Student Code of Conduct

LIU Ethos Statement

LIU is committed to the advancement of learning and service to society. Its educational mission reflects a commitment to intellectual rigor, social justice, and an active engagement of contemporary issues.

These principles challenge students to strive for excellence, to become men and women in service to others, to integrate curricular and co-curricular learning, to develop talents through discovery and reflection, and to be concerned for the welfare of each person. To achieve these ideals, all students are expected to contribute, through their words, actions, and commitments, to the development and sustenance of a community characterized by respect, caring, responsibility, and honesty. These characteristics are essential to ensure the rights and privileges of all students and to preserve the integrity of our educational community.

Working together as a community, students, faculty, and administrators help foster an atmosphere that furthers the mission of the campus. Students are expected to adhere to the campus ethos. This expectation calls for behavior that demonstrates the five principles of the LIU Student Code of Conduct: respect for oneself, respect for others, respect for property, respect for authority, and honesty.

Student Code of Conduct

Although no such document can be exhaustive, the purpose of the LIU Student Code of Conduct is to set out standards of conduct, to give notice of expectations and prohibited behavior, and to identify the procedures the University may employ to resolve breaches of those standards. The LIU Student Code of Conduct is founded on the principles of respect for oneself, respect for others, respect for property, respect for authority, and honesty.

Until evidence to the contrary is observed, the campus presumes that students are motivated by the desire to improve their capabilities and to help others to do so, that they possess a sense of honor and are trustworthy, and that they are mature men and women, capable of behaving accordingly. Students who violate the rules and regulations of the LIU campus must expect that appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.

Action involving non-academic conduct is the responsibility of the Office of the Dean of Students and designated Community Standards officers. The Dean of Students and Community Standards officers, or other designated officer or official, at the specific LIU campus may suspend or expel a student under this policy. LIU recognizes that campus disciplinary jurisdiction may extend to off-campus activities. The University has the discretion to exercise jurisdiction over off-campus behavior if it: 1) adversely affects the health, safety, or security of any member of the campus community or 2) adversely affects the interests of the University.

In determining whether to exercise off-campus jurisdiction, the University will consider the seriousness of the alleged harm, the risk of harm involved, whether the victim(s) are members of the campus community or whether the off-campus conduct is part of a series of actions which occurred both on and off campus.

Students are accountable for adhering to all regulations in the LIU Student Handbook.  As noted under item “U”, ‘Violation of University or campus policies’ in “Respect for Authority” below, students must understand that they are subject to “all policies communicated elsewhere in this Handbook, University or campus publications, verbal directives by campus officials or as posted by any department”.

LIU students taking classes at other campuses of Long Island University and students from other campuses of Long Island University who are taking classes at another campus of LIU who are involved in disciplinary matters may be subject to disciplinary sanctions on both campuses. The offices of the Dean of Students at the appropriate campuses shall confer in such instances and determine the appropriate course of action and designate an appropriate Community Standards officer as applicable.

Respect for Oneself

In accordance with our Ethos Statement, LIU students are expected to demonstrate actions that honor themselves by complying with the principal of respect for oneself. Examples of conduct inconsistent with this principal and which will require campus action are:

A. Violence or Threat of Violence

Behavior which jeopardizes the safety or well-being of oneself; this includes but is not limited to causing or subjecting oneself to physical injury.

B. Alcohol and Drugs

  1. Violation of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Policy.
  2. The sale, purchase, possession, presence of, or use of any illegal drug(s) and/or drug Paraphernalia.

C. Conduct Unbecoming of a Student

  1. Behavioral characteristics or actions demonstrated by a student, which are contrary to the LIU Ethos Statement.
  2. Public Lewdness

D. Violation of the Cyber Community Policy (See Campus Policy Student Handbook)

Respect for Others

In accordance with LIU Ethos Statement, LIU students are expected to demonstrate actions that reflect consideration and civility by complying with the principal of respect for others. Examples of conduct inconsistent with this principal and which will require Campus action are:

E. Stalking and/or Aggravated Stalking

A willful course of conduct involving repeated or continuing harassment of another individual that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed or molested and that actually causes the victim to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed or molested.

F. Verbal or Physical Harassment

  1. Inappropriate physical, verbal or written actions against members of the campus community or their guests, or against visitors to the campus, which interfere with an individual’s personal freedom or privacy, including but not limited to actions of an offensive nature which target a particular individual or group’s national origin or gender identity( “hate crimes”).  This includes harassment or an attempt to harass via electronic  e-mails, text messages and/or instant messages or the unauthorized use of videotaping.

