The Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities is responsible for the protecting the integrity of the college experience; upholding the Colleges policies, procedures, laws that apply to the protection and rights of students, and providing advocacy when needed. The office is also responsible for assisting student with mental health and well-being by providing assistance and access to mental health care, through on-and-off campus resources. This department also oversees, the Office of Student Activities, Photo ID, Locker Rental and student publications-Blazer and Wordeater.Espanol
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Student Code of Conduct
All students at Joliet Junior College (JJC) are expected to demonstrate qualities of integrity, fair-mindedness, honesty, civility, tolerance and respect. These values are important to the learning environment and are expected to be exhibited in the conduct of the entire College community, both in and out of the classroom setting. JJC recognizes the rights of its students guaranteed by the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Illinois, which include a student's rights within the institution to freedom of speech, inquiry, assembly, peaceful pursuit of an education, and reasonable use of services and facilities of the College.
In the interest of maintaining civility on campus and guaranteeing the broadest range of freedom, students must comply with the College's Student Code of Conduct, which reasonably limits some activities and reasonably prohibits certain behavior which could interfere with the classroom setting, the orderly operation of the College, and the pursuit of the College's goals and core values of Respect, Integrity, Collaboration, Humor and Well-Being, Innovation, and Quality. In addition to the Code, students must also recognize and comply with the standards of classroom behavior as stated in their individual course syllabi. Further, students must understand that threats of violence, acts of violence, and theft are considered a serious infringement upon the learning environment and will result in college suspension.
Each student is responsible for reading and complying with the Student Code of Conduct and the Academic Honor Code, which are made available in the College catalog, student handbook, JJC Website, and as a separate publication through the offices of the Vice President for Student Development (Campus Center: A-3121), the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (Campus Center: A-1100), and Campus Police (G-1013).
The College further recognizes each student's procedural right to due process, which includes providing notice setting forth the alleged violation(s), and a speedy and fair hearing and appeal process. Any member of the College community can initiate an accusation of an alleged violation. If a student is accused and cited for an alleged violation, he or she will receive notice of the alleged violation.
Student Code of Conduct (PDF)
For more information on the Student Code of Conduct, contact the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities, Campus Center: A-1100, (815) 280-2761 or email email@example.com.
It's not just your college - it's your community
During any given semester, Joliet Junior College has more than 16,000 students enrolled in classes at its various campus sites. In order to maintain a respectful and safe learning environment, students are expected to acquaint themselves with the Student Code of Conduct. The code was designed to protect the integrity of the campus climate and has been constructed upon several values important to JJC. In general, students are expected to:
- Respect fellow students, staff, and faculty
- Accept responsibility
- Demonstrate fair-mindedness
- Practice honesty
- Be tolerant of differences
- Demonstrate civility
The choices we make reflect who we are
College is a time for learning, both inside and outside the classroom. Each member of the campus community, instructors, staff, and students alike, contribute to the uniqueness of our campus.
The responsible student should:
- Arrive on time to class.
- Read the course syllabus.
- Demonstrate respect in expressing opinions and listening to others.
- Silence cell phone and other electronic devices.
- Attend every class session.
- Come to class prepared. Expect an average of 2 hours homework for every hour in class.
- Participate in classroom activities.
- Understand and demonstrate the instructor's behavior expectations.
- Complete all assignments in a timely manner.
- Remain in class until dismissed.
- Give the instructor your full attention.
- Communicate with the instructor according to his or her instructions (phone, e-mail, or Canvas).
- Notify the instructor regarding concerns with any of the above.
Behavior Intervention Team
What is the Behavior Intervention Team?
The Joliet Junior College Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) has been established as a part of the College Campus Violence Prevention Plan and shall operate under the auspices of the JJC Campus Violence Prevention Committee. The primary purpose for the establishment of the BIT (hereafter referred to as Team) is to create an interdisciplinary alliance of College departments with the focus on a caring, preventative, early intervention with students whose behavior is disruptive or concerning. In addition, the team investigates reports of potential or real violence that have occurred or potentially may occur within the College community related to students. The College recognizes the importance of interdepartmental communication in helping to identify and respond to such acts of violence against self or others.
- Educate the campus community about behaviors of concern and reporting procedures.
