Am I going to be kicked out of school if I violate the Code of Student Conduct?
We are interested in your success and well-being, but we must also balance that with the security and well-being of our campus community as a whole. In an attempt to uphold our educational philosophy, we tend to reserve sanctions like suspension (temporary removal from campus) and dismissal (permanent removal) for serious violations of the Code of Student Conduct.
What does SJA consider to be serious violations of the Code of Student Conduct?
While not exclusive to the following, suspension and dismissals are a common outcome for the following violations:
Are drug violations by resident students considered a serious violation?
As both a student and a member of the campus community, you should recognize that drug violations are not only serious because they are illegal, but also because the nature of use, possession, or distribution by students who live in the residence hall setting can create a negative influence on other residents’ behavior, negatively impact their level of comfort and living conditions, and both directly and indirectly increases the risk of safety and security concerns for other residents and members of the campus community.
The possession, use, manufacture, cultivation, distribution or facilitating the distribution of drugs or drug paraphernalia by students and/or their guests is not permitted in any residence hall as agreed upon by signing your housing contract. Students found responsible for violating Section D-9 of the Code of Student Conduct for possession, use, manufacture, cultivation, distribution or facilitating the distribution of any illegal substance or paraphernalia will be considered in violation of their housing contract conditions and the contract will consequently be cancelled.
Students found responsible will be required to vacate their campus residence within the timeline determined by the Director of the Department of Residence Life and Housing.
Residents found responsible for this violation are also subject to additional sanctions as deemed appropriate and in accordance with standard sanction guidelines by the Department of Student Judicial Affairs. The cancellation of the housing contract is a non-negotiable consequence of the violation and will not impact other sanctioning decisions made by a member of the Student Judicial Affairs staff or the University Hearing Board.
Definitions of Misconduct
In order to help students identify their rights and responsibilities, Student Judicial Affairs has paraphrased Section D of the Code of Student Conduct which defines misconduct as including the following actions:
1. Plagiarism, cheating or academic misconduct
2. Furnishing false information
3. Intimidating or threatening behavior
4. Disorderly, disruptive, lewd, or indecent conduct
5. Use of an electronic device to make an audio or video recording of someone without consent
6. Distribution of an audio or video recording or photograph of someone without consent
7. Sexual misconduct, sexual harassment or sexual assault
8. Theft, damage or use of another's property without consent
9. Use, possession, manufacture, cultivation, distribution or facilitating the distribution of drugs
10. Use, possession, manufacture or distribution of alcohol, or public intoxication
12. Possession of firearms, fireworks, explosives, weapons, or dangerous chemicals
13. Commission of any felony or misdemeanor
14. Unauthorized use of keys or entry into University facilities
15. Disrupting or obstructing the functioning of the University
16. Riotous behavior
17. Animals inside campus buildings
18. Theft or abuse of computer facilities or resources
20. Failure to comply
21. Abuse of the student conduct system
22. Violation of any university policy, rule, or regulation