  2. Violation of LIU”s Harassment Policy. (See Campus Policy section of the LIU Brooklyn Student Handbook)

  3. Violation of LIU’s Discrimination Policy. (See Campus Policy section of the LIU Brooklyn Student Handbook).

  4. Violation of LIU’s Profanity in Student Media Policy. (See Campus Policy section of the LIU Brooklyn Student Handbook).

  5. Violation of the LIU’s Roommate Bill of Rights as listed in the Campus Life Policies. (See Campus Policy section of the LIU Brooklyn Student Handbook).

  6. Violation of LIU’s Cyber Community Policy (See Campus Policy section of the LIU Brooklyn Student Handbook).

G. Weapons and Dangerous Items

Possession and/or use of weapons and dangerous items, including but not limited to firearms, knives, firecrackers, CO2 weapons, BB weapons, paint ball weapons and equipment, prop, replica, toy or play weapons, simulated weapons or devices, handcuffs, swords, martial arts equipment, pepper gas or spray, snowballs with rocks inside, and propane.

H. Violence or Threat of Violence

  1. Behavior which jeopardizes the safety and well-being of other persons; this includes, but is not limited to, physical injury or behavior such as physical assault, threats or intimidation or extortion, and either physical, verbal, or written abuse

  2. Sexual Assault or Sexual Abuse. Acts of sexual violence or intimidation, including “date” or “acquaintance” rape

  3. Behavior or actions which may indicate domestic violence of any kind
  4. Violation of Bias Crime Policy  (See Campus Policy section of the LIU Brooklyn Student Handbook).

I. Theft and/or Possession of Stolen Property

  1. Theft or other misuse of property

  2. Possession of stolen goods
    1. Unauthorized possession of university owned furniture or equipment, including but not limited to items from residence, academic, or recreational facilities, in a student room

  3. Theft of services

J. Hazing

  1. The participation in or encouragement of any action or situation which endangers the mental or physical health, safety or welfare of another, or involves the forced or coerced consumption of alcohol, a solid substance or drugs for the purpose of initiation into or affiliation with any organization.

  2. Violation of Student Life and Leadership Development Hazing/Pledging policy. (For LIU Post see Policy section of the Greek Organization Handbook available from the Office of Student Life and Leadership Development, Hillwood Commons, Room 102)

  3. Violation of New York State Law on Hazing (see Campus Policy of the LIU Brooklyn Student Handbook).

K. Fire Safety

  1. Intentionally creating smoke or fire

  2. Filing a false fire alarm

  3. Activating a smoke detector

  4. Activating a sprinkler system

  5. Tampering with fire equipment
    1. Inappropriate use or tampering with fire extinguishers, fire hoses, or any other safety apparatus
    2. Obstructing a door so as to prohibit or encourage direct entrance to and/or exit from a room or building
    3. Covering overhead lights, doorways, smoke detectors, sprinkler system, air conditioning units, walls sockets, etc.
    4. Wall covering of any kind exceeding 5’x7’ and/or hanging any item from the ceiling.
    5. Possessing water filled or lofted beds
  1. Failure to evacuate during a fire alarm

  2. Possession of prohibited items, including but not limited to candles (lit or unlit), incense and incense holder, electric appliances, air conditioning units not approved by the Office of Residence Life and the Student Health and Counseling Center, portable heaters, combustible liquids, barbecues, decorative lights, extension cords or any other item deemed unsafe by University Official(s) or New York State Fire Safety Officer(s)

L. Disruption of Campus Community

Behavioral or verbal actions that disrupt the Campus community.

  1. Campus Courtesy Hours
    1. Disruption of the Residence Life community, including making excessive noise in residential areas, including but not limited to the Courtyard, the area outside of the H.S. Building, and the Quad, Riggs Park, alcoves and building front steps, parking areas, roadways and other grounds in, adjacent to or around the residence halls at LIU Post.
    2. Disruption of academic areas, including the internal and external areas of all academic facilities

  2. Skateboarding or use of skateboarding equipment is prohibited

  3. Use or storage of bicycles, bicycle equipment or other items that may obstruct common areas of the residence halls, including hallways, lobby areas, and stairwells, etc., an in the exterior areas, including areas in which egress is jeopardized, is prohibited at all times

Respect for Property

In accordance with the LIU Ethos Statement, LIU students are expected to demonstrate actions that reflect the responsible use of campus property, environment, and equipment by complying with the principal of respect for property. Examples of conduct inconsistent with this principal and which will require campus action are:

M. Vandalism

  1. Destroying Campus property; classroom property; or residential housing property.
    1. Chalking or defacing of property with various materials.