- Provide guidance to faculty, staff, administration and students in assisting students who display concerning, disruptive, or disturbing behaviors.
- Serve as the “Centralized Collection” point of information that addresses a spectrum of risks from a position of care and concern.
- Identify patterns of behaviors from multiple sources that suggest a need for intervention.
- Review student referred incidents of actual or potential violence, as soon as reasonably possible: It is recognized that some referrals, by their very nature, will require immediate review and response while others may be dealt with during regular Team meetings.
- Early intervention to assist students with supportive services and referrals to outside agencies to help with needs and stressors that are impacting their behavior and success.
- Assess levels of threat and risk and determine the most appropriate response to ensure safety for the student, as well as, the campus community. The Team will use a fact based assessment process to determine if a threat or risk exists and to develop an appropriate plan of action. Action plans should take into consideration the potential for incidents of targeted violence to self and others and should be incident specific.
- Take appropriate action to implement the plan and mitigate the danger to the student and the campus community: The Team shall implement the agreed upon action plan and assure that all necessary follow up and documentation is conducted. Any action plan shall make available, and use as needed, a full range of support services including mental health, crisis management, as well as victim services.
- Conduct follow-up at determined intervals to ensure continued support of referred student.
- Assess long-term success for interventions.
- Dean of Students (Chair)
- Campus Police
- Vice President of Student Development (Appeal Body)
- Representative of Faculty
- Members of Student Wellness Advocate Staff
- Disability Services
- Coordinator of Student Conduct
- Human Resources (As needed)
- Environmental Health & Safety
- Compliance Officer of the College
In addition, the Team may call upon others that can be helpful in sharing unique perspective of the student in crisis. These Ad-Hoc members may be the Director of Student Activities, Coordinator of Veteran Affairs, or as designated by the Dean of Students (Chair).
Within the parameters of existing state and federal statutes, the members of the Team shall have access to all pertinent records and information, held within each member's department, which would aid the Team in fully investigating, reviewing and determining a course of action to properly resolve incidents reported to the Team. Team files shall be maintained by the Dean of Students.
Understanding FERPA and BIT
FERPA protects the privacy of students' education records. FERPA does not prohibit or in any way restrict a College employee from sharing what they personally observe. In other words, a College employee would not violate FERPA by advising BIT of what he or she saw or heard when directly interacting with a student, when observing a student interact with others, or when otherwise observing a student's behavior or demeanor.
In addition, if a JJC faculty or staff member notices disturbing content in a student's writing or artwork, the faculty member should refer this to the BIT. Although the student's writing or art work would likely be an education record protected by FERPA, FERPA authorizes school officials (such as faculty) to disclose education records, without the student's consent, to other school officials who have a legitimate educational interest in those records. Since the BIT is responsible for identifying, responding to, and supporting at-risk JJC students while simultaneously attending to the needs of the JJC community, the members of the BIT would have a legitimate educational interest in examining the student's writing or artwork.
Protecting student privacy is a high priority of the BIT. Records and proceedings of the BIT are kept confidential and shared only on a "need to know" basis in a manner that is consistent with College policy and the College's obligations under applicable laws, including FERPA.
Employees of the college are directed to cooperate with investigations conducted by the Team.
Academic Honor Code
Joliet Junior College acknowledges the importance of honest academic behavior. The objective of the Academic Honor Code is to sustain a learning-centered environment in which all students are expected to demonstrate integrity, honor, and responsibility, and to recognize the importance of being accountable for one’s academic behavior.
Download the Academic Honor Code (PDF) .
Classroom Behaviors Covered by Honor Code
Acts of academic dishonesty include:
- Cheating--intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information or study aids; use of any unauthorized assistance, resources, materials or electronic/cellular devices with or without photographic capability in taking quizzes, tests or examinations and the acquisition, without permission, of a test or other academic material belonging to Joliet Junior College, to any department, or to any staff.
- Plagiarism--the reproduction of ideas, words or statements of another person as one's own without acknowledgement, or use of an agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.
- Unauthorized Collaboration--intentionally sharing or working together in an academic exercise when such actions are not approved by the course instructor.
- Falsification and Fabrication--intentional and unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation furnished to any college official, faculty member or office.
