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Student Code Of Conduct – AP 5500

BP 5500 / AP 5500


Education Code Sections 66300, 66301, 66302, 72122, and 76030-76038; ACCJC Accreditation Standard I.C.8

This Administrative Procedure (AP 5500) shall constitute the Student Code of Conduct for all Coast Community College District (CCCD) Students. The Student Code of Conduct provides students with prior notice of behavior deemed unacceptable by the District’s Board of Trustees. This Student Code of Conduct includes a defined process for the fair and impartial review and determination of alleged violations of policy. This Student Code of Conduct also specifies the various sanctions that may be imposed on students for violations of policy. Students are expected to be familiar with the terms of Board Policy BP 5500 and Administrative Procedure 5500 Student Code of Conduct.

AP 5500 provides for the orderly administration of the Student Code of Conduct consistent with the principles of due process of law. Reasonable deviations from the Student Code of Conduct will not invalidate a decision or proceeding. Student Code of Conduct may be reviewed in its entirety at the District Website AP 5500.

Free Speech Policy – BP/AP 3900

BP 3900 / AP 3900

The District’s students, employees, and members of the public shall be permitted to exercise their rights of free expression subject to reasonable time, place, and manner policy contained in Board Policy and Administrative Procedure 3900.

The students and employees of the District and members of the public shall be permitted to exercise their constitutional rights of free speech and free expression subject to reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions contained therein. The District takes no stance on the content of protected speech.

The areas open to the exercise of free speech are the open areas on each campus with the exception of classrooms, labs, lecture halls, offices, and other areas that the colleges or the District use to conduct business. Free speech, as part of scheduled instructional activities or in the course of conducting District business, can be exercised in any space on each campus or the District.

No illegal activities nor activities that disrupt or may lead to disruption of the safe and orderly operations of the Colleges or the District Office will be permitted.

If an individual or a group wants to use campus or District facilities, other than the open areas noted above, arrangements must be made with the College or the District at least 72 hours in advance, not counting weekends and holidays.

No person on District property or at official District functions may:

  • Block entrances to or otherwise interfere with the free flow of traffic into or out of campus buildings;
  • Block any street, roadway, crosswalk, driveway, parking structure, or parking lot and its entrance or exit, or otherwise obstruct the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic unless authorized to do so;
  • Urinate or defecate in any place on District property other than a designated restroom or other facility designated for the sanitary disposal of human waste;
  • Participate in a disturbance of the peace or unlawful assembly;
  • Use, possess, sell, or manufacture illegal drugs, tobacco, or any products containing tobacco, and marijuana or any products containing marijuana or any of its byproducts;
  • Fail to comply with the lawful directions of a District employee acting in the performance of duties;
  • Rummage through or remove any discarded item from any waste can, trash can, dumpster, recycling container, or any designated District waste or recycling center without authorization;
  • Engage in the theft, destruction, or other misuse of District property or equipment;
  • Have any open fire or torch anywhere on District property, unless, and only to the extent, specifically authorized and limited by the District.

Amplification Requirements and Restrictions

The following requirements and restrictions are in place to respect the integrity of the educational process and to prevent the disruption of the educational environment and operations of the Colleges. The following apply to the use of amplification equipment:

  • Amplification is not permitted during the final week of each term or during any examination period.
  • The amplification setting where music is used shall not include any excessive bass settings. Excessive bass in music amplification causes sound reverberation which disrupts the Colleges’ mission, and is prohibited.
  • Under no circumstances may there be joint amplification systems or more than one amplification system in use in the same general area except as set forth herein.
  • Individuals or groups may bring their own amplification system or unit, and need to ensure safe and proper installation and utilization. The District has no responsibility to supply or provide extension cords, electricity, or amplifiers to those supplying their own amplification.

Posting of Material

The provisions of this section are intended to be viewpoint neutral and no posting may be removed based on viewpoint. Further, no posting may be removed based on content, except any posting that

  1. references illegal substances;
  2. is obscene;
  3. is defamatory, or
  4. incites students to create a clear and present danger of the commission of unlawful acts on District premises, the violation of lawful District regulations, or the substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the District.

Any posting which is obscene or incites students to create a clear and present danger of the commission of unlawful acts may be removed by the President or Chancellor or designee.

