Violations of the Student Code of Conduct

For ease of reference, specific violations are offered in detail below. Violations are categorized by (Category IIII), then by type (Personal, Civility and Public Order, and Substances,), in alphabetical order under each type. Category I violations are generally considered less severe when compared to Category II violations. Category III violations are generally the most severe and may result in suspension or expulsion from the Residence Hall system or the College.

Category III

Personal Violations

Assault, Abuse, Fighting

Includes any behavior that creates a substantial risk where bodily harm could be the result of the action. Examples include but are not limited to fist hitting, open hand slapping, kicking.  Regardless if contact is made or not where the intent is clear to engage in physical contact. This includes the use of physical means to initiate or resolve conflict.  Any retaliation or response to verbal provocation when retreat or withdrawal is a viable option.  Intentionally or recklessly causing physical harm to a person, intentionally or recklessly threatening or causing reasonable apprehension of such harm, the use of self-defense spray in an offensive manner, and holding someone against his or her will.

Dating Violence

Any act of violence, including physical, sexual, psychological, or verbal, committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a victim’s statement with consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.

Domestic Violence

Any felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a person who is a current or former spouse of the victim, a person with whom the victim shares a child in common with, a person with whom the victim has been cohabitating with or has previously cohabitated with such as a spouse, or person similarly situated as the spouse under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which it occurs.

Bias / Hate Behavior

Includes any threatening, intimidating, or fear provoking behavior motivated by a consideration (real or perceived) based on race, color, age, religion, or national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other protected characteristics that is oral, written, graphic, or physical relating to an individual’s protected characteristics, which is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent that it interferes with or limits the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from the educational institution’s resources or opportunities. Protected characteristics include but are not limited to: race, color, religion, sex, age, or national origin per federal laws or on the basis age, color, religion, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, race, gender, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or sexual orientation per NYS laws.

Harassment

Unwelcome oral, written, graphic, electronic or physical conduct directed against a person which is so severe or pervasive that it effectively denies the individual’s reasonable access to institutional resources, employment, academic performance or participation in institutional programs or activities and creates a working, learning, program or activity environment that a reasonable person would find intimidating, hostile or offensive. Including behavior based on one or more of that person’s protected characteristics or statuses (race, color, religion, sex, age, or national origin per federal laws or on the basis age, color, religion, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, race, gender, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or sexual orientation per NYS laws). Including behavior that causes public humiliation, creates fear from intimidation or threatening physical contact.

Sexual Assault (Please refer to the sexual violence response policy)

Any physical sexual act or acts committed against another person without affirmative consent.  If a student is found responsible it will result in suspension for a minimum of the remainder of the semester or a maximum of the remainder of the semester + 2 semesters or expulsion from SUNY Morrisville.  It is assumed that the victim/survivor did not give affirmative consent.

Sexual Harassment

Unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that effectively denies reasonable access to institutional resources, employment, academic performance or participation in institutional programs or activities and creates a working, learning, program or activity environment that a reasonable person would find intimidating, hostile or offensive.

Stalking

Any unwelcome course of conduct (meaning more than one act) directed at a specific person (including but not limited to, acts in which the stalker directly, indirectly, or through third parties) by any method, device, or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about the specific person. Repeated actions that would cause emotional distress and effectively denies reasonable access to institutional resources, employment, academic performance or participation in institutional programs or activities and creates a working, learning, program or activity environment that a reasonable person would find intimidating, hostile or offensive

Unlawful Dissemination or Publication of an Intimate Image

The intentional unlawful sharing of an image, of another person who is identifiable from the image or from information displayed in connection with the image, that are created under circumstances when the person depicted had a reasonable expectation that the image would remain private and the actor knew or reasonably should have known the person depicted intended for an image to remain private, regardless of whether the actor was present when an image was created, with intent to cause harm to the emotional, financial or physical welfare of that person. This includes sexually intimate images, created during the course of an intimate relationship, distributed without the depicted person’s prior knowledge or without their consent.

Civility & Public Order Violations

Aiding and Abetting

Knowingly assisting in the violation of a local, state, or federal law.  Knowingly assisting in the violation of the Student Code of Conduct or College Policy.

