Code of Student Conduct
This Code of Student Conduct is adopted pursuant to authority granted by the University’s Board of Regents. This Code applies to on-campus conduct of every student enrolled at the University and includes conduct using University computing or network resources. The Code also applies to all students off-campus when using University facilities, participating in University programs or activities, participating in programs or activities of registered student organizations, or engaging in any conduct which would constitute a criminal offense as defined by local, state, or federal law, regardless of the existence or outcome of any criminal proceeding. The Code may be applied to behavior conducted online, via e-mail, text, or another electronic medium.
a. “Academic work” means the preparation of an essay, thesis, report, problem assignment, computer program, or other project which is submitted for purposes of grade determination.
b. “Code” means this Code of Student Conduct.
c. “Director” means the Director of Student Development or Director of Student Housing and Residence Life or designee.
d. “Disciplinary action” means proceedings under Section 3 of this code.
e. “Hazing” means those activities defined in the Cameron University Hazing Code (See Appendix A).
f. “Hearing Officer” means a person appointed by the Dean of Students, who in most cases will be the Director of Student Development, the Director of Student Housing and Residence Life, or the Chair of the Disciplinary Committee, to conduct hearings.
g. “Notice” means correspondence via official University communication. Any of the following means constitutes “notice” for the purposes of this policy: (1) sent by mail, addressed to the addressee at the local address, as shown on University records in the Office of the Registrar; (2) personally delivered to the addressee; (3) an email to a University email address; or by (4) certified mail, return receipt requested, to the address on file.
h. “Preponderance of the evidence” means a fact is more likely to be true than not.
i. “Record” means all written documents, forms, copies, reports, statements, tape recordings, or tangible evidence in a disciplinary action.
j. “DOS” means Dean of Students unless otherwise noted.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF STUDENTS
2.01 CONDUCT REQUIRED
Each student shall conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the University’s mission as an educational institution. Any student who fails to conduct themselves in such a manner violates this code and a disciplinary action and sanction may be imposed. Students are responsible for complying with all local, state, and federal laws. As members of the University community, students are also responsible for familiarizing themselves with and complying with all published University policies, copies of which are available online and in The Office of Student Development.
In addition, students involved in disciplinary actions under this Code, whether as parties, witnesses, or committee members, have a duty to cooperate and discuss the incident with appropriate University officials, adhere to stated deadlines, attend scheduled meetings, provide documentation as requested, and participate in all University proceedings. Failure to fulfill these responsibilities may result in a student being charged with failure to comply with the direction of a University official or could result in a decision being made without the benefit of the student’s participation.
2.02 CONDUCT PROHIBITED
Students are responsible for meeting the University’s minimal standards of appropriate conduct and may be disciplined for engaging or attempting to engage in the following types of prohibited conduct:
a. Violation of local, state, or federal law or a University regulation or policy.
b. Engaging in Disruptive Activity or engaging in conduct that interferes with or disrupts any University teaching, research, administrative, disciplinary, public service, or any other authorized activity or the peace and welfare of any person, whether on or off campus including (1) persistent or gross acts of willful disobedience or defiance towards college personnel; (2) verbal abuse of a student or college employee; (3) disorderly, lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct; or (4) breach of peace on University property or at any University sponsored or supervised function.
c. Violation of any published University policy to include Student Housing and Residence Life and University-owned facilities.
d. Failure to comply with the directives of a University official acting in the performance of their duties. This includes but is not limited to, the failure to respond to an official summons to the office of a University official within the designated time or failure to present identification upon request of any authorized University official.
e. Furnishing any false information to the University. Furnishing false information includes, but is not limited to, manufacturing, possessing, providing, making, or using false information or omitting relevant information to University officials or on University documentation including applications; forging, altering, or missing a University record or document; initiating a false report; knowingly using or possessing forged, altered or false documents or records; and providing false testimony or other evidence at a University disciplinary or other administrative hearing.
f. Failure to keep records up to date. Failing to keep the Registrar’s Office notified of current school and/or permanent directory information, including email information.
g. Engaging in academic dishonesty as defined and described in Section 7.01 of the Code.
h. Theft. Possessing property that is known or should have been known to be stolen, taking property without the consent of the owner, even with the intent to return the property, or obtaining property by false pretenses.
i. Misuse or defacement of property. Damage to or misuse of equipment, property, furniture, facilities, and buildings belonging to the University or property belonging to another.
j. Interfering with, obstructing, or disrupting police or fire responses. Tampering with, impairing, disabling, or misusing fire protection systems such as smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, sprinklers, or alarms; failing to evacuate during a fire alarm; resisting arrest; failing to abide by the directions of police or fire personnel.
k. Possession of or making use of University keys, to include an official Cameron ID, for an unauthorized purpose.
l. Unauthorized entry or exit into or use of University buildings, facilities, equipment, or resources.
m. 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.
