Click here to Skip to main content
AskARC Logo
Support Services Banner


Expectations of Student Behavior & Conduct

American River College (ARC) students exercise the same rights as other members of the community and are accountable to the same federal and state laws and statutes. In addition, ARC students are accountable to Los Rios Community College District (LRCCD) Board Policies and Administrative Regulations, and ARC Rules. The following Expectations of Behavior and Conduct are based upon those policies and regulations. They have been adopted by ARC to protect the rights and privileges of all students and to allow the college to function effectively.

All students are responsible for their behavior and conduct in classrooms, laboratories, college-owned or controlled property or at a college-sponsored or supervised activity.

These guidelines are avail­able in the American River College Student Standards of Conduct Guide and the Los Rios Community College District Policies and Regulations.

LRCCD Board Policies and Administrative Regulations

Los Rios District Regulations - 2000 Student Series

Misconduct & Discipline

Misconduct for which students are subject to discipline:

    • Obstruction or disruption of the learning process of the college, including teaching, administration, and college activities.
    • Physical or threatening abuse of any person on college-owned or controlled property or at any college-sponsored or supervised activity.
    • Theft of, or damage to, property of any person on college-owned or controlled property or at a college-sponsored or supervised activity.
    • Unauthorized entry to or use of college facilities.
    • Violation of Los Rios District Board Policies and Administrative Regulations - 2000 Student Series and/or ARC Rules.  Please refer to Los Rios District - Office of General Counsel.
    • Disorderly, lewd, obscene, or indecent conduct or expression on college-owned or controlled property or at college sponsored or supervised activities.
    • Willful disturbance at any college meeting.

Academic Dishonesty

Academic Dishonesty is the act of obtaining or attempting to obtain credit for academic work through the use of dishonest, deceptive, or fraudulent means including, but not limited to the following:

    • Copying from someone else's test.
    • Submitting work that is not your own.
    • Submitting work presented previously in another course, if contrary to the rules of either course.
    • Altering or interfering with grading.
    • Using material during an exam that is not allowed.
    • Consulting with someone other than the instructor during an exam.
    • Committing other acts that defraud or misrepresent.


Plagiarism is representing the work of someone else as your own and submitting it for any purpose. Plagiarism includes the following:

    • Incorporating the ideas, works, sentences, paragraphs, or parts of another person's writings, without giving appropriate credit, and representing the product as your own work.
    • Representing another's artistic/scholarly work as your own.
    • Submitting a paper purchased from a research or term paper service.

Other Acts of Dishonesty

    • Purposely allowing another student to copy from you during a test.
    • Giving your homework, term paper, or other academic work to another person to plagiarize.
    • Having another student submit work in your name.
    • Lying to an instructor to improve your grade.
    • Altering a graded work after it has been returned and then re-submitting the work for re-grading.
    • Removing a test from the classroom.
    • Stealing tests.

Disciplinary Consequences

Depending on the seriousness of the infraction, students may incur the following consequences:

    • Receive a failing grade on the test or paper.
    • Have a course grade lowered.
    • Be placed on disciplinary probation or suspension.
    • Be expelled.    

Cell Phone and Electronic Devices

    • It is the student's responsibility to carefully read each class syllabus, follow all class rules and understand the consequences per the professor.         While in class, it is essential that students pay close attention to lecture, presentations, discussions, and other in-class activities, and to be respectful of your fellow classmates.
    • Observe all Quiet Zones


Beginning January 1, 2016, all tobacco products, including chew, vapes, and e-cigarettes, are prohibited on any ARC property. For more information please see ARC Clearing the Air.

Drug and Alcohol-Free Campus

ARC is committed to a drug and alcohol-free campus. The abuse of illicit drugs and alcohol disrupts classes, compromises one's physical and mental health, subjects people to criminal penalties, and impairs the ability to benefit from the learning experience. The LRCCD Standards of Student Conduct prohibit the use, sale, or possession on campus of any controlled substance. Students who abuse drugs or alcohol on campus, or appear at a college-sponsored function under the influence of drugs or alcohol, can be suspended, expelled, and/or criminally prosecuted. Los Rios District Board Policies - 2000 Student Series (LRCCD Policy 2443)


Possession or use of explosives, dangerous chemicals, or deadly weapons on college property or at a college function without prior authorization of the college President or designated representative is grounds for expulsion.

Sexual Assault / Harassment

ARC does not tolerate sexual assault or harassment in any form; sexual violence, relationship violence, or stalking. ARC has procedures in place to support those who report sexual assault/harassment. Students are encouraged to report any incidences in one of three ways:

    • File a report with the Los Rios Police Department (916) 558-2221
    • File a report with the ARC Sexual Harassment Officer (Located in the Instruction Office, Administration Building)
    • Ask for help from a WEAVE Confidential Advocate. This person will be on the ARC main campus one day per week. To contact: or (916) 568-3011.


Students have the right to demonstrate in a responsible manner, under the following conditions:

    • Demonstrations will in no manner interfere with any class, community service program, or other approved activity being conducted on campus.
    • Demonstrations will neither impede access to and from buildings nor block normal traffic flow, pedestrian or vehicular.
    • Amplified sound is permitted only during specified times and with campus permission (contact Center for Leadership and Development for information). Excessive noise is not permitted.
    • Students will not be granted excused absences from classes to participate in demonstrations.
    • No obscenities or challenges that create a clear and present danger of inciting physical reactions will be tolerated.
    • Students participating in on-campus demonstrations are not immune from civil regulations and penalties.

Program Sponsorship

Recognized student organizations/clubs must inform their faculty advisor and/or the Center for Leadership and Development when planning programs and events for club members and the student body.

Posting Materials

Student fliers, advertisements, or other student-related activities must be approved by the Center for Leadership and Development before posting in approved locations. Unauthorized material will be removed. Approval is subject to Los Rios Community College Board Policies and/or ARC Rules.

Non-College Persons on Campus

Any person on college-owned property or at college-sponsored or supervised activities who engages in disruptive behavior is subject to disciplinary and/or legal actions by the College President or his/her designee.


Animals are not permitted in college buildings and/or on college property except for Service Animals and Trainees meeting the requirements.


Gambling is prohibited on campus.


No student or other person connected with ARC or in attendance at the college shall participate in hazing, conspire to engage in hazing, or commit any act that injures, degrades, or disgraces any person attending the college.