Code of Conduct

Stockton is dedicated to the dissemination of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the development of students, and the general well-being of society. The Code of Conduct contain essential principles that promote civil and respectful behavior that are fundamental to a realization of these goals. These principles are expressed through five values: integrity, community, social justice, respect, and responsibility. It is the responsibility of all Stockton community members to know the Code of Conduct, uphold the values, and refrain from prohibited conduct.

Students are expected to know and abide by the regulations governing recognized student groups.  Students who join, accept membership or affiliate in any way with a student group whose recognition has been withdrawn are thereby in violation of Stockton University regulations and are subjected to judicial referral to the Campus Hearing Board, which may result in disciplinary action.  Students who assist in perpetuating these organizations are subject to the same disciplinary action.

The University encourages community members to report to University officials all incidents that involve the following actions.

All violations of the Campus Conduct Code have minimum and maximum sanctions.  

The minimum sanctions that are given to students who violate the Campus Code of Conduct are determined by the type and severity of the violation.

The maximum sanction for all violations of the Campus Conduct Code is Expulsion.

Detailed information about the Code of Conduct and other procedures can be found in the Student Handbook.

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University community members exemplify honesty, honor, and respect for the truth in all of their dealings. Behaviors that violate this value include but are not limited to:

a) Dishonesty

Cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing or possessing false, falsified, or forged materials, documents, accounts, records, identification, or the provision of such information to any University administrator, staff, or faculty.

Minimum sanction: Warning, Decision Making Workshop, Fine

b) Falsification

Forgery, alteration, or misuse of University documents, records, identification cards, other official University electronic files, the University’s computerized systems, or other equipment.

Minimum sanction: Probation, Decision Making Workshop, Fine

c) Theft/Property Damage

Intentional and unauthorized taking of property, obtaining property under false pretenses, knowingly possessing, keeping, or receiving stolen property, or destroying or damaging, or threatening to destroy or damage property, or defacing state-owned or state-controlled property.

Minimum sanctions: Probation, Community Service, Decision Making Workshop, Fine; (property damage) Probation, Community Service, Decision Making Workshop, Restitution, Fine

d) Unauthorized Access

Unauthorized access into and/or use of University facilities/equipment such as the library, galleries, classrooms, athletic facilities and equipment, electronic equipment (e.g., television/video equipment, computer software or hardware), and files (physical or electronic).

Minimum sanction: Warning, Decision Making Workshop, Fine

e) Collusion

Inciting, inducing, or aiding and abetting others to engage in any conduct or to perform acts prohibited by the Code of Conduct.

Minimum sanction: Warning, Decision Making Workshop, Fine

 

University members build and enhance their community. Behaviors that violate this value include but are not limited to:

a) Disruptive Behavior

Obstruction or substantial disruption of University activities or operations such as teaching, research, administration, disciplinary procedures, public service functions, or other authorized non-University activities which occur on University premises.

Minimum sanction: Probation, Community Service, Decision Making Workshop Fine

b) Weapons

Possession or use of a firearm, explosive, chemical, or other dangerous weapon, facsimile weapon, or use of an object as a weapon, in contravention of federal, state or local laws, or University policies and procedures.

Minimum sanctions:  (weapons or a facsimile of a weapon – possession) Probation, Community Service, Decision Making Workshop, Fine; (dangerous chemicals or explosives) Probation, Community Service, Decision Making Workshop, Restitution, Loss of Housing, Fine; (use of weapon/facsimile, or object as weapon) Suspension, Community Service, Decision Making, Fine

c) Unauthorized Use

Unauthorized use or misuse of the University’s name, logos and trademarks, finances, official signature, materials, and supplies (including stationery bearing the University’s letterhead) or facilities (including computer facilities) or state owned or state-controlled property, for commercial, personal, or political purposes.

