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Student Conduct and Academic Integrity


Code of Conduct Sanctions

We select sanctions carefully, keeping in mind that the best lessons are often learned from firsthand experience. 

Sanction Submission Form

Submit paperwork and other documents related to your case. 

 

Educational Sanctions

Carolina Awareness on Alcohol Policies and Safety Class (CAAPS)

CAAPS is an educational sanction for underage, first-time alcohol policy violators. Students enrolled in CAAPS are challenged to think about the choices they have made and hold themselves accountable for making better decisions about alcohol use in the future.

All attendees are asked to complete the following assignments:

CAAPS Pre Work

You must complete this pre-work assignment. If you attend the course without completing this pre-work, you will be charged a $25 penalty.


CAAPS Post Assessment

The link to your CAAPS post-assessment will be emailed to you four weeks after your course. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes and must be completed within three days of receiving it, or a hold will be placed on your account.

Missing a CAAPS Class
If you miss your class, you will need to schedule a class with the Insights Alcohol Alert Program. Classes take place on the first Thursday of the month from 6 - 8 p.m. at Insight Educational and Treatment Services ($35).

Call 803-750-8444 to get on the class roster. You will need to schedule the class yourself, and contact Insights the day after to ensure your paperwork has been faxed to our office.

Civility Effects Workshop

This two-hour workshop is designed to help teach students constructive forms of communication and to foster a climate of civility at our university.

Community Service

When you give to the greater good, you really see how the actions of one person can impact an entire community.

In order to facilitate self-awareness, every student is expected to turn in a reflective essay as part of their community service assignment.  

All community service hours should be documented and signed by a site supervisor. We will contact site supervisors to verify your completed hours.
OSC Community Service Form [pdf] 

Conduct Probation

This is a decision-making tool. If you violate the code of conduct again while on conduct probation, you could be suspended from the university. 

Drug Testing 

We require random drug screening for any student found violating the drug policy. Tests take place off-campus and you are responsible for the cost.

If you don't pass your test or you fail to submit your test on time, it can be considered a second drug offense, which could result in suspension.  

We recommend two local substance abuse facilities to students for treatment and drug testing sanctions:

If you take medication, you will need to bring a valid prescription to our office. 

Essays

A reflection paper will give you the opportunity to look back on your actions and determine what you have learned, how you impacted yourself and others, and how you may avoid future missteps.

The topic and essay questions you are assigned will depend on your individual incident. Your essay should be at least four pages, use 12pt Times New Roman Font, double spaced. Please submit the essay as a Word or PDF document. Please review the essay rubric [pdf]. If  your essay does not meet expectations in any section, your essay will have to be re-written and re-submitted within 3 days.

Community Service Essay

You are to complete a reflective essay of two full pages in length regarding your experience completing your community service hours with your required community service site due by the listed deadline on your case resolution form. 

We do not learn from doing; we learn from thinking about what we do. This reflection paper gives you the opportunity to look back on your community service experience, and assess what was gained, by you and by others.

Your paper should include the following:
  • Your name and case number
  • The name of the agency, group or organization where you volunteered 
  • The site coordinator's name and contact information
Before the service answer the following questions:
  • What do you think will be the most important thing you will take with you from this community service experience?
  • What is one way in which you expect the community service will change your perspectives?
  • What do you hope to learn about yourself and the community you are serving during this process?
After the service answer the following questions:
  • Describe the influence community service has had on you. Be sure to give examples. How were you affected (positively or negatively) by the people and/or the places where you completed your community service?
  • Describe and give examples of the influence you made on the agency and the people with whom you worked. What have they learned from you?
  • What was the most important thing you learned about yourself? About working with other people?
  • What did you like about the community service work you did?
  • Describe your attitude toward community service before you started. Did this attitude change? If it did, how?
  • How does your behavior in your incident relate to community service?
  • What connections do you see between your service and the Carolinian Creed?
  • Describe how you felt when your community service was complete.
  • How will this experience change how you think and act in the future?
Gamecock Gateway If I was Removed From the Program

You are to write an essay on about what impact being removed from Gamecock Gateway would have on you.

Past:
  • What were your motivations or reasons for enrolling in Gamecock Gateway?
  • Upon coming to college did you have a goal set for yourself (present or future)?
  • What were your parents’/families’ expectations?
  • How have your actions prevented you from reaching these goals and expectations?
Present:
  • What is your personal decision-making style? What do you consider when making decisions in your life? How do you do this? Provide detailed examples.
  • How do you determine what your priorities are in your life, especially as a student? Be specific.
  • How should your responsibilities guide your priorities and decision making?
  • How have you been following those guidelines referenced in the above questions?
  • How did you decide to become involved in this incident? What did you consider? What were your feelings/thoughts in this process?
  • When you read the Creed, what does it represent? Explain.
  • Why do you think the University of South Carolina has a Creed? Explain why you think it is an important part of the Carolina culture?
  • How does the Creed apply to you specifically in this incident? Explain.
Planning/Future:
  • What are the academic impacts you could face by being removed from the Gamecock Gateway program?
  • How would this removal from the Gamecock Gateway program affect transferring to the University of South Carolina?
  • What would be the economic impacts of your decision? Include components such as school-related costs, living costs, scholarships, etc., that would be lost if you were removed from the program tomorrow.
  • What is the cost of rent/utilities at an off-campus location? How much would you lose if you had to move this month? Enumerate each and the cost of breaking your lease.
  • How would you make up this money?
  • If you had a job paying an average wage, such as $8 per hour, how many hours would you have to work per week to break even? How would this impact your lifestyle?
  • If you had to move home, how would this impact your lifestyle?
  • What would you tell your friends? Would they be surprised? How do you reconcile their perceptions with the reality of your conduct history?
  • What could you, personally, have done to make more appropriate decisions, if anything? Would you do anything differently?
  • Going forward, what kind of activities could you participate in or changes could you make to help you achieve your and your parents’ goals?
  • What resources on the USC or Midlands Tech campuses could be helpful to you?
If I was Suspended Essay

This essay is designed to provide you an opportunity to reflect on your actions and articulate how future violations of the Code of Conduct can lead to a suspension from the university.

