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STUDENT JUDICIAL PROGRAMS

                                                                     A Principle Unit Within the Division of Student Affairs

     Article V. Prohibited Conduct

B. Rules and Regulations Any student found to have violated the following rules and regulations is subject to the sanctions outlined in Section C, below:

1. Violations of Fire and Safety Regulations.
This rule prohibits, but is not limited to, the following:
a) failure to comply with posted evacuation procedures;
b) tampering with fire protection apparatus;
c) possession, use, or threatened use of fireworks, bombs, or explosive devices of any character;
d) use of open flame devices or combustible materials, including chemicals, which endanger the safety or well being of the University community;
e) unauthorized use of, tampering with, or misuse of electrical equipment, burglar alarms, fire exits, or giving false alarms or false reports of fire or emergency; or,
f) Fire-setting.

2. Behavior Which Jeopardizes the Health or Safety of Self or Others.
This rule prohibits, but is not limited to, the following:
a) unauthorized/illegal possession, storage, or use of weapons or firearms (Possession of a license to possess or use a weapon shall not constitute a defense of any violation of this Rule, as the University reserves the right to restrict even licensed possession or licensed behavior when such restrictions adds to the protection of person or property of the University.);
b) acts, or threats, of physical assault or abuse;
c) sexual assault or rape (e.g., date, acquaintance or stranger);
d) violence;
e) failure to cease repetitive unwanted behavior directed toward a particular individual or individuals;
f) stalking;
g) sexual harassment;
h) sexual exploitation or misconduct;
i) suicide attempts;
j) disorderly conduct;
k) hazing;
l) forcible detention;
m) threatening behavior; 
n) indecent exposure;
o) alcohol poisoning;
p) drug overdose; or,
q) rioting.

3. Misconduct Involving Alcohol.
The University prohibits the unauthorized possession, use, or distribution of alcoholic beverages.  The University enforces all state and federal laws or regulations that regulate and control the sale or use of alcohol. Consistent with state laws, University policy, limits on-campus use of alcoholic beverages to specified areas and to persons of legal age (21 years old in the State of Maryland). This rule prohibits, but is not limited to, the following:
a) unauthorized or illegal use of any alcoholic beverages;
b) aiding or abetting an underage person in the purchase of alcoholic beverages;
c) disorderly conduct due all or in part to being under the influence of alcohol;
d) the possession, consumption, or distribution of alcohol in any University facility or event, except as provided by the institution, in accordance with state and local law;
e) misrepresentation of age to obtain alcoholic beverages;
f) providing alcohol to underage persons;
g) possession of an open alcohol container in a public area;
h) consumption of alcohol in a public area; or
i) possession, use, or distribution of alcohol by underage persons.

4. Misconduct Involving Illegal Drugs or Controlled Substances.
The University prohibits the possession, use, sale or distribution of illegal drugs or controlled substances and enforces all state and federal laws that prohibit the possession or sale of illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia. This rule prohibits, but is not limited to, the following:
a) possession, use, distribution, sale, manufacture, or processing of illegal or unprescribed narcotics, illegal drugs, hallucinogens, and controlled dangerous substances;
b) possession, use, or sale of drug paraphernalia;
c) possession, use, sale, or distribution of legal drugs which were not prescribed to the recipient or person in possession;
d) misuse of prescribed drugs or over the counter drugs; or
e) failure to take prescribed drugs or over the counter drugs as agreed between a University Official and the student.

5. Theft or Property Damage.
Intentional or negligent acts or attempted acts resulting in theft or property damage are prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to:
a) theft, vandalism, destruction, damage, abuse, or fraudulent use of University or private property, including University property, personal or University credit cards, and University funds; or
b) theft, destruction, damage, abuse, or fraudulent use of University services, including attendance in classes in which the student is not enrolled, computer, telephone, and mail services.

6. Unauthorized Entry or Presence in or on University Property.
This rule prohibits, but is not limited to, the following:
a) failure or refusal to leave University grounds, or a specific portion thereof, or a University facility when requested by an authorized University official; or
b) improper or unauthorized entry into a University building, facility, or campus residence.