n. Engaging in activities and behaviors considered hazing in nature which includes, but not limited to, an initiation by an organization utilizing any dangerous, harmful, or degrading act towards a student (See Appendix A).
o. Violation of the published University policies on the possession and use of alcoholic beverages (See Appendix B).
p. Gambling in any form on University property or sponsored activities.
q. 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.
r. Actual or constructive possession or control of any weapon, including but not limited to air pistols, air rifles, lock blades, fixed blades, knives with a blade longer than three inches, blackjacks, metal knuckles, chemical substances, bombs, fireworks, or any other device found to be a violation of this Code. Instruments designed to look like any of the above are also included in this prohibition.
s. Arson: The willful setting fire to or burning of a structure or its contents or the property of another.
t. Malfeasance or misuse of elected or appointed office in a student organization.
u. 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, or threatening to their mental or physical health. The frequency of the conduct and its severity, are factors that will be considered in determining whether the conduct is abusive. Abusive conduct includes verbal abuse, physical abuse, or holding a person against their will. Simple teasing, offhanded comments, and isolated incidents (unless extremely serious) will not amount to abusive conduct.
v. Violation of the Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination, and Harassment Policy. Engaging in Title IX Sexual Harassment or other Prohibited Conduct as defined in the Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination, or Harassment Policy.
w. Stalking (not gender based): Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others, or suffer substantial emotional distress.
x. Sexual Misconduct: Refer to Section 2.03, Prohibited Sexual Misconduct.
y. 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.
PROHIBITED SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
2.03 SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
As noted above in Section 2 (x), the following conduct, or attempted conduct, is prohibited, and constitutes “Prohibited Conduct” for the purposes of this Policy:
a. Hostile Environment Harassment, which is unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the University’s education program or activity;
b. Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment, where an employee of the University is conditioning the provision of aid, benefit, or service of the University on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct; or
c. Sexual Assault, which includes:
- Rape—penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim;
- Fondling—the touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the consent of the victim;
- Incest—Non-forcible sexual intercourse between persons related to other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law; and
- Statutory Rape—sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.
d. Dating Violence, which is violence between individuals in the following circumstances:
- The party is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and
- The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors: (i) length of the relationship; (ii) type of relationship; (iii) frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
e. Domestic Violence, which is an assault and battery against a current or former spouse; a present spouse of a former spouse; a former spouse of a present spouse; parents; a foster parent; a child; a person or otherwise related by blood or marriage; a person with whom the Respondent is or was in a dating relationship; an individual with whom the Respondent has had a child; a person who formerly lived in the same household as the Respondent; or a person living in the same household.
f. Stalking, which is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to (a) fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others, or (b) suffer substantial emotional distress.
2.04 Special Procedures for Prohibited Sexual Misconduct:
Under the authority of the Office of Equal Opportunity and the Office of Student Development, Complaints alleging Prohibited Sexual Misconduct must be directed to the Title IX Coordinator. The Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination, and Harassment Policy and Grievance Procedures for Sexual Misconduct and Harassment set forth the process for investigation, adjudication, sanctioning, and appeals for all Prohibited Sexual Misconduct.
3.01 DISCIPLINARY SANCTIONS
Students who engage in prohibited conduct are subject to the following sanctions.
a. Warning: A verbal or written notice to the student that a violation of a published University policy has occurred and that the continuation of such conduct or actions could result in further disciplinary action.
b. Restricted privileges: Denial or restriction of one or more privileges granted to students. These may be, but are not limited to, denial of access to all or portions of campus (except for limited periods and specific activities with the permission of the appropriate University official), dining privileges, visitation privileges, or participation in athletics or other extracurricular activities. The restriction may be imposed only for a definite term.
c. Educational Sanction: The requirement that the student complete a special project, which may be, but is not limited to, writing an essay, attending special classes or lectures, or visiting an appropriate campus resource center. The special project may be imposed only for a definite term.
d. Restitution or Fines: Paying for physical or property damage, losses, or misappropriation, either monetarily or by the performance of specific duties such as cleaning or restoration. Community service may be imposed in lieu of a fine if restitution or a fine would result in an unreasonable hardship for the student.
e. Disciplinary probation: A written statement that the behavior was inappropriate and, should subsequent violations occur, the University will take more serious conduct action up to and including suspension or expulsion. A student on disciplinary probation is not in good standing and their continued enrollment is conditioned upon adherence to published University policies. Probation may be imposed only for a definite term or until the student meets certain conditions. Disciplinary Probation can include exclusion from University-affiliated entities including student organizations for the duration of the probation and automatically restricts the following privileges:
- A student on disciplinary probation or harsher disciplinary sanction is ineligible to hold or be elected to an office of any student organization recognized by the University;
- A student on disciplinary probation or harsher disciplinary sanction may not represent the University in any special honorary role, (e.g., debate tournament, athletic competition, etc.)
