Grounds for Disciplinary Action
Hofstra University developed this Code of Community Standards in an attempt to ensure the rights of individuals in the context of a community. The following is a list of actions that violate community standards. Any student who commits, aids, or attempts to commit any of the following acts on University property or during the course of a University activity is subject to disciplinary action under the Student Conduct Code and/or the Pride Principles.
STUDENT CONDUCT CODES
ACTIONS OF GUEST
Students may be found responsible for this charge where a guest they have brought on campus violates any of the conduct codes listed below.
AIDING AND ABETTING
Helping, procuring or engaging another person to violate the Student Conduct Code; any other University policy; or any federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations.
See Policy on Alcohol, Illegal, and Other Controlled Substances
Causing or intending to cause physical injury to a person.
- Simple Assault – Intentionally or recklessly causing physical injury to a person.
- Aggravated Assault – Intentionally causing a serious physical injury to a person (e.g., loss of consciousness, broken bones, loss of teeth), or intentionally using a dangerous weapon with the intent to cause a serious physical injury to another person whether or not an injury results.
Compelling or inducing another person to act in a certain manner through physical or psychological threats. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- threatening to cause physical injury to a person or damage to property; or
- threatening to file a complaint leading to a conduct charge against a person without a proper basis; or
- threatening to expose a secret or publish information that may subject the person to hatred, ridicule, contempt or embarrassment.
Actions that reduce the value of the property of the University or another individual.
Acting singularly or in concert with others, in a manner that obstructs, disturbs, interferes with or impairs the normal operations, processes and functions of the University, including University classes, departments, facilities, events, representatives, and/or individuals or groups. Failing to follow University policies when planning protests, demonstrations, etc.
See Policy on Alcohol, Illegal, and Other Controlled Substances
Possessing, using, storing, transporting or concealing any type of explosives and/or ammunition. Examples include, but are not limited to: fireworks, incendiary devices, chemicals that are explosive in nature, bullets, pellets, etc.
FAILURE TO COMPLY
Failing to comply with a directive or request from a University official or department. Failing to comply with a University or departmental policy.
Providing any false or misleading information with the intent to defraud, deceive or injure another or to circumvent University procedures/policies and/or the University conduct process. Altering or destroying accurate information on any University record or any record submitted to the University.
FIRE AND EMERGENCY SAFETY
Acting in a manner that endangers, or may potentially endanger, the life or safety of others. Examples of fire safety violations include, but are not limited to:
- Improper Evacuation – Failing to immediately evacuate any facility when a fire alarm has been sounded or hindering or impairing the orderly evacuation of any University facility; or
- Non-compliance with Safety Personnel – Disobeying a directive given by any University or fire safety official in connection with a fire, alarm or other safety matter; or
- Jeopardizing Equipment – Tampering with, misusing or damaging fire or safety equipment (e.g., alarms, fire extinguishers/hoses, smoke detectors); or
- Unintentional Fire – Causing a fire through the use of prohibited items as outlined in The Living Factor; or
- False Report – Falsely reporting a fire, bomb threat or other safety hazard; or
- Malicious Fire – Intentionally setting a fire; or
- Laws/Policies/Guidelines – Violating New York state laws on fire safety as well as the University’s fire safety guidelines and all related policies as outlined in The Living Factor.
Participation in any unauthorized lotteries, raffles or other games of chance where some form of payment (monetary or otherwise) is exchanged for a chance to win a prize. These activities are not to be conducted by organizations or individuals, or in connection with
University-sponsored events, except for appropriately authorized raffles held in accordance with the University’s raffle policy.
Any of the following constitute harassment:
- Physically or emotionally threatening or taunting another person; bullying another person; whether these actions are taken in-person, electronically or by any other means.
- Engaging in a course of conduct or repeatedly committing acts that alarm or seriously annoy such other person(s) and that serve no legitimate purpose.
- Harassing an individual because of that individual’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, or marital or veteran status is governed by the Bias and Discrimination Prevention Policy.
Individuals who violate Hofstra University rules and regulations regarding hazing are also in violation of the Code of Community Standards.
Failure to abide by any regulations applicable to the Hofstra ID Card, including but not limited to:
- failure to carry the Hofstra ID Card at all times while on campus; or
- failure to present the Hofstra ID Card to University officials on request; or
- unauthorized use, alteration or duplication of the Hofstra ID Card.
