Student Government Association University Conduct Code
We, the students of High Point University, shall seek excellence in the classroom, on the playing field, and in positions of leadership and service across our campus.
As a community of scholars, we shall work together with faculty to create an environment conducive to teaching and learning.
As a community of persons, we shall treat each other with compassion, with dignity, and with civility, avoiding bigotry, racism, and sexism and learning from each through the diversity we bring to High Point.
As persons, we shall be honest and just in all that we do, recognizing that we can never be greater than the integrity of our word and deed.
As citizens of global community, we shall act responsibly, both on campus and off, governing our actions not only by our personal needs and desires but also by a concern for the welfare of others, for the general good of humankind, and for the environment upon which we mutually depend.
Recognizing that communities cannot exist without values and codes of conduct, we shall search for enduring values; and we shall adhere to those codes of conduct which have been established by and for the members of High Point University.
When we leave High Point, we shall leave it better than we found it, and in support of this goal, we pledge our loyalty and our service to this University which we have chosen as our own.
Access. High Point University shall not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, national origin, ethnic origin, or physical condition in the administration of policies and programs involving admissions, educational services, financial aid, or other activities generally provided to undergraduate or graduate students at the University.
Grievance Procedures. Students who believe that they have been denied access to the programs and services of High Point University should contact the vice president for the academic affairs (academic grievances), the dean of students (non-academic grievances), or the athletic director (athletic grievances). Either administrator may (1) attempt to adjudicate the case directly; (2) refer the case to a Board of Adjudication (see Board of Adjudication), or (3) allow the student to choose between the two options. Decisions resulting from any of the three hearing may be appealed to the president of the University who may, at his/her discretion, refer the case to the Executive Committee of the Faculty for closure.
Appropriation. Appropriation is the act of taking, without right or leave, that which belongs to another with the intent to keep or with the intent to use wrongfully that which was taken. If the property is sold, the seller remains responsible; but the buyer is also responsible.
In addition to ordinary theft of personal or public property, appropriation includes, but is not limited to,
- Improper removal of furnishings or other items from public areas;
- Improper copying of computer software/programs;
- Copying or showing of videos in violation of copyright laws;
- Improper removal of items form vending machines;
- Eating in the cafeteria or at The Point without paying;
- Improper removal of food or other items from the cafeteria, The Panther Pantry, or The Point;
- Improper removal of items from the library;
- Unauthorized access to information technologies;
- Falsifying time cards;
- Appropriation of corporate or public property (e.g. signs, crates, carts).
Appropriation is a violation of both the University Conduct Code and the University Honor Code. Therefore, where a student is accused, the dean of students, at her/his discretion, may charge a student with the violation of either.
Sanctions. For the first offense, minimal sanctions include referral to the dean of students and restitution for or purchase/return of stolen property, plus a fine; and sanctions may include suspension or expulsion. Where University property has appropriated for private use, the perpetrator ordinarily will be required to purchase the property at replacement value.
For a second offense, the student should expect suspension from the University.
Assault and Battery. Where threat of assault or assault and battery exists, the dean of students may exclude students from campus until the matter is resolved. Where assault or assault and battery occurs, a priority hearing shall be arranged. At the discretion of the dean of students, parties involved may be excluded from campus until the matter is resolved.
Sanctions. Where persons are found guilty of assault or assault and battery, they should expect suspension from the University.
Destruction. Although students who destroy property belonging to others should expect suspension or expulsion, the following minimal sanctions have been established:
First offense. Contingent upon the severity of the offense, actions up to and including suspension or expulsion may be imposed.
Second offense. For the second offense, sanctions shall ordinarily include restitution and suspension or expulsion.
