The following list of behaviors is intended to represent the types of acts that constitute violations of this Code. Behaviors which are prohibited by this Code may be categorized into four broad areas: violations involving personal integrity; violations involving the rights of other individuals; violations involving health and safety of the university community; and violations involving the on-going activities and/or processes of the university.
Violations Involving Personal Integrity
1. Academic misconduct, which includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism and all forms of cheating.
Plagiarism may be defined as occurring when "a writer … uses someone else’s language, ideas, or other original (not common knowledge) material without acknowledging its source." (Council of Writing Program Administrators, 2003.) It includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.
Cheating includes, but is not limited to: (i) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (ii) use of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; (iii) the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the University faculty or staff; and (iv) engaging in any other such behavior specifically prohibited by a faculty member in the course syllabus.
2. Acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to the following:
a. Misuse of University documents, including, but not limited to, forging, transferring, altering or otherwise misusing a student fee card, student payroll card, identification card or other University identification document, course registration document, schedule card, transcript, or any other University-issued document or record.
b. Knowingly furnishing false information to any University Official, faculty member or office.
3. Theft of property or services, or damage to, defacement or destruction of, or tampering with, real or personal property owned by the State of Connecticut, the University, or any member of the University Community.
Violations Involving Other Individuals
4. Actual or threatened physical assault or abuse, threatening behavior, intimidation, or coercion.
5. Sexual assault; sexual misconduct, which is defined as any unwanted or unwelcome physical contact of a sexual nature; or sexual harassment, which is defined as any unsolicited, unwelcome, and unwanted sexual advance or other conduct of a sexual nature which has the effect of interfering with an individual's performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. Sexual assault or misconduct may include a sexual act directed against another person when that person is not capable of giving consent, which shall mean the voluntary agreement by a person in the possession and exercise of sufficient mental capacity to make a deliberate choice to do something proposed by another. A person who initially consents to sexual activity shall be deemed not to have consented to any such activity which occurs after that consent is withdrawn. Consent cannot be assumed because there is no physical resistance or other negative response. A lack of consent may result from mental incapacity (e.g., ingestion of alcohol or drugs which significantly impair awareness or judgment) or physical incapacity (e.g., the person is unconscious or otherwise unable to communicate consent).
6. Violations of privacy, including, but not limited to, voyeurism and the use of web-based, electronic or other devices to make a photographic, audio or video record of any person without his or her prior knowledge, and without his or her consent, when such a recording is intended or likely to cause injury or distress. This includes, but is not limited to: (i) surreptitiously taking pictures or videos of another person in spaces such as sleeping areas, bathrooms, gymnasiums, locker rooms, and changing areas; and (ii) sexually exploiting another person by electronically recording, or permitting others to view or electronically record, consensual sexual activity without a partner’s knowledge or permitting others to view or listen to such video or audio tapes without a partner’s knowledge and consent. Publicizing or threatening to publicize such records will also be considered a violation of this Code.
7. Hazing, which is defined as an act which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a Student, or which destroys, damages, or removes public or private property, for the purpose of initiation or admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, a group or organization. The express or implied consent of the victim will not be a defense to an allegation of hazing. Consenting to the activity by remaining silent or not objecting in the presence of hazing is not a neutral act and is also a violation of this Student Code.
8. Stalking, which is defined as repeatedly contacting another person when:
a. The contacting person knows or should know that the contact is unwanted by the other person; and
b. The contact causes the other person reasonable apprehension of imminent physical harm or the contacting person knows or should know that the contact causes substantial impairment of the other person’s ability to perform the activities of daily life.
As used in this definition, the term "contacting" includes, but is not limited to, communicating with (including internet communication via e-mail, instant message, on-line community or any other internet communication) or remaining in the physical presence of the other person.
9. Harassment, which is defined as conduct which is abusive or which interferes with a person’s pursuit of his or her customary or usual affairs, including, but not limited to, such conduct when directed toward an individual or group because of race, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical attribute, or physical or mental disability or disorder, including learning disabilities and mental retardation.
