Student Code of Conduct - Prohibited Student Conduct

Any student who attempts or assists others to commit prohibited conduct as defined below may be held accountable as committing the prohibited act.

  1. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to: cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation of student status, and resume, transcript or diploma falsification. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use by paraphrase or direct quotation, the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment; unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in selling or otherwise providing term papers or other academic materials; and commercialization, sale or distribution of class notes without the instructors’ permission.
  2. Intentionally or recklessly interfering with, or causing disruption to, normal University or University sponsored activities including, but not limited to: teaching, research, University administration, fire, police or other emergency services, ceremonial events, scheduled interviews, co-curricular activities or other functions on University premises or officially arranged University activities off-campus. This includes a pattern of behavior in which the nature, duration, and/or severity demonstrate a disregard for the basic rights of others in the University community, community standards, or the educational mission of the University.
  3. Intentionally, recklessly or negligently causing or attempting to cause physical harm to any person. This includes engaging in any form of fighting.
  4. Intentionally, recklessly or negligently placing any person under mental duress or causing fear of physical danger. This may occur through verbal abuse, stalking, hazing, intimidation, threats, harassment, sexual harassment, repeated phone calls, electronic messages, text messages, emails, postings on social networking sites or other conduct which threatens or endangers that person’s emotional, mental or physical wellbeing.
  5. Actual, attempted or threatened sexual assault and misconduct. Sexual assault includes but is not limited to: sexual contact that involves coercing, forcing, or attempting to coerce or force sexual intercourse or a sexual act on another; involvement in any sexual act, when the victim is unable to give consent (due to being asleep, unconscious, or incapacitated due to alcohol or drug consumption); intentional touching or coercing, forcing, or attempting to coerce or force another to touch an unwilling person’s intimate parts (defined as primary genital area, groin, inner thigh, buttocks, or breast); and offensive sexual behavior directed at another without that individual’s consent, such as indecent exposure or voyeurism. Consent must be informed, freely given, and mutually understood. This definition is applicable where violations of St. Cloud State University’s Sexual Violence Policy are alleged.
  6. Use, threat of use, or possession of weapons on University premises, unless expressly authorized by Minnesota law, MnSCU Board policy or University policy. “Weapon” is broadly defined to include, but is not limited to, all firearms (including BB guns), dangerous knives, explosives, explosive fuels, dangerous chemicals, Billy clubs, electronic control devices, fireworks, and inappropriate use of vehicles.
  7. Activating a fire alarm without cause; tampering with or damaging fire safety equipment or initiating a false report, warning or threat of fire, explosion or other emergency on University premises. This includes any intentional, reckless or negligent burning or attempt to burn property belonging to self or others.
  8. Unauthorized use, possession, manufacture, or distribution of any controlled substance or illicit drugs and/or drug paraphernalia. This definition is applicable for alleged violations of the St. Cloud State University Alcohol and Other Drug Policy.
  9. Use, possession or distribution of alcohol on University premises or University-sanctioned or sponsored events except as expressly permitted by University policy. Violation of local and state alcohol laws offcampus, including but not limited to, underage consumption, hosting underage drinking, and sale or provision of alcohol to individuals. This includes any violation of the St. Cloud State University Alcohol and Other Drug Policy.
  10. Knowingly furnishing false information to University personnel; or the knowledgeable passing of an insufficient funds check or fraudulent money order in payment of any financial obligation to the University.
  11. Forgery, unauthorized alteration or unauthorized use of any University document (e.g., parking permits), access devices (e.g., keys, electronic cards) or instrument of identification.
  12. Theft, attempted theft, unauthorized borrowing or possession, taking or use of any University, public or private property or services.
  13. Unauthorized presence in or use of University premises, facilities, and property, including, but not limited to: unauthorized presence in another student’s residence or any University owned or rented facility.
  14. Unauthorized or fraudulent use of University owned or rented facilities, telephone system, mail system, or computer system or use of any of the above for any illegal act or any act prohibited by the Student Code of Conduct.
  15. Actual or attempted damage to, malicious use of, or abuse of any University, public or private property.
  16. Failure to comply with the directions of University officials including, but not limited to University Public Safety, residence hall staff, faculty, staff, or administrators acting in the performance of their duties. This includes failure to present identification upon request.
  17. Gambling for money or other things of value on campus or at University sponsored activities except as permitted by law.
  18. Falsely claiming to represent the University, a student, a registered student organization or club, a faculty, administrator or staff member of the University.
  19. Actions which unreasonably interfere, obstruct, or prevent the regular and essential operations of the University or infringe upon the rights of others to freely participate in its programs and services. This may include, but is not limited to, intentionally and substantially interfering with the freedom of expression of others; participating in a campus demonstration which disrupts the normal operations of the University; occupying a University owned or rented building after regular hours; and intentionally obstructing or interfering with the freedom of pedestrian or vehicular movement on campus.
  20. Violation of published University policies, rules or regulations including, but not limited to: technology/ computer use, parking, tobacco, solicitation, distribution of literature, sexual violence, Residential Life agreement and policies, Atwood Memorial Center policies, including amplification and loud speaker use.
  21. Parties or gatherings which disturb the peace or create excessive noise in campus residences or off campus neighborhoods.
  22. Alleged violation of local city ordinances, federal or state law.
  23. Interfering with student conduct procedures or outcomes, including but not limited to: falsification, distortion or misrepresentation of information, knowingly initiating a complaint without cause, harassment, intimidation or retaliation of a Complainant, member of the University Student Conduct Board, witness, or University personnel before, during or after a student conduct process.
  24. Failure to comply with any educational sanction or restriction imposed by the student conduct process.
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