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Code of Conduct

What follows is a listing of the University policies, rules, and regulations that prescribe the standards of conduct the University requires of students and members of the University community. All members of the Drexel community are required to become familiar with these policies and must comply with them. Violations of any of these policies will be dealt with in accordance with the appropriate University procedure.

Academic Integrity

Violations of the Academic Integrity policy include, but are not limited to:  1. Plagiarism, 2. Fabrication, 3. Cheating, and 4. Academic Misconduct.  The intent to violate this policy also represents a violation of this policy.

1. Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the inclusion of someone’s previously documented words, ideas, or data in one’s own new and original work. When a student submits work for credit that includes the words, ideas, or data of others, including one’s own previously submitted work, the source of that information must be acknowledged through complete, accurate, and specific references, and, if verbatim statements are included, through quotation marks as well. By placing his/her name on work submitted for credit, the student certifies the originality of all work not otherwise identified by appropriate acknowledgments. A student must obtain permission from the current instructor, prior to submission, to use his or her previously submitted work in a new and original work.

Plagiarism covers unpublished as well as published sources. Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to:

  • Quoting another person’s actual words, complete sentences or paragraphs, or an entire piece of written work without acknowledgment of the source.
  • Using another person’s ideas, opinions, or theory, even if it is completely paraphrased in one’s own words without acknowledgment of the source.
  • Borrowing facts, statistics, or other illustrative materials that are not clearly common knowledge without acknowledgment of the source.
  • Copying, or allowing another student to copy, a computer file that contains another student’s assignment, and submitting it, in part or in its entirety, as one’s own.
  • Working together on an assignment, sharing the computer files and programs involved, and then submitting individual copies of the assignment as one’s own individual work.

Students are urged to consult with individual faculty members, academic departments, or recognized handbooks in their field if in doubt regarding issues of plagiarism.

2. Fabrication

Fabrication is the use of invented information or the falsification of research or other findings. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Citation of information not taken from the source indicated. This may include the incorrect documentation of secondary source materials.
  • Listing sources in a bibliography not used in the academic exercise.
  • Submission in a paper, thesis, lab report, or other academic exercise of falsified, invented, or fictitious data or information, or deliberate and knowing concealment or distortion of the true nature, origin, or function of such data or information.
  • Submitting as your own written work, printing, sculpture, etc. prepared totally or in part by another.

3. Cheating

Cheating is an act or an attempted act of deception by which a student seeks to misrepresent that he or she has mastered information on an academic exercise that he/she has not mastered. Examples include, but are not limited to:
  • Copying from another student’s test, exam, quiz, and/or paper.
  • Allowing another student to copy from a test, exam, quiz, and/or paper.
  • Unauthorized use of course textbook or other materials, such as a notebook to complete a test or other assignment.
  • Collaborating on a test, exam, quiz, or other project with any other person(s) without authorization.
  • Using or processing specifically prepared materials during a test such as notes, formula lists, notes written on the students clothing, etc. that are not authorized.
  • Taking a test for someone else or permitting someone else to take a test for you.

4. Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct includes other dishonest acts such as tampering with grades or taking part in obtaining or distributing any part of an administered or unadministered test/assignment.  Examples include, but are not limited to:
  • Stealing, buying, or otherwise obtaining all or part of an administered or unadministered test.
  • Selling or giving away all or part of an administered or unadministered test including questions and/or answers.
  • Bribing any other person to obtain an administered or unadministered test or any information about the test.
  • Any unauthorized action taken for the purpose of changing a grade in a grade book, on a test, or on other works for which a grade is given.
  • Changing, altering, or being an accessory to the changing and/or altering of a grade in a grade book, on a test, a “change of grade” form, or other official academic records of the University that relate to grades.
  • Continuing to work on an examination or project after the specified allotted time has elapsed.
  • Any buying or otherwise acquiring any theme, report, term paper, essay, computer software, other written work, painting, drawing, sculpture, or other scholastic art work, and handing it in as your own to fulfill academic requirements.
  • Any selling, giving, or otherwise supplying to another student for use in fulfilling academic requirements, any theme, report, term paper, essay, computer software, other written work, painting, drawing, sculpture, or other scholastic art work.
  • Scientific Misconduct.  See http://www.drexel.edu/provost/policies/scientific_misconduct.asp

Sanction Guidelines for Violating the Academic Integrity policy

First/all violations:
If an act of academic dishonesty is determined to have occurred, one or more of the following sanctions will be imposed, depending on the severity of the offense:

  • Reduction of a course grade
  • An “F” for the assignment or exam
  • Failure for the entire course
  • Other action deemed appropriate by the faculty member
  • Any of the above sanctions with the inability to withdraw.

