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  Students who join, accept membership or affiliate in any way with a student group whose recognition has been withdrawn are thereby in violation of Stockton University regulations and are subjected to judicial referral to the Campus Hearing Board, which may result in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.

Detailed information about the Code of Conduct and other procedures can be found in the Student Handbook, beginning on pg. 86.

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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.

b) Falsification

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

c) Theft

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.

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), files (physical or electronic).

e) Collusion

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

 

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.

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.

c) Unauthorized Use

Unauthorized use of the University’s name, logo, finances, 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.

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.”

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 is severe, ongoing, pervasive, and/or prevents a member of the institution from engaging in University activities, or conduct that violates the University’s policy prohibiting discrimination based on actual or perceived race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, or ethnicity, or other characteristics protected by law. An isolated incident, where extremely serious, may rise to the level of discrimination without a pervasive on otherwise ongoing element.

b) Harassment

Unwelcome conduct based on 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. Unwelcome conduct should be reported to campus officials who will act to remedy and to resolve reported incidents on behalf of the victim and the community.

c) Hostile Environment

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

d) Retaliation

In a University conduct adjudication proceeding or other protected activity, intentional or materially adverse action against a participant (or supporter of a participant) by any respondent or connected third party, absent legitimate nondiscriminatory purposes.

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.

b) Bullying and Cyberbullying

Repeated and/or severe aggressive conduct that intimidates or intentionally harms or controls another person physically or emotionally, and is not protected by law.

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.

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 local, state, and federal laws and regulations.

e) Indecency or Obscenity

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

 

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 or University regulations or knowingly being present at the time of prohibited conduct while on University premises or while on University business.

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, while on University premises or while on University business. Also prohibited is the use of any legally obtained drug, including alcohol, to the point where such use adversely affects an employee’s job performance.

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.

d) Other Policies

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

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 at 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.