Disorderly Conduct

Behavior that creates an unreasonable amount of confusion, noise, or response because it interferes with a reasonable person’s rights as a member of the College community.  Any behavior that threatens the mental or physical health or safety of another, one’s guest or self, including intoxication or use of illegal drugs.  No person shall engage in any behavior that disrupts the College’s academic environment or the provision of College services.  No person shall recklessly create a public inconvenience or disturbance.  Prohibited behavior includes, but is not limited to, fighting, littering, making unreasonable noise, disturbing a lawful meeting, obstructing pedestrian or vehicle traffic, or creating a hazardous or physically offensive situation by an act which serves no legitimate purpose.

Endangerment

Behavior that effectively denies reasonable access to institutional resources, employment, academic performance or participation in institutional programs or activities and creates a working, learning, program or activity environment that a reasonable person would find intimidating, hostile or offensive.  No person shall threaten to take or actually take any action, create or participate in the creation of any situation, which recklessly or intentionally endangers mental or physical health, or creates a substantial risk of serious injury to self or others. (Ex: Covering a smoke detector in the Residence Hall Room).

Failure to Comply

Failure to comply with the reasonable and lawful directives of College officials, student staff, or law enforcement officers performing the duties of their office, especially as they are related to the enforcement of College Policy or the maintenance of safety and security. This includes but is not limited to not appearing at meetings when directed to do so, not providing identification when directed to do so, not leaving areas or events when directed to do so, not completing assigned educational sanctions through the judicial system.

Falsification/Misrepresentation of Information

Knowingly distorting or altering the truth for personal gain or favor. Any act of dishonesty including but not limited to providing false identification or false information to any College officials or law enforcement officers performing the duties of their office. Any forgery, alteration, or misuse of any College document. Any Academic dishonesty whether oral or written including but not limited to plagiarism, cheating, multiple submissions, unauthorized collaboration, or bribery.

Health

Failure to comply with the health records or immunization requirements of the college, local, state, and federal laws. When a student has a health condition that may endanger the health of other students or college community members and they fail to report such condition to the Student Health Center.

Hazing

Any activity that humiliates, degrades, abuses or endangers the mental, emotional, or physical health or safety of a student, or removes public or private property, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate, in order to be initiated, admitted into or affiliated with a group. Hazing activities include but are not limited to kidnapping or confining a person, subjecting a person to cruel and unusual psychological conditions, requiring or encouraging a person to consume alcohol, drugs, foreign or unusual substances, depriving a person of sufficient sleep, disrupting or impairing a person’s ability to perform academically or to fulfill obligations under the Student Code of Conduct. Recognized organizations that are found in violation of this policy may be subject to loss of recognition, distinct and apart from any sanctions to which its members are subject.

Insubordination/Obstruction

Obstruction, disrupting, interfering with, or hindering the efforts of, College officials, student staff, or law enforcement officers performing the duties of their office, especially as they are related to the enforcement of College Policy or the maintenance of safety and security. This includes influencing or attempting to influence another person from cooperating with College officials or refusing to provide information regarding an incident you are involved in.

Repeated Violation

Any repeated violation of College policies or violation of the Student Code of Conduct, which by themselves would not warrant suspension or expulsion, but collectively indicate that the student is not modifying their behavior and further attendance may not be in the best interest of the College community.

Retaliation

No student shall take any adverse action against another person for reporting a violation or for participating in any way in an investigation or conduct process. Retaliation includes harassment, intimidation, including but not limited to violence, threats of violence, property destruction, adverse educational or employment consequences, and bullying.

Social Media

Social media behavior where unwelcome oral, written, graphic, electronic or physical conduct is directed against a person that a reasonable person would find intimidating, hostile or offensive.

Student Identification

Students are required to carry their SUNY Morrisville identification card with them at all times. Failure to produce proper identification upon request to college officials, student staff, or law enforcement officers in the performance of their duties is prohibited.

Theft

Removal, displacement, possession or use of property or services belonging to another person or entity without consent of the owner (ex: Unauthorized use of another student’s identification card to make purchases, removal of clothing from the laundry that does not belong to you.)

Trespassing/Unauthorized Use of a College Facility

Knowingly entering or remaining in an area, occupying any College facility, or property owned or operated by the college, without proper authorization. This includes entering a facility or area that has been designated off limits to you by a college official, through judicial action, or court.

