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Fall 2021 - Summer 2022 Academic Catalog 
Fall 2021 - Summer 2022 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College Policies and Procedures

Student Code of Conduct


Westchester Community College students have a responsibility to uphold and build upon the values of the college community. The Student Code of Conduct is the document that details these values and student responsibilities. The college looks to students to breathe life into this code by engaging in activities that promote individual growth, demonstrate civility toward others, and build community through the safe, respectful exchange of diverse thought, opinion, and action while on campus and in everyday events. To maintain the trust extended by the college, students are expected to exhibit personal accountability and remember that the decisions they make have an impact on the overall health of our community, and ultimately, on the quality of their experience.

Students who breach this trust and engage in activities that are counter to the community’s values will be held accountable. The Student Code of Conduct establishes a fair and transparent process for the adjudication of alleged violations. The Student Code of Conduct seeks to be educational, not punitive, in nature while also ensuring that the interest and wellbeing of the greater college community and its members are protected.

It is essential that student are familiar with the Student Code of Conduct and refer to it throughout their education at Westchester Community College. A complete and accurate copy of the Student Code of Conduct can be found at www.sunywcc.edu/codeofconduct.

Classroom Conduct Policy



  • Class/Classroom: any academic space, inclusive of laboratories, field sites/locations, online/virtual platforms, etc. that is formally utilized for learning in connection to an academic course led by a member of the faculty.
  • Classroom Disruption:  behavior that a reasonable person would view as substantially or repeatedly interfering with normal operations of a class. Examples include, but are not limited to: (a) persistently speaking without being recognized; (b) continuing with conversations distracting the class; or (c) in extreme cases, resorting to physical threats or personal insults.

Policy Statement

An essential interest of Westchester Community College is in establishing and maintaining an appropriate learning environment, maximizing the educational benefit to all students, maintaining an atmosphere of safety and comfort, and clarifying the faculty and students’ expectations of classroom conduct.  As such, the college has identified the following expectations for student conduct in a classroom:

  1. Students are expected to arrive on time, remain seated during class, and refrain from packing up to leave class early. A student arriving late, leaving early, or who needs to step out of class (as in an emergency) should do so with minimal class disruption.
  2. Students are expected to focus on the class lesson. Students should refrain from doing work for other classes, eating, drinking, sleeping, or having conversations. Phones, laptops, and other electronic devices should only be used for class purposes.
  3. In the classroom and in all course related communications, students are expected to use appropriate language and address instructors and other students with civility.
  4. Students must silence all cell phones prior to the start of class.
  5. Visitors are only allowed with permission from the instructor, and children are not permitted in class at any time.
  6. For online/virtual platforms: the discussion area of the course is reserved for postings related to course work only. Postings of a personal or nonacademic nature are not permitted and may be removed by the instructor should they appear. Grades and personal issues should be handled by email to the instructor.

Students have the right to express themselves and participate freely in a class.  Lawful, civil expression of disagreement with the instructor or other students is not in itself “disruptive behavior” and is not proscribed under these or any other regulations.  However, when a student’s conduct in the classroom substantially or repeatedly interferes with the normal operations of a class (i.e. becomes disruptive) the college may take action to ensure the integrity of the classroom.  These actions can range from a verbal or written warning to removal from a class for that session or for the remainder of the term.  A student who is removed from a classroom for the remainder of a term will receive a grade of “W” on their transcript and will forfeit any tuition and fees associated with the class.

A link to this policy should be placed in all course syllabi.

Procedures for Responding to Classroom Misconduct

The college recognizes that faculty members are responsible for effective management of the classroom environment that promote conditions that will enhance student learning. Accordingly, instructors should set reasonable rules for classroom behavior and must articulate these rules, in writing, in materials provided to the students at the start of the semester. Fortunately, student disruptions in WCC classrooms are rare and they seldom lead to disciplinary actions.  However, when student behavior is disruptive, a faculty member has the right to respond in the following manner:

1. The faculty member will inform the student as to the inappropriateness of the behavior and ask that the identified behavior cease.  The faculty member may also warn the student that continuing such behavior could result in their removal from the class. 

Many students may be unaware that their behavior is inappropriate; therefore, a warning and/or a private conversation with a student is often an effective initial step.

2. If the inappropriate behavior persists, the instructor may:

a. refer the student to available campus resources (see list below); and /or

b. remove the student from class for one class meeting and inform the student to contact the instructor prior to the next scheduled class meeting.

