Student Code of Conduct Violations

Any student found to have committed or to have attempted to commit the following misconduct is subject to disciplinary action, possible sanctions and remediation:

  1. Acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to the following:
    1. furnishing false information to any College official
    2. forgery, alteration, or misuse of any College document, record, blank letterhead or instrument of identification
  2. Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings or other College activities, including its public service functions on or off campus or other authorized non-College activities, when the act occurs on College premises.
  3. Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, bullying, harassment, coercion and/or other conduct, which threatens or endangers the health and/or safety of any person or the learning environment (the violation can be in person or by the use of electronic media).
  4. Attempted or actual theft of and/or damage to property of the College or property of a member of the College community or other personal or public property.
  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, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, a group or organization.
  6. Failure to comply with directions of College 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. Unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of keys to any College premises or unauthorized entry to or use of College premises.
  8. Discrimination based on race, color, religion, ancestry, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age, national origin, ethnicity, gender, gender stereotyping, veteran’s status or marital status.
  9. Violation of published College policies, rules and/or regulations.
  10. Violation of federal, state or local law on College premises, at College sponsored or supervised activities or while representing the College off campus.
  11. Use, possession or distribution of illicit substances as outlined in Clarkson College Drug and Alcohol Policy.
  12. Public intoxication and/or the use, possession or distribution of alcoholic beverages except as expressly permitted by law and by the Clarkson College Drug and Alcohol Policy.
  13. Possession of firearms, explosives, other weapons, illegal or hazardous materials “(any item or agent (biological, chemical, radiological, and/or physical), which has the potential to cause harm to humans, animals, or the environment, either by itself or through interaction with other factors.”[i]
  14. Participation in a campus demonstration which disrupts the normal operations of the College and infringes on the rights of other members of the College community; leading or inciting others to disrupt scheduled and/or normal activities within any campus building or area; intentional obstruction, which unreasonably interferes with freedom of movement, either pedestrian or vehicular, on campus.
  15. Obstruction of the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on College premises or at College sponsored or supervised functions.
  16. Conduct which is disorderly, lewd, or indecent; breach of peace; or aiding, abetting, or procuring another person to breach the peace; this includes downloading or disseminating inappropriate images and messages via electronic media, on College premises or at functions sponsored or participated in by the College.
  17. Theft or other abuse of computer time, 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. unauthorized use of another individual’s identification or password
    4. use of computing facilities to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member or College official.
    5. use of computing facilities to interfere with normal operation of the College computing system 
    6. use of computing facilities to send obscene or abusive messages
    7. any other violation of the Clarkson College computer use policy

Violation of Law and/or Student Code of Conduct

  1. 1.If a student is charged with a felony that is in violation of federal, state or local law, but not with any other violation of this Code, disciplinary action may be taken and temporary sanctions imposed until a court decision is determined for grave misconduct which demonstrates flagrant disregard for the College community. The College has the authority to place a student on interim suspension pending the Code of Conduct violation process or a court decision is determined. Interim suspension can be imposed according to the determination of the College when any of the following situations exist:
    • The conduct of a student reflects a disregard for the principles of social responsibility and self-discipline, and the continued presence of a student and/or student group would disrupt the stability and continuance of the educational mission and processes of the College.
    • The conduct of the student endangers the wellbeing of other members of the Clarkson College community or would prevent other members of the community from having a safe living and learning environment, when such situations cannot be eliminated by reasonable modifications.
      • Such situations are detrimental to students and to the best interest of the College; therefore, the College reserves this right to impose interim suspension. Such determinations will be made after analyzing all available, relevant information (the student’s observed conduct, actions and statements) about the student in question, including any relevant and readily available information from treating medical or mental health professionals, or other professionals qualified to interpret this information, and after consulting the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT). This policy will be applied in a non-discriminatory manner, and determinations shall be based on conduct, actions and statements. If a student is placed on interim suspension, the student may be temporarily separated from the College; therefore, at the discretion of the College, the student may be required to leave residential housing and/or College property, as well as cease attending classes or other College activities within the time specified in the notice of interim suspension. The student may also be required to receive mandated medical assessments or treatments for an interim period.
  1. Any type of sexual misconduct/violence charges will be handled using the Sexual Misconduct, SW-27 policy.  For more information please contact the Title IX Coordinator. 
  2. College disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with violation of a law, which is also a violation of this Code, for example if both violations result from the same factual situation without regard to the pendency of civil action in court or criminal arrest and prosecution. Proceedings under this Code may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off-campus.
  3. When a student is charged by federal, state or local authorities with a violation of law, the College 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 the subject of a proceeding of the Student Code of Conduct policy, however, the College may advise off-campus authorities of the existence of the Student Code and of how such matters will be handled internally within the College community. The College will cooperate fully with law enforcement and other agencies in the enforcement of criminal law on campus and in the conditions imposed by criminal courts for rehabilitation of student violators. Individual students and faculty members, acting in their personal capacities, remain free to interact with governmental representatives, as they deem appropriate.