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Student Handbook: Students' Rights and Responsibilities

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Value: Worth of the Individual

Harassment

  • Definition: Verbal or physical abuse, annoying communications or threats directed toward any student, faculty, staff or guest of the university. (Examples include, but are not limited to: intimidation, prank calls, stalking or abuse because of one's race, color, sex, disability, age, or national or ethnic origin.)
  • Minimum Sanction: Probation

Hazing

  • DefinitionThe use of physical violence, or any activity or communication calculated to impose embarrassment; harassment; physical, emotional or mental strain, or any activity which would in any way jeopardize the physical, moral or scholastic well-being of any individual; mentally antagonizing a student, guest or employee or placing him or her under threat of physical harm.
  • Minimum Sanction:
  • By a student:
    • First offense—Probation, $100 fine and loss of privilege
    • Second offense—University suspension
  •    By an organization:
    • First offense—Probation, $500 fine and loss of privilege
    • Second offense—University suspension of organization status

Inappropriate Sexual Behavior

  • Definition: Including, but not limited to, the following: heterosexual/homosexual intercourse, adultery, unwanted fondling, etc.
  • Minimum Sanction: Probation, $150 fine

Assault

  • Definition: An attempt or offer with force or violence to do harm to another person. (This includes, but is not limited to, striking, shoving, kicking, slapping or otherwise forcefully touching a person; or engaging in reckless behavior that causes physical injury to another person.)
  • Minimum Sanction: Probation

Stalking 

  • Definition: Any repeated behavior (two or more occasions) that reasonably and/or seriously alarms, torments, or terrorizes another person. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, persistent and unwanted communication, unwanted observing, following or coincidentally showing up where a victim is located, and repeated and/or persistent social media contacting or messaging. Examples of stalking behavior include non-consensual communication; or following, pursuing, waiting; or showing up uninvited at location frequented by the victim.
  • Minimum sanctions:
    • 1st offense – Probation for one academic year; relationship counseling related to stalking behavior; $200 fine plus any restitution for the victim.
    • 2nd offense - University suspension (Prior to returning, violator must provide evidence of his/her participation in a counseling program related to avoiding stalking behavior.)
     

Relationship Violence 

  • Definition:  Any pattern of behavior in a relationship that is designed or structured to gain and maintain power and control over another individual. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, physical abuse, verbal threats, sexual abuse, acts of humiliation, or threats of violence.
  • Minimum sanctions
    • 1st offense - University probation; relationship and behavior counseling; $200 fine, plus any restitution for the victim.
    • 2nd offense - University suspension (Prior to returning, violator must provide evidence of his/her participation in a counseling program related to relationship violence.)
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