Freedom of Assembly/Expression. High Point University is committed to the principles of free speech and free expression; yet, just as the American people often must subordinate free speech and free expression to the common good, whether voluntarily or legally, the members of the High Point University community have such a responsibility. Furthermore, as an educational institution, High Point University has a responsibility to you and to other members of the University community to require civil behaviors. In fact, you have a right to expect your University to act with civility. Therefore, since, as it were, you “become” High Point University when you enroll, you must act with civility, whether on campus or off. For example:
- It is unacceptable for your University to flaunt stickers or banners which are crude, vulgar, or otherwise not consistent with the principles of civility; therefore, it is unacceptable for you- being, as you are, High Point University, to flaunt such symbols;
- It is unacceptable for your University to give away tee-shirts or other items which are vulgar or which advocate anti-social behaviors; therefore, because you High Point University, it is unacceptable for you to wear items advocating such behaviors;
- It is unacceptable for your University to treat persons as toys or lesser things; therefore, it is unacceptable for you to use or otherwise abuse people;
- It is unacceptable for your University to litter, to allow garbage to accumulate, to dispose of trash or property improperly, or to otherwise degradate our neighborhood or the property of our neighbors; therefore, because you High Point University, it is unacceptable for you to engage in such behaviors, whether on campus or off;
- It is unacceptable for your University to be crude or boisterous in the cafeteria or in other public environments; therefore, because you are High Point University, it is unacceptable for you to engage in such behaviors;
- It is unacceptable for your University to fly a flag which, regardless of its place in history, symbolizes for many members of your community and the larger community servitude and second-class citizenship; therefore, because you are High Point University, it is unacceptable for you to display such a symbol;
- It is unacceptable for your University to be crude, lewd, demeaning, or uncivil to visiting athletic teams or other campus visitors, even if in response to such behaviors; therefore, because you are High Point University, it is unacceptable for you to evidence poor sportsmanship or other uncivil behaviors.
Moreover, just as the company which hires you has the legal right – as established by the courts – to require civility, the University which voluntarily admits you and which commits itself to preparing you to achieve both personally and professionally, has such a responsibility and, if necessary, such a right.
Assembly. Although members of the University community enjoy the privilege of assembly, the University reserves the right to restrict the times and places of such assembly, to charge for the use of University facilities, to establish behavioral and procedural guidelines, and to restrict access to University property by persons who are not members of the University community. During approved assemblies, activities and behaviors should be consistent with the goals established for educational support services and campus life and with the preamble to the University Conduct Code.
Scheduling. Campus organizations and individuals must register activities which utilize University facilities for purposes of assembly by completing Form OSL 102 (Request for Facilities Utilization) or, if appropriate, the Form OM 101 (Request for Facilities: Hayworth Chapel.) Form OSL 102 is available from 101 Slane University Center. Form OM 101 is available from 101 Slane University Center or from 200 Hayworth Chapel.
University Calendar. In order to prevent conflicts between activities of campus organizations, no University-related event should be considered scheduled and no University-related should be announced until it is listed on the University Calendar. Such events shall include, but shall not be limited to,
- Activities of the academic program;
- Activities of campus organizations;
- Ceremonial events of the University;
- Chapel services;
- Class activities scheduled outside of the regular class period;
- Cultural enrichment programs;
- Departmental meetings and activities;
- External use of campus facilities;
- Intercollegiate athletic events;
- Intramural athletic events;
- Meetings called by administrators of the University;
- Meetings of faculty, including committees thereof;
- Recruitment activities on campus;
- Special events provided by vendors of the University;
- Staff meetings, including meetings of administrative units.
Priority. The following priorities have been established in order to discourage conflicts:
PRIORITY 1. All-University events [Separate operational areas and chartered organizations are encouraged to schedule activities supportive of all-University events; they may not schedule events, officially or unofficially, either on campus or off, in conflict with all-University events.]
