Standards for Conduct
Standards for Conduct
Students living on campus are expected to know and abide by the University Student Conduct Code, which pertains to all students. More specifically, on-campus residents must know and abide by specific expectations, related to on-campus living. These are described in the On-Campus Community Standards section, which follows the University Student Conduct Code.
University Student Conduct Code
The university values teaching and learning in an environment that supports the rights of individuals to express views and opinions, to associate freely with others, and to live, work and assemble peacefully. The student conduct code maintains the principles of respect, honesty, and responsibility to create a safe, healthy environment for members of the campus community while preserving an educational process that is consistent with the mission of the university.
Jurisdiction of the Student Conduct Code
The student conduct code will apply to conduct that occurs on university premises, at university sponsored activities, activities that can be interpreted as representing the university, and to off-campus conduct that adversely affects the university community and/or the pursuit of its objectives. Each student will be responsible for his/her conduct from the time of application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree, even though conduct may occur before classes begin or after classes end, as well as during the academic year and during periods between terms of actual enrollment (and even if their conduct is not discovered until after a degree is awarded). The student conduct code will apply to a student’s conduct even if the student withdraws from school while a disciplinary matter is pending. The dean of students or designee will decide whether the student conduct code will be applied to conduct occurring off campus, on a case by case basis, at his/her sole discretion.
Generally, this decision will be based on whether or not a conduct violation seriously threatens the health or safety of any person or adversely interferes with or disrupts the educational or other functions of the university.
Student Rights in the Conduct Process
All students accused of violating the Student Conduct Code or the Department of Residence Community Standards have the right of due process which includes:
• Being notified of the alleged violation in advance
• Being notified of a timely hearing with a student conduct administrator in advance
• Receiving written and verbal statements about the allegation no later than at the hearing
• Having an opportunity to present one’s explanation or defense about the allegation. At the administrative hearing, the student shall be informed, as completely as possible, of all matters relating to the alleged violation(s). The student will be provided with an explanation of:
- The misconduct and the rule(s) violated.
- The evidence.
- The possible conduct sanctions that could be taken in the case.
- The process of and right to appeal
Determination of Sanctions
Sanctions may be imposed on any student found responsible for violating the student conduct code. Factors which may be considered include:
• Past conduct history
• Severity of the damage, injury, or harm resulting from the offense.
• The student’s honesty and cooperation with staff during the investigation of the complaint and subsequent conduct hearing.
• Whether the violation involved an action directed at another based on his/her race, religion, ethnic origin, gender, age, physical ability, or sexual orientation.
A follow-up letter will be sent via email to the student no more than 10 class days after the scheduled hearing to summarize the findings. This follow-up letter will include details of the conduct sanction conditions.
Student conduct sanctions will vary depending upon the violation and the circumstances of the violation. Consequences may include university warning or probation, transfer to another hall, termination of the contract, university suspension or expulsion, referrals to health/counseling agencies, referrals to civil authorities, and other consequences appropriate to the level of violation.
Violations which involve physical and emotional threats or assault or risks to safety and security of residents and staff (fire, false alarms, weapons, etc.) will always involve possible sanctions of civil prosecution, immediate cancellation of the housing and dining contraction and may include university suspension or expulsion.
Violations involving alcohol and other drugs will always involve possible referrals to heal/counseling agencies in addition to other appropriate sanctions noted above.
Conduct Appeal and Notification
All decisions and avenues of appeal will be communicated to the student in their sanction letter via email. Appeals must be made (in writing to the director of residence life) within five class days from the date of notice of a decision. The time for appeal may be reduced if the circumstances of the misconduct pose a continued risk/disruption to the residents.
Appeals will be considered for the following reasons:
• Procedural fairness
• Appropriateness of sanctions
• New information
Failure to participate in the hearing is not a basis for appeal. An appeal may be decided on the basis of the written record without further hearings. The decision reached on appeal is final.
Code of Conduct
The conduct rules and regulations exist for the protection and safety of all members of the university community. The university values an educational environment built on three core principles of honesty, respect and responsibility. Any student or organization found to have (1) committed, (2) attempted to commit, and/or (3) aided or assisted others in committing the following misconduct will be subject to the disciplinary sanctions outlined in Article IV.
Living a life of integrity is at the heart of what makes us good citizens, leaders, friends, and colleagues who share the common goal of building our community. Acts of dishonesty include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Furnishing false, incomplete, or misleading information to any university official, faculty member, staff member or office.
• Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any University document, record or instrument of identification.
• Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys or other access devices (e.g., key cards) to any university premises or unauthorized entry to or use of university premises, equipment or other resources.
