Prohibited Conduct

Enrollment at Illinois Central College includes obligations with regard to conduct both in and out of the classroom. Students are expected to conduct themselves appropriately within the academic community.

When a student or group of students, either on or off campus fail to observe the general standards of conduct established by the College, the student(s) shall be liable to disciplinary action.

Matters which might result in disciplinary action include, but are not necessarily limited to the following:

  1. Violation of published College policies, rules, regulations, guidelines, or procedures.

  2. Failure to comply with the direction of college officials or law enforcement officers acting in performance of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so.

  3. Use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages or be in a condition of public intoxication. No alcoholic beverages may be possessed, used by or distributed in any building owned by ICC. Alcoholic beverages may not, in any circumstance, be used by, possessed by or distributed to any person under twenty-one (21) years of age on College premises.

  4. Use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of any controlled substance, drug, or other chemical substance except as expressly permitted by the law, or possession of drug paraphernalia. Prescription medications other than by the person who the drug is prescribed and in accordance with the prescription is also prohibited. This includes sharing drugs such as Ritalin or Adderall. Abuse, misuse, sale, or distribution of prescription or over-the-counter medications is also prohibited.

  5. Disruption or obstruction of any operation of the college, including, but not limited to, teaching, student conduct proceedings, college activities, public service functions on or off campus, or other authorized non- college activities, when the act occurs on college premises.

  6. Damages, defaces, or deforms the property of the College or property of a member of the College community without his or her consent, on or off campus.

  7. Actions endangering life and/or property.

  8. Intentionally or recklessly interfering with the educational environment and/or normal operations of the College including but not limited to studying; teaching; research; guest presentations; college administration; or fire, police or emergency services.

  9. Fraudulent financial transactions at any ICC department.

  10. Bullying and Cyber Bullying: Bullying is defined as: Any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing, verbally, or electronically, directed towards a student or students that places the student(s) in reasonable fear of harm to them or their property; causes a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental health; or substantially interfering with student’s academic performance or ability to participate in school activities or privileges provided by the school. Bullying, as defined, can take various forms, including but not limited to, harassment, threats, intimidation, physical violence, sexual harassment, slurs, drawings, theft, public humiliation, or destruction of property. Bullying can be motivated by physical or clothing appearance, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, race, religion, or marital status. Bullying is characterized by being repeated and intentional as well as having a power or size difference between victim and bully.

  11. Inappropriate online behavior or behavior in online communities that negatively impacts the college community, including, but not limited to the following:

    • Use of or posting of copyright material and infringement of privacy. By way of example, it is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct to infringe on someone else’s rights of publicity, privacy, copyright, trademark, or other

      intellectual-property right by reproducing, sending a screen-shot, modifying or redistributing content (text or images) that does not belong to the person posting, without permission;

    • Illegal file sharing;

    • Use of ICC logos in any endorsements, without permission of the College (which does not include the sharing of ICC posts/ tweets if shared without modification);

    • Using inappropriate or offensive language in comments, videos, and other postings that involve or incite threats of violence or derogatory comments in regards to age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, nationality, disability, or other protected class, status, or characteristic or material that is otherwise offensive, malicious, demeaning, obscene, abusive, harassing, threatening, or intimidating;

    • Posting photos, videos and comments that are sexual in nature, including links to websites that are pornographic;

    • Posting of photos, videos, or comments when the individual posting identifies himself or herself as representing the College, purports to be representing the College or gives the appearance of representing the College in some capacity, including, by way of example and not by way of limitation a student athlete or a student employed by the College posting or commenting on a matter relevant to their representative capacity, without a disclaimer that indicates that such individual’s opinions, comments, interpretations, etc., are his or her own and not those of the College and may not represent current or accurate information; or

    •  Posting videos or photos of persons using illegal drugs.

  12. Acts of dishonesty, including, but not limited to:

    • Furnishing false or misleading information to any college official, faculty member or office.

    • Forgery, alteration or misuse of any college account, record, form, or instrument of identification.

    • Alteration or sabotage of another student’s work,

      such as tampering with laboratory experiments.

    • Tampering with the election of any college- recognized student organization or the student trustee election.

    • The misuse or unauthorized use of college funds or student organization funds.

    • Misrepresenting oneself as a college official.

  13. Theft of, tampering with, and/or damage to college property or property of a college community member, or possessing stolen property.

  14. Verbal abuse and/or abusive behavior, includes written, electronic, or verbal behavior, such as a epithet, slur, insult, or other expressive behavior, that is directed at a particular person or a group of persons and that creates an environment wherein the verbal behavior is inherently likely to provoke a violent reaction, whether or not it actually does so.

  15. Physical abuse, includes physical contact, or which by its nature is provoking or endangers the health or safety of any person. This contact can be either through direct physical contact or through the use of any object.