- Facilitation of Academic Dishonesty--permitting or attempting to help another to violate the Academic Honor Code; alteration or sabotage of another student's work, such as tampering with laboratory experiments.
An academic environment has expectations of both students and faculty. Academic honesty requires a shared commitment to the highest standards for learning.
Students have the responsibility to:
- Be fully knowledgeable of the Academic Honor Code
- Produce their own work
- Encourage honesty among their fellow students
Faculty has the responsibility to:
- Review classroom expectations with respect to all aspects of academic honesty
- Inform the student directly about any charges of academic dishonesty
- Refer students to the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities in a consistently applied manner
The procedures are as follows:
- The student must be notified by the instructor of the specific Academic Honor Code violation(s), including a detailed explanation of the violation(s) and the evidence the instructor has to support their allegation. The notification should be in person. In the notification meeting it should also be explained what course academic sanction will be applied. This should correspond with the information provided in the course syllabus. A Report Form for Academic Honor Code Violations form must be printed and completed.
- The student has the opportunity to appeal in writing to the department chair within 5 calendar days of notice. The student should be directed to the departmental office to make an appointment.
- The instructor notifies the department chair and the Dean of Students about the academic violation. Instructors may use the online Incident Reporting Form.
- Instructors: Please indicate if the consequences for the violation will include an "F" for the course.
- Students: A hold will be placed on your academic records until the entire process is completed.
- If the department chair refuses or fails to meet with the student, the student has the ability to meet with the dean of the academic department.
- The student can make a final appeal in writing to the dean of the academic department.
- The dean of the academic department has the option to work with the Dean of Students in conducting an investigation and determining outcome. The academic dean's decision is final.
- The dean of the academic department will notify the student in writing as to the final outcome.
- The final decision is forwarded to the Dean of Students
- Notice is sent from the Dean of Students to the student.
- Report Form for Academic Dishonesty (PDF)
- Incident Reporting Form (online form)
- More information on the Academic Honor Code Violations Rights of Students (PDF).
Beyond the actions imposed by the instructor within the course where academic dishonesty has occurred, a student referred to the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities will have his/her name entered into a database and held for five years. The student will also be required to attend an academic integrity workshop.
Upon receipt of a second referral, full conduct violation proceedings will be employed. All sanctions imposed will be determined by an administrative hearing and will be developmental in nature. The student will have the right to appeal through the Student Code of Conduct.
We are intellectually indebted to Oakton, Pueblo Community College and Truman College in the creation of this code.
Freedom of Speech
The Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities is the contact at Joliet Junior College for all Freedom of Speech requests.
Our office is located at Joliet Junior College, Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet, IL 60431, Room A-1100 or call 815-280-2761 for additional information.
General Petition Process
General Petitions for the current semester should be submitted as soon as possible, to ensure your appeal is heard in a timely manner. If submitting after the current semester, petitions will only be heard up to 30 days immediately following that semester's end date ( Ex. Spring-June 15, Summer-September 15, Fall-January 15).
To provide students the option to appeal for a late refund, and or a late withdrawal due to extenuating circumstances.
Extenuating circumstances may not include: Change of employment or work hours, transportation issues, vacations, incarceration, relocation, or moving.
Students requesting a general petition must complete a general petition form available online.
The petition process is a two-tier process, the decision of the petition committee is final and cannot be appealed.
Note: Your petition appeal goes before a committee for review and may take four to six weeks before you hear the results of their decision.
Note: General petitions are not always granted.
- In order for petitions to receive consideration they should be for current or the immediate previous semester.
- All refund requests due to extenuating circumstances must be accompanied with supporting documentation, at the time of submission. Any medical documentation must be on physician's stationary. Refunds will be disbursed back to the original payment method at the time of registering for the course.
- A Late Withdrawal Petition, due to extenuating circumstances, must be accompanied with supporting documentation and should only be filed after the last day to drop a course(s).
- Petitions must be filed online.
- Notification of the committee decision will be sent to your JJC email account.
In all cases, the student must demonstrate their extenuating circumstance interrupted their ability to:
- Adhere to the standard drop procedure
- Attend Class(es) for a substantial length of time
- Complete the semester
Students who are currently failing or failed their classes prior to event regarding petition subject will not be eligible for refund. Grade verification at time of event will be completed by the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities staff.
