All members of the San Mateo County Community College District community share the responsibility for preserving the freedom to learn. The College's policies and procedures are designed to safeguard this freedom. Students attending any college in the San Mateo County College District will have full access to the Board policies under which these college operate and will be assured due process in instances when a regulation allegedly is violated.
Students enrolled in the Colleges of the District are expected to conduct themselves as responsible citizens and in a manner compatible with the District and College function as an educational institution.
Students are also subject to civil authority and to the specific regulations established by each College in the District. Violators shall be subject to disciplinary action, as defined in Board Policy 7.69.2, and may be denied future admission to the Colleges of the San Mateo County Community College District.
A system of derived authority provides the basis for the regulation of the conduct of students of the San Mateo County Community College District. Authority for the public educational system in California rests with the state. The state legislature has full authority, subject only to the limits placed upon it by the Constitution of the United States and the State of California, and fulfills its duty as follows:
- By creating laws to regulate public education - these are to be found principally in the Education Code.
- By delegating authority to local agencies such as the Board of Trustees of the San Mateo County Community College District, which, in turn, may delegate its administrative authority.