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University Code of Conduct

The university expects all students to adhere to a set of ethical and behavioral standards that are reflected in the following code of conduct. Students are thus expected to be honest, respectful of others, helpful to the university's pursuit of its purpose, law abiding whether on or off campus, and to act in compliance with university policy.

The purpose of publishing this code of conduct is to give students general notice of expected and prohibited conduct. The code is not written with the specificity of a criminal code. Among the offenses that are subject to disciplinary action are the following:

Adherence to the Student Handbook

Violations include, but are not limited to, failure to comply with the expectations set forth in the Eagle Student Handbook.

Alcohol and Drugs

A violation of alcohol or drug laws while enrolled at the university, regardless of where the behavior occurs, will subject the student to disciplinary action by the university. In addition, the university prohibits the possession, use, distribution or manufacture of alcohol or of illicit drugs and drug paraphernalia, and the misuse or abuse of prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, and synthetic drugs on its property or as a part of any of its activities. University activities include on-campus activities, off-campus activities sponsored by the university or activities engaged in by any recognized student organization. Any student who violates the university’s policy is subject to the university’s disciplinary sanctions and to applicable criminal penalties. (For further information regarding the university's standard of conduct, sanctions, criminal penalties and health effects of alcohol and other drugs, see the ALCOHOL AND DRUGS section of the Eagle Student Handbook).

 

Assault

Violations include but are not limited to a physical or verbal attack that places a reasonable person in immediate danger or in apprehension of such harm or contact. Further examples include but are not limited to physical contact that is extremely offensive or provocative.

 

Computer/ Digital Technology Misuse

Violations include, but are not limited to, use of university-provided Internet access systems and/or equipment to transmit or receive obscene, abusive, threatening or other messages deemed inappropriate by the university. Additionally, students are not to use digital equipment to disseminate, transfer, enter, alter or gather data by using the access code, account and/or computer of another person or organization.

 

Discrimination

Harassing another person because of his or her race, religion, sex (physiology), national origin, political ideology, age or disability is not tolerated. Harassment can include verbal or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual and: (1) has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment; (2) has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's academic or job performance; or (3) otherwise adversely affects an individual's educational or employment opportunities. Such harassment is contrary to the Christian standards of conduct expected of all members of the university community including: students, staff and faculty. (For further information, see the DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT section of the Eagle Student Handbook).

 

Disrespectful Behavior

Violations include, but are not limited to, disruptive, contemptuous or disrespectful treatment of university students, administrators, faculty, staff, security officers, contractors, university guests, local authorities, or local community members. Further definition includes interference with the duties of any university administrator, faculty, staff member or local authority.

 

Failure to Comply

Violations include, but are not limited to, failure to comply with the expectations set forth in the Eagle Student Handbook or failure to comply with the reasonable requests of university officials, security officers, or law enforcement officers acting in performance of their duties. This includes failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so. Further definition includes failure to complete disciplinary sanctions assigned by judicial officers.

 

Fighting

Violations include, but are not limited to, assault and/or contention with another person in a physical altercation.

 

Fire Safety Violations

Violations include, but are not limited to, damaging, defacing, destroying, canceling, removing, ignoring or tampering with a fire alarm, fire extinguisher or other fire safety equipment.
Further definition includes failing to vacate a residence hall when a fire alarm sounds or returning to a residence hall following the activation of a fire alarm without the permission of an appropriate official. Unauthorized possession of combustible items or chemicals in university buildings and unsafe or uncontained burning on campus, including the ignition of fireworks, also constitutes a violation.

 

Forgery

Violations include, but are not limited to, the alteration, creation, completion, execution or authentication of any data, document, instrument, or identification card with the intent to defraud or harm any individual.

 

Fraud

Violations include, but are not limited to, the act of deception, trickery, or misrepresentation with the intent of defrauding another individual. Examples include, but are not limited to, misuse of an ID card in the dining hall, residence hall, or library, the misuse of a CLW attendance card and posing as another person online.

 

Gambling

Violations include, but are not limited to, engaging in or encouraging, promoting or aiding participation in any game of hazard or chance for money or other valuable items, and/or possession of gambling paraphernalia, on or off the campus.

 

Harm to person

No student shall cause physical harm or threaten to cause physical harm to another person or to
him/her self. In addition, no student shall take any action which creates a danger to any
person’s health, safety, or personal wellbeing (including one’s self).

