Rights and Responsibilities

Standards of Student Conduct

To maintain the general welfare of the college community, the College of Marin upholds the Standards of Conduct (BP 5500) that every student is expected to adhere to. The College of Marin works to create a healthy and safe environment where students can study, work, and feel that they are a part of a community that treats each other with respect, courtesy, and dignity. Students are expected to be accountable and responsible for their own actions. Students who violate the Standards of Conduct are subject to the Student Conduct Process. The College views the student conduct process as a learning opportunity that can result in growth through personal reflection and an understanding of one’s responsibilities and privileges within the college community.


All members of the College community share the responsibility for preserving a quality learning environment which ensures that the educational process will continue uninterrupted. Upon enrolling in the College, you assume an obligation to conduct yourself in a manner compatible with the educational purposes of the College. If this obligation is neglected or ignored, the College may institute disciplinary action, following a process which guarantees students their legal rights.

The Student Conduct Policy also includes a complaint that is made by a student against another student. Such a complaint can include the invasion of privacy outside of a classroom situation but occurs either on campus or at a college-sponsored function.

This process begins with an informal step, in which a warning may be issued regarding conduct that is disruptive to the learning environment. A formal process, maintaining the student's legal rights, begins if the conduct continues. The Student Conduct Policy (4.0022) and the Student Conduct Procedure (4.0022 DP. 1), including guidelines on the appeal process, are available from the Dean, Student Development, and Special Services, or his/her designee.

Board Policy (BP) 5500 - Standards of Conduct
Administrative Procedure (AP) 5520 - Student Discipline and Due Process
Education Code section 234-234.5

Student Complaint Form

Campus Policies

Enrollment Priority

In September 2012 the California Community Colleges Board of Governors approved a regulation to establish system-wide enrollment priorities designed to ensure classes are available for students seeking job training, degree attainment or transfer to a four-year university and to reward students who make progress toward their educational goals. 

Beginning Fall 2014, new students who have completed college orientation, assessment, and developed education plans, as well as continuing students in good academic standing, will now have priority over students who do not meet these criteria. To be in good academic standing, a student cannot be on Academic Probation or Progress Probation for two consecutive terms.  In addition, students who have accumulated 100 or more units – excluding most basic skills English and math and English as Second Language classes - by fall 2014 will lose priority enrollment. Students who feel they may be at risk of losing priority status are strongly encouraged to see a counselor to discuss their educational plans. College of Marin’s revised enrollment priorities can be found in Administrative Procedure 5055.

Policies on Conduct, Grievances, Harassment, and Smoking

All members of the College community are subject to State and Federal laws, as well as policies and procedures established by the Board of Trustees. These policies were developed through the College Governance System and include viewpoints expressed by students.

Four important policies for you to know, the Student Conduct policy, the Student Grievance Policy, the Harassment Policy, and the Smoking Policy. Questions regarding the details of these policies and other policies and procedures should be referred to the Student Activities and Advocacy Office or to the Dean of Student Development; and Special Services.

Academic Grievance

A complaint which involves a student and a member of the faculty is defined as a student academic grievance. Your grievance shall be limited to issues involved in grading, assignments, and demonstrated mistreatment. The process for such a grievance begins with an attempt by the parties involved to resolve the grievance informally. If the grievance is not resolved at a lower level there are a series of formal steps leading to a final determination by the Board of Trustees of the College.

The procedures and guidelines for the filing of an academic grievance are available from the Dean of Student Development, Student and Special Services, or his/her designee.

Harassment Policy

All members of the College community share the responsibility to participate in an environment that is free of any forms of harassment. The Harassment Policy of the College specifically identifies four forms of harassment: verbal, physical, visual, and sexual (5.0004). It is the policy of the Board to prohibit harassment of an employee, applicant or student by a District employee on the basis of race, religious creed, color, ancestry, national origin, physical handicap, medical condition, marital status, sexual preference, sex or age.

In the case of any form of harassment, you should report the incident immediately and directly to the appropriate Dean. Harassment Grievances can be filed based upon Section 504 and Title IX Contact either the Affirmative Action Officer or the 504 Coordinator, Director of Student Affairs and Health Center for further information.

Smoking in District Facilities

The Board of Trustees of the College of Marin recognizes that smoking presents a health and safety hazard which can have serious consequences. Therefore, the Board and the California Education Code prohibit smoking by staff, students and visitors at all times and in all buildings of the District, except outside the buildings.

Drug and Alcohol-Free Campus

lt is the policy of the District to maintain a drug and alcohol-free campus for students, faculty, and staff. The College has established and will maintain a drug and alcohol-free awareness program. The program has and will continue to include the distribution of information on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, and referral resources for counseling -and rehabilitation dealing with drug abuse problems.

The unlawful manufacture. distribution, dispensing, possession or use of a controlled substance or alcohol is prohibited on any of the College of Marin Campuses. The term 'controlled substance" is defined in the Health and Safety Code 11007. Students who violate these prohibitions will be subject to disciplinary action up to suspension from the College, in addition to criminal prosecution.