Student Code of Conduct
Limestone University has the right and responsibility to provide an environment that is conducive to students’ freedom to grow and learn. In order to safeguard this freedom, the University defines and delineates standards of conduct for members of the campus community. Every student who attends Limestone University, by virtue of enrollment, has agreed to comply with these standards and, therefore, to be a cooperative member of the campus community.
The University is committed to maintaining an environment on campus that is safe and secure. In this attempt, the University will exercise any means available to ensure this commitment. Students charged with a violation of campus policy are subject to the disciplinary process and penalties ascribed for violations of the Student Conduct Code. In incidents that violate local, state, and federal laws, the subject will be referred accordingly. All students charged with an alleged violation are guaranteed certain rights including the right of appeal. In cases where a student is a danger to himself/herself, others, and/or property, the President, Provost, or Associate Provost reserves the right to impose a penalty that is effective immediately with the right of appeal suspended until the threat of danger has been eliminated.
Students are expected to know and abide by all the standards, rules and regulations that are published in, but not restricted to, the Student Handbook and the Academic Catalog. Students who fail or refuse to comply with these standards will be subject to penalties that may include permanent dismissal from the University.
Standards of Conduct: Charges may result from violations of Sections and/or more specific Codes. A student may be charged for the following:
Section 1.0 Failure to comply with the responsibilities of citizenship; violations of federal, state, or local law
Section 2.0 Cheating; plagiarism; forgery; knowingly furnishing false information
Section 3.0 Theft; unauthorized possession; damaging, or misusing the property of others
Code 3.1 Unauthorized appropriation of the property of another
Code 3.2 Forgery or the misuse of Non-transferable Documents or Instruments
Code 3.3 Unauthorized possession and/or use of phone codes, calling cards, credit cards, computer accounts and passwords
Code 3.4 Unauthorized possession and/or use of room keys, building keys, or passkeys Code 3.5 Unauthorized use of cable television service
Section 4.0 Physical or sexual assault; battery; physical or verbal abuse of any person or conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person on or off University property
Code 4.1 Verbal abuse is the intentional use of obscene, profane or derogatory language, or the intentional use of an abusive tone or manner directed toward an individual or individuals
Code 4.2 Harassment is any action, verbal or nonverbal, directed against an individual or individuals, with the intent to berate, humiliate or torment that individual or individuals
Code 4.3 Threat of physical abuse is conduct that indicates, or reasonably could be understood to indicate, either through speech or actions or a combination of both, an intent to physically injure an individual or individuals
Code 4.4 Endangering conduct is any act that imperils or jeopardizes the health or safety of any person or persons
Code 4.5 Physical abuse is any action that physically injures or inflicts physical discomfort on an individual or individuals
Code 4.6 Making or being involved in the making of prank or unwanted phone calls is unacceptable.
Code 4.7 Pranks and careless or irresponsible behaviors which cause or have the potential for causing damage to University or personal property, personal injuries, or which infringe upon the rights of others is unacceptable, including, but not limited to water fights, shaving cream battles, indoor sports, etc.
Code 4.8 Unwanted attempts of contact (verbal or nonverbal), unwanted advances, and/or stalking is prohibited on University owned or controlled property
Section 5.0 Using, possessing, manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, or being under the influence of alcohol on University-owned property or controlled property, or during University-sponsored activity on and off campus. Possession of kegs or other alcohol containers, empty or containing alcohol, is prohibited on University-owned property or controlled property. If you have knowledge that alcohol is in the room, whether it’s yours or not, you are responsible.
*It is the policy of Limestone University to notify the parent(s) or nearest relative of any student who is found guilty of second and additional alcohol and drug violations. The parent or nearest relative will be notified of the first alcohol or drug violation if the incident involved property damage or personal injury.
Section 6.0 Using, possessing, manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, or being under the influence of unlawful drugs and/or possession of drug-related paraphernalia, on University-owned property or controlled property, or during University-sponsored activity on and off campus. If you have knowledge that unlawful drugs and/or drug-related paraphernalia are in the room, whether it’s yours or not, you are responsible.