- If a specific question is asked whether the student has been involved in any disciplinary situations, there is no alternative but to give an accurate answer to the question.
f. Withholding an official transcript or degree.
g. Prohibition against readmission.
h. The University’s official recognition of a student’s or organization’s violation of the Alcohol and Controlled Substances Policy outlined in Appendix B.
i. Suspension: Separation from the University for a definite term, during which the student shall not be permitted to attend classes or participate in any University activity, and/or be on University property.
j. Expulsion: Termination of student status for an indefinite period. The conditions for readmission, if any, shall be stated in the order of expulsion. When an offense is so severe that the University will not allow the student to re-enroll, the student will be expelled. Expulsion is not a permanent separation, but neither is a definite time set when return is expected.
k. Administrative Trespass: Denial of access to all or a portion of campus, except for limited periods and specific activities with the permission of the appropriate University official, as designated by the DOS or other appropriate administrative official vested with such authority. Should the student enter the campus without permission, the appropriate University official or the campus police may take action.
l. University-Owned Housing Reassignment, Probation, or Termination: Reassignment to another University-owned housing unit, exclusion from certain University-owned properties, a written indication that the student is not in good standing in Student Housing or immediate termination of the student’s housing contract with or without a deposit refund.
3.02 TEMPORARY ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION
A Temporary Administrative Action is an action that places immediate restrictions upon a student’s rights within the University community, up to and including removal from the University community. It is not a final disciplinary sanction; it is a temporary measure that may be undertaken pending appropriate due process. A Temporary Administrative Action may be imposed only by the President, the DOS, or other appropriate official and only when necessary for, (1) the safety of the student, other persons, or University property; or when the student is (2) an ongoing threat or disruption to the academic process.
Upon the decision to impose a temporary restriction, the student shall be notified by the most expeditious means available.
When temporary restrictions are imposed, the Office of Student Development shall review the facts and circumstances to determine whether to initiate disciplinary proceedings pursuant to this Code, whether to recommend to the DOS that the temporary administrative action should be rescinded, or whether some other University action is appropriate.
RECORDKEEPING AND DISCIPLINARY HOLDS:
4.01 STUDENT RECORDS, STUDENT TRANSCRIPTS, AND STUDENT REGISTRATION.
The University may place a disciplinary hold on a student’s records during the pendency of Student Conduct Proceedings. A disciplinary hold prohibits a student from registering for classes or from receiving an official transcript until the Student Conduct Proceedings, to include any review procedure, are complete. Upon conclusion of Student Conduct Proceedings, the University may continue a disciplinary hold on a student’s records until the student satisfactorily completes all sanctions.
The University may place a disciplinary hold on a student’s record if a student is suspended as part of the sanctions process, which prohibits a student from being admitted to or registering for classes at any campus governed by the Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma. A disciplinary hold shall remain in effect until the suspension period is over, the student has complied with all conditions/sanctions and has reapplied and been readmitted.
Records relating to non-academic student conduct are part of the student’s overall education record; however, disciplinary charges and sanctions are not noted on the student’s transcript.
Disciplinary records will be maintained in the Office of Student Development. Housing disciplinary records will be maintained in the Office of Student Housing and Residence Life.
ADMINISTRATION OF STUDENT CODE
Under the direction of the Dean of Students (DOS), the Director of Student Development, or designee, shall be primarily responsible for the administration of the student conduct system. The Director of Student Housing and Residence Life or designee will be responsible for resolving disciplinary problems resulting from the violation of regulations within residential facilities, according to the Code and the Student Housing and Residence Life Rules, Regulations, and Information.
5.02 ADMINISTRATIVE INVESTIGATION OF ALLEGED CODE VIOLATIONS
Allegation. Allegations that a student has engaged in conduct that would constitute Prohibited Conduct under this Code should be referred to the Director of the Office of Student Development. The Director will conduct a timely preliminary inquiry into the alleged violation to determine whether the complaint warrants further investigation. If the Director determines that the alleged conduct, if true, could constitute Prohibited Conduct under the Code, they shall send notice to the student of the allegations and afford the student an opportunity to be heard as detailed below.
Notice of Investigation The Director shall send notice to the student that a complete investigation will occur. The Student Conduct Notice shall include:
a. A description of the alleged misconduct;
b. A citation to the Code provisions alleged to have been violated;
c. A brief explanation of the Student Conduct process; and
d. A direction to the student to attend a mandatory Conduct Meeting within ten (10) business days of the date of the Notice.
Conduct Meeting. The Director will meet with the student to explain the Student Conduct process and give the student an opportunity to respond to the charges and relate or explain any facts bearing on the alleged violation. The Director shall consider the student’s response and any evidence the student presents or provides to the Director. The student may be accompanied by an advisor or an attorney. The Director will conduct additional investigations as needed in order to make a determination. A determination will be made regardless of a student’s attendance, based on the information and evidence available.
Allegations that a student has engaged in conduct that if true would constitute a violation of the University’s Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination, and Harassment Policy shall be promptly referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator.