7. Acts of Dishonesty or Falsifying University Records.
This rule prohibits, but is not limited to, the following:
a) falsifying, forging, altering, causing the alteration of, or furnishing false information (written or oral) on, or relative to, University records, or to University officials;
b) falsifying, forging, altering, causing the alteration of, or furnishing false information regarding identification cards, absence excuses, parking hangers, transcripts, grade reports, test papers, answer sheets, examinations, admissions or financial aid applications, registration materials, and computer records;
c) unauthorized possession or use of University records, documents, instruments, or property (e.g., identification card, key, meal card);
d) failure to provide student identification, or other identification, to University officials upon request;
e) providing false or misleading information on police reports, Residential Life Information Forms, or during testimony before the Parking Appeals Board; or
f) furnishing false information to any University official or office, g) misrepresenting ownership of University or private property (e.g. selling textbooks as an authorized owner/seller).

8. Failure to Meet Financial Obligations to the University.
This rule prohibits, but is not limited to, the following:
a) the failure to pay delinquent accounts, including parking violation fees, after the University has notified the student of the debt; or
b) the use of worthless checks, money orders, or credit cards in payment to the University for tuition, room and board, fees, library fines, traffic penalties, etc.

9. Disruption of Any University Activity.
This rule prohibits, but is not limited to, the following:
a) acts inhibiting, interfering with, obstructing, or damaging either (i) an academic activity (e.g., teaching, research, or University Administration) or organized student activity; or (ii) a campus resource relating to academic materials (e.g., library books, audiovisual materials and tapes);
b) any intentional act substantially interfering with the freedom of expression of others on University property or at University sponsored activities; or
c) activity which disrupts or interferes with normal University functions or operations.

10. Violations of Residential Life Policies, Rules and Regulations.
This rule prohibits the violation of Residential Life policies, rules, or regulations, as provided in the Guide to Community Living and the Residential Life license.

11. Gambling.
This rule prohibits, but is not limited to the following:
a) on campus gambling, including raffles, except when appropriate Baltimore County permits are obtained and filed in advance with the appropriate UMBC office;
b) pools and other bets on sporting events.

12. Violations of Federal, State, and Local Laws.
Students are responsible for knowing and observing all local, state and federal laws. Action by law enforcement agencies, or lack of such action, will not preclude action by the University as well, in the event the misconduct in question also constitutes a violation of this Code.

13. Violation of Published University Rules, Regulations or Policies.
Students are responsible for knowing and observing all published UMBC rules, regulations and policies.

14. Improper Uses of Computers and Technology.
This rule prohibits the breach of computer security, harmful or unauthorized access, unauthorized copying or distribution of programs and/or data, unauthorized transfer of programs and/or data access denial, or the attempt to commit such acts. See the UMBC Policy for Responsible Computing.

15. Abuse of the Student Conduct Review System.
This rule prohibits, but is not limited to, the following:
a) failure to obey a written Notice to Appear issued by the Director;
b) falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information before the Conduct Officer, Director, a Hearing Board or Appellate Board;
c) disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a Student Conduct Review;
d) referral of an allegation of misconduct known to be false;
e) attempting to discourage or influence an individual’s proper participation in, or use of, the Student Conduct Review System;
f) attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of a Hearing Board or Appellate Board prior to, and/or during the course of, the Student Conduct Review;
g) harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a member of a Hearing Board or Appellate Board, the Charging Party, a witness or victim, prior to, during the course of, or after the Student Conduct Review;
h) failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Code of Student Conduct; or
i) influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the Student Conduct Review System.

16. Failure to Comply with the Request of a University Official.
This rule prohibits, but is not limited to, the following:
a) failure to comply with a reasonable and lawful request or directions by a University official; or
b) interference with students, faculty, staff, or law enforcement officials acting in the performance of their official duties;
c) failure to comply with a Student Conduct Notification.

17. Skateboarding, Rollerblading, or Rollerskating in or Near a University Building.
This rule prohibits, but is not limited to, the following:
a) use of a skateboard, rollerblades, bicycles or rollerskates in a manner that may cause damage to University property; or
b) use of a wheeled device around University buildings in a manner that may cause injury to pedestrians.

