Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

Students of the College are expected to conduct themselves in a manner befitting a civilized society, both within the College and elsewhere.


Student Conduct System

The College is a community of scholars in which the ideals of freedom of inquiry, freedom of thought, freedom of expression, and freedom of the individual are sustained.  It is committed to preserving the exercise of any right guaranteed to individuals by the Constitution.  However, the exercise and preservation of these freedoms and rights require a respect for the rights of all in the academic community to enjoy them to the same extent. It is clear that in a community of learning, willful disruption of the educational process, destruction of property, and interference with the orderly process of the College or with the rights of other members of the College cannot be condoned.  Students enrolling in the College assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the College’s function as an educational institution.  To fulfill its functions of imparting and gaining knowledge, the College retains the authority to maintain order within the College and exclude those who are disruptive of the educational process.

Students of the College are expected to conduct themselves in a manner befitting a civilized society, both within the College and elsewhere.  For student conduct which is outside the jurisdiction of the Honor Court but which tends to discredit or injure the College, the Chancellor is authorized by the President of the University of Virginia to impose such penalty as he/she may deem appropriate, including expulsion from the College.  This authority has been delegated by the Chancellor to the Clery Compliance & Student Conduct Administrator and the Student Conduct Board. The College reserves the right to suspend, enforce the withdrawal of, or expel a student who violates the Code of Conduct. Generally, prohibited conduct for which a student is subject to discipline is defined as, but not limited to, the following: 

  1. Physical and/or emotional abuse of any person on College-owned or controlled property or at College-sponsored or supervised functions, or conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of others.
  2. Sexual misconduct, including but not limited to, sexual assault, rape, fondling, harassment, stalking, domestic violence, and dating violence.  Please note that all cases involving sexual misconduct  will be adjudicated according to the Sexual Misconduct & Interpersonal Violence Policy.
  3. Unauthorized entry/exit or occupation of College facilities which are locked, closed to student activities, or otherwise restricted as to use.
  4. Intentional disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration or other College activities, or of other authorized activities on College property.
  5. Possession, distribution and/or use of illegal narcotics or drugs, or drug paraphernalia; public intoxication; illegal/underage use of alcohol and/or tobacco products.
  6. Falsely pulling or tampering with fire alarm or fire safety equipment.
  7. Possession, storage, or use of any kind of weapons, firearms, fireworks or explosives. Please refer to the Weapons and Firearms Policy in the Student Handbook for the full policy and definitions. Please consult the Campus Police Department for additional information.
  8. Theft, vandalism, destruction, or unauthorized movement of College property or personal property of other students, faculty, employees, or visitors.
  9. Intentionally providing false identification or information to College officials.
  10. Failure to exit the building or returning to the building before being told to do so by a College official during a fire alarm.
  11. Failure to comply with the reasonable directions of a College official, including Campus Police officers, acting in performance of their duties.
  12. Violations of published College policies or College regulations (Such regulations include the Housing Agreement, see Terms and Conditions section).
  13. Knowingly violating the terms of any disciplinary sanction imposed in accordance with this Code or engaging in retaliatory behavior.
  14. Conduct that is detrimental to the College or conduct that reflects negatively on the College community.
  15. Every user of the College’s computing resources, including but not limited to the email system, has the responsibility to use them in an ethical, professional, and legal manner.The primary use of these resources is to support the academic program; any other use may be inappropriate. Inappropriate uses may include but are not limited to the following:
    • sharing your account or password with anyone;
    • attempting to modify or access files or accounts without permission;
    • using resources for commercial or criminal purposes;
    • sending threatening, harassing, or obscene messages to any person, sending chain letters, or representing yourself as another user when sending messages;
    • using a machine or other resource (such as a modem) for non-academic purposes when other academic users are waiting; and
    • using resources for illegal copyright infringement activities.
  16. Violations of the College Alcohol Policies.
  17. Violations of the College Drug Policies.
  18. Entry into designated construction/work zones.

In accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the College will, upon written request, disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense, the report on the results of any disciplinary proceeding conducted by the College against a student who is the alleged perpetrator of such crime or offense.  If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of such crime or offense, the next of kin of such victim shall be treated as the alleged victim if so requested.