Student Code of Conduct

Preamble

University students are both citizens and members of the academic community. As members of the academic community, students are subject to the responsibilities which accrue to them by virtue of this membership. As members of the larger community of which the University is a part, students are entitled to all the rights and protections enjoyed by other members of that community. By the same token, students are also subject to all civil and criminal laws, the enforcement of which is the responsibility of duly constituted civil authorities.

It should be emphasized that, when a student’s violation of the law also adversely affects the University’s pursuit of its recognized educational objectives, the University may enforce its own regulations regardless of any civil or criminal proceedings or dispositions. When students violate a University regulation, they are subject to disciplinary action by the University whether or not their conduct violates civil or criminal law. If a student violates a housing regulation that also violates a University regulation, the student will be subject to University disciplinary action. If a person’s behavior simultaneously violates a University regulation and the civil law, the University may take disciplinary action independent of that taken by civil authorities. When students violate laws off campus, they may incur penalties prescribed by civil authorities. However, University discipline will be initiated only in instances of off-campus student misconduct which distinctly and adversely affects the University’s pursuit of its recognized educational purposes.

An individual student may be disciplined for any act of misconduct provided in this Code. A student organization may be disciplined for any act of misconduct provided in this Code committed by any of its individual members where such act: (i) is mandated, sponsored, approved, or encouraged by one or more members of the organization, whether explicitly or implicitly; (ii) takes place in the context of a tradition, custom or past practice of the organization; or (iii) is reasonably foreseeable as a result of an activity carried on by the organization. When a student organization is charged with misconduct, the presiding officer and, if appropriate, other student leaders thereof shall be required to participate in disciplinary proceedings conducted under this Code as representative(s) of the organization.

The term “University premises” is used throughout this Code of Conduct and shall mean any building, facility or grounds owned or leased by the University and any building, facility or grounds located on real property owned by the University and leased or licensed to any person, firm or corporation for a University use, including, but not limited to, student housing facilities and business and technology development facilities.