• Theft and/or damage to property of the university or property of a member of the university community or other personal or public property, on or off campus.
• Theft or other abuse of computer facilities and resources, including but not limited to:
- Unauthorized transfer of a file.
- Use of another individual’s identification, email account (without authorization), and/or password.
- Use of computing facilities and resources to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member, staff member, or University official.
- Use of computing facilities and resources to send obscene or threatening messages.
- Use of computing facilities and resources to interfere with normal operation of the University computing system.
- Use of computing facilities and resources in violation of copyright laws.
- Any violation of the use of computer resources policy.
A community that values respect supports the rights of individuals to live and work with others in a safe environment that reflects the educational ideals of the university. To the extent provided by law, students may not be subject to discipline under this student conduct code for engaging in speech activities that are protected by the First Amendment. Violations of respect include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Physical, verbal, or sexual abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, stalking, coercion, and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person (this rule also applies to the use of electronic resources, such as online communities, email, web logs, etc.).
• Violation of the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy, which prohibits sexual misconduct in any form and which includes any unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that is committed without consent or by force, intimidation, coercion, or manipulation. (Note: If you or someone you know may be a victim of sexual misconduct, sexual assault, or any other behaviors prohibited under this policy, you are strongly encouraged to seek immediate assistance from Violence Intervention Services, Student Health Center (319) 273-2137 or UNI Police, Gilchrist Hall, Room 30, (319) 273-2712).
• Participating in an on campus or off campus demonstration, riot or activity that disrupts the normal operations of the university and/or infringes on the rights of other members of the university community; leading or inciting others to disrupt scheduled and/or normal activities within any campus building or area or in relation to a university activity.
• Obstruction of the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on university premises or at university sponsored or supervised functions.
• Conduct that is disorderly, lewd or indecent; breach of peace; or aiding, assisting, or procuring another person to breach the peace on university premises or at functions sponsored by, or participated in by, the university or members of the university community.
• Any unauthorized use of electronic or other devices to make an audio or video record of any person without his/her prior knowledge, or without his/her effective consent when such a recording is likely to cause injury or distress. This includes, but is not limited to, surreptitiously taking pictures of another person in a gym, locker room or restroom.
• Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, other university activities, including its public service functions on or off campus, or of other authorized non-university activities when the conduct occurs on university premises.
• Hazing, defined as any act which intentionally, unintentionally or recklessly endangers the physical, mental or emotional health or safety of a student and/or results in ridicule, for the purpose of admission into, affiliation with or as a condition for continued membership in any group is prohibited. This applies to any group, organization or team connected with the university, regardless of the individual’s willingness to participate in any forced or required activity. Failure to report hazing activity may be considered a violation of this policy.
• Failure to comply with directions of university officials or law enforcement officers acting in performance of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so.
• Intentionally sounding a false fire alarm or tampering with fire safety equipment.
• Violation of any university policy, rule, or regulation published in hard copy or available electronically on the university website.
Students are expected to engage in responsible social conduct that reflects positively upon the university community and to model good citizenship in any community. Violations of responsibility include, but are not limited to:
• Use, possession, manufacturing, dispensation, or distribution of marijuana, narcotics, or other controlled substances except as expressly permitted by law.
• Use, possession, manufacturing, dispensation, or distribution of alcoholic beverages (except as expressly permitted by university regulations), or public intoxication. Alcoholic beverages may not, in any circumstances, be used by, possessed by, or distributed to any person under twenty-one (21) years of age.
• Use or possession on the campus or at or during any university-authorized function or event of firearms, ammunition, or other dangerous weapons, substances, or materials, except as expressly authorized by the university, or of bombs, explosives, or explosive or incendiary devices prohibited by law.
• Violation of any federal, state, or local law.
• Undue or willful neglect to meet financial obligations to the university when properly notified by the university.
• Abuse of the student conduct code system, including but not limited to:
- Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information as part of a conduct proceeding.
- Disruption or interference with the orderly execution of a conduct proceeding.
- Submission of a charge that is known to be false. Improperly attempting to discourage an individual’s appropriate participation in, or use of, the student conduct code system.
- Improperly attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of a Hearing Panel prior to, during, and/or after the course of a Hearing Panel proceeding.
- Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of any participant(s) of a conduct proceeding or their family members, friends, or acquaintances, including but not limited to, witnesses, panel members, or advisors, prior to, during, and/or after a student conduct proceeding.
- Retaliation against a victim or other person who files a student conduct complaint or any participant(s) of a conduct proceeding, including but not limited to, their family members, friends, or acquaintances, witnesses, panel members, or advisors, prior to, during, and/or after a student conduct proceeding.
