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2017-2018 Catalog: December 2017 Edition 
2017-2018 Catalog: December 2017 Edition [ARCHIVED]

Policies and Standards

  • Student Rights  
    • Statement on Freedom of Expression, Civility and Mutual Respect, Nondiscrimination and Harassment Policy, Sexual Harassment Policy, Complaint Procedures, Accommodations for Students with Disabilities, Crime Awareness, Student Privacy Rights: Releasing Student Records, Instructional and Course Material Fees Policy, Student Right-to-Know Disclosure
  • Student Code of Conduct
    • Student Code of Conduct, Irvine Valley College Social Media Guidelines, Disciplinary Action, Debts Owed to the College, Substance Abuse, Acceptable Use Policy: Digital Information, Parking Regulations, Animals/Pets on Campus, Smoking Policy, Liability Notice

Student Code of Conduct

Requirements for student conduct are set forth in the California Education Code, Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, policies of the Board of Trustees, and in the California Penal Code.

Students in the South Orange County Community College District are responsible for regulating their own conduct and for respecting the rights and privileges of others. Irvine Valley College students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the function of the college as an educational institution and to respect and obey all civil and criminal laws. Failure to show respect for the standards as set forth by the South Orange County Community College District is cause for expulsion.

Students may be disciplined for one or more of the following causes related to college activity or attendance.

  1. Disruptive behavior, willful disobedience, habitual profanity or vulgarity, or the open and persistent defiance of the authority of district personnel.
  2. Assault, battery, or any threat of force or violence upon a student, district personnel, or on an authorized visitor.
  3. Willful misconduct resulting in injury or death to a student or district personnel or an authorized visitor, or willful misconduct resulting in damage, defacing, theft, or other injury to any real or personal property owned by the District, or district personnel, or students in attendance at the colleges or programs of the District.
  4. The unlawful use, sale, or possession on district property or presence on district property while under the influence of any controlled substance or any poison classified as such by state or federal law.
  5. Smoking in an area where smoking has been prohibited by law or by policy of the Board of Trustees or administrative regulation (see Smoking Policy below).
  6. Disorderly, lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct on district property or at district sponsored functions.
  7. Sexual assault (as defined in Board Policy 5404) on any student, or employee of the District, on campus or off-campus grounds or facilities maintained by the district. See Sexual Harassment Policy above.
  8. The possession or use of any firearms, explosives, dangerous chemicals, deadly weapons, or other potentially harmful implements or substances while on district property or at a district-sponsored function without the prior authorization of the disciplinary officer.
  9. The obstruction or disruption, on or off campus, of any educational or administrative process or any other process or function of the District.
  10. Physical abuse, on or off campus property, of the person or property of any member of the campus community or of members of his or her family or the threat of such physical abuse when related to a district program or activity.
  11. Misrepresentation of oneself or of an organization as an agent of the District.
  12. Soliciting or assisting another to do any act which would subject a student to discipline.
  13. Use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages and/or illegal narcotics/drugs on district premises, or at district-sponsored events, or appearances on district property or at district sponsored events while under the influence of alcohol or illegal narcotics/drugs unless otherwise provided by law and District policy.
  14. Unauthorized recording, dissemination, and publication of academic presentations or materials. This prohibition applies to a recording made in any medium.
  15. Actions of force or threat of force to injure, intimidate, oppress or threaten because of the other person’s race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, gender, or sexual orientation, or because of the perception that the other person has one or more of these characteristics.
  16. Academic dishonesty, including, but not limited to falsification, plagiarism, cheating or fabrication, which compromises the integrity of an assignment, a college record or a program. See Academic Honesty and Dishonesty in the Academic Policies section.

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Irvine Valley College Social Media Guidelines

Irvine Valley College’s social media presence is intended to be an engagement tool for students and the campus to connect through photos and video on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and YouTube. Comments posted on our page do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of the college.

We adhere to the Terms of Use and Code of Conduct for each social media platform, and we reserve the right to remove any content that is abusive and/or profane, as well as advertisements for products, services, activities and events not sponsored by the college.

Students who interact with Irvine Valley College on social media are expected to conduct themselves as they would in a classroom.

Administrators of this page have the right to remove anyone who does not abide by the standards described in the Student Code of Conduct, which can be viewed at:

For the full text of Irvine Valley College’s Social Media Guidelines, visit:

If you have a concern about any posted content, or about any content that has been removed by the administrators of IVC’s social media accounts, please email us at

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Disciplinary Action

A request for disciplinary action may be initiated in writing by district employees. When there is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, the following procedures will be followed:

If the conduct occurred in the classroom, the instructor may remove the student from class for that day and the next class meeting if the student interfered with the instructional process. Removal must be reported to the disciplinary officer immediately. If the student is a threat to self or to others, the instructor must contact Campus Police immediately. If the student removed is a dependent minor, the instructor may request that the parent or guardian attend a parent conference regarding the removal. Upon removal of a student, the instructor will give the student verbal and/or written notice of the reasons for the removal. Refer to AR 5401 for more details.