Examples of other action deemed appropriate include, but are not limited to, requiring the student to re-take the exam, re-complete an assignment, or complete an assigned exercise. The decision of the faculty member and the department head shall be reported to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, which is responsible for maintaining student conduct records. The incident will result in an official conduct record for the student(s).Students may also be required to attend or complete an educational activity as determined by the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.

Second violation: Suspension or expulsion, in addition to any sanction issued from the list above. 

A violation of the Academic Integrity policy discovered after the conferral of a degree is grounds for Withdrawal of (Rescind) Degree.

Acceptable Use (Computer/Network)

Drexel University’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) sets forth the standards by which all students, faculty, staff and authorized guests may use their assigned computer accounts, email services and the shared Drexel University network. The use of Drexel’s computer and network resources including all electronic communication systems and is a revocable privilege. By using or accessing the Drexel network, users agree to comply with this policy and other applicable Drexel policies, as well as all Federal, state, local laws and regulations. Using and/or accessing the Drexel network without proper authorization is strictly prohibited.

The complete Acceptable Use Policy is published at www.drexel.edu/IRT/org/policies/AcceptableUse.html. This section is a synopsis, and is meant for summary purposes only. Users are responsible for being aware of any changes to the AUP. The Drexel network is provided to support Drexel University business and its mission of education, service and research. Any other uses that jeopardize the integrity of the Drexel network, the privacy or safety of other users, or that are otherwise illegal are prohibited. Penalties for violating this policy may include restricted access or loss of access to the Drexel Network, termination and/or expulsion from the University and in some cases, civil and/or criminal liability.

The University reserves the right to update or revise the AUP or implement additional policies in the future. The user shares the responsibility of staying informed about University policies regarding the use of computer and network resources and complying with all applicable policies. http://www.drexel.edu/irt/org/policies.

General guidelines for acceptable use of the Drexel network are based on the following principles:

  • Users are expected to behave responsibly with respect to the Drexel Network at all times
  • Users are expected to respect the integrity and the security of the Drexel Network
  • Users are expected to behave in a manner consistent with Drexel’s mission and comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and Drexel policies
  • Users are expected to be considerate of the needs
    of other users by making every reasonable effort not to impede the ability of others to use the Drexel Network and show restraint in the consumption of shared resources
  • Users are expected to respect the rights and property of others, including privacy, confidentiality and intellectual property Activities specifically prohibited are enumerated completely at www.drexel.edu/irt/policies/acceptableuse.html. They include:
  • Use of the Drexel Network for a private business
  • Attempting to bypass network security systems
  • Forging, altering, destroying or intercepting communications
  • Attempting to disguise one’s identity, the identity of an account or a computer
  • Intentionally or negligently revealing one’s password
  • Infringing upon the intellectual property rights of others

Drexel will not impose any restraints on, nor make any efforts to monitor, the content of communications except:

  • When required to do so by applicable federal, state and local laws, including those regarding the right to privacy and laws that prohibit defamatory material
  • To maintain the security and integrity of the Drexel network, including the investigation of any AUP or other Drexel policy infractions.

Sanction Guidelines for Violating the Acceptable Use Policy

The University considers the sanctions listed below to be guidelines when adjudicating violations of the Acceptable Use policy. Each incident is reviewed on an individual basis. Depending on the specifics of the incident, more or less severe sanctions may be imposed.

First Violation: Warning letter sent.  Acknowledgement of notice required from student.
Second Violation: $100.00 fine; Acknowledgement of notice required from student; Disciplinary probation.
Third Violation: Up to a $500.00 fine; Acknowledgement of notice required from student; Network account temporarily disabled; Deferred Suspension.

NOTE:  Fines collected shall support Student Affairs educational initiatives.

