Student Conduct & Procedures

FVCC prioritizes creating a safe learning environment for all students, staff, and faculty and requires all students to know and comply with the Student Code of Conduct.

Conduct Resources for Students

Student Conduct Resources for Faculty and Staff

Academic Integrity (Misconduct) Notification Form
Use the Academic Integrity (Misconduct) Notification form to report all potential violations of FVCC’s Academic Integrity Policy.
Academic Integrity Procedures
Use the Academic Integrity Procedures to understand the process.
Incident Report Form
Use the Incident Report Form for Student Misconduct form to report potential violations of FVCC’s Code of Student Conduct.

Reporting Forms for Staff, Faculty and Students

CARE (formerly BIT)

FVCC CARE reviews reports about student behavior and determines the best course of action to support the student and intervene before the behavior escalates.

The mission is to promote a safe and productive learning, living and working environment by addressing the needs of students through coordination and assessment of information and developing a supportive plan.

If you sense something that does not seem right, the team asks that submit a CARE Referral or contact the FVCC CARE coordinator at (406) 756-3812.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Flathead Valley Community College students are responsible for knowing the information, policies, and procedures outlined in college policies. The college reserves the right to make changes as necessary and once those changes are posted online, they are in effect.

Student Code of Conduct and Complaints

The purpose of this policy is to promote the prompt and efficient resolution of student conduct violations and student complaints about College employees. Complaints involving discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, or stalking are addressed in Chapter 1 Section 60 of the Discrimination Grievance Procedure. Copies of this entire policy, procedure, and the Student Complaint Form may be obtained from the Dean of Students.

Copies of the Code of Student Conduct, Student Conduct Procedures, Student Complaint Procedures, and Student Complaint Form may be obtained from the Dean of Students or online in the Board Policies section.

The Code of Student Conduct and the student conduct procedures apply to the conduct of individual students and all college affiliated student organizations. For the purposes of student conduct, the College considers an individual to be a student when registered for a class.

Student Conduct Information

Student Code of Conduct

The Code of Student Conduct and Student Complaints is located in FVCC Board Policy Chapter VII Section 60. The purpose of the Code of Student Conduct and Student Complaints is to promote the prompt and efficient resolution of student conduct violations and student complaints about college employees.

Core Values of Student Conduct
The core values of student conduct at FVCC are as follows:

  • Integrity: College students exemplify honesty, honor, and a respect for truth in all of their dealings.
  • Community: College students build and enhance their community.
  • Social Justice: College students are just and equitable in their treatment of all members of the community and act to discourage and/or intervene to prevent unjust and inequitable behaviors.
  • Respect: College students show positive regard for each other, for property, and for the community.
  • Responsibility: College students are given and accept a high level of responsibility to self, to others, and to the community.

Student behavior that violates these core values as defined in the policy is subject to the sanctions outlined in the posted conduct procedures.

The Code of Student Conduct and the student conduct process apply to the conduct of individual students and all College-affiliated student organizations. For the purposes of student conduct, the College considers an individual to be a student when the student registers for a class. The Code of Student Conduct applies to behaviors that take place on the campus, at College-sponsored events, and may also apply off-campus when the Dean of Students or designee determines that the off-campus conduct affects a substantial College interest.

There is no time limit on reporting violations of the Code of Student Conduct; however, the longer someone waits to report an offense, the harder it becomes for College officials to obtain information and witness statements and to make determinations regarding alleged violations. Though anonymous complaints are permitted, doing so may limit the College’s ability to investigate and respond to a complaint. Those who are aware of misconduct are encouraged to report it as quickly as possible to the Dean of Students. A responding student facing an alleged violation of the Code of Student Conduct is not permitted to withdraw from the College until all allegations are resolved.

Eagle Mail is the College’s primary means of communication with students. Students are responsible for all communications delivered to their College email address.

Student Complaints Against FVCC Employees
The term “complaint” shall mean a claim or allegation by a student that a College employee(s):

  • Significantly failed to carry out their professional responsibilities or failed to deal with a student fairly and impartially;
  • Significantly failed to carry out an assigned responsibility or failed to apply college policy fairly and impartially; or
  • Performed an action which impinged on the rights or activities of a student in the legitimate pursuit of the educative process.

All student complaints must be filed within 30 calendar days after the complainant knew or reasonably should have known about the complaint. Complaints shall be filed using the Student Complaint Procedure and the Student Complaint Form, available with the Dean of Students.

