Student Conduct Policies

As members of the BHDI community students are expected to abide by the Standards of the Student Conduct Policies while on the main campus or any offsite classroom, and during any BHDI sponsored field trip, special event, or convention.


Students may be disciplined for the types of misconduct set out in the section below. Discipline may be imposed whether or not such misconduct also violates the law and whether or not proceedings are, have been, or may be brought in the courts involving the same acts. Because of this, students may be involved in College disciplinary proceedings before, after, or during court proceedings.

The standards of conduct apply to students as the term “student” is defined as someone who:

  • is enrolled in or registered with an academic program of the College;
  • has completed the immediately preceding term and is eligible for reenrollment, including the recess periods between academic terms;
  • is on an approved educational leave or other approved leave status.
  • is an applicant who become student, for offenses committed as part of the application process;
  • is an applicant who become student, for offenses committed on campus and/or while participating in College-related events or activities that take place following a student’s submittal of the application through his or her official enrollment;
  • is a former students for offenses committed while students.

Students may be disciplined for violations or attempted violations (including aiding, abetting, or participating in the planning of an act that would be in violation of these Policies, whether or not the individual who carries out that act is a student). Violations include the following types of misconduct:


All forms of academic misconduct, including, but not limited to, cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, multiple submissions or facilitating academic misconduct. A student may receive a “Fail’ in a course if found guilty of academic misconduct at the discretion of the instructor.  For the purposes of the BHDI Student Conduct Policies, the following definitions apply:


Cheating includes, but is not limited to, the use of unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise; or the failure to observe the expressed procedures or instructions of an academic exercise (e.g., examination instructions regarding alternate seating or conversation during an examination).


Fabrication includes, but is not limited to, falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise.


Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of another’s words or ideas as if they were one’s own, including, but not limited to, representing, either with the intent to deceive or by the omission of the true source, part of or an entire work produced by someone other than the student, obtained by purchase or otherwise, as the student’s original work or representing the identifiable but altered ideas, data, or writing of another person as if those ideas, data, or writing were the student’s original work.

Multiple Submissions

Multiple submissions includes, but is not limited to, the resubmission by a student of any work which has been previously submitted for credit in identical or similar form in one course to fulfill the requirements of a second course, without the informed permission/consent of the professor of the second course; or the submission by a student of any work submitted for credit in identical or similar form in one course to fulfill the requirements of a concurrent course, without the permission/consent of the professors of both courses.

Facilitating Academic Dishonesty

Facilitating academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, knowingly helping another student commit an act of academic misconduct (e.g., cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, multiple submissions).

Coercion for Grading or Evaluation of Coursework

Threatening personal or professional repercussions or discipline against a professor to coerce the professor to change a grade or otherwise evaluate the student’s work by criteria not directly reflective of coursework.

Other forms of dishonesty, include, but not limited to, fabricating information or knowingly furnishing false information or reporting a false emergency to the College.

Willful falsification of official records or documents, or the omission of information with the intent to deceive the College is strictly prohibited.

This includes, but is not limited to, forgery, alteration, misuse or tampering of official records, any College document, ID cards, parking permits, Financial Aid forms, Admissions forms, keys, electronic device, or identification.

Theft of, conversion of, misappropriation of, or damage to or destruction of any property of the College or property of others while on College premises or at official College functions; or possession of any property when the student had knowledge or reasonably should have had knowledge that it was stolen.

Theft or abuse of College computers or other College electronic resources such as computer and electronic communications facilities, systems, and services. Abuses include, but are not limited to, unauthorized entry, use, transfer, or tampering with the communications of others; interference with the work of others or with the operation of computer or electronic communications facilities, systems, or services; or violations of copyright laws, whether by theft, unauthorized sharing or other misuse of copyrighted materials such as songs, movies, software, photos or text.

Violation of the Term and Conditions of the BHDI Student Information System website Populi, will also be considered a violation of Section “Computers”.

Unauthorized entry to, possession of, receipt of, or use of any College services, equipment, resources, or properties, including the College’s name, insignia, or seal.

College Housing

Violation of policies, regulations, or rules governing College-owned, -operated, or -leased housing facilities or other housing facilities located on College property.


Violation of policies, regulations, or rules governing College parking services or College-owned or College–operated parking facilities.

Physical abuse includes physical assault, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, sex offenses; threats of violence; or other conduct that threatens the health or safety of any person.

Sexual assault occurs when a person knowingly causes another person to engage in a sexual act by:

  1. physical force, violence, threat, intimidation, and/or coercion;
  2. ignoring the objections of the other person;
  3. causing the other’s intoxication or impairment through the use of drugs or alcohol; or
  4. taking advantage of the other person’s incapacitation, state of intimidation, helplessness, or other inability to consent. Situations involving physical force, violence, threat, intimidation, and/or coercion fall under the definition of Sexual Assault.

Sexual misconduct occurs when a person, having failed to take appropriate steps to gain effective consent, engages in a sexual act with another under the unreasonable belief that effective consent had been obtained.

Sex offenses include, but are not limited to, sexual assault upon a child, incest, and consensual sexual intercourse with an individual under the age of consent (18 years of age in California).