18. Aiding or Abetting Misconduct.
This rule prohibits aiding or abetting misconduct by others which would be in violation of the rules outlined in this Code or of federal, state or local laws. Aiding is defined as acting with intentionality to directly assist another in the planning or commission of misconduct. Abetting is defined as the intentional encouragement of any action which assists or supports another in the achievement of misconduct, or of the intentional creation of the conditions necessary for misconduct to occur.

19. Violation of Copyright.
This rule prohibits, but is not limited to, the downloading or sharing of the intellectual property and copyrighted works of others without permission or consent of the copyright holder, including music, motion pictures, computer software, photos, data files, and configuration files and maps using UMBC computer resources.

C. Sanctions and Conditions

1. The following sanctions may be imposed upon any Charged Student, found to have violated the Code of Student Conduct:

a) Disciplinary Reprimand - This sanction indicates that the Charged Student’s “good standing” status is in jeopardy and further violations may result in Disciplinary Probation, Suspension, or Dismissal.
b) Disciplinary Probation - This sanction places the Charged Student on probationary status during which further violations of the Code of Student Conduct may result in Suspension or Dismissal.
c) Disciplinary Suspension - A sanction of suspension terminates a student's status as an enrolled student for either a specific or indefinite period of time. The suspension may take effect immediately, on some future date to be specified, or be held in abeyance. A suspended student is restricted from campus and may not be present on campus without specific written authorization from the Vice President for Student Affairs or designee. Any violation of this restriction shall subject the student to arrest for trespassing. A student who is suspended shall exit campus immediately upon receiving notice that the sanction of suspension has been imposed. University Police must accompany the student when retrieving personal belongings. This sanction is noted on the student’s transcript as “Disciplinary Suspension”. As described in Article VII, the Student may file a written request with the Office of Student Judicial Programs to have this notation expunged after the period of suspension has ended. Otherwise, the notation will remain on the student’s transcript unless the disciplinary file is expunged. A student under this sanction may reapply for admission after the designated number of semesters or years and must show cause why the behavior for which the student was suspended will not reoccur and that during the suspension the student has made positive contributions to society (e.g. through work, volunteer service, schooling, etc.).
d) Disciplinary Dismissal - A sanction of dismissal permanently terminates a student's status as an enrolled student. A dismissed student is restricted from campus and may not be on campus without specific written authorization from the Vice President for Student Affairs or designee. Any violation of this restriction shall subject the student to arrest for trespassing. A student who is dismissed shall exit campus immediately upon receiving notice that the sanction of dismissal has been imposed. University Police must accompany the student when retrieving personal belongings. This sanction is noted on the student’s transcript as “Disciplinary Dismissal” and will remain on the student’s transcript unless the disciplinary file is expunged.

2. The following conditions may be imposed, along with a sanction, for any Charged Student found to have violated the Code of Student Conduct. Conditions include, but are not limited to:
a) Financial restitution for any loss sustained or incurred by the institution or member(s) of the University community.
b) Community restitution.
c) Attendance at an alcohol and/or other drug education program.
d) Counseling Session.
e) Educational Project.
f) Suspension of computer account.
g) Restriction from specific University buildings, areas, or facilities.
h) Termination of UMBC Residence license.
i) Termination of Food Services contract.
j) Restriction or denial of campus driving privileges for disciplinary violations involving the use or registration of motor vehicles and parking permits.
k) No contact with designated persons.
l) Residential Life housing reassignment or loss of ability to re-license or reapply for UMBC housing.
m) Establishment of Educational Achievement Expectations.
n) Revocation or denial of degree/diploma.
o) Academic Registration block.
p) Monetary fines.
q) Loss of University privileges, including social privileges, athletic privileges, housing privileges, co-curricular privileges, facility-use privileges.
r) Residential Life Probation – This condition places the student on a notice that further violations may lead to the termination of the student’s UMBC Residential Life license.
s) Random Drug Testing.

3. Attempts to violate this Code are subject to sanctions to the same extent as completed violations.

4. Failure to complete a mandated sanction within the allotted time may result in administrative actions including but not limited to block on the student's ability to register for classes.

Student Judicial Programs
UMBC
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, Maryland 21250
Phone: 410-455-2453
Fax: 410-455-1456
conduct@umbc.edu