Code of Conduct

The following lists specific violations of community standards which are addressed through UMW’s conduct system, and the administrator or hearing board who adjudicates them:

I. Adjudicated by the Director of Student Conduct and Responsibility or Associate Coordinator of Student Conduct:

A. Alcohol violations, including, but not limited to, the following (also see “Alcohol Policy”).

1. Intoxication (resulting in a student’s arrest or transport to the hospital), as determined by instrumentation, or by behavioral or physical manifestations. Any student under the age of 21 with a blood alcohol level of 0.02% or higher will be considered to be intoxicated.

B. Violations of the University Drug Policy, including but not limited to, use, being under the influence of, possession, or distribution of narcotic or other controlled substances except as permitted by law.

1. Incidents in which the University has taken possession of controlled substances.

C. Engaging in physical violence against another individual or group of individuals.

D. Harassment, threats, or intimidation directed toward any individual or group of individuals.

E. Conduct that intentionally or recklessly threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.

F. Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, other official University activities, or authorized non-University sponsored activities, when the activity occurs on University premises.

G. Actions endangering the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or involving the destruction or removal of property, that are associated with initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or continued membership in a group or organization. (See “Hazing Policy“) Both individuals and groups/organizations are subject to this policy.

H. Possession of fake or altered official identification, or the manufacturing, acquisition, or attempted acquisition of fake or altered official identification for oneself, or for other individuals.

I. Unauthorized entry

J. Failure to comply with the directives of a University official who is attempting to enforce the policies and procedures of the University. University officials include, but are not limited to, the following:

University Administrators                       University Police                     Honor Council

Residence Life Staff                                   Faculty                                     Student Conduct Responsibility Board (SCRB)

K. Abuse of computer time, including, but not limited to:

1. Unauthorized entry into a file for any purpose.

2. Unauthorized transfer of a file.

3. Unauthorized use of another individual’s identification and password.

4. Use of computing facilities to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member, or University official.

5. Use of computing facilities to interfere with the normal operating procedures of the University computing system.

6. Use of computing facilities to make copies of, or make available to others, copyrighted material without authorization.

L. Making, using, disclosing, or distributing a recording of a person in a location or situation in which that person has a reasonable expectation of privacy and is unaware of the recording or does not consent to it; and any other conduct that constitutes an invasion of the privacy of another person under applicable law or University policies. Such conduct includes, without limitation, unauthorized recording of personal conversations, images, meetings, or activities.

M. Fire safety violations including:

1. Arson/setting fire

N. Violation of published University policies, rules or regulations (e.g.,) Housing and Dining Services Contract, Network and Computer Use Policy).

II. Adjudicated by Residence Life Area Coordinators:

A. Alcohol violations (also see “Alcohol Policy”)

1. Intoxication (not resulting in a student’s arrest or transport to the hospital) as determined by instrumentation, or by behavioral or physical manifestations.  Any student under the age of 21 with a blood alcohol level of 0.02% or higher will be considered to be intoxicated.

B. Violations of the University Drug Policy, including but not limited tom use, being under the influence of, possession, or distribution of narcotic or other controlled substances except as permitted by law, and the possession or use of drug paraphernalia.

1. Incidents in which the University has not taken possession of controlled substances.

2. Possession or use of drug paraphernalia

C. Fire safety violations including:

1. Tampering with or needlessly discharging a fire extinguisher.

2. Tampering with fire alarms or smoke detectors, and emergency or exit lighting.

3. Other.

D. Illegal or unauthorized possession of firearms, weapons, or related devices (see “Weapons Policy.”)

E. Throwing, or causing to be projected, any object or substance that has potential for defacing or damaging University or private property, or for causing personal injury or disruption (see “Projectiles“)

F. Illegal or unauthorized possession of explosives, fireworks, or other dangerous chemicals or substances.

G. Disorderly or obscene conduct.

H. Abuse of computer time, including, but not limited to:

1. Use of computing facilities to send obscene or abusive messages.

I. Abuse of the student conduct system including, but not limited to:

1. Failure to obey the summons of a conduct body or University official.

2. Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in or use of the conduct system.

3. Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of a conduct body prior to, and/or during the course of, the conduct proceeding.

4. Harassment and/or intimidation of a member of a conduct body prior to, during, and/or after a conduct proceeding.

5. Failure to comply with a sanction imposed by the conduct system.

6. Influencing, or attempting to influence, another person to commit an abuse of the conduct system.

J. Violation of federal, state, or local law.

III. Adjudicated by the Student Conduct Review Board (SCRB)

A. Alcohol violations (Also see “Alcohol Policy”)

1. Consumption or possession of alcohol by persons under the age of 21. 2. Any public display of alcohol (includes drinking with room door open or consumption of alcohol in common areas. 3. Possession of, or use of any objects used to enhance the ingestion of alcohol such as, but not limited to, “beer bongs.” 4. Use or possession of alcoholic beverages by a student 21 years old or older in a residence hall room where all assigned residents are under the age of 21. 5. Purchasing or supplying alcohol to any underage person.

B. Property

1. Conduct which results in damage to any property. 2. Redistributing University furniture. 3. Unsanitary, cluttered, or obstructive conditions. 4. Throwing objects from roofs, windows, or balconies.

C. Fire safety violations including, but not limited to, the following:

1. Open flames (from oil lamps, etc.), candles, and incense. These are prohibited in any University building (unless with express written permission). 2. Failing to vacate a building during a fire alarm.

D. Smoking (to include vaping) in residence halls, within 50 feet of a residence hall, or in a non-smoking area, as determined by the Office of Residence Life.

E. Failure to abide by the “Quiet Hours” or “Courtesy Hours” policies as stated in the Student Handbook.

F. Visitation violations including, but not limited to, the following:

1. Failing to sign in and/or out of a residence hall, or failure of a guest to sign in/and or out of a residence hall, whether or not the guest is a UMW student. 2. Falsifying sign-in or -out times. 3. Violating visitation hours. 4. Visiting a residence hall which does not have visitation at the time. 5. Exceeding the allowed number of overnight residence hall visits, as described under “Guest Policies”

G. Sports or related activities in the residence halls.

H. Unauthorized presence on balconies, roofs, or ledges of any University building.

I. Unauthorized entry into (for example, during University breaks) or exit from (for example, through a window or an alarmed door) a residence hall building.

J. Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys to any University premises.

K. Misuse of a telephone or a personal communication device, including but not limited to:

1. Unauthorized entry into another individual’s telephone or personal communication device to access to its contents, functions, or apps. 2. Unauthorized use of another individual’s passcode. 3. Relaying obscene or abusive messages.

L. Other prohibited items and activities.

M. Responsibility for guests.

N. Housing or hosting in a residence hall any animal which could reasonably be described as a pet (exception—aquarium fish).

O. Violation of the University’s motor vehicle policies and regulations:

1. Bringing a vehicle to campus without authorization (First-year residential students are not permitted to bring cars to campus). 2. Failing to register a vehicle with Parking Management. 3. Transferring a University-issued parking decal without authorization. 4. Other.

P. Obstruction of the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic.

NOTE: Preceding violations of a serious nature, or any pattern of the preceding violations may result in direct referral to the Office of Student Conduct and Responsibility, the Dean of Student Life, or the Vice President for Student Affairs.

NOTE: Several violations of policy may be considered cumulatively in the conduct process.

Also, if the Student Conduct Review Board cannot be convened for a hearing (for example, at the end of the semester, or during summer sessions), the University reserves the right to adjudicate alleged violations administratively, e.g., through the Director of Student Conduct and Responsibility, Associate Coordinator of Student Conduct, Dean of Student Life, or Vice President for Student Affairs. This option may be used when a student is graduating, is not anticipated to return the following semester, or when the alleged violation is of a serious nature.

The Code of Conduct applies to all UMW students, as well as to their non-student guests. This means that UMW students may be held accountable, through the conduct process, for the actions of their guests—for example, by charging students with III.M. (Responsibility for guests).