Student Code of Conduct
I. Standards of Conduct
The following forms of conduct are prohibited by any West Chester University student
or organization on University property, off University property, or at University
functions and are subject to disciplinary action:
- Any student or student group committing an act in violation of the Student Code of
Conduct shall be subject to disciplinary action.
- Any student or student group who aids, abets, encourages, requests, initiates, assists,
or has knowledge of any other student, nonstudent, or student group in acts which
violate this document or participates in a violation of this document shall be subject
to disciplinary action as if the student or student group has actually committed the
- Any violation of the Student Code of Conduct by a student or members of a student
group may result in both the group and the members involved in the misconduct to be
subject to disciplinary action.
- All statements made by a student relative to a case may be used in any disciplinary
- Students may be charged with violations of the Student Code of Conduct for misconduct
occurring off University property when such conduct interferes with the educational
objectives of the University community.
- Charges brought under this document may be applied concurrently with any civil or
criminal prosecution brought against a student or group.
- Off-Campus Behavior and the Student Code of Conduct:
Students are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with federal, state, and
local laws and ordinances. Violations of these laws and ordinances may be subject
to University action.
- When a student is charged with violating federal, state, or local laws or ordinances
at a location off campus, disciplinary action may be taken and sanctions imposed for
misconduct that demonstrates a disregard for the University community and community
- University disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with
violating laws or ordinances, when such conduct also violates the Student Code of
Conduct if both violations result from the same factual situation. The University
will determine whether action under the Student Code of Conduct will be carried out
before, simultaneously, or following civil or criminal proceedings.
- When federal, state, or local authorities charge a student with violating laws or
ordinances, the University will not request or agree to special consideration for
that individual because of their status as a student. The University may advise off-campus
authorities of the existence of the Student Code of Conduct and how such matters will
be handled internally within the University.
- Violations of the Student Code of Conduct:
- Infliction of Harm - Commission of any act which results in or which may result in the infliction of
pain, injurt or damage to any person or property by willful and deliberate means or
through negligence. This offense includes (a) assault and/or abuse; (b) the attempted
assault or abuse; or (c) reckless behavior, but not accidental, which may result in
injuries to oneself or others. In the absence of extraordinary or mitigating circumstances,
a sanction of suspension or expulsion may be imposed on any student found responsible
- Threat of Harm - (a) behavior that intimidates, harasses or intends to inflict pain, injury, or
damage to another person or property, (b) behavior described in 2(a) directed toward
any party or witness, or their property, involved in a university conduct violation
or police case, with the intent of influencing outcomes or for retaliation, (c) behavior
directed toward a University employee related to the performance of their job, or
(d) hazing of any student, employee or officer of the University, or organization.
This includes conveyance of threats through electronic means.
- Theft - (a) theft or attempted theft of the property or services of the University, any
organization, or any individual, by means of taking, deceiving, misappropriating,
or misusing; and/or (b) possession of stolen property and/or receiving stolen property.
- Vandalism - the intentional and/or reckless, but not accidental destruction of property; damaging,
destroying, defacing, tampering, misuse, or abuse of University property, or the property
of any person or business.
- Weapons - Use, possession, or transportation of (a) fireworks, (b) firearms, (c) knives,
(d) paintball or BB guns, (e) explosives, (f) ammunition, (g) weapons, or (h) any
item which has been modified or adapted so that it can be used as a weapon, or any
item which has been used as a weapon.
- Fire Safety - Violation of safety regulations including, but not limited to, (a) setting unauthorized
fires, (b) tampering with fire safety systems, fire fighting equipment and/or defibrillators
or rendering such equipment inoperable, (c) turning in false fire alarms by any means
of communication, (d) tampering with or improper use of campus emergency phones, (e)
failure to evacuate facilities upon the sounding of a fire alarm/drill, or (f) creating
any hazardous condition that endangers the health and safety of others.
