Office of Student Conduct

Code of Conduct

1. Academic Dishonesty (also see University Undergraduate/Graduate Catalogs)
A. Cheating - includes, but is not limited to: (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) use of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; (3) the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the University faculty or staff (4) engaging in any behavior specifically prohibited by a faculty member in the course syllabus or class discussion.

B. Plagiarism - includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.

2. Alcohol (also see Social Policy)
Use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of alcoholic beverages (except as expressly permitted by University regulations), or public intoxication. Alcoholic beverages may not, in any circumstance, be used by, possessed by or distributed to any person under twenty-one (21) years of age.

A "three strikes and you're out" rule will be applied upon the third violation and will result in suspension for a minimum of one academic year.

3. Computer Misuse
A. No student shall allow any person to use his/her ID and/or password, create access into the computing network in such a way that will bypass University security systems, attempt unauthorized access and use other computing resources or data, violate software licenses or copyrights while using University equipment, or use computing services in any way which may violate federal, state, or local law.

B. No student shall send abusive, obscene, or threatening messages by use of computing facilities and services; attempt to read, delete, copy, or modify electronic mail or files of others without authorization; falsify the identity of the source of electronic mail messages; or send, without official University authorization, for-profit messages, chain letters, or other unsolicited junk.

4. Damage or Destruction of Property
Damage, defacement, or destruction of university property or to property of any of its members or visitors

5. Disorderly Conduct
A. Lewd or indecent action, including but not limited to, public nudity, viewing pornography via University technology, streaking, urinating in public, lewd, or indecent action as defined by Alabama State Law.

B. Taking action that creates hazardous conditions, including, but not limited to, actions such as dropping, throwing, or causing objects to fall from windows, doors, ledges, balconies, or roofs.

C. Taking action that intentionally interferes with or disrupts normal university or university-sponsored activities, including, but not limited to, teaching, service, research, or administration.

6. Drugs
A. Use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of illegal drugs including but not limited to marijuana, narcotics, methamphetamine, cocaine, opiates, LSD, mushrooms, heroin, designer drugs such as Ecstasy and GHB, or other controlled substances are prohibited. Use or possession of prescription drugs other than for the person prescribed, or for use other than the prescribed purpose are prohibited. Possession or use of drug paraphernalia including but not limited to equipment, products, and materials used to cultivate, manufacture, distribute, or use illegal drugs are prohibited. .

B. Knowingly associating with a person while they are participating in the above-stated acts.

Sanctions for drug violations may include drug education, mandated evaluation and treatment, community service, suspension, and/or expulsion. Student organizations that knowingly permit illegal drug activity will be excluded from campus for a minimum of one year.

University owned, operated, and/or controlled housing facilities operate on a ‘no tolerance” drug standard. As such, students found in drug violation who reside in these facilities will be removed/evicted from the residence.

7. Failure to Comply 
A. Failure to comply with any reasonable and lawful request (verbal, written, or other) of university officials acting in the performance of their official duties.

B. Failure to appear before any university hearing officer as summoned without proper exuse or justification as deemed by the university hearing officer.

C. Failure to abide by emergency and/or weather alert notification instructions.

8. Fire Safety
A. Any activity that could potentially compromise fire safety in University buildings or on University property, including, but not limited to, unauthorized burning of candles, incense, open fires, or burning posters and/or other materials, is considered a serious offense, which may result in suspension or dismissal from the University. Withholding information or evidence concerning a fire is also considered a serious offense. 

B. Tampering with fire safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, alarm pull stations, or emergency exits.

C. Failure to exit the building while an alarm is sounding.

9. Furnishing False Information
Providing false or misleading information to the University or other similar forms of dishonesty in university-regulated affairs, including knowingly making oral or written false statements to any university official and/or falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information before a Student Conduct Board.

10. Gambling
Gambling is prohibited. 

11. Harassment
A. Unwelcomed and/or unwanted sexual attention; repeated offensive sexual flirtation, advances, or proposition; sexual humor; sexual photographs; graphic verbal comments about an individual’s body or clothing; the display in the learning environment of sexually degrading objects; or any sexually threatening behavior.

