Article 2: Expectations for Student Conduct

Section 1: Student Expectations

These rules apply to all students; undergraduate, professional and graduate. Any student found to have committed misconduct is subject to the sanctions outlined below. Unacceptable conduct includes, but is not limited to, violations of the following principles and policies.

Section 2: Integrity

St. Edward’s University students exemplify honesty, integrity and a respect for truth in all of their dealings. Behavior that demonstrates a lapse of integrity includes, but is not limited to, the following:

1. Knowingly possessing or using false, falsified or forged information in any medium to any member of the university community, such as falsification or misuse of documents, accounts, records, identification or financial instruments;
2. Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of means of access (keys, cards, etc.) to any university building; and/or
3. Action or inaction by you or with someone in collusion with a wrongdoer that fails to discourage a known and obvious violation of university policy or law.

Section 3: Community

St. Edward’s University students honor and value their community. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to, the following:

1. Misuse of access privileges to university premises or unauthorized entry to or use of buildings, including trespassing;
2. Misuse or unauthorized use of university or organizational names and images;
3. Taking possession of university property, stolen property or personal property of a member of the university community that is unauthorized and intentional;
4. Unauthorized destruction or damage to university property or to the property of another;
5. Disruption of university operations, including obstruction of teaching, research, administration, other university activities or other authorized non-university activities that occur on campus;
6. Violations of technology policies as outlined in the Information and Technology Responsible Use Policy ( Violations of technology policies also include misuse of university computing facilities, services, equipment, networks, passwords, accounts or information. Students who connect to the campus network will be held responsible for any violation of university policy that originates from their connection.
7. Gambling in violation of state or federal laws;
8. Violations of the university’s policies prohibiting weapons or firearms on university premises as set forth in the University Firearms Policy;
9. The ignition or detonation of anything which could cause damage to persons or property or disruption by fire, smoke, explosion, noxious odors, stain, corrosion or similar means is prohibited. Possession of anything in the nature of fireworks, explosives or chemical explosives is prohibited on any property owned or operated by the university or off campus university-sponsored events without prior university authorization.
10. Violation of state, local or campus fire policies, including the following:
a. failure to evacuate a university-owned building during a fire alarm;
b. improper use of university fire safety equipment;
c. tampering with or improperly engaging a fire alarm in a university building; and/or
d. intentionally or recklessly causing a fire that damages university or personal property or causes injury to any member of the community.
11. Violations of traffic and parking regulations as outlined in the Traffic and Parking Regulations (;
12. Violations of other university policies listed in the Student Handbook, outside of academic policies and procedures;
13. Violations of residence hall and apartment regulations outlined in the Residence Life Guide to On-Campus Living ( These residence policies apply to anyone in the residence community including visitors.
14. Animals such as dogs, cats or others may not be brought into or kept in St. Edward’s University buildings except as permitted by the university animal policy (

Section 4: Social Justice

St. Edward’s University students hold social justice, equality, and respect for differences and diversity as values central to the Holy Cross legacy. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to, the following:

1. Conduct that knowingly or unreasonably creates or attempts to create an intimidating, intolerant, discriminatory, hostile or offensive environment for another person is prohibited. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to, action(s) or statement(s) that threaten, harm or intimidate a person; stalking or voyeurism (or peeping); or any other form of unwanted contact.
2. Malicious, callous or reckless disregard for the welfare of another person;
3. Obstruction of freedom of movement by community members or visitors;
4. The knowing failure of any organized group to exercise preventive measures by the group's members relative to violations of this Code of Student Conduct;
5. Abuse of the campus conduct system, including the following:
a. abuse, interference or failure to comply in university processes including investigations and conduct hearings;
b. failure to attend meetings scheduled for conduct code administration purposes;
c. falsification, distortion or misrepresentation of information;
d. failure to provide, destroying or hiding information during an investigation of an alleged policy violation;
e. attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in or use of the campus conduct system;
f. harassment (verbal or physical) and intimidation of a member of a campus conduct body prior to, during and after a campus conduct proceeding;
g. failure to comply with sanctions imposed by the campus conduct system; and/or
h. influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the campus conduct system.

Section 5: Respect

St. Edward’s University students show respect for each other, for property and for the community. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to, the following:

1. Harm to Person
a. threatening or acting in other ways which create conditions that pose a risk of physical harm to another, or which cause reasonable apprehension of physical harm; and/or
b. causing physical harm to oneself or another person.
2. Hazing (;
3. Violence between those in an intimate relationship;
4. Stalking, defined as pursuing in a repetitive and menacing way, following, harassing or interfering with the peace or safety of a member of the community or the safety of any of the immediate family of members of the community;
5. Sexual Misconduct, including the following: (
a. Sexual Harassment;
b. Nonconsensual Sexual Contact;
c. Nonconsensual Sexual Intercourse; and/or
d. Sexual Exploitation.
6. Failure to comply with the directions of university officials or law enforcement officers during the performance of their duties, or failure to identify oneself to them when requested to do so;
7. Any form of smoking (including e-cigarettes) inside any campus building, including residence halls and apartments. Smoking is permitted in public courtyards and other outdoor areas as long as the smoker is at least 15 feet from any building.

Section 6: Responsibility

St. Edward’s University students are given and accept a high level of responsibility as role models. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to, the following:

1. Use, possession or distribution of alcohol except as expressly permitted by law and the university's alcohol policy. This includes possession/consumption by those under the age of 21, providing alcohol to those under the age of 21, being in the presence of alcohol and under the age of 21, possession of a common source container (empty or full) unless it is part of an approved event, driving under the influence, and public intoxication by persons of any age (
2. Use, possession, or distribution of narcotics, synthetic drugs or other controlled substances, as well as drug paraphernalia, except as expressly permitted by law (;
3. Abuse, misuse, sharing, or distributing of prescriptions or over-the-counter medications;
4. Assisting in the violation of university policies or public laws shall be considered as if the violation had been completed by the assisting party.
5. Violations of federal, state or local laws that affect the interests of the university community, whether such violations occur on campus or off campus;
6. Violation of other published university policies, rules or policies (;
7. The failure by a student to report his/her arrest by any law enforcement agency to the dean of students within 72 hours of his/her release. Students who have been arrested may be subject to disciplinary action when their conduct violates university standards.