Sanctionable Misconduct by Individual Students or by Student Organizations

The following acts of misconduct under this code by an individual student or by a student organization shall result in University disciplinary review and/or action:

  1. Physical and Verbal Aggressive or Abusive Behavior
    1. Physically abusing or threatening to physically abuse any person.
    2. Any act occurring on the University campus which intentionally disturbs the peace and quiet of any person or group of persons.
    3. Conduct which is unreasonably dangerous to the health or safety of other persons or oneself.
    4. Verbal behavior that involves an express or implied threat to interfere with an individual’s personal safety, academic efforts, employment or participation in University sponsored co-curricular activities or causes the person to have a reasonable apprehension that such harm is about to occur.
    5. Disorderly, lewd, indecent or obscene conduct, including the expression of such on University-owned or controlled property or at University-sponsored or supervised events.
  2. Discrimination, Harassment and Intimidation
    1. Any form of discrimination because of race, color, age, disability, religion, gender (including sexual harassment), national origin, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or any unlawful reason. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other physical, verbal, or visual conduct based on sex constitute sexual harassment when (1) submission to the conduct is an explicit or implicit term or condition of employment or academic standing, (2) submission to or rejection of the conduct is used as the basis for an employment or academic decision, or (3) the conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or academic environment.
    2. Intentionally and substantially interfering with the freedom of expression of others on University premises or at University-sponsored activities.
  3. Hazing                                                                                                                                              
    1. Any act which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or which damages or removes public or private property for the purpose of initiation into, admission into, affiliation with,or as a condition for continued membership of, a group or organization.
  4. Sexual Imposition     
    1. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, obscene phone calls, indecent exposure, sexual assault, date rape or other uninvited behavior of a sexually explicit nature which is considered offensive to a reasonable person.
  5. Alcohol and Drug Abuse 1
    1. Use, possession, manufacture, distribution or sale of illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia on University premises or while on University business or at University activities, or in University vehicles.
    2. Unauthorized use, possession, manufacture, distribution, or sale of a controlled substance as defined by the Federal Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S. C. Sections 801 et seq., or Nebraska Drug Control Laws, Neb. Rev. Stat. Sections 28 401 et seq., on University premises, or while engaged in University business or attending University activities, or in University-supplied vehicles.
    3. Unauthorized use, possession, manufacture, distribution, or sale of alcohol on University premises or at University activities, or in University-supplied vehicles.
    4. Storing in a locker, desk, vehicle, or other place on University-owned or controlled property any unauthorized controlled substances, drug paraphernalia or alcohol.
    5. Use of alcohol off University premises that adversely affects student’s academic performance or safety or the safety of others.
    6. Possession, use, manufacture, distribution or sale of illegal drugs off University premises that adversely affects the student’s academic performance, safety or the safety of others.
    7. Violation of any state or federal law relating to the unauthorized use, possession, manufacture, distribution or sale of alcohol, controlled substances or drug paraphernalia.
    8. Manufacturing, distributing, selling, offering for sale, or possessing anabolic steroids (except under the supervision of a physician) or any illegal drug or narcotic including, but not limited to: barbiturates, hallucinogens, amphetamines, cocaine, opium, heroin or marijuana.
    9. Being under the influence of alcohol or any illegal drug or controlled substance on University premises or at University-sponsored events.
  6. Misuse of University Procedures
    1. Intentionally filing a false complaint under this code or aiding or abetting any conduct described in this code.
    2. Abuse of the University judicial system including, but not limited to, failure to obey the summons of a judicial body or University official; falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information before a judicial body relating to a judicial procedure; disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of judicial proceedings; instituting a judicial proceeding without cause; attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in or use of the judicial system; attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of a judicial body prior to and/or during the course of the judicial proceeding; failure to comply with sanctions imposed under this code; or influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the judicial system.
  7. Financial Aid and Bad Debts
    1. Fraud or misrepresentation in making application for or in use of financial aid.
    2. Failure to pay a financial obligation owing to the University or to any department, division, or agency thereof.2
    3. Failure to pay financial obligations owing to any student housing unit located on property owned by the University.
  8. Computer Related Misconduct
    1. Unlawful or unauthorized access to or use of computers, computer networks and computer data, programs, materials or information.
    2. Accessing or attempting to access computing resources or computer-based information without proper authorization.
    3. Disrupting the intended use of computers or computer networks.
    4. Damaging or destroying computer equipment or computer-based information.
    5. Violating copyright laws or license restrictions with respect to the copying or use of computer programs, data, materials or information.
    6. Unauthorized use of another person’s password.
    7. Unauthorized lending or borrowing of an account number.
    8. Using the computer facilities for purposes other than those for which the account number was issued.
    9. Storing game programs on allocated disk space or private tape, except when authorized in writing by the Director of Academic Information Services.
    10. Copying, altering, or destroying the files or output of another individual without the express written permission of that individual.
    11. Intentionally abusing or misusing the computer facilities so as to cause damage, program disturbances or harassment to other persons.
