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Student Code of Conduct Violations

Behavior that violates the Student of Conduct listed here and elsewhere will be subject to disciplinary action through the appropriate judicial process. If it is determined that a group is responsible for a violation, either by direct involvement or by condoning, encouraging or covering up the violation, appropriate action will be taken with respect to the group as well as to the individuals involved.

Student Conduct Violations Point System

The points system was developed to make the student conduct sanctioning process clearer, more consistent, and more foreseeable for students. Under the points system, a student found responsible for violating University policy is assigned points according to the table of violations provided. Points and/or other sanctions are assigned at the conclusion of the Student Conduct hearing process. The points are cumulative over the course of the academic year (fall- spring, spring-fall). Previous violations are always considered before points and/or sanctions are assigned for violations. Each new academic year, students may have the opportunity to participate in service activities or other restorative justice practices, to reduce the number of student conduct points attached to their disciplinary record.

Conduct Violations

Point Range

Alcohol 

1-5 points

Disorderly Conduct     

1-10 points

Dress Code

1 points

Drugs 

3-10 points

Endangering Safety/Welfare

5-10 points

Failure to Comply    

1-10 points

Fire/Fire Safety

8-10 points

Hazing  (Zero Tolerance) 

10 points

Housing Policy Violations

1-5 points

Improper Conduct 

1-10 points

Improper Guest Behavior

1-5 points

Involvement in any conduct code violation (listed or unlisted)

1-10 points

Misuse of Technology

1-10 points

Misrepresentation

5-10 points

Pet Violations 

1-5 points

Physical Abuse/Fighting   

5-10 points

Sexual Assault (Zero Tolerance)

10 points

Theft

8-10 points

Tobacco/Smoke Violation   

1-5 points

Vandalism

8-10 points

Verbal Abuse/Threats    

3-5 points

Weapon - Non firearm

5-10 points

Weapon: Firearms  (Zero Tolerance) 

10 points

Student Conduct Violations

Alcohol

This policy reflects local and state laws governing the use and distribution of alcohol, recognizing the rights of individuals who are 21-years-old or older to consume alcohol in a legal manner. The University expects community members to abide by the laws of Virginia and the policies of the University.  Students who are of the legal drinking age may consume alcohol if they wish, but they may not do so inside of University controlled residential units. Students who are of the legal drinking age may not serve alcohol to minors. Improper behavior and/or illegal conduct that is the result of consumption or possession of alcohol on or off campus is a violation of the code of conduct. Alcohol is not allowed on University property unless there is an authorized program. Parents/ guardians may be contacted if a VUU student is found responsible for alcohol and/or drug violation.

Disorderly Conduct
Behavior that disturbs and disrupts the orderly functioning of the University to include, but not limited to: obstruction, disrespect or disruption of University activities, classroom instruction or any other University sponsored event, profanity, lewd or obscene conduct or behavior, gambling, distributing printed material that is libelous or that encourages violation of public laws or University policies, damage to University property or University community member’s property, and or excessive or disruptive noise.

Drugs
The unlawful possession, use, manufacture, distribution or dispensing of a controlled drug on the properties of Virginia Union University, is prohibited. Students found in violation may be referred for criminal prosecution.  The use, possession, cultivation, or distribution of drugs including marijuana in VUU housing, on VUU property, or at VUU events and activities is prohibited. Parents/ guardians may be contacted if a VUU student is found responsible for alcohol and/or drug violation.
Note:
Students will not be subjected to disciplinary sanctions for voluntarily seeking assistance for a substance abuse problem.

Endangering Safety and Welfare
Reckless or willful conduct, displaying conduct or behavior that is deemed by administration to threaten or endanger the health and or safety of oneself or others. Tampering with, misusing, abusing, or altering any safety equipment or devices, including but not limited to, fire extinguishers, elevators, emergency telephones, elevators, etc is prohibited.

Failure to Comply
Failure to comply with directives of University official acting in the performance of his or her duties. Students are required to identify themselves by furnishing a VUU identification card when requested by a University official. Violation of a sanction(s) by failing to comply with disciplinary conditions as imposed by OSIC.

Fire/Fire Safety
Behavior including, but not limited to:  actions that result in a fire, a false fire alarm, falsely reporting the presence of an unlawful explosive, or unnecessarily discharging a fire extinguisher.

Hazing
Hazing is defined as any planned action or created situation on or off campus that is demeaning to an individual, produces mental or physical duress, harassment or ridicule which recklessly endangers the health or safety or scholastic pursuits of an individual.  Prohibited acts committed for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a group or organization or student group.  Examples of hazing include, but are not limited to, beating, sleep deprivation or causing excessive fatigue; threats of harm, forcing or coercing consumption of food, water, alcohol or other drugs or substances; verbal abuse, humiliation, the compromising of moral or religious values,   or degrading acts.  Lastly, placing an individual in physical danger (at risk) which includes abandonment, and impairment of physical liberties which include curfews or other interference with academic endeavors.

Hazing in any form is prohibited in accordance with the law as established by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The University will take disciplinary action against any individual(s) or organization(s) where sufficient evidence of hazing is found.  Sanctions may include probation, suspension, or expulsion.

Housing Policy Violations
Violation of policies and regulations as stipulated in the Residence Life & Housing Handbook.

