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The administration, faculty, and staff at Bakersfield College believe that students are entitled to the finest education that the college can make available to them. At the same time, however, a student’s achievement and proficiency in subject matter must include the realization that there are standards of academic honesty which should prevail in all one’s endeavors.
Accordingly, this realization further requires that each student exerts every effort to maintain these standards.
Source: Regulations at California State University, Long Beach, General Catalog, 2011-12.
Plagiarism is defined as the act of using the ideas or work of another person or persons as if they were one’s own, without giving credit to the source. Such an act is not plagiarism if it is ascertained that the ideas were arrived at through independent reasoning or logic or where the thought or idea is common knowledge. Acknowledgment of an original author or source must be made through appropriate references, i.e., quotation marks, footnotes, or commentary.
Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to, the following:
A student who is in doubt about the extent of acceptable paraphrasing should consult the instructor.
Students are cautioned that, in conducting their research, they should prepare their notes by (a) either quoting material exactly (using quotation marks) at the time they take notes from a source; or (b) departing completely from the language used in the source, putting the material into their own words. In this way, when the material is used in the paper or project, the student can avoid plagiarism resulting from verbatim use of notes.
Both quoted and paraphrased materials must be given proper citations.
Cheating is defined as the act of obtaining or attempting to obtain or aiding another to obtain academic credit for work by the use of any dishonest, deceptive or fraudulent means.
Examples of cheating during an examination include, but are not limited to, the following:
Also included are plagiarism as defined and altering or interfering with the grading procedures.
It is often appropriate for students to study together or to work in teams on projects. However, such students should be careful to avoid the use of unauthorized assistance, and to avoid any implication of cheating, by such means as sitting apart from one another in examinations, presenting the work in a manner which clearly indicates the effort of each individual, or such other method as is appropriate to the particular course.
Every instructor has the responsibility and authority for dealing with such instances of cheating and plagiarism as may occur in class. An instructor who determines that a student has cheated or plagiarized has a range of many available options which may be as severe as giving a student a failing grade for the course, if the assignment or test for which the student cheated or plagiarized is of sufficient weight to merit a failing grade for the course.
The student may face a range of sanctions as stated in the college’s Student Conduct Policy.
Finally, it must be understood that a student who knowingly aids in another student’s cheating or plagiarism e.g., permitting the other student to copy a paper or examination question, is as guilty as the other of the offense.
A student charged with cheating or plagiarism is entitled to appeal that charge by means of the college’s Student Conduct Policies and Procedures.
Bakersfield College students have the right to elect to meet the graduation requirements in effect during the academic year of first enrollment or at the time of graduation. To maintain catalog rights to graduation requirements, a student must remain in continuous enrollment at Bakersfield College. This means the student must earn a grade of A, B, C, D, F, NP, P, I, IP, RD or W in at least one course each academic year. For the purposes of continuous enrollment, an academic year begins with the fall semester and includes the following spring and summer terms. Petitions for exceptions should be directed to the Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs and Student Services.
Catalog rights apply only to Bakersfield College graduation and program requirements. If other institutions change their requirements for entrance, graduation, satisfaction of general education patterns, or in other ways it may be necessary for the student to meet the new requirements upon transfer, even if continuous enrollment has been maintained.
The district, the colleges and unit members will adhere to the following in regard to academic freedom:
The policy of the College is that, unless specifically exempted by statute or regulation, every course, course section, or class reported for state aid, wherever offered and maintained by the College, shall be fully open to enrollment and participation by any person who has been admitted to the college and, when applicable, a relevant program, and who meets established prerequisites.
Many Bakersfield College courses have basic skills or course prerequisites. These prerequisites are established to assist students in selecting courses for which they have the entry level skills. Students who believe that they have the entry level skills without the appropriate assessment test score or previous course may challenge the prerequisite.
Students have the right to:
Any challenge or appeal should be addressed to the Dean of Students.
Students who wish to receive Bakersfield College credits for work completed at other colleges should have official copies of transcripts from such colleges sent to the Office of Admissions and Records.
