Article III: Proscribed Conduct

  1. Jurisdiction of the Heidelberg University Student Code
    The University Student Code shall apply to conduct which occurs on University premises, at University sponsored activities, and to off-campus conduct that adversely affects the University community and/or the pursuit of its objectives. 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 shall apply to a student’s conduct even if the student withdraws from school while a disciplinary matter is pending. Violations of University policy which occur off campus are subject to University discipline. A degree awarded from the University may be revoked in accordance with Article IV(B)(k).
  2. Conduct - - Rules, Regulations, and Expected Community Norms
    Any student found to have committed or to have attempted to commit the following misconduct is subject to the disciplinary sanctions outlined in Article IV:
    1. Acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to the following:

      1. Cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty.
      2. Furnishing false information to any University official, faculty member, office, or affiliate.
      3. Forgery, alteration or misuse of any University document, record, or instrument of identification.
    2. Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, or other University activities, including its public-service functions on or off campus or of other authorized non-University activities, when the conduct occurs on University premises.
    3. Physical abuse, sexual misconduct, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.
    4. Attempted or actual theft of, damage to, and/or threat to property of the University or property of a member of the University community or other personal or public property, on or off campus.
    5. Hazing, defined as an act which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or which destroys or removes public or private property for the purpose of initiation to, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a group or organization. The express or implied consent of the victim will not be a defense. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing are not neutral acts; they are violations of this rule.
    6. Failure to comply with directions of University officials or law enforcement officers acting in performance of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so.
    7. Gambling.
    8. A pattern of violations of the Rules, Regulations and Expected Community Norms.
    9. Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys to any University premises or unauthorized entry to or use of University premises.
    10. Violation of any University policy, rule, or regulation published in hard copy or available electronically on the University website.
    11. Violation of federal, state or local law.
    12. Use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of marijuana, heroin, narcotics, or other controlled substances except as expressly permitted by law.
    13. Use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of alcoholic beverages except as expressly permitted by University regulations, including:
      1. Public intoxication
      2. Consumption of, distribution to, or possession of alcohol to any person under twenty-one (21) years of age.
    14. Illegal or unauthorized possession of firearms, pellet guns, explosives, other weapons, or dangerous chemicals on University premises or use of any such item, even if legally possessed, in a manner that harms, threatens or causes fear to others.
    15. Participation in an on-campus or off-campus demonstration, riot or activity that disrupts the normal operations of the University and/or infringes on the rights of other members of the University community; leading or inciting others to disrupt scheduled and/or normal activities within any campus building or area.
    16. Obstruction of the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on University premises or at University-sponsored or supervised functions.
    17. Conduct that is disorderly, lewd, or indecent; breach of peace; or aiding, abetting, or procuring another person to breach the peace on University premises or at functions sponsored by, or participated in by, the University or members of the academic community. Disorderly Conduct includes but is not limited to: any unauthorized use of electronic or other devices to make an audio or video record of any person while on University premises without his/her prior knowledge, or without his/her effective consent when such a recording is likely to cause injury or distress. This includes, but it not limited to, surreptitiously taking pictures of another person in a gym, locker room, or restroom.
    18. Behavior unbecoming of a Heidelberg University student or behavior which reflects poorly upon the Heidelberg University community.
    19. Theft or other abuse of computer facilities and resources, including but not limited to:
      1. Unauthorized entry into a file, to use, read, or change the contents, or for any other purpose.
      2. Unauthorized transfer of a file.
      3. Use of another individual’s identification and/or password.
      4. Use of computing facilities and resources to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member or University official.
      5. Use of computing facilities and resources to send obscene or abusive messages.
      6. Use of computing facilities and resources to interfere with normal operation of the University computing system.
      7. Use of computing facilities and resources in violation of copyright laws.
      8. Any violation of the University Computing Policies.
    20. Abuse of the Student Conduct System, including but not limited to:
      1. Failure to obey the notice from a Conduct Board or University official to appear for a meeting or Conference as part of the Student Conduct System.
      2. Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information before a Conduct Board.
      3. Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a Conduct Board proceeding.
      4. Institution of a student conduct code proceeding in bad faith.
      5. Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participating in, or use of, the student conduct system.
      6. Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of a Conduct Board prior to, and/or during the course of, the Conduct Board proceeding.
      7. Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a member of a Conduct Board prior to, during and/or after a student conduct code proceeding.
      8. Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Student Code.
      9. Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the student conduct code system.
    21. Students are required to engage in responsible social conduct that reflects credit upon the University community and to model good citizenship in any community.
    22. Failure to regularly check campus mail and Heidelberg issued email account for important University information.
  3. Violation of Law and University Discipline
    1. University disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with conduct that potentially violates both the criminal law and this Student Code (that is, if both possible violations result from the same factual situation) without regard to the pendency of a civil or criminal litigation in court or criminal arrest and prosecution. Proceedings under this Student Code may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off campus at the discretion of the Dean of Student Affairs. Determinations made or sanctions imposed under the Student Code shall not be subject to change because criminal charges arising out of the same facts giving rise to violation of University rules were dismissed, reduced, or resolved in favor of or against the criminal law defendant.
    2. When a student is charged by federal, state or local authorities with a violation of law, the University will not request or agree to special consideration for that individual because of his or her status as a student. If the alleged offense is also being processed under the Student Code, the University may advise off-campus authorities of the existence of the Student Code and of how such matters are typically handled within the University community. The University will attempt to cooperate with law enforcement and other agencies in the enforcement of criminal law on campus and in the conditions imposed by criminal courts for the rehabilitation of student violators (provided that the conditions do not conflict with campus rules or sanctions). Individual students, and other members of the University community, acting in their personal capacities, remain free to interact with governmental representatives as they deem appropriate.