B. Behavior that involves an expressed or implied threat through gestures, mannerisms, and /or body language, to interfere with an individual’s personal safety, academic efforts, employment, or participation in university-sponsored extracurricular activities and causes the person to have a reasonable apprehension that such harm is about to occur; or that has the purpose or reasonably foreseeable effect of interfering with an individual’s personal safety, academic efforts, employment, or participation in university-sponsored extracurricular activities and causes the person to have a reasonable apprehension that such harm is about to occur.

C. Inflammatory speech, spoken or inflammatory communication (e-mail, posters, social network, etc.) written as a personal insult to the listener(s), on the basis of culture, ethnicity, gender, nationality, national origin, political affiliation, physical ability, physical attributes, race, religion, sexual orientation, and/or socio-economic status in personally abusive language inherently likely to provoke a violent reaction by the listener(s) toward the speaker.

12. Hazing
Any act that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a university student or guest, or that 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. Previously relied-upon “traditions,” whether fraternity/sorority or other group-related terms, intent of such acts, or consent or cooperation of the recipient will not suffice as a justifiable reason for participation in such acts. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Misuse of authority by virtue of one's class rank or leadership position
  • Striking another student by hand or with any object
  • Any form of physical bondage of a student
  • Taking of a student to an outlying area and dropping him/her off
  • Forcing a student into a violation of the law or a university policy

Having firsthand knowledge of the planning of such activities or firsthand knowledge that an incident of this type has occurred and failing to report it to appropriate university officials constitutes a violation under this section.

Alabama Hazing Law § 16-1-23. states that any person who participates in the hazing of another, or any organization associated with a school, college, university, or other educational institution in this state that knowingly permits hazing to be conducted by its members or by others subject to its direction or control, shall forfeit any entitlement to public funds, scholarships, or awards enjoyed by him/her or by it and
shall be deprived of any sanction or approval granted by the school, college, university, or other educational institution.

13. Interference
Interference with or disruption of the mission of the University or its campus environment.

14. Physical Assault
Physically contacting another person; causing or intending to cause injury or creating or intending to create an imminent fear of injury; or willfully participating or contributing to an incident of physical abuse.

15. Sexual Misconduct
Sexual misconduct including but not limited to: obscene, lewd, or indecent behavior; deliberate observation of others for sexual purposes without their consent; taking or posting of photographs/images of a sexual nature without consent; possession or distribution of illegal pornography; viewing or posting pornography in public venues; non-consensual sexual contact or penetration; engaging in coercion or constraint; or engaging in sexual activity with a person who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to give consent.

16. Slander/Libel
Knowingly publishing or circulating false and malicious information for the purpose of damaging or potentially damaging the name, character, or reputation of another person.

17. Student Housing
Violation of any residence hall regulation (see Residence Life Handbook). Students living in residence halls shall be held responsible for the actions of their guest.

18. Telephone Misuse
Misuse of any university telephone by vandalism or by attempting to place a local or long distance call through any method, trick, device, or fraud with intent to avoid payment. Such action will subject a student to prosecution under federal and state laws as well as disciplinary action by the University.

19. Theft
Attempted or actual theft of University property or the property of a member of the University community or other personal or public property, on or off campus.

20. Unauthorized Entry
Unauthorized access to university facilities; intentionally damaging, tampering, or picking door locks; unauthorized possession or duplication of university keys or access cards, or propping open exterior doors.

21. University Documents
Forgery, alteration, destruction, misuse, or modification of university documents, records, identification cards, or papers. 

22. Violation of Any Law Adversely Affecting the University of North

Behavior that would constitute a violation of local, state, or federal law on university property or off campus when such behavior has an adverse effect upon the university community and/or aiding, assisting, or attempting to commit an act or action that would constitute an offense under any of the types of misconduct described in the Code of Conduct. 

23. Weapons
 (also see Weapons Statement in the Student Handbook)
Illegal or unauthorized possession of firearms, explosives, other weapons, or dangerous chemicals on University premises or use of any such item, even if legally possessed, in a manner that harms, threatens or causes fear to others.