Aiding and Abetting

Attempting, encouraging, assisting, conspiring, hiring, or being an accessory to any behaviors prohibited herein shall be considered a violation of the University’s policies, rules, and regulations and standards of conduct to the same extent as if a student had engaged in the prohibited conduct him/herself.

Alcohol

Drexel University’s policy regarding alcohol is consistent with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The consumption, distribution, or service of alcoholic beverages must be in compliance with the Pennsylvania liquor and crime codes, which define the lawful consumption and service of alcohol and prescribe sanctions for violations. The consumption, distribution, or service of alcoholic beverages must also comply with University regulations and policies.

Violations of the University alcohol policy include, but are not limited to:

  • Possession, use, or distribution of alcohol by underage persons.
  • Disruptive conduct due all or in part to being under the influence of alcohol.
  • Providing alcohol to underage persons or providing a space for the consumption of alcohol by underage persons.
  • Possession of an open alcohol container in a public area regardless of the individual’s age.
  • Possession or use of bulk containers on campus including, but not limited to, kegs or any other object that would promote binge drinking.

The University expects that all of its students, whether on or off campus, will abide by the University’s regulations concerning alcohol and other drug use. When a student engages in conduct off-campus that violates the University’s regulations concerning alcohol and drug use and such violation results in behavior which, in the University’s sole judgment, is destructive, abusive, or detrimental to the University’s interests, the University’s conduct process shall apply and such matters will be processed accordingly.

See also Residence Hall and 34th Street Housing policies on alcohol consumption and possession located in the Residential Living Office and 34th Street Housing sections of the Student Handbook.

Sanction Guidelines for Violating the Alcohol Policy

The University considers the sanctions listed below to be guidelines when adjudicating alcohol violations. Each incident is reviewed on an individual basis. Depending on the specifics of the incident, more or less severe sanctions may be imposed.

First Violation: Alcohol education, $100.00 fine, Disciplinary probation for one year, and Parental Notification.
Second Violation: Counseling referral, $200.00 fine, Deferred Loss of Housing, and/or Deferred Suspension,Parental Notification, and Extension of probation.
Third Violation: Suspension from the University and/or one or more of the following: Loss of Housing privileges, Deferred Suspension from University, $200.00 fine, Parental Notification.

NOTE:  Alcohol Policy fines shall support alcohol and other drug education initiatives.

Bicycles/Skateboards/Skating/Motorcycles

This Policy was created to promote pedestrian safety and to prevent physical damage to exterior surfaces owned and maintained by Drexel University by bicycles, motorcycles, skateboards, in-line skates and scooters.

Bicycles

A bicycle is a vehicle, and cyclists must obey all traffic laws.  Anyone using a bicycle shall do so in a safe manner and always yield the right of way to pedestrians. Bicycles shall be operated at a reasonable, safe, and prudent speed at all times.  Cyclists are required to use designated bike racks for parking.  Bicycles may not be parked or stored blocking building entrances or exits, stairways or pedestrian walkways.  Bicycles may not be parked or stored in hallways, stairways or public areas in University buildings.

Bicycles may not be parked or stored inside any Drexel University building unless the area is specifically designated for such storage and/or approved by the office of Fire & Life Safety.

Skateboards/Skates/In-Line Skates/Scooters

The use of skateboards, skates, in-line skates and scooters shall be allowed only as a means of transportation on public thoroughfares and are not permitted on any Drexel University property including pathways, ramps, railings, curbs, benches, steps or stairs and other such structures.

The use of bicycles, skateboards, skates, in-line skates or scooters is never permitted inside any University building.

Motorcycles or Motorbikes

In accordance with Pa. Motor Vehicle law, motorcycles, motorbikes or scooters may not be operated on sidewalks or pedestrian pathways.  Motorcycles or motorbikes must be parking in designated parking spaces and may not be stored or parked within University buildings.

Camping or Shelter Construction

Constructing shelters, camping, or sleeping on Drexel-owned or operated properties is prohibited at all times unless otherwise authorized by the Department of Public Safety.

