Student Conduct

Dropping Classes Student Discipline Procedures
Standards of Student Conduct Classroom Conduct
Policy on Academic Honesty Attendance

Dropping Classes

Students wishing to drop one or more classes must do so through the Office of Admissions by filing a drop card or through the telephone (STEP) or web site. It is the student’s responsibility to drop from class if he or she decides not to attend or stops attending. Students might not be automatically dropped and/or excluded and will be accountable for any fees due.

Standards of Student Conduct Return to top of page

A student enrolling in one of the Los Angeles Community Colleges may rightfully expect that the faculty and administrators will maintain an environment in which there is freedom to learn. This requires that there be appropriate conditions and opportunities in the classroom and on the campus. As members of the College Community, students should be encouraged to develop the capacity for critical judgment; to engage in sustained and independent search for truth; and to exercise their rights to free inquiry and free speech in a responsible, nonviolent manner.

Students shall respect and obey civil and criminal law, and shall be subject to legal penalties for violation of laws of the City, County, State, and Nation.

Student conduct in all of the Los Angeles Community Colleges must conform to District and College rules and regulations. Violations of such rules and regulations, for which students are subject to disciplinary action, include, but are not limited to, the following:

Board Rule 9803.12

Dishonesty, such as cheating, or knowingly furnishing false information to the College.

Policy on Academic Honesty Return to top of page

What is academic dishonesty?

  1. Any talking during a test—even to yourself or asking a friend for help with your computer—is considered cheating. Address ALL questions to the instructor.
  2. Printing and/or leaving with any testing materials whatsoever is cheating.
  3. Printing your work, but putting someone else's name on it,  is cheating.
  4. Putting your name on someone else's work as if it were your own work is cheating.
  5. Using your textbook or notes during a test (unless given permission by your instructor) is cheating. 
  6. Copying another student's answers is cheating.
  7. If identical printouts from computer assignments are turned in, it is cheating. 
  8. Looking (even glancing) at another student's monitor or work during a test is cheating.
NOTE: If your instructor determines that you are cheating, you are subject to a failing grade on that exam.


Student Discipline Procedures Return to top of page

Community college districts are required by law to adopt standards of student conduct along with applicable penalties for violation (Education Code Section 66300). The Los Angeles Community College District has complied with this requirement by adopting Board Rule 9803, Standards of Student Conduct (See above).

The District has adopted Board Rule 91101, Student Discipline Procedures, to provide uniform procedures to assure due process when a student is charged with a violation of the Standards of Student Conduct. All proceedings held in accordance with these procedures shall relate specifically to an alleged violation of the established Standards of Student Conduct. These provisions do not apply to grievance procedures, student organization councils and courts, or residence determination and other academic and legal requirements for admission and retention. Disciplinary measures may be taken by the College independently of any charges filed through civil or criminal authorities, or both.

Copies of the Student Discipline Procedures are available in the Office of the Dean of Student Services

Classroom Conduct Return to top of page

Instructors are responsible for presenting appropriate material in courses, and students are responsible for learning this material. Although it is a student's academic performance that is evaluated in determining grades, student conduct is important in the academic setting. Enrollment in a class may be terminated due to unsatisfactory student conduct, undue disrespect towards an instructor or administrator, or academic dishonesty. Each student is responsible for maintaining standards of academic performance established for each course in which he or she is enrolled.

Attendance Return to top of page

Only students who have been admitted to the College and are in approved active status may attend classes.

Students should attend every meeting of all classes for which they register. To avoid being dropped from class, students should contact the instructor when they are absent for emergency reasons.

Students who are preregistered in a class and miss the first meeting may lose their right to a place in the class, but the instructor may consider special circumstances. Whenever students are absent more hours than the number of hours the class meets per week, the instructor may drop them from class. In addition, the instructor will consider whether there are mitigating circumstances which may justify the absences. If the instructor determines that such circumstances do not exist, the instructor may exclude a student from the class.

Students are responsible for officially dropping a class that they stop attending. See section Adding and Dropping.

Instructor Notification Policy

Students should notify the instructor by U.S. mail, or place a notice in the Student to Faculty Box found outside the Faculty Mailroom, AD 101 regarding absences. Students also may inform the instructor regarding their absences upon return to the class.


Carnegie Rule Return to top of page

The Carnegie Rule and Title V set forth the following minimum standards:

bullet 1 unit = 1 hour lecture per week, 2 hours homework per week; OR
bullet 2 hours per week of lab with homework;
bullet OR 3 hours of lab per week without homework.

The hours per week are based on a standard 18-week calendar. Lecture also includes discussion and/or demonstration hours, laboratory includes activity and/or studio hours.

NOTE: For a complete listing of LACC's policies, click here.