Department of Student Life

The University's Community Standards


Article III. Community Standards

Community Standards Book

Any student found to have committed or to have attempted to commit the following misconduct may be subject to the disciplinary sanctions outlined in Article IV. In all instances where examples of specific misconduct are cited, they shall serve as examples and not as an exhaustive or complete list of such conduct.

  1. Acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to the following:
    1. Cheating, plagiarism, other forms of academic dishonesty or actions inconsistent with academic integrity.
    2. Furnishing false information to, or intentionally withholding information from, any University official, faculty member, or office.
    3. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any University document, record, or instrument of identification.
    4. Representing the University, any recognized student organization, or any official University group without authorization and explicit prior consent from the appropriate University official.
  1. Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, operations, 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.

  2. Physical abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.

  3. Verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, and/or other conduct which threatens the health or safety of any person, including but not limited to oral, written, and electronic communication.

  4. Sexual Misconduct which includes but is not limited to the following:
    1. Rape – The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.
    2. Fondling – The touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her age or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.
    3. Dating Violence – Dating violence is any act of violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romanticor intimate nature with the victim. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the victim's statement and with consideration of the type and length of the relationship and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship. Two people may be in a romantic or intimate relationship, regardless of whether the relationship is sexual in nature; however, neither a casual acquaintance nor ordinary fraternization between two individuals in a business or social context shall constitute a romantic or intimate relationship. This definition does not include acts covered under domestic violence.
    4. Domestic Violence – Domestic violence is any violent felony or misdemeanor crime committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, a person sharing a child with the victim, or a person cohabitating with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner.
    5. Stalking – The term stalking means intentionally engaging in a course of conduct, directed at a specific person, which is likely to causes a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others or cause that person to suffer substantial emotional damage. Examples include, but are not limited to, repeatedly following such person(s), repeatedly committing acts that alarm, cause fear, or seriously annoy such other person(s) and that serve no legitimate purpose, and repeatedly communicating by any means, including electronic means, with such person(s) in a manner likely to intimidate, annoy, or alarm him or her.

    Anyviolation of the University's sexual misconduct policy and/or New Jersey state law related to sexual misconduct is also a violation of this policy.

  1. Intentional setting of a fire. Actions that create a fire hazard. Misuse or abuse of fire safety equipment, including the setting of false alarms, the misuse of emergency exits, the wrongful discharge of fire extinguishers, or tampering with alarm systems and/or smoke alarms. Included in this is failure to immediately evacuate a building or area upon the sounding of an alarm. More information about the University's policy about fire safety can be found here »

  2. Attempted or actual theft of property of the University or property of a member of the University community or other personal or public property, on or off campus.

  3. Vandalism 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.

  4. Hazing, defined as an act which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of an individual, or which destroys or removes public or private property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, a group or organization. The express or implied consent of the victim does not waive responsibility for any participant. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing are not neutral acts; they are violations of this Code. Students are further reminded of their obligations under New Jersey state law, which can be found here » Additional information is also available here »

  5. 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.

  6. Unauthorized use, possession, duplication or use of keys or ID card to any University premises, facility, or service.

  7. Violation of any University policy, rule, or regulation published in hard copy or available electronically on the University website.

  8. Violation of any federal, state or local law or regulation.

  9. Use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of marijuana, heroin, narcotics, or other controlled substances (i.e. prescription drugs) except as expressly permitted by law. This includes possession or use of any form or type of paraphernalia associated with controlled substance(s). Parents or legal guardian will be notified if their student is found to be in violation of this policy.

  10. Use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of alcoholic beverages (except as expressly permitted by University regulations), or public intoxication. Alcoholic beverages may not, in any circumstance, be used by, possessed by or distributed to any person under twenty-one (21) years of age.

  11. Being responsible and knowledgeable means knowing and abiding by New Jersey state laws and University policies regulating the use of alcohol. Students should be specifically aware of the following:

    1. Furnishing alcohol to someone under 21 years of age is a serious violation of University policy and of New Jersey state law.
    2. Students who are 21 years of age or older may have alcohol in their rooms or apartments. Alcohol is not permitted in public areas of the residence halls such as halls, baths, lounges, and lobbies.
    3. Kegs, bars, punch containing alcohol, beer bongs, and "around the world parties" (moving a party from room to room) are not permitted on campus or in/at University premises.
    4. Open containers of alcohol are not permitted to be outside on campus grounds at any time. This includes walkways around the residence halls.
    5. Intoxication as exhibited by behavior is prohibited and will subject the student to disciplinary action. Inappropriate behavior relating to alcohol use will be regarded as a serious violation of the Student Code. The involvement of alcohol and/or other drugs is not considered a legitimate excuse for violation of any University policy.
    6. Parents or legal guardians of students under 21 years of age will be notified if their student is found to be in violation of the University's alcohol policy.
  1. Illegal or unauthorized possession or use of firearms, explosives, other weapons, or dangerous chemicals on University premises; even if legally possessed, if used in a manner that harms, or threatens others. For the purpose of this policy, "weapons" shall include but not be limited to any knife, firearm or implement capable of inflicting bodily injury.

  2. Unsportsmanlike behavior at any University-sponsored event, on or off-campus.

  3. Obstruction of the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on University premises or at University sponsored or supervised functions.

  4. Conduct that is disorderly, lewd, or indecent; breach of peace; or assisting another person to breach the peace on University premises or at functions in which the University or members of the University community participate or sponsored.

  5. Unauthorized use of electronic or other devices to make an audio or video record of any person while on University premises 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.

  6. Theft or other abuse of computer facilities and resources, including but not limited to:
    1. Unauthorized entry into a file, to use, read, or change the contents, or for any other purpose.
    2. Unauthorized transfer of a file.
    3. Use of another individual's identification and/or password.
    4. Use of computing facilities and resources to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member or University official.
    5. Use of computing facilities and resources to send annoying, harassing, obscene or abusive messages.
    6. Use of computing facilities and resources to interfere with normal operation of the University computing system.
    7. Use of computing facilities and resources in violation of copyright laws.
    8. Any violation of the University Information Technology Appropriate Use Policy.
  1. Any misconduct that is bias-based and/or a violation of the University's Racial and Ethnic Discrimination Policy.

  2. Abuse of the Community Standards System, including but not limited to:
    1. Initiation of a Community Standards Review proceeding knowingly without cause or reason.
    2. Attempting to discourage an individual's proper participating in, or use of, the Community Standards system.
    3. Attempting to influence the impartiality of any Student Conduct Administrator or member of a Community Standards Review Board prior to, and/or during and/or after, any disciplinary review, hearing or appeal proceeding.
    4. Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of any Student Conduct Administrator or member of a Community Standards Board prior to, during and/or after, any disciplinary review, hearing or appeal.
    5. Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Community Standards Review process.
    6. Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the Community Standards system.
  1. Engage in or offer gambling or any game of chance for money or any other thing of value; soliciting, selling or raffling of any item or services of any kind for personal gain without approval of the appropriate University official.

  2. Students are responsible for the actions of their guests. Guests must be in the presence of the student host at all times. The student is responsible for advising the guest of all University policies.

  3. Actions which are inconsistent with the University's mission as an institution of Catholic higher education.

  4. Encourage, support or influence another individual to violate University policy. The intent of this policy is to advise students of their responsibilities within the campus community. All students are expected to behave in a proper manner while enrolled at Seton Hall, as well as in the course of normal participation in any community. When a student becomes aware of a real or potential violation(s) of University policy, s/he is expected to advise those who may engage in the action that such action is a violation of policy, report the potential violation to a University official and not participate in the violation by remaining present.
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