Expectations of Conduct
Emory University expects that all students act honorably, demonstrating a keen sense of ethical conduct. The university expects that its students behave respectfully, providing particular consideration for other people and for property. As members of a community, Emory University expects that students act responsibly, being accountable for the safety and wellbeing of themselves and others. University students are expected to be trustworthy, demonstrating honest character upon which others may rely with confidence.
Although it is neither possible nor necessary to specify every instance of misconduct that could result in disciplinary action against a student, the following are examples of the types of behavior that are considered violations of this Code.
I. Honor and Ethics
- Attempting to commit a violation of this Code, or assisting, through act or omission, any person or group with committing or attempting to commit a violation of this Code.
- Failing to leave a situation where any person is committing or attempting to commit a violation of this Code.
- Failure to comply with the direction of university officials or law enforcement officials acting in performance of their duties; including failing to identify oneself to these officials when requested to do so.
- Failure to complete sanctions assigned by the Office of Student Conduct and/or knowingly violating the terms of any disciplinary sanction imposed or any mutual agreement reached in accordance with this Code./li>
- Disrupting the normal operations of the university (including teaching, research, service, and business operations) or university-sponsored activities by participating in an on-campus or off-campus demonstration, riot, or activity, or infringes on the rights of other members of the university community; leading or inciting others to disrupt scheduled or normal activities within any campus building or area.
- Misuse of computer or network resources, including but not limited to: use of another individual's identification or password; using computer or network resources to send anonymous, obscene, unwanted, harassing, or abusive messages; using computer or network resources in violation of copyright laws; use of computer or network resources to interfere with the normal operation of the university computer system; or any other violation of policies established by the Office of Information Technology (e.g., the Information Technology Conditions of Use, the ResNet Policy, or the Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Policy).
- Violating policies established by the Office of Residence Life and Housing for university-owned residential facilities (e.g., the Residence Life and Housing Standards and Policies and the Undergraduate Housing Agreement.
- Violating university or school rules, regulations, or policies.
- Violating the University Tobacco Free Policy.
- Violating any government laws or ordinances.
II. Respect and Consideration
- Causing physical harm to any person.
- Verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, or other conduct that threatens or endangers the well-being or safety of any person.
- Behaving in a manner that a reasonable person would consider alarming, disorderly, or indecent.
- Violating the University Sexual Misconduct Policy.
- Violating the University Discriminatory Harassment Policy, including engaging in sexual harassment.
- Violating the University Anti-Hazing Policy.
- Joining, administering, representing, paying dues to, residing in housing affiliated with, or claiming membership in a banned or suspended student organization.
- Exposing one's own genitals, buttocks, or breasts in a public place (unless specifically authorized for activities such as theater productions or class).
III. Responsibility and Accountability
- Violating the University Alcohol and Drug Abuse Policy, including but not limited:
- Use or possession of alcoholic beverages under the age of 21.
- Manufacture or distribution of alcoholic beverages (except as expressly permitted by university policy).
- Possessing an open container of an alcoholic beverage on university premises (except as expressly permitted by university policy).
- Public intoxication.
- Use or possession of any illegal drug or controlled substance (including prescribed medications) except as expressly permitted by law.
- Manufacture or distribution of any illegal drug or controlled substance (including prescribed medications) except as expressly permitted by law.
- Using, possessing, or storing any weapon on campus without authorization.
- Using, possessing, or storing fireworks, explosives, or dangerous or flammable chemicals on university premises without express permission from a university official.
- Intentionally misusing, damaging, or tampering with fire or other safety equipment, including covering or disabling a smoke detector.
IV. Trustworthiness and Honesty
- Intentional misrepresentation, including but not limited to:
- Providing false or misleading information to a university official.
- Filing a false or misleading report with university officials or law enforcement officials.
- Manufacture, use, or possession of false documents, identification, or access devices.
- Misuse of property or services, including but not limited to:
- Taking, using, or possessing property without the express permission of its owner or utilizing a service without express authorization from its provider.
- Refusing to return property to its owner when requested or refusing to discontinue the use of a service when requested to by its provider.>
- Transferring or accepting the transfer of property or services that are known to be non-transferrable.
- Knowingly accepting, using, or possessing improperly obtained property or services.
- Destroying, damaging, or vandalizing property.
- Inappropriately participating in the conduct process, including but not limited to:
- Providing false or misleading information during the conduct process.
- Disrupting a conduct meeting.
- Filing a conduct complaint as a means to retaliate against, harass, coerce, or intimidate another person.
- Attempting to influence the impartiality of any party involved in the conduct process (e.g., conduct officers or Peer Review Board or Conduct Council members).
- Harassment or intimidation of any party involved in the conduct process (e.g., complainants, respondents, witnesses, conduct officers or Peer Review Board or Conduct Council members).
- Influencing any person to engage in any of the aforementioned acts.