Capus P. Waynick Lectures (once scheduled) Derby Day (first Saturday after commencement of fall classes) Lessons and Carols (first Wednesday of December at 7 p.m.) Faculty Christmas Dinner (last Friday of exam week) Fall Convocation (first Monday evening of Orientation Week) Fall Theatrical Production (Thursday – Saturday of Family Weekend) Family Weekend (first or second weekend in November) Homecoming (first weekend in October) Honors Day (Wednesday before the last week of classes in April) Old Montlieu Picnic (Honors Day) Scholarship Weekend (second weekend in February) Senior Worship Service (first Wednesday in April) Spring Festival (first weekend of April) Winter Festival (first weekend of February)
PRIORITY 2. chapel services (Wednesdays at 5:30p.m.) Regular meetings of the faculty (third Thursdays at 11a.m.) Departmental meetings (second Tuesdays at 11a.m.)
PRIORITY 3. cultural enrichment programs (once listed on University calendar)Intercollegiate athletic events (once listed on University calendar)
PRIORITY 4. activities of the faculty as a whole;
PRIORITY 5. activities of administrative units; activities of chartered organizations; activities of University committees.
Resolution of Scheduling Conflicts. If perceived conflicts exist when forms are submitted, the person or organization submitting the request may be asked to consider an alternative time. Recognizing that it is impossible to avoid all scheduling conflicts, a serious effort should be made to avoid conflicts once events have been scheduled on the University Calendar.
- In the event that scheduling conflicts cannot be resolved, they may be referred to the University Calendar Committee or to a subcommittee thereof for adjudication. The University Calendar Committee is composed of the following persons: dean of students, director of athletics, director of the Millis Center, assistant dean for campus life, minister to the University, president of the Community Affairs Board, president of the Interfraternity Council, president of the Panhellenic Council, vice president for academic affairs, vice president for administrative affairs, vice president for internal affairs. Ordinarily only those persons with a vested interest in a designated conflict will meet for purposes of adjudication.
- In the event that scheduling conflicts cannot be resolved by the University Calendar Committee, they may be referred to the Administrative Council of the University for adjudication.
- Invited Guests. The University reserves the right to deny access to speakers if:
- The ideas advanced are incompatible with the composite goals established for educational support services and campus life (see page 12 of A guide to Campus Life)
- The presence of the guest threatens the safety or security of members of the High Point University community.
Legal Responsibility. Campus Organizations and members of the High Point University community are reminded that they are legally responsible for misconduct, expenses, or damages related to activities which they sponsor, whether on campus or off.
Meeting Areas. Organizations which reserve campus space are responsible for proper utilization of that space:
- Smoking is prohibited in academic buildings, in the Millis Center (except for the lobby and the concession area), and in the Slane University Center;
- If the furniture in a room is moved from its “home” position by persons or organizations using the room, those same individuals are responsible for returning the furniture to its “home”position immediately following the meeting;
- Where groups or organizations arrange for tables, chairs, or other equipment to be provided in meeting rooms, those same persons are responsible for assuring that the items are removed as soon as feasible and by noon on the next day at the latest, after which the furniture in the room must be returned to its “home” position;
- When a work order is submitted requesting maintenance to set-up rooms for programs or activities, a work order should also be submitted requesting that the room be returned to the “home position” by noon on the next day;
- Tacks and staples are prohibited;
- Tape may be used only on wood, glass, or cinderblock and must be removed following the event;
- Additional regulations may be established for the separate facilities.
Notices/Posters. Persons and organizations distributing or posting printed notices on campus are responsible for the content and are expected to follow established policies:
- The name of the person or organization distributing or posting any notice must appear on the notice;
- Only members of High Point University community may distribute notices on campus without specific approval of the Office of Student Life;
- All notices should contain the following phrase date posted: and the phrase removal date: , along with appropriate dates;
- Notices should not be posted on doors or wall, unless the doors/walls are constructed of cinderblock or glass;
- Notices should not be posted in the cafeteria;
- Thumb tacks or push pins should not be used to post notices, expect on bulletin boards or in student rooms/apartments where thumb tacks or push pins (cf. tape) should be used in lieu of tape to hang posters on sheet rock walls;
- Tape should not be used except on glass and cinder-block walls;
- Notices and residue must be removed within 24 hours of the removal date indicated;
- Only official University notices may be distributed to students, faculty, and staff through the campus postal system.
