Code of Student Conduct - Article 5 - Rules and Regulations

Guiding Principles

1. The university will protect the safety and wellbeing of the campus community as well as university-related facilities and property. This right includes taking disciplinary action for offenses occurring off campus when, in the determination of the judicial body, they pose a substantial danger to, or adversely affect, the university community and/or the pursuit of its objectives.
2. The university will charge and if found to be responsible, apply sanctions  against any student organization or group when prohibited conduct is engaged in or related to the activities and/or interests of that organization/group, or such conduct is engaged in by a collection of individuals of the organization/group. For any violation of this Code, action may be taken against individuals, student organizations, groups or any such combination.
3. Being under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol does not diminish or excuse a violation of the Code, and in fact, may elevate the offense(s) and result in more severe sanctions.
4. Guests must adhere to campus policies. A student whose guest(s) has (have) violated any provision of this Code shall be held responsible for such behavior, and will face appropriate disciplinary action.
5. If a violation of university guiding principles, guidelines, rules and/or regulations, published in this or other university document or public statement, occurs which is also a violation of law, the university may take disciplinary action against student offenders in addition to what may be filed by law enforcement agencies with their respective juridsictions. Such action is independent of and may proceed before, during or following civil or criminal action. Such actions are not subject to challenge on the basis that civil or criminal charges involving the same incident have been reduced or dismissed. The university may adjudicate violations of policy that may also be legal violations taking place off-campus if such violations have or foreseeably may have  an adverse effect on the university community and/or the pursuit of its objectives.
6. Any student who withdraws from, or fails to return to, the university while disciplinary action is pending against him/her will be ineligible for readmission unless the charges are dismissed or resolved. The university reserves the right to restrict individuals from the campus while those individuals have unresolved disciplinary charges pending.
7. Attempts to engage in acts or behaviors prohibited by this Code, or assisting others to violate this Code, shall be treated as though the behaviors were completed, and may result in the same sanctions being applied as if the acts or behaviors were completed.

Any student or student organization found to have violated any provision cited in the Code of Student Conduct is subject to the disciplinary sanctions described in Article 5.3 herein. Generally, the sanction(s) imposed will fall within the range suggested in each violation stated below. However, in unusual circumstances, the judicial body may use its discretion in choosing sanctions outside these guidelines, including expulsion in severe circumstances, or in case of repeated, lesser offenses. These include, but are not limited to, the following offenses: 

Section 1. Respect For The Campus and The Community

1. Assault/Respect for Persons: No student shall endanger the welfare or any other person. This includes but is not limited to bullying, threatening, coercing, harassing, abusing, intimidating, or any form of physical, verbal, written, or electronic form of abuse.   

2. Respect for Property: No student shall engage in any form of larceny, robbery, shoplifting, or stealing involving University, personal, or public property. No student shall attempt any form of theft or be in possession of stolen property. Respect for Property includes but is not limited to damaging, defacing, misusing, or misappropriating property. 

3. Hazing: No student shall take action, or create, or participate in any situation that recklessly endangers another person’s psychological, mental, or physical health for the purpose of initiation to and/or affiliation with any organization, group, team, club, or cohort. Examples of hazing include but are not limited to forced consumption of alcohol, drugs, food, liquids, or undesirable substance; branding; paddling; beating; sexual rituals; and forced participation in criminal activity or activity that violates the code.

4. Disruption/Disruptive Conduct: No student shall engage in any conduct that disrupts, interferes, or obstructs any educational process or other legitimate social, research, recreational, or administrative activities and functions of the University. Examples of disruptive conduct include but are not limited to interfering with an instructor’s ability to conduct the class or the ability for other students to learn; participation in any activity or behavior which disrupts the normal operations of the University; leading or inciting others to disrupt activities in any building or area; and intentional obstruction which unreasonable interferes with the freedom of movement on or off campus. 

5. Failure to Comply with Official Directives: No student shall fail to comply with the directives of university officials acting in the performance of their duties. This includes but is not limited to failure to provide identification when requested; failure or refusal to respond personally to a directive to report to an administrative office; fleeing or attempting to flee when approached by a staff member; failure to comply with a staff member’s reasonable behavioral expectations. 

6. Misuse of University Documents: No student shall forge, alter, destruct, or misuse any University documents including but not limited to student records, identification, timesheets, and/ or academic forms and/or files. 

7. Unauthorized Posting: Upon receiving, University authorization, members of the campus community may advertise on-campus events on designated bulletin boards and posting areas only. Notices may not be placed on automobiles, window, doors, wood, brick, glass, painted surfaces, etc. The event sponsors must remove advertising materials 48 hours after the event concludes. 

8. Unauthorized Recreational Activities/Indoor Sports: Sports and other unauthorized recreational activities are prohibited in all University facilities. This includes but is not limited to: hockey, skating, skateboarding, football, baseball, frisbee, tennis, bowling, and soccer. Bicycles are not permitted to be used or stored indoors. The use of water guns or water balloons is restricted to outdoor areas only and must not impose on the normal activities of the University and the University community. Hoverboards (hands-free segways) are prohibited anywhere on campus. 

