District and College Policies

Any policy adopted by the college administration shall supersede any ruling on the same subject that appears in this catalog or in other official publications once the revised regulation is posted on a campus bulletin board or printed in the Schedule of Classes.

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Academic Honor Code

See: Academic Honor Code

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What Is Academic Dishonesty?

The two most common kinds of academic dishonesty are cheating and plagiarism.

Cheating is the act of obtaining or attempting to obtain credit for academic work through the use of dishonest, deceptive or fraudulent means.

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

It is your responsibility to know what constitutes academic dishonesty. Interpretations of academic dishonesty may differ among individuals and groups. However, as a student at Foothill, you are expected to refrain from the behavior outlined below. If you are unclear about a specific situation, speak to your instructor.

The following list exemplifies some of the activities defined as academic dishonesty:
  1. Copying, in part or in whole, from someone else's test;
  2. Submitting work presented previously in another course, if contrary to the rules of either course;
  3. Altering or interfering with grading;
  4. Using or consulting, during an examination, any sources, consulting others, use of electronic equipment, including cell phones and PDAs, or use of materials not authorized by the instructor; or
  5. Committing other acts that defraud or misrepresent.


  1. Incorporating the ideas, words, sentences, paragraphs or parts of another person's writings, without giving appropriate credit, and representing the product as your own;
  2. Representing another's artistic or scholarly works such as musical compositions, computer programs, photographs, paintings, drawings or sculptures as your own;
  3. Submitting a paper purchased from a research or term paper service, including the internet; or
  4. Undocumented Web source usage.

Other Specific Examples of Academic Dishonesty

  1. Purposely allowing another student to copy from your paper during a test;
  2. Giving your homework, term paper or other academic work to another student to plagiarize;
  3. Having another person submit any work in your name;
  4. Lying to an instructor or college official to improve your grade;
  5. Altering a graded work after it has been returned, then submitting the work for re-grading;
  6. Stealing tests;
  7. Forging signatures on drop/add cards or other college documents; or
  8. Collaboration without permission of instructor.

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Consequences of Academic Dishonesty

Academic and/or administrative sanctions may be applied in cases of academic dishonesty.

Academic consequences may include:
  1. Receive a failing grade on the test, paper or exam;
  2. Have your course grade lowered;
  3. Receive a grade of F in the course;

Administrative consequences may include:

  1. Be placed on disciplinary probation;
  2. Be placed on disciplinary suspension; or
  3. Be expelled.

The Student Affairs & Activities Office maintains a record of students who have engaged in academic dishonesty. This information is used to identify and discipline students reported for academic dishonesty more than once. A copy of the Foothill College Student Conduct, Discipline & Due Process Procedure is printed in the handbook for each of these groups, and copies are available in the Student Affairs & Activities Office in Room 2002. We thank the San Jose State University Student Affairs Vice President's Office for many of the statements in this section. The Foothill College Academic Honor Code was developed and approved by the college's Academic Senate in 2004.

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Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees uphold that, for persons with disabilities, improving the access to educational and employment opportunities must be a priority. The board directs the Foothill College administration to take the necessary actions to implement the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District shall not discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability because of the disability with regard to employment or with regard to the provision of district programs, services and activities.

A person who is otherwise qualified may request accommodation related to his/her disability, provided that accommodation does not impose an undue hardship on the district.

To receive a copy of Foothill College disability access information and procedures for requesting accommodations, call Margo Dobbins, Foothill College Disability Resource Center (DRC) coordinator at (650) 949-7332, voice; (650) 948-6025, TDD. Disability access information is also available in the DRC, located in Room 5801; or in the Foothill College President's Office in the Administration Building.

To appeal a DRC accommodation decision, consult Pat Hyland, Foothill College ADA/504 Coordinator, in Room 2002, or call (650) 949-7241.

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Foothill does not discriminate against any person in the provision of any program or service based on race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, marital status or physical/mental disability.

Complaints of discrimination filed by an employee of the district against another employee or student, or a student against an employee of the district shall be referred and handled pursuant to the district Administrative Procedures: Investigation and Resolution of Complaints Regarding Harassment and Discrimination. Such complaints should be directed to Dean of Student Affairs & Activities, located in Room 2002; or call (650) 949-7241.

Complaints of discrimination filed by a student against another student, or student against the criteria of a program, shall be referred and handled pursuant to the district Procedures to Resolve Student Complaints of Sexual Harassment and Discrimination. Such complaints should be directed to Dean of Student Affairs & Activities, located in Room 2002; or call (650) 949-7241.

To report discrimination on the basis of disability, consult consult Rose Myers, Foothill College ADA/504 Coordinator, in Room 8103, or call (650) 949-7343.