Administrative Determination. After a fair and impartial assessment of all of the information collected during the investigation including any information provided by the student, the Director shall make a determination of whether the Code was violated. The Director shall indicate their decision, including any recommended disciplinary action, if any, in writing as soon as reasonably practical but no later than five (5) business days after completion of the administrative review. For sanctions other than interim suspension, suspension, or expulsion, the student may appeal the administrative determination as outlined below. However, if the Director believes a sanction of interim suspension, suspension, or expulsion should be imposed, the Director shall so indicate in writing to both the student and the DOS and the DOS will convene a Hearing Committee as outlined below.
Appeal of Determination. The student has five (5) business days after the notification of the administrative determination in which to file a written appeal to the DOS. Please refer to Section 6 - Appeals & Review.
APPEALS AND REVIEW
6.01 REQUESTING APPEAL
a. Written Appeal Request. A student wishing to appeal the Director’s decision in cases that do not result in interim suspension, suspension, or expulsion must file a signed, written notice of the appeal request with appropriate grounds for appeal with the DOS no later than five (5) business days after official notice of the Director’s decision.
b. The grounds for appeal are:
- Insufficient evidence to support the decision.
- The sanction imposed was too harsh.
- An error that significantly prejudiced the rights of the student.
- Significant new information discovered after the Conduct Meeting.
c. DOS Review: For appeals of determinations other than those that result in interim suspension, suspension, or expulsion, the DOS will review the student’s written request for appeal, as well as the entire record and any evidence or information gathered during the Conduct Meeting. If necessary, the DOS or his designee will conduct any additional investigation needed or consult with any of the parties involved. The DOS can find 1) there was no violation of this Code; 2) there was a violation of this Code and the Director’s recommended sanctions are appropriate; or 3) there was a violation of this Code and alternative sanctions would be more appropriate. The DOS will communicate the decision to the student and the Director within ten (10) business days of receiving the appeal.
d. Hearing referral. Where the Director recommends interim suspension, suspension, or expulsion, the DOS convenes a Hearing Committee to determine whether there has been a Code violation and whether the recommended sanction is appropriate. The Committee Chair will notify the student of a hearing date no later than ten (10) business days after the appeal request unless there are extenuating circumstances (such circumstances are to be shared with the student.) If disciplinary action is involved prior to appeal, the student may request a more expedient hearing.
The following procedures are applicable to any hearing before the Committee. A Committee will hear all appeals of Temporary Disciplinary Actions and all matters that may result in suspension or expulsion.
6.02 DISCIPLINARY HEARING COMMITTEE
The DOS shall appoint the Disciplinary Hearing Committee. Committee membership will include students, faculty, and staff members. The Committee will both be comprised of three faculty, three students, and one staff member.
The Committee will provide a de novo hearing for non-academic misconduct cases resulting a recommendation of interim suspension, suspension, or expulsion. The Chair of the Committee, appointed by the DOS, will work closely with the DOS to follow appropriate procedures for the hearing.
6.03 PRE-HEARING PROCEDURES
Notice. Upon initiation of the hearing process, as described in Section 6, the Disciplinary Hearing Committee will provide written notice to all parties. The Notice will include:
1. Time of Hearing: Notice shall state the date, time, and location of the hearing.
2. Summary of Allegations: Notice shall include a short and plain statement of the University policies alleged to have been violated, the factual background of the matter, and the basis for the Committee hearing (i.e. student appeal of interim suspension, suspension, or expulsion hearing).
3. Identity of the Committee Members: Notice shall include the identity of all Committee members. Both the student and the Director will have an opportunity to object to any of the members on the basis that a proposed Committee member has a conflict of interest. The Chair will make the final determination about whether the alleged conflict disqualifies the Committee member from serving as a panelist in a particular hearing. If the Chair determines there is a conflict, the DOS will replace the conflicted Committee member with an alternate. If a party believes the Chair has a conflict, the DOS will determine whether a conflict exists.
Disclosures. At least five (5) business days before the hearing, all parties shall make the following disclosures to the Committee, in writing. The Chair of the Committee will provide copies of the disclosures to all parties prior to the hearing. All parties will receive notice at the same time.
1. Whether any legal counsel or advisor will attend the hearing with a party.
2. Whether a party believes there to be a conflict of interest with any of the Committee members.
3. Names of all witnesses each party intends to call to testify during the hearing, including a brief summary of each witness’s expected testimony.
4. Copies of all documents and/or exhibits the parties intend to introduce during the hearing. NOTE: The Committee may, in its discretion, allow the introduction of evidence not previously disclosed.
6.04 HEARING PROCESS
1. Opening Remarks. If desired, the Director and then the student may briefly outline their cases before the presentation of evidence. The Chair may set a time limit, typically five minutes. The Committee should use discretion when determining the proper evidentiary value of the information presented during Opening Remarks.
2. Presentation of Evidence.
- The University will usually present its case first, followed by the student.