Improper Conduct
Behavior that is a misrepresentation of University values to include inappropriate and offensive comments and behavior, furnishing or intentionally providing false information to a University official, representing the University without specific prior consent, initiating or participating in unauthorized gatherings, unauthorized collection of monies or promotions on campus, misuse of a motor vehicle, unauthorized use of university facilities (buildings and grounds), unauthorized entry into University facilities and unauthorized possession or transfer of keys to University facilities, including residence hall rooms, failure to surrender keys, violation of any federal, state or local law that has a negative impact on the University or members of the University community is strictly prohibited.

Improper Guest Behavior
Student or Student Organizations whose guest behavior is in violation of the VUU Code of Conduct to include failure to monitor the behavior of guest(s).

Misrepresentation
Lying or furnishing false information to University officials, including RAs, knowingly misrepresenting facts pertaining to University procedures, falsifying academic products, possessing or displaying any form of false identification or any identification not one’s own, assuming or attempting to assume the identity of another person, forgery.

Misuse of Technology
Using technology to include any form of social media and or electronic devices in a threatening, harassing or bullying manner, using technology in a way that is inappropriate or offensive to students, faculty or staff or in ways that interfere with the University’s technological infrastructure, using University owned devices to access pornographic content, use of someone else’s University email account, gaining or attempting to gain unauthorized access to a computer facility or software,  illegally using copyrighted software and materials on University information systems, knowingly engaging in any activity harmful to the information system.

The University strictly prohibits the misuse of social media and other technology platforms to harm and disrespect others, also known as cyberbullying. This behavior includes, but is not limited to: sending mean, threatening or harassing messages to another person through texts, emails, instant messaging, telephone communications, private social media messaging,  or social media postings, spreading lies and rumors through the internet or text messages, posting pictures without the consent of the individual, creating websites, polls, blogs or other internet postings that are meant to embarrass or harass others, recording conversations or videos without consent and posting the content online.

Pet Violations
Having pets in buildings or on campus including residence halls, classrooms, offices, etc. except when required in connection to a service animal, classroom assignment, and/or without the written permission of the VPEMSA. Please see Support Animal Policy below.

Physical Abuse/Fighting
The intent, attempt, or assistance with, the infliction of physical injury upon a person, which includes, but not limited to: engaging in acts of physical assault or violence, the infliction of bodily harm upon another person in any form, instigating, participating or otherwise encouraging others to engage in fighting both on or off campus. While self-defense will not excuse a student’s actions, the University will take these actions into account when addressing a proper outcome. 

Smoke
Virginia Union University is a Tobacco and Smoke-Free Campus, committed to providing a healthy environment on campus.  In October of 2017, the University received a grant to be designated as a tobacco and smoke-free campus. “Tobacco Products” are defined as cigarettes, cigars, pipes, vaporizers “Vapes”, all forms of smokeless tobacco, clove cigarettes and any other smoking devices that use tobacco, such as hookahs, or simulate the use of tobacco, such as electronic cigarettes. VUU prohibits the use of Marijuana and Black & Milds under its smoke and drug- free policies.

Marijuana (aka weed, pot, grass, and herb) is the dried flowers, leaves and stems of the Cannabis sativa plant.  Marijuana is considered illegal in Virginia, and its possession, use, and sale, carry prison fines and disciplinary consequences.

Theft
Theft /attempted theft or unauthorized possession of, or misuse of property belonging to other persons, groups, or organizations. This includes possessing, receiving, storing, using, moving, giving away, or selling of property known to have been wrongfully taken from the University or from any person or group. Also to include, but not limited to: larceny, shoplifting, or embezzlement.

Vandalism
Damaging property of the University and/or members of the University community or other personal or public property, on or off campus.

Verbal Abuse/Threats/Cyberbullying
Actions that place a person in actual and reasonable fear of harm to his/her self or damage to his/her property, or actions that create a hostile environment by substantially interfering with or impairing a student's educational performance, opportunities or benefits, or a University student employee's ability to perform the essential functions of his/her job. Examples include, but are not limited to, spreading rumors, insulting, teasing, taunting,  verbal intimidation or threats, and intentionally embarrassing another individual.

The University strictly prohibits the misuse of social media and other technology platforms to harm and disrespect others, also known as cyberbullying. This behavior includes, but is not limited to: sending mean, threatening or harassing messages to another person through texts, emails, instant messaging, telephone communications, private social media messaging,  or social media postings, spreading lies and rumors through the internet or text messages, posting pictures without the consent of the individual, creating websites, polls, blogs or other internet postings that are meant to embarrass or harass others, recording conversations or videos without consent and posting the content online.

Weapons
Possessing a concealed or unconcealed firearm, weapon, or other hazardous material is specifically forbidden.  Items include, but are not limited, to: guns and firearms of all types, stun guns, air guns, and spear guns, machetes, swords, and knives, except for pocket knives with blades less than three inches and knives normally used for cooking or dining, billy clubs, metallic knuckles, and martial arts weapons, bows and arrows, slingshots, fireworks and incendiary devices, and explosives of any types.

This policy does not apply to lawfully obtained self-defense chemical spray.  An individual may carry a chemical spray sold commercially solely for purposes of lawful self-defense that is compact in size, designed to be carried on or about the person, and contains not more than two ounces of chemical.