Upon student completion of a Request for Evaluation in the Office of Admissions and Records, those transcripts will be reviewed and credit given where appropriate.
Bakersfield College only accepts transfer credits from schools that are accredited by regional accrediting commissions of schools and colleges. Transcripts from foreign institutions must be evaluated by an approved international academic credential evaluation service. Information is available at the Office of Admissions and Records.
Evaluations made and credits allowed by Bakersfield College are subject to review and evaluation by any college or university to which a student may transfer. Granting credit toward a Bakersfield College degree or certificate does not guarantee that pass through general education will be granted. (See Transfer Guide.)
Certain Bakersfield College courses are identified in the course description sections of the catalog as repeatable, with the number of times they may be repeated indicated.
Other courses may be repeated once for credit if a grade lower than “C” or its equivalent has been earned. A student who has repeated a course under this condition may file a petition with the Office of Admissions and Records to have the previous grade and credit disregarded in the calculation of the GPA. Only second attempts will replace the first substandard grade. The original and subsequent grades will remain a part of the student’s permanent record.
If a student earns any combination of “D,” “F,” or “W” on two attempts in a course taken in the Kern Community College District, that student can only register for a third time with the signature of the faculty chair of the department on a Request to Repeat a Course Beyond the Limit form.
Grades are earned and awarded in each course and are recorded on the student’s permanent record at the end of each academic term.
Evaluation of student achievement will be made in relation to the attainment of the specific objectives of the course. At the beginning of a course, the instructor will explain these objectives and the basis upon which grades are determined. A student’s work is considered satisfactory when he/she maintains an average of “C” (grade point average 2.0) or higher.
|A-Excellent||4 per unit|
|B-Good||3 per unit|
|C-Satisfactory||2 per unit|
|D-Passing, Less Than Satisfactory||1 per unit|
|F-Failing||0 per unit|
|AU-Audit||0 per unit|
|P-Pass||Not computed in GPA|
|NP-No Pass||Not computed in GPA|
|I-Incomplete||Not computed in GPA|
|W-Withdrawn||Not computed in GPA|
|IP-In Progress||Not computed in GPA|
|RD-Report Delayed||Not computed in GPA|
This grade is issued to students who enroll in classes in an audit status. It will not count in GPA.
Some courses are offered on a pass-no pass basis; the credit, no credit option will no longer be available. Upon successful completion of such a course, unit credit will be awarded. However, courses taken on a pass-no pass basis are not used in the computation of a student’s grade point average.
Regulations for such courses are:
Pass-no pass forms are available in the Office of Admissions and Records. The following courses are approved for pass-no pass grading:
ACDV B5a, B66, B68, B70a-f, B91, B190, B195, B201a, B201b, B201c, B292; ADMJ B60, B61, B63, B81; ANSC B11, B78; APPR B60cs, B60ec, B60fa, B60fb, B60pe, B60pt, B65xf; ART B1, B2, B4, B17; AUTO B67abc, B68, B106, B112; BIOL B255; BSAD B1, B2, B9, B18, B19, B250, B255; CADM B54, B55, B56, B57, B58, B70a, B70b, B70c, B70d, B70e, B70f, B70g, B70h, B70i, B70j, B70k, B70l, B70m, B70n, B70o, B70p, B70r, B70s, B70t, B70u, B70v, B70w, B70x, B70z, B71a, B71f, B71g, B71h, B71i, B71k, B71L, B71m, B71n, B71o, B71p, B71q, B72, B73, B74, B75, B76, B77, B78, B79; CHDV B70b, B71m; COMS B2, B3, B5, B10, B14, B27, B35, B40, B51, B52a, B57a, B62a, B73, B74a, B74b, B74c, B74e, B74f, B75c, B76b, B77, B78, B82, B92, B95, B96, B110, B201; CRIM B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B8, B9, B10, B55; EDUC B24; ELET B55a, B63; ENGL B34, B60, B255; ENSL B22, B50, B51, B60, ENSL B61, B70, B71ab, B71cd, B80, B300N, B301N, B302N, B303N, B304N; FDSV B71; FIRE B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B25f, B25h, B29,B71a, B72h; GEOL B35a, B35b; INDT B10, B274; JAPN B3; LIBR B55; MATH B24, B25, B255; MEDS B52, B65, B66, MFGT B4; MUSC B5ab, B20ma, B230abc; NURS (VNRS) all clinical components of nursing courses; NURS B52, B70, NURS B100, B201abcd, B252, B253, B254, B255, B256, B257; VNRS B1LV, B85LV, B86LV, B87LV, B95LV, B96LV, B97LV; NUTR B255; ORNH B2; PHED B3adp, B6da, B6fcx, B6kx, B6pl, B6py, B6t, B6wt, B6y, B7fb, B7w, B9t, B9tr, B32, B44sb, B44so, B44vb; PHIL B7, (Philosophy majors may not take Philosophy courses for Pass/No Pass grading); RADT B4a, B4b, B6, B7, B10, B13; SPST B48, B201/B201L; STDV B1, B2, B3, B6, WOOD B1, B2, B5, B65a, B65b; WEXP B250