- Each party shall have the opportunity to present their respective positions, including the presentation of documents and calling of witnesses. Each party is allowed an opportunity to cross-examine witnesses presented by the other party.
- Each party is responsible for ensuring that any witnesses who will testify in support of that party’s position are notified of the time and place of the hearing. As a responsibility of membership in the University community, all students are expected to participate in Conduct Proceedings upon request; however, the hearing panel cannot compel the attendance of witnesses.
- The Committee members may ask questions of the witnesses at any time, at the discretion of the Chair.
- After each party has presented its case, upon request of either party the Committee, at its discretion, may permit the introduction of additional evidence to clarify or rebut evidence presented during the course of the hearing.
3. Closing Remarks. At the Committee’s discretion, the parties may make brief summary statements. The Chair may set a time limit, typically five minutes.
6.05 HEARING RULES
a. General Decorum. The Chair shall exercise control over the hearing to ensure fairness and a professional atmosphere. Any person who disrupts a hearing or who fails to adhere to the established procedure or rulings of the Chair may be disciplined, including without limitation, exclusion of witnesses or evidence.
b. Advisors. Parties are entitled to have an individual advisor, legal guardians, and/or a legal advisor present during the hearing. During meetings and hearings, the advisor may talk quietly with the student or pass notes in a non-disruptive manner. The advisor may not intervene in a meeting or hearing or directly address panel members, complainants, or witnesses, nor may they make objections. If parties desire to have attorneys serve as their advisors, they may do so at their own cost. The Chair and the Committee may consult with designated counsel in the University of Oklahoma’s Office of Legal Counsel at any time during these proceedings.
c. Confidentiality. Hearings and matters discussed therein are confidential and are closed to the public unless otherwise determined by the Chair. During the hearing only the Committee members, parties, advisors, and any witnesses currently testifying can be present in the room.
d. Evidence. Formal judicial procedures are not required, and formal rules of evidence do not apply. The Committee Chair makes final rulings on all objections to evidence and the admissibility of evidence and testimony. Evidence will be admitted if the Chair determines that evidence is relevant to whether the student violated the University policy as alleged. When the Committee Chair determines that a hearing will be expedited and the interests of the parties will not be prejudiced substantially, any part of the evidence may be received in written form. In case of an expulsion hearing, affidavits should not be permitted in lieu of live testimony unless agreed to by the opposing party or unless the Committee Chair determines that the parties’ interests will not be prejudiced. The hearing will be recorded and made available to either party upon request.
e. A hearing may be postponed at the discretion of the Committee Chair for good cause upon written request being filed with the Committee Chair at least 24 hours before the hearing.
f. The student may not be compelled to testify against themselves, and the hearing officer and appropriate committee shall presume the student innocent of the charges until the Committee is satisfied, by a preponderance of the evidence that a violation has occurred.
g. If the student declines to attend the hearing, the Committee will make a determination based on the information and evidence available.
6.06 POST-HEARING PROCESS
a. Committee Decisions.
Immediately after the hearing, the parties will be excused and the Committee will deliberate and determine by a majority vote whether, by a preponderance of the evidence (i.e., whether it is more likely true than not true), the charged student has engaged in Prohibited Conduct under the Code and whether the sanctions recommended by the Director are appropriate.
The Committee shall provide its written recommendation to the President, who shall review the official record of the hearing and, in writing, either approve, reject, or modify the Decision, or remand the matter back to the Hearing Committee for further hearing or consideration. Unless remanded, the action of the President, in conjunction with the approved or modified decision, shall be the final disposition of the matter.
The President’s Office shall provide each party a copy of the Final Disposition.
b. Discretionary Review. The Board of Regents may, on their initiative, review any disciplinary case. Upon such review, they may approve, reject, or modify the decision or the penalties imposed, or may remand the matter to the Hearing Committee for presentation of additional evidence and reconsideration of the decision.
7.01 ACADEMIC OFFENSES
Each student is expected to engage in all academic pursuits in a manner that is above reproach. Any student found guilty of academic dishonesty will be subject to disciplinary action. Examples of academic dishonesty, include but are not limited to the following:
1. Cheating on an examination or in the preparation of academic work. Cheating may include:
- Copying from another student’s test paper, laboratory report, other report, or computer files, data, listings, and/or programs;
- Using materials not authorized by the professor or instructor;
- Collaborating with another person without authorization during an examination or in the preparation of academic work;
- Knowingly and without authorization, using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting, soliciting, copying or possessing in whole or in part, the contents of an examination or the work of another student;
- Substituting for another student, or permitting another student/individual to substitute for oneself in taking an examination or preparing academic work; or
- Attempting to bribe another person to obtain an examination or information about an examination;
- Attempting to bribe any faculty/staff or student to alter a grade.
- Plagiarizing: To plagiarize is to “pass off ideas or words of another as one’s own created production without crediting the source; to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.” (Webster)
- Any forgery, alteration, or misuse of academic documents, forms, or records.
