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Student Code of Conduct Policy

Section

Student Affairs

Effective Date

8/1/17

Revision Date

3/26/18

I. Policy Purpose


  1. The University of North Georgia (the “University”) strives to educate Students and develop leaders who are prepared for community, state, and global service. Consistent with University System of Georgia policies, the University has created a Student Code of Conduct that seeks to protect the safety, rights, and privileges afforded to Students and other members of the community. Essential to this purpose, Students are expected to be model citizens and their actions and behavior should reflect the core values of the University. Students are expected to adhere to national, state, and local laws; respect the rights and privileges of others; be forthright and honest in all their social and academic conduct; and in general, conduct themselves in a manner which brings credit to themselves and the University.

II. Definitions

A. Academic Misconduct Process

A.   Academic Misconduct Process refers to the investigation and resolution of any alleged academic misconduct. This process may include both formal and informal resolution processes, and may differ from processes used to resolve alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct.

B. Administrative Hearing Officer

B.   Administrative Hearing Officer is an employee that makes decisions in the Formal Conduct Process regarding policy violations and sanctions.

C. Advisor

C.   Advisor is a person who may attend any portion of the conduct process at the request of a Reporting Party or the Respondent, for the purpose of advising the Reporting Party or the Respondent. The Advisor must be a Member of the University Community unless the Student is facing charges for behavior violations that may result in suspension or expulsion or unless the Student is facing charges for professional standards violations that may result in removal from a professional program.  In those situations, the Student may have anyone serve as their Advisor, including their family members or attorneys (at the Student’s expense). The University will not prohibit family members from attending but may limit each participant to two family members.  Please see the Hearing Rights section for more information on the role of Advisors during Hearings.

D. Conduct Conference

D.   Conduct Conference means a meeting in the Informal Conduct Resolution Process where the Conduct Officer provides notice of a Report to the Respondent, advises them of the process, takes a statement from the Respondent, and makes a determination at the conclusion of the conduct conference whether the student is responsible for the allegations contained in the Report.

E. Conduct Officer

E. Conduct Officer means the decision-maker in a case utilizing the Informal Conduct Resolution Process.

F. Conduct Standards

F.   Conduct Standards means a description of specific behaviors that are prohibited within the University community.

G. Formal Conduct Resolution Process

G.   Formal Conduct Resolution Process involves the investigation and resolution of any alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct that may result in suspension or expulsion from the University or an alleged violation of professional standards that may result in dismissal from an academic program.

H. Honor Code

H.   Honor Code is a statement of how we act as a community.  This is a philosophic ideal and helps us live out the University’s core values. The Honor Code should guide individual behavior and remind each person of the expectations within the community.

I. Informal Conduct Resolution Process

I. Informal Conduct Resolution Process means the investigation and resolution of any alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct that will not result in suspension or expulsion from the University or removal from an academic program.

J. Interim Suspension

J.   Interim Suspension means a suspension during the investigation or before the Formal Conduct Resolution Process has concluded.

K. Investigator

K.   Investigator is the individual assigned by the Student Conduct Administrator to conduct an impartial investigation and prepare an investigation report as a part of the Formal Conduct Resolution Process.

L. Preponderance of the Evidence

L.   Preponderance of the Evidence is the standard of review for all allegations of violations of the Student Code of Conduct. This standard requires that the evidence shows that it is more likely than not that the alleged incident, act, or behavior did occur.

M. Recognized Student Organization (RSO)

M.   Recognized Student Organization (RSO) refers to any group that is recognized by the University as a RSO. Recognized Student Organizations will be provided the same rights and processes as Students in the conduct process.

N. Report

N.   Report means a report of an alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct.

O. Reporting Party

O. Reporting Party means the person who files a Report or submits information alleging that a Student or Organization violated the Student Code of Conduct.