Destruction/Attempted Destruction of Property

No student shall intentionally or negligently damage, attempt to damage, or participate in the damage of property belonging to or in the care of the University, a member of the University community, or a campus visitor. Acts of vandalism on and off-campus shall be considered a violation of this policy. Damage that is caused accidentally should be promptly reported to the most appropriate University official. Failure to report accidental damage will be considered a violation of this regulation.

Detrimental Behavior

All members of the University community are expected to uphold standards that reflect credit to themselves and the institution and abide by all University policies, rules, regulations, and standards of conduct while on and off campus. Should the conduct or action of a student, or group of students, be detrimental to the general welfare of the University, regardless of whether such conduct is specifically prohibited by any University policy, rule, regulation, or standard of conduct, such student or group of students shall be immediately subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the University’s conduct process.

Discrimination

The University prohibits discrimination and harassment against individuals based on race, color, religion, gender (sex), pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, identify and expression, and veteran status.  All complaints of student discrimination, harassment, and retaliation should be reported to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards who will work in conjunction with the Office of Equality and Diversity.  All complaints of non-student discrimination, harassment, and retaliation should be reported to the Office of Equality and Diversity.

http://www.drexel.edu/eo/Policies.html

Dishonesty

Any student who furnishes false information to the University or to University officials or who is aware of false information being furnished by others with the intent to deceive (and does not correct that false information), or any student who withholds information pertinent to student misconduct, or who alters or misuses any official documents including, but not limited to, grade change forms, academic transcripts, course change forms, course withdraw forms, or evaluation forms may be in violation of this policy and separated from the University. Taking a test for someone else or soliciting someone to take a test for you is a violation of this policy. Lying to a University official is a violation of this policy (See also Academic Integrity and Falsification of Information). 

Sanction Guidelines for Violating the Dishonesty Policy

Dishonesty related to disclosure in any suspension level case, including drug cases, is grounds for suspension.

Disruption

Conduct that a reasonable person would view as substantially or repeatedly interfering with the normal functioning of a class, clinical setting, co-op setting, residence hall or other setting is prohibited. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to, repeatedly leaving and entering a classroom without authorization, making loud or distracting noises, persisting in speaking without being recognized, repeatedly dominating online discussion boards or forums, or resorting to physical threats or personal insults. Students are responsible to comply with a request from a professor, instructor, supervisor, or other official regarding appropriate behavior.

Additionally, conduct that interferes with, impairs, or obstructs the orderly conduct, processes and functions of the University or which may adversely and unreasonably impinge on the legitimate interest of others is prohibited. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to, excessive noise, public intoxication, loud or indecent conduct, interference with the ability of others to enter, use, or exit any University facility, service, or activity, intentionally interfering with the freedom of expression or movement of others, interfering with University activity such as teaching, research, recreation, meetings, and public events, physical violence, reasonable apprehension of harm, or threat of violence against oneself or any member or guest of the University community. This prohibition extends to conduct outside the University that, in the University’s sole judgment, is detrimental to its mission and interests.

Drugs

The possession and/or use of narcotics or drugs other than those medically prescribed, properly used, properly secured, and in the original container (hereafter: drugs), is prohibited. Providing a space for the use of drugs is prohibited.  The distribution and/or sale of drugs is prohibited.  Intentionally or recklessly inhaling or ingesting substances (e.g., nitrous oxide, glue, paint, etc) that will alter a person’s mental state is also prohibited.

Off-campus violations of this policy, including those that lead to behavior that in the University’s sole judgment is destructive, abusive, or detrimental to the University’s interests, are inconsistent with the University’s goals and are therefore also prohibited.

Any and all types of drug paraphernalia including, but not limited to, scales, baggies, stems, bongs, pipes, water pipes, grinders, or any items modified or adapted, that can be used to consume/distribute/handle/prepare/use drugs are not permitted on University property. Drugs and drug paraphernalia will be confiscated when found on University property.

Sanction Guidelines for Violating the Drug Policy

The University considers the sanctions listed below to be guidelines, and a starting point, when adjudicating drug policy violations. Each incident is reviewed on an individual basis. Depending on the specifics of the incident, more or less severe sanctions may be imposed.  The primary response for use or possession of drugs will be separation from the University.