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Limited English Skills Policy

Prospective students are advised that a lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission to, or participation in vocational education programs at Foothill College as long as other,
if any, program admission standards are met. This notice is a requirement of the Guidelines for Eliminating Discrimination and Denial of Services on the Basis of Race, Color, National Origin, Sex and Handicap (Federal Register; Vol. 44, No 56).

Reglamento sobre Limitaciones en el Idioma InglÈs
Se les aconseja a posibles estudiantes que la carencia del idioma InglÈs no ser· una berrera para la admisiÛn, o participaciÛn en programas de educaciÛn vocacional en Foothill College, siempre y cuando todos los otros, si existieran, criterios de admisiÛn del programa sean completados.
Esta nota es un requisito de la GuÌa para la EliminaciÛn de la DescriminaciÛn y Rechazo de Servicios en Base a la Raza, Color, Nacionalidad de Origen, Sexo e Impedimento (Registro Federal; Vol. 22, No. 56).
Reglamento de la No-DescriminaciÛn
Foothill College no descrimina en contra de ninguna persona en la prohibiciÛn de algun programa o servicio basado en la raza, color, nacionalidad u origen Ètico, edad, sexo, religiÛn, orientaciÛn sexual, estado civil, o impedimento fÌsico or mental.

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Sexual Harassment Protection Policy

Members of a college community-students, faculty, staff and visitors-must be able to study and work in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust. It is the policy of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District to provide an educational, employment and business environment free of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct or communications constituting sexual harassment, as defined and otherwise prohibited by federal and state law.

Sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to:
  • Conduct of a sexual nature that is explicitly or implicitly made a term or condition of an individual's employment or education;
  • A decision based on the submission to or rejection of a sexual advance; or
  • Verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that interferes with an individual's performance or creates an intimidating work or educational environment.

Immediate action shall be taken against individuals determined to be in violation of this policy. Any individual who believes that he or she has been a victim of sexual harassment may file a complaint within one year of the date on which the complainant knew or should have known of the facts of the sexual harassment incident.

Complaints of sexual harassment filed by an employee of the district against another employee or student, or a student against an employee of the district, shall be referred and handled pursuant to the district's Administrative Procedures: Investigation & Resolution of Complaints Regarding Harassment & Discrimination. Such complaints should be directed to Dean of Student Affairs & Activities, Room 2002, (650) 949-7241.

Complaints of sexual harassment filed by a student against another student, or student against the criteria of a program, shall be referred and handled pursuant to the district's Procedures to Resolve Student Complaints of Sexual Harassment & Discrimination. Such complaints should be directed to Dean of Student Affairs & Activities, Room 2002, (650) 949-7241. See district policy

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Title IX Procedural Requirements

Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. In addition to traditional educational institutions, Title IX also applies to any education or training program operated by a recipient of federal financial assistance. Many of these education programs became subject to Title IX regulations in 2000. Foothill College has responsibilities to ensure that students and employees comply with the non-discrimination mandate of Title IX and its procedural requirements. Foothill College has established a method for receiving and resolving sex-based discrimination complaints. At Foothill College, Faculty & Staff Dean Patricia Hyland is the institution's designated Title IX coordinator. To contact Patricia Hyland, call (650) 949-7090; email hylandpat@foothill.edu; or visit Room 1905.

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Mutual Respect

Foothill College takes all steps necessary to provide a positive educational and employment environment that encourages equal educational opportunities. The college actively seeks to educate staff and students on the deleterious effects of expressions of hatred or contempt based on race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability; and promotes equality and mutual respect among all groups and individuals. Standards of conduct for students and the applicable sanctions for violating the standards of student conduct are contained in the Academic Policies section in the Course Catalog, Schedule of Classes and Student Handbook. The handbook is available from the Student Activities Office, Room 6202.

Decisions regarding discipline of employees will be made in accordance with applicable legal and contractual provisions and procedures, and may range from reprimand to dismissal.

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Complaints & Grievance Process

Foothill College has an established procedure for grievances and complaints in order to provide a means for resolving alleged unfair or improper action by any member of the academic community.

Procedures and forms are available on campus in the Student Affairs & Activities Office, located in Room 2002. A copy of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District (FHDA) Board Policy & Administrative Procedures is available for review from the FHDA District Human Resources Office as well as online at www.fhda.edu/about_us/board/policy. For more information, visit the Student Affairs & Activities Office or call (650) 949-7241.

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Drug-Free Campus Policy

The unlawful possession, use or distribution of any illicit drug or alcohol by students on district property or at district activities or events is prohibited.