  16. The use, possession, or carrying of weapons, including but not limited to, pistols, rifles, shotguns, air soft guns, paint ball guns, pellet guns, dangerous knives (with fixed blades three inches or more in length), ammunition, any stun device, or other dangerous weapons. Students who have authorization for concealed carry are NOT able to concealed carry a gun on campus, in accordance with state law. A Licensee may transport a firearm into an unrestricted parking area within a vehicle if the firearm and its ammunition remain locked in a case out of plain view within the parked vehicle. For further information please visit:

  17. Sexual harassment, sexual assault, or sexual misconduct which includes any unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors or any conduct of a sexual nature including:

    • Deliberate touching of another’s sexual parts without consent;

    • Deliberate sexual contact of another without consent;

    • Deliberate constraint or incapacitation of another, without that person’s knowledge or consent, so as to put another at substantially increased risk of sexual injury;

    • Any sexual act or sexual assault that occurs without the consent of the victim, or that occurs when the victim is unable to give knowing consent due to drug or alcohol intoxication or mental incapacity;

    • Obscene or indecent behavior, which includes, but is not limited to, exposure of one’s sexual organs or the display of sexual behavior that would be reasonably offensive to others; or

    • Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that expressly or implicitly imposes conditions upon, threatens, interferes with, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or demeaning environment for an individual’s (I) academic pursuits, (II) College employment; (III) participation in activities sponsored by the College or organizations or groups related to the College, or (IV) opportunities to benefit from other aspects of College life.

      To report sexual assault, sexual harassment or sexual misconduct, contact the Title IX/Civil Rights Equity Coordinator at (309) 694-8460 or t for options including confidential reporting.

      For further information please contact Title IX Coordinator. All disciplinary action related to sexual misconduct violations will be processed through the Title IX office.

  18. Unauthorized occupancy of the College facilities or building other than during hours of operation.

  19. Gambling

  20. Unauthorized or inappropriate use of college telephones, facsimile (fax) machines, copier machines, printers or any other office communication devices.

  21. Gang activity, including wearing of apparel intended to indicate gang membership or to communicate gang behavior including the use of gang symbols or slogans.

  22. Any conduct which constitutes a violation of the terms of any discipline imposed in accordance with the procedure.

  23. Violation of federal, state, local law, or mandates whether on or off campus, when such violation has or may have an adverse impact on the college community.

  24. Abuse of computer facilities, resources, technology policy including but not limited to:

    • Theft or other abuse of college computing resources

    • Unauthorized entry into a file to use, read, or change the contents, or for any other purpose;

    • Unauthorized transfer of a file;

    • Installation or use of a program whose effect is to damage the media or files;

    • Use of another individual’s identification and/or password;

    • Use of computing facilities and resources to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member or, College official;

    • Use of computing system to send obscene, abusive or inappropriate messages;

    • Unauthorized use of computer time for personal or business purposes;

    • Unauthorized or inappropriate use of the computer;

    • Use of computing facilities and resources to interfere with normal operation of the College computing system;

    • Use of computing facilities and resources in violation of copyright laws;

    • Unauthorized or inappropriate use of the Internet from a computer on campus or at a designated campus facility.

    • Contains defamatory, false, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, pornographic, profane, sexually explicit, threatening, racially offensive, or otherwise biased, discriminatory, or illegal material.

  25. Planning, facilitating, participating in, or supporting or encouraging an act of misconduct.

  26. Unauthorized use of electronic devices:

    • Any unauthorized use of electronic or other devices to make an audio or video record of any person while on College premises without their prior knowledge, or without their effective consent when such a recording is likely to cause injury or distress. This includes, but is not limited to, surreptitiously taking pictures of another person in the gym, locker room, or restroom. Taking photographs by students of individuals against their will or knowledge is strictly prohibited.

    • Any recording or pictures taken while in class is in session- unless such recordings are taken with the intent to prove a crime or code violation has been or is about to be committed. Any person is in danger of receiving physical or mental abuse. Recordings or pictures are authorized by any College official. Person agrees to turn over any recordings or pictures to Campus Police or Dean of Students upon request. Or in relation to an individual’s educational accommodation documented with Access Services.

    • Cellular phones and other electronic devices shall not be used in a manner that causes disruption in the classroom, library or any other posted or deemed areas on College-owned or College-operated facilities.

  27. Hazing, defined as an act which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student or which destroys or removes public or private property for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a student organization or other student group. The expressed or implied consent of the victim will not be a defense. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing are not neutral acts; they are violations of this rule.

  28. Abuse of the student conduct process, including but not limited to:

    • Failure to comply with a request to attend a meeting with a student conduct body;

    • Making false allegations, falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information before or during a student conduct proceeding, bringing about charges without cause or with intent to harm another

    • Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a student conduct proceeding;

    • Knowingly initiating a false complaint;

    • Attempting to discourage an individual’s participation in or use of the student conduct process;

    • Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of a student conduct body prior to and/or during the course of the student conduct proceeding;

    • Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a member of a student conduct body prior to, during and/or after a student conduct proceeding;

    • Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Code; or

    • Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the student conduct process.

  29. The carrying, using, burning, inhaling, or exhaling of any kind of tobacco product, including but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, pipes, cigarillos, smokeless. tobacco, chew, snuff, herbs, hookah-smoked products, cannabis (including medical marijuana) and electronic nicotine delivery systems including all forms of ‘e-cigarettes’ and personal vaporizers. (ICC Board of Trustees Smoke-Free Policy)

    This list is not all-inclusive and may be modified at any time by campus administration.