This includes any form of intimidation, threats, harassment or knowingly filing a false complaint.
- Violation of a sanction(s) imposed under the student conduct code.
- Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the student conduct code system.
Department of Residence Rules and Regulations
The Department of Residence is committed to maintaining an academic and social environment conducive to the intellectual and personal development of students. Community standards—such as those in this section—serve as a common point of reference for those living together in the residence halls. The Student Conduct Code, describes the expectations for student behavior and the procedures for responding to alleged conduct violations, including possible sanctions.
Any act which violates federal or state law, local ordinance, university policy or Department of Residence community standards—whether on or off university property—constitutes a violation of the Student Conduct Code and may subject students to university disciplinary action, criminal prosecution, and/or civil action.
Each resident is responsible to know and comply with all policies, rules and regulations of the university and Department of Residence, including those published here. This includes not being present while other students or guests are violating policies, rules, or regulations. In addition, each resident has the right to complete an incident report regarding possible violations and/or report alleged violations to University Police. Department of Residence staff will work with the student to assist them through that process when/if necessary.
If a student is determined to be responsible for violating a department or university policy, rule or regulation, the sanction(s) will depend on the circumstances, as our student conduct system is based on individuals and education.
Failure to comply per the Code of Conduct.
Alcohol Consumption: Residence Halls
In accordance with state law, only students of legal age may possess or consume alcoholic beverages.
If none of the students assigned to a living space are of legal age, alcohol is not permitted in the living space.
This includes empty alcohol containers.
If all students assigned to the living space are of legal age, alcohol may only be consumed according to the
• The room door must be closed anytime alcohol is being consumed.
• Alcoholic beverages must be limited to a container size of one gallon.
• Alcoholic beverages may not be brought into dining centers or other public locations.
• The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation or possession of alcohol on property owned or leased by the University of Northern Iowa or in conjunction with a university-sponsored activity is prohibited.
If one or more, but not all, students assigned to a living space are of legal age, only students of legal age may consume alcohol and must follow the alcohol consumption policies. Only guests of the student(s) of legal age, who are also of legal age, may consume alcohol in that living space. Students are expected to complete a roommate agreement form to address, in addition to other topics, alcohol consumption concerns within the shared living space.
Enforcement of the alcohol policy will include requiring person(s) to provide proof of age and having underage person(s) or others in possession of alcohol in inappropriate locations dispose of the alcohol as directed. All residents, if disruptive or acting inappropriately, will be documented for possible disciplinary action and/or referred to University Health Services.
Also, non-residents may be required to leave the facility if:
• they are underage and in possession of alcohol
• they are in possession of alcohol in inappropriate locations
• if they are disruptive or acting inappropriately
Each incident will be documented for possible disciplinary action and/or referral of students to University Health Services. UNI Police may be called to assist and arrest, when necessary.
Alcohol Consumption: ROTH
ROTH residents are expected to follow the policies above. In addition, ROTH residents can only consume alcohol in their apartment or suite bedroom. Residents of legal age living in ROTH must complete an agreement with all other roommates regarding the use of alcohol in the common living areas.
Alcohol Consumption: Panther Village
Panther Village residents are expected to follow the policies above. Residents of legal age living in Panther Village must complete an agreement with all other roommates regarding the use of alcohol in the common living areas.
Alcohol Sources Strictly Prohibited
All common sources of alcohol, including but not limited to kegs, punch bowls, one-gallon beer balls, beer bats, beer bongs, beer taps or excessive amounts of alcohol in bottles or cases, are prohibited in Panther Village, the residence halls and ROTH.
Public bathroom facilities in are designated for men or women. No resident or guest may use or enter a bathroom designated for the opposite sex.
University of Northern Iowa computing resources are for use by the students, faculty, staff and other authorized users of the University of Northern Iowa; and only for purposes consistent with the mission of the university. The university by its very nature values openness and promotes access to a wide range of information. Campus information systems have been designed to be as open as possible and, as such, the university insists on appropriate use of these systems.
Because disruption of the electronic environment has widespread consequences for many members of the university community and because electronic information is easily reproduced, respect for the work and rights of others is especially important. Systems are not private. The university reserves the right for its system administrators to monitor systems under their control and responsibility when necessary.
Entry or Occupation of Room
Unauthorized occupation and entry into any residence facility, dining facility, or student room and/or unauthorized possession of Department of Residence keys are prohibited.
Furniture is provided for residence hall lobbies and lounges for the use of all residents in the building. Relocation of public area furniture to student rooms is prohibited and considered theft.
