This section of the Catalog identifies the expectations of students as members of the Spalding community. Students are responsible for knowing and behaving consistently with these expectations as well as federal, state and local laws. These expectations apply to behavior on university property and at all university-sponsored activities held off campus. If a violation occurs off campus and is in no way related to an activity of the University, disciplinary proceedings will normally not be initiated by the University unless the nature of the violation is such that the continued attendance of the student is judged detrimental to the University or to the safety of others. Students who are believed to have assisted in a violation of these responsibilities may be held liable for a violation to the same extent as the person(s) committing the violation. The following behaviors constitute violations of student responsibilities:
- Deceit of any kind, including, but not limited to
- Acts of academic dishonesty as indicated in the Policy on Academic Integrity.
- Forgery, alteration or misuse of university documents, records, equipment or identification cards. This includes unauthorized access to university computers or use of university computer equipment to secure unauthorized access to non-university computers. It also includes misuse of all other university equipment, including software, videos, audio-visual equipment, cameras, and telephony.
- Failure to present proper identification upon request by university officials, including safety and security personnel who have identified themselves and have given reason for the request.
- Disrespect to persons or property of others including, but not limited to
- Physical, psychological, or sexual harassment or abuse of any member of the university community, or the threat of such abuse, wherever it may occur.
- Discrimination or harassment, which is defined as any person's conduct that unreasonably interferes with a member of the university community's status or performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment. Discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, military status, veteran status or other protected status includes offensive or demeaning treatment of an individual, where such treatment is based typically on prejudiced stereotypes of a group to which that individual may belong. It includes, but is not limited to, objectionable epithets, threatened or actual physical harm or abuse, or other intimidating or insulting conduct directed against the individual because of such individual's race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, military status, veteran status or other protected status.
- Intentional physical assault or injury to another person.
- Intentional damage, destruction, misuse or theft of university or another person's property.
- Participation in acts of vandalism as an individual or as a member of a group.
- Conduct that substantially disrupts or materially interferes with university activities or that reasonably leads university authorities to forecast such disruption or interference.
- Unauthorized entrance into or occupancy of any administrative office, classroom, or other university facility.
- Failure to respond to disciplinary action by the University, including, but not limited to
- Failure to carry out assigned disciplinary sanctions.
- Failure to attend obligatory disciplinary conferences.
- Violations of federal, state, local law or university regulations, including but not limited to
- Possession, use, sale, or distribution of narcotics or other controlled substances on the university campus or at any university-sponsored, off-campus function, except when such possession or use is prescribed by a licensed physician or permitted by law.
- The following conduct related to alcohol use is prohibited:
- Possessing or consuming alcohol if under the legal age.
- Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
- Misrepresenting one's age for the purposes of purchasing or consuming alcohol.
- Possessing, furnishing or consuming alcohol in university buildings or on university grounds unless approval has been obtained from the Dean of Students.
- Possessing a common source of alcohol (i.e. kegs, beer bongs, or their equivalent).
- Purchasing, furnishing, or serving alcohol as a legal-aged student to a minor.
- Being dangerously intoxicated to the point where state law mandates a person being taken into custody.
- Possession of firearms, explosives, or other dangerous weapons likely to cause harm to another.
- Misuse of fire safety equipment.
Students are expected to comply with federal, state and local laws. The University cooperates fully with law enforcement authorities. Any student convicted of a criminal offense (which occurred while such individual was a student) may be subject to disciplinary action by the University over and above any legally-imposed fine, penalty or prison sentence, up to and including expulsion. It is the University's policy to prohibit convicted felons from participating in intercollegiate athletics on behalf of the University. A student who has been convicted of a felony may submit a written request for an exemption from this policy to the Dean of Students or his or her designee. The University will examine the nature of the felony conviction when determining eligibility to play on a Spalding intercollegiate athletic team and will respond in writing to any request within 30 days.
In addition, the University reserves the right to impose sanctions on any student whose conduct is inconsistent with the goals, ethical norms, and moral values of a Catholic University. It further reserves the right to impose sanctions on any student whose off-campus activities are such that they bring discredit to the University. Individual schools or academic programs may have more stringent standards where student responsibilities are concerned.
Procedures & Sanctions for Violations of Student Responsibilities
Proceedings begin when a student, staff, faculty, community member, or university security officer witnesses or becomes aware of an incident, situation, or behavior that appears to be a violation of Student Responsibilities. An individual wishing to report such a violation should contact the appropriate authority (i.e., academic/administrative unit, faculty member, Campus Security official or Student Life and Development personnel). The individual reporting the violation should describe, in writing, the pertinent facts and the names of persons involved. If the incident is deemed sufficiently serious and a representative of the appropriate office considers the report to indicate probable violation of the code of student rights and responsibilities, the incident will be investigated by the designated faculty or staff member.
Categories of Violations