If a student refuses to leave after being instructed to do so, the student should be informed that Security will be called.  If the student still refuses to leave after this notification, the faculty member should contact Security at 914-606-6911. 

Note: If, in the faculty member’s best judgment, the student’s behavior creates an imminent threat of harm to self or other members of the class, the faculty member may dismiss the entire class for that session and immediately contact Security at 914-606-6911 to report the incident.

3. If the behavior persists and the faculty member wants to permanently remove the student from the class, the faculty member will submit a signed and dated written statement of the incident to their Department Chair. The Department Chair will send written notification to the student that includes: (a) a copy of the statement from the instructor and (2) an invitation to the student to meet with them and the faculty member to review and try to resolve the matter.

If a unanimous resolution is not reached at this meeting, the student will have two (2) business days to appeal their removal from the class to their respective School Review Committee.  The student must complete an Appeal to Class Removal form found at www.sunywcc.edu/appealclassremoval.  The student may provide a written statement as to why they are appealing the decision and any evidence in support of their appeal. 

Upon receipt of the appeal, a School Dean will convene their School Review Committee comprised of themselves or a designee and two faculty members at large from their respective school.   The School Review Committee will request a written statement from the instructor and any documentation they wish to provide in support of their decision.  The School Review Committee may uphold the decision of the instructor to remove the student or overturn the decision of the instructor and allow the student to return to the next class session.  The School Review Committee may require reasonable conditions for the student’s return.  The decision of the School Review Committee is final.

A student who is appealing a decision will not be permitted to return to the classroom until the School Review Committee makes a final decision.

4. At the conclusion of the process, a Classroom Disruption Incident Report form found at www.sunywcc.edu/incidentreport should be completed.  If the student does not appeal, the faculty member should submit the report.  If the student does appeal, the School Dean, as Chair of the School Review Committee, should submit the report.  The report should include all documentation related or reviewed in the case.

At the sole discretion of the Office of Student Life, the student can be referred through the college conduct process for possible college sanctions as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.

Available Campus Resources & Support

Faculty members may reach out for support and assistance from one or more of the following when addressing disruptive classroom behavior:

  • Department Chair.  Before a formal mediation meeting, a faculty member can reach out to their Department Chair for guidance on additional classroom management strategies/techniques.
  • Academic Counseling. An Academic Counselor can ensure that the student is aware of in-class expectations as well possibly address other areas of academic concern (e.g. class preparedness, attendance, lateness, academic support services, etc.). Faculty members may contact Academic Counseling at academiccounseling@sunywcc.edu or at 914-606-6572.  However, the preferred method of contact is through the online referral form found at https://www.sunywcc.edu/student-services/counseling/personal-counseling/counselor-resources/referral-form-struggling-students/.
  • Personal Counseling Department.  The Personal Counseling Department can help address any mental health concerns a faculty member may have about a student.  Faculty members may contact Personal Counseling at peresonalcounseling@sunywcc.edu or at 914-606-7857.  However, the preferred method of contact is through the online referral form, found here: https://www.sunywcc.edu/student-services/counseling/personal-counseling/facultystaff-referral-form/.
  • Disability Services.  The Disability Services Office can help address concerns about in-class accommodations and/or offer advice and guidance for the faculty member about how to support a student with a disability in their class if they are creating disruptions.   Faculty members may contact Disability Services at disability.services@sunywcc.edu or at 914-606-7893.
  • Student Life.  Reports made to the Office of Student Life should be made if the faculty member believes the student’s behavior violates the Student Code of Conduct.
  • The preferred method of contact is through the online referral form, which can be found at https://www.sunywcc.edu/incidentreport and clicking on the General Incident Reporting Form link.  The Associate Dean of Student Life will determine if a report will continue through the student conduct process.

Classroom Recording Policy 


Unless otherwise specified as part of a disabilities accommodation*, students may not record, reproduce, screenshot, photograph, or distribute any video, audio, or visual content from their courses taught in any modality, including remote/online courses without the written permission of the instructor. This restriction includes but is not limited to: 

  • Pre-recorded and live lectures
  • Live discussions
  • Discussion boards 
  • Simulations 
  • Posted course materials 
  • Faculty feedback forms
  • Visual materials that accompany lectures/discussions, such as slides 
  • Virtual whiteboard notes/equations, etc. 