 

Harassment

Violations include, but are not limited to, harassing another person because of his or her race, religion, sex (physiology), national origin, age or disability. Acts of harassment include but are not limited to: threat, intimidation, coercion, assault, acts of violence, physical abuse, verbal abuse (e.g. written or graphic material, slurs, epithets, etc.), or conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person. Other acts of harassment also include: (a) actions which cause one to reasonably believe they are endangered; (b) reporting an offense or incident knowing the offense or incident did not occur or knowing the information relating to the matter is false; (c) intentionally initiating or circulating a report of a bombing, fire or other emergency knowing that the report is false; (d) acting to prevent or interrupt the use of any building or other facility or the activities of the university. (For further information, see the DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT section of the Eagle Student Handbook).

 

Hazing

Violations include, but are not limited to, any act, whether physical, mental, emotional or psychological, which subjects another, voluntarily or involuntarily, to anything which: (a) abuses, mistreats, degrades, humiliates, harms or intimidates, (b) endangers the mental or physical health or safety of another; or (c) induces or coerces another to endanger his or her mental or physical health or safety. (For further information, see the HAZING section of the Eagle Student Handbook.)

 

I.D. Card Misuse

Use of an I.D. card by a person whose name and picture do not appear on the card. Violations include, but are not limited to, borrowing, taking or lending I.D. cards for access into the residence halls, dining hall, or MSAC and/or for transactions in the POD, Maples Cafe, and the Library.

 

Improper Language

Violations include, but are not limited to, lewd, obscene or vulgar language or expression that is contrary to the Christian values and principles the university strives to uphold.

 

Improper Social Conduct

Improper social conduct includes participation in or exhibition of any social conduct that does not fall within the values or traditions of a Christian university campus.

 

Key/ Access Card Misuse

Violations include, but are not limited to, unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of keys or electronic access cards on university premises.

 

Lying

Lying is defined as intentionally giving false information. Examples include written or oral communication given to student government councils, judicial boards, university officials or faculty members.

 

Residence Hall Infraction

A violation of the guidelines as stated in the Guide to Residence Life.

 

Sexual Offenses

Sexual Misconduct - Engaging in or advocating engagement in sexually immoral acts. Such acts deemed sexually immoral by the University include, but are not limited to, participation in sexual relations outside of marriage.

Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse – Non‐Consensual Sexual Intercourse is any sexual intercourse (anal, oral, or vaginal), with any object, without consent and/or by threat, force or intimidation.

Non-Consensual Sexual Contact- Non‐Consensual Sexual Contact is any intentional sexual touching, with any object, without consent and/or by threat, force or intimidation.

Sexual Exploitation – Sexual Exploitation occurs when a student takes non‐consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his/her own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of other sexual offenses. Examples of sexual exploitation include, but are not limited to: prostituting another student, the non‐consensual video or audio‐taping of sexual activity, engaging in Peeping-Tommery, knowingly transmitting an STI or HIV to another student. (For further information, see the SEXUAL MISCONDUCT (TITLE IX) POLICY section of the Eagle Student Handbook).

 

Smoking/Tobacco Violation

The use of tobacco products, including chewing tobacco, and the use of personal vaporizing devices is prohibited in all campus buildings and facilities (For further information including designated smoking areas, see the SMOKING POLICY section of the Eagle Student Handbook).

 

Stealing and Property Violations

Violations include, but are not limited to, the intentional or unintentional taking (or attempt to take), damaging or destruction of property belonging to the university, members of the university community, visitors of the university, or another person. This policy also prohibits hacking into another person’s digital account with the purpose of taking, destroying or changing electronic information or property.

 

Trespassing

Violations include, but are not limited to, the unauthorized entry into or occupancy of university facilities, grounds, and/or property of others, including online digital accounts.

 

Unauthorized Recording

Violations include, but are not limited to, recording or causing to be recorded the voice or likeness of a member of the university's governing board, an administrator, faculty member, staff person or other student without first having obtained the recorded person's expressed permission.

 

Violation of Law

A student who violates the law, anywhere, anytime, is subject to disciplinary action by the university. Students are expected to immediately report any known criminal violations to either the Dean of Students or the Director of Safety and Security. Students convicted of criminal offenses while enrolled at the university will be subject to disciplinary sanctions.

 

Weapons

Violations include, but are not limited to, the use or possession of firearms, explosives, fireworks, weapons, or ammunition on the campus or at an off-campus activity. (For further information, see the WEAPONS section of the Eagle Student Handbook).

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