First Violation: Suspension, Loss of Housing, Ban from University Housing, Counseling Evaluation, Disciplinary Probation (upon return), and Parental Notification; possibility of Expulsion.

NOTE FOR CRIMINAL CASES:  Students should be aware of Amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965 and the penalties under section 484(r).  Section 484 has been amended to include the following information:

(r) SUSPENSION OF ELIGIBILITY FOR DRUG-RELATED OFFENSES

(1) IN GENERAL- A student who has been convicted of any offense under any Federal or State law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance shall not be eligible to receive any grant, loan, or work assistance under this title during the period beginning on the date of such conviction and ending after the interval specified in the following table:

If convicted of an offense involving:

The possession of a controlled substance: Ineligibility period is:
First offense 1 year
Second offense   2 years
Third offense Indefinite.
   
The sale of a controlled substance: Ineligibility period is:
First offense   2 years
Second offense Indefinite.

(2) REHABILITATION- A student whose eligibility has been suspended under paragraph (1) may resume eligibility before the end of the ineligibility period determined under such paragraph if—

(A) the student satisfactorily completes a drug rehabilitation program that—

(i) complies with such criteria as the Secretary shall prescribe in regulations for purposes of this paragraph; and
(ii) includes two unannounced drug tests; or
(B) the conviction is reversed, set aside, or otherwise rendered nugatory.

(3) DEFINITIONS- In this subsection, the term `controlled substance' has the meaning given the term in section 102(6) of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802(6)).

Explosives

The use and/or possession of firecrackers, smoke bombs, ammunition, dangerous chemicals, explosive or flammable fuels, bottle rockets, or explosives is prohibited throughout the University. Facsimiles of any of the above mentioned items are also prohibited.

Sanction Guidelines for Violating the Explosives Policy

A violation of this policy is grounds for separation from the University.

Failure to Comply

No student shall fail to comply with any reasonable request, appropriate directive, or disciplinary decision.  No student shall fail to identify oneself, or show respect to security personnel, residence hall staff, other University officials, or public authorities (e.g., police) acting in performance of their duties or with any disciplinary conditions imposed by an authorized University official or group.

Falsification of Information

No student shall alter, or have in his/her possession an altered identification card of any form. No student shall alter, or enter any false information on any official document including, but not limited to, grade change forms, academic transcripts, admissions applications, evaluations or course withdrawal forms. Counterfeiting, forgery, intentionally issuing a bad check/payment or other financial instrument in order to register for classes or receive an official transcript or diploma, or providing false information or failing to provide current information for the purpose of defrauding Drexel University or other parties is prohibited.

Fire Safety

All occupants must vacate a building whenever a fire alarm sounds. Intentionally, negligently, or accidentally setting a fire, tampering with fire safety equipment such as, but not limited to, fire extinguishers, fire hoses, alarm pull stations, smoke detectors, heat sensors or sprinklers is prohibited. Making a false fire report, warning, or threat of fire by any means of communication is prohibited. A student found responsible for a violation of this policy may be held responsible for damages incurred to property of the University or others. Anyone caught setting fires or maliciously destroying fire protection equipment may be subject to prosecution by external authorities.  Any improper use of a flame or lit object, including, but not limited to, smoking, candles, incense, etc. may be considered a violation of this policy.

Sanction Guidelines for Violating the Fire Safety Policy

The University considers the sanctions listed below to be guidelines when adjudicating fire safety policy violations. Each incident is reviewed on an individual basis. Depending on the specifics of the incident, more or less severe sanctions may be imposed.

First Violation: $100 fine, Loss of Housing, Ban from University Housing, Parental Notification, possibility of Suspension/Expulsion, and/or higher fine/other sanction depending on the severity of the violation.

Second Violation: $200 fine, Permanent Loss of Housing, Permanent Ban from University Housing, Parental Notification, Suspension/Expulsion, and/or higher fine/other sanction depending on the severity of the violation.

See Residential Living and 34th Street Housing sections for additional policies and information.

NOTE:  Fines collected shall support Student Affairs educational initiatives.

