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Standards of Conduct

Scope

All Students are expected to comply with this Student Code from the time of admission through the separation from the university. This would include Students on co-op and Students not officially enrolled during a particular term, but who have a continuing relationship with the university. This Student Code will apply to a student’s behavior even if the student withdraws from the university while a disciplinary matter is pending, or if the behavior occurs off campus. For purposes of this Student Code, the location of the off campus behavior will not affect its applicability. This Student Code applies to Student organizations, their officers and Students’ visitors, guests, invitees, or family members. It is the responsibility of Students to inform their visitors, guests, invitees, or family members of this Student Code. Acts committed in violation of this Student Code by Students’ visitors, guests, invitees, or family members will be considered violations of this Student Code by the Student. This Student Code does not apply to non-Students, except to the extent that the non-Student is a Students’ visitors, guests, invitees, or family member.  Anyone may file a Report of Misconduct against a Student or Student Organization.

RIT Standards of Conduct

Students and Student organizations are expected to conduct themselves in ways that support the university’s mission.  The behaviors outlined in these standards are inappropriate and do not support the university’s mission. They are listed below to provide Students with information about the university’s expectations for community behavior. Students engaging in inappropriate behaviors, including but not limited to those behaviors listed below, will be afforded the opportunity to participate in the process outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.

  1. Endangering Behavior. Behavior that threatens or endangers the health and/or safety of oneself or others.  Endangering behavior may include physical, verbal, or electronic abuse, intimidation, harassment, coercion, and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.
  2. Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy. Behavior that involves substances including alcohol and other drugs.  For detailed information, see D.18.1 “Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy”.
  3. Harassment. Abuse, threats, intimidation, assault, coercion and/or conduct, by physical, verbal, signed, written, photographic or electronic means, which unreasonably interferes, threatens or endangers any person on RIT premises or at university sponsored or supervised functions. Harassment includes sexual harassment which is Unwelcomed Conduct of a sexual nature which is made a condition of employment or academic status, or unreasonably interferes with the work or educational environment.
  4. Sex Discrimination. The treatment of an individual based on that individual’s gender. Sex discrimination includes sexual misconduct, and sexual violence. Sexual Misconduct is any form of unwanted sexual contact that unreasonably interferes with the work or educational environment. Unwanted sexual contact means against a person’s wishes or without consent, including those instances in which the individual is unable to give consent because of unconsciousness, sleep, or impairment, incapacitation. Sexual Violence is any act of a sexual nature prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws including, but not limited to, rape, sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion that unreasonably interferes with the work or educational environment.
  5. Discrimination. The treatment of an individual based on that individual’s group, class, or category. Group, class, or category includes, but is not limited to, race, religion, age, citizenship, color, creed, culture, including deaf culture, actual or perceived disabilities, gender, marital status, ethnic or national origin, political affiliation or preference, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic predisposition.
  6. Stalking. Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific individual that would cause a reasonable individual to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others, or suffer substantial emotional distress and which unreasonably interferes with the work or educational environment. Stalking may include, but is not limited to, unwelcomed conduct such as surveillance, following, trespassing, gift giving or property damage, or written, in-person, digital, social media, or other communication directly or through a third party.
  7. Dating Violence. Violence by an individual who has been in a romantic or intimate relationship with another individual and which violence unreasonably interferes with the work or educational environment. Whether there was such a relationship will be gauged by its length, type, and frequency of interaction.
  8. Domestic Violence. Violent misdemeanors and felony offenses committed by an individual’s current or former spouse, current or former cohabitant, an individual similarly situated under domestic or family violence law, or anyone else protected under domestic or family violence law and which violence unreasonably interferes with the work or educational environment.
  9. Retaliation.  Any adverse action intended to intimidate or punish another individual from reporting misconduct or participating in any university process or activity.
  10. Disruptive/Disorderly Behavior. Behaviors that are disruptive to any on or off campus activity or conduct that infringes the rights of others.
  11. Theft.  Attempted or actual theft of, or unauthorized possession of university, personal, or public property.
  12. Property Damage.  Attempted or actual damage, destruction, or alteration of university, personal, or public property.
  13. Refusal to Comply.  Refusal to comply with the legitimate and reasonable request of any university representatives in the performance of their official duties.
  14. Hazing/Failure to Report Hazing. Behavior, regardless of intent, which endangers the emotional, or physical health and safety of a Student for the purpose of membership, affiliation with, or maintaining membership in, a group or Student Organization.  Hazing includes any level of participation, such as being in the presence, having awareness of hazing, or failing to report hazing.  Examples of hazing include, but are not limited to, beating or branding, sleep deprivation or causing excessive fatigue, threats of harm, forcing or coercing consumption of food, water, alcohol or other drugs, or other substances, verbal abuse, embarrassing, humiliating, or degrading acts, or activities that induce, cause or require the Student to perform a duty or task which is not consistent with fraternal law, ritual or policy or involves a violation of local, state or federal laws, or the RIT Code of Conduct.
  15. Fire/Fire Safety.  Behavior that results in a fire, a false fire alarm, or a fire safety hazard.
  16. Unauthorized Access.  Unauthorized entry to or presence in any university building or property.  Unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of a university key, ID, or access card.
  17. Violation of Law. Violation of federal, state or local law on university premises or at university sponsored or supervised activities.
  18. Weapon Possession. Possession of, or implied possession of, a weapon anywhere on property owned, leased, or controlled by the university. Examples of weapons include, but are not limited to, any type of firearm, martial arts tools, paintball and air soft guns, explosives, chemicals used in a dangerous way, and ammunition.
  19. Gambling. Possession of gambling devices, operation of lotteries and/or the promotion of gambling.
  20. Failure to be a Responsible Host. Failure to ensure that the behavior of a non-university member complies with university policies.
  21. Dishonest Behavior.  Any act of dishonesty, including misrepresenting, omitting, altering, or falsifying information to university officials or on university documents, IDs, or records, exclusive of violations of the Student Academic Integrity Process (http://www.rit.edu/academicaffairs/policiesmanual/sectionD/D8.html).
  22. Violation of RIT Policies. Violation of published RIT policies, rules, and regulations including, but not limited to, Parking and Traffic Regulations, Educational Policies including the Student Academic Integrity Policy, Smoking Policy, Housing Terms and Conditions, Demonstration Policy, and other outlined university policies, rules and regulations.
  23. Code of Conduct for Computer and Network Use.  Behaviors related to the misuse of RIT’s computing, network, and information resources, including copyright infringement.  For specifics, see C 8.2 http://www.rit.edu/academicaffairs/policiesmanual/sectionC/C82.html.