What follows is a listing of the University policies, rules, and regulations that prescribe the standards of conduct that the University requires of Students and members of the University community. Sanction guidelines are provided in the Sanctions section for some violations. All members of the Drexel community are required to become familiar with these policies and comply with them. Violations of any of these policies will be dealt with in accordance with the appropriate University procedure.
1. Academic Integrity
Drexel University expects all members of its community to uphold the highest values of academic integrity. In upholding these values, the University is committed to investigating any allegation of violations of academic integrity against a student. Violations include, but are not limited to: plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, and academic misconduct. All students have a right to an appeals process if they believe they have been wrongly accused or sanctioned.
Full definitions for violations can be found on the Office of the Provost website at http://www.drexel.edu/provost/policies/academic-integrity/
Sanctions for violations of academic integrity are administered through the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards in conjunction with the Office of the Provost and other University offices as appropriate. It is generally the responsibility of the faculty member overseeing the academic activity to report the violation to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards and to determine the appropriate sanction.
The University reserves the right to withdraw a degree even though it has been granted should there be discovery that the work upon which it was based or the academic records in support of it had been falsified. In such a case the degree will be withdrawn promptly upon discovery of the falsification.
2. 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, 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 suspension 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
- Extending the network (e.g., routers)
- Infringing upon the intellectual property rights of others
-Violating laws or ordinances including copyright, discrimination, harassment, and/or export controls
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.
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:
- Consumption, possession, purchase, or use of alcohol by persons under the age of 21.
- Disruptive conduct due in part or in whole to being under the influence of alcohol.
- Giving 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 and/or objects that would promote binge drinking including, but not limited to, kegs, funnels, drinking games with alcohol, or any other tools 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.
Students should familiarize themselves with the Responsible Dragon Protocol found in Section 1: General Information.
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.
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.
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 Director of Fire & Life Safety.
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, hoverboards, drones, 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.
5. 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.
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 .
7. 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 also be considered a violation of this policy. Damage that is caused accidentally should be promptly reported to the most appropriate authority or University official. Failure to report significant accidental damage will be considered a violation of this regulation.
8. Discrimination/Harassment – Drexel University Equality & Non-Discrmination Policy OED-1
The University prohibits discrimination and harassment against individuals based on prohibited categories. These prohibited categories include, but are not limited to, race, color, religion, gender (sex), pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, identity and expression, and veteran status. All complaints of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation should be reported to the Office of Equality and Diversity who will work in conjunction with the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. Links for OED-1 and OED-3 can be found at:
9. Dishonesty/Falsification of Information
Students will be considered in violation of this policy if they:
- Lie or furnish false information to the University or to University officials
- Are aware of false information being furnished by others with the intent to deceive (and do not correct that false information in a timely manner)
- Withhold information pertinent to student misconduct
- Alter or misuse any official documents or University resources including, but not limited to, grade change forms, academic transcripts, course change forms, course withdraw forms, evaluation forms, or electronic resources
- Alter, or have in his/her possession an altered identification card of any form
- 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
- Counterfeit, forge, and fabricate official documents/paperwork
- Intentionally issue a bad check/payment or other financial instrument in order to remove a hold, register for classes or receive an official transcript or diploma
- Providing false information or fail to provide current information for the purpose of defrauding Drexel University or other parties
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 the following:
- 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
- Resorting to physical threats or personal insults.
Students are responsible to comply with a reasonable 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 the following:
- Excessive noise
- Public intoxication
- Lewd 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
- Audio and/or video recording another person(s) without their expressed permission
- Reasonable apprehension of harm
- Threat of violence against oneself or others
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.
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. Medically-prescribed marijuana 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.
Violations of the University Drugs policy include, but are not limited to:
- Consumption, possession, purchase, or use of Drugs.
- Disruptive conduct due in part or in whole to being under the influence of Drugs.
- Giving Drugs to another person(s) or providing a space for the consumption of Drugs.
- Possession or use of 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.
Students should familiarize themselves with the Responsible Dragon Protocol (RDP) found in Section 1: General Information on pages 47-49.
12. Failure to Comply
No student shall fail to comply with any reasonable request, appropriate directive, or disciplinary decision from a University official. No student shall fail to identify oneself, or cooperate with 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.
13. Fire Safety
All occupants must timely 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. 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.
The use and/or possession of fireworks, 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. Off-campus possession with the intent to use on campus 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.
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.
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, fraternity/sorority property, 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.
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.
View the full Drexel University Hazing Prevention Policy at drexel.edu/hazing.
17. Interference with Student Conduct Process
Interfering with the University’s student conduct process is prohibited. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information before a hearing officer, the Hearing Board, or the Appellate Board; knowingly instituting a complaint without good cause or with malintent; harassment and/or intimidation of any witness, member of the Hearing/Appellate Board, complainant/respondent, or University personnel before, during, or following the conclusion of the conduct proceeding; failing to comply with a notice 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. Retaliation related to a person bringing a student conduct complaint or participating in the student conduct process is a violation of this policy.
18. Law and Policy Compliance
Students are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the law. Violations of federal, state, and city laws and ordinances are considered to be a violation of this policy.
The University’s student conduct process acts independently of any legal proceedings.
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.
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.
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.
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). Animals brought on campus in accordance with procedures outlined in OED-5 will not be a violation of this policy. See http://drexel.edu/oed/policies/overview/ for more information about Drexel’s Service and Assistance Animal Policy (OED-5).
Fliers and posters may only be hung throughout the campus on approved posting locations. 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 illegal or irresponsible use of alcoholic beverages, drugs, or tobacco products. Advertising the sale of alcoholic beverages, or any phrase or symbol that would lead the reader to believe that alcohol will be served or consumed is prohibited. Any materials of an obscene nature are prohibited as well as language or material that, in context, depicts or describes, in terms patently offensive as measured by contemporary community standards for Drexel University, sexual or excretory organs or activities.
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.
For other related Residence Hall policies, see page 30 in this Handbook.
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, roof, balcony, or any significant height, without prior University approval, is a violation of this policy. The owner/occupant of a residence hall or fraternity/sorority property room is responsible for anything that leaves the owner/occupant’s window.
23. Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Misconduct Policy – OED-3
The University prohibits sexual and gender-based harassment and misconduct. Sexual and gender-based harassment and misconduct encompasses 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 OED-3 Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Misconduct Policy, violations include sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking, retaliation and sexual offenses against minors as defined in the policy. OED-3 Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Misconduct Policy also applies to Harm to Others when it occurs in the context of intimate partner violence.
All complaints involving Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Misconduct should be reported to the Office of Equality and Diversity. The Office of Equality and Diversity will work collaboratively with the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.
Students are required to review and understand the full definition and scope of OED-3 Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Misconduct Policy found at: http://drexel.edu/oed/policies/overview/
24. 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.
25. Solicitation and Sales
Solicitations and sales are not permitted except by written authorization from the Director of Event Services or designee in conjunction with Student Life. 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 or University buildings, or using Student rooms for business purposes of any nature.
No Student shall take, attempt to take, or assist in the taking of money, property, services, identity, or any item of value for which they do not have rightful possession. 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.
27. Unauthorized Access/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.
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.
28. 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.
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).
The intentional use of physical force or power against another person, group, or community with behavior likely to cause physical or psychological harm. Responding to violence with violence, as defined in the code of conduct, may also be a violation of this policy. Self-defense, if shown by a preponderance of the evidence, would result in a finding of no violation of a violence charge under this policy.
Engaging in conduct, including any gesture, written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication (which includes emails, text messages, and internet postings on websites or other social media) that is so severe or pervasive and objectively offensive that it substantially disrupts or intereferes with the rights of a Student or any other member of the University community.
No Student shall keep, use, possess, display, or transport any rifle, shotgun, handgun, pellet or BB gun, stun gun, dangerous knife, 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.