The use of drugs and alcohol may pose significant health risks. Health Services at Foothill College and the Health Office at De Anza College offer additional information on the risks associated with the use of drugs and alcohol. You can also receive referral information for drug or alcohol counseling, treatment and rehabilitation programs from both health offices. For more information, call (650) 949-7243.

Employees and students may be suspended or expelled for the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs or alcohol. Appropriate disciplinary action may also include requiring the completion of a rehabilitation program. The standards of conduct for students and the applicable sanctions for violating the standards are published in the Foothill Student Handbook, De Anza Student Handbook and Board Policy #4500.

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No Smoking Policy

In order to provide a safe learning and working environment for students and employees, smoking is prohibited in all indoor and outdoor campus locations, with the exception of designated areas. At Foothill College, these designated areas are located within parking lots 1 through 7, and lot 1-G. no smoking on campus
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Smoking is prohibited in district vehicles.

"No Smoking" signs are conspicuously posted at building entrances and in employee lounges, restrooms, locker rooms, dressing areas, cafeterias, lunchrooms, and stadium and sports facilities. In addition, designated parking lot areas for smoking will be clearly marked.

This policy relies on the consideration and cooperation of smokers and non-smokers. It is the responsibility of all members of the district to observe and follow the guidelines. This policy shall be communicated to all employees annually and published in the colleges' Schedule of Classes, handbooks, Web sites, and other appropriate locations. (Santa Clara County Ordinance No. 625.4; City of Cupertino Ordinance No. 1647; Labor Code 6404.5; Approved 1/8/96; Amended 8/16/99, 12/2/02, 6/20/05) The Foothill College Health Services Office provides a variety of smoking cessation aids. To learn more about these services, visit the Health Center in Room 5941 or call (650) 949-7243.

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Due Process Requirements 14th Amendment

1. The U.S. Supreme Court maintains that a fundamental requirement of due process is the opportunity to be heard.
2. When conflict arises, due process ordinarily requires:
a. Notification of the charges.
b. A hearing.
c. An opportunity to defend with knowledge of adverse evidence.
d. The names of adverse witnesses.
e. That substantial evidence support any disciplinary action taken.
3. Before judicial review, administrative remedies must be exhausted.
4. Various forms of activities carried on in schools and colleges have compelled courts to define rights and responsibilities of students, faculty and administrators. Courts acknowledge that:
a. School administrators must be free to invoke fair and reasonable procedures for operation of the school.
b. Schools do not stand in strict in loco parentis with their students.
c. Each student has rights and responsibilities vis-‡-vis other students.
d. In contemporary society, the loss of educational opportunities is not taken lightly.
5. Schools are viewed as a "market place of ideas," but no individual has a constitutional right to prevent a school from carrying out its assigned functions. The school must, however, show that a behavior is disruptive before it can sustain disciplinary action-the school cannot arbitrarily prohibit conduct.
"Where there is no finding that engaging in the forbidden conduct would materially and substantially interfere with the requirements of appropriate discipline in the operation of a school, the prohibition cannot be sustained. Constitutional guarantees do not immunize one for conduct which disrupts class work or invades the rights of others."
-Tinker vs. Des Moines Independent School District, USSC, 1969, 21 LIED 2d 73

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Parking Citations & Traffic Violations

Parking tickets and traffic violations issued at Foothill College by district police are legal citations that cannot be canceled by the college administration. To make a payment or contest a parking citation, write to Parking Violations, P.O. Box 1113, San Jose, CA 95108-1113; or call (800) 818-1832. To make a payment or contest a citation for a traffic violation, write to the Palo Alto Superior Court, 270 Grant Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306-1911; or call (650) 324-0373.

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Police Conduct

Direct concerns about an individual officer first to the officer and then to the chief of police, located in Room D100; or call (650) 949-7313.

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Student Conduct, Discipline & Due Process

See Board Policy, Administrative Procedures 5510 and 5520.

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Misuse of Computer Information & Resources Policy

This administrative procedure implements FHDA Board Policy 3250: Procedures Regarding Misuse of Computer Information. Abuse of computing, networking or information resources contained in or part of the district network may result in the loss of computing privileges. Additionally, abuse can be prosecuted under applicable statues. Users may be held accountable for their conduct under any applicable district or college policies, procedures, or collective bargaining agreements. Complaints alleging abuse of the district network will be directed to those responsible for taking appropriate disciplinary action. Illegal reproduction of material protected by U.S. Copyright Law is subject to civil damages and criminal penalties, including fines and imprisonment.