No reprisal of any kind will be made by either party against any student, College employee, or any participant in the complaint process by reason of such participation.

If a student seeks resolution of a complaint in any form other than that established by this procedure, whether administrative or judicially, the parties to the complaint shall have no obligation to proceed further under the provisions of this procedure.

For information about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), please view the FERPA page.

Any FVCC student who has a cumulative grade point average (GPA) below 2.0 will be placed on academic probation.

Academic Probation process for degree-seeking or Running Start students:

A student on academic probation will be required to meet with a Student Support Center advisor to discuss academic goals and barriers and ways to achieve their goals. A review of the academic assistance available at FVCC and the completion of an Academic Plan to assist the individual in achieving his/her academic goals is required before the student may register for any future semesters.

If a student improves his/her semester academic GPA to a 2.0 or higher, but the cumulative GPA is still below a 2.0, the student remains on academic probation. Before registration for future terms, the student is required to meet with a Student Support Center advisor each semester until his/her cumulative GPA is a above a 2.0.

If a student fails to improve his/her semester GPA while on academic probation, he/she will be placed on academic remediation. The student is provided two options: choose to leave FVCC for a period of no less than one year, or agree to a Remediation Plan developed by the Student Support Center advisor and approved by the Director of Student Services. If the student does not complete a Remediation Plan one week prior to the start of the academic remediation semester, the student’s schedule may be cancelled. If the student’s academic remediation semester GPA is below a 2.0 and/or the student did not successfully complete the Remediation Plan, he/she will be academically suspended immediately for no less than one year.

A student reinstated after being on academic suspension will be required to meet with a Student Support Center advisor to develop an updated Remediation Plan prior to registering and the plan will be approved by the Director of Student Services. If the reinstated student does not earn a 2.0 or higher semester GPA, he/she will be academically suspended for no less than one year. If a student improves his/her semester academic GPA to a 2.0 or higher, but the cumulative GPA is still below a 2.0, the student remains on academic remediation. Before registration for future terms, the student is required to meet with a Student Support Center advisor each semester until his/her cumulative GPA is a above a 2.0

Once a student’s cumulative GPA improves to a 2.0 or better, he/she will be removed from academic probation or academic remediation.

The Academic Probation process for non-degree seeking students:

A non-degree-seeking student who has a cumulative GPA below a 2.0 will be limited to five credits or fewer per semester until the student’s cumulative GPA improves to a 2.0 or better.

Non-degree seeking students with a cumulative GPA below a 2.0 may request to enroll in more than five credits per semester by creating an Academic Plan with a Student Support Center advisor. If the non-degree student does not earn a semester GPA of a 2.0 or higher while on an Academic Plan, the student will be limited to five credits or fewer per semester until the student’s cumulative GPA improves to a 2.0 or better.

FVCC faculty, staff, and administration believe academic dishonesty conflicts with a college education and the free inquiry of knowledge. Plagiarism, cheating, forgery, facilitating or aiding academic dishonesty, unauthorized access, or otherwise manipulating student records and/or computer programs, are all forms of dishonesty that corrupt the learning process and threaten the educational environment for all students. Academic misconduct is an intolerable offense in the academic community and is strictly forbidden.

Students at FVCC are expected to practice academic integrity at all times and have full responsibility for the content and integrity of all academic work submitted. Ignorance of FVCC policy does not constitute a basis for waiving the policy or the consequences for violating the policy. Students unclear about a specific situation should ask their instructors or academic staff who will explain what is and is not acceptable in their classes or on campus.

Violations of this policy will result in appropriate disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. Copies of Board Policy Chapter VIII Section 20 Academic Integrity and corresponding procedures may be obtained from the Dean of Students or online in the Board Policies section.

FVCC recognizes that student publications are a valuable aid in establishing and maintaining an atmosphere of free and responsible discussion and intellectual exploration. They serve as vehicles to bring student concerns to the college community’s and public’s attention and help formulate student opinions on various issues.

As citizens, students enjoy the same basic rights and are bound by the same responsibilities as are all citizens. Among these rights are freedom of speech and freedom of press. The FVCC Board, faculty, and staff shall not exercise editorial control over student publications, except where specifically provided by FVCC policies and procedures. The college shall not be deemed to endorse the content of these publications unless so stated. Copies of Board Policy Chapter VII Section 50 Student Publications may be obtained from the Dean of Students or online in the Board Policies section.

View the FVCC information for the State Authorization and Licensure Disclosure here.