• Residents and their guests are required to comply with all university and Department of Residence policies. Guests are defined as family members, friends or other persons related to or affiliated in any way with the resident.
• Residents are responsible for the behavior of their guest(s) and for informing them of policies.
• Guests must follow escort policies as posted in each facility.
• Bathroom facilities in residence hall houses are designated for men or women. Persons may only use bathrooms designated for their gender.
• Residents are not permitted to host guests who have any active trespass restrictions.
• The privilege of having guests may be revoked immediately if it is abused or if there are violations of policies and procedures of the hall or the university involving the guests.
• Residents may have overnight guests in their room subject to the limitations listed below.
• Overnight guests are only allowed with the consent of all other roommates. Visitation or overnight guests of one roommate should not infringe on the rights or access of other roommates.
• If they obtain permission of their roommate/s a resident may host an overnight guest for a maximum of three consecutive nights within a one-week period.
• Students may not excessively host overnight guests over the course of a semester.
• Permission must be obtained in advance from the residence life coordinator if a resident wishes to host a guest who is under 18 years old.
For the welfare of all students and to protect the property of the residence facilities, students are expected to have their ID card in their possession at all times. Department of Residence staff may request proof of identity of any person in a housing or dining facility. Failure to show proper identification to a university staff person upon request is a violation of university rules and regulations. Misrepresentation or misuse of student identification is prohibited.
• Courtesy hours are in effect 24 hours a day. Residents and guests are expected to be respectful of other residents at all times and respect another’s right to sleep, study or not be disturbed.
• Quiet hours imply that the sound level should be such that music and other sound will be confined to an individual room. Noise should not be heard outside of one’s room, nor should noise from the hallway, restroom or lounge be heard in student rooms.
• Consult with your RA about the best times and locations to practice with a musical instrument.
• Keep volume low on stereos and television sets late at night and into the early morning hours.
• Specific quiet hours may be determined by the hall government and the hall staff within the standards set by the Department of Residence.
• Each resident is expected to initially confront any noise problem that is of concern and to call upon the hall staff if assistance is needed.
• Amplified sound should never be directed out of windows.
No animals, with the exception of fish and service animals, are allowed in housing or dining facilities. Laboratory specimens are not allowed. The university assumes no responsibility for harm or loss to an aquarium for any reason.
Practical jokes and pranks may damage property or injure other students. Practical jokes and pranks can also increase the noise level and disturb other residents. Such acts that violate DOR or University policy are prohibited.
Window screens are not to be removed. There is a $20 fine for each occurrence.
Smoking restrictions will comply with the Iowa Smoke Free Air Act. No “electric” or tobacco-free cigarettes are allowed.
Sports in Hallways
Playing sports in hallways is prohibited.
Substance Free House Expectations
Residents who choose to live in a substance free house are expected to sign a contract, which is based on a code of honor, agreeing to comply with the guidelines set by the Department of Residence for substance-free houses.
It’s the resident’s responsibility to support the terms of the agreement, and to be a responsible participant in the function of the house.
Residents and guests who come to the community under the influence of drugs or alcohol may be denied access.
If a violation of the contract occurs, it will be administered by the Department of Residence staff. Violation of policies may result in your housing being reassigned to a non-substance-free house.
Throwing Objects from Windows
For safety reasons, objects of any kind are not to be thrown out of windows.
Twenty-four-hour visitation is available to residents of all facilities, seven days per week. Non-residents must be escorted at all times by building residents. Residents may vote to reduce the hours of 24-hour visitation. Any changes in the visitation policy must be approved by the Department of Residence. Students should not violate visitation policies determined by a specific facility.
Candles and Other Open Flames
Open flames, including such items as candles, laboratory burners, stoves, torches or hotplates, present a serious fire hazard and are not permitted in ANY area. Candles without wicks are allowed for decorative purposes or for use with a candle warmer. All other candles will be confiscated.
Incense may not be burned, as it is a fire hazard and the odor cannot be contained in one room, suite or apartment.
For halls that do not provide lofts, lofts must be dismantled prior to finals week, or during designated finals week courtesy hours, to minimize disruption of others’ study time.
No modification of light switches, lights or electrical outlets is allowed, including installation of dimmer switches, ceiling fans, etc.
Food and Cleanliness
Residents should not store perishable food items in open containers to limit the likelihood of insect infestation. It is the student’s responsibility to keep the room clean, to take trash to the hall’s designated trash room or outside to the dumpster on a regular basis, and to cooperate in the maintenance of public areas. Residents need to provide their own cleaning supplies and equipment. Residence hall houses will have brooms, dustpans and dust mops. Some houses/apartments/halls have purchased vacuum cleaners for residents to check out.
