Living in community requires that we all adhere to a certain set of guidelines. It is our expectation that you have an understanding of the general standards that govern the personal conduct of all SPU students and student organizations, and that we expect you to adhere to them during your time as a member of the SPU community. Behaviors for which students or student organizations are subject to disciplinary action include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Actions that constitute violations of municipal, state, or federal law. The University reserves the right to follow its normal conduct processes whenever a student is accused of a criminal act, regardless of the location of its occurrence and regardless of whether civil or criminal proceedings have been instituted against the student.
- Actions that interfere with the educational process or the administration of the University, including those that obstruct or disrupt the use of University premises, buildings, rooms, or passages, or that incite a disturbance.
- Cohabitation and related forms of premarital, extramarital, or homosexual sexual activities. For more information on the subject of sexuality, refer to SPU’s Statement on Human Sexuality
- The possession, use, distribution, or sale of alcohol, marijuana, or illegal drugs, or the illicit use of prescription drugs. Students must abide by state and federal laws regarding alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. The University does not permit students to use or possess marijuana on or off campus, or alcohol or tobacco products on University property or as part of any SPU activities. (For further information see the statement on Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Annual Notification).
- Dishonesty such as cheating or plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information; alteration or unauthorized use of University documents, records, or property; or misuse of student identification.
- Participation in any actions that involve discrimination or harassment based on race, color, national origin, religion, disability, or gender.
- Any form of coercive or unwelcome sexual behavior, including sexual assault, rape, acquaintance rape, indecent liberties, or related actions.
- Activities that cause or threaten emotional, mental, or physical harm or suffering; that demean the dignity of any individual; or that interfere with any individual’s academic process. Examples of such actions are verbal threats or abuse, harassment, intimidation, threatened or actual physical assault, or consistent disregard for the rights and welfare of any individual.
- Conduct or activities that are lewd, indecent, or obscene, whether demonstrative, visual, verbal, written, or electronic (see the SPU User Policies).
- Failure to comply with the directions of authorized University officials in the performance of their duties, including the failure to comply with the terms of disciplinary sanction and the failure to identify oneself when requested to do so.
- False reporting or warning of an impending fire, bombing, crime, or other emergency situation, or tampering with safety equipment.
- Unauthorized possession of, or damage to, University property or services, or property belonging to others. Unauthorized presence in, or unauthorized use of or duplication of keys to, University premises or property.
- Possession, use, or display on University property of any firearms, weapons, fireworks, live ammunition, incendiary devices, or other items that are potentially hazardous to members of the campus community.
- Activities that may cause damage, constitute a safety or health hazard, or interfere with the academic process. Such activities include, but are not limited to, entering or exiting buildings through the windows; throwing, projecting, or dropping items that may cause injury or damage; and pranks that create safety and health hazards for others and/or cause damage to University or personal property.
- Any violation of other University policies, regulations, or rules.
Last published on 1/20/2015