If the conduct did not occur in the classroom, the college employee discovering the conduct will report the incident to the disciplinary officer and submit a written report on the appropriate form (i.e., Incident Report form). The report will include (a) date and time of the conduct, (b) location, (c) names of witnesses, and (d) a detailed explanation of the alleged misconduct.

When the report of alleged misconduct is sent to the disciplinary officer, the officer will evaluate the information to determine if it alleges a violation of the District’s student conduct policy and/or regulations. If the disciplinary officer determines that the report supports such allegations, a meeting will be requested with the student to provide the student an opportunity to respond to the allegations.

The disciplinary officer will review all documentation related to the case to make a determination if disciplinary action is required.

The disciplinary officer will send a notice by mail to the student charged with the violation. This notice will include a written explanation of the incident and the charges that have been made (i.e., the specific conduct involved and the specific regulation(s) alleged to have been violated.

The disciplinary decision is final and it is immediately in effect unless it involves termination of State and/ or local financial aid, suspension, or recommendation of expulsion, in which case the student may appeal the decision to the Disciplinary Hearing Panel within ten days. In cases referred to the Panel by the disciplinary officer or in cases where the decision is appealed to the Panel, the procedures in Section V will be followed. The student may, in writing, accept the penalty of suspension or expulsion without further hearing and without admitting participation in the conduct charged.

Range of Disciplinary Actions

  1. Verbal Reprimand:
    A warning that the conduct is not acceptable.
  2. Written Reprimand:
    Becomes part of the student file for a minimum of five years or longer at the discretion of the disciplinary officer, and is considered in the event of future violations.
  3. Mental Health Clearance:
    Mental health clearance may be required before a student is readmitted to a particular class or allowed to be on district property. The campus chief administrative officer (or designee) must receive a letter from a licensed mental health professional stating that in his or her professional judgment, the student will no longer continue the behavior which gave rise to the disciplinary action or that the student’s presence on campus is not a threat to himself or herself or others. The mental health professional must be licensed by the State of California. The student shall bear the cost and expense of obtaining mental health clearance.
  4. Disciplinary Probation:
    A specific period of conditional participation in campus and academic affairs, which may involve any or all of the following:
    1. Ineligibility for all student government roles;
    2. Removal from any student government position;
    3. Revocation of the privilege of participating in district and/or student-sponsored activities;
    4. Ineligibility for membership on an athletic team;
    5. Limitation of courses and/or instructors the student may take. 
  5. Suspension:
    The Board of Trustees or the disciplinary officer may suspend a student for cause. Suspension will be accompanied by a hearing conducted by the Disciplinary Hearing Panel. Suspension may involve
    1. Removal from one or more classes for the remainder of the academic term.
    2. Removal from all classes and activities of the District for one or more terms. During this time, the student may not be enrolled in any class or program within the District. 
  6. Expulsion:
    The Board of Trustees may expel a student for cause when other means of correction fail to bring about proper conduct or when the presence of the student causes a continuing danger to the physical safety of the student or others. Expulsion will be accompanied by a hearing conducted by the Disciplinary Hearing Panel.

For further information, students may contact the President’s Office at Irvine Valley College or refer to the South Orange County Community College District Administrative Regulation 5401, available in the college library or at

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Debts Owed to the College

Unpaid financial obligations, including failure to return college equipment, defaulting on student loans, failure to redeem returned checks, or non-payment of Library or Health and Wellness Center fees, may result in a student’s grades, official transcripts, diplomas, or certificates being withheld, as well as permission to register for classes being denied. Any item or items withheld shall be released when the student satisfactorily meets the financial obligation. (California Education Code, Section 70902 and South Orange County Community College District Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 5407-Financial Obligation Owed to the District.)

Substance Abuse

Campus Standards of Conduct

Irvine Valley and Saddleback colleges are dedicated to the elimination of the use of illicit drugs and alcohol abuse. The colleges are making significant efforts to create an environment that promotes and reinforces good health. These include responsible living; respect for community and campus standards and regulations; and the intellectual, social, emotional, ethical, and physical well-being of all members of the campus community.

Within this context, the South Orange County Community College District and California State law prohibit the unlawful possession, use, distribution, manufacture or dispensing of illicit drugs and alcohol by students on college property or as part of any college activity. (California Education Code, Section 76033 (a) and South Orange County Community College District Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 5401-Code of Conduct.)

Campus Legal Sanctions

Students are reminded that violations of these provisions may lead to the imposition of a disciplinary sanction under South Orange County Community College District Administrative Regulation 5401.

All violations of policy will be handled on an individual basis affording each student the right to due process. Procedures of this process are described in Administrative Regulation 5401. Sanctions which may be imposed include reprimand, probation, suspension, and expulsion.

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Acceptable Use Policy: Digital Information

Use of College Computers, Email, Internet Services, Telephones, Faxes, and Electronic Devices

The South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD) digital information network is intended to enhance the availability of educational materials and opportunities for students. The network consists of computers; computer networks; e‑mail and voice mail systems; Internet services; audio and video conferencing; and related electronic peripherals such as cellular phones, modems and fax machines. The District encourages broad and extensive use of the network for educational purposes. However, personal, recreational or commercial use of the system for non-academic matters is not permitted.