A student found to be in violation of this policy can be referred through the college conduct process for possible college sanctions (including warning, probation, suspension, or expulsion) as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. 

*Any case for class recordings that is deemed necessary under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the ADA of 1990 needs to be properly documented and presented to the instructor prior to any recordings being made. Such requests for these accommodations must be made and approved through the college’s Disability Services Office. Additionally, any materials obtained through this accommodation must be limited to personal academic study and review use only and may not be distributed to any other persons without the instructor’s written consent.    

 Students’ Rights and Responsibilities


Upon acceptance and registration, all students become voluntary members of the academic community at Westchester Community College. Initial and continued participation in this community is dependent upon students’ understanding not only of their rights and privileges, but of their responsibilities as well. Therefore, it is understood that each student accepts the obligations of this relationship as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. For further information, and for procedures followed in cases of student misconduct, see the Student Code of Conduct section of this document.


 Policy on Human Diversity


Westchester Community College endeavors to establish and maintain an environment in which individuals of various groups and backgrounds learn to live together in an atmosphere of mutual respect. Furthermore, the college asserts that students’ educations are inadequate unless they have acquired knowledge and appreciation of human diversity and have established sets of values with which to function positively in a pluralistic society.

Respect for and understanding of cultural diversity in all its forms is a strong antidote for prejudice, racism, and discrimination based on religion, national origin, ethnic grouping, color, or other socially-derived attempts to deny people their human rights. Accordingly, the college strives to find the common elements that unite us and the positive differences that strengthen us.


  • To provide all students with experiences in and out of the classroom that enhance their understanding and respect for differences in race, national origin, religion, ethnic identity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and socio-economic background.
  • To sensitize the staff and faculty to regard cultural differences as the norm, not the exception, while recognizing our common needs and aspirations.
  • To encourage diverse groups to participate in cooperative endeavors and interactions.


 Discrimination Complaint Procedures


A student who wishes to make a complaint about a faculty member, employee, or another student regarding alleged discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, age, gender, sexual preference, or disability should register that complaint with the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (914-606-6733), located in the Student Center. At that time, the student will be advised of the next step to be taken.

An employee who wishes to make a complaint about a supervisor, fellow employee, faculty member, or student regarding alleged discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, age, gender, sexual preference, or disability should register that complaint with the Affirmative Action Officer (914-606-6977). (A complaint about sexual harassment would be referred to the sexual harassment officer.)

In any case of alleged discrimination, the first step would be to attempt to resolve the complaint informally.

If a resolution satisfactory to both complainant and respondent is reached within 15 working days through the efforts of the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the college official, or other designated person, the case shall be closed. A written notice to that effect will be sent to the complainant.

If no informal resolution is possible, and the student or employee wishes to pursue the complaint, a grievance must be submitted in writing. Such formal grievances must be filed within 45 working days following the alleged discriminatory act, or the time the complainant first becomes aware of that alleged discrimination. Student grievances must be filed with the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, who will forward the grievance to the appropriate college official. Employee grievances must be filed with the Affirmative Action Officer, who will do the same.

All cases of alleged discrimination for any of the above-mentioned reasons will be forwarded to the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. In cases of alleged discrimination based on gender, the grievance also will be forwarded to the Title IX Coordinator; in cases of alleged discrimination based on disability, the grievance also will be forwarded to the 504 Disability Coordinator. In all cases, the discrimination complaint will be dealt with in a timely fashion by each compliance officer in the manner described above.

A decision will be sent in writing to the grievant within 30 working days of the receipt of the formal complaint by all appropriate parties.

Title IX and Section 504 Coordinators

In accordance with Federal regulations, the New York State Human Rights Law and Section 504, Westchester Community College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability or handicap in educational programs, activities and employment.

The following individuals may be contacted for further information on Affirmative Action and Section 504:

Title IX/Affirmative Action Coordinator Section 504 Coordinator
TIffany Hamilton Ruben Barato
Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Associate Dean of Enrollment Management
tiffany.hamilton@sunywcc.edu ruben.barato@sunywcc.edu
914-606-6314 914-606-6777

Sexual Harassment Policy

Sexual harassment includes any unwanted verbal or physical sexual advance, requests for sexual favors, sexually explicit derogatory remarks, and sexually discriminating remarks which are offensive or objectionable to the person at whom they are directed or which cause a person discomfort or humiliation.