NOTE: For the purpose of this regulation, the following apply:

  • “Effective consent” referenced in the terms above means words or actions that show a voluntary agreement to engage in a mutually agreed-upon sexual activity.
  • “Sexual act” referenced in the terms above includes but is not limited to sexual intercourse, sodomy, oral-genital contact, or sexual penetration with a foreign object (including a finger), the touching of a person’s intimate parts (defined as genitalia, groin, breast or buttocks, or clothing covering them), or compelling a person to touch his or her own or another person’s intimate parts without effective consent.
  • Intoxication of the accused will not diminish his or her responsibility for any violations of this Section.

Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects a person’s employment or education, unreasonably interferes with a person’s work or educational performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or learning environment. In the interest of preventing sexual harassment, the College will respond to reports of any such conduct.

Stalking behavior in which a student repeatedly engages in a course of conduct directed at another person and makes a credible threat with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear for his or her safety, or the safety of his or her family; where the threat is reasonably determined by the College to seriously alarm, torment, or terrorize the person; and where the threat is additionally determined by the College to serve no legitimate purpose.

For the purposes of this section, harassment:

  1. is the use, display, or other demonstration of words, gestures, imagery, or physical materials, or the engagement in any form of bodily conduct, on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, alienage, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability, that has the effect of creating a hostile and intimidating environment sufficiently severe or pervasive to substantially impair a reasonable person’s participation in College programs or activities, or use of College facilities;
  2. must target a specific person or persons; and
  3. must be addressed directly to that person or persons.

NOTE: The Office of the President has issued the following guidance on interpretation and application of this section (Harassment):

“Prior to applying this provision of policy to any student conduct, the Grievance Committee will be consulted regarding its proper interpretation and application in light of the specific circumstances.”

Participation in hazing or any method of initiation or pre-initiation into a campus organization or other activity engaged in by the organization or members of the organization at any time that causes, or is likely to cause, physical injury or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in psychological harm to any student or other person

Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary procedures, or other College activities.

Conduct including, but not limited to actions which are indecent, vulgar, obscene, profane, offensive, showing a lack of consideration for others, threatening to others, obstructive or riotous, or verbally abusive are strictly prohibited.

Participation in a disturbance of the peace or unlawful assembly.

Failure to identify oneself to, or comply with directions of, a College official or other public official acting in the performance of his or her duties while on College property or at official College functions, or resisting or obstructing such College or other public officials in the performance of or the attempt to perform their duties.

Unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, use, or sale of, or the attempted manufacture, distribution, dispensing, or sale of, controlled substances, identified in Federal or State law or regulations.

Manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, use, or sale of, or the attempted manufacture, distribution, dispensing, or sale of, alcohol which is unlawful or otherwise prohibited by, or not in compliance with, College policy or campus regulations.

The possession or use of a firearm or other dangerous weapon, incendiary device, or explosive is strictly prohibited on College owned or controlled premises or property.

Violation of the conditions contained in the terms of a disciplinary action imposed under the BHDI Student Conduct Policies.

Except as provided herein, no student will give, sell, or otherwise distribute to others or publish any recording made during any course presentation without the written consent of the College and the professor/presenter. This policy is applicable to any recording in any medium, including handwritten or typed notes.

Any distribution of a recording of a course presentation at BHDI that captures the actual sounds and/or images of that course presentation, in any medium, must consider not only the rights of the professor and the College, but also those of other parties. Examples include the privacy rights of students enrolled in the course, the rights of guest lecturers, and the copyright interests in materials authored by others that are displayed or presented during the course presentation.

In addition to the consent of the College and the professor/presenter, it may be necessary to secure permission from these other parties before any recording, distribution, publication, or communication is legally permitted.

Selling, preparing, or distributing for any commercial purpose course lecture notes or video or audio recordings of any course unless authorized by the College in advance and explicitly permitted by the course instructor in writing. The unauthorized sale or commercial distribution of course notes or recordings by a student is a violation of the BHDI Student Conduct Policies whether or not it was the student or someone else who prepared the notes or recordings. This policy is applicable to any recording in any medium, including handwritten or typed notes.

Copying for any commercial purpose handouts, readers, or other course materials provided by a professor as part of an BHDI course unless authorized by the College in advance and explicitly permitted by the course instructor and the copyright holder in writing (if the instructor is not the copyright holder).

Students currently enrolled in a course may provide a copy of their own notes or recordings to other currently enrolled students for non-commercial purposes reasonably arising from participation in the course, including individual or group study.

While BHDI does allow for freedom in the classroom, assignments cannot include content which is provocative, threatening, violent, pornographic, or sexually harassing.

Assignments which are to be published, broadcast, webcast, or otherwise displayed for the public are to meet the approval of the professor and/or the administration.

Material that does not meet the approval of the professor and/or the administration will not be distributed for public display.

Selling Commencement tickets.

Organizing or carrying out unlawful activity on College properties in violation of Federal, State, or local laws.

Repeated misconduct will not be tolerated. A second violation of the Student Conduct Policies may result in dismissal from the institution. A third infraction will result in immediate dismissal from the institution.