Vandalism

No person shall take deliberate or reckless action to damage the property of another person or entity. Furnishings, fixtures, equipment, and supplies of college buildings and any property in the possession of the College, shall be considered College property.  No sanction assigned by the College shall preclude the necessity for repair, replacement, or restitution for involved property.

Weapon

The use of any object with intent to harm another is prohibited. Possession of firearms, explosive, dangerous chemicals, or other weapons whether in working condition or not on college property or property operated for the benefit of the College (including in any vehicle.) Examples include but are not limited to: guns or simulations (BB, nerf, pellet, paintball) capable of hurling a projectile with propelling force (ex: from a tension band or spring, compressed air, or CO2), ammunition, slingshots, bows and arrows, tasers, stun guns, explosives, explosive devices, blackjacks and clubs. Knives are not allowed on campus with the exception of areas where such tools are authorized by faculty or staff to support activities such as instruction, food preparation or dining.

Substance Violations

Alcohol (Major)

Unauthorized possession, purchase, sale, distribution, or use of alcohol in large quantities by students or their guests.  A “large quantity” will be determined by College staff in cooperation with University Police when necessary, and may include but is not necessarily limited to kegs, large or multiple containers of alcohol. 

Drugs (Major)

The possession, purchase, sale, distribution, or use of illicit drugs at the Felony level or higher by students or their guests.

Housing Violations

Duplication/Sharing Keys/Cards

Unauthorized fabrication, duplication, and/or sharing of any College key or SUNY Morrisville ID Card by students or their guests.  All students found in possession of such items or who intentionally impede recovery by the owner or College officials, will be considered as knowingly participating in the production, possession and use of these unauthorized items. Students must surrender College keys before leaving for summer recess or at any time during the semester should the student withdraw or be permanently departing from the college. Students must surrender College ID Cards and keys when separated from the College for disciplinary reasons.

Fire Regulations – Prohibited Acts

Committing acts of arson, creating a fire hazard, or unauthorized possession or use of flammable materials or hazardous substances.  Tampering with fire safety or other safety equipment. (Covering/disabling smoke detectors, exit signs, or fire extinguishers, etc.)  See the Fire Safety Policy for further violation descriptions.

Restricted Access - Residence Hall

Entering or remaining in any Residence Hall without authorization, registration, or a properly issued and programmed SUNY Morrisville ID card. When students visit another Residence Hall, they must be escorted at all times by a resident of the hall and register with the Residence Hall staff according to the guest policy.

Restricted Access - Residence Hall Room

Entering or remaining in any Residence Hall room without permission or supervision from the occupants. Failure to leave a room when asked.

Category II

Civility & Public Order Violations

Facility Expectations

Any unauthorized entry to or unauthorized or improper use of a private room, building, structure, vehicle or facility owned or operated for the benefit of SUNY Morrisville (ex: dining halls, library, gymnasiums, etc.). These spaces are designated for orderly and specific activities and reasonable standards of conduct are expected in order to support the purpose of each facility, to protect the rights of patrons, and to safeguard facility property. (Example: Use of a conference room in the library by a person without reservation of the space or proper authorization.)

Substance Violations

Alcohol

Illegal or unauthorized possession, purchase, sale, distribution, or use of alcohol.

Alcohol - In the Presence of

Students or their guests found where illegal or unauthorized alcohol is present.

Alcohol - Paraphernalia

Possession of alcohol paraphernalia.  (Paraphernalia includes, but is not limited to: empty kegs, cans, bottles, funnels, shot glasses, etc.

Alcohol - Suspicion

Students or guests found where alcohol is present and it is reasonably believed to be in use illegally or unauthorized.

Drugs

The possession, purchase, sale, distribution, or use of illicit drugs.

Drugs - In the Presence of

Students or guests found on college property or property operated for the benefit of the college where illicit drugs are present.

Drugs - Paraphernalia

Possession of illicit drug paraphernalia.  (Paraphernalia includes but is not limited to: hypodermic needles, hookahs, resonated roach clips, bowls, pipes, bongs, and other items modified for the use of or to conceal the use of illicit drugs.)

Drugs - Suspicion

Students or guests found where illicit drugs are present and it is reasonably believed they are in use. 

Smoking

SUNY Morrisville has established a smoke-free work environment. Smoking is prohibited in all College buildings including all residence halls, all College/MAC vehicles, and within a 20-foot perimeter of all buildings. Smoking is defined as the carrying or use of a lighted cigarette, cigar, hookahs, vaping, or other smoking devices.