P. Respondent

P.   Respondent means any Student or Organization accused of violating the Student Code of Conduct.

Q. Student

Q.   Student includes all persons taking academic courses at the University of North Georgia. This includes, but is not limited to:  part-time, full-time, undergraduate, graduate, or professional studies, distance education and dual-enrolled students.

R. Student Conduct Administrator

R.   Student Conduct Administrator means the employee authorized to oversee the Student Code of Conduct process, including receiving reports, conducting the initial case assessment, assigning cases to investigators, and sending notices and information to the parties.  A University Official authorized on a case-by-case basis by the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) to carry out sanctions upon Student(s) found to have violated the Student Code of Conduct.

S. Student Conduct Hearing Panel

S.   Student Conduct Hearing Panel means faculty and students authorized by the Vice President of Student Affairs to determine whether a Student has violated the Student Code of Conduct and to determine sanctions that will be imposed when a violation has occurred. Based on the needs and resources of each campus, a Student Conduct Hearing Panel will consist of at least three members, but no more than seven total members.

T. Title IX Hearing Panel

T.   Title IX Hearing Panel means staff and/or faculty authorized and trained by the Title IX Coordinator to determine whether a Student has violated the sexual misconduct policy and to determine sanctions that will be imposed when a violation has occurred. Based on the needs and resources of each campus, a Title IX Hearing Panel will consist of at least three members, but no more than seven total members. This panel does not include students.

U. University Community Member

U.   University Community Member includes any persons enrolled or employed by the University, including faculty, staff, administrators and employees, and recognized University affiliated entities including University Foundations, Student Organizations, University Departments, and Structured Volunteers.

V. University Premises

V.   University Premises includes all land, buildings, facilities, and other property in the possession of or owned, used, contracted with, or controlled by the University (including adjacent streets and sidewalks).

III. Policy Statement

Honor Code and Conduct Standards

  1. The Honor Code at the University is: A Student will not lie, cheat, steal, plagiarize, evade the truth, conspire to deceive, or tolerate those who do.
  2. The Conduct Standards below identify behavior that is prohibited:


1.00 Academic Misconduct

The University of North Georgia recognizes honesty and integrity as being necessary to the academic functioning of the University. The following regulations are disseminated in the interest of protecting the equity and validity of the University’s grades and degrees, and to assist Students in developing standards and attitudes appropriate to intellectual life.

.01       Receiving or giving assistance (cheating) in preparation of any graded assignment without prior authorization from the class instructor.

.02       Taking or attempting to take, or otherwise procure intellectual property in an unauthorized manner.

.03       Selling, giving, lending, or otherwise furnishing to any unauthorized person by a Student enrolled in that course material which can be shown to contain the questions or answers to any examinations scheduled to be given at any subsequent date in any course of study.

.04       Plagiarism – Use of another person’s ideas or expressions without acknowledging the source. Themes, essays term papers, tests and other similar requirements must be the work of the Student submitting them. When direct quotations or paraphrase are used, they must be indicated, and when the ideas of another are incorporated in the paper they must be appropriately acknowledged. All work of a Student needs to be original or cited according to the instructor’s requirements or is otherwise considered plagiarism. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgement. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling
of term papers or other academic materials.

.05       Signing class rolls for another Student.

.06       Fabricating, forging, or falsifying laboratory results or reports. 

.07       Using work from other courses, or from previous assignments, for current assignment without permission from the instructor.

.08       Violations of the University Honor Code when affiliated with an academic course requirement.

.09       Unauthorized use of electronic devices during or in preparation for a graded assignment.

2.00 Alcoholic Beverages

.01       Consumption, possession, or transportation of alcoholic beverages by any Student under legal age.

.02       Consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages on University premises or at University sponsored activities, except when authorized at social functions in designated areas.

.03       Furnishing and/or distributing alcoholic beverages to any Student under legal age. 

.04       Being in an intoxicated condition as made manifest by disorderly, obscene, or indecent conduct or appearance.

.05       Driving under the influence of alcohol.

3.00 Damage to Property

Damaging or destroying property belonging to the University, a Member of the University Community, or a visitor to the University. 