9. Commercial Activities and Solicitation: Solicitation for donations, business advertising, or selling items without authorization from a University Official is prohibited. The unauthorized operation of any commercial enterprise on campus or in any University facility is prohibited.

Section 2. Safety and Security

1. Weapons: No student shall possess or introduce to the campus any dangerous weapons including, but not limited to: firearms, explosives, knives (other than small pocket-type or table knife,) compressed air gun, BB guns, paint ball rifles or pistols; martial arts weapons, ammunition, dangerous chemicals, bows, arrows, items used as weapons in threats or actual acts of violence, or other potentially harmful objects. 

2. Interference: No student shall interfere with the public and/or personal safety of others through negligent or intentionally improper acts including but not limited to propping open doors which are normally locked; intentionally damaging door locks or safety mechanisms; exiting or entering buildings through windows or unauthorized entrances.

3. Threat to Safety: No student shall engage in any activity or behavior that creates a threat or a perceived threat to the safety and well-being of him/herself, the University, or others. 

4. Identification Cards: All students are required to carry and present valid University identification when requested to do so by a University Official. No student shall alter or forge any identification card or other document presented to show proof of age.

5. (a) Guest Responsibility (campus-wide): When a student has a guest or guests on campus, the student assumes responsibility for the conduct of that guest or guests. All campus guests must carry a valid photo ID at all times and present that ID when requested by a University Official.

    (b) Guest Responsibility (residence halls): Residents hosting guest(s) assume full responsibility for the actions of their guest(s) whether the guest has been formally registered or not, and regardless of duration of visit. This may include liability for the cost of property damage caused by a guest and/or any judicial action instituted as a result of guests’ behavior. All guests must sign in and out the residence halls with their residential host present. All residential guests must be at least 17 years old. All guests must leave a valid photo identification at the residence hall desk for the duration of their visit. Residential guests are not permitted to stay overnight for more than two (2) nights per week. Residential guests are not permitted in the residence halls without being accompanied by their host.

6. (a) Maximum Occupancy (residence halls): Each resident assigned to a residence hall space may host up to two guests at any time. No more than eight (8) people may be in a room at one time (including assigned residents).

    (b) Unauthorized Occupancy (residence halls): Facilities not authorized for sleeping quarters (i.e. lounges, laundry rooms, common areas) may not be used for that purpose without the consent of the Director of Residence Life.

7. Unauthorized Access: Unauthorized entry into University facilities or property without explicit consent is prohibited. No student shall possess, without explicit authorization by the appropriate University entity, any keys or codes to any University facility or premises. No student shall provide unauthorized access to anyone without explicit authorization by the appropriate University entity. Restrooms with gender designations are for the use of people with that gender identity.

8. Restricted Areas: No student shall enter into or upon any restricted or secured area of the campus or any University facility without explicit consent and authorization from a University Official. Restricted areas include but are not limited to roofs, utility rooms, and construction sites.

9. Dangerous Conditions: No student shall engage in any activity or create a condition that endangers or threatens the health, safety, or well-being of him/her or others. 

10. Aiding, Assisting and/or Inciting in Prohibited Conduct: No student shall aid, help, or otherwise assist another in violating any rule applicable to the Student Conduct Code. No student shall willfully incite others to commit any acts prohibited in the Student Conduct Code. 

Section 3. Alcohol/Drugs/Gambling/Smoking

1. Alcohol: The University prohibits the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages to those under the age of 21. The sale, giving, serving, manufacturing, and dispensing of alcoholic beverages to those under the age of 21 is prohibited. Unauthorized consumption of alcohol, public consumption, public intoxication, or the possession of an open container of alcohol, regardless of whether the individual is over 21, is prohibited.

  (a) Excessive Consumption: To discourage excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages, bulk containers of alcoholic beverages and items that encourage the excessive consumption of alcohol are prohibited on campus and in all facilities and residence halls. This includes but is not limited to kegs, funnels, beer balls, draft containers of wine, beer pong tables, beer helmets, alcohol related games, etc.

  (b) In The Presence of Alcohol (campus): Students under 21 years of age may not be in the presence of alcoholic beverages on the University campus as expressly permitted by law and college policy. This includes but is not limited to University sanctioned events and activities where alcohol may be served to those over the age of 21.                                                                                                                                

  (c) In The Presence of Alcohol (residence halls): Alcohol is not permitted in any residence hall room or suite where the assigned residents are under 21. Any student over 21 is permitted to consume alcohol only in their assigned residence hall room or the room/suite of another resident of legal drinking age. Any resident of legal drinking age is not permitted to consume alcohol in the presence of a student under the age of 21 (with the exception of an assigned roommate). Any student under the legal drinking age is prohibited from knowingly remaining in a residence hall room or suite where alcohol is present.                      