Gambling

Students are expected to abide by the federal and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania laws prohibiting illegal gambling. Gambling for money or other things of value on campus or at University-sponsored activities is prohibited except as permitted by law.
Such prohibited activity includes, but is not limited to, betting, wagering on, or selling pools on any athletic event, possessing any card, book or other device for registering bets, knowingly permitting the use of one’s premises or one’s telephone or other electronic communications device for illegal gambling, knowingly receiving or delivering a letter, package or parcel related to illegal gambling, offering, soliciting or accepting a bribe to influence the outcome of an athletic event, and involvement in bookmaking or wagering pools with respect to sporting events.

Guest Policy

Drexel University students are responsible for the guests they invite, bring, or host to/on the campus.  The behavior of guests on campus will be attributed to their Drexel host regardless of location (classroom, residence hall, academic building, general campus location, etc).

Guests are required to provide an acceptable form of identification with a photo (driver’s license, university/college/school ID or passport) when requested by a University official.

Harassment

The University prohibits discrimination and harassment against individuals based on race, color, religion, gender (sex), pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, identify and expression, and veteran status.  All complaints of student discrimination, harassment, and retaliation should be reported to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards who will work in conjunction with the Office of Equality and Diversity.  All complaints of non-student discrimination, harassment, and retaliation should be reported to the Office of Equality and Diversity.

http://www.drexel.edu/eo/Policies.html

Hazing

Hazing activities in any form are prohibited. The University supports and will strictly enforce the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s anti-hazing law, Act 175 of 1986. This law defines hazing as “any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health of a student or willfully destroys or removes public or private property for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in any organization operating under the sanction of or recognized as an organization by an institution of higher education.”

Additionally, Drexel University defines hazing as: “any action taken or situation created involving new or returning organization/group members as a part of joining, maintaining membership or holding office in that organization regardless of the individual’s willingness to participate, that meets any or all of the following: violates state or federal law, humiliates or degrades an individual or group, and/or intentionally or unintentionally endangers an individual – mentally, physically or emotionally.”

Actions and situations that may constitute hazing include, but are not limited to, the following: Forced consumption of food, alcohol, or drugs, paddling, creation of unnecessary fatigue outside of standard expectations associated with athletic competition, personal servitude, physical and/or psychological shocks, wearing apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste, degrading or humiliating games and activities, sleep or food deprivation, unreasonable exposure to the weather or unsafe environments, kidnapping or abandonment, line-ups and/or berating, undue interference with academic pursuits, and/or expectation of participation in activities that are illegal, lewd or in violation of University policy. This list is not intended to be inclusive of all activities that could be considered hazing. This regulation applies to all members of the University community and behavior that occurs on or off Drexel University property. The implied or expressed consent of a student to hazing is not a defense under this policy. Retaliating in any manner against any individual who reports hazing or who participates in an investigation of a hazing report is prohibited.

In addition to this policy, NCAA student athletes shall follow the policies and guidelines set forth by the Athletic Department, NCAA, and Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), and fraternity and sorority members shall follow the policies and guidelines set forth by the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life, their national umbrella organization, and national fraternity/sorority.

To read the full Drexel University Hazing Prevention Policy go to the Hazing section of the student handbook or view the document here.

Interference with Student Conduct Procedures

Interfering with the University’s student conduct procedures is prohibited. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information before a hearing officer, the Conduct Board, or the Appellate Board; knowingly instituting a complaint without cause; harassment and/or intimidation of any witness, member of the Conduct/Appellate Board, or University personnel before, during, or following the conclusion of the conduct proceeding; failing to comply with a summons to attend/appear at a hearing; and/or interference with the implementation of the results of any conduct proceeding or with the processing of any appeal.

Keys

The University prohibits the duplication of any University-owned or issued key. Any student found with an unauthorized master or building key may be subject to fines. If any student uses a key (including a master key) to enter a room, office, or other facilities, they will be subject to disciplinary action and the penalties of the police and state statues (See also Residence Hall and 34th Street Housing policies regarding keys).

Littering

No student shall intentionally dispose of refuse of any kind in or near any building owned or operated by Drexel except in receptacles provided for that purpose. No receptacle used for trash shall be overturned.

Off-Campus Regulations

Students are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the law. Violations of city laws and ordinances, state, or federal laws are considered to be a violation of this policy and shall be subject to action by the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.