On campus, sexual harassment destroys the trusting relationship that should exist between students and others in the academic community. In all cases, the harasser has introduced a personal element into what should be a sex-neutral situation, and has prevented people from benefiting fully from their education.

Whether verbal or physical, sexual harassment is an act of aggression. It is a violation of both federal law (section 703 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX Education Amendments of 1972) and state law (New York State Human Rights Act).

In order to maintain an educational environment fully conducive to learning and academic freedom, Westchester Community College has both a moral and legal obligation to investigate all complaints of sexual harassment and to pursue sanctions when warranted. The college encourages students to confront sexual harassers, to report incidents, and/or to seek advice and assistance. Help is available from the college’s sexual harassment officers (914-606-6381 or 914-606-6572). They are charged with the responsibility of investigating sexual harassment complaints and with instituting the more formal procedures in existence for resolving them.

Sexual Assault Policy

Westchester Community College is committed to creating a community free from violence. Sexual assault, harassment, dating/domestic violence, and stalking as defined by State and Federal law will not be tolerated at Westchester Community College, college supported events or activities, or at functions of recognized student organizations, on- or off-campus. Westchester Community College will take action, as needed, to discourage, prevent, correct, and if necessary, discipline behavior that violates this standard of conduct. Rape and sexual assault constitute crimes. Federal and New York State Law and college policy prohibit such behavior.

Confidentiality is fundamental to all aspects of cases dealing with sexual assault. The names of sexual assault victims shall not be revealed by persons responsible for implementing and enforcing the provisions of this policy, except with consent of the victim.

The college recognizes the necessity of a community which is open and intellectually stimulating, where diversity of ideas is valued and every person’s safety, dignity and autonomy is respected whether they are students, faculty, or staff, and regardless of race, ethnicity, age, religion, class, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

 Involuntary Withdrawal Policy



Students whose behavior poses a threat to (a) the health or safety of others or oneself; (b) significant property damage; and/or (c) significantly disrupting college operations and functions, may be subject to an involuntary withdrawal from the College.  To make this determination, the college will conduct an individualized assessment to determine: (a) the nature, duration, and severity of the risk of harm; (b) the probability that the risk of harm will actually occur; and (c) whether reasonable modifications of policies, practices, or procedures will sufficiently mitigate the risk. 

If the college determines that no reasonable modifications of policies, practices, or procedures can be implemented to address identified threats, a student may be involuntarily withdrawn from the college.  

This policy is not intended to be disciplinary in nature, but to support the student and to maintain the safety and lawful activity and order of the college community.

Implications of an Involuntary Withdrawal

A student who is involuntarily withdrawn is unable to:

  1. register for and attend classes;
  2. participate in any college activities;
  3. be present on college property;
  4. qualify for a tuition refund appeal.

In addition, a student will receive a grade of “W” for courses in which they are currently enrolled.  A grade of “W” does not affect a student’s GPA. 

Students who are involuntarily withdrawn are not eligible to return the same semester* an involuntary withdrawal was initiated. 

A hold will be placed on a student’s account preventing them from registering for classes or taking any further enrollment activity.

Procedures for Review and Outcome

Individualized Assessment

Recognizing the uniqueness of individuals and situations within the college community, the WCC CARE Team will conduct an individualized assessment for students who may pose a threat to: (a) the health or safety of others or oneself; (b) of significant property damage; and/or (c) of significantly disrupting college operations and functions.A student will receive written notice that will include: (a) the reason(s) why the student is being requested to complete an assessment; (b) possible outcomes from the assessment; and (c) information how to access this policy. In the written notice, the student will be encouraged to respond and provide any documentation or other information in support of their response.The student will be given five (5) business days to respond.

A student may be issued interim restrictions or conditions, up to and including an interim separation from the College, as determined by the CARE Team, VPSAIS or designee, when it is believed that they pose an immediate threat to any or all of the following: (a) the health or safety of others or oneself; (b) of significant property damage; and/or (c) of significantly disrupting college operations and functions.Interim restrictions or conditions, including interim separation, will be in effect until there is a final resolution as to the outcome of the process, up to and including the conclusion of an appeal.During an interim separation, a student is denied access to college premises and may not participate in college programs or activities, including participation in classes.

