By enrolling in the University, the student recognizes that the following types of behavior are prohibited and that being found guilty of engaging in them can serve as grounds for certain sanctions, including expulsion or involvement of the local police department:
- Illegal activities: Violation of any federal, state, and local laws and any published or decreed university policies will be reported to the proper authorities.
- Copyright infringement: Most printed materials, photographs, motions pictures, sound recordings, and computer software are protected by copyright, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing .Copyrighted works may not be reproduced, distributed, performed, or adapted by students without the copyright owner’s permission. For more information please see the Copyright & Fair Use Policies for Software & Other Materials section in this Catalog.
- Computer misuse: Some software products are protected by copyright laws. Students may not copy the institution’s software without permission of the copyright holder. Additionally, students may not place personal software on the institution’s computers or damage or destroy either software or computers. For more information please see the Copyright & Fair Use Policies for Software & Other Materials section in this Catalog.
- Drug use: The manufacture, sale, dispensation, possession, or use of any controlled substances or illegal drug paraphernalia on university premises or at university sponsored events is considered an illegal activity and is prohibited on all university property.
- Alcohol consumption: The use, possession, or sale of any alcoholic beverage, regardless of its potency or lack thereof, is prohibited on all university property.
- Firearms possession: The use, possession, or sale of firearms or
other weapons or any dangerous explosives or explosive elements or component parts on university property is strictly prohibited.
- Physical and psychological abuse: Any form of physical and/or
psychological abuse, threat, or harassment of another person or fighting on university property will result in sanctions. If the abuse is judged severe enough, the local police department may be consulted.
- Property damage: Littering, defacing, destroying, stealing, or damaging university property (or attempting to do so), initiation of, or causing to be initiated, any false report, warning or threat of fire, explosion, or other emergency under the University’s jurisdiction, is prohibited.
- The university without proper approval is forbidden.
- Obscene language or conduct: Use of profanity and disorderly obscene conduct is strictly prohibited.
Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the University’s policies on the following activities: unauthorized entry or presence in any university building or facility; solicitation and sales; smoking; sexual harassment; physical or psychological assault/abuse of others; and unauthorized or disorderly assemblies that hamper the effective functioning of the university, its students, staff, and visitors, and its daily routine operations.
The University does not excuse any violation of its policies on the basis that the student was not aware of these policies and their subsequent penalties and sanctions.
The University reserves the right to expel any student for illegal activity and/or for any action outlined above.
Disruptive Classroom Behavior
In general, classroom management is the responsibility of the instructor. The learning environment of the entire class should not be jeopardized for the sake of a single student or group of students. Inappropriate classroom behavior may include, but is not limited to:
- Disruption of the classroom atmosphere;
- Engaging in non-class activities, for instance, talking to another student, talking on a cell phone, or working on an assignment for another class;
- Use of profanity in classroom discussion; or
- Use of abusive or disrespectful language toward the instructor or a student in the class, or about other individuals or groups.
Instructors have the right to dismiss a student temporarily from class when the student’s behavior distracts or disrupts the other students’ learning.