Code of Conduct | OCTC

Code of Conduct

All citizens have rights and responsibilities. Those rights specific to KCTCS students are defined by the KCTCS Student Code of Conduct.

If you have any questions about the Student Code of Conduct, including questions about the appeals process, please contact:

Dr. Ashleigh Crowe
Interim Vice President of Student Affairs 
Campus Center 204 
(270) 686-4521

In addition, the OCTC Quality Enhancement Plan was to improve student learning through the setting of clear expectations for all OCTC students. These are focused on 1) the expression of ideas, 2) the ethical and personal responsibility to be exhibited by every member of the OCTC community of learners, and 3) the life-long need for social/civic interaction and learning.

Learn more about these expectations:

OCTC Standards of Professional Conduct
Owensboro Community and Technical College strives to foster academic, professional, and personal
excellence in our faculty, staff, and students. Because we recognize it is through our interaction with others
that our own potential can be realized, we seek to nurture actions and characteristics which promote our
mutual growth as individuals and as an organization. This development can be assisted by conscious
encouragement of professionalism in all forms of interaction involving faculty, staff, and students. For this
reason, we are committed to developing professional attitudes toward academic activities and personal
Recognition as a professional is something to be earned – a reputation that is developed and maintained every
day. Professionalism is a way of being, knowing, and doing that sets one apart. It gives direction to how a
person looks, behaves, thinks, and acts. It brings together one’s identity, what one values, how one treats
other people, and what one contributes in the classroom and in the workplace. Professionals view their work
as a source of pride and as a reflection of the role they play in society.
Growth as a professional is possible for employees at all levels of experience and education. The
development and refinement of a strong work ethic should be a personal goal throughout one’s life. Since
people develop as individuals in communion with others, the particular actions and characteristics will vary as
greatly as the number of experiences that arise; certain traits, however, can be identified that further positive
human interaction rather than hinder it. The integration of these traits in each person is, then, the central
goal of our effort. Professional integrity results from a combination of positive character traits, a respect for
self and others, and the assumption of responsibility as individuals and as a learning community.
To this end, all members of our academic community are committed to integrity as a standard of behavior.
1. We will establish and maintain high ethical standards in all interactions by:
 Communicating with honesty and integrity.
 Maintaining academic honesty.
 Acting in ways that do not endanger oneself or others.
 Treating the property of the college and of others with care and respect.
2. We will respect the rights, ideas, and learning of others by:
 Acting with civility and respect toward people one encounters.
 Dealing with everyone fairly.
 Respecting others’ need for privacy.
 Striving to understand people of other racial and ethnic backgrounds.
 Practicing open-mindedness and tolerance toward the ideas, beliefs, and practices of others.
3. We will take personal responsibility for individual growth and learning by:
 Avoiding unnecessary absences.
 Listening and being attentive.
 Being prepared and on time.
 Participating actively and taking work seriously.
4. We will carry these values into interactions with others in the community and beyond by:
 Participating in activities on campus.
 Volunteering for community activities and organizations.
 Fostering global awareness.