7.02 SANCTIONS FOR ACADEMIC DISHONESTY
A student who is found guilty of an act of academic dishonesty may be subject to one or more of the following sanctions:
1. The student may be required to perform additional academic work/projects not required of other students in the course;
2. The student’s grade in the course or on the examination or other academic work affected by the dishonesty may be reduced to any extent, including a reduction to failure;
3. The student may be required to withdraw from the course or receive a failing grade;
4. The student may be placed on disciplinary probation, or suspended or expelled from the university.
Cases where the faculty member, chair of the department (Chair), or dean of the school (Dean) recommends the sanction of disciplinary probation, suspension, or expulsion, will be referred to the Director of Student Development (Director) for appropriate action. The disciplinary committee will be convened for cases involving suspension or expulsion.
7.03 PROCEDURES IN CASES OF ACADEMIC DISHONESTY
A. Initiation of Action. When a faculty member believes that a student has committed academic dishonesty, the faculty member shall summon the student to a conference (e.g. in person, zoom, etc.), which constitutes an administrative review under the Code.
B. Faculty Disposition. If, after presenting the student with evidence of academic dishonesty and allowing the student an opportunity to respond, the faculty member determines, based on all evidence available to them that an act of academic dishonesty did occur, and with approval from the respective Chair, he or she shall advise the student of the determination and the sanction(s) to be imposed under section 6.08 of the Code. The Chair shall report the decision, in writing, to the Dean and the Office of Student Development within five (5) business days. The student shall indicate either written acceptance or non-acceptance of the sanction imposed by the faculty member.
C. Appeal of Faculty Disposition. The student may appeal to the appropriate Dean. A request for an appeal hearing must be made in writing to the Dean within five (5) business days following notification of the chair’s decision. The appeal will follow 6.09D of the Code. The Dean’s decision constitutes the final decision of the case.
D. Appeals Procedures. A student may request an appeal, in writing, on the following grounds: insufficient evidence to support the decision, the sanction(s) imposed was too harsh, an error that significantly prejudiced the rights of the students, and/or significant new information discovered after the initial meeting. A student must include a statement of the charge and rationale for the appeal to the appropriate Dean. The Dean shall summon the student to a conference (e.g. in person, zoom, etc.), which constitutes an administrative review under the Code. After the student has the opportunity to present their appeal, and Dean has discussed the matter with the Chair and reviewed all evidence submitted, he or she will make a decision on the appeal. The Dean may dismiss the charge, uphold the faculty decision, or modify the sanction(s) as prescribed under section 6.08 of the Code. The Dean will notify the student, faculty member, Chair, and the Office of Student Development of the decision within five (5) business days.
E. Multiple Offenses. Faculty shall review each case of suspected academic misconduct within their class. The Office of Student Development shall track all policy violations, as reported. For academic misconduct cases involving significant egregious offenses, repeated behavioral offenses, or otherwise as appropriate, the Director shall conduct an investigation separate from the faculty action as provided in Section 3.04 of the Code. After a fair and impartial assessment of all of the information collected during the investigation, the Director may impose additional penalties specified in section 3.05 of the Code.
APPENDIX A - HAZING
The University reserves the right to take disciplinary action against individual students and/or groups who are involved in hazing activities. Such disciplinary action may be taken independently of state or local prosecutorial actions regardless of the outcome of such prosecutorial actions. Hazing on the part of students, faculty, or staff is strictly forbidden, whether on or off campus.
Section 1190 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes reads as follows:
A. No student organization or any person associated with any organization sanctioned or authorized by the governing board of any public or private school or institution of higher education in this state shall engage or participate in hazing.
B. Any hazing activity described in subsection F of this section upon which the initiation or admission into or affiliation with an organization sanctioned or authorized by a public or private school or by any institution of higher education in this state is directly or indirectly conditioned shall be presumed to be a forced activity, even if the student willingly participated in such activity.
C. A copy of the policy or the rules and regulations of the public or private school or institution of higher education which prohibits hazing shall be made available to each student enrolled in the school or institution and shall be deemed to be part of the bylaws of all organizations operating at the public school or the institution of higher education.
D. Any organization sanctioned or authorized by the governing board of a public or private school or of an institution of higher education in this state which violated subsection A of this section, upon conviction, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and may be punishable by a fine of not more than One Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($1,500.00) and the forfeit for a period of not less than one (1) year of all the rights and privileges of being an organization organized or operating at the public or private school or at the institution of higher education.
E. Any individual convicted of violating the provisions of subsection A of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and may be punishable by imprisonment for not to exceed ninety (90) days in the county jail, or by the imposition of a fine not to exceed Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), or by both such imprisonment and fine.