Please answer each question and use the headings provided. Paper should be at least four pages, use 12pt Times New Roman Font, double spaced. Please submit the essay as a Word or PDF document.

Past:
  • What were your motivations or reasons for coming to USC?
  • Upon coming to college did you have a goal set for yourself (present or future)? 
  • What were your parents’/families’ expectations? 
  • How have your actions prevented you from reaching these goals and expectations? 
Present:
  • What is your personal decision making style?
  • What do you consider when making decisions in your life? How do you do this? Provide detailed examples.
  • How do you determine what your priorities are in your life, especially as a student? Be specific.
  • How should your responsibilities guide your priorities and decision making?
  • How have you been following those guidelines referenced in the above questions?
  • How did you decide to become involved in this incident? What did you consider? What were your feelings/thoughts in this process?
  • When you read the Creed, what does it represent?  Explain.
  • Why do you think the University of South Carolina has a Creed? Explain why you think it is an important part of the Carolina culture?
  • How does the Creed apply to you specifically in this incident? Explain.
Planning/Future:
  • What are the academic impacts if you get suspended for a second or third offense? 
  • Calculate your cumulative GPA with the resulting 0.0 (use the ACE website).  Research transfer standards for your second and third choice institutions (please state the specific institutions). Are you eligible for admission? To which ones?
  • What would be the economic impacts of your decision? Include components such as school-related costs, living costs, scholarships, etc., that would be lost if you were suspended tomorrow.
  • What is the cost of rent/utilities at an off-campus location (if you have not planned one, use The Asypre and The Retreat)?  How much would you lose if you had to move this month? Enumerate each and the cost of breaking your lease. 
  • How would you make up this money? 
  • If you had a job paying an average wage, such as $8 per hour, how many hours would you have to work per week to break even? How would this impact your lifestyle?
  • If you had to move home, how would this impact your lifestyle?
  • What would you tell your friends and neighbors about why you were moving back mid-semester? Would they be surprised? How do you reconcile their perceptions with the reality of your conduct history? 
  • What could you, personally, have done to make more appropriate decisions, if anything? Would you do anything differently?
  • Going forward, what kind of activities could you participate in or changes could you make to help you achieve your and parents’ goals? 
  • What resources on campus could be helpful to you?

 

Fines

Many sanctions include fines to deter you from repeating the offense.  

The Alcohol Prevention Coalition estimates $1.1 million is being spent by USC on costs related to alcohol each year (costs include property damage, counseling, campus safety, student conduct, housing, etc.). Fines assist with costs associated with administering, facilitating and evaluating the educational workshops and programs. Fines may be imposed separately or in addition to any other sanction(s).

These fines and fees may be assessed:

Amount Reason
$250 Fine for first violation of the alcohol policy.
$350 Fine for second violation of the alcohol policy or first drug policy violation.
$150 Fine for a fire safety violation.
$100 Reimbursement for cost of City of Columbia Fire Department response.
$50 Fine for a tobacco policy violation.
$25 Fine for failing to complete Pre-CAAPS homework.
Housing Removal or Relocation

If you are preventing the university from providing a safe and comfortable living environment for all residents, you may be relocated or removed from housing altogether.

Relocation
Usually done immediately, and to our first available vacancy.

Removal
You will have somewhere between 2 and 5 days to vacate your residence. If you are removed from university housing, you will not be able to live in any university building for the rest of your time at USC.

Restitution 

If you are found responsible for theft, misappropriation or damage to property, we will require you to pay restitution. 

Students Taking Initiative & Responsibility (STIR)

This program is designed to help you identify your high-risk behavior, reflect on your decisions and take steps toward making better choices in the future.

Completing the Program
You will attend three one-on-one sessions with staff members from Substance Abuse Prevention and Education (SAPE) to assess your substance use and consider ways to avoid negative consequences in the future. You will pay a $100 fee for your alcohol or substance use evaluation.

Substance Use Group Sessions (Six Week Group)

The six-week program, Redefining Your Relationship With Substances, involves an assessment of your substance use and six weekly consecutive group sessions. Sessions cost up to $35 each and will be billed to your university account.

Missing Sessions
If you miss a session or are more than five minutes late, you will be responsible for completing this sanction off campus at your own expense.

Suspension

If you are suspended from the university, you will be denied enrollment and attendance at USC, and prohibited from accessing any part of campus or the university's properties. You may be allowed to apply for readmission after your suspension period with or without restrictions, and you may have to complete a probation period upon your return to campus.

Delayed Suspension
You will be allowed to continue your coursework, but you will be under restrictions from Student Conduct and Academic Integrity. If you fail to follow all requirements of your restrictions, you will be suspended immediately.

Treatment and Educational Facilities

We recommend two local substance abuse facilities to students for treatment and drug testing sanctions:

Student Conduct and Academic Integrity