Code of Conduct

Conduct Subject to Disciplinary Action

College discipline shall be applied to conduct by a student or student organization occurring on College premises, activities off campus, or at College sponsored programs off campus. College sponsored programs by a student or student organization off campus include but are not limited to: internships, field study, student teaching, community service, international study programs, recreational, intramural and club sports activities, and intercollegiate athletics. 

 The College will take disciplinary action against a student or student organization when it is required by law to do so, or when the nature of the conduct: 

  • Interferes with or is disruptive to the learning environment, College process or activities, and/or educational interests and mission of the College, or
  • Endangers the health or personal safety of a member(s) of the College community, or
  • Harms, intimidates, or threatens another member(s) of the College community.

Within the parameters stated above, the following conduct is subject to disciplinary action.  Violation of any of the following provisions may result in the imposition of one or more sanctions listed in Section 44 of this Code.

   A. All forms of dishonesty, including but not limited to: 

  • Cheating, plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty
  • Knowingly furnishing false information to the College
  • Forgery or alteration or use of identification or documents with intent to defraud, or possession of another person’s identification
  • Acts of dishonesty which harm an individual member(s) of the College, the integrity of the academic programs or the educational interests and mission of the College, or a College activity or procedure whether by act or omission 

   B.  Acts of violence, including but not limited to:

  • Harassment, intimidation or bullying, including cyberbullying
  • Creating a hostile environment toward any individual or group of individuals
  • Inciting violence, targeted toward an individual or group of individuals
  • Physical abuse, assault and/or battery
  • Threats toward any individual or group of individuals, or causing harm or reasonable apprehension of harm, or invasion of privacy
  • Creation of a condition or situation that endangers mental or physical health of self or others
  • Conduct which inhibits the peace or safety of members of the College community
  • Retaliation, harassment or coercion of parties to student conduct actions or witnesses.

   C. Disruptive behavior, including but not limited to: 

  • Disruption or obstruction of teaching or research
  • Disruption of computer/information systems
  • Disruption of administration, disciplinary proceedings, or other College activities
  • Throwing of projectiles.

  D. Sexual Misconduct including all forms of sexual violence, including but not limited to:

  • Imposition of sexual contact or physical exposure without affirmative consent
  • Nonconsensual sexual intercourse
  • All forms of intimidation or coercion to exact sexual favors
  • Use of alcohol or other drugs to exact sexual contact
  • Nonconsensual verbal, non-verbal, or cyber communication of a sexual nature as well as nonconsensual photography, video or audio taping or posting of sexual activity
  • Sexual contact upon another who is reasonably unable to consent for any reason, particularly due to their age, use of alcoholor other substances, incapacitation, involuntarily restraint,emotional distress or sleep
  • Stalking
  • Domestic Violence
  • Dating Violence
  • Sexual Harassment.

E.  Hazing:  Any act, or creation of, or participation in the creation of any situation that harms another person(s), or endangers mental or physical health, or that involves the consumption of food, beverages (alcoholic or not), and alcohol or other substances, or that interferes with academic pursuits, for purposes of initiation into or affiliation with any group or organization, including but not limited to: 

  • Activities that disrupt or interfere with an individual’s pursuit of academic endeavors
  • Activities which harass or intimidate
  • Activities that expose members or prospective members to potentially dangerous or hazardous circumstances, including lockdowns or overcrowding rooms and locking exits
  • Activities that deprive individuals of sleep, edible meals, or personal hygiene; (Deprivation of sleep includes maintaining pledging or affiliation activities after midnight on school nights, Sunday through Thursday.)
  • Activities which have a foreseeable potential for resulting in personal injury
  • Activities which involve illegal acts
  • Activities that involve tests of endurance; leaving a person in a location without means of identification or communication or return
  • Activities that are physically exhausting
  • Activities that involved the forced or required consumption of food, beverages, alcohol, or other drugs
  • Activities that impart pain or cause mutilation or alteration to the body
  • Any activity by its nature has the potential to cause severe mental anxiety, mental distress, panic, human degradation, or public embarrassment.

   F.   Theft or damage, including but not limited to:

  • Damage of College premises or property;
  • Damage to property of another person;
  • Theft of College property;
  • Theft of property of another person;
  • Theft of services or intellectual property such as computer programs, software files or documents, library books and materials; and
  • Possession or distribution of stolen property.

   G.   Failure to comply, including but not limited to:

  • Failure to comply with the directions of college officials acting in the performance of duties including student staff;
  • Failure to comply with and/or complete disciplinary sanctions; and
  • Violation of disciplinary probation or deferred suspension.

H.  Violation of current College policies, procedures and rules, including but not limited to, the provisions of the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct and those policies contained in the Student Handbook related to:

  • Academic integrity
  • The use, distribution, or possession of firearms, explosives, and weapons
  • Entry and use of College facilities
  • Solicitation and posting
  • Acceptable use of network
  • Student organizations
  • Fire safety
  • Guests.

I. Violation of rules governing residence halls as described in the Resident Student Handbook.  

J. Violation of federal, state or local laws in a way that is detrimental to the learning environment and/or damaging to the educational interests and mission of the College. Such violations may be established by a disciplinary hearing, independent of a criminal conviction.

K. Alcohol Policy Violation, including but not limited to:

  • Presence of alcohol while underage
  • Possession of alcohol while underage
  • Consumption of alcohol while underage
  • Distribution and/or sales of alcohol
  • Conduct related to the use of alcohol including, but not limited to driving while intoxicated or impaired
  • Possession or use of drinking game equipment.

L. Drug policy violation

  • Presence of drugs, controlled substances or non-prescribed medication
  • Possession of drugs, controlled substances or non-prescribed medication
  • Use of drugs, controlled substances or non-prescribed medication
  • Distribution and/or sale of drugs, controlled substances or non-prescribed medication
  • Conduct related to the use of drugs including, but not limited to, driving while impaired
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia.

M. Bias-related incident, acts of bias, or inciting violence, targeted toward an individual or group of individuals, including but not limited to: 

  • Harassment based on race, color, age, religion, or national origin*, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or other protected characteristics through oral, written, graphic or physical conduct relating to an individual’s race, color, age, religion, or national origin*, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or other protected characteristics that is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent so as to interfere with or limit the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from the educational institution’s programs or activities.
  • Threatening, intimidating or fear provoking. 

*Including an individual’s ancestry, country of origin, or country of origin of the student’s parents, family members or ancestors

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