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 Code of Conduct 

 

SPOTLIGHT

Academic Integrity:  Slippery Rock University is an academic community.  The value of a Slippery Rock education is determined by the quality and character of Slippery Rock University students and graduates.  Therefore, students and student organizations are expected to uphold academic integrity. Academic dishonesty may take many forms. Any violations of Academic Integrity will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. All referrals will be processed through the established university conduct process. Additional measures may be taken by your academic department under the Academic Affairs Academic Dishonesty Policy and Process. Examples of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to, the following:

A.1. All academic work, including, but not limited to, papers, computer programs, assignments, and tests, must consist of the student's own work.

A.2. Students are expected to learn and practice proper techniques for accurately citing resource material.

A.3. Students are expected to be honest in all academic work, refraining from all forms of cheating. 

A.4. Students are expected to function as students including, but not limited to, attending class regularly and completing all assignments and examinations.

A.5. Students are expected to routinely check university email and respond to official university correspondence as requested.

A.6. Academic dishonesty may take many forms: buying, selling, or trading papers, projects, or other assignments.

A.7. Academic dishonesty may take many forms: using or attempting to use any unauthorized book, notes, or assistance from any individual during a quiz or examination.

A.8. Academic dishonesty may take many forms: plagiarizing and/or submitting the work of another as your own or without proper citation.

A.9. Academic dishonesty may take many forms: fabricating information or citations.

A.10. Academic dishonesty may take many forms: facilitating dishonest acts of others pertaining to academic work.

A.11. Academic dishonesty may take many forms: possessing unauthorized examinations.

A.12. Academic dishonesty may take many forms: submitting, without instructor permission, work previously used.

A.13. Academic dishonesty may take many forms: tampering with the academic work of another person or collaborating on an assignment without instructors approval.

A.14. Academic dishonesty may take many forms: taking a quiz or exam in place of a student or having any person take a quiz or exam in your place.

A.15. Academic dishonesty may take many forms: any attempt to falsify an assigned grade on an examination, quiz, report, or program or in a grade book, document, or other record.

A.16. Academic dishonesty may take many forms: any attempt, or actual, computer program theft; illegal use of software; inappropriate use of the internet, such as, but not limited to, illegal or unauthorized transmissions; or improper access to any computer system or account.

A.17. Academic dishonesty may take many forms: any attempt, or actual, collusion - willfully giving or receiving unauthorized or unacknowledged assistance on any assignment (both parties to the collusion are considered responsible). 

B. Safety and Community Respect

Students are expected to act with regard for the well being of others and to cause no harm to others. This section Includes: Harassment, Intimidation, Disruptive Conduct, Hazing, Sexual Assault (including Rape), Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking.

Harassment/Intimidation/Disruptive Conduct

B.1a. No student shall engage in harassing, intimidating, or threatening conduct. This includes stalking.

 B.1b. No person shall exhibit behavior that harms or threatens to harm another person or another person’s property.  This includes, but is not limited to, harassing, intimidating, stalking or threatening conduct, physical harm, or conduct that results in property damage.

 B.1c. No person shall physically harm or exhibit threatening, intimidating, or harassing conduct toward University employees related to the performance of his or her job.

B.1d. No person shall physically harm or exhibit threatening, intimidating, or harassing conduct toward any party or witness involved in a case, or cause damage to his or her property, with the intent to influence outcomes or for retaliation.

B.1e. No person shall engage in conduct that constitutes unlawful discrimination based on another person’s race, color, sex, religion, age or national origin.

B.1f. No person shall engage in conduct that is disorderly, unnecessarily disturbs others, and/or is disruptive to the normal practices, processes, and functions of the University or the local municipalities.        

Sexual Assault

B.2a. No person shall engage in, or attempt to engage in, a sexual assault.  Sexual assault is the imposition of non-consensual sexual conduct (excluding rape).  It includes, but is not limited to caressing, fondling, or touching a person’s genitalia, buttocks, or breasts.  It shall also be considered sexual assault when the victim is compelled to caress, fondle, or touch the assailant’s genitalia, buttocks, or breast.

Rape

B.2b. No personal shall commit, or attempt to commit, a rape.   Rape (date, acquaintance, and a  stranger) includes all acts of non-consensual sexual intercourse involving any penetration of a bodily cavity with a foreign object, tongue, digit, or genitalia.  A rape occurs when imposed under any of the following circumstances:

i) When the complainant is incapable of giving legal consent for mental, development, or physical reasons and this fact is known or reasonably should have been known by the person committing the act;

ii) When the act is committed without the person’s explicit consent or is against the   person’s wishes.  Rape incorporates any or all of the following:  the use of force, threat, intimidation, coercion, duress, violence or by cause of a reasonable fear of harm;

iii) When the complainant is prevented from consenting or resisting because of   intoxication, unconsciousness, or any other conduct that would prevent the complainant from reasoning and rational decision making at the time of the act.

Hazing

B.3. No person shall engage in hazing activities or intimidating practices toward other persons.

