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Student Conduct Code Regulations
(page 50 of the Ram Handbook)

This section establishes the rules and regulations all students of Framingham State University are expected to follow. They are made in any exercise of the powers that are an inherent corollary of the University's duty to protect its educational purposes by setting and distributing standards of student conduct and scholarship, and by regulating the use of University facilities. Students have a right to expect enforcement of these rules and regulations. The University also has the right to expect students to abide by these regulations in a manner that benefits the responsibilities given to students as members of the University community. Knowledge of these rules and regulations can prove most beneficial to students in utilizing and protecting their rights. It is important to add, however, that unfamiliarity with institutional regulations or rules is not grounds for excusing infractions.

Students have an individual obligation to ensure that the Conduct Code is followed by taking an active role in reporting and discussing violations with the appropriate staff, administrator, or committee when they believe an offense has occurred.

The following statements constitute the official record of Student Conduct Code Regulations at Framingham State University. Students are expected to abide by these regulations and administrators are required to enforce them. Additional rules and regulations may be promulgated during the year; announcements will be made upon adoption of the changes or additions.

A student who is found responsible for any of the following acts, either on or off University or College-related premises; or in connection with off-campus University-sponsored activities; or which have a direct and clear adverse impact on Framingham State University and/or any member of the University community, regardless of where the act occurs, shall be subject to the maximum sanction of Expulsion or any lesser sanction authorized by this Code.

1. Disruption of classes, seminars, research projects, administration, or activities of the University willfully, or through careless disregard of the rights of others, or by taxing campus resources as a result of unreasonable or inappropriate behavior

2. Actual or threatened physical assault, or physical abuse or injury to persons. Threatened physical assault/abuse includes, but is not limited to, intimidation and/or conduct which threatens or endangers the physical health or safety of any person or group. Physical assault/abuse includes, but is not limited to, hitting, kicking, slapping, punching, pushing, and/or spitting on another person or persons.

3. Actual or threatened sexual misconduct. This includes, but is not limited to, sexual assault, sexual harassment, unwanted sexual touching, making unwelcome sexual advances, or requests for sexual favors.

4. Conduct causing alarm or creating a risk by threatening harm or criminal activity against persons or property.

5. Harassment and/or abusive behavior toward persons. This includes, but is not limited to:

  a. Intimidation, invasion of privacy, verbal abuse, or any threat to the wellbeing of a person or group which is communicated verbally, in writing, or through contact by telephone, computer, a third party, or by any means of communication.

  b. Harassment and/or intimidation of persons involved in a campus
disciplinary hearing, and of persons of authority who are in the process of discharging their responsibilities.

  c. The use of "fighting words" to harass any person is prohibited. "Fighting words" are those personally abusive epithets which, when directly addressed to any ordinary person, in the context used and as a matter of common knowledge, are inherently likely to provoke an immediate violent reaction, whether or not they actually do so. Such words include, but are not limited to those terms widely recognized to be derogatory references to race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, and other personal characteristics.

6. Behavior which is disorderly or which unnecessarily infringes on the rights of individuals or groups. Such conduct includes,but is not limited, to unwelcome physical contact, boisterous conduct and/or disorderly conduct which is unreasonable for the area, time, or manner in which it occurs.

7. Violation of the Drug Policy. (See pg. 77 of the handbook)

8. Violation of Alcohol Policy. (See pg. 67 of the handbook)

9. Behavior or activities that endanger the safety of oneself or others. This includes, but is not limited to, arson, tampering/damaging or misusing fire equipment, intoxication, and behavior which could result in injury or harm.

10. False reporting of an emergency. The false report of a bomb, fire, or other emergency, of activating a fire alarm, or otherwise falsely reporting an emergency.

11. Possession and/or use of weapons, and/or realistic replicas of dangerous weapons without the written permission of the Chief of Framingham State University Police Department or designee. This includes, but is not limited to, firearms, fireworks, explosives, ammunition, dangerous weapons, hazardous chemicals,highly flammable or lethal substances, paintball guns, pellet guns, knives with blades in excess of 3 inches, double-edged knives, springloaded knives, mace pepper spray, replica weapons, and/or used ammunition or explosive casings/shells. Any object that is used dangerously may be considered a weapon.

12. Failure to exercise reasonable care for property. This includes, but is not limited to, damage or attempted damage, destruction, and/or defacement of University property, or the property of any person.

13. Theft, attempted theft, or unauthorized possession of property. This includes University property as well as the property of any person.

14. Violation of disciplinary probation or of any of the restrictions, conditions, or terms of any sanction resulting from a previously held disciplinary hearing.

15. Misappropriation or misuse of student organization funds or property.This includes, but is not limited to, overextension of the budget of a registered student organization, spending receipts prior to proper deposit, and personal use of equipment.

16. Computer abuse. This includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism or copyright violations of programs, music, movies, misuse of computer accounts, unauthorized destruction of files, creating illegal accounts, sale, distribution, or use of unauthorized passwords, and/or violation of University network user agreement.

17. Gambling or betting in any form.

18. Violation of the Hazing Policy. Hazing is defined as "any conduct . . . whether on public or private property which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person." (See pg. 91 of the handbook)

19. Making false statements to any University staff member in performance of his/her duties, or in the application for admission, petitions, requests, disciplinary hearing, in other matters of record, and/or in transactions with officials or representatives of the University or by falsely identifying oneself as a University staff member.

20. Misuse of University documents. Including but not limited to, forging, transferring, altering, or otherwise misusing any student fee card, identification card, course registration material, schedule card, other University identification, or any other document or record.

21. Unauthorized use of the name or insignia of the University by individuals or groups.

22. Unauthorized presence in, or attempted forcible entry into, a University facility or University-related premises.

23. Misuse of University facilities. The dumping of personal trash, violation of the posting policy, or misuse of University premises in any manner is prohibited.

24. Misuse or abuse of telephone equipment.

25. Violation of the Solicitation Policy. (See pg. 101 of the handbook)

26. Failure to honestly identify oneself when requested or to comply with the reasonable directives of a University staff member in performance of his/her duties.

27. Unauthorized use or possession of keys or access cards. No one may use or possess any University key without authorization by a University staff member. No student is allowed to duplicate a University key or be in possession of more than one access card.

28. Students who have witnessed a violation of the General Student Conduct Code, or have reason to believe that an offense has been committed, have an obligation to report or discuss such violations with the appropriate staff or administrator in a timely manner. Students, however, are not obligated to testify against themselves.

29. Failure to operate a motor vehicle in a safe and reasonable manner and/or failure to abide by posted traffic regulations or campus parking and motor vehicle regulations.

30. Any behavior which is prohibited by local, state,or federal law that also interferes with aims, purposes, activities, and responsibilities of the University, and is not otherwise prescribed in this Article V.

31. Violation of the Residence Hall License Agreement and/or Guide to Residence Living, where the violation in question is not otherwise proscribed in this Article V.

32. Violation of the Guidelines and Policies found in the RAM Handbook or official University publications, postings or notices, where the violation in question is not otherwise proscribed in this Article V.

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