- Definition: Documented medical condition or injury by an outside physician or medical provider which prevented successful completion of coursework.
- External documentation required: Signed statement from an outside physician or medical provider on their professional letterhead that states the condition and why the student could not complete the semester.
Reason: Please explain how the illness or injury impacted your ability to successfully complete the course(s). You must include dates of services, procedures, or date ranges for hospitalization.
- Definition: Documented that the student became the primary caretaker for a family member’s illness or a death of an immediate family member during the term of enrollment. A family member is a parent, child, spouse, sibling or grandparent.
- External documentation required: Signed statement from an outside physician, medical provider, hospice/ hospital social worker on their professional letterhead that includes the students name indicating the dates of illness and need for a full time caregiver. In the case of a death, copy of the death certificate or obituary.
- Reason: Please explain your relationship to the family member and how their illness or death impacted your ability to successfully complete the course(s). Use back of form or attach documents as needed.
Falsification of documentation will be referred to the Code of Conduct which could result in suspension or expulsion from the college.
Students that receive financial aid are strongly encouraged to visit the Financial Aid Office prior to withdrawing or submitting a general petition.
Students-Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19
Students that suspect that they have been exposed to COVID-19 positive friends, family, or contact tracing notification should complete this COVID-Report Form. You should review the Return to School following a COVID-19 Related Absence/Diagnosis document. It is an explanation of how and when you can return to on-campus lab courses or visiting campus for support services. You can also review this in a Return to Campus Flow Chart format as well.
Faculty or Staff you can also complete the COVID-Report Form if a student discloses to you that they suspect that they are COVID-19 positive or have a confirmed case.
As a result of a completed report, our office will reach out to students to complete a contact tracing process. If a student has not been tested we can assist with referral to testing sites. We will also offer support services of our Case Manager, Heidi Stukel to connect students with off-campus resources and provide a resource guide. Students will also receive support in completing their courses while managing the illness. Students will be provided with information about if it is not possible to complete your courses, how to apply for a late withdrawal and/or a refund for courses in cases where symptoms impact normal functioning and/or hospitalization is necessary.
- Alcohol and Drug Free Schools Notification 2019 (PDF)
- Student Education Records/FERPA Rights (PDF)
- FERPA Annual Notice (PDF)
- Student Optional Disclosure of Private Mental Health Information
- Request to Withhold Disclosure of Directory of Information
- Student Copyright Infringement Notification 2019 (PDF)
- Finishing College Courses During COVID-19 (PDF)
- Student Wellness and OSRR notification to Students - COVID-19 We Are Here For You
Excused Absence and Medical Extension Request
Students can request an excused absence when an unexpected illness or extenuating circumstance arises and prevents the student from attending class for a specified amount of time. This request is not intended for routine or scheduled doctor or dental appointments that can be made outside of your course hours. It is available for students that have a sudden medical condition or extenuating circumstance requiring immediate attention.
Follow this link to complete the Excused Absence/Medical Extension Request Form
If an extended leave is required, the office will work with your faculty to receive an incomplete grade. In order to qualify for advocacy in receiving an incomplete, a student will need to be passing the course at the time of the request, as well as, completed 70% to 80% of course time of the coursework. Students that do not meet the requirements for an incomplete shall be referred to the Student General Petition Process.
If you are requesting to meet with either:
1.) Cynthia Vasquez-Barrios, Dean of Students
2.) Jonathan Feit, Coordinator, Student Conduct
3.) Heidi Stukel, Coordinator, Case Management
In the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, this Intake form is needed to be completed prior to your initial appointment.
Disciplinary Verification Request
The Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities processes student disciplinary verification's for employment and transfer to university. In addition, we assist with Common Applications, Dean's letter of Recommendation forms, high school dance forms and other forms that require approval by the Dean of Students.
STUDENTS-Please make sure you have COMPLETED the student information (including signature) section and indicate where the form should be sent to, if not stated on the form. Note: you will NOT receive a copy of the form for transfer to university or Common Application requests. BACKGROUND CHECK VERIFICATION- the student's signed waiver must be included.
When requesting the information please click on this link: Disciplinary Verification Request Form