Minimum sanctions: Warning, Decision Making Workshop, Fine

d) Tobacco

Smoking or tobacco use in any area of campus where smoking or tobacco use is prohibited. Smoking is defined as “the burning of, inhaling from, exhaling the smoke from, or the possession of a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or any other matter or substance which contains tobacco or any other matter that can be smoked, or the inhaling or exhaling of smoke or vapor from an electronic smoking device.”

Minimum Sanction: Warning, Decision Making Workshop, Fine

University members recognize that respecting the dignity of every person is essential to create and to sustain a flourishing environment. They understand and appreciate how their decisions and actions impact others and are just and equitable in their treatment of all members of the community. Behaviors that violate this value include but are not limited to:

a) Discrimination 

Conduct that prevents or excludes a member of the institution from engaging in educational programs and activities solely on the basis of the member’s protected class status as outlined in the University’s non-discrimination policies – Policy VI-28 and Policy I-120 – or other characteristics protected by law. In accordance with state and federal law, prohibited conduct includes racial profiling, i.e., any action undertaken for reasons of safety, security or public protection that relies on stereotypes about race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, or place of origin rather than on reasonable suspicion, to single out an individual for greater scrutiny or different treatment.

Minimum sanction: Probation, Community Service, Social Justice Workshop, Fine

b) Harassment

Unwelcome conduct, whether a single act or a series of acts, based on or motivated by actual or perceived sex, gender, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy status, religion, sexual orientation, or other protected status that unreasonably interferes with, or denies the ability to participate in, or benefit from the University’s educational or employment programs or activities. 

Minimum sanctions: Probation, Community Service, Social Justice Workshop, Fine

c) Hostile Environment

Severe, pervasive, persistent, and objectively offensive conduct that creates an intimidating or offensive environment or other adverse setting that limits, unreasonably interferes with, or denies the ability to participate in, or benefit from the University’s educational or employment program or activities.

Minimum sanction: Probation, Community Service, Fine; (bias related act/incident) Probation, Community Service, Social Justice Workshop, Housing/Classes/Facility restrictions as applicable, Fine

d) Retaliation

Intentional or materially adverse action against an individual who has made a report or complaint, testified, assisted, or participated or refused to participate in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing by any University student or employee. This does not apply to sanctions for failure to cooperate in an investigation.

Minimum sanction: Probation, Community Service, Decision Making Workshop, Fine

University members show positive regard for each other and for the community. Behaviors that violate this value include but are not limited to:

a) Harm

Action that intentionally or recklessly causes or threatens bodily harm, presents imminent danger, or endangers the health or safety of any person.

Minimum sanction: (negligible bodily harm with no/minor injury) Probation, Community Service, Anger Management, Decision Making Workshop, Fine; (bodily harm with physical injury) Suspension, Community Service, Anger Management, Decision Making Workshop, Fine; (threat of harm) Probation, Community Service, Fine; (Fire Safety-tampering w/ equipment) Probation, Decision Making Workshop, Fine; (Fire safety-policy violation) Warning, Decision Making Workshop, Fine; (Fire Safety- setting fire) Suspension, Community Service, Decision Making Workshop, Fine; (DWI/DUI) Probation, Community Service, Alcohol and Drug Course, Fine

b) Bullying and Cyberbullying

Repeated and/or severe aggressive conduct that intimidates or intentionally harms or controls another person physically or emotionally, or has the effect of insulting or demeaning any individual or group as to cause disruption in, or interference with, the orderly operation of the University; or infringes on the rights of a student or employee by interfering with the individual’s education or employment opportunities or by severely or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm, and is not protected by law.

Minimum sanction: Probation, Community Service, Decision Making Workshop, Fine

c) Hazing

Endangering mental or physical health or safety of a student, or 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. Participation or cooperation by the person(s) being hazed does not excuse the violation.

Minimum sanction: Suspension, Educational Sanctions, Fine

d) Sexual Misconduct

Sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and sexual violence such as dating violence, stalking, domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion as consistent with applicable state, and federal laws and regulations.

