This Code applies to any behaviors that take place on the campus, at University-sponsored events and may also apply off campus and to actions online when the Dean of Students or designee determines that the off-campus conduct affects a substantial University interest. A substantial University interest is defined to include
- Any action that constitutes criminal offense as defined by federal or state law. This includes, but is not limited to, single or repeat violations of any local, state or federal law committed in the municipality where the University is located;
- Any situation where it appears that the accused individual may present a danger or threat to the health or safety of him/herself or others;
- Any situation that significantly impinges upon the rights, property, or achievements of self or others or significantly breaches the peace and/or causes social disorder;
- Any situation that is detrimental to the educational interests of the University/College; and/or
- Any online postings or other electronic communication, including cyber-bullying, cyber-stalking, cyber-harassment, etc. occurring completely outside of the University/College’s control (e.g. not on University networks, websites or between University email accounts) will only be subject to off-campus jurisdiction when those online behaviors can be shown to cause an on-campus disruption, when they demonstrate other policy violations, or engage in a true threat.
Each student shall be responsible for his/her conduct from the time of application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree, even though conduct may occur before classes begin or after classes end, as well as during the academic year and during periods between terms of actual enrollment (and even if their conduct is not discovered until after a degree is awarded). The Student Code of Conduct shall apply to a student’s conduct even if the student withdraws from the University while a disciplinary matter is pending.
The University reserves the rights to disqualify, discontinue, exclude, or involuntarily withdraw any student from the University at the discretion of the Dean of Students, or his/her designee, as deemed necessary for the safety or well-being of the student or others. The University also reserves the right to alter this handbook at any time. The current Code of Conduct supersedes all previous codes, and the policies expressed in the latest policy revisions will govern all student conduct issues.