4.00 Disorderly Assembly

.01       Assembling on campus in a manner inconsistent with the Expressive Activity Policy, and which creates a riot, or disorderly diversion that interferes with the normal operation of the University and/or infringes on the rights of other Members of the University Community.

.02       Obstructing the free movement of other persons about the campus, interfering with the use of University facilities, or materially interfering with the normal operation of the University.

.03       Unauthorized use of sound amplification equipment indoors or outdoors. Note: Any use of sound amplification equipment must be cleared through the Office of Student Involvement.

5.00 Disorderly Conduct

.01       Disruptive behavior in an academic setting that interferes with the learning environment.

.02       Disorderly, lewd, or indecent conduct; breach of the peace; or aiding, abetting, or procuring another person to breach the peace on University premises or at functions sponsored by, or participated in by the University.

.03       Physical abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, or other conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of another person.

.04      Bullying, which includes, but is not limited to engaging in conduct, including any gesture, written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication (which includes emails, text messages, or internet postings on websites or social media), that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive to objectively interfere with one’s work or educational performance by substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the University or the rights of any Student or other Member of the University Community.

.05       Conduct on University Premises, or at functions sponsored or supervised by the University or any recognized University Organization, which interferes with the normal operation of the University.

.06       Entering or attempting to enter any event sponsored or supervised by the University or any Recognized Student Organization without credentials for admission, i.e., ticket, identification card, invitation, etc. or in violation of any reasonable qualifications established for attendance.

.07       Reserved

.08       Interfering with, giving false name to, or failing to comply with any properly identified University faculty member, administrator, or staff member while in the performance of their duties.

.09       Deliberately failing to heed the summons, oral or written, to report to an administrative official.

.10       Threatening or disruptive behavior toward University Officials.

.11       Violations of Sexual Misconduct Policy.

.12       Retaliation – Conduct, expressions, or any sort of communications that intimidate, threaten, coerce, or in any way discriminates or retaliates against an individual because he or she files a complaint, testifies, or participates in any manner in an investigation or proceeding.

.13       Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the Student Conduct process.

.14       Discrimination – Differential treatment of an individual based on that individual’s membership in a protected class that unreasonably interferes with or limits the individual’s work, educational performance, or ability to participate in or benefit from an institutional program or activity.

.15       Discriminatory Harassment – Objectively offensive conduct or expression that harasses, demeans, or degrades individuals who are members of a protected class when the conduct or expression is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment.

6.00 Drugs

.01       Possession, use (without valid medical or dental prescription), manufacture, furnishing, or sale of any narcotic or dangerous drug controlled by federal or Georgia law.

.02       Possession of drug paraphernalia.

.03       Being under the influence of a narcotic or other controlled substance except as permitted by law or valid medical prescription.

7.00 Tobacco and Vaping

.01       Use of tobacco or tobacco products on University property.

.02       Use of vaping products on University property.

8.00 Falsification of Records/False Statements/Dishonesty

.01       Altering, counterfeiting, forging, or causing to be altered, counterfeited, or forged, any record, form, or document used by the University.

.02       Intentionally furnishing false information to a University Official or law enforcement officer acting in the performance of his/her job responsibilities or who submit false complaints or accusations. This includes Student conduct investigations and hearings and any proceedings or University processes.

.03       Failing to identify oneself to a University Official or law enforcement officer acting in the performance of his/her job responsibilities.

.04       Violations of the University Honor Code.

.05       Manufacturing, selling, distributing, possessing, or sharing any form of false identification.

.06       Failing to report an arrest, other than minor traffic arrests, to the University via the Dean of Students Office.

9.00 Explosives/Fireworks

Unauthorized possession, use, furnishing or sale of explosives on University Premises or at University-sponsored activities, including the unauthorized use or possession of fireworks.

10.00 Fire and Emergency Safety

.01       Tampering with fire or other safety equipment.

.02       Setting or causing to be set any unauthorized fire on University property.

