Tip #1: Students Rights and Responsibilities

Students are members of both society and the academic community with attendant rights and responsibilities.

Students are expected to comply with the general law, as well as college policies. A student has the right to due process, or an established course of action, should it be alleged that the student has violated the Student Conduct Code.

Why are Student Rights and Responsibilities Important?

It is important that students understand both the grounds for disciplinary action, so as to avoid a violation, and the components and timelines involved with due process.  A student’s ability to successfully complete a course can be greatly enhanced if the student is aware of the expectations the college has for student conduct both in the classroom and on the campus grounds or when engaged with college-sponsored activities.


Upholding academic integrity is of utmost concern for college staff. As such, disruptive behavior in the classroom, cheating, and plagiarism, i.e. using someone else’s words or ideas as your own, each are taken seriously and are immediate grounds for disciplinary action.

Many instructors list in their course syllabus the classroom rules by which students should abide while participating and attending the instructor’s class. Avoiding an allegation of disruptive behavior, therefore, is as easy as following the class rules.

To avoid the allegation of plagiarism, a student should understand how to properly cite sources that are quoted directly or paraphrased in the text of the student’s paper.

  • Internal Links for Rights and Responsibilities

    Sacramento City College’s Student Standard of Conduct describes the student conduct code and the student disciplinary process.

    The Learning Skills and Tutoring Center at SCC offers various College Success Workshops, some that address academic integrity.

  • External Links for Citing Sources and Plagiarism

    Plagiarism.org assists students with citing sources correctly.

    UCLA Library provides information about how to cite Internet sources.

    University of Purdue provides information about avoiding plagiarism.

  • Sources

    The Community College Experience by Amy Baldwin (Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2005).

    Cornerstone: Building on Your Best, 4th Ed., by Robert M. Sherfield, Rhonda J. Montgomery, and Patricia G. Moody (Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2005).

    Becoming a Master Student, 10th Ed., by Dave Ellis (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2003).

    Study Guides and Strategies

    Dartmouth’s Academic Skills Center