Student Conduct System
The Student Conduct System of UVa-Wise is designed to support the purpose and mission of the College. A fundamental premise of the System is that students are expected to act responsibly so that each student has the opportunity to grow intellectually, spiritually, physically and socially. The System also is designed to encourage accountability by stressing the relationship inherent between individual action and consequences. The System is intended to be educational in nature, rather than punitive. The principles of fairness and reasonableness serve as foundations for the System, using a preponderance of the evidence to determine responsibility.
All student conduct violations accumulate during a student’s time at the College. Student conduct records are maintained for a minimum of seven years from the most recent hearing/sanction date to facilitate compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.
Full details of the Student Conduct System are outlined in the Student Handbook.
Code of Conduct
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 provide applicable due process and, upon determination of a College policy or code violation, to impose an appropriate penalty, up to and 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:
- Physical 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.
- Prohibited Conduct as defined by the Sexual Misconduct & Interpersonal Violence Policy, including but not limited to: sexual assault, rape, fondling, harassment, stalking, domestic violence, and dating violence. (Title IX Coordinator oversees cases involving Prohibited Conduct; full policy available at Sexual Misconduct & Interpersonal Violence Policy.
- Unauthorized entry/exit or occupation of College facilities which are locked, closed to student activities, or otherwise restricted as to use, including designated construction/work zones.
- Intentional disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration or other College activities, or of other authorized activities on College property.
- Falsely pulling or tampering with fire alarm or fire safety equipment or failure to exit the building or returning to the building before being told to do so by a College official during a fire alarm.
- Theft, vandalism, destruction, or unauthorized use or movement of College property or personal property of other students, employees, or visitors.
- Intentionally providing false identification or information to College officials or failure to comply with the reasonable directions of a College official.
- Violations of published College policies, procedures or regulations, including but not limited to:
- Alcohol or Drugs (possession, distribution, manufacture, or use of illicit drugs and alcohol, or drug paraphernalia; public intoxication; underage consumption; etc.)
- Tobacco Products
- Housing Agreement terms and conditions
- Information Technology/Computing
- Weapons, Firearms, Fireworks or Explosives (possession, storage or use; see Student Handbook or Campus Police for full policy)
- Knowingly violating the terms of any disciplinary sanction imposed in accordance with this Code or engaging in retaliatory behavior.
- Conduct that is unbecoming, disorderly, or that reflects negatively on the College community, including but not limited to acts that breach the peace, are lewd, indecent, or obscene, and that are not Constitutionally-protected speech.
- Violations of Federal, State or local laws not otherwise covered under the Code of Conduct.
Updated August 2018
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.
For more information about the Student Conduct System or the Student Conduct Board, please contact Assistant Director of Conduct & Responsibility Brittanie Jones at 276.376.4502 or firstname.lastname@example.org.