Upon probable cause, students are subject to drug testing by a University official. Refusal to comply with testing when it is requested will be considered a violation of the University’s policy against usage. Being in the presence of, using, possessing, or procuring illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia, and the improper use of prescription drugs is prohibited. Drug testing may be required when a student exhibits behavior that indicates there may be use of illegal drugs. Such “for cause” situations include, but are not limited to: 1) erratic behavior; 2) violent behavior, including altercations; 3) changes in behavior; 4) evidence of physical symptoms associated with drug use; 5) anything that can give someone a reasonable, sincere belief that the individual is illegally using drugs.
Section 7.0 Disorderly conduct or breach of peace on University-owned or controlled property, or during University sponsored or supervised activities on and off campus.
Code 7.1 Disruptive behavior is any behavior that, in the instructor’s judgment, interferes with the ability to conduct class or the students’ ability to benefit from the learning environment.
Section 8.0 Unauthorized use of or entry to University building or facilities.
Code 8.1 No objects may be thrown or dropped from windows, roofs, balconies, or other elevated areas.
Code 8.2 Climbing, rappelling or related activity is prohibited on campus buildings or structures.
Code 8.3 Bicycling, skateboarding, rollerblading, and roller-skating are prohibited in all buildings and structures on University property.
Code 8.4 Propping exterior residence hall doors with rugs, fire extinguishers, chairs, etc and/or altering a door’s locking mechanism is prohibited.
Section 9.0 Obstruction or disruption of teaching, administration, or disciplinary proceeding; riots, unauthorized or unlawful demonstrations
Section 10.0 Failure to comply with directives of University officials or disciplinary boards; refusal to respond to a request to report to a University administrative officer, disciplinary hearings, or any summons by authorized University officials
Code 10.1 Failure to give identification to University officials upon request
Code 10.2 Failure to exit a building, facility, or other designated area of campus when directed to do so by a University official
Code 10.3 Inappropriate behavior or tone of voice during judicial proceedings or in meetings with University officials
Code 10.4 Inappropriate behavior, gesture, or tone of voice directed towards a University official
Section 11.0 Violation of University policies and regulations; inciting others to commit or attempting to commit violations of University policies and regulations
Code 11.1 Failure to adhere to University Quiet Hour Policy
Code 11.2 Failure to adhere to University Visitation Hour Policy
Section 12.0 Arson; falsely reporting emergencies; tampering with fires extinguishers; hoses; or other emergency equipment; failure to evacuate in response to a fire alarm
Code 12.1 Deactivation of residence hall room and common area smoke detectors Code 12.2 False activation of fire alert systems
Code 12.3 Use of candles, incense, or other open flame objects in University owned or controlled buildings
Code 12.4 Use of halogen lights in residence hall rooms
Section 13.0 Use, possession, or distribution on campus of firearms, ammunition or shell-casings, air guns, explosives, fireworks, knives, other weapons or facsimile thereof
Section 14.0 Obscene, lewd, or immoral conduct that is offensive to the prevailing standards of the University community
Code 14.1 Inappropriate use of, or display of, obscenities, verbal or nonverbal, on University owned or controlled property
Section 15.0 Aiding, abetting or inciting others in violations of University policies and regulations or federal, state or local laws; being present without being directly involved, but failing to take preventative action or to inform University officials.
Section 16.0 Registration of parole or probation status:
Code 16.1 Limestone University students who are under the supervision of a federal or state probation or parole officer at the time of their admission to the University must report their status to the Office of Student Life within 15 days following registration.
Code 16.2 Any student who is subsequently placed on probation or parole must report this to the Office of Student Life within 15 days following the date the student is placed on probation or parole.
Section 17.0 Respect for privacy. Misuse of recording devices and/or photographic devices.
Code 17.1 Students are expected to respect the privacy of fellow students, faculty, and staff. Surreptitious use of recording and/or photographic devices are strictly prohibited.
Section 18 Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material (music, movies, etc…) through use of file-sharing programs on our network is strictly prohibited. Violators could face institutional files and/or loss network access and may even be subject to civil and criminal penalties such as fines and/or imprisonment. For detailed information concerning this policy, as well as legal alternatives visit www.limestone.edu/p2pcompliance.