Student Conduct Codes
Students, like all citizens, are held accountable within the behavioral parameters of our society, as defined by local, state, and federal laws and statutes. In addition, students are also held accountable for behavior as defined by the Student Conduct Codes of the College. Students are all persons taking courses at the College, both full-time and part-time, or those individuals who were students at the time of a violation of the Student Conduct Codes, as well as individuals on College or Cobleskill Auxiliary Services premises for any purpose related to registration for enrollment. Persons who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship as a student with the College are considered students.
Students may be charged with behaviors which violate both campus Student Conduct Codes and the laws of the broader society; in such situations, the on-campus disciplinary hearing may be held while off-campus resolutions are still pending. Every effort is made to maintain the integrity and independence of the Student Judicial System. Each student is held accountable for her/his behavior under the judicial system of the College. Students are expected to be familiar with all College regulations and to abide by them at all times in order to maintain a fair, just, and safe College community environment.
These codes apply specifically to behavior on College-owned or -controlled property, on property and in facilities of the Cobleskill Auxiliary Services, and at college authorized functions off-campus. Certain Codes may apply to actions off-campus (in the Village of Cobleskill and/or on authorized field trips, for example) as noted, as the student’s conduct may adversely affect the campus community or undermine the interests and/or mission of the institution.
Any violation of the Student Conduct Codes is strictly prohibited and may result in disciplinary action ranging from a warning letter to probation, suspension, or dismissal from the College. The judicial system is educational in nature and every effort is made to develop understanding and compliance with the College standards of conduct.
1. Any conviction of a violation of the Penal Law of the State of New York or the United States of America classified as a "felony," a "narcotic offense," a "sex offense," or a "weapons offense" committed on campus.
2. The turning in or making of a false fire alarm, bomb threat or tampering with fire alarm or other safety systems on property owned or controlled by the State University and/or Cobleskill Auxiliary Services.
3. Tampering with or discharge of a fire extinguisher except in case of fire; tampering with or damage to College lights, lighting systems or any other facilities or equipment associated with health or safety.
4. a. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of University documents, records, or identification, including items such as forgery of faculty signatures on registration materials, for example. This shall include the sale of term papers, theft of and/or unauthorized distribution of exams, plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty, theft/unauthorized use of telephone codes, or other misuse/abuse of the telephone system, misuse of dining hall cards, parking stickers, or misrepresentation in the sale of textbooks, for example.
b. Computer access infractions, including, but not limited to: items contained in the Authorized Use of Campus Computing Resources Policy (Computer Resources Policy) or any abuse or misuse of College computer hardware, software, and/or network systems or components.
5. Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary procedures, or other College activities, including public service functions, or other authorized activities. This includes Violation of Policies of the Van Wagenen Library. Behavior of individuals, individuals acting as part of a group, or of groups, particularly related to alcohol or other drugs that is detrimental to the learning environment, reputation of the school, and/or resulting in death or injury. [Note: This may also apply to actions off-campus.]
6. Assault or attempted assault of any person on College-owned or -controlled property or at College-sponsored or supervised functions. [Note: This may also apply to actions off-campus.]
7. Conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person. [Note: This may also apply to actions off-campus.]
8. Theft or attempted theft of property or services of the College, a member of the College community or campus visitor; or possession of stolen property from any domain. [Note: This may also apply to actions off-campus.]
9. Deliberate or careless/unjustified damage to property of the College, a member of the campus community, or campus visitor. [Note: This may also apply to actions off-campus.]
10. Unauthorized entry to or use of campus facilities.
11. Disorderly conduct [Note: This may also apply to actions off-campus.]
12. Sexual misconduct (unwelcome and/or unwanted contact/conduct of a sexual nature), lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct or expression on College-owned or -controlled property or at College-sponsored or supervised functions. [Note: This may also apply to actions off-campus.]
13. Failure to comply with the directions of College officials acting in the performance of their duties.
14. Deliberate issuance of a false statement either orally or in writing to College officials.
15. Failure to answer a summons issued by a campus judicial board or its designee (e.g. Director of Residential Life, Director of Judicial Affairs).
16. a. Possession of, sale, distribution, use or involvement of any kind with non-prescribed narcotics and/or illicit/dangerous drugs.
b. In the presence of one or more persons who possess, sell, distribute, use or are involved in any way with non-prescribed narcotics and/or illicit/dangerous drugs.
17. Possession of drug-related paraphernalia and/or devices.
18. Acts or expression (to include in person or via technological means of delivery) of racial, ethnic, sexual, or religious discrimination or bias-related harassment.
19. Failure to comply with the College policy on Violence and Unacceptable Behavior. (See separate Policy Statement.)
20. a. Violation of the Campus Alcohol Policy.
b. In the presence of one or more persons who violate the Campus
c. While in the Village of Cobleskill, students who are subject to arrest for violation of local ordinances state or national laws pertaining to consumption or sale or use of alcohol and who engage in disruptive or damaging or disorderly behaviors are in violation of the Student Conduct Code.
21. Possession and/or use of weapons or firearms (items, whether real or realistic, used to cause harm or threaten harm to people) of any kind, including, but not limited to: bows, arrows, archery equipment, air guns, pellet guns, dart guns, paintball guns, chukka sticks, ammunition, CO2 cartridges, laser pointers, fireworks, firecrackers, explosives or dangerous chemicals of any kind. Note: This applies to possession on the person, in motor vehicles, in residence rooms, and/or in other areas/facilities of the College and/or Cobleskill Auxiliary Services.
22. General Infractions including, but not limited to, actions such as those contained in the Terms and Conditions of Residence Hall Occupancy pertaining to quiet hours, *excessive noise at any time, possession of pets, guest policy, unapproved cooking devices, selling or soliciting, safety issues (such as climbing out windows, sitting on ledges, roofs), unsafe use of skateboards, bicycles or rollerblades (in-line skates), gambling, water fights, pranks, unauthorized removal of common area furniture, propping open of locked doors, throwing or dropping objects from windows (especially garbage and/or recyclable materials), throwing snowballs or other objects in the vicinity of residence halls, use of water beds, abuse of the telecommunications system, and failure to comply with the campus smoking policy.
* Note: Stereos, radios, and computers are to be kept at a low volume at all times. Noise, including music, should not be heard beyond a closed room door or window during Quiet Hours. Violations may result in loss of use of the stereo or other equipment. The excessive noise infraction includes car stereos.
23. Recording of images or audio in a place where a person would have a reasonable expectation of privacy is prohibited.
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