Fines. When fines are levied (see page 114 of A Guide to Campus Life), they should be paid at the Office of Student Accounts within two weeks, after which they will be added to student’s account, in which case an administrative fee in the amount of $10 will be added.
Fines collected as sanctions for violations of University codes will be divided equally between (1) a fund to support residential programming or to compensate for theft or destruction of property intended for communal use and (2) the “Fun Fund” which is administered by the Office of Student Life and which provides emergency loans to students.
Fire Protection Devices. North Carolina Criminal Law (General Statutes 14-286) dictates a maximum fine of $500, imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, or both, for persons found guilty of giving false alarms or willfully misusing or abusing fire protection equipment.
Sanctions. Criminal prosecution may result. University sanctions up to and including suspension or expulsion may be imposed.
Unauthorized Entry. Disciplinary sanctions ordinarily shall be imposed for breaking and entering a private room, whether locked or unlocked, or for entering a public room without proper authorization when the room is locked.
Fireworks. The possession or use of fireworks or other explosives on University property is specifically prohibited.
Sanctions. Violators of this policy should expect suspension or expulsion.
Harassment, General. All forms of harassment are strictly prohibited.
Definition. Harassment is any activity by any individual, group, or organization which is intended to annoy, antagonize, or exhaust other persons. Such activities include, but are not limited to, frequent name calling, degradation or character, prank calls, or other activities which by nature, are so profound as to cause or potentially cause mental anxiety, mental distress, panic, human degradation, public embarrassment, and/or humiliation.
Redress. Students who believe that they are being harassed should, when feasible, first clearly advise the perpetrators(s), if known, that the behavior is unacceptable. If the behavior continues or if perpetrator is unknown, the student should then consult with a University counselor, with the dean of students, with the assistant dean of students, or with another University administrator who shall seek mediation of the conflict. Absent such mediation, either the student or the University may seek disciplinary or other corrective action (see Board of Adjudication).
Sanctions. In the event that charges of harassment cannot be mediated, the perpetrator(s) should expect suspension or expulsion.
Harassment, Sexual. As human beings and as members of High Point University community, we must maintain an environment free of sexual harassment and other coercive sexual behaviors, whether implicit or explicit. Sexual harassment is defined as deliberate, unwelcomed verbal and/or physical conduct of a sexual nature or with sexual implications. The definition does not include personal compliments welcomed by the recipient. Sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to, the following, if unwelcome and continuous: flirting, sexual jokes, gestures, innuendoes, insults, intimidation, touching or other physical contact. The harasser may be male or female, a member of the same sex or a member of the opposite sex.
Redress. Students who believe that they are being sexually harassed should, where feasible, first clearly advise the perpetrator that her/his behavior is unacceptable. If the behavior continues, the student should then consult with a University counselor, with the dean of students, with the assistant dean of students, or with another University administrator who shall seek mediation of the conflict. Absent such mediation, either the student or the University may seek disciplinary or other corrective action, including but not limited to, referral to a Board of Adjudication.
Sanctions. In the event that charges of sexual harassment cannot be mediated, the perpetrator should expect suspension or expulsion.
Hazing. Chartered organizations and groups may require ceremonies of initiation provided participation can be judged reasonable and justifiable as a means of induction. No group or organization, however, whether chartered or not, may practice hazing.
Definition. Specifically, no group or organization may subject members, potential members, or non-members to activities which harass, intimidate, seriously exhaust, impart pain, cause undue mental fatigue or mental stress, or which cause mutilation or alteration of the body or parts of the body. Such activities include, but are not limited to, tests of endurance, submission of members or prospective members to potentially dangerous or hazardous circumstances, activities which have foreseeable potential for resulting in personal injury, or any activity which, by its nature, could cause severe mental anxiety, mental distress, panic, human degradation, public embarrassment and/or humiliation. It shall not constitute a defense against a charge of hazing that the person participated voluntarily, that (s)he voluntarily assumed the risks or hardships of the activity, or that no injury, in fact, occurred.