In order to ensure that all written postings abide by this Procedure, the following requirements and restrictions apply:

  1. Written postings in languages other than English must be accompanied by an English translation. All general posting areas are cleared weekly each Friday. Items that have expired or are not dated will be removed.
  2. In order to accommodate multiple users of limited space, no more than one commercial or non-commercial handbill, circular, or advertisement may be posted by any person or organization concerning the same subject matter, in any one posting area. The size of the commercial or non-commercial handbill, circular, or advertisement shall not exceed 120 square inches.
  3. A commercial or non-commercial handbill, circular, or advertisement may be posted only in approved areas that are designated public usage areas as follows:


  • Bulletin Boards and kiosks marked “General Purpose” are available for posting by any person;
  • For Coastline Community College, the posting locations shall be the bulletin boards labeled as “free speech” boards within the Coastline Community College Center, the Garden Grove Center, Westminster Center, and Newport Beach.


  • All bulletin Boards not marked "General Purpose" are reserved for official College uses such as posting of grades, job offers, and scholarship information where only those items may be posted by designated employees.

Distribution of Handbills, Circulars, or Advertisements

In addition to the limitations imposed upon the posting of commercial or non-commercial handbills, circulars, or advertisements, such materials may be similarly limited from distribution on District property. Prior approval for distribution of commercial or non-commercial handbills, circulars, or advertisements is required except as specified below.

Areas where commercial or non-commercial handbills, circulars, or advertisements may be distributed:

  • Outside of any District building where such distribution does not block any sidewalk or create an obstruction to unrestricted access;
  • Along the walkways adjacent to the parking lots.

No handbills may be distributed within the parking lots without the written consent of the Associated Student’s Office or the College President, or the Chancellor for the District Office location. No handbills or advertisements can be placed on cars parked on district property. All persons distributing handbills or advertisements are responsible for removing all debris caused by the distribution of same and should do so in a manner that does not disrupt the flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic.

Commercial or non-commercial handbills, circulars, or advertisements may not be distributed inside any buildings including classrooms (except as may be distributed by faculty members in their classroom for educational purposes related to the course).

Litter Removal

In the event that litter is created by the distribution of commercial or non-commercial handbills, circulars, or advertisements, the distributor is expected to remove any litter from the immediate area and throw out any discarded materials that may be on the ground or visible within the area of distribution. In the event that a distributor does not remove litter, the District reserves the right to charge the distributor a reasonable fee for costs incurred in litter removal.

Obscene, Defamatory, or Materials that Incite

Nothing in this Procedure shall be deemed to permit the distribution of material that is obscene, defamatory, or incites students as to create a clear and present danger of the commission of unlawful acts on District property or at a District event, the violation of law, Policy, or Procedure, or the substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the College or the District.

Copyrighted Material and Trademarks

The District disclaims any responsibility for any alleged violation of copyright trademark, or service mark laws in regard to any material that is set forth in any writing that is posted or distributed on its property by persons who are not District employees. Persons utilizing District facilities are advised not to violate copyright, or trademark laws as it may expose the user to liability.


The advertisement of the following is prohibited:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tobacco products
  • Guns or firearms of any kind
  • Illegal substances as identified by the federal government, or by the State of California
  • Explosive material of any kind

Admission Fee or Charge

No person or entity that intends to use District facilities may charge any person who is invited or seeks to attend the event or usage an admission charge or any other charge for any entrance fee or any use fee, with the following exception:

A non-profit organization may charge for entrance or admission to:

  • Cover the cost of the event or use including for example, the cost of referees, judges, equipment, etc., in regards to any supervised recreational use of District property
  • Cover the cost of the event or use including for example, the cost of travel, equipment, handouts, in regard to use of District Property
  • Hold a fund raising event to support the organization

Ratified December 11, 2013
Revised March 21, 2018

Prohibition of Discrimination and Harassment BP/AP 3410

BP 3410 / AP 3410

The Coast Community College District is committed to equal opportunity in educational programs, in employment, in access to institutional programs and activities, and in providing an academic and work environment that is based on respecting the dignity of individuals and groups. The District does not discriminate unlawfully in providing educational or employment opportunities to any person on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, pregnancy (including childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, or genetic information, because they are perceived to have one or more of the foregoing characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Further, the District shall be free of sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, and all forms of sexual intimidation and exploitation. It shall also be free of other unlawful discrimination and harassment based on the characteristics listed above or against persons based on having been the subject of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

