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V - Code of Student Conduct

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  1. University: Clarkson University at Potsdam, New York.
  2. Academic Community: all members of the faculty, administration, staff, and student body.
  3. Student: an individual who is enrolled (full or part time) in courses offered by the University.
  4. University Premises: buildings and grounds owned, leased, and used by the University.
  5. University-sponsored Activity: any activity on or off campus which is initiated, organized, controlled and supervised by the University.
  6. Organization: a number of people belonging to a recognized University group.



The University expects that all students will conduct themselves as responsible members of society as defined by this Code. Disciplinary measures will be taken for the following reasons. Note, however, these do not cover every single circumstance when disciplinary measures will be enacted. In general, any act that infringes upon the rights of others or that adversely affects the academic or administrative activities of the University is prohibited.

  1. Violations of any federal, state, or local law, where, in the judgment of the University, the person charged endangers the property or threatens the personal safety of the academic community.
  2. Violations of University policies and regulations as stated in this booklet and any other regulations that may be enacted.
  3. Fraudulent or dishonest conduct, including but not limited to, providing false information to the University.
  4. Failure to comply with instructions of administrative officials, including resident advisers, who have duly identified themselves.
  5. All forms of academic dishonesty, including cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, and aiding and abetting of a dishonest act. (A violation pertaining to this item will be handled through the Academic Integrity procedures.)
  6. Intentional disruption or obstruction of teaching, research and administrative activities or any other form of infringement upon the rights or freedoms of a member of the academic community.
  7. Theft from or damage to the University, University-affiliated services, members of the academic community, or visitors to campus, as well as damage to their property.
  8. Abuse, verbal or physical, or threat of same upon any member of the academic community.
  9. Any behavior that is socially or morally unacceptable.
  10. Unauthorized use, possession or storage of any weapon, explosive device or material, including but not limited to firearms, knives, fireworks or ammunition.
  11. Possession, use or distribution of a controlled substance or illegal drug or paraphernalia related to its use.
  12. Tampering with fire-warning devices, protection equipment and other related devices designed to protect the safety of the academic community.
  13. Repeated offenses which, by themselves, would not warrant suspension or dismissal, but collectively indicate that further attendance by the student is not in the best interests of the student or the University.