Code of Student Conduct

The policies of the Student Code of Conduct are applicable to conduct on-campus and off-campus conduct that can affect on-campus behavior and expectations. See Student Conduct System -- General Information for more details. 

Students and Registered Student Organizations are expected to follow all applicable policies in University documents and publications. 

Academic Dishonesty

The Code of Student Conduct does not apply to instances of academic dishonesty. For instances of academic dishonesty, refer to the appropriate Academic Affairs policies and procedures that govern academic dishonesty, as published in the the Academic Catalog.

Unacceptable conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Personal Integrity

A. Sale, possession, consumption and service of alcoholic beverages by any person under the age of 21 is prohibited in accordance with Illinois State Law. Students under the age of 21 who are under the influence of alcohol while on campus may be subject to disciplinary action. Possession, consumption and service of alcoholic beverages on campus by individuals 21 years of age or older may be allowed under specified circumstances and in designated locations. Possession by any individual of alcoholic beverages in residence halls, or otherwise in violation of University policy, is prohibited. Providing alcohol to minors under the age of 21 is prohibited. Alcohol paraphernalia, including but not limited to empty alcohol bottles and items used for drinking games, is not allowed on campus or in the residence halls.  Students not consuming but in the presence of alcohol are also subject to disciplinary action.

B. Possession, use, intention to distribute, sale, or distribution of illegal drugs, controlled substances, narcotics, drug paraphernalia, or any hallucinogen without a medical prescription or appropriate authority; improper use of prescribed medication. Students may not be under the influence of drugs while on campus. Students not consuming but in the presence of drugs are also subject to disciplinary action.

C. Use of tobacco, in any form, in those areas that have been identified as prohibiting such use. Use of tobacco is not permitted in classrooms, hallways, residence halls, lecture halls and laboratories, and is restricted to designated areas.

D. Engaging in forgery, alteration, unauthorized use, or fraud involving University records, documents or instruments of identification. Falsification of information (written or oral) submitted to any University office, department, proceeding or individuals acting in their official capacity. Intentional misrepresentation or falsification of one’s identity.

E. Engaging in illegal and/or unethical activities, whether or not legal charges are filed.

F. Violations of University policies, regulations or rules, including the terms of any disciplinary sanction properly imposed and/or retaliation related to any formal or informal judicial proceedings; residence life policies; parking rules; and motor vehicle regulations. Failure to act in accordance with University or national charters/constitutions of student organizations.

G. Threat or action of endangering one's self.

Respect for Others

H. Interfering with the health and/or safety of a member of the University or surrounding community. Can include physical abuse, verbal abuse, dating violence, and domestic violence.

I. Hazing, harassment, racist behavior, defamation, retaliation, obscene language or actions, coercion, threats, endangering the safety of others, physical or psychological abuse or intimidation, and stalking behavior, either in person or through electronic means. 

J. Inappropriate, disruptive or disrespectful behaviors that evidence poor adjustment to the community.

K. Any form of coercive and/or unwelcome sexual behavior, including but not limited to sexual assault, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, or sexual exploitation such as video recording, photographing, voyeurism, or other behavior that takes sexual advantage of another person without consent or in an abusive manner.

L. Engaging in disruptive behaviors 1) on campus, on line, or on property contiguous to; 2) off-campus while involved in University sponsored activities or events; or 3) off-campus but wherein actions may directly affect campus conduct expectations.

M. Possession, display or use of firearms, weapons (including look-a-like or collector weapons), fireworks, explosives or ammunition (including empty shells or casings) or the abuse or intended misuse of flammable substances. Employees of government law enforcement agencies, who are required to carry firearms at all times, are exempt from the University's policy prohibiting the possession of firearms on campus.

N. Actions of one's guest(s) that violate University policies. It is the responsibility of each student to inform his/her guest(s) of University policies and community expectations for behavior. Hosts will be held responsible for the actions of their guests.

Respect for Property

O. Engaging in arson, the irresponsible use of fire and/or fire exit doors, and/or tampering with fire information and/or safety equipment, or failing to follow fire drill or other emergency procedures.

P. Tampering with University property or equipment or causing damage to personal or University property. Removal of windows or screens from University buildings.

Q. Unauthorized access to, presence in, or use of University facilities or grounds; failure to properly show ID and swipe into restricted buildings, such as residence halls; unauthorized access to the roof of any University building or structure.

R. The duplication or unauthorized possession of a key or access card (Cougar Card) to University property.

S. Theft of personal or University property and the sale, receipt or possession of stolen articles. Theft, misuse or misappropriation of equipment, funds, products of a non-University contractor, or University services (including but not limited to telephone, dining and print services).

T. Theft, misuse or misappropriation of library, computer or research materials and/or information. Inappropriate use of University email and Internet services.

U. Unauthorized use of or attempt to use University property or the University name or credit in a manner inconsistent with its designated educational objectives.

Respect for Authority

V. Failing to comply with the directions of any University official (including but not limited to Public Safety officers or Residence Life staff members) acting in the performance of his/her duties, including refusing to show or surrender a University identification card.

W. Interference with or obstruction of instruction, activities, research, conduct proceedings or University administration; failure to observe the established closing hours of a building; obstruction of authorized access to, use of, or egress from University facilities. Determination of whether a student is being disruptive in class is left to the discretion of the faculty member leading the class.

X. Gambling in any non-legal form; sponsoring illegal lotteries or raffles on University property; unauthorized selling, soliciting, canvassing or advertising.

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