F. For purposes of this section:
1. “Hazing” means an activity which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental health or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with any organization operating subject to the sanction of the public or private school or of any institution of higher education in this state;
2. “Endanger the physical health” shall include but not be limited to any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the elements, forced consumption of any food, alcoholic beverage as defined in Section 506 of Title 37 of the Oklahoma Statutes, low-point beer beverage as defined in Section 163.2 of Title 37 of the Oklahoma Statutes, drug, controlled dangerous substance, or other substance, or any other forced physical activity which could adversely affect the physical health or safety of the individual; and
3. “Endanger the mental health” shall include any activity, except those activities authorized by law, which would subject the individual to extreme mental stress, such as prolonged sleep deprivation, forced prolonged exclusion from social contact, forced conduct which could result in extreme embarrassment or any other forced activity which could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the individual.
APPENDIX B - USE OF ALCOHOL AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
The Student Alcohol Policy is applicable to every student enrolled at the University, whether part-time or full-time and whether in residence, by extension, or otherwise, and may at times apply to persons off-campus when using University facilities or participating in University programs.
(1) At no time will alcohol be served in residential facilities or at student functions on or off campus. Possession of alcohol and controlled substances by students is strictly prohibited on University property.
(2) Strong disciplinary measures will be taken against students in possession of or who have consumed alcohol or a controlled substance on campus. Persons who are determined to be under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance will be referred to the Director of Student Development for disciplinary action and/or may be subject to immediate arrest. For Student Housing and Residence Life residents, incidents will be reported to the Director of Student Housing and Residence Life.
(3) To curtail alcohol abuse on and off campus, the University has adopted a minimum “Three Strikes” policy. The Three Strike policy may be subject to change due to the level of severity of the alcohol incidence.
(4) All fines collected as a result of this policy will support the university’s alcohol and drug education programs.
(5) Violations of the student alcohol policies may be reported to the Office of Student Development.
(6) Alcohol education programs have been expanded, and all entering undergraduate students will be encouraged to complete these programs.
(7) The University has established the Student Wellness Center to provide counseling for students or to provide referrals for off-campus support.
THREE STRIKES POLICY – DEFINITION OF A STRIKE
A “strike” is the University’s official recognition of a student’s or organization’s violation of the University’s Student Alcohol Policy. Nothing herein shall waive a student’s right to due process. A strike is a final University disciplinary sanction that finds the student guilty of an alcohol-related violation.
The University may act on any reliable information it receives. Although not an exhaustive list, the University may be notified of prohibited conduct in the following ways:
1. A police report from the Cameron University Office of Public Safety;
2. An incident report generated in Student Housing;
3. Reports from other law enforcement or security agencies that are received by the University;
4. Notification by a University official that an alcohol violation occurred;
5. Any other information deemed reliable by the University that comes to the attention of a University official.
Once notified of alleged prohibited conduct, the University may investigate the information received pursuant to the procedures under this Code to determine if the conduct constitutes a violation prior to taking action. The University may charge the student pursuant to the Code of Student Conduct, and the student shall be entitled to an appropriate hearing or investigative meeting as defined in the Code. Whether by decision of an appropriate disciplinary body or administrative official, any final University disciplinary action resulting in a finding of guilt for an alcohol-related violation shall be considered a strike.
THREE STRIKES POLICY - SANCTIONS
The following sanctions are mandatory minimum sanctions for alcohol violations. Based on the severity of the infraction, the University reserves the right to impose any appropriate additional sanction(s). Any violation by an individual student remains part of the individual’s record. Based on the severity, the university reserves the right to modify the strikes. If a student is suspended after the 3rd strike and is readmitted to Cameron University, the student is readmitted with 2 strikes.
1st Strike may include the following:
Parent/Guardian and/or 3rd party notification
$25.00 administrative fee or 10 hours of community service
Satisfactorily complete a defined alcohol education program
Student housing probation
Any other appropriate disciplinary penalty listed under 3.05 of the Code of Conduct
2nd Strike may include the following:
Parent/Guardian and/or 3rd party notification
$75.00 administrative fee or 20 hours of community service
Satisfactorily complete an approved alcohol counseling brief intervention and referral to the Student Wellness Center
Student housing probation or suspension
Any other appropriate disciplinary penalty listed under 3.05 of the Code of Conduct
3rd Strike may include the following:
Parent/Guardian and/or 3rd party notification
Suspension from the University.
Any other appropriate disciplinary penalty listed under 3.05 of the Code of Conduct
Students may appeal a strike in accordance with the process outlined in the Code of Student Conduct.
Organizational sanctions will be administered based on the illegal or prohibited use of alcohol at an organizational event or in a campus facility. Before imposing an organizational sanction, as opposed to solely an individual sanction, the University will consider the entirety of the circumstances surrounding the organizational event, including, but not limited to, whether:
a. The alcohol violation was endorsed, sponsored, sanctioned, enabled, furthered, or funded, in whole or in part, by the organization, its officers, or the officers of its local, state, or national organization acting with actual or apparent authority, and any of them knew or should have known of the alcohol violation and they took insufficient action to prevent or cease the violation; or
b. The alcohol violation occurred on property owned, leased, rented, or occupied by the organization; or
c. Officers of the organization took insufficient action to prevent or cease an alcohol violation they knew or should have known existed; or
d. Regardless of its location, the alcohol violation occurred at an event or any gathering of two or more individuals of the organization conducted in furtherance of the mission or purpose of the organization, including any event, program or ceremony; or
e. The alcohol violation occurred at any gathering utilizing the organization’s name or logo, or that was advertised by the organization; or
f. The alcohol violation occurred at any gathering of two or more individuals that would typically be in furtherance of the organization’s activities but is designed to circumvent these rules.