Minimum sanction: (Sexual Harassment, Gender Based Harassment, Sexual Harassment involving fondling, groping, etc, hostile environment, and/or quid pro quo) Probation, Community Service, Decision Making Workshop, Fine; (Sexual Harassment involving fondling, groping, etc. for sexual gratification) Suspension, Community Service, Fine; (Stalking, Domestic/Dating Violence) Suspension, Community Service, Fine; (Sexual Assault) Expulsion, Fine

*Changes are currently in process to comply with new Title IX regulations issued May 2020 

 

e) Indecency or Obscenity

Disruptive, lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct on or off University property or at a University-sponsored or University-supervised function.

Minimum sanctions: Probation, Community Service, Decision Making Workshop, Fine

 

University community members assume personal responsibility for civil conduct to themselves, to others, and to the community. Behaviors that violate this value include but are not limited to:

a) Alcohol

Possession, consumption, distribution, or attempted distribution of alcoholic beverages in contravention of federal, state, or local laws regulations, or University policies and procedures or knowingly being present at the time of prohibited conduct.

Minimum sanctions: (Underage Possession and Consumption) Warning, Alcohol and Drug Workshop, Fine; (In the Presence of) Warning, Decision Making Workshop, Fine; (Underage Distribution or attempted distribution and Sale or attempted sale) Probation, Community Service, Alcohol and Drug Course, TIPS training, Fine

b) Drugs

Unauthorized possession, use, misuse, transfer, distribution or attempted distribution of legal drugs, illegal drugs, prescription drugs, controlled dangerous substances, or drug paraphernalia that are prohibited by state or federal laws or knowingly being present at the time of the prohibited conduct,. Also prohibited is the use of any legally obtained drug, including alcohol, to the point where such use adversely affects the user’s work performance.

Minimum sanction: (Possession, use of illegal drugs, paraphernalia, or misuse of legal drugs) Probation, Community Service, Alcohol and Drug Course, Fine; (Possession with the intent to distribute, Distribution or attempted distribution of illegal or legal drugs) Suspension, Community Service, Alcohol and Drug Course, Fine; (In the Presence of) Warning, Decision Making, Fine

c) Failure to Comply

Refusal to comply with a request, directive, or order from a University official such as campus police officers, members of the University administrative staff or other authorized persons performing their official University duties and responsibilities.

Minimum sanction: Warning, Community Service, Fine; (Violation of Cease & Desist) Probation, Fine; (Physical Distancing/Covid-19 Directives) Warning, Social/Physical Distancing Workshop, Fine

d) Other Policies

Violations of established policies, procedures, or regulations officially promulgated by the University and/or the State of New Jersey.

Minimum sanction: Warning, Fine; (Misdemeanors/Not Indictable) Warning, Community Service, Decision Making Workshop, Fine; (Felonies/Indictable) Probation, Community Service, Decision Making Workshop, Fine; (Guide to Residential Life) Warning, Educational Sanctions, Fine

e) Off Campus Behaviors

Off-Campus actions and/or behaviors that violate laws and regulations of federal, state, local agencies, or that violate the policies of the University. Please note that the use of social media off campus or concerning the University is governed by the same laws, policies, rules of conduct, and etiquette that apply to all other activities at or concerning the University. Even activities of a private nature conducted away from the University can subject you to disciplinary action if such activities reflect poorly on the University or interfere with the conduct of University business.

Minimum sanction: Warning, Community Service, Decision Making, Fine; (Noise Citation) Warning, Fine

 

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Disclaimer Concerning External Websites and Applications

For information on Stockton University’s Title IX related policies, procedures, resources, and processes, contact Valerie Hayes, Stockton’s Title IX Coordinator by email at Sheilah.Vance@stockton.edu, or by phone at 609-652-4693.  You may also review Stockton’s Title IX web page for information, available at https://stockton.edu/diversity/title-ix/index.html.  Material and information contained on externally developed websites and applications may not contain current information for Title IX-related resources, and you assume the risk for use of information from those external sources.