The objective of the individualized assessment process is to gather information to allow the college to determine: (The individualized assessment process may include, but is not limited to, any or all of the following:

  1. Mandatory participation in a violence risk assessment or psychological assessment.  The CARE Team, Vice President of Student Access, Involvement and Success or designee may initiate this mandate.
    These assessments may be conducted by trained college personnel.
    Students or the CARE Team may also opt to have an external evaluator, who is approved by the CARE Team or designee, conduct a mandated assessment.The college will provide the external evaluator with information about the student’s status on campus with a release to allow for communication between the CARE Team and the external provider.Any expense related to an external evaluator will be the responsibility of the student.
  2. A student may be requested to release information to the CARE Team from a health care provider who currently or has previously treated them.  
  3. Review of information related to the student’s academic/college record, including, but not limited to: academic performance (i.e. grades, attendance, class participation/behavior), conduct records, utilization of support services, incident reports from campus officials/offices, etc. 
  4. Review of information obtained by or provided to the CARE Team from the student or an outside community organization (i.e. law enforcement, prior institutions attended, etc.).


Using the information available from the individualized assessment and other available supporting documentation/information, the CARE Team will determine:

(a) the nature, duration, and severity of the risk of harm; (b) the probability that the risk of harm will actually occur; and (c) whether reasonable modifications of policies, practices, or procedures will sufficiently mitigate the risk.The CARE Team will base their determination on observable behaviors, not on a diagnosis. 

The CARE Team may impose any of the following outcomes:

(a) the student may continue or immediately return to campus with or without modifications, restrictions, or other conditions; or (b) the student will be involuntarily withdrawn from the college for a prescribed period of time with or without specified conditions for return and will only be allowed to return to the college after establishing that their behavior no longer constitutes a direct or substantial threat. 

The student will be given written notification as to the decision of the CARE Team and informed of their right to appeal the decision to the Vice President of Student Access, Involvement and Success (VPSAIS) or designee. The student will be told they have up to two (2) business days to file a written appeal.


The written request for appeal must specify the particular substantive and/or procedural basis for the appeal, and must be made on grounds other than general dissatisfaction with the decision of the CARE Team.

The review by the VPSAIS or designee will be limited to the following considerations:

  1. New Information: is there new information not previously available to the student that may change the outcome of the decision?
  2. Procedural Errors: Were there any procedural irregularities that materially affected the outcome?
  3. Unreasonable Decision: Given the proper facts, criteria, and procedures, was the decision a reasonable one?

After reviewing the matter fully, the VPSAIS or designee will issue a written decision affirming, modifying, or reversing the decision. The decision of the VPSAIS or designee shall be final.

Procedures for Returning to the College

A student who has been involuntarily withdrawn may make a request to return after their prescribed period of withdrawal by providing the following:

  1. A written statement with a request for return.
  2. A completed Treatment Provider Report, that is completed in the format prescribed by the CARE Team and signed by a licensed health professional, that includes, but is not limited to, the following:

    a. Treatment goals and progress made in treatment toward goals (if any).

    b. Information that helps the college determine the following: (a) the nature, duration, and severity of the original risk of harm; (b) the probability that the original risk of harm will actually occur; and (c) whether reasonable modifications of policies, practices, or procedures will sufficiently mitigate the risks.

    c. Other recommendations for services and/or accommodations to promote student’s success at Westchester Community College.

  3. Evidence that any other conditions for return, as determined by the CARE Team and/or VPSAIS or designee, have been completed.

The College will not consider the application of the return of a student who is involuntarily withdrawn until it receives all of the above. The CARE Team will evaluate relevant documentation received. The CARE Team reserves the right to request additional documentation, if deemed necessary. The CARE Team will determine, in their discretion, if the student is eligible to return. The CARE Team may designate conditions or restrictions for the student’s return. The decision of the CARE Team is final.

If a student is deemed able to return, the student will be eligible to return to the campus and take classes the following semester* from the time their completed request to return was received.  

If a student is deemed ineligible to return, the student may resubmit their request to return to the campus the following semester* from the time their completed request to return was received.

*For the purposes of this policy, a semester is defined as one of the following:

(1) fall semester; (2) spring semester and (3) a collective of all summer sessions.

 Winter session/term, for this policy, is considered part of the fall semester.


 Campus Safety


Westchester Community College is without dormitories or resident students. Parking lots, walkways, and areas surrounding each building are well lighted, and the campus is regularly patrolled by the 24-hour guard service. While there have been occasional incidents of crime, the campus has generally been a safe and secure environment.