INFRINGEMENT OF RIGHTS
Violating or disregarding the rights of another member or guest of the University community. Examples of infringement of rights include, but are not limited to:
- with the freedom of movement, freedom of speech, the right to personal privacy or the ability to otherwise function within the University community; or
- causing unreasonable noise that disturbs or interferes with other community member(s) or violates the quiet/courtesy hours policy as outlined in The Living Factor; or
- using obscene and/or profane language or gestures or speaking in a way that is inconsistent with the Hofstra Code of Community Standards (see also the P.R.I.DE. Principles).
Intentionally exposing intimate parts of the body in a public place, or in private premises under circumstances in which the student may readily be observed. This includes, but is not limited to urinating or defecating in places other than appropriately designated areas.
Shoving, slapping, kicking or subjecting another person to physical contact.
Engaging in conduct that creates a substantial risk of serious physical injury to another person or to oneself. Examples of reckless endangerment include, but are not limited to:
- throwing or ejecting an object out of the window; or
- operating a motor vehicle in a manner that causes or could potentially cause physical harm to an individual or property; or
- any other conduct that jeopardizes the heath or physical/emotional safety of an individual.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
Taking any action that compromises the security of the University, its facilities or its community members. Examples of safety and security violations include, but are not limited to:
- entering campus, facilities, areas or personal spaces without the proper authority/permission or during a time that entry is restricted (including rooftops, athletic fields, labs, etc.); or
- improperly entering or exiting campus, facilities or personal spaces (including through windows, locked gates, fences, by avoiding turnstiles, etc.); or
- propping doors of or within University facilities that are not intended to remain open; or
- using roofs, fire escapes, ledges, balconies, etc., for any purpose other than for escape from fire or threat of fire.
Individuals in violation of the University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy are also in violation of the Code of Community Standards.
Distributing/providing or inviting someone else to distribute/provide pamphlets, advertisements or other goods or services to members of the University community without the approval of an appropriate University official or in violation of University guidelines.
Taking and/or retaining property that is not yours without the explicit consent of the owner. Using services without paying for those services and/or without receiving proper consent for use of those services. Intentionally writing or cashing bad checks on campus.
Having, borrowing or using property without the knowledge and/or consent of the owner. Examples of unauthorized possession include, but are not limited to:
- borrowing clothing, electronics, toiletries or other personal items without the owner’s permission; or
- removing common area furniture, appliances or other items, and placing in private rooms/suites; or
- taking University signs, equipment and other items for personal use.
Participating as a member of a group that has been denied official recognition by the University, suspended by the University, or that has never sought recognition from the University. (See also Guidelines Concerning Unrecognized Organizations.)
Examples of participation in an unrecognized group include, but are not limited to:
- wearing or displaying the insignia, name, crest or other identifying symbol of the unrecognized group; or
- reorganizing an unrecognized group under an alias; or
- in-taking, initiating, receiving and/or recruiting new members into an unrecognized group; or
- affiliating a group using Hofstra University’s name, brand or likeness thereof; or
- utilizing Hofstra facilities or services for activities in support of an unrecognized group.
Intentionally or recklessly taking actions that result in defacing, damaging or destroying the property of the University or another individual.
VIOLATION OF A BAN
Entering any area and/or building from which an individual has been banned or removed by the University. Hosting a banned individual on campus or at a University-sponsored event.
WEAPONS AND AMMUNITION
Possessing, using, storing, transporting or concealing any dangerous instrument, including, but not limited to:
- firearms and ammunition of any type (rifles, pistols, air guns, pellet guns, bb guns, etc.); or
- knives, razors, cutting instruments; or
- self-defense spray devices; or
- martial arts materials; or
- any other instrument that is adapted, designed or intended to cause harm, or that could reasonably intimidate or cause fear of injury or harm; or
- any object that is visually indistinguishable from a weapon; or
- any item that may be deemed a weapon under applicable law.
Dangerous instruments do not include objects that are authorized, designated and used in accordance with departmental policies for operational, academic and/or recreational purposes (e.g., cutlery used to prepare food, props used in a dramatic production, fencing equipment used in athletics) unless used in a way that is intended to harm another person or property. The University at its sole discretion will grant or deny the authorization and use of such objects.