Article 1, Part 3 – Student Discipline

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§ 1-302 Rules of Conduct

Students enrolling in the university assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the university’s function as an educational institution and suitable to members of the academic community. Conduct for which students are subject to discipline includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. Violent and/or dangerous conduct, including:
    1. causing bodily harm to a person
    2. inappropriate physical contact with another person, such as pushing, slapping, or spitting
    3. reckless disregard for the health or safety of any person
    4. any verbal threat or physically threatening behavior that would cause a reasonable person to fear for their safety
  2. Conduct that violates the university’s sexual misconduct policy, including:
    1. sexual assault, as defined by § 1-111(f)(4)
    2. sexual harassment, as defined by § 1-111 (f)(11)
    3. sexual exploitation, as defined by § 1-111(f)(12)
    4. dating violence, as defined in § 1-111(f)(8)
    5. domestic violence, as defined in § 1-111(f)(9)
    6. retaliation, as defined in § 1-111(g)
    7. Title IX sexual harassment, as defined in § 1-111(f)(3)
    8. sexual violence, as defined in § 1-111(f)(13)
  3. Stalking: engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for their safety or the safety of others, or suffer substantial emotional distress. For the purposes of this definition,
    1. course of conduct means two or more acts, including but not limited to, acts which the stalker directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device or means follows, monitors, observes, surveilles, threatens, or communicates to or about, a person, or interferes with a person’s property;
    2. reasonable person means a reasonable person under similar circumstances and with similar identities to the victim; and
    3. substantial emotional distress means significant mental suffering or anguish that may, but does not necessarily, require medical or other professional treatment or counseling. (See also § 1-111(f)(7) of the Student Code.)
  4. Hazing: any action taken or situation created (1) for the purpose of initiation into, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition of continued membership in, a group or organization; and (2) to produce physical discomfort or injury, mental discomfort, embarrassment, or ridicule. Such actions or situations may include but are not limited to the following: use of alcohol; personal servitude; paddling in any form; creation of excessive fatigue; physical and psychological shocks; wearing of apparel which is conspicuous or not in good taste; engaging in public stunts; degrading or humiliating games and activities; or any activities which are not consistent with the academic mission, organizational ritual or policy, or applicable state or local law. Hazing may occur regardless of a person’s willingness or consent to participate in the activity.
  5. The use of force or violence, actual or threatened, to willfully deny, impede, obstruct, impair, or interfere with any of the following:
    1. the freedom of movement of any person, including entering or leaving property or facilities
    2. the performance of institutional duties by a member of the university or
    3. by knowingly occupying or remaining in or at any property or facility owned or controlled by the university after receiving due notice to depart.
  6. Any conduct that substantially threatens or interferes with the maintenance of appropriate order and discipline in the operation of the university. Without excluding other situations, examples include shouting, noise making, obstruction, and other disruptive actions designed or intended to interfere with or prevent meetings, assemblies, classes, or other scheduled or routine university operations or activities.
  7. Providing false or misleading information to a member or agent of the university acting in the performance of their duty; or failing to comply with reasonable directions of a member or agent of the university acting in the performance of their duty.
  8. Providing false or misleading information to a university or other law enforcement official acting in the performance of their duty; or failing to comply with the reasonable directions of a university or other law enforcement official acting in the performance of their duty.
  9. Harassment: unwelcome conduct that is based on an individual’s status within a protected classification covered by § 1-108 and that is (1) sufficiently severe or pervasive; and (2) objectively offensive; and (3) unreasonably interferes with, denies, or limits a person’s ability to participate or benefit from educational or employment opportunities, assessments, or status at the university.
  10. Theft, unauthorized use, or unauthorized possession of property or services of another; or knowing possession of stolen property.
  11. Intentional or reckless destruction or damage of university, public, or personal property of another.
  12. Indecent exposure of the body, including, but not limited to urination or defecation in public.
  13. Unauthorized entry to or use of university, public, or private premises.
  14. Unauthorized or malicious use of computer and communications equipment / devices, software, or application services where the university community’s interest is substantially affected, including, but not limited to:
    1. entry into files, applications, databases, or cloud environments for any purpose
    2. transfer or alteration of files, applications, databases, or source code
    3. use of another individual’s identification, account, or password
    4. knowingly disrupting the work of another person or the normal operation of the university computing system or service
    5. accessing child pornography
    6. violation of copyright and patent laws.
  15. Abuse of the university disciplinary system including, but not limited to:
    1. failure to obey the directive of a disciplinary body or university official acting in the performance of their duties
    2. knowing falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information before a disciplinary body
    3. deliberate disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of an investigation or disciplinary proceeding
    4. knowingly reporting a student for disciplinary action without cause
    5. attempting to influence the impartiality of any investigator or decision-maker prior to, or during the course of, the disciplinary proceeding
    6. harassment or intimidation of any witness, complainant, respondent, investigator, decision-maker, or other participant in a disciplinary proceeding
    7. failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Student Code
  16. Making, attempting to make, or distributing a sound or visual recording of any person(s) in bathrooms, showers, bedrooms, locker rooms, or any other premises where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy, without the knowledge and consent of all participants subject to such recordings.
  17. Violation of published university policies, rules, or regulations.
  18. Inciting, aiding, or encouraging others to engage in a behavior which violates the Student Code.
  19. Committing or attempting to commit any act which would be a violation of local, state, or federal law on or off university property, when such behavior is detrimental to the university community’s interest.
  20. Sale or Distribution of Lecture Notes or Course Materials. No student shall sell, deliver or distribute copyrighted lecture notes or other course materials without the express permission of the copyright holder. An example of an infraction would include posting on a website or selling instructor copyrighted slides, lecture notes or other expressions fixed in a medium. (See also the University General Rules, Art. III, §4 regarding copyright policy.)