  (d) Empty Containers: Students under the age of 21 are prohibited from possessing any containers that once contained alcohol. Art or decorative projects/items using containers that previously contained alcohol is prohibited. Empty containers include but are not limited to beer bottles, liquor bottles, wine bottles, flasks, etc.

2. Drugs: The University prohibits the use, possession, manufacture, distribution, or dispensing of any substance defined by New Jersey State or Federal law as illegal. No student shall possess substances defined as controlled, other than personally prescribed medications. No student shall abuse or improperly use over the counter drugs/substances. The use or possession of prescription drugs prescribed to another person is prohibited.

  (a) In The Presence of Illegal Drugs: Knowingly remaining in the presence of drugs, drug use, and/or drug paraphernalia on campus, in the residence halls, or in any University facility is prohibited.                          

  (b) Drug Paraphernalia: Possession of drug paraphernalia on campus, in any residence hall, or in any University facility is prohibited regardless of whether it has been used or not. This includes but is not limited bongs, bowls, pipes, grinders, hookahs, vaporizers, roach clips, etc.

3. Gambling: No student shall gamble for money or other valuables on University property or in any university facility without the expressed authorization of the University. 

4. Smoking: Smoking is prohibited inside all university owned buildings. Smoking is prohibited within 25 feet of any entrance/exit/window of any University owned building. This includes cigarettes, cigars, hookahs, electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, and any other smoking device/equipment.

Section 4. Health and Safety

1. Fire Safety: No student shall cause or create a fire; attempt to set a fire; set off false fire alarms, unnecessarily discharge fire extinguishers; damage, tamper with, dismantle, or disconnect any fire safety system or equipment. No student shall act in a manner that disregards fire safety rules. Students must evacuate any University facility when the fire alarm is activated. 

2. Arson: No student shall set fires, attempt to set fires, or act in a manner that disregards fire safety rules and results in a fire.

3. (a) Prohibited Items (campus): Any item or device that constitutes a threat to fire safety on campus is prohibited. This includes but is not limited to: fireworks, flammable liquids, portable stoves, grills and/or barbeques, hover boards, torches, etc.                                                                                                       

    (b) Prohibited Items (residence halls/facilities): Any item or device that constitutes a threat to fire safety in any residence hall or campus facility is prohibited. This includes but is not limited to: candles, incense, tart warmers, plug-in air fresheners, halogen lights, holiday/decorative string lights, multi-plug adapters, extension cords etc. Please consult the Residence Life Guide to Living on Campus for a more comprehensive list. 

4. Cooking and Appliances: Cooking may only occur in University designated kitchens. Food that is cooking should not be left unattended for any reason and should be checked regularly. The following appliances are prohibited in any residence hall room or University facility: toaster ovens, slotted toasters, hot plates, indoor grills, sandwich makers, rice cookers, and rotisserie ovens. 

5. Pets/Animals: No pets are permitted in university buildings except service dogs, other service animals in training, and pre-approved emotional support animals. On-campus residents may only have fish in a tank of no more than 10 gallons. 


Section 5. Abuse & Misuse of the Judicial Process/System

1. Failure to Respond: Failure to respond to a notice to meet with a university official or failing to appear before a judicial body after notice is issued is prohibited.

2. False Information: No student may falsify, distort, or misrepresent information before a judicial body, a University Official, or in the course of a judicial investigation. No student shall initiate a judicial proceeding knowingly without cause. No student shall provide false information to University officials who are acting in the performance of their duties. 

3. Disruption of the Judicial Process: Disrupting or interfering with the orderly procedure of a judicial investigation or hearing is prohibited. No student shall or attempt to harass (verbally or physically) or intimidate any member of the judicial body prior to, during, or after any judicial proceeding.  

4. Retaliation: No member of the University community shall retaliate, intimidate, threaten, coerce, or otherwise discriminate against a person or persons who files a complaint, serves as a witness, or otherwise assists or participates in any judicial proceeding.  

5. Failure to Comply with Sanctions: Failure to comply with or obstructing the implementation of sanctions issued by a judicial body is prohibited and can result in further judicial action. This includes but is not limited to violating the terms of probation, violating the terms of a suspension or restriction, and violating the Code while on probation. In addition, no one shall aid, abet, or assist anyone in failing to comply with official sanctions. Failure to complete sanctions may also result in a hold on all University records and registration until the sanction is completed. 


Section 6. Responsible Use of Information Systems and Technology

1. Misuse of Information Systems: The unauthorized use of or misuse of University computer systems including data and/or voice communication networks is prohibited. This includes but is not limited to establishing servers on non-University owned machines; the downloading and/or streaming of any copyrighted material without the owners’ permission; the unauthorized use of campus computing and networking for commercial purposes.

2. Breach of Information Security: The deliberate attempt to degrade or compromise in any manner the performance of a computer system or network is prohibited. Breach of security includes, but is not limited to: configuring software or hardware to intentionally allow access by unauthorized users, creating or knowingly propagating viruses, hacking, unauthorized monitoring of electronic communications, unauthorized viewing, copying and/or distribution of others’ files.

Updated 4.5.18