Code of Student Conduct

Responsibilities of Students

2.01 CONDUCT REQUIRED

Each student shall conduct himself in a manner consistent with the University’s mission as an educational institution. Any student who fails to conduct himself in such manner violates this code and a disciplinary penalty may be imposed.

 

2.02 CONDUCT PROHIBITED

Specific examples of conduct which violates section 2.01 above include, but are not limited to, the following and include any attempt to commit the following:

a.     Commission of an act which would constitute an offense under appropriate federal, state or local criminal statute.

b.     Violation of any published University policy.

c.     Failure to comply with the directives of a University official acting in the performance of his duties. This includes the failure to respond to an official summons to the office of an administrative officer within the designated time or failure to present identification upon request of any university official.

d.     Furnishing false information to the University and/or giving false testimony or other evidence at a University disciplinary or other administrative proceeding.

e.     Issuance of a check without sufficient funds or otherwise failing to meet financial obligations to the University.

f.      Unauthorized throwing of any object in or from University facilities.

g.     Misuse, abuse or unauthorized use of fire extinguishers or other safety equipment on University property.

h.     Engaging in conduct that interferes with or disrupts any University teaching, research, administrative, disciplinary, public service, any other authorized activity or the peace and welfare of any person, whether on or off the campus (See Appendix B for disruptive activities).

i.      Engaging in conduct that endangers the physical or mental health or safety of any person or which causes physical injury.

j.      Possession of or making use of University keys for an unauthorized purpose.

k.     Engaging in hazing which includes but is not limited to an initiation by an organization utilizing any dangerous, harmful, or degrading act towards a student (See Appendix A).

l.      Violation of the published University policies on the possession and use of alcoholic beverages (See Appendix C).

m.    Gambling in any form on University property.

n.     Illegal possession, use, sale, or distribution of any quantity, whether usable or not, of any drug, narcotic, or controlled substance, as well as any drug paraphernalia, especially on University property or at University activities.

o.     Possession or use of any firearms, ammunition, or weapon on University property to include hunting/fishing knives; carrying knives with blades exceeding three inches is also prohibited.

p.     Unauthorized possession, ignition, or detonation or any explosive device, fireworks, liquid, or object which is flammable or which could cause damage by fire or explosion to persons or University property.

q.     Theft, destruction, damage, or misuse of property belonging to or the responsibility of University or to any person/legal entity.

r.      Any forgery, alteration, or misuse of University documents, forms, records or identification cards.

s.     Violation of any published University policy governing student housing in University-owned facilities or the breach of a housing contract.

t.      Advocating or recommending either orally or in writing the conscious and deliberate violation of any federal, state, or local law. “Advocacy” means addressing an individual or group for imminent action and steeling it to such action, as opposed to the abstract espousal of the moral propriety of a course of action.

u.     Unauthorized entry into or use of university buildings, facilities, equipment, or resources.

v.     Failing to maintain a current official mailing address in the Registrar’s office or giving a false or fictitious address.

w.    Knowingly (1) initiating, communicating, or circulating a report of a present, past or future bombing, fire, offense, or other emergency that is false or baseless and that would ordinarily cause action by an official or volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies; (2) placing a person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury; or (3) preventing or interrupting the occupation of a building, room or aircraft, automobile, or other mode or conveyance.

x.     Abusive conduct: Unwelcome conduct that is sufficiently severe and pervasive that it alters the conditions of education and creates an environment that a reasonable person would find intimidating, harassing, or humiliating. The frequency of the conduct, its severity, and whether it is threatening or humiliating are factors that will be considered in determining whether conduct is abusive. Abusive conduct includes verbal abuse, physical abuse, or holding a person against his or her will. Simple teasing, offhanded comments and isolated incidents (unless extremely serious) will not amount to abusive conduct. 

y.     Engaging in academic dishonesty as defined and described in Section 6.07 of this code.

z.     Any illegitimate or unauthorized use of computer systems, resources, facilities, hardware or software or any violation of the Computer Use Policy or Residential Network Policy.

aa.    Malfeasance or misuse of elected or appointed office in a student organization.

 

ab.   Assaulting, battering, or physically abusing another person.

 

ac.   Sexual Misconduct: Violating the University‘s Gender-Based Misconduct Policy for Students.

 

ad.   Stalking: repeated conduct which reasonably and subjectively causes another person to fear for his/her safety or which causes person to alter his/her activities as a result of the repeated conduct.

ae.   Retaliation: Taking any adverse action against a person because of, or in retaliation for, the person‘s reporting of a crime or violation of University policy, or in assisting in such a claim. The procedures set forth in Sections 3, 4, and 5 will apply to all non-academic violations of the Code of Student Conduct, except for violations of the Cameron University Gender-Based Misconduct Policy.