records policy, or with the permission of the student.
  • Although we consider ourselves a resource on campus, we often refer our students to the Counseling Center at TCC. The Counseling Center provides free, confidential mental health services to currently enrolled TCC students.

What if I am also facing criminal charges?

  • The criminal justice system and Tallahassee Community College are separate entities. The College's student conduct process focuses on College violations. If you have been charged with a violation of the Student Conduct Code, it must be resolved through the College’s student conduct process regardless of the outcome of the legal process.

This incident happened off campus. Why is the College involved?

  • TCC has an interest in maintaining a safe community and appropriate standards of conduct for its students. This includes both on-campus and off-campus behavior, which can have an impact on the College community and the College mission.

Do you offer counseling?

  • Although we consider ourselves a resource on campus, we often refer our students to the Counseling Center at TCC. The Counseling Center provides free, confidential mental health services to currently enrolled TCC students.

 Where can I find the Incident Report Form or a Disclosure Form?

  • Both forms can be found online via our Student Conduct website.
    • The Incident Report Form can be used by anyone who feels they witnessed or are the victim of an incident that may violate the Student Conduct Code.
    • The Disclosure Form is for new and returning students who may have a “Disciplinary Hold” on their account at the time of enrollment.

You can also view the Student Conduct Process

The forms can also be found in the Accessibility & Resource Center located in the Student Union in suite room 172.

Contact Us

For more information concerning the Student Conduct Office, and/or to report an incident, please contact:

Wyntress G. Patterson, Assistant Director of Student Services & Student Conduct Officer
SU 154 | (850) 201-8420 | pattersw@tcc.fl.edu 

Jimmie L. Baker, Student Conduct Assistant
SU 172 | (850) 201-6141 | bakerji@tcc.fl.edu 

You can also email: studentconduct@tcc.fl.edu