Code of Student Conduct
Article VI: Proscribed Conduct
Any student found to have committed the following misconduct is subject to the disciplinary sanctions outlined in Article VII:
1. Violation of federal, state or local law on or off college premises.
2. Violation of published college policies, rules or regulations including, but not limited to:
a. Residence life policies.
b. Parking and vehicle policies.
c. Food service policies.
d. Telecommunications policies.
e. Information and Instructional Technologies policies.
f. Student Activities policies.
g. Department or course statements relating to class and lab behavior.
3. Failure to comply with the reasonable directions of or verbally abusing or threatening college officials or law enforcement officers acting in performance of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so including, but not limited to:
a. Area coordinators, resident assistants, junior counselors.
b. Public safety officers.
c. Staff members in the dean of students office.
d. Security staff (student or professional) at student events.
e. Food service personnel.
f. Northfield police officers, Rice County deputy sheriffs.
4. Acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to:
a. Furnishing false information to any college official, faculty member or office.
b. Forgery, alteration or misuse of any college document, record or instrument of identification.
c. Tampering with the election of any college-recognized student organization.
d. Cheating, plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty.
5. Violations of fire/life safety provisions including, but not limited to:
a. Arson or attempted arson.
b. Use, possession or manufacture of explosives, including, but not limited to, fireworks.
c. Intentionally or recklessly misusing or damaging fire/life safety equipment.
d. Initiating or causing to be initiated any false warning of emergency or life-threatening circumstances.
e. Class and/or lab behavior which endangers self or others.
6. Possession and/or use of weapons, regardless of their legality, on college premises, with the exception of the following:
a. A student may store weapons on campus for hunting purposes only.
b. Any student wishing to store hunting weapons shall register the weapon(s) and any accompanying ammunition with public safety. All registered items shall be stored by public safety in a location authorized by the director of public safety. Weapons may not be kept in student rooms.
7. Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, other college activities including its public service functions on- or off-campus or other authorized non-college activities when the act occurs on college premises.
8. Participation in a campus demonstration which disrupts the normal operations of the college and infringes on the rights of other members of the college community; leading or inciting others to disrupt scheduled and/or normal activities within any campus building or area.
9. Intentional obstruction which unreasonably interferes with freedom of movement, either pedestrian or vehicular, on campus.
10. Careless conduct which, by its nature, creates an unnecessary risk of physical harm including, but not limited to:
a. Riding on the top of an elevator.
b. Climbing or rappelling from walls or other physical structures.
c. Unauthorized entry into the campus steam tunnels, air handling ducts, plumbing, electrical, or other utilities conduit or systems.
d. Unauthorized access to rooftops, closed sections of buildings, or other restricted access areas.
e. Failure to obey posted traffic control signs when operating a motor vehicle on campus.
f. Class and/or lab behavior which endangers self or others.
g. Repeated abuse of alcohol and other drugs resulting in need of medical care.
11. Attempted or actual theft of and/or damage to property or services of the college or property of a member of the college community or other personal or public property or knowingly possessing stolen property.
12. Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys to any college premises or unauthorized entry to or use of college premises.
13. Conduct which is disorderly, lewd or indecent; breach of peace; or aiding, abetting or procuring another person to breach the peace at any time or location.
14. Other actions or behaviors which by their nature disrupt the life of the academic community or intentionally cause harm of any kind.
15. Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person including, but not limited to, the following forms:
a. Direct oral expression or physical gesture or action.
b. Notes, letters, U.S. mail, campus mail or other forms of written communication.
c. Phone calls or phone messages.
d. E-mail or other computer-based methods of communication.
16. Sexual assault or other non-consensual sexual contact or activity.
17. Sexual harassment, including, but not limited to:
a. Unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature on college premises or at functions sponsored by or participated in by the college.
b. Harassment on the basis of another's sexual orientation.
18. Hazing. (The complete hazing policy can be found here.)
19. Use, possession or distribution of narcotic or other controlled substances, except as expressly permitted by law. Use or possession of drug paraphernalia.
20. Use, possession or distribution of alcoholic beverages on college premises at any time.
21. Consumption of, possession of, or attempts to purchase/obtain alcoholic beverages by students who are not 21 years of age: at any time or location.
22. The intentional or negligent distribution of alcoholic beverages to students who are under 21 years of age: at any time or location.
23. Theft or other abuse of computer time, including, but not limited to (Complete computing policies can be found here.):
a. Unauthorized entry into a file to use, read or change the contents or for any other purpose.
b. Unauthorized transfer or copy of any file or software.
c. Unauthorized use of another individual's identification and password.
d. Use of computing facilities to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member or college official.
e. Use of computing facilities to send obscene, abusive or harassing messages.
f. Use of college-owned or supported equipment to access, download, store or distribute pornographic materials.
g. Use of computing facilities to interfere with normal operations of the college computing system.
24. Unauthorized or inappropriate use of the college name or logo, or the names or likenesses of identifiable organizations or features of St. Olaf College. These include, but are not limited to, the names or logos of college athletic teams or organizations; recognized student organizations, residence halls and other campus buildings; images and descriptions from college publications. Inappropriate use includes, but is not limited to:
a. Use of college names and images for commercial purposes without permission.
b. Use of college names and images by groups not recognized by St. Olaf College.
c. Use of college names and images in conjunction with activities not in accordance with St. Olaf policies.
25. Abuse of the campus judicial system, including, but not limited to:
a. Failure to obey the summons of a judicial body or college official.
b. Falsification, distortion or misrepresentation of information before a judicial body.
c. Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a judicial proceeding.
d. Institution of a judicial proceeding knowingly without cause.
e. Attempting to discourage an individual's proper participation in or use of the judicial system.
f. Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of a judicial body prior to and/or during the course of the judicial proceeding.
g. Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a member of a judicial body prior to, during, and/or after a judicial proceeding.
h. Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Code of Conduct.
i. Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the judicial system.