 C. RESPECT FOR PROPERTY

C.1. Students and student organizations must act so as not to destroy or damage property owned or controlled by the University, the personal property of any individual, or other public or private property.

C.2. Students and student organizations must obtain proper permission prior to using or removing property owned or controlled by the University, the personal property of any individual, or other public or private property.

C.3. Students and student organizations must use library and other academic materials, equipment, and supplies appropriately, causing no damage or loss. This includes using technology resources appropriately and in a manner consistent with the acceptable use policy developed by the Information Technology Department and available through the SRU Student Information Page.

C.4. Students and student organizations must make proper payment for the use of any service.

D. Right to Student Assembly:

Students have the right to peacefully assemble and to protest issues of concern.  Such rights are balanced with the need of the University to continue daily functions.  Students and student organizations are expected to keep the peace and to abide by general guidelines for peaceful assembly. (Information on holding demonstrations or peaceful assemblies may be obtained from the Assistant Vice President for Student Services.)

D.1. Students and student organizations will allow classes, lectures, meetings and other University functions to be conducted in a peaceful and orderly manner.

D.2. Students and student organizations will respect the rights of others, including invited speakers, to express their views.

D.3. Students and student organizations will respect the rights of others to move freely, allowing access of persons and vehicles through designated passages. 

D.4. Students and student organizations must obtain proper permission prior to entering any office or residence of an administrative officer, faculty member, employee, or student.

D.5. Students and student organizations must utilize University premises in accordance with their authorized purposes and posted hours.

D.6. Students and student organizations must leave any premise after being ordered to do so by an authorized member of the University community or University official.

E. Understanding the Administrative Processes of the University:

The University is a large institution that requires the cooperation of students, faculty, and staff to effectively operate in support of the educational process.  Students can learn about the various resources available at the University by reading written and/or on-line materials and asking questions.  Students are expected to participate in the administrative process to help ensure the success of all students.

E.1. Students and student organizations must complete all University records and documents and any other documents presented to a University office honestly and accurately, including, but not limited to Admissions applications and other officially submitted documents.

E.2. Students and student organizations must comply with the reasonable requests of any University official acting within the scope of his or her official responsibilities.  This includes the request to show identification and the request for students to make and keep appointments.  Students and student organizations must respond to the requests of University officials involved in the information gathering and adjudication process of violations of the Student Code of Conduct.

E.3. Students and student organizations must cooperate with, and give accurate and honest information to, University officials and hearing authorities.

E.4. Students and student organizations must learn and abide by all published rules, regulations, and policies issued pursuant to a specific University function.  Such rules would include, but not be limited to, regulations applicable to Residence Life, food services, student activities, social events, the library, health center or parking on campus.  Any questions pertaining to specific policies and/or requests for copies of specific policies may be addressed to the Office of Student Conduct, 008 Old Main.

E.5. Students and student organizations must meet the financial obligations incurred at the University.

E.6. Students and student organizations must utilize administrative and disciplinary processes appropriately and not bring alleged violations through this or another process which are spurious, or which are intended primarily to harass or maliciously defame, or which are designed to intentionally overburden the adjudicatory or grievance systems.

F. Respect for the Law:

Slippery Rock University students are expected to be good citizens of the community.  Regulations of the University, laws and ordinances of the Borough of Slippery Rock, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and United States of America apply to all students.  This includes, but is not limited to:

F.1. Students and student organizations must refrain from disorderly conduct, consensual physical fighting and/or assault, or disturbing the peace.   

F.2. Students and student organizations must obtain written permission from the Chief, or designee, of the Slippery Rock University Police Department in order to possess any firearm, other weapon, and/or dangerous chemicals or explosive, regardless of whether a license to possess the same has been issued, on University property or at a University related event or activity.

F.3. Students and student organizations must comply with all public laws.

F.4. Students and student organizations must adhere to all laws and University regulations governing the purchase, use, sale, furnishing, possession, or consumption of alcoholic beverages. The possession or consumption of alcohol is prohibited on the campus and in any facility owned or leased by the University except by permit through the Alcohol Request Committee (University Food Services) or in the on-campus residence of a University professional staff member.

F.5. Students and student organizations must adhere to all ordinances, laws and University regulations governing the furnishing of alcoholic beverages.

F.6. Students and student organizations must comply with all laws governing the possession, use, sale, or exchange of prescription, illegal or controlled drugs, substances and drug paraphernalia.

F.7. Students who choose to consume alcoholic beverages must do so in compliance with all laws and University regulations and in a manner that does not subject individuals to harm or injury, destroy property, disturb others, or endanger themselves.  

Victim Resources

Director:
Leigh Ann Datt

Administrative Assistant:
Carrie Kerr

Graduate Assistant:
Tasha Roberts

Office:
008 Old Main
Slippery Rock, PA 16057

Phone:
724.738.4985

Referral Report

E-mail messages sent from the office of student conduct to students through university assigned e-mail addresses will constitute an official means of communication.

All correspondence regarding incidents will be communicated through the student's SRU e-mail address.

Correspondence involving incidents may also come from the office of residence life. It is the student's responsibility and obligation to access and respond to official university e-mail correspondence.