Student email privileges are designed solely for educational purposes. Chain letters, chat rooms, Multiple User Dimensions (MUDs), or multi-player game servers are not allowed, with the exception of those bulletin boards or chat groups that are created by academic staff for specific instructional purposes. The District reserves the right to monitor network and email use for the purpose of determining whether a violation of District policy or law has occurred, and to take disciplinary action when appropriate.

Guidelines for permitted uses of the information network are defined in South Orange County Community College District Administrative Regulation 4000.2, Electronic Communications.

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Parking Regulations

A complete copy of the South Orange County Community College District Traffic & Parking Regulations (AR-3450) can be obtained at the Campus Police Station (CP 100), at the Administration Building (A 100), or online at

Parking on campus is by permit only Monday through Sunday, seven (7) days a week, 24 hours a day. There is no beginning of semester “grace period” or waiver. Green-curbed (timed) parking areas are reserved for visitors of the campus. No overnight parking is allowed without approval from the Campus Police Department. Violation of this regulation may result in the vehicle being cited and/ or towed at the owner’s expense. Students are reminded not to park in spaces marked for staff or in disabled spaces unless authorized.

Disabled Persons’ Parking

There are designated disabled persons’ parking stalls throughout the campus. A valid campus student/staff parking permit is required, in addition to the California Disabled Placard, to park in designated disabled persons’ parking stalls. If disabled persons’ parking stalls are full, students displaying a valid student parking permit along with their disabled placard are authorized to park in staff designated stalls to accommodate closer proximity for parking.


Citations are issued for violations of the District’s traffic and parking regulations. Penalties range from $38.00 to $250.00, depending on the type of violation. An appeal process is available under CVC 40215(a), and instructions are printed on each citation.

Daily Permit Dispensers

Daily parking permits can be purchased at permit dispensers near the entrances of parking lots 2, 5, 8 and 10. Daily permits are also available at the Campus Police Department Office (CP 100). When properly displayed, permits are valid in student parking only. If students experience any problems with a permit dispenser, they should contact 949-451-5234 for immediate assistance. IVC daily parking permits are valid at IVC only, and are not valid at Saddleback College or ATEP.

Parking Permits

Parking permits are required on the IVC and ATEP campuses 24 hours a day, seven (7) days a week. There is no beginning of semester “grace period” or waiver. Students may purchase parking permits when they register online or at a later time through MySite. Annual and semester automobile permits are not sold on campus. Parking permits are purchased online and will be mailed to students directly. A temporary permit, which is valid for two weeks, is available once the order is placed. Automobile parking permits must be displayed inside the vehicle, on the lower corner of the driver’s side windshield. They are static cling and do not feel sticky to the touch or require permit hangers. They are transferable to another vehicle owned by the permit holder as needed. Motorcycle parking permits are sold in the Campus Police Department. They must be affixed to the front left fork of the motorcycle. For any questions about how to apply or display the parking permit on your vehicle, contact Campus Police at 949-451-5234. Irvine Valley College semester or annual student parking permits are valid for student parking at Saddleback College, ATEP, and in designated student parking areas for IVC classes at CSUF-Irvine. The South Orange County Community College District determines the cost of parking permits and the fees charged to purchase daily permits from dispensers.

Lost or Stolen Permits

Students who lose their parking permit must go to the Campus Police Department to report a lost parking permit and purchase a replacement. A full re-registration fee is required for replacement of a lost permit. Stolen permits must be reported at the Campus Police Department to be replaced. A replacement fee may be charged. Students whose parking permit has been stolen are required to file a police report at the local police department where the permit was stolen, or at the Campus Police Department. It is a misdemeanor in California to falsify a police report.

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Animals/Pets on Campus

No animals or pets of any kind are allowed within the boundaries of any college. This restriction also applies to animals and/or pets confined in any vehicle parked within the college boundaries. In connection with special class assignments, the college president or an appointed designee may grant approval to a student to bring an animal or pet on campus. When such approval is granted, the student must control and supervise the animal or pet at all times while on campus.

Note: This policy does not apply to the use of a guide dog, signal dog, or service animal trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities, or the instructional use of animals or animals indigenous to the college’s grounds. It is the policy of the South Orange County Community College District to permit individuals with disabilities to use service animals in campus facilities and on campuses. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that individuals with disabilities can participate in and benefit from District services, programs and activities, and to ensure that the District does not discriminate on the basis of disability. This policy is established pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The definition of service animal is to include only dogs and miniature horses.

Smoking Policy

To ensure a healthy and clean learning environment, Irvine Valley College has gone smoke-free. Using tobacco products such as cigars, cigarettes, pipes, electronic cigarettes (vapor), and smokeless or chewing tobacco is prohibited within any college facility and/or outside area of campus. Violators could be subject to citation. For more information on the policy, visit

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