University Student Code

The University Student Code shall apply to conduct that occurs on University premises, at University sponsored activities, and to off-campus conduct that adversely affects the University community and/or the pursuit of its objectives. Each student shall be responsible for his/her conduct from the time of enrollment through the actual awarding of a degree, even though conduct may occur before classes begin or after classes end, as well as during the academic year and during periods between terms of actual enrollment (and even if their conduct is not discovered until after a degree is awarded). The Student Code shall apply to a student’s conduct even if the student withdraws from school while a disciplinary matter is pending.

Any student found to have committed or to have attempted to commit the following misconduct is subject to the disciplinary sanctions outlined in Student Conduct Code Procedures:

1. Acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to the following:
a. Cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty (matters involving academic integrity are referred to and addressed by Academic Affairs).
b. Furnishing false information or withholding pertinent information to any University official, faculty member, or office.
c. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any University document, record, or instrument of identification.

2. Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, other University activities, including its public service functions on or off campus, or of other authorized non- University activities when the conduct occurs on University premises.

3. Acts of a threatening or harmful nature, including but not limited to the following:
a. Sexual assault, sexual violence, and/or sexual harassment (see Sexual Conduct Policy and Conduct Process).
b. physical assault, threats, intimidation, retaliation and/or harassment.
c. Substance overdose and/or abuse, cutting, eating disorders, or threats of self-harm (any self-harm gesture or behavior that places inappropriate or unreasonable expectations or responsibility on residential life community members or staff may result in removal from on-campus living).

4. Attempted or actual theft of, vandalism, and/or damage to property of the University or property of a member of the University community or other personal or public property, on or off campus.

5. Hazing, defined as an act which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or which destroys or removes public or private property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, a group or organization. The express or implied consent of the victim will not be a defense. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing are not neutral acts; they are violations.

6. Failure to comply with directions of University officials or law enforcement officers acting in performance of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so.

7. Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys to any University premises or unauthorized entry to or use of University premises.

8. Violation of any University policy, rule, or regulation published in hard copy or available electronically on the University website (including Residential Life Lease and Dining regulations).

9. Violation of any federal, state or local law.

10. Possession, use, or evidence of use, manufacturing, or distribution of marijuana or other drugs except as expressly permitted by law. See the University’s complete policy on Marijuana and Other Drugs.

11. Use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of alcoholic beverages (except as expressly permitted by University regulations), or public intoxication. Alcoholic beverages may not, in any circumstance, be used by, possessed by or distributed to any person under twenty-one (21) years of age. See the University’s complete policy on Alcohol.

12. Illegal or unauthorized possession of firearms, explosives, other weapons, or dangerous chemicals on University premises or use of any such item, even if legally possessed, in a manner that harms, threatens or causes fear to others.

13. Initiating, attempting to initiate, or participating in a riot activity is not permitted. This is an activity were multiple persons act together and engage in aggressive or violent conduct that causes or has the potential to cause a threat or danger to a community. Some behaviors that may be considered riotous/group behavior (this list is not all inclusive) are setting fires, major disturbances of the peace, throwing bottles or other objects, damaging, destroying or defacing property, or obstructing, interfering with or disrupting university officials or law enforcement agents in performing their duties.

14. Intentional obstruction of the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on University premises or at University sponsored or supervised functions.

15. Theft or other abuse of computer facilities and resources, or any violation of the University Technology Policy. See the complete Technology Policy.

16. Abuse of the Student Conduct System, including but not limited to:
a. Falsification, distortion, misrepresentation, or withholding of pertinent information during a Student Conduct proceeding.
b. Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a Student Conduct Board proceeding.
c. A false allegation resulting in the institution of a student conduct proceeding in bad faith.
d. Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in, or use of, the student conduct system.
e. Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of a Student Conduct Board prior to, and/or during the course of, the Student Conduct Board proceeding.
f. Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a member of a Student Conduct Board prior to, during, and/or after a student conduct proceeding.
g. Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Student Code.
h. Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the student conduct code system.

Violation of Law and University Student Conduct
University student conduct proceedings may be instituted against a student for conduct that potentially violates both the criminal law and the Student Code (that is, if both possible violations result from the same factual situation) without regard to the pendency of civil or criminal litigation in court or criminal arrest and prosecution. Proceedings under the Student Code may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off campus at the discretion of the Dean of Students. Determinations made or sanctions imposed under the Student Code shall not be subject to change because criminal charges arising out of the same facts giving rise to violation of University rules were dismissed, reduced, or resolved in favor of or against the criminal law defendant.

When a student is charged by federal, state, or local authorities with a violation of law, the University will not request or agree to special consideration for that individual because of his or her status as a student. If the alleged offense is also being processed under the Student Code, the University may advise off-campus authorities of the existence of the Student Code and of how such matters are typically handled within the University community. The University will attempt to cooperate with law enforcement and other agencies in the enforcement of criminal law on campus and in the conditions imposed by criminal courts for the rehabilitation of student violators (provided that the conditions do not conflict with campus rules or sanctions). Individual students and other members of the University community, acting in their personal capacities, remain free to interact with governmental representatives as they deem appropriate.