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 the following 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
  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
  4. Violations of positions of trust or authority within the community
  5. Tampering with the election of any university recognized student organization               

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. Knowingly taking possession of stolen property
  4. Taking university property or personal property of a member of the university community that is unauthorized and intentional
  5. Intentional and unauthorized destruction or damage to university property or to the property of another
  6. 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. Examples of misuse include, but are not limited to the following: a) Use of computing facilities to send harassing or abusive messages, b) Use of computing facilities to interfere with the work of other community members, c) Unauthorized access to a file or personal or group account, d) Use of computing facilities to interfere with normal operation of the university computer system
  7. Use of anonymous or forged network news articles or e-mail messages to send harassing or abusive messages
  8. Unauthorized disk usage
  9. Unauthorized transfer, conversion or transmission of electronic media
  10. Use of any unauthorized ID password
  11. Gambling in violation of state or federal laws
  12. Bringing of weapons or firearms of any kind on university premises, in university parking lots, or while conducting university business (except by law enforcement personnel or by others storage or transportation in a locked vehicle in full compliance with Section 411.2032 of the Texas Government Code); and possession of firearms is prohibited while on campus (except storage or transportation in a locked vehicle in full compliance with Section 411.2032 of the Texas Government Code) and at all campus related activities.

  13. 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

  14. Violations of traffic and parking regulations as outlined in the Traffic and Parking Regulations.
     http://think.stedwards.edu/police/vehiclesandparkinginformation0
  15. Violations of other university policies listed in this handbook outside of academic policies and procedures. 
  16. Violations of residence hall and apartment regulations outlined in Residence Life Guide to On-Campus Living at http://think.stedwards.edu/residencelife/guide-campus-living. Residential policies are for anyone in the residential community including visitors.
  17. Animals such as dogs, cats or others may not be brought into or kept in the St. Edward's University buildings. http://think.stedwards.edu/deanofstudents/studenthandbook/animalpolicy

Section 4: Social Justice

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

  1. Discrimination, intimidation and intolerance
  2. Malicious, callous or reckless disregard for the welfare of another human being
  3. Disruption of university operations, including obstruction of teaching, research, administration, other university activities or other authorized nonuniversity activities that occur on campus
  4. Obstruction of freedom of movement by community members or visitors
  5. The knowing failure of any organized group to exercise preventive measures relative to violations of this Student Code of Conduct by members
  6. Abuse, interference or failure to comply in university processes including conduct hearings
  7. Abuse of the campus conduct system, including the following:

a. Failure to attend meetings scheduled for conduct code administration purposes
b. Falsification, distortion or misrepresentation of information
c. Failing to provide, destroying or hiding information during an investigation of an alleged policy violation
d. Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in, or use of, the campus conduct system
e. Harassment (verbal or physical) and intimidation of a member of a campus conduct body prior to, during and after a campus conduct proceeding
f. Failure to comply with the sanctions imposed by the campus conduct system
g. 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 others

    a. threatening, being verbally abusive, or acting in other ways that threaten to endanger the health or safety of any person
    b. causing physical harm to another person

  2. Harm to self

    a. threatening behavior or acting in other ways that threaten to seriously endanger the health or safety of self
    b. causing physical harm to self

  3. Hazing (see also http://think.stedwards.edu/deanofstudents/studenthandbook/hazingpolicy)
  4. Violence between those in an intimate relationship with each other
  5. 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)
  6. Sexual Misconduct, including the following:(see also http://think.stedwards.edu/deanofstudents/studenthandbook/universitysexualmisconductpolicy)

    a. sexual harassment
    b. nonconsensual sexual contact
    c. nonconsensual sexual intercourse
    d. sexual exploitation

  7. Inappropriate conduct is disorderly, disruptive or indecent while on campus or at functions sponsored by, or participated in by, the university
  8. Failure to comply with directions of university officials or law enforcement officers during the performance of their duties or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so
  9. Smoking in any university building or in areas designated as nonsmoking
  10. Conduct that reflects poorly or brings into disrepute the good name or reputation of St. Edward’s University

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 alcoholic beverages 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, 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. Please see the full policy on alcohol and event registration on http://think.stedwards.edu/deanofstudents/studenthandbook/universityalcoholandotherdrugpolic
  2. Use, possession or distribution of narcotic or other controlled substances, as well as drug paraphernalia, except as expressly permitted by law. Please see the full policy on http://think.stedwards.edu/deanofstudents/studenthandbook/universityalcoholandotherdrugpolic
  3. Abuse or misuse of prescriptions or over-the-counter medications
  4. Assisting in the violation of university policies or public laws
  5. Violations of federal, state or local laws that affect the interests of the university community, whether on or off campus
  6. Violation of other published university policies, rules or policies. Please see http://think.stedwards.edu/deanofstudents/studenthandbook/universitypolicies
  7. Intentionally or recklessly causing a fire that damages university or personal property, or causes injury to any member of the community