Examples of behaviors constituting abuse which violate District Board Policy 3250 include, but are not limited to, the following activities:

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System Abuse
  • Using a computer account that one is not authorized to use.
  • Obtaining a password for a computer account that one is not authorized to have.
  • Using the district network to gain unauthorized access to any computer systems.
  • Knowingly performing an act which will interfere with the normal operation of computers, terminals, peripherals or networks.
  • Knowingly running or installing on any computer system or network, or giving to another user, a program intended to damage or to place excessive load on a computer system or network. This includes but is not limited to programs known as computer viruses, Trojan horses and worms.
  • Knowingly or carelessly allowing someone else to use your account who engages in any misuse in violation of District Board Policy 3250.
  • Forging email messages.
  • Attempting to circumvent data-protection schemes or uncover or exploit security loopholes.
  • Masking the identity of an account or machine.
  • Deliberately wasting computing resources.
  • Downloading, displaying uploading or transmitting obscenity or pornography, as legally defined.
  • Electronic communications, or changing, or deleting another user's files or software without the explicit agreement of the owner, or any activity which is illegal under California computer crime laws.
  • Personal use which is excessive or interferes with the user's or others' performance of job duties, or otherwise burdens the intended use of the district network.

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  • Using the telephone, email or voice mail to harass or threaten others.
  • Knowingly downloading, displaying or transmitting by use of the district network, communications, pictures, drawings or depictions that contain ethnic slurs, racial epithets, or anything that may be construed as harassment or disparagement of others based on their race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or religious or political belief.
  • Knowingly downloading, displaying or transmitting by use of the district network sexually explicit images, messages, pictures, or cartoons when done to harass or for the purposes of harassment.
  • Knowingly downloading, displaying or transmitting by use of the district network sexually harassing images or text in a public computer facility, or location that can potentially be in view of other individuals.

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Commercial Use
  • Using the district network for any commercial activity without written authorization from the district. "Commercial activity" means for financial remuneration or designed to lead to financial remuneration.

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  • Violating terms of applicable software licensing agreements or copyright laws.
  • Publishing copyrighted material without the consent of the owner on district Web sites in violation of copyright laws.

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Activities by technical staff, as authorized by appropriate district or college officials, to take action for security, enforcement, technical support, troubleshooting or performance testing purposes will not be considered abuse of the network.

Although personal use is not an intended use, the district recognizes that the network will be used for incidental personal activities and will take no disciplinary action provided that such use is within reason and provided that such usage is ordinarily on an employee's own time; is occasional; and does not interfere with or burden the district's operation. Likewise, the district will not purposefully monitor or punish reasonable use of the network for union business-related communication between employees and their unions Approved 11/17/97; Reviewed by FHDA Board 8/16/99, 7/7/03.

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Code of Conduct for etudes' Internet-Based Courses

As a student at Foothill College, your conduct in the classroom and online (Internet classes) will be expected to conform to those acceptable standards for all students as described in this publication. Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to the following:

Use of threatening, harassing, sexually explicit language or discriminatory language or conduct that violates state and federal law and the Foothill-De Anza Community College District policy on sexual harassment or discrimination;
Unauthorized posting or transmitting sexually explicit images or other content that is deemed by etudes', the licensee, or any administrator, supervisor or instructor of a course published utilizing etudes' or other online software to be offensive;
Conduct that constitutes fraudulent behavior as enumerated in state and federal statutes;
Disruptive behavior online or off-line;
Vandalism, or any other violation of FHDA Community College District Board Policy. Particular attention should be given to college policy on academic dishonesty, which includes plagiarism or otherwise representing others' work as your own.

All Foothill College students are subject to the same consequences for violations of college policy. They include sanctions and consequences for infractions that are outlined in the student handbook, Course Catalog and at www.foothill.edu under Student Rights & Responsibilities.

All Foothill College students are hereby notified that these documents, available online and in print, serve to alert them to their rights and responsibilities, and the college's obligations.

There are specific requirements of students using etude software, or other commercial software, and they are detailed in the Terms of Service Agreement. All students are advised to refer to this document and are informed that violations may result in suspension and/or expulsion from the class and/or college, other board sanctions and termination of your password, account or use of the software. The Terms of Service Agreement include the college's limitation of liability, indemnification, waivers, intellectual property rights, confidentiality and registration information.

Referenced sources include Beyond the Classroom: Foothill College Student Handbook & Planner, Student Rights & Responsibilities; Foothill College Academic Honor Code; Foothill-De Anza Community College District Policies & Administrative Procedures on Sexual Harassment & Discrimination; and etudes systems' Terms of Service-Agreement (www.courseserve.com/termsofservice.html). March 1, 2000.

Students can obtain a copy of Student Conduct & Due Process from the Student Affairs & Activities Office, Room 2002; (650) 949-7241.

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