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 by a professional Residence Life staff member:

A. Alcohol violations, including, but not limited to, the following. 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 Drug Policy. Also see “Drug Policy.”

  1. Incidents in which the University has taken possession of illegal drugs or controlled substances other than marijuana
  2. Incidents in which the University has taken possession of marijuana and the student is under the age of 21
  3. Other violations of the Drug Policy

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

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

E. 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

F. 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

G. 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

H. Unauthorized entry or exit. See “Unauthorized Entry or Exit” policy.

I. Failure to comply with the directives of a University official who is attempting to enforce the policies and procedures of the University. Such directives include identifying oneself and providing documentation (e.g., an EagleOne Campus ID card) of one’s identity when requested to do so. University officials include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • University administrators and faculty members
  • University Police
  • Honor Council and Student Conduct Review Board
  • Residence Life staff members (including Resident Assistants and Senior Resident Assistants)

J. Abuse of University computing resources and facilities, 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. To interfere with the work of another student, faculty member, or University official
  5. To interfere with the normal operating procedures of the University computing system
  6. To make copies of, or make available to others, copyrighted material without authorization

K. 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.

L. Fire safety violations including:

  1. Arson/setting fire
  2. Tampering with, removing from its intended location, or needlessly discharging a fire extinguisher
  3. Tampering with, or removing from their intended location, fire alarms or smoke detectors, or emergency or exit lighting

M. Illegal or unauthorized possession of firearms, weapons, or related devices. See “Weapons Policy.”

N. Disorderly or obscene conduct

O. Violation of published University policies, rules or regulations:

  1. Housing and Dining Services Contract
  2. Network and Computer Use Policy
  3. COVID-19-related policies
  4. Other University policies, rules, or regulations

P. Violation of federal, state, or local law

II. Adjudicated by Residence Life Area Coordinators: 

A. Alcohol violations. 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. See “Drug Policy“:

  1. Incidents in which the University has not taken possession of controlled substances or illegal drugs
  2. Possession or use of drug paraphernalia by individuals under the age of 21

C. Fire safety violations, including those not described in I.L.

D. Possession of tobacco products, nicotine vapor products, and alternative nicotine products, with the exception of FDA-approved nicotine replacement products, by students under the age of 21. See “Smoking.”

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. Also see “Fireworks, Explosives, and Dangerous or Hazardous Chemicals. ”

G. 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

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

A. Alcohol violations. 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. Purchasing or supplying alcohol to any underage person

B. Violations of the University Drug Policy. See “Drug Policy.”

  1. Incidents in which a student 21 years of age or older uses or is in possession of marijuana anywhere on UMW property

C. 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

D. 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

E. 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

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

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

  1. Visiting a residence hall which does not have visitation at the time
  2. Allowing a guest to exceed the allowed number of overnight residence hall visits
  3. Exceeding the allowed number of guests in a residence hall room or apartment

H. Sports or related activities in the residence halls

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

L. Other prohibited items and activities

M. Responsibility for guests. Hosts may be held accountable, through the Conduct System, for the conduct of their non-UMW guests, if the guests’ behavior is inconsistent with UMW’s Code of Conduct

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, 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, for example.