Information for Students

“As a student at Santa Fe College you have the opportunity to benefit from a quality educational experience. You are provided that opportunity in exchange for your cooperation and expectation to uphold the College’s standards for behavior – in and out of the classroom. The following links describe your rights and responsibilities as a student at Santa Fe College:”

What to Expect if you have been accused of Misconduct

  • The College investigates reports about concerns related to student behavior. If it appears that there is merit to the information reported, you will be contacted about the report. Depending on the situation and the information available at the time, you will receive a letter sent via Email to the Email address you have - on file with the college – with further instructions. The letter may contain one or more of the following:
    • Notice to you of what aspect(s) of the Student Code of Conduct you are alleged to have violated.
    • Information about your rights and options as provided for in the Student Conduct Code.
    • The meeting date/time/location that has been scheduled for you, or how to schedule a meeting so you may review and respond to the case information.
    • The classroom sanctions assigned by a faculty member, if the allegations involve academic misconduct.
  • In most cases, you will be notified of the allegation of misconduct and directed to attend an investigative meeting with the Student Conduct Officer, at which time you will be asked to provide your perspective on the allegation at hand.
  • Based on this initial meeting, a meeting may be held to inform you of the charge of misconduct and your options for resolution.
  • If you have any questions about what is going to happen, just ask!

Your Procedural Protections

  • As a student, you are entitled to the procedural protections as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, the College Handbook, and other applicable College policies. Some of those protections include:
    • The option to file complaints about misconduct towards you
    • The opportunity to have your perspective be heard
    • The option to have a support person/advisor with you during hearings/meetings
    • The opportunity to review and respond to a complaint against you
    • The privacy and access protection that applies your student conduct record under FERPA
    • The opportunity to appeal case outcomes through the established procedure
  • The College may also take action to protect the campus community, such as if you are deemed to constitute a threat to others or post a significant disruption to the operations of the College. In some cases, this means you may not be able to attend classes, may be restricted from accessing the college, or may need to avoid contact with another party to the case until your hearing occurs.
  • Review the Student Code of Conduct to learn more about your protections in the student conduct process.



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How to Submit a Report

Santa Fe College offers a variety of options for filing a report.

  • If you have an immediate concern for safety, contact the Santa Fe Police Department at 352-395-5555. You may also report any person you think might engage in violence here.
  • If you have been the victim of sexual or gender-based misconduct by any person, please review Santa Fe’s Title IX/Sexual Misconduct information. You can contact the Title IX Coordinator, Lela Frye at 352-395-5420 or
  • If the grievance pertains to a faculty or staff member’s decision, you can follow the Academic Reporting Process (if it pertains to an academic issue) or the Non-Academic Reporting Process (if it is not academic in nature). These processes are outlined here.
  • If the complaint pertains to discrimination by a College employee towards you, you may file a report under the College's Prohibition Against Discrimination and Harassment procedures, outlined in College Rule 2.8P. Contact the Equity Officer with questions about this process or to initiate a report.

Academic Misconduct Procedures

The best ways to avoid academic misconduct in the first place includes:

  • Avoid taking short cuts. Students who attempt to cheat because they do not have time to do well on a test or a paper often end up with an F instead of the C or B that you might have earned otherwise.
  • Cite your sources - even in rough drafts or when paraphrasing.
  • If you are not sure how to cite sources accurately, talk with your instructor before you turn in an assignment or visit the writing lab.
  • Proofread your papers - try typing the words into an internet search engine. Your instructors have the same access to the internet as you do and will always notice if your writing sounds different than you would normally write or speak.
  • Talk to your instructor before you turn in plagiarized work. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE.

Your faculty/instructors are the ones who determine if you have engaged in academic misconduct in a specific course. Forms of academic misconduct include:

  • Cheating – The improper taking or tendering of any information or material which shall be used to determine an academic grade.
  • Plagiarism – The attempt to represent the work of another as the product of one’s own thought whether the work is published or unpublished. This includes, by paraphrase or direct quotation, the work of another person without full and clear acknowledgement.
  • Bribery – The offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any materials, items, or services of value to gain an academic advantage for the student or another.
  • Misrepresentation – An act or omission with intent to deceive an instructor for academic advantage; may also include lying to an instructor to increase a student’s grade or when confronted with an allegation of academic misconduct.
  • Conspiracy – The planning or acting with one or more persons to commit any form of academic misconduct to gain advantage for the student or another.
  • Fabrication – The use of invented or fabricated information, or the falsification of research or other findings with the intent to deceive in order to gain academic advantage.
  • Failure to cooperative – Refusal to hand over materials, electronic media, and/or other resources pursuant to a reasonable request by a College official or instructor in their efforts to determine if academic misconduct has occurred.

If your instructor thinks you have engaged in academic misconduct, he/she submitted an Academic Misconduct Report to the Student Conduct Officer. The instructor may inform you of the alleged misconduct and the selected classroom sanction, but it not required to do so.