The Code of Student Conduct
The Code of Student Conduct is the University’s policy regarding nonacademic discipline of students. It’s purpose is to protect and preserve a civil and safe educational environment. The University is not designed nor equipped to rehabilitate students who will not abide by this Code. Any disciplinary actions taken are designed to protect and preserve a quality educational environment; if students by their behavior threaten that environment, it may be necessary to impose sanctions that will address that behavior.
Students may be accountable to both civil authorities and the University for actions which both violate the law and the Code. Thus, students may have to face both criminal charges and University disciplinary charges. It must be noted that the findings in one area will not be an acceptable challenge to the findings in the other and that double jeopardy is not an issue.
University jurisdiction and discipline is limited to conduct of enrolled USA students which occurs on University premises, at University related or sponsored activities, or which adversely effects the University community and it’s good name.
The following non-academic misconduct is subject to disciplinary action.
a. Intentionally or recklessly causing physical harm to any person.
b. Harassing, annoying or attempting or threatening physical harm to another person or causing apprehension of harm. Addressing abusive language to any person, following a person in or about a public place or places, or engaging in a course of conduct or repeatedly committing acts that alarm or seriously annoy another person.
c. Engaging in discriminatory harassment.
d. Engaging in sexual harassment.
e. Intentionally engaging in sexual conduct with another person without that person’s consent.
f. Intentionally or recklessly misusing, destroying, or damaging University property or the property of others.
g. Engaging in activities that threaten the safety of the campus community, including but not limited to intentionally or recklessly misusing or damaging fire or other safety equipment; unauthorized use or possession of fireworks or incendiary, dangerous, or noxious devices or materials; unauthorized use, possession or storage of any weapon; or intentionally initiating or causing any false report, warning, or threat of fire, explosion, or other emergency.
h. Disorderly conduct.
i. Theft or misuse of property or services or knowingly benefiting from use of stolen property or services.
j. Intentional disruption of University computer systems, unauthorized alteration, disclosure, or destruction of University computer systems or material, improper access to University computer files and systems, or violation of copyright or proprietary material restrictions connected with University computer systems, programs or materials.
k. Forgery, alteration, misrepresentation, or misuse of any document or instrument of identification.
l. Misrepresenting information or furnishing false information to the University.
m. Violation of any government law or ordinance.
n. Violation of any approved University rules, regulations, or policies.
o. Failure to comply with the directions of University officials.
p. Intentionally or recklessly interfering with normal University functions.
q. Intentionally and substantially interfering with the freedom of expression of others.
r. Unauthorized presence on or use of University premises, facilities, or property.
s. Unauthorized distribution, possession or use of any controlled substance or illegal drug.
t. Appearing in a public place manifestly under the influence of a controlled or other intoxicating substance to the degree that there is danger to self, others, or property, or there is unreasonable annoyance to persons in the vicinity.
u. Possession or use of alcoholic beverages by individuals without authorization.
v. Providing alcoholic beverages to individuals under 21 years of age, or unauthorized possession of alcoholic beverages for purposes of distribution.
w. Taking any action or creating any situations that recklessly or intentionally endangers mental or physical health or involves the forced consumption of liquor or drugs for the purpose of initiation into, or affiliation with, any organization or group.
x. Aiding or abetting any violation of this Code.
y. Intentionally filling a false complaint under this Code.
z. Knowingly violating the terms of any disciplinary sanction imposed in accordance with this Code.