- Alcohol and/or Alcohol Containers - West Chester University is a dry campus, so any violation of the University's alcohol
policy, as set forth in the Ram's Eye View Student Handbook, shall be construed as
a violation of this section. Any off-campus violation is a violation of this section
when such off-campus use violates local, state, or federal laws. Exceptions to the
alcohol violation are noted in the Medical Amnesty Policy. This section shall include,
but is not limited to, (a) display of empty alcohol containers in any University facility,
residence hall, or any affiliated University housing, (b) sale, exchange, use, possession,
or consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus over 21 years of age, (c) underage
use, possession, or consumption of alcoholic beverages, (d) open containers of alcoholic
beverages, (e) public intoxication, and (f) driving under the influence. As it is
a violation of this policy to possess alcohol, demonstrating that a student has knowledge
of the location of alcohol and/or the intent to exercise control over the alcohol
shall constitute possession. In the absence of extraordinary or mitigating circumstances,
a sanction of suspension or expulsion may be imposed on any student found responsible
of (g) selling and/or furnishing alcohol to minors.
MEDICAL AMNESTY POLICY
West Chester University's priority is for the safety and well-being of the students
who attend the University. As such, medical amnesty is in effect to ensure those students who seek assistance for another individual
who may have consumed excessive alcohol will turn to the appropriate personnel to
seek emergency medical assistance without fear of being cited by the policy for 18
PACSA § 6308 and/or facing University charges for violation of Student Code of Conduct,
I.C. 7c, Alcohol - Underage. In order for a student to receive medical amnesty, the
student seeking assistance for a person under the influence of alcohol must:
Please keep in mind that medical amnesty is not intended to shield or protect students
from other violations of the Student Code of Conduct related to the incident, or protect
students who repeatedly violate the Code.
- Call 911 or Public Safety, Police or Emergency Services based on a reasonable belief
that another person is in need of immediate medical assistance;
- Reasonably believe that they were the first person to make the 911 call or a call
to Public Safety, Police or Emergency Services and reported that a person needed immediate
- Provide their own name to the 911 operator or to the Public Safety, Police or Emergency
- Remain with the person needing medical assistance until emergency health care providers
have arrived and taken care of the person in need of medical assistance.
- Drugs and/or Drug Paraphernalia - Students who exhibit drug use or abuse or any other violation of the University's
drug policy, as set forth in the Ram's Eye View Student Handbook, shall be considered
in violation of this section. This includes, but is not limited to, (a) possession
or use of any illegal or controlled substance, drug, and/or (b) possession of drug
paraphernalia, (c) possession of a significant quantity, distribution, or sale of
drugs, and/or (d) driving under the influence. Any off-campus violation is a violation
of this section when such off-campus use or possession is in violation of local, state,
or federal laws. Demonstrating that a student has knowledge of the location of any
illegal or controlled substance, drug or drug paraphernalia, and/or the intent to
exercise control over such items shall constitute possession. Use of legal or prescribed
substances (e.g., inhalants) in a fashion designed to alter one's mental or physical
state will be considered reckless behavior as described in the Infliction of Harm
section (see I.C.1.c).
- Noncommercial Literature Distribution, Nonsponsored Presentations or Demonstrations - Any violation of the University's policy on Non-commercial Literature or Non-sponsored
Presentations or Demonstrations on campus, set forth in the Ram's Eye View Student Handbook (http://www.wcupa.edu/_services/stu/ramsEyeView/policies.aspx), shall be construed as a violation of this section.
- Hazing - Any violation of the University's Anti-Hazing Policy, set forth in the Ram's Eye View Student Handbook (http://www.wcupa.edu/_services/stu/ramsEyeView/policies.aspx), shall be construed as a violation of this section.
- Computer Use - Any violation of the University's policy on Acceptable Computer Use, as set forth
in the Ram's Eye View Student Handbook (http://www.wcupa.edu/_services/stu/ramsEyeView/policies.aspx), shall be construed as a violation of this section.
- Solicitation - Any violation of the University Commercial Advertising and Sales Policy as set
forth in the Ram's Eye View Student Handbook (http://www.wcupa.edu/_services/stu/ramsEyeView/policies.aspx), shall be construed as a violation of this section.