In order to help maintain this status and improve upon it, all members of the campus community are required to maintain up-to-date identification cards which are available, free of charge, from the Security Office in the Student Center. There is a small fee to replace lost ID cards. In addition, all students, faculty, staff, and visitors are advised to:

  • pay careful attention to your personal belongings, including textbooks, at all times
  • lock your car, each time you leave it, leaving nothing inside within view, and
  • have your car keys in hand before leaving a building.

Blue Light Phones and Emergency Cell Phones

There are 15 strategically located emergency blue light phones on campus that connect directly with the County Police without having to dial. These phones are for emergencies requiring immediate police assistance. Directions for proper use are printed on the inside of the call box in English and Spanish. In addition, the Security Department emergency phone number is 6-911.

In addition, the college has free emergency cell phones available for any student, faculty, or staff member. Please contact our Security Office in the Student Center.

Additional information regarding security and safety at Westchester Community College is regularly updated and available on the college web site at www.sunywcc.edu/security.

Important Security and Safety Information

In compliance with the Federal Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act, Westchester Community College publishes an annual “Campus Security & Safety Report.” This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the college; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies related to campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, bias crimes and other crimes. The Advisory Committee on Campus Safety will provide upon request all campus crime statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education. To obtain these crime statistics, access the U.S. Department of Education web site at: https://ope.ed.gov/campussafety

To get a copy of the full report and crime statistics, contact the Security Office, Room 113 in the Student Center Building (914-606-6730) or visit the following web site: www.sunywcc.edu/security

Emergency procedures to follow for fire, injuries, or other medical emergencies; techniques on how to avoid becoming a crime victim; and lists of resources are available to students and employees online, visit www.sunywcc.edu/security for more information


 Alcohol and Drug Policy


Alcohol and drug abuse are devastating both to the user and to the college community. In addition to impacting the lives of others in dangerous ways, users of illegal drugs and alcohol subject themselves to serious health problems both now and for years into the future, including addiction, disease, and loss of physical skills. Substance abuse is a major cause of accidents and can seriously affect academic performance and campus morale. Possession, use, and distribution of illegal drugs or alcohol on college property or at college-sponsored events is forbidden. Infractions will result in serious disciplinary action: students could be expelled and employees could be fired.

The college, therefore, discourages students and employees from covering for co-workers or fellow students who are users but rather encourages them to assist users in getting help. Students should seek out the Health Services Office in the Student Center, room 181, 914-606-6610 or the Personal Counseling Department in the Student Center, rooms 225/226, personalcounseling@sunywcc.edu or at 914-606-7784. Employees can go to their immediate supervisors or to Westchester County’s Employee Assistance Program (914-995-6070).

In addition, under local, state, and federal laws, illegal use of drugs and alcohol is a serious crime. Conviction of a felony carries serious consequences, including loss of citizenship rights during the period of sentence and a possible jail term. Convictions may also jeopardize future employment opportunities.

Further information on the legal consequences of alcohol and drug abuse can be found in the Library/Educational Technologies Center under Public Law 101-226. Further information about college disciplinary violations and proceedings for students can be found in the Student Code of Conduct found at www.sunywcc.edu/codeofconduct.


Tobacco- and Vape-free Campus


The Surgeon General of the United States has determined that use of tobacco products is the largest preventable cause of illness and premature death in this country. Westchester Community College has been, and continues to be, committed to the health and well-being of its staff, faculty, and students. The college not only has a vested interest in the vitality of its students and those who administer and operate the programs here, but also a role to play in the promotion and advancement of the general health of our society as a whole. We are dedicated to providing a safe and healthful environment.

In response to these considerations, the use of tobacco products, vaping devices, electronic cigarettes, and other nicotine delivery devices is prohibited in all Westchester Community College facilities and outdoor areas. For details about this policy please visit www.sunywcc.edu/tobacco-vape-free.


 Environmental Policy


It is the policy of Westchester Community College to make every effort to protect the environment, especially in the following ways:

  • Promote awareness of environmental issues.
  • Minimize consumption of natural resources, especially paper and energy.
  • Encourage recycling and/or reuse of materials.
  • Use only products known to be environmentally safe.
  • Follow regulations and standards for safe use, storage, and disposal of materials.
  • Follow regulations and standards for safe use of machinery, equipment, and technical processes.
  • Require periodic monitoring and reporting of progress toward implementation.