The Director of Campus Life or their designee has the discretion to determine whether, based on the criteria above and the totality of the circumstances, the alcohol violation occurred at an organizational event and warrants an organizational sanction.
Any violation by the group remains part of the organization’s “Three Strikes” record for a period of three calendar years unless the organization requests and the University grants removal of an eligible first strike in accordance with the Student Alcohol Policy, below. All parties involved shall be held accountable.
Based on the severity, the university reserves the right to modify the strikes.
1st Strike may include the following:
At the discretion of the University and after considering all relevant information, the University will impose a minimum administrative fee of $100.
100% of the organization’s active membership must complete a defined alcohol education program.
An aggregate community service requirement for the organization of 10 hours per active member at the time of the violation. It is at the discretion of the University as to whether pledges or associate members will be included in fulfilling the requirements of the sanction.
Formal written warning: A written reprimand for violation of specified regulations, including the possibility of more severe disciplinary sanctions in the event of the finding of a violation of any University regulation within a stated period of time.
2nd Strike may include the following:
At the discretion of the University and after considering all relevant information, the University will impose a minimum administrative fee of $200.
100% of the organization’s active membership must complete a defined alcohol education program.
An aggregate community service requirement for the organization of 20 hours per active member based on the organization’s membership at the time of the violation. It is at the discretion of the University as to whether pledges or associate members will be included in fulfilling the requirements of this sanction.
Disciplinary Probation: Exclusion from participation in privileged or extracurricular University activities set forth in the notice for a period of time specified. Other conditions of the probation may apply to any other activities of the organization in the University community, except those that would affect the organization’s academic pursuits.
3rd Strike may include the following:
Organizational Suspension: The organization will be suspended for a minimum of one year. University approval, granted by the Office of Campus Life, is required before the organization will be reinstated.
Student organizations may appeal a strike to the Dean of Students.
 Alcohol violations and misconduct shall include, but shall not be limited to, minor in possession; public intoxication; manufacture, use, or possession of false identification; driving under the influence, driving while intoxicated, actual physical control and involvement in a crime while under the influence.
The University strongly supports and encourages any student to seek transportation assistance in the event they cannot safely operate a motor vehicle. Further, the University strongly supports and encourages students seeking medical and/or mental health care in the event of alcohol-related illness or other concerning behavior related to alcohol use.
Good Samaritan Policy
The health and safety of each and every student is everyone’s first priority at Cameron University. We want all students to take responsibility and to be empowered to respond to potentially dangerous medical situations without fear of reprisal from the University. Cameron encourages all students to seek immediate medical attention for themselves or others when there may be a medical emergency, even if they have been drinking or using other drugs.
Seeking medical assistance will be considered a responsible act and not deserving of arrest or disciplinary action. Any student seeking medical treatment for themselves or any other student or any student who is the recipient of this emergency medical help will not be subject to disciplinary sanctions related to the violation of using or possessing alcohol or other drugs, as defined in Cameron University’s Drug and Alcohol Policy. This policy applies to emergencies both on and off campus.
This protection is not available to students who also violate some other University policy that warrants sanctions such as being disruptive or combative, refusing treatment, committing assault, or committing property damage.
When a person’s health or safety is threatened or appears to be at risk from alcohol or drug consumption these are the steps to follow:
Call the Cameron University Public Safety Office – 580-581-2911
Seek assistance from a resident assistant (RA) or the resident hall director
Cameron University takes these threats to health and safety very seriously. As a result, any student for whom assistance is sought will be required to meet with the Director of Student Development, or The Director of Student Housing and Residence Life, and take an educational video course and/or meet with a University substance abuse counselor for education and assessment. Parents of students may also be notified. The student who called for medical assistance for another student may be referred to this program also.
In the event that a student incurs any alcohol or drug-related violation during the twelve-month period following the Good Samaritan Policy situation, this report may be reviewed as part of the sanctioning process but will not be counted as a prior alcohol offense for the purpose of imposing mandatory minimum sanctions.
Students are eligible to use this policy on more than one occasion and students are always strongly encouraged to report medical emergencies. The health and wellness of our students is our highest priority when determining an appropriate response. Repeated incidents will be reasons for further concern and these cases will be dealt with on an individual basis.
It is the hope of the University that students will use this Good Samaritan Policy as an opportunity to learn from a serious mistake and take healthy steps to avoid such mistakes in the future.