- Gambling - Any form of gambling is prohibited unless a license has been secured and approval
to solicit has been granted by the appropriate University office. Gambling consists
of a consideration or fee for the chance to win a prize, the winner of which is determined
- Disruptive Conduct, Harassment and Intimidation - (a) engaging in conduct that is disorderly, unnecessarily disturbs others, and/or
is disruptive to the normal practices, processes, and functions of the University
or local municipalities, (b) engaging in conduct that is harassing, intimidating or
threatening, or (c) engaging in conduct that constitutes unlawful discrimination based
on another person's race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender odentity, religion,
creed, age, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, or veteran status, disability
or any other legally protected class. This includes conduct through electronic means.
- Academic Integrity - Any violation of this policy shall be processed according to the Academic Integrity
Policy as set forth in the West Chester University Undergraduate Catalog.
- Dishonesty - Making, using, or possessing any falsified document or record; altering or forging
any University document or record, including identification, meal or access cards,
and parking permits; providing false statements during any police proceeding, and
the misrepresentation of oneself or of an organization as an agency of the University
by any of the means identified above.
- Trespassing - Unauthorized entry, use, or occupancy of any building, structure, facility, or
the property of others or unauthorized use of University grounds.
- Guide to Residential Living and/or Student Occupancy Agreement - Students are expected to treat each other, as well as professional and student
staff members, with respect at all times and to adhere to residence life regulations. Students
residing in University Affiliated Housing are expected to abide by the terms of the
Housing Occupancy Agreement. Violations of this offense include, but are not limited
to, the following: (a) guest visitation policy, including but not limited to extended
visits, lack of roommate consent, number of allowable guests, and responsibility for
actions of guests, (b) cooking, (c) use and/or possession of incendiary or combustible
materials and devices, (d) removal or tampering with window screens, (e) Courtesy/Quiet
Hours Policy as defined by the Guide, (f) entry or exit of a residence hall through
any door or opening other than those so designated at any time, (g) athletic activity
that may result in harm or disruption to residents and/or building facilities/fire
protection systems, and/or (h) any other reasonably publicized housing-related policies.
- Community Responsibility - Students who engage in off campus behavior that is disruptive to the West Chester
community, including: a) noise as defined by the LOCAL Noise Ordinance; b) fire, health, zoning, building and safety codes, including occupancy
limits as defined by the municipality; c) litter, trash and garbage (refer to the
off campus regulations for trash disposal and be aware of your neighborhood's trash
collection schedule); d) failure to take proactive steps to manage the conduct of
guests, including measures that reduce the risk of harm, and, e) failure to engage
in mediating and resolving problems or concerns with neighbors in a timely and civil
- Failure to Comply - (a) willful obstruction and/or failure to comply with the legitimate oral or written
directives of properly authorized persons, including police and/or a duly-authorized
University official acting in performance of their prescribed duty, (b) failure to
provide a valid West Chester University student identification card or other valid
identification upon the request of a duly-authorized University official, (c) failure
of the accused to appear when given advance written notice by a University official,
hearing officer, University Hearing Board, or University Appeals Board concerning
a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, and/or (d) failure to comply with all
regulations regarding conduct on or off campus not cited in the Student Code of Conduct
when such regulations have been reasonably publicized.
- Sanction Violation - Violations of a University sanction, including (a) violation of the terms of a
sanction, which includes failure to complete any specified condition or assignment
of a sanction, or (b) violating the Student Code of Conduct while on disciplinary
- Guest Policy - Guests are expected to abide by University policies while visiting the campus.
Students may be held responsible for the actions of their guests when such conduct
violates the Student Code of Conduct.
- Sexual Misconduct -(a) Sexual Harassment, (b) Sexual Assault, (c) Sexual Exploitation, (d) Stalking,
(e) Dating Violence, (f) Domestic Violence. More specific violation definitions can
be found in the West Chester University’s Sexual Harassment or Sexual Misconduct
Policies as set forth in the Ram’s Eye View Student Handbook or in the full version of the Sexual Misconduct Policy.
SEXUAL MISCONDUCT PROCESS
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