.03       Failing to participate in any emergency-related drill or alarm.

.04       Making or causing a false alarm.

.05       Unauthorized possession, sale, furnishing or use of any incendiary device.

11.00 Weapons

.01       Unauthorized possession of firearms on University Premises or at events sponsored or supervised by the University or any Recognized Student Organization. See the Official Code of Georgia Annotated sub-section (c) O.C.G.A 16-11-127.1

.02       Unauthorized possession or use of any other weapon. “Weapon” means any object or substance designed or used to inflict a wound, cause injury, or incapacitate, including, but not limited to, all firearms and other weapons prohibited under Georgia Statute 16-11-127.1 including pellet guns, BB guns, bludgeons, chemicals, explosives, metal knuckles, and knives with blades longer than two inches. 

12.00 Hazing

Any violation to the University Hazing Policy.

13.00 Joint Responsibility for Infractions

Acting with others and/or providing an opportunity to violate University regulations.

14.00 Student Identification Cards

.01       Lending, selling, or otherwise transferring a Student identification card.

.02       Use of a Student identification card by anyone other than its original holder.

.03       Failure to present a Student identification card when it is requested by a University Official while in the performance of his/her duties.

15.00 Theft

.01       Selling a textbook that is not one’s own without permission of the owner.

.02       Theft and/or unauthorized possession or use of property or services belonging to the University, another person, or any other entity.

16.00 Unauthorized Access and Improper Use of Technology

.01       Conduct that violates University Computer and Network Usage Policy.

.02       Using automated means, such as creating scripts or using recorded macros, to register via Self Service Banner.

17.00 Unauthorized Entry or Use of University Premises

.01       Unauthorized entry into or onto any University building, office or other facility or remaining without authorization in or on any building after normal closing hours.

.02       Unauthorized use of any University Premises.

.03       Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys or access cards to any University Premises.

.04       Tampering with locks or locking devices on any University Premises.

18.00 Gambling

Raffles and/or the playing of cards or other games of skill or chance for money or items of value.

19.00 Residence Hall Regulations

Violation of policies and procedures published by the Office of Residence Life.

20.00 Corps of Cadets Regulations

Violation of policies and procedures published by the Office of the Commandant for the orderly operation of the Corps of Cadets.

21.00 Motor Vehicle/Parking Regulations

Violation of Motor Vehicle/Parking Regulations published by the University.

22.00 Violation of any professional and/ or ethical standard related to any academic program

A professional is one who willingly adopts and consistently applies the knowledge, skills, and values of a chosen profession. Students shall not violate the provisions of the professional or ethical standards adopted by the relevant academic programs. Students shall comply with the policies and regulations of the program and any agency for which the Student is conducting an internship, clinical experience, etc. For further information, refer to the program handbooks for specific academic programs.

23.00 Other Published University Regulations and Campus-Specific Policies

Violation of University regulations and policies as approved and published by various units of the University. 

24.00 Violation of Conduct Sanctions

Failure to abide by conduct sanctions.

25.00 Violation of Law or Failure to Report a Violation of Law

Violation of local, state or federal law, on or off the campus, which constitute a danger or material interference with the normal, orderly operation and processes of the University, or with the requirements of appropriate discipline. All Students must report any arrests to the Dean of Students within 72 hours of the incident, except for those involving minor traffic offenses.

IV. Procedures

  1. See the Student Code of Conduct Procedures for the steps related to each of the resolution processes.
  2. Any related operating procedures must comply with and should reference this policy.

V. Supporting Information

  1. The University of North Georgia is dedicated not only to learning and the advancement of knowledge, but also to the development of ethical and responsible citizens. It seeks to achieve these goals through a sound educational program and policies governing Student conduct that encourage independent thinking and maturity. Each Student, as a citizen of the University Community, assumes an obligation to follow all rules and regulations.

VI. Review and Responsibility

Responsible Party

Vice President for Student Affairs

Review

Every three years (or more frequently if need)

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