Redress. Students who believe that they are being subjected to hazing should, where feasible, first clearly advise the perpetrator that his/her behavior is unacceptable. If the behavior continues, the student should then consult with a University counselor, with the dean of students, with the assistant dean of students, or with another University administrator who shall seek mediation of the conflict. Absent such mediation, either the student or the University may seek disciplinary or other corrective action.
Sanctions. Organizations found guilty of hazing should expect to have their charters withdrawn, and members of the organization, individually or collectively, should expect suspension or expulsion.
Missiles. Throwing or hitting missiles (e.g. Frisbees, golf balls, snowballs) can be done, unless it causes damages to persons or property. The following areas are suggested for such activities: The Greensward (in the mall area away from the buildings); the intramural fields, and the valley between the Slane University Center and the Millis Center. A $10 sanction will be imposed for throwing or hitting missiles in the vicinity of buildings or cars; and additional sanctions will be imposed in the event of injury to persons or damage to property.
Public Events. Certain behaviors are routinely expected of persons attending public events, both on campus and off.
Athletic Events. During more than 40 years of NAIA – and/or NCAA – associated play, High Point University has established a reputation for good sportsmanship among coaches, players, and fans. Your attention is called to the following:
- It is unacceptable for your University to be crude, lewd, demeaning, or uncivil during athletic events; therefore, since you are High Point University, It is unacceptable for you to evidence such behaviors at athletic events, whether on campus or off;
- The University prohibits food or tobacco in any form in the Millis Center Arena;
- The NCAA prohibits tobacco use among players and coaches at NCAA athletic events;
- Both the University and the NCAA prohibit alcohol at NCAA athletic events, including the sidelines.
Sanctions. Violations of behavioral guidelines for intercollegiate athletic events may result in disciplinary sanctions, including, but not limited to, expulsion from the game and exclusion from future events. If you are expelled or excluded from games, you must leave the field or facility immediately.
Cultural Events. The following guidelines should be followed when attending cultural events, whether on campus or off:
- Professional dress ordinarily should be worn, especially at events scheduled off-campus;
- Dress codes, if announced, must be respected; Caps should be removed;
- Persons should be seated at least five minutes before the event is scheduled to commence;
- Should it be necessary to enter or exit the room during the event, such movements should occur between number or acts;
- Disruptive behavior, including, but not limited to, unnecessary coughing, inappropriate laughter, taking, and whispering are unacceptable;
- Activities, including studying, and behavior which show disrespect for the performer and/or for members of the audience are unacceptable.
Vehicles. The possession and/or operation of vehicles on campus is a privilege, not a right.
Registration. Students must register all vehicles which they drive to campus with the Office of Campus Safety. The registration fee is $10. The fine for failure to register a vehicle is $15.
Parking Violations. Parking violations include parking where signs prohibit, parking in restricted areas, parking on grass or sidewalks, parking in fire lanes or no-parking zones, blocking moving or parked vehicles, parking at yellow lines, or improper display of the required registration decal. The sanction for each offense is $5. In addition, vehicles may be towed at the owner’s expense.
Moving violations. Moving violations include reckless driving, driving in excess of 15 MPH, failure to yield, failure to stop for stop signs, failure to bear right at circles, and failure to follow the direction of an officer. Violators will be referred to the dean of students.
Recreational Use. The recreational use of vehicles, including motor bikes, on campus is prohibited. Such prohibition includes driving on the grass or other areas not intended for vehicles, creating unauthorized pathways, allowing a person to ride in a dangerous manner, and towing a person on a skateboard, bicycle, or similar conveyance. Sanctions for the recreational use of motorized vehicles may include a $100 fine and the loss of the privilege of registering or driving a vehicle on campus for one semester. In the event that injury or damage to results, sanctions up to and including suspension may be imposed.
Appeals. Where traffic tickets have been issued, the Traffic Court functions as an appellate