Any conviction of a student will be reviewed by the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards and will be subject to the student conduct process. The University’s student conduct process acts independently of any legal proceedings.

Pets/Animals

Students shall not bring any pet/animal (hereafter: animal), regardless of ownership, into any University-owned or operated building, or chain an animal outside any building where it may disrupt classroom activities or resident students through barking or other noise. All leash-able animals must be kept on a leash at all times while on campus. Non leash-able animals must be securely contained at all times while on campus.  All actions of any animal will be the responsibility of the owner and/or the guardian at the time of the incident. Service dogs are the only exception to this policy.  (See also Residence Hall Regulations on Pets)

Policy Regulations

Violations of University policies described or referenced throughout this or any other official departmental Handbook or violations of any portion or provision of this or any other official departmental Handbook will be considered violations of the University’s standards of conduct.  Examples of other official departments include, but are not limited to, the Office of Campus Engagement, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, and Athletics including Recreational Sports.

Posting

Fliers and posters may be hung throughout the campus on approved posting locations only. All materials for posting must be stamped prior to distribution. The “Approved for Posting” stamp is maintained at the Creese Student Center Information Desk and the Residential Living Office for the residence halls.

Advertising, both inside/outside of buildings, electronic/print, and on/off campus, for parties or events may not refer to or promote alcoholic beverages, drugs, or tobacco products. Any materials of an explicit sexual nature are prohibited as well as materials that may be viewed as demeaning or degrading to a person or group of persons.

Postings not approved by the appropriate University personnel will be removed immediately and the student or organization that posted said flyers will be subject to disciplinary action. Fliers or posters should not exceed 11” x 18” in size.

Mounting flyers or posters on University signage, information showcases or other surfaces not intended for posting is prohibited. Using paint on University sidewalks, trees, benches, and other surfaces is prohibited. Posting of notices with adhesives such as duct tape, which may damage surfaces, is prohibited. The cost for removal of this type of publicity will automatically be charged to the group or individuals responsible for the posting. Groups/individuals failing to adhere to the posting policy will be subject to disciplinary action.

See also Residence Hall policy on Posting, located in the Residence Hall section of the Student Handbook.

Projectiles

No student shall throw or cause to be projected any object or substance that has potential for damaging or defacing University or private property or causing personal injury or disruption. Dropping any item, or causing any item to be dropped from a window, is a violation of this policy.  The owner/occupant of a residence hall or fraternity/sorority property room is responsible for anything that leaves his/her window.

Sanction Guidelines for Violating the Projectiles Policy

The University considers the sanctions listed below to be guidelines when adjudicating projectiles policy violations that occur in University Housing. Each incident is reviewed on an individual basis. Depending on the specifics of the incident, more or less severe sanctions may be imposed.

First Violation: Loss of Housing

Residence Hall Regulations and Policies

Failure to abide by Residence Hall Regulations and policies as stated in the residence halls occupancy agreement and in this Handbook will be considered violations of the University’s Code of Conduct.

Sexual Harassment and Misconduct

The University prohibits sexual harassment and misconduct.  Sexual harassment and misconduct encompass a broad range of behavior involving unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that is committed without consent, by force, intimidation, coercion or manipulation, or where a person is incapable of consent due to incapacitation.  Under this policy, sexual misconduct includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking, retaliation and sexual offenses against minors as defined below. This policy also applies to Harm to Others when it occurs in the context of intimate partner violence.

Students are required to review and understand the full definition and scope of the Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Policy.

Sanction Guidelines for Violating the Sexual Assault Policy

The University considers the sanctions listed below to be guidelines when adjudicating Sexual Harassment and Misconduct policy violations. Each incident is reviewed on an individual basis. Depending on the specifics of the incident, more or less severe sanctions may be imposed.

First Violation: Suspension, Loss of Housing, Ban from Residence Halls, Counseling Evaluation, Parental Notification; possibility of Expulsion.

Skateboards/Skates/In-Line Skates/Scooters

See “Bicycles/Skateboards/Skating/Motorcycles”

Smoke-Free University

This policy was established to maintain a smoke-free environment for students, faculty, staff, contractors and visitors.  Consistent with a smoke-free University and in support of a smoke-free Philadelphia, the sale of all tobacco products is prohibited on campus property.