Students may request that instructors issue “I” grades when they have an unforeseeable emergency and justifiable reasons at the end of the term. The instructor must submit a statement of the requirements for clearance of the incomplete and also indicate the grade to be assigned in lieu of the “I” if the requirements are not completed. An “I” must be made up no later than one year following the end of the term in which it was assigned. An “I” may not be assigned as a withdrawal grade. If the work stipulated is not completed within the time limitation, the grade assigned in lieu of the work being completed will be entered on the permanent record.
The student has withdrawn from a course or has been dropped from a course by the instructor between the dates indicated in these regulations.
The “IP” indicates the course extends beyond the normal end of an academic term and work is in progress, or the course is listed as an open-entry/open-exit course, and has been approved by the instructor to register and complete course requirements in the succeeding semester in order to receive credit and a course grade. The grade and unit credit will appear on the student’s permanent record for the term in which the course work is completed. The “IP” cannot be given more than twice for any particular course. If a student enrolled in an open-entry, open-exit course is assigned an “IP” at the end of an attendance period and does not re-enroll in that course during the subsequent attendance period, the instructor shall assign a grade (A, B, C, D, F, P, or NP) to be recorded on the student’s permanent record for the course.
The “RD” is a symbol assigned by the Office of Admissions and Records when there is a delay in reporting the grade of a student due to circumstances beyond the control of the student.
Final grades will be made available to students on the Bakersfield College web registration system as soon as possible after the end of each academic term. There will be no additional notification of grades completed or corrected.
The instructor of each course shall determine the grade to be awarded to each student. The determination of the student’s grade by the instructor shall be final in the absence of mistake, fraud, bad faith, or incompetence. A judgment to change or expunge a grade for reasons of fraud, bad faith, or incompetence shall be made by the College Chief Academic Officer after consultation with the student, the instructor, and the Division/Department Chair. All parties noted above shall be notified in writing of any changes. Reasons for any grade change shall be documented.
When students request a grade change, provisions shall be made for another faculty member to substitute for the instructor if the instructor is not available or does not respond to communications within a reasonable length of time, the student has filed a discrimination complaint, or the District determines that it is possible there has been gross misconduct by the original instructor.
Regular class attendance is expected of all students enrolled in the college. It is especially important that students attend the first sessions of each class, for it is during those classes that instructors may distribute syllabi and course requirements and explain what is expected in terms of attendance.
The attendance policy for each course is established by the instructor and communicated to each class, preferably in writing. Attendance policies will be reasonably related to course objectives, the requirements of institutional reporting and legitimate absences.
Instructors are responsible for maintaining accurate attendance and scholarship records.
While it is the responsibility of instructors to communicate attendance policies and to apply them equally to all students, it is the responsibility of the student to know the policy in each of their classes and to be aware of their current attendance status.
