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Code of Conduct

LIU Post can make its maximum contribution as an institution of higher learning only if the highest standards are maintained by every member of the Campus community. Such is the spirit in which the rules and regulations set forth in the Code of Conduct have been formulated. Students have participated in their formulation. The Code expresses our commitment to the values of responsible freedom and interdependence. It expresses our concern for the right to privacy and safety, as well as personal responsibilities, and responsibilities to one another. It is designed to assure respect and equitable treatment of all individuals. It is designed to ensure that student life at LIU Post can develop in an atmosphere conducive to learning and personal growth. The LIU Post Student Code of Conduct is founded on the principles of student conduct set forth in the Division of Student Affairs’ Ethos Statement: 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 Campus must expect that appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.

LIU Post students are expected to escort their guests at all times on Campus, and are therefore responsible for the actions of their guests. As such, LIU Post will take disciplinary action against students for violations committed by their guests.

The Campus reserves the right to change the policy. The Campus may suspend or expel a student under this policy. The Campus recognizes that Campus disciplinary jurisdiction rarely extends to off-campus activities. In general, no action will be initiated in cases of alleged off-campus infractions except in cases where individuals are acting on behalf of the Campus or where alleged actions give cause for concern for the safety or welfare of the Campus community.

Students are accountable for adhering to all regulations in the LIU Post Student Handbook. An updated version can be accessed at www.liu.edu by clicking on LIU Post and then Student Life and Services.

LIU Post students taking classes at other campuses of Long Island University and students from other campuses of Long Island University who are taking classes at LIU Post who are involved in disciplinary matters may be subject to disciplinary sanctions on both campuses. The offices of the Assistant Provost for Student Affairs at LIU Post and the Associate Provost and/or Dean of Students at the appropriate campus shall confer in such instances and determine the appropriate course of action.

Action involving non-academic conduct is the responsibility of the Office for Student Affairs through the Assistant Provost for Student Affairs. Examples of violations of the Code of Conduct are listed below, framed by the principles of the Ethos Statement. (For additional information and for specific listings, please refer to the referenced section contained within this Handbook or other University or Campus publications.)

RESPECT FOR ONESELF

In accordance with our Campus Ethos Statement, LIU Post 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. (See Campus Policy section of this Handbook)
  2. The sale, purchase, possession, presence of, or use of any illegal drug(s) and/or drug paraphernalia

C. Conduct Unbecoming a Student

  1. Behavioral characteristics or actions demonstrated by a student, which are contrary to the Division of Student Affairs’ Ethos Statement
  2. Public Lewdness

D. Violation of the Cyber Community Policy. (see Campus Policy section of this Handbook)

RESPECT FOR OTHERS

In accordance with our Campus Ethos Statement, LIU Post 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 speech of an offensive nature when it targets a particular individual or group (ex. “hate speech”). This includes harassment or an attempt to harass via electronic e-mails, text messages and/or instant messages
  2. Violation of Harassment Policy (See Campus Policy section of this Handbook)
  3. Violation of Discrimination Policy (See Campus Policy section of this Handbook)
  4. Violation of the Profanity in Student Media Policy (see Campus Policy section of this Handbook)
  5. Violation of the Roommate Bill of Rights (see Campus Policy section of this Handbook-Residence Life Policies)
  6. Violation of the Cyber Community Policy (see Campus Policy section of this 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, 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 this Handbook)

I. Theft and/or Possession of Stolen Property

  1. Theft or other misuse of property
  2. Possession of stolen goods
    a. 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 coereced 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. (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 section of this Handbook)

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
    a. Inappropriate use or tampering with fire extinguishers, fire hoses, or any other safety apparatus
    b. Obstructing a door so as to prohibit or encourage direct entrance to and/or exit from a room or building
    c. Covering overhead lights, doorways, smoke detectors, sprinkler system, air conditioning units, walls sockets, etc
    d. Wall covering of any kind exceeding 5’x7’ and/or hanging any item from the ceiling.
    e. Possessing water filled or lofted beds
  6. Failure to evacuate during a fire alarm
  7. 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 Quad, Riggs Park, alcoves and building front steps, parking areas, roadways and other grounds in, adjacent to or around the residence halls
    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 our Campus Ethos Statement, LIU Post students are expected to demonstrate actions that reflect the responsible use of Campus property, environement 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
    a. Chalking or defacing of property with various materials
  2. Destroying the property of another person
  3. Littering on Campus
    a. 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
    a. Unauthorized use of computers and/or peripheral systems
    b. Unauthorized access/alteration to computer programs or files
    c. Unauthorized duplicating or use of computer programs files
    d. Making unauthorized changes to a computer account, or other deliberate action which disrupts the operation of computer systems serving other students or the University community

RESPECT FOR AUTHORITY

In accordance with our Campus Ethos Statement, LIU Post 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, 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
    a. Entering or exiting through a window
    b. Entering anytime or exiting through a residence hall through a side door between 5:00 PM and 7:00 AM
    c. 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
  7. Failure to abide by the Residence Life Visitation Policy (see Campus Policy Section of this Handbook – Residence Life Policies)

P. Smoking

Violation of Smoking Policy (See Campus Policy section of this Handbook)

Q. Traffic Regulations

  1. Violation of Campus traffic regulations
  2. Flagrant and/or frequent traffic offenses

R. Solicitation/Commercial Activities

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 Office of Student Affairs

  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 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

S. Gambling

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

T. Failure to Cooperate

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

U. 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 our Campus Ethos Statement, LIU Post 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:

V. Honesty & Integrity

Dishonest behavior or actions displayed that are contrary to the Division of Student Affairs’ 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.

Cases of academic plagiarim are adjudicated under the Academic Conduct Policy.  Any questions regarding academic conduct should be referred to the Department Chair or Dean.

W. 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