10. Conduct that is disorderly, lewd or indecent (including, but not limited to, public nudity and sexual activity in areas generally open to members of the campus community); breach of peace; or aiding, abetting or procuring another person to breach the peace on University Premises or at functions sponsored by, or participant in by, the University or members of the University Community.
11. Behavior or activity which endangers the health, safety, or well-being of oneself or others.
Violations Involving Health and Safety of the University Community
12. Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys to any University Premises, or forcible and/or unauthorized entry into and/or unauthorized presence in University Premises.
13. Starting fires, causing explosions, falsely reporting the presence of fire, bombs, incendiary or explosive devices, or falsely reporting an emergency.
14. Unauthorized or improper possession, use, removal, tampering or disabling of fire and/or safety equipment and warning devices, failure to follow standard fire and/or emergency safety procedures, or interference with firefighting or emergency response equipment or personnel.
15. Use, possession, purchase, sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages, except as expressly permitted by law and University regulations. Alcoholic beverages may not, under any circumstances, be used by, possessed by, or distributed to any person under twenty-one (21) years of age.
16. Use, possession, purchase, sale, distribution or manufacturing of narcotics, controlled substances and/or drugs, including, but not limited to, marijuana and heroin, or drug paraphernalia, except as expressly permitted by law.
17. Use, possession or distribution of firearms, ammunition for firearms, other weapons or dangerous instruments, facsimiles of weapons or firearms, fireworks, explosives or dangerous chemicals. A dangerous instrument is any instrument, article or substance that, under the circumstances in which it is being utilized, is capable of causing death or serious physical injury. The possession of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument on campus is strictly prohibited, even if such item is legally owned.
18. Gambling, including, but not limited to, promoting, wagering, receiving monies for wagering or gambling for money or property, on University premises.
19. Disruption or obstruction of any University function, activity or event, whether it occurs on or off the campus, or of any non-University function, activity or event which is authorized by the University to occur on its premises.
Violations Involving the On-going Activities and/or Processes of the University
20. Intentional obstruction of the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on University Premises or at University-sponsored or supervised functions or interference with entry into or exit from University Premises or with the free movement of any person.
21. Failure to comply with the directions of University officials or law enforcement officers acting in the performance of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so.
22. Conduct that violates published University policies, rules, and regulations, including, but not limited to, residence hall rules and regulations.
23. Conduct prohibited by any federal, state, and/or local law, regulation or ordinance.
24. Unauthorized use of University property or the property of members of the University Community or of University Affiliates.
25. Theft, unauthorized use, or abuse of University computers and/or peripheral systems and networks, including, but not limited to:
a. Unauthorized access to University computer programs or files;
b. Unauthorized alteration, transfer or duplication of University computer programs or files;
c. Unauthorized use of another individual’s identification and/or password;
d. Deliberate disruption of the operation of University computer systems and networks;
e. Use of University computing facilities and resources in violation of copyright laws (including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing of copyrighted material, including, but not limited to, copyrighted music, movies, and software);
f. Use of computing facilities and resources to send obscene messages (which are defined as messages which appeal mainly to a prurient, shameful or morbid interest in nudity, sex, excretion, sadism or masochism, go well beyond customary limits of candor in describing or representing such matters, and are utterly without redeeming social value); and
g. Violation of the Connecticut State University System Policy Statement on Student Use of University Computer Systems and Networks and/or any applicable University computer use policy.
26. Abuse of the University disciplinary system, including but not limited to:
a. Failure to obey the notice from a Hearing Body or University Official to appear for a meeting or hearing as part of the Student Conduct system;
b. Falsification, distortion, or intentional misrepresentation of information to a Disciplinary Officer or Conduct Administrator, or before a Hearing Body;
c. Institution of a disciplinary proceeding knowingly without cause;
d. Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a disciplinary proceeding;
e. Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in, or use of, the disciplinary system;
f. Attempting to influence the impartiality of a Disciplinary Officer, Conduct Administrator or member of a Hearing Body prior to, and/or during the course of, the disciplinary proceeding;
g. Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a Disciplinary Officer, Conduct Administrator, or member of a Hearing Body prior to, and/or during the course of, the disciplinary proceeding;
h. Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Student Code; and
i. Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the disciplinary system.