Students who have been absent from a class should notify the instructor of the reason for the absence. Absence in no way relieve students of responsibility for work missed.
Excessive absences may result in the student being dropped from the course.
Instructors may drop a student from a course when absences number the equivalent of two weeks of class recorded from the first day of instruction. If particular circumstances warrant and can be justified academically, faculty members may drop students after less than two weeks of absences.
Faculty members may give consideration to excusing students from classes to participate in scheduled college activities (athletics, music, field trips, etc.). The student must make arrangements in advance to make up the work to be missed.
Because many classes become filled and are closed students in lecture and/or lab courses may be dropped if they do not attend classes during the first two weeks without notifying the instructor.
Students in open entry courses may be dropped if they do not begin attending during the first week of classes.
All students enrolled in Distance Education courses must log in to the course(s) and complete any assignment(s) or other activities, to be determined by the instructor, that are required during the first week. Students who fail to complete first-week assignments/activities within the instructor’s deadline will be dropped.
After the first week and during the time period before the final withdrawal date, students are responsible for officially withdrawing from any class or classes in which they no longer wish to be enrolled.
Instructors may drop a student from a course when absences number the equivalent of two weeks of class recorded from the first day of instruction. In the case of Distance Education, “absences” shall be defined as “non-participation”. Non-participation shall be defined as, but not limited to:
Simply logging into the course does not constitute participation. Students must demonstrate that they are actively participating in the course by submitted required assignments, contributing to discussion forums, etc., as outlined above.
The Board of Trustees of the Kern Community College District, in support of public education and the exercise of general supervision of the campuses of the district, believes that student conduct must reflect the standards of good behavior expected by society. Furthermore, since the people of the District furnish public education, it becomes a privilege for students to have this opportunity to further their education. The District expects students to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the educational purposes of the College. Student conduct should reflect consideration for the rights of others, and students are expected to cooperate with all members of the College community.
Society’s ability to successfully address a broad range of social problems is determined by the cumulative actions of thousands (if not millions) of individuals. Students shall respect constituted authority. This shall include conformance to California state laws, Board regulations, Bakersfield College regulations, and applicable provisions of civil and criminal law.
Students are expected to observe high personal standards of decency, morality, honesty, and social relationships. Students are members of both society and the academic community with rights and responsibilities. Students are expected to make themselves aware of and comply with the law, and with College and District campus policies and regulations.
Failure to respect the standards as set forth by Bakersfield College may be cause for disciplinary action as outlined in the Student Handbook.
Students are encouraged to access all services available for achieving their personal and professional/career goals. At the same time, students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the College’s function as an educational institution and demonstrate the following:
Consistent with State of California statute, smoking is NOT PERMITTED in any Bakersfield College building or facility or within 20 feet of any entryway, window, and vent to any facility or building on campus.
As an institution of higher education, Bakersfield College is committed to providing an orderly and safe educational environment that is conducive to student learning. The College’s policies and procedures are designed to preserve a healthy learning environment. Accordingly, the College will restrain student conduct and/or discipline students if their conduct interferes with a safe and healthy learning environment.
Bakersfield College students will be entitled to an impartial hearing in instances where College rules, regulations or procedures are violated.
However, nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit an immediate suspension where such a suspension is required in order to protect lives or property, or in conformance with applicable legal requirements.
In instances where a student is deemed a minor, the student’s parents or guardian shall have all of the rights and privileges set forth herein. Students may also be subject to civil and criminal authority.
By enrolling in Bakersfield College, students agree to be responsible members of the College community, obey the law, comply with the published rules and regulations of the College, respect the rights, privileges and property of the other members of the College community, and not interfere with legitimate College affairs.
Students should be aware that the rules on student misconduct do not only apply when on campus or in class. Rather, students can be found to have engaged in misconduct:
A student may be disciplined for good cause and in accordance with the disciplinary procedures set forth in this handbook. Good cause includes, but is not limited to the offenses outlined in Board Policy 4F8.