Policy on Ethical Behavior with Respect to the Electronic Information Environment
Unauthorized or inappropriate use of the University of Northern Iowa computing resources is prohibited and is grounds for sanctions which can include suspension or loss of computing privileges, disciplinary action, or, in extreme cases, legal action. Users with access to University Computer Services may be held personally responsible for ANY use made of their authorization. “Authorization” refers to the computer account, transaction authorization, or any other means by which one gains access to any computer system.
UNI policy prohibiting sexual harassment covers all uses of electronic technology and communication on campus, including e-mail correspondences and news groups.
The following is a sample, but not exhaustive, list of behaviors with respect to the electronic environment which are expressly prohibited:
• Accessing without authorization or attempting to access, alter, erase or intercept (such as by bus or network monitoring) computer data that are not one’s own. Accessing, or attempting to access, equipment or networks at UNI or elsewhere via UNI resources, without permission. Using, or attempting to use, someone else’s authorization.
• Permitting others (at UNI or elsewhere) to use one’s own authorization.
• Modifying or extending network services and wiring beyond the intended use.
• Concealing or attempting to conceal one’s identity when using university resources, except when anonymous access is explicitly provided.
• Forgery or misrepresentation of one’s identity.
• Impairing, interrupting or inhibiting any other person’s access to or use of resources except consequential to normal and acceptable use. (Examples include generating or spreading a virus, sending codes to lock another person’s keyboard, making excessive noise, and inordinate consumption of resources, including network bandwidth).
• Sending anonymous, deceptive, fraudulent or unwelcome electronic communications, such as chain letters.
• Violating license agreements, copyrights or intellectual property rights. Violating contractual obligations of the university. (See UNI Policy Copyright-Protected Computer Materials).
• Re-transmitting UNI-specific or commercially obtained network resources outside of the university community.
• Commercial use of information from university databases or university resources.
• Information Technology Services violations could result in disciplinary action and the loss of service.
(President’s Cabinet Approved, 4/13/98)
Violation of the Law and University Discipline
University conduct proceedings are separate from criminal or civil litigation. Formal rules of process, procedure and evidence, such as those applied in the criminal or civil court are not used in student conduct proceedings.
University disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with conduct that potentially violates both the criminal law and the student conduct code (that is, if both possible violations result from the same factual situation) without regard to civil or criminal litigation in court or criminal arrest and prosecution.
Proceedings under this student conduct code may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off campus, at the discretion of the dean of students or designee. Determinations made or sanctions imposed under this student conduct code will not be subject to change because criminal charges arising out of the same facts giving rise to violation of university rules were dismissed, reduced, or resolved in favor of or against the criminal law defendant.
When a student is charged by federal, state or local authorities with a violation of law, the university will not request or agree to special consideration for that individual because of his or her status as a student. If the alleged offense is also being processed under the student conduct code, the university has the right to advise off-campus authorities of the existence of the student conduct code and of how such matters are typically handled within the university community. The university will attempt to cooperate with law enforcement and other agencies in the enforcement of criminal law on campus and in the conditions imposed by criminal courts for the rehabilitation of student violators (provided that the conditions do not conflict with campus rules or sanctions).
Individual students and other members of the university community, acting in their personal capacities, remain free to interact with governmental representatives (e.g., attorneys, police officers) as they deem appropriate.
Good Samaritan Provision
Students who seek medical assistance for themselves or another person due to intoxication of alcohol and/or drugs will not be subject to university disciplinary action, except when it has been determined that another violation of university policy has occurred (for example destruction of university property; fire safety violation; physical harm to another person, etc.). This includes an alleged victim of sexual misconduct or another student who shares information as either a witness to or as a reporter of sexual misconduct as long as the report is made in good faith. In order for this policy to apply, the student must agree to complete any and all recommended educational programming or other treatment recommended by the Dean of Students or a Student Conduct Administrator.
Examples where this policy would apply include:
• A student is reluctant to call an ambulance when a friend becomes unconscious following excessive consumption of alcohol because the reporting student is under the age of 21 and was also consuming alcohol.
• A student is reluctant to report that he/she has been sexually assaulted because he/she had been consuming alcohol and is under the age of 21.
Any exemption from disciplinary action granted under this policy may only apply to disciplinary action and/or sanctions under the Student Conduct Code and does not apply to any criminal action taken by law enforcement, such as issuing a citation or making an arrest.
While this provision applies to individual students, if an organization has been found in violation of the Student Conduct Code, then the organization’s willingness to seek medical assistance for a guest may be viewed as a mitigating factor if or when sanctions are issued.