This Policy applies to all aspects of the academic environment, including but not limited to classroom conditions, grades, academic standing, employment opportunities, scholarships, recommendations, disciplinary actions, and participation in any college activity. In addition, this Policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to hiring, placement, promotion, disciplinary action, layoff, recall, transfer, leave of absence, training opportunities, and compensation. 

Golden West College is committed to ensuring that persons with disabilities have access to all college programs and services and will make reasonable accommodations to ensure that access. Any person with a documented disability who believes that they have been discriminated against on the basis of that disability should contact the Director of the Disabled Students Programs and Services at (714) 895-8721 or the campus 504 Coordinator at (714) 895-8781.

Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Complaints and Investigations BP/AP 3435

BP 3435 / AP 3435

The District is committed to providing an academic and business environment free of unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. This Procedure outlines the process for investigating unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation complaints. This Procedure is subject to the provisions of applicable collective bargaining agreements.

Because failure to report discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation impedes the District’s ability to stop the behavior, the District encourages any person, including third parties, employees, and students, who believe that discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation may have occurred, regardless of whether they personally experience such harm, to file a complaint. The District encourages the filing of such complaints within 30 calendar days of the alleged incident. The complaint shall be filed with the State Chancellor or with the District's Vice Chancellor of Human Resources orally or in writing. 

Sexual Misconduct/Title IX BP/AP 5910 

BP 5910 / AP 5910

Students are entitled to an educational environment free from gender or sex-based discrimination and harassment. Sexual Harassment, including Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking, is unlawful sex discrimination.  GWC responds promptly and equitably to all reports of sexual harassment and discrimination.  We encourage members of our community to report incidents of sex discrimination, sexual harassment or other inappropriate behavior, to familiarize themselves with the District's related policies and procedures, and to seek the care and support they deserve. 

If a student feels they have been discriminated based on sex or gender, they may submit a report online or contact the Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Carla Martinez (714) 895-8781, or or visit the Title IX Office in the Learning Resources Center (LRC) 3rd Floor. Visit the Title IX web page at to make a report or for more information about Title IX and sexual harassment. 

Family Rights And Privacy

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. Under this Act, students attending an institution of higher learning become an adult when it comes to their educational records at that institution. It is the policy of Golden West College, in accordance with FERPA, to not release/discuss a student’s records without the signed release from the student authorizing the release of that information to anyone except the student. Please contact the Admissions and Records office to obtain an Authorization to Release that will need to be completed by the student.

The rights include:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day Golden West College receives a request for access. Students should submit to the Director of Admissions and Records or appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect The Golden West College official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the Golden West College official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes is inaccurate.

    Students may ask Golden West College to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate. They should write the College faculty member responsible for the records, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate.

    If Golden West College decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the College will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of the right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing. 
  3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

    One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the College in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the College has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing  tasks.

    A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill professional responsibility.

    School officials may disclose any and all educational records, including disciplinary records, to another institution at which the student seeks or intends to enroll without the prior consent of the student.
  4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Golden West College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

    Family Policy Compliance Office
    U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC 20202-4605

Directory Information

Student’s directory information is released only upon approval of the Director of Admissions & Records via email at Students may request in writing to the Director of Admissions & Records or designee, that directory information not be released.

Directory information includes one or more of the following: student’s name, birthdate, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, number of units of enrollment, and degrees and awards received.