Discipline can include receiving a warning, censure, probation, restitution, temporary removal, suspension or expulsion.
The following misconduct is strictly prohibited by KCCD Board Policy 4F8, Bakersfield College, and California Education Code Section 76037:
Procedural due process is basic to the enforcement of the College’s policies and regulations. The Board of Trustees has established procedures for handling student conduct cases in accordance with basic standards of due process. Any breach of student conduct may be reported to the Dean of Students. The official policies of the Kern Community College District Board of Trustees stipulate that Bakersfield College students have certain rights and privileges, along with certain obligations.
To correct unacceptable student conduct, Bakersfield College staff believes disciplinary proceedings are secondary to counseling and admonition. In the exceptional circumstances when discipline is deemed necessary, the College will observe due process to protect the student from unfair and arbitrary imposition of serious penalties.
The College attempts to be fair in the handling of student conduct cases. The procedures outlined in this handbook represent the steps employed to reach a resolution in cases of alleged misconduct.
Questions concerning these procedures may be addressed to the Office of the Dean of Students.
When a student has been suspended or recommended for expulsion, the student is entitled to a hearing within ten instructional days of the suspension or expulsion recommendation. The Dean of Students Office prepares the letter and packet to notify the student of the suspension and the date of the hearing panel.
The Dean of Students Office establishes a timeline for the hearing, challenge of panel members and notification of witnesses.
The Dean of Students Office provides the recording device for the hearing. All proceedings, including testimony before the panel is recorded and the record shall is the property of the College and/or District. All reports, records, transcripts, recordings, etc., that are made part of the hearing are retained in the office of the appropriate Vice President and such reports, records, transcripts, recordings, etc., made part of the hearing are held confidential, except as required by law.
The student and staff member may represent themselves or be represented by another student or staff member.
The student has the right to be assisted by any adviser he/she chooses. The adviser shall not be allowed to address the Hearing Panel, cross-examine witnesses or make arguments on behalf of his/her advisee. The adviser can attend the hearing, but shall not be permitted to participate directly in the proceedings.
The student and witnesses are to arrive 15 minutes before the hearing starts.
The Chair shall notify the student and parties who will be testifying to wait to be called. The hearings are closed and confidential.
The hearing is set for one hour. If a second meeting is required, the Chair sets a date for the next meeting.
The chair is responsible for:
Chair notifies panel members of the following:
The actual hearing process:
Under certain circumstances, the accused has the right to appeal the College President’s decision.
At any time following the submission of a referral, the Dean of Students - as designee of the College President - may suspend a student for an interim period prior to resolution of the disciplinary proceeding if the Dean believes that the information that supports the allegations of misconduct is reliable, and determines that the continued presence of the student on the College campus poses a threat to any individual, property or College function.
The Dean of Students may impose other forms of interim action, such as immediate removal from the campus or exclusion from one or more classes, or other locations, or campus sponsored activities or events.
In accordance with the provisions of Education Code Sections 76031 and 76037, the Board of Trustees provides for the following sanctions for violations of the Code of Student Conduct, and more than one (1) of the sanctions listed below may be imposed for any single violation:
Education Code, Section 76032, gives an instructor the right to remove a student “for good cause” from class for the day of the removal and the next class meeting. However, the instructor must then immediately report this removal to the Department Chair and the Dean of Students, for any further appropriate action, such as suspension or expulsion from the class.
Whenever a minor is removed from a class, the parent or guardian shall be notified in writing by the Dean of Students. If the student removed from class by a faculty member is a minor, the Dean of Student shall ask the parent or guardian of the student to attend a parent conference regarding the removal as soon as possible. If the faculty member or the parent or guardian so requests, a College administrator shall attend the conference.
During the period of removal, a student shall not be returned to the class from which he/she was removed without the concurrence of the faculty member of the class. (Education Code Sections 76031 and 76032)
Once the student is removed from class, any communication regarding the removal from class must be directed to the Dean of Students’ Office in CC4, 395.4614.