  2. Destroying the property of another person.
    1. Littering on campus.

  3. Littering on campus.
    1. Improper disposal of any solid or liquid object(s) in any area not identified or authorized for disposal.

N. Computers

  1. The use of computers or electronic equipment for the violation of personal privacy or for  the committing of crimes.
    1. Unauthorized use of computers and/or peripheral systems.
    2. Unauthorized access/alteration to computer programs or files.
    3. Unauthorized duplicating or use of computer programs files.
    4. Making unauthorized changes to a computer account, the utilization of a wireless router, or any other or non-deliberate action that disrupts the operation of computer systems serving other students or the University community.

Respect for Authority

In accordance with the LIU Ethos Statement, LIU students are expected to demonstrate actions that are respectful to campus officials and support campus regulations by complying with the principal of respect for authority. Examples of conduct inconsistent with this principal and which will require campus action are:

O. Illegal Possession of Keys, Access Cards/Codes Unlawful Entry, Exit or Presence

  1. Illegal possession, duplication, or unauthorized use of keys, access cards, or access   codes.

  2. Forcible or unauthorized entry/exit of any campus room or facility.
    1. Entering or exiting through a window.
    2. Entering anytime or exiting through a residence hall through a side door except in an emergency when directed by authorized University personnel or NYC essential services personnel.
    3. Using or allowing another person to use a bathroom or shower facility designated for use of the opposite sex.

  3. Failure to properly sign in to any campus room, event or facility.

  4. Failure to properly sign guest(s) in to any campus room, event or facility.

  5. Failure to escort guest(s) at all times on campus.

  6. Presence in any campus room, event or facility after the student has been suspended from that room, event or facility.

P. Failure to abide by the Campus Life Visitation Policy (see Campus Policy Section– Campus Life Policies– LIU Post and LIU Brooklyn).

Q. Smoking

  1. Violation of Smoking Policy. (See the Smoking Policy in the LIU Brooklyn Student Handbook)

R. Traffic Regulations

  1. Violation of campus traffic regulations.

  2. Flagrant and/or frequent traffic offenses.

S. Solicitation/Commercial Activities

Unauthorized soliciting and/or commercial activities by a student or an on-campus or off-campus organization, vendor or business, initiated by either a student or visitor. Those activities which support charitable organizations and do not violate campus contractual obligations may be permitted with the written approval of the Dean of Students or his/her designee.

  1. Distribution and/or posting of unauthorized handbills or other materials.

  2. Chalking or defacing of property with various materials to solicit off-campus events.

  3. Selling unauthorized services or products, seeking funds, signatures, merchandise or supplies.

  4. Receiving unauthorized business offers or goods in the residence halls for business purposes of any nature

T. Gambling

Illegal gambling anywhere on the premises or at any campus sponsored function or any of its student groups, organizations or affiliates.

U. Failure to Cooperate

  1. Providing false or misleading information to campus officials, including but not limited to Public Safety Officers and Resident Assistants.

  2. Failure to cooperate in an investigation.

  3. Failure to cooperate with a campus official acting within the scope of his/her duties, including but not limited to failure to provide identification when requested to do so.

  4. Disrespectful conduct towards a campus official acting within the scope of his/her duties.

  5. Failure to comply with a student conduct sanction, directive or mandate.

  6. Participation in an organization and/or demonstration which has not been approved.

  7. Failure to comply with the written or verbal directives of campus officials or other authorized individuals, including but not limited to Public Safety officers, Campus Life Coordinators, and Resident Assistants.

V. Violation of University or Campus Policies

This includes all policies communicated elsewhere in this Handbook, University or campus publications, verbal directives by campus officials or as posted by any department.

Honesty

In accordance with the LIU Ethos Statement, LIU students are expected to demonstrate actions that are honorable and ethical by complying with the principal of honesty. Examples of conduct inconsistent with this principal and which will require campus action are:

  1. Honesty & Integrity
  2. Dishonest behavior or actions displayed that are contrary to the LIU Ethos statement, including but not limited to plagiarism (the use of another person’s words or ideas represented as ones’ own work) and the reporting of inaccurate information to members of the campus   community.

  3. Forgery and Falsification of Records

    Falsification, forgery, modification or unauthorized use of any official campus document, record or property, including but not limited to identification cards, transcripts, examinations, registration forms, payroll sheets, parking decals and other any other official University or campus document.