Section III. Student Code of Conduct

The student conduct system at the College exists to provide a living and learning environment which reflects the values of the insti­tution. Through it, the College seeks to guide students toward the development of personal responsibility, respect for others, and mature behavior.  While the College's conduct system may have some similarities with the legal system established in the broader community, it is essentially educa­tional and administrative in nature and is not governed by narrow legalisms or the restrictions found in criminal or civil proceedings.

Any student found to have committed or to have attempted to commit the following misconduct is subject to the disciplinary sanctions outlined in Section VII.  (The examples of offending misconduct contained in the footnotes are illustrative, not exhaustive.)

A.  Conduct Affecting Persons

1.  Causing physical harm, threatening harm to any person, or behaving in a manner that a reasonable person would find alarming or intimidating. Negligent conduct that results in injury to others violates the Student Code.

2.  Behaving in a manner that endangers the health or safety of another person or in a manner that a reasonable person would consider indecent or disorderly.

3.  Engaging in conduct that infringes on the rights of others. (1)

4.  Violating the College's Sexual Misconduct Policy (see Appendix I). (2)

5.  Engaging in Harassment  or Sexual Harassment (see Appendix I).

6.  Hazing, including acts which endanger the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or which destroys or removes public or private property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with or as a condition for continued membership in, a group or organization.  Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing are not considered neutral acts; they are violations of this rule. The express or implied consent of the victim, tradition, and intent of such acts are not valid defenses.

7.  Disrupting or obstructing the normal living and work environments of other members of the College community or the functions or activities of the College (as well as activities conducted on the College's property with its permission). (3)

8.  Using electronic or other devices to make an audio or video recording of the private activities of any person without his/her prior knowledge or without his/her effective consent.

9.  Violating the College's Firearms, Combustibles, Weapons and Explosives Policy (see Appendix II)

B.  Conduct Affecting Property

1.  Damaging property of the College and/or members of the College community or other personal or public property, on or off campus.

2.  Possessing property of another person, the College, or another entity without proper authorization. (4)

3.  Violating the College's Fires/Emergency Equipment policies. (5)

4. For reasons of safety and security, all roofs, balconies, porches, window ledges, mechanical equipment areas, and steam tunnels of College buildings are closed to all but authorized employees.

C.  Conduct Affecting the College Community

1.  Breaching campus safety or security including unauthorized access to College facilities, intentionally damaging door locks, and unauthorized possession or use of College keys or access cards.

2.  Violating the College's technology policies.

3.  Failing to comply with the directions of College officials or law enforcement officers acting in performance of their duties; failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so; (6) and/or failing to comply with a sanction issued by an appropriate Case Administrator or panel hearing board. (7)

4. Failure to Disclose or Update Records of Convictions or Disciplinary Actions on Application. Students who do not comply with the College’s
requirement to disclose records of criminal conviction or disciplinary action taken by the student’s school, either before applying or after applying but
before matriculation, will be considered in violation of this section. Failing to disclose will be considered a serious violation and may include
suspension or dismissal from the College.

5.  Violating any College policy, rule, or regulation published in hard copy or available electronically on the College website or disseminated via official means of communication (e.g., email or letter) including the terms of the Residence Life Contract

6.  Abusing the student conduct system. (8)

7.  Knowingly abusing a position of trust or responsibility with the College. (9)

8.  Hosting guests who violate College Policy.  All guests are expected to abide by College regulations. Students are responsible for the behavior of their guests and may be sanctioned for violations committed by their guests.

D.  Alcoholic Beverages and Drugs (10)

1.  Violating the Alcoholic Beverage Policy. Use, underage possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages (except as expressly permitted by College regulations), public intoxication, or driving under the influence of alcohol (see Appendix III).

2.  Violating the Drug Policy. Use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of drugs and/or drug paraphernalia.  For the purpose of these regulations, drugs include any controlled substance, including marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, ecstasy, LSD compounds, mescaline, psilocybin (psychedelic mushrooms), DMT, narcotics, opiates, and other hallucinogens, except when taken under and pursuant to a physician's prescription in accordance with law. (11)

E.  Violations of Local, State, or Federal Law

Conduct leading to arrest, indictment, or conviction for violation of local, state, or federal law may result in disciplinary action by the College if the Dean of Students or designee, determines that such action is necessary for the protection of other members of the College community, for the safeguarding of the educational community, to prevent the disruption of any lawful activity carried on by the College or others on behalf of the College, or activities on College property. The College reserves the right and responsibility to initiate its own disciplinary proceedings without awaiting court action or the conclusion thereof.

(1) Examples include: exposing one's own genitals, buttocks, or breasts in a public place (unless specifically authorized for activities such as theater productions or class) and entering a student's residence room without explicit or implicit permission

(2) Including but not limited to sexual intercourse, sexual contact, sodomy, or object penetration of the anus or vagina without the person's consent, and intentional touching or fondling of a person's genitals, breasts, thighs, or buttocks.

 Sanctions for sodomy, object penetration, or sexual intercourse without consent (whether by acquaintance or stranger) include indefinite suspension or permanent dismissal.  Sanctions for intentional touching or fondling range from probation to dismissal.

(3) Examples include: blocking entrances, corridors or exits; interfering with ongoing educational activities cultural events, or recreational, extracurricular or athletic programs; unauthorized presence in a building after normal closing hours or after notice that the building is being closed; interfering with vehicular or pedestrian traffic; and interfering with any other effort to protect the health and safety of members of the College community or larger public.

(4) Stealing is a violation of the Honor Code, and reports alleging stealing will be referred to the appropriate Honor Council.

(5) Including intentionally initiating or causing to be initiated any false report, warning or threat of fire, explosion or other emergency; tampering with fire safety or emergency equipment; intentionally, carelessly or recklessly causing a fire to be ignited; intentionally interfering with or failing to follow emergency procedures; or entering or failing to evacuate a building when a fire drill is conducted or when an alarm is sounded. 

Fires may not be started in campus buildings or elsewhere, including the College's woods, unless approved by the College's Fire Safety Officer.  This prohibition includes the burning of personal or organizational property. The Fire Safety Officer may approve fires in fire places in residence halls. 

(6) Such a request must be made by one who identifies him/herself and acts in the reasonable and good faith belief that compliance with the request is necessary for the safety and welfare of the person or persons or others, to prevent the disruption of any lawful activity carried on by the College, to maintain College or personal property, to maintain vehicular traffic, or to perform the official's duties.

(7) The Dean of Students Office may issue a hold on the student's record pending completion of any outstanding sanction.

(8) Including refusing to appear, testify, or remain present during an official College hearing or meeting with any person connected with the disciplinary or honor processes; distortion or misrepresentation of information before a committee, administrator, or the Honor Council; contacting witnesses or any other party to an incident to intimidate them or to get them to change their testimony; or institution of a Student Conduct or Honor proceeding in bad faith.

(9) Students holding positions of trust or responsibility include student workers (paid or unpaid), student leaders, Resident Advisors, Student Conduct Council and Honor Council members, and Orientation Aides.  Students in these positions have a special relationship with the College and are expected to respect the privacy of other students and members of the College community, including by maintaining confidentiality of student records, abiding by College policies, and using resources in an ethical fashion.

(10) In situations where a student is seeking medical attention for him or herself or others, the Medical Amnesty policy will apply with respect to charges of violating the Alcoholic Beverages and Drugs policies.  (See Appendix IV).

(11) The sanctions for manufacturing or providing drugs range from suspension to dismissal from the College.  The sanctions for possession or use of drugs range from probation to dismissal from the College.  Loss of housing is a typical sanction for drug use in College residences.  (See also Appendix VI).