Exclusion from any or all classes and activities of the College and from use of any District facilities. The College President or Dean of Students may suspend a student for good cause as follows:
In all cases of suspension, the student will receive official notice from the Dean of Students. No student shall be suspended unless the conduct for which he/she is to be disciplined is related to College activity or campus attendance.
Suspensions of any student from the College will be accompanied by a prompt hearing, unless the charges have been disposed of administratively by mutual consent, or the student sends a written notification to the Dean of Students indicating that he/she does not want to proceed with the hearing.
If an immediate suspension is required in order to protect lives or property and/or to ensure the maintenance of order, a reasonable opportunity shall be afforded the suspended person for a hearing within ten (10) days of the suspension. (Education Code Sections 66017 and 76030)
During the period of suspension, a student will not be permitted to enroll in any College in the District. (Education Code Section 76031) Violation or violations of any law, ordinance, regulation, or rule regulating, or pertaining to, the parking of vehicles, shall not be cause for the suspension or expulsion of a student from a community College. (Education Code Section 76036)
The College President reports all suspensions of students to the Chancellor of the District. (Education Code Section 76031) Whenever a minor is suspended from the College, the College President and/or the Dean of Students shall notify the parent or guardian in writing. The parent or guardian of the student shall be asked to a conference regarding the removal. (Education Code Sections 76031 and 76032
Termination of the student status by the Board of Trustees on the recommendation of the Chancellor.
No student can be expelled, unless the conduct for which he/she is to be disciplined is related to College activity or campus attendance.
Expulsion of any student from the District shall be accompanied by a prompt hearing.
If an immediate expulsion is required in order to protect lives or property and/or to ensure the maintenance of order, a reasonable opportunity shall be afforded the expelled person for a hearing within ten (10) days of the expulsion. (Education Code Sections 66017 and 76030)
In cases of expulsion, the Chancellor recommends action to the Board of Trustees after receiving the College President’s recommendation and supporting documentation, including the hearing panel’s recommendation and the hearing record.
After Board action, the Chancellor or designee notifies the student by registered mail, return receipt requested. The expulsion may be for a specified or unspecified time and shall be from all Colleges, programs, and activities of the District.
In expulsion for an unspecified time, the student may, after a reasonable time, request the College President to remove the expulsion. If the College President approves the request, the President shall make that recommendation to the Chancellor or designee who may recommend to the Board that the expulsion be removed.
The Chancellor notifies the student of the Board’s action.
The Dean of Students reports any violation of Penal Code Section 245 (assault with a deadly weapon) or Civil Code Section 52.1 and Penal Code Sections 422.6 through 422.95 (hate crime) to the appropriate law enforcement authorities. (Education Code Section 76035)
The Student Complaint Procedures are established so that students can resolve difficulties/problems they encounter in College-related activities. The Student Complaint policy is designed to consider an alleged wrong against a student. Efforts will be made to resolve a complaint in a timely and fair manner. Students who contend they have been treated unfairly have the right, without fear of reprisal, to use a written procedure in their attempt to right an alleged wrong.
Student complaints are taken seriously; therefore, the complaint must be of a compelling, substantive, and verifiable nature. Repeated filings of the same complaint, filings of a frivolous nature, or capricious complaints against school personnel will be considered abuse of the student conduct and/or complaint process.
Such repeated filings will be referred to the College President for a decision.
Student Complaint Procedures apply to student complaints such as those listed below:
|Area of Complaint||Responsible Staff|
|Course content||Dean of Students|
|Access to classes||Dean of Students|
|Verbal or physical abuse by faculty, staff or students||Dean of Students|
|Faculty member refusal to confer with student(s)||Dean of Students|
|Grades (mistake, fraud, bad faith, or incompetence)||Appropriate Vice President|
|Harassment||Human Resources Director|
|Sexual Discrimination||Human Resources Director|
|Sexual Harassment||Human Resources Director|
Title 5, Section 55760
The student(s) should contact the office of the staff member’s immediate administrator, i.e. Dean.