Golden West College maintains in Admissions & Records the following student record information (section A):

  1. Demographic data supplied to the college by the student through the admission and enrollment process
  2. Transcripts of high school work if supplied by the student
  3. Transcripts of college work
  4. Semester class enrollment data

Additional information maintained in other offices on some students may include (section B):

  1. Financial Aid and EOP/S application information on students who have applied for either program
  2. Work Experience records on students who have taken work experience courses within the past three years
  3. An application file on students who have applied to the Health Professions programs within the year
  4. Instructor evaluations for students enrolled in Health Professions programs
  5. Instructor evaluations for students enrolled in Criminal Justice Academy courses
  6. Records maintained of students who have been disciplined
  7. Medical records on students who have filed a medical inventory form or who have made use of the health services

Students may review the information contained in items 1-11. For items 1-5, a letter requesting review should be directed to Admissions & Records. Requests for review of information contained in item 6 may be made to the Vice President of Student Services and information in item 7 may be reviewed by arrangement with the office of Work Experience. Inquiries regarding information contained in items 4b, 5b, and 6b are to be directed to the Director of Admissions & Records, the Dean of Students, the Dean of Health Professions Programs, and the Associate Dean of the Criminal Justice Program, respectively. All requests for review will be honored within 15 days. Medical records are not available to the student. However, the student may request review of the records by the student's physician or appropriate professional of choice. Students may challenge the contents of any records by notifying the administrator associated with the records in question. If the issue is not resolved at that level, the student may use the student grievance procedure.

Alcohol, Drug Abuse Information And Unauthorized Weapons

Statement of Philosophy and Purpose

It is the intention of the Coast Community College District to provide a drug-free environment that maximizes academic achievement and personal growth. The District recognizes that alcohol and other drug use or abuse pose a significant threat to the health, safety and well-being of the user and the people around them. Substance abuse also interferes with academic, co-curricular, and extra-curricular interests and can lead to health, personal, social, economic and legal problems.


GWC offers several classes which offer education on alcohol and drug abuse:

Course Title Units
COLL G100Becoming A Successful Student3
HLED G100Personal Health3
HLED G107Drugs, Health, and Society3
PE G103Exercise For Healthy Living2
PSYC G100Introduction To Psychology3
PSYC G118Life Span Developmental Psychology3
PSYC G250Psychobiology3

Drug and Alcohol Counseling Resources

GWC’s Student Health Center offers professional evaluation and referrals for drug and alcohol treatment for students by appointment. Call (714) 895-8379.

The County of Orange Health Care Agency, Drug and Alcohol Services, offers therapy and counseling. The office for this area is

14140 Beach Blvd., Suite 200
Westminster, CA 92683
(714) 896-7574 TDD (714) 896-7512.

Alcoholics Anonymous: (714) 556-4555 or Call for meeting times and site information.

Narcotics Anonymous: (714) 590-2388

The Student Health Center also provides information and referrals to other community resources and support groups. Interested students may come to the health center to consult with a college health nurse.

State Laws And College Policy

State laws and the College Code of Conduct specifically prohibit the use and possession, distribution or sale of drugs or alcohol on college property or any college sponsored activity or event. These rules describe the penalties and disciplinary actions when violations occur. Information on laws and the Code of Conduct are available at Student Health Center.

The Coast Community College District policy prohibits all use of alcohol and illicit drugs on District property or in District vehicles regardless of location. Furthermore, the use of all tobacco products is prohibited in all District buildings and vehicles.

Unauthorized Weapons

Unless otherwise authorized by the President of the college or California law, possession of weapons is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct (AP 5500). Weapon means any instrument or weapon, the use of which is likely to cause bodily injury, including, but not limited to, a blackjack, sling shot, Billy club, sand club, sandbag, metal knuckles, any dirk, dagger, bow and arrow, switchblade knife, pistol, revolver, or any other firearm, any knife having a blade longer than 2 ½ inches, any razor with an unguarded blade, any metal pipe or bar used or intended to be used as a club or any instrument used in an assault or attempted assault on another person.

California law now requires that concealed weapons license holders obtain prior written permission from the college President or Chief of Police before carrying firearms or ammunition onto college and university campuses, unless the unloaded firearm or ammunition is kept in a locked container or within the locked trunk of a motor vehicle.

GWC Smoke-Free Campus Policy

Golden West College is a Smoke-Free Campus. Smoking is permitted in campus parking lots but prohibited in all college buildings, vehicles, indoor and outdoor facilities, interior bus stops, designated campus entrances, and all open areas. All smoking materials including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and other apparatus used to smoke organic and non-organic materials must be extinguished and/or properly disposed of in the ash receptacles located in the parking lots before entering our smoke-free campus.