Smoking is prohibited within 20 feet of any entrance, exit, operable window, or air in-take of a University owned and/or operated building to include sidewalks and thoroughfares.

The University prohibits the smoking or carrying of lighted tobacco products in all indoor facilities, including interior connections to buildings, covered walkways, all building stairwells, hallways, restrooms, fire escapes, parking structures, University owned vehicles, outdoor athletic/recreation facilities, and during all University-sponsored indoor or outdoor events.

All University sponsored activities taking place at facilities not owned or operated by the University will be smoke-free in those areas under the University’s control.

Solicitation and Sales

Solicitations and sales are not permitted except by written authorization from the Director of Event Services or designee in conjunction with the Office of the Dean of Students. Such authorization will be made only for items that are of express service to the community and only after a written request has been submitted and reviewed.

Door-to-door solicitation is prohibited at all times. Students may not act as agents for business that entails solicitations or receiving of business offers or goods on University property. University telephones may not be used for selling or offers to sell merchandise, services, or the like.  This includes going door to door and distributing anything under residence hall doors.  University buildings or student rooms may not be used for business purposes of any nature.

Sound Amplification Equipment

Various outdoor student activity programs require the use of sound amplification equipment. The University reserves the right to specify where and when such amplification equipment may be used. Permission and specification for use of sound amplification equipment on campus must be obtained from the Director for Event Services or designee.

Theft

No student shall take, attempt to take, or assist in the taking of money, property, services, identity, or any item of value not belonging to him or her.

No student will attempt to use property or services without proper authorization. Students must not take for their own, or use property of another person without permission, even if it is intended to be returned. Knowledge, possession, retention or disposal of any stolen property is prohibited.  Failure to fulfill a contractual agreement for which a student was paid may be a violation of this policy.

Sanction Guidelines for Violating the Theft Policy

The University considers the sanctions listed below to be guidelines when adjudicating Theft Policy violations. Each incident is reviewed on an individual basis. Depending on the specifics of the incident, more or less severe sanctions may be imposed.

First Violation: Deferred Suspension; Suspension; Loss of Housing; Ban from Residence Halls; Restitution; Parental Notification; possibility of Expulsion.

Unauthorized Entry

No student shall enter, attempt to enter, or remain in a private room, office, or restricted area under control of another student, faculty/staff member, and/or University official except by permission or invitation of the student or the appropriate University official.   No student shall permit access to private or restricted space to another person who does not have permission or authorization to be in that space.

Unauthorized Use of University Property or Documents

No student shall use, possess, lend, or sell any parking tag, ID card, dining hall pass, keys, or official University documents or property issued by the University to or for another individual. Lending ID cards is prohibited, and cards may be confiscated.

Examples of prohibited behavior include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Use, possession, or sale of a University ID card to obtain entry or services to which a person is not entitled.  Examples include, but are not limited to, using another person’s University ID for entry to the DAC, the Dining Hall, the Library, and other ID-required buildings/facilities.
  • Use, possession, or sale of a parking tag that was not specifically issued to and paid for by the student holding the decal.
  • Use, possession, or sale of any University keys not specifically issued to the student.
  • Use of official University documents or identifying information by a student not authorized to do so.
  • Use of official University property or services for personal use or for use other than originally intended.

Violence

No student shall engage in any form of physically aggressive behavior directed toward another person or group of people so as to cause injury or harm. Responding to violence with violence is also a violation of this policy.

Weapons

No student shall keep, use, possess, display, or transport any rifle, shotgun, handgun, pellet or BB gun, stun gun, dangerous knife, billy club, makeshift weapon, martial art weapon, decorative sword, or any other lethal or dangerous device capable of causing injury or casting a projectile by air, gas, explosion, or mechanical means on any property or in any building owned or operated by the University or in any vehicle on campus.

Realistic facsimiles of weapons are also specifically prohibited. The ROTC is authorized to store, transport, and use firearms when engaging in University-authorized or ROTC-authorized activities.

Windows/Balconies/Rooftops

The University prohibits access to windows, roofs, balconies, railings, ledges, and fire escapes of all University-owned or operated buildings except in cases of repair by the proper University authority or dire emergency.