Housing Violations

Guests

All students are responsible for the actions of their guests for any violations committed.  Students are also expected to take reasonable action to prevent their guests from violating College Policies.  Any behavior or activity that contributes to the failure to adhere to the Guest Policy.

Category I

Civility & Public Order Violations

Prohibited Activities

Any violation of published University policies, rules, and regulations. Any physical actions/activities that may result in injury or damage to personal or College property is prohibited in and around the Residence Halls and other College buildings. Such activities include but are not limited to: squirt guns, swimming in or skating on the pond, throwing darts, and snowball throwing. Unauthorized use of the College computer network or computer use that is counter to the “Code of Conduct for Computer Use” is prohibited. To obtain a copy of the Code of Conduct for Computer Use, please contact Technology Services at 315-684-6053 or their webpage.

Housing Violations

Appliances/Cooking

Violation of the published Fire Safety policy. Student must recognize the College’s concern with energy consumption and fire prevention and limit the number of electrical appliances/devices brought into the Residence Halls and comply with all restrictions.

Furniture

Injury, defacement, destruction of furnishings owned by SUNY Morrisville within the Residence Halls. Any removal of furniture from its assigned location without permission from the Residence Hall Director. Lounge furniture may not be removed or placed into student rooms. Students must immediately remove any outside furniture that is considered by the Residence Hall Director to be a risk or hazard to students or building.

Pets

Students are not permitted to have animals except typical household fish (one small tank per resident, not to exceed 5 gallons), in the Residence Halls at any time. Exceptions for approved comfort and service animals.

Quiet Hours/ Courtesy Hours/Sound

Courtesy Hours are in effect 24-hours a day and at no time should noise reach a level that disturbs roommates, other residents, or members of the community. Speakers and other sound producing equipment are not to be played out windows and should not be readily audible at a distance outside of and residence hall. Quiet Hours are designed to limit noise to the confines of individual student rooms/apartments when noise should not be audible outside the main door of the room/suite. Quiet Hours are: Sunday - Thursday, 10 p.m. through 10 a.m. and Friday - Saturday, Midnight through noon. During these hours, residents must take additional measures to ensure they do not disturb others. If a resident is asked to be quiet, the request must be respected. In effort to maintain an atmosphere conducive to preparing for finals, 24-hour quiet hours will be established and posted in the final weeks of each academic semester. Strict enforcement of courtesy and quiet hours should be expected.

Room Cleanliness, Conditions, and Decorations

Students are responsible for maintaining sanitary and orderly conditions in their Residence Hall rooms to prevent pests and fire hazards. Limited quantities of food may be kept in student rooms (in closed containers or refrigerators). If a student room becomes a health or sanitation problem (determined by the College), the offending students may be relocated. Students may not use nails or adhesives on walls, doors, or furniture for affixing decorations or pictures, bulletin boards or other items. Paint, ink, pencils, or other marking devices may not be used to mark surfaces in a College facility. Residents will be held financially responsible for the condition and cleanliness of their Residence Hall, room, furnishings, and for loss or damage (beyond normal wear) that occurs during their occupancy. Damage and loss will be determined through comparative inspections conducted by residence hall staff. Violators will be assessed for any extra cleaning or pest control measures necessitated by improper facility care.

Solicitation

Businesses cannot be run in Residence Halls. Door to door soliciting, electronic soliciting, or leafleting by individuals or groups in the Residence Halls and on Campus is prohibited. The appropriate College official must approve fundraising by College organizations.

Trash / Recycling

SUNY Morrisville is environmentally conscious. Students are expected to recycle their trash responsibly in designated rooms and at designated times. Student trash should be collected in the student’s room prior to disposal in the designated Residence Hall recycling room. Improper disposal or commingling of trash and recycling products inside or outside the Residence Halls is prohibited and will minimally result in a $10 per bag fee. Students who leave trash or perishables in the rooms/suites during college breaks may be billed for removal/cleaning.

Windows

Students are prohibited from removing window screens or windows from their tracks or frames and to do so is considered damage to State property. Students will be assessed replacement costs for removing window screens. Students are not permitted to drop or throw solid objects or liquids in or out of windows, climb in or out of windows, sit on windowsills, lean out of windows, or store or hang objects including antennae or aerials outside of windows.