    12. Using electronic communications to harass or threaten any person.
    13. Violation of University of Nebraska Executive Memorandum No.16, relating to use of computers, or violation of any state or federal law or regulation in connection with use of any information system.3
  9. Deception, Falsification and Misrepresentation
    1. Forging, altering or otherwise falsifying any University document, any University record, or any University instrument of identification or assisting another in such misconduct.
    2. Borrowing, lending or the improper use or possession of any University access or identification card.
    3. Submitting false information to any member of the faculty or staff or to any University office.
    4. Falsely representing oneself as a University employee.
  10. Disruption of University Business
    1. Material and substantial disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration or other University functions, operations or activities, including its public service functions on or off campus.
    2. Leading or inciting others to materially and substantially disrupt or obstruct teaching, research, administration, or other University functions, operations or activities, including its public service functions on or off campus.
    3. Obstruction of ingress to or egress from any University building, facility or premises.
    4. Unauthorized occupation or use of or entry into any University building, facility or grounds.
  11. Endangerment of Individuals or the Safety of Individuals
    1. Setting fire on any University premises.
    2. Setting off a fire alarm on any university premises for reasons other than an actual fire or emergency.
    3. Reporting a false fire alarm or a false bomb threat on or for any University premises or with regard to any University-sponsored event.
    4. Failure to evacuate any University premises upon the sounding of a fire alarm or upon receiving a lawful order to evacuate the premises.
    5. Tampering with safety or emergency equipment, signs or devices.
    6. Failure to report a fire or any other dangerous condition when known or recognized on the campus;
    7. Tampering with elevator controls and/or equipment on University premises;
    8. Failure to follow published University safety standards.
  12. Firearms, Explosives and Weapons 
    1.  Possessing, using or selling firearms or other dangerous weapons (including paint guns, pellet guns, BB guns and knives), explosives, fireworks, ammunition or dangerous chemicals on University premises.
  13. Gambling 
    1.  Participation in gambling activity in violation of the laws of the State of Nebraska or of the United States.
  14. Obstruction of Law Enforcement Officers, Fire Fighters or University Officials. 
    1.  Obstructing or failing to comply with the directions of a law enforcement officer, fire fighter, University official or official of a student housing unit located on property owned by the University in the performance of duty on any University premises, or at any activity or event sponsored by the University or any recognized student organization.
  15. Unauthorized Use of University Property and Unauthorized Access to Confidential Information 
    1.  Unauthorized use of any University property, facilities, equipment or materials, or unauthorized access to any confidential information, in whatever form, maintained by the University or a University official or employee.
  16. Traffic Safety
    1. Serious traffic violations on any University premises, including operating any vehicle while intoxicated, speeding, reckless endangerment or reckless driving.
  17. Telephone Abuse
    1. Charging or causing to be charged any long distance or other toll telephone calls to University telephones without proper authorization.
  18. Unauthorized Presence in or Entry of University Premises
    1. Unauthorized presence in any University class, lecture, laboratory period, orientation session, examination, or other instructional session, or unauthorized entry of any room, office or laboratory or other University premises.
    2. Possessing, producing, reproducing, manufacturing, or having produced, reproduced or manufactured without proper authorization, any key or unlocking device for use on any University lock or on any University premises.
  19. Impermissible Commercial Distribution of Course Notes and Recordings 
    1.  Sale of course notes or course records or providing course notes or course records so the same may sold by any other person without the express written permission of the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs and the course instructor(s).4
  20. Smoking 
    1.  Smoking in any University building or vehicle.
  21. Violation of Municipal Ordinances or State or Federal Laws 
    1.  Violation of any municipal ordinance, law of the State of Nebraska or of the United States on University premises or at any University-sponsored or supervised events.
  22. Misconduct Relating to Theft and Destruction of Property, and Possession of Stolen Property
    1. Theft of, or intentional damage, destruction, or defacement of University property or property of any other person while on University premises.
    2. Receipt or possession of property known to be stolen.
    3. Possession, without permission, of property of the University or of a student, faculty member or staff member of the University.

    1. The illegal possession, use or distribution of drugs or alcohol by students is a violation of University rules as well as state and federal laws. The Board of Regents of the University has directed officers of the University to cooperate with state and federal agencies in the prevention of drug abuse. In satisfaction of this mandate and in order to fulfill its obligations under the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, the University has formulated standards of conduct for students which prohibit the acts of misconduct provided in this section both on campus or at University-sponsored events.

    2. Not only may disciplinary action be taken for failure to pay financial obligations, but the student will be denied access to grade reports, future registrations, readmission, diplomas, and transcripts.

    3. Additional information regarding University Executive Memorandum No. 16 and the Computer Usage Policy can be found at

    4. As part of the education and learning experience, students routinely take notes in the courses in which they are enrolled. With the permission of the instructor, an enrolled student may also make audio and/or visual records of a course presentation. These notes and records may be used for the purposes of individual or group study so long as such use is non-commercial. The University has the authority (1) to regulate the nature of the commercial activity which takes place on its premises and/or with the use of its resources, and (2) to protect its intellectual property, as well as that of its faculty and employees.