Drexel University's Academic Integrity Policy prohibits the following types of misconduct: plagiarism, cheating, fabrication and academic misconduct. To gain a complete understanding of the Academic Integrity standards review the Academic Integrity Policy.
Violations of the University Alcohol Policy include, but are not limited to:
- Consumption, possession, or purchase, 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. Directing, requiring, or encouraging underage persons to be in a space where alcohol is easily accessible may be considered a violation of this policy.
- 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.
- Simulated drinking games are prohibited regardless of whether alcohol is used.
- Hosts of social events involving alcohol should also review the Social Host Policy.
Students and Student Organizations should familiarize themselves with the Responsible Dragon Amnesty Policy (RDAP) and how amnesty of this Policy can apply if conditions are met during a medical emergency. RLSC has the final determination on the application of RDAP to any Policy violation.
For Students and Student Organizations that reside in University residential facilities, additional Alcohol policies apply beyond the Code of Conduct. Please review the Residential Facilities Policies on our Other Policies page.
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 prohibited conduct will be considered a violation of this policy.
Destruction of Property
- Damage, attempted damage, or participating in the damaging of property belonging to or in the care of the University, a member of the University community, or a campus visitor is prohibited.
- Acts of vandalism on- and off-campus will be considered a violation of this Policy
- Accidental damages should be promptly reported to the most appropriate authority or University official.
- Students who fail to report significant damages in a timely manner will be considered in violation of this Policy.
Additional guidelines exist for those living in campus housing. Please review the Residential Facilities Policies on our Other Policies page for more information.
Discrimination, Harassment, and Bias Incident Prevention Policy (OED-1)
The University is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment free from all forms of discrimination and harassment for all University community members. 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 bias retaliation should be reported to the Office of Equality and Diversity, who will work in conjunction with Residential Living and Student Conduct.
The full Discrimination, Harassment, and Bias Prevention Policy (OED-1) can be found on the Office of Equality and Diversity's Policy page.
Dishonesty/Falsification of Information
One of Drexel's core values is integrity. The University expects Students and Student Organizations to behave in accordance with this core value and to not knowingly mislead fellow Students, University Officials, or community members. Dishonesty and falsification of information are prohibited. These actions can take many forms. The following examples are intended to provide clarity, but this list is not exhaustive:
- Lying or providing false information to the University or to a University official.
- Awareness of false information being provided by others and not correcting the information.
- Withholding information from University officials.
- Altering or misusing any official documents or University resources including, but not limited to: grade change forms, academic transcripts, admissions applications, course change forms, course withdraw forms, evaluation forms, or electronic resources.
- Altering or possessing an altered identification card of any form (fake ID).
- Counterfeiting, forging, or fabricating official documents personally or through a third party.
- Issuing a bad check or payment to the University.
- Providing false information or failing to provide current information to Drexel University or other parties.
- Using a third party to submit applications, transcripts, or other official documents to the University or other parties can be considered a violation of this Policy.
Behavior that disturbs the peace, academic study, or sleep of others both on or off campus is prohibited. This Policy applies to behaviors in the classroom/research setting as well behaviors on- and off-campus and in residential facilities. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Excessively leaving and entering a classroom without authorization.
- Repeatedly dominating online discussion boards or forums.
- Resorting to personal insults.
- Excessive noise.
- Lewd or indecent conduct.
- Throwing, dropping, or projecting any object or substance that has the potential for causing damage to property, injury, or disruption.
- Intentionally interfering with the freedom of expression or movement of others.
- Interfering with University activity such as recreation, meetings, and public events.
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 Event & Conference Services.
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. Drugs and Drug paraphernalia will be confiscated when found on University property.
Violations of the University Drugs Policy include, but are not limited to the following:
- Consumption, possession, purchase, sale, distribution, or use of Drugs including medically prescribed marijuana.
- Inhaling or ingesting substances (e.g., nitrous oxide, glue, paint, etc.) that will alter a person's mental state.
- Disruptive conduct due in part or in whole to being under the influence of Drugs.
- Giving Drugs to another person(s).
- 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. This list is not exhaustive.
Students and Student Organizations should familiarize themselves with the Responsible Dragon Amnesty Policy (RDAP) and how amnesty of this Policy can apply if conditions are met during a medical emergency. RLSC has the final determination on the application of RDAP to any Policy violation.
Drexel University must comply with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act. Accordingly, all Drugs that are illegal under federal law, including medical marijuana, are not permitted on campus.
Failure to Comply
Failure to comply with any reasonable request or appropriate directive from a University official, or with any disciplinary conditions imposed by an authorized University official or group, is prohibited.
High-occupancy buildings such as residence halls, classroom buildings, and laboratories carry a heightened risk regarding fire safety. For this reason, Drexel strictly prohibits behaviors that could pose a fire risk on campus. The following behaviors or actions constitute a violation of the University's Fire Safety Policy. This list is not exhaustive.
- All occupants must vacate a building whenever a fire alarm sounds as soon as possible.
- Setting a fire on University property without prior authorization.
- 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 objects and smoke- or vapor-producing objects including but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookahs, candles, incense, etc., will be considered a violation of this Policy.
- Vaping or the use of e-cigarettes is prohibited in all University facilities.
- The use and/or possession of fireworks, smoke bombs, dangerous chemicals, explosive or flammable fuels, bottle rockets, or explosives is prohibited on University property. This list is not exhaustive.
- In accordance with Philadelphia ordinances, smoking is prohibited within 20 feet of any entrance, exit, operable window, or air intake of a University facility, including sidewalks and thoroughfares.
- Smoking is prohibited in all outdoor Smoke-Free designated areas, including outdoor athletic/recreation facilities, and during all University-sponsored outdoor events.
Students living in residence halls must also comply with the additional Policies listed under Residential Facilities Policies on our Other Policies page.
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.
Drexel University Students are responsible for the guests they invite, bring, or host on campus. The behavior of guests on campus will be attributed to their Drexel Host at all times.
Guests are required to provide an acceptable form of identification with a photo (driver's license or university/college/school ID) when requested by a University official.
Additional policies apply for Guests under Residential Facilities Policies on our Other Policies page.
Drexel University Student Organizations (e.g. registered student organizations, club, intramural and athletic teams, other student groups, and other persons associated with an organization) and individual Students are prohibited from hazing.
Drexel University does not tolerate hazing. Any registered student organization, club intramural and athletic team, other student group, and other persons associated with an organization found responsible of Hazing, Aggravated Hazing, or Organizational Hazing under this Policy, whether occurring on- or off-campus, may face disciplinary action from the University, and may also face criminal charges under state law, including The Timothy J. Piazza Anti-Hazing Law, C.S. § 2801, et seq.
The purpose of this policy is to explain how Drexel University defines hazing, identifies how the University will enforce this Policy, and identifies resources for reporting violations of this Policy. This Policy applies to any acts of Hazing, Aggravated Hazing, or Organizational Hazing occurring on- or off-campus.
Drexel University adheres to The Timothy J. Piazza Anti-Hazing Law. The Timothy J. Piazza Anti-Hazing Law defines hazing to include: Hazing, Aggravated Hazing, and Organizational Hazing. Hazing, Aggravated Hazing, and Organizational Hazing (defined below) are each prohibited by Drexel University's Policy. It shall not be a defense that the consent of a Student was sought or obtained. It is also not a defense that the conduct was sanctioned or approved by the Organization.
Hazing: A person commits the offence of hazing if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly, for the purpose of initiating, admitting, or affiliating a Student into or with an organization, or for the purpose of continuing or enhancing Student's membership or status in an organization, causes, coerces, or forces a Student to do any of the items listed below (1) - (6). Hazing shall NOT include reasonable and customary athletic, law enforcement, or military training, contests, competitions, or events.
- Violate Federal or State criminal law;
- Consume any food, liquid, alcoholic liquid, drug or other substance which subjects the Student to a risk of emotional or physical harm;
- Endure brutality of a physical nature, including whipping, beating, branding, calisthenics or exposure to the elements;
- Endure brutality of a mental nature, including activity adversely affecting the mental health or dignity of the individual, sleep deprivation, exclusion from social contact or conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment;
- Endure brutality of a sexual nature;
- Endure any other activity that creates a reasonable likelihood of bodily injury to the Student.
Aggravated Hazing: A person commits the offense of aggravated hazing if the person commits a violation of Hazing that results in serious bodily injury or death to the Student; and
- The person acts with reckless indifference to the health and safety of the Student; or
- The person causes, coerces, or forces the consumption of an alcoholic liquid or Drug by the Student.
Organizational Hazing: An organization commits the offense of Organizational Hazing if the organization intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly promotes or facilitates a violation of Hazing or Aggravated Hazing.
In compliance with state law, as described above, Drexel University will consider any action taken or situation created as a part of initiating, promoting, fostering, or confirming any form of affiliation in a Student Organization that meets any of the following criteria to be a violation of this policy:
- Violates city, state, or federal laws.
- Violates any Code of Conduct policy.
- Humiliates or degrades an individual or group.
- Endangers an individual or group mentally, physically, or emotionally.
The observation of hazing activities by individuals or groups in a position to intervene but who fail to intervene, or failing to report acts of hazing, will be considered violations of the Hazing Policy. Aiding or assisting another Student to engage in any hazing activity is prohibited.
Retaliating in any manner against any individual who reports hazing or who participates in an investigation of a hazing report is prohibited.
The University's Hazing Policy covers a range of hazing behaviors. The following actions and situations are examples of prohibited behaviors that may constitute hazing. Drexel University may consider any of the following behaviors under the definitions of hazing provided by The Timothy J. Piazza Anti-Hazing Law (see above). This list is not exhaustive.
- Activities or behaviors that create a power differential and unhealthy dynamics between new/prospective members and existing members
- Interference with academic pursuits
- Name calling
- Line-ups and/or berating
- Personal servitude
- Sexual simulations
- Threats or implied threats
- Assignment of duties or tasks not assigned to other members
- Exposure to unsafe environments
- Forcing another person into a shower against their will
- Forced bondage
- Forced branding, tattooing, piercing, or otherwise changing physical appearances
- Forced consumption of food, alcohol, drugs, liquids, or vile substances
- Forced or coerced sexual activity
- Forced dress codes
- Forced greetings or titles
- Games or activities that would cause extreme embarrassment or violate city, state, or federal laws
- Kidnapping or abandonment
- Paddling and other physical assault
- Physical or psychological shocks
- Sleep or food deprivation
- Social isolation
- Subjecting others to unnecessary physical activities such as calisthenics, exercises, or games
- Wearing apparel that is conspicuous and not normally in good taste
Drexel University encourages all members the University community who believe they have witnessed, experienced, or are aware of conduct that constitutes Hazing, Aggravated Hazing or Organizational Hazing, in violation of this Policy, to report the violation by:
- Completing an online report using the Incident Reporting Portal
- Emailing email@example.com
- Calling the RLSC office directly at 215.895.6074
- Requesting a meeting with an RLSC staff member
- Contacting Drexel University Police at 215.895.2222 (in the event of an emergency contact the police immediately)
The report should include the following information, if available:
- Name(s) of the Student or Student Organization alleged to have violated the Code of Conduct.
- A description of the incident.
- Names and contact information of witnesses (if applicable).
- Names and contact information of the person(s) filing the report.
The enforcement of this policy can be found in Section 8: Case Resolution and Investigation Processes of the Code.
Sanction guidelines for violations of this policy can be found in Section 9: Sanctions of the Code.
Students and Student Organizations should familiarize themselves with the Responsible Dragon Amnesty Policy (RDAP) at the beginning of Section 5 and how amnesty of this policy can apply if conditions are met during a medical emergency. RLSC has the final determination on the application of RDAP to any policy violation.
Drexel University will maintain a report of all violations of this Policy or of Federal or State Laws related to Hazing that are reported to the University. This report will be updated biannually on January 1 and August 1 and will post the updated report on its publicly accessible website.
Students or Student Organizations can also refer to some of the following online sources for guidance on developing new membership processes that do not involve hazing activity:
Interference with Student Conduct Process
Any interference with the University's Student Conduct Process is prohibited.
Intimidating conduct that would cause a reasonable person to feel as though there was an imminent threat to their health (mental or physical), safety, or personal property is prohibited under this Policy.
Engaging in conduct, including any gesture, or 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 interferes with the rights of a Student or any other member of the University community will result in disciplinary action.
Law and Policy Compliance
Violations of any federal, state, and city laws and ordinances are considered to be a violation of this Policy.
Students have an ongoing obligation to notify the University of any criminal conviction within thirty (30) calendar days of the occurrence of the conviction. Detailed documentation should be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Violations of any University Policy, rule, or regulation published in hard copy or available on the University's website are a violation of this Policy.
Failure to meet financial obligations with respect to University funds, or conducting any financial transaction with the University unlawfully or unethically is prohibited.
Disposing of refuse of any kind in or near any building owned or operated by Drexel, except in receptacles provided for that purpose, is prohibited. Additionally, overturning receptacles used for trash or recycling will be considered a violation of this Policy.
Students will not bring any pet/animal, regardless of ownership, into any University-owned or -operated building, or chain an animal outside any University-owned building.
All animals that can be leashed must be kept on a leash at all times while on campus. Animals that cannot be leashed 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.
For information about service or assistance animals, please refer to the University's Service and Assistance Animal Policy (OED-5) on the Office of Equality and Diversity's Policy page.
Failure to comply with the Service and Assistance Animal Policy (OED-5) guidelines may be a violation of this Policy.
Flyers and posters may only be hung throughout the campus on approved posting locations. All materials for posting must be stamped for approval prior to distribution. Posting approval for the University, including the residence halls, is maintained by Student Life located in the Creese Student Center.
Advertisements or postings should not refer to or promote alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, or Drug use. Any materials of an explicit sexual nature, such as images of sexual activity or nudity, are prohibited, as well as materials that are demeaning, degrading, derogatory, threatening, harassing, or discriminatory and based on an individual or group's identity or affiliation such as race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, status as a veteran, or any other such characteristic. Postings which contain language or material that violates any University Policies are prohibited. "Post It" notes, writings on whiteboards and other handmade postings may be considered under this policy.
Postings not approved by the appropriate University personnel will be removed immediately and the student or organization responsible that posted said flyers may be subject to disciplinary action.
Each University department reserves the right to approve or deny any posting.
Privacy and Electronic Media Violations
The misuse of electronic media devices is prohibited, including but not limited to using mobile phones, tablets, data storage devices, cameras, printers, computers, computer lines/networks or computing facilities in ways that:
- Make an audio, photo, or video record of any person(s) without prior knowledge, or without effective consent, or where the photo or video were made in violation of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania laws.
- Alter or access another's phone voice mailbox, website, social media accounts, or other online presence without permission or creating social media accounts for someone without permission.
- Posting or distributing material via electronic media (e.g., online social networks like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or websites, mobile apps, blogs, emails, IMs, CDs, DVDs, etc.) that violates the Code of Conduct Policies.
- Consent to be recorded does not imply consent for such records to be displayed, published, transmitted, or otherwise disseminated.
- Misuse of electronic systems or methods ("hacking") is prohibited.
Drexel University prohibits any member of the community from retaliating against any person for raising good faith concerns about student behavior that may violate the Code of Conduct. Retaliation is defined as any adverse action taken against a person in response to that person's participation in the conduct process including, but not limited to, the following:
- Reporting an incident of alleged misconduct
- Filing a complaint with OED, RLSC, or any other Drexel department
- Cooperating in an inquiry or investigation
- Participating in any of the University's complaint resolution processes in any capacity
- Participating as a Board member on a University Hearing or Appeal Board
Retaliation can include a wide variety of behaviors. Examples of retaliation behavior include, but are not limited to:
- Stalking, harassment, bullying, intimidation, threats, or engaging in physical violence
- Adverse employment action (termination, reduction in pay, etc.)
- Adverse action related to educational opportunities, such as changing grades, class schedule, or co-op participation
- Adverse social actions such as exclusion or removal from a living community, Student Organization, or committee, or publishing personally identifiable information about an individual including on websites or social media sites
- Encouraging or asking others to engage in retaliatory behavior on one's behalf
This Policy applies for retaliation behavior by Students. Allegations of retaliation by faculty or staff should be directed to the faculty or staff member's supervisor or human resources.
Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Misconduct (OED-3)
The University prohibits sexual and gender-based harassment and misconduct. Sexual 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 this Policy, sexual misconduct includes sexual- or gender-based 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.
All complaints of sexual- and gender-based harassment, misconduct and retaliation should be reported to the Office of Equality and Diversity (OED), who will work in conjunction with Residential Living and Student Conduct for resolution.
Students are required to review and understand the full definition and scope of the University's Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Misconduct Policy (OED-3) found on the Office of Equality and Diversity's Policy page.
Solicitations and sales are not permitted without proper authorization from University officials.
Door-to-door solicitation is prohibited at all times, including distributing anything underneath doors of residence halls or other University rooms. Students are prohibited from using University facilities for business purposes of any nature without proper authorization from a University official.
The sale of tobacco products by members of the University community and/or invited guests is prohibited on campus property.
The most simplistic definition of theft is "an unlawful taking." Drexel University expects Students to respect the property or services of others at all times. Violations of the University's Theft Policy include, but are not limited to:
- Taking, attempting 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.
- Using property or services without proper authorization or permission.
- Knowing, possessing, retaining, or disposing of any stolen property.
Unauthorized access or entry to, into, or onto any property owned or operated by the University or any private or restricted property is prohibited.
The University prohibits access to windows, roofs, balconies, railings, ledges, and fire escapes of all University-owned or -operated buildings.
Unauthorized Use of University Property or Documents
Students are expected to utilize University property and documents expressly for purposes which they are entitled to. Examples of a violation of the Unauthorized Use of University Property or Documents Policy 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 Libraries, and other ID-required buildings/facilities.
- Use, possession, or sale of a parking tag that was not specifically issued to the Student.
- Possession, duplication, or sale of any University keys not specifically issued to the Student.
- Unauthorized use of University documents, records, or information.
- Use of official University property or services for personal use or for use other than originally intended.
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones)
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones) are prohibited from being operated inside or near University facilities including residence halls.
Students must comply with the City of Philadelphia and Federal Aviation Administration regulations related to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones).
Physical violence or threatened physical violence against another person or group is prohibited. Responding to violence with violence may also be a violation of this Policy.
The possession of weapons on University property or at University-sponsored events is prohibited. Students should not keep, use, possess, transport, or display the following list of weapons. This list is not exhaustive.
- 3-D printed weapons
- Airsoft rifles/pistols
- Ammunition including rounds, casings, shells, clips, magazines, cartridges, and paint pellets
- Bows, crossbows, and arrows
- Brass knuckles
- Dangerous knives (switchblades or any knife with a blade over 3” that is not designed or used for food preparation or eating)
- Decorative swords
- Guns (handguns, shotguns, semi-automatic weapons, automatic weapons, rifles etc.)
- Lethal or dangerous device capable of causing injury
- Mace or pepper spray
- Makeshift weapons
- Martial art weapons
- Pellet or BB guns
- Projectile weapons triggered by air, gas, explosion, or mechanical means
- Stun guns or Tasers
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.
Students who wish to know more about safety resources on Drexel's campus should visit the Department of Public Safety's website.
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, inline skates, and scooters. This list is not exhaustive.
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. It is strongly recommended that Students utilize helmets and other safety equipment when operating a bicycle.
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 and Life Safety. Exceptions can be made for residents of Stiles Alumni Hall, please contact RLSC staff for more information.
The use of hoverboards, skateboards, skates, inline 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 hoverboards, skateboards, skates, inline skates, or scooters is never permitted inside any University building.
Motorcycles, Motorbikes, and Motorized Scooters
In accordance with PA Motor Vehicle law, motorcycles, motorbikes, or motorized scooters may not be operated on sidewalks or pedestrian pathways. Motorcycles, motorbikes, or motorized scooters must be parked in designated parking spaces and may not be stored or parked within University buildings.