Student Code of Conduct

We recognize that certain behaviors are incompatible with the Community Standards. Such behaviors are unacceptable in the Saint Peter’s University community and are subject to disciplinary action by the University. The Principles of Student Conduct and Student Code of Conduct, apply to behavior on University property, at all University-sponsored activities held on or off-campus, and to students’ off-campus behavior that may negatively impact the institution. Policies and regulations apply to both the individual student and any student organization. Violations of local, state, or federal laws, or University policies and regulations that are subject to disciplinary action include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Disrespect for Oneself
  2. Disrespect for Others
  3. Disrespect for Property
  4. Disrespect for Authority
  5. Dishonesty
  1. Disrespect for Oneself
    1. Violating the University and State Alcohol policies and regulations. This includes, but is not limited to, such behaviors as underage students using alcoholic beverages, or any student being intoxicated on or off-campus. It should be understood that the effects of alcohol do not relieve individuals of their responsibility to themselves or the community.
    2. Possessing, using, distributing, and/or selling barbiturates, amphetamines, marijuana, hallucinogens, other drugs, drug paraphernalia, or any controlled substance illegally.
  2. Disrespect for Others
    1. Physically or verbally abusing or threatening any member of the University community, or a lawful guest of a community member, on or off-campus, including especially such persons as student staff and Campus Safety officers.
    2. Interfering with the safety and health of a member of the University community, on or off-campus, which includes any action that might lead to serious injury or loss of life.
    3. Issuing bomb threats.
    4. Tampering with, misusing, or interfering with fire equipment, including smoke detectors, fire alarms, extinguishers, hoses, etc., or failing to follow fire drill or other emergency procedures.
    5. Possessing, using, or selling firearms, other dangerous weapons, dangerous chemicals or incendiary or explosive devices, including fireworks, on University property or at a University-sponsored function.
    6. Participating in hazing or harassment, which includes actions or situations that do or could result in mental, emotional, or physical discomfort, embarrassment, ridicule, or endangerment, whether intentionally, for fun, or by consent.
    7. Engaging in harassment based on race, gender, or any other reason.
    8. Engaging in sexual assault defined as any form of sexual contact with another person without the consent of that person.
    9. Vandalizing property or abusing persons on other campuses or off-campus.
    10. Engaging in indecent exposure, lewd or obscene conduct, or engaging the services of another person for this purpose.
    11. Knowingly providing false testimony or evidence at a judicial hearing.
  3. Disrespect for Property
    1. Engaging in the unauthorized entry into, use of or occupancy of University premises, facilities, or properties, as well as the unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys to University facilities.
    2. Engaging in the theft of, misuse of, damage to, or destruction of, institutional, group or private property, including library materials, computers or computerized information on University-owned or operated premises or at University-sponsored events.
    3. Engaging in arson or the irresponsible use of fire.
    4. Engaging in the misuse of University telephone, audio and computer network systems, including unauthorized entry and information dissemination; prank calls or e-mail messages; charging any long-distance telephone call or telegraph messages to any telephone on University premises or University-related premises without proper authorization.
  4. Disrespect for Authority
    1. Intentionally interfering with any normal function of University-sponsored activities on or off-campus. This includes, but is not limited to, disruptive behavior that takes place in classrooms, offices, dining facilities, and lounges.
    2. Violating published policies and regulations governing residence halls [residents must refer to the Residence Life guidebook], student organizations, or the University in general. 
    3. Engaging in illegal gambling.
    4. Failing to comply with the directions of a University or contracted services employee acting in the performance of her/his duties.
    5. Engaging in acts or deeds that violate existing Federal, State, County, or City laws or ordinances.
    6. Refusing to show or surrender a University identification card upon request by University employees acting in the performance of their duties.
  5. Dishonesty
    1. Engaging in any form of dishonesty, including cheating, plagiarism, fabrications, or assisting others in doing so.
    2. Knowingly furnishing false information to the University, or misrepresentation of information about oneself or others when providing information to a University official acting in performance of her/his duties.
    3. Engaging in forgery, alteration, or the unauthorized use of University records, documents, or instruments of identification.
    4. Misusing financial assistance (aid) through fraud or abuse.

The preceding examples are illustrative rather than exhaustive. In general, any misconduct, on or off-campus, which is detrimental to the security of the University community, the integrity of the educational process, the good name of the University, or that otherwise materially or adversely affects the individual’s suitability as a member of Saint Peter’s University community, is unacceptable. In the event that there arises some ambiguity, inconsistency or need for clarification in this statement, such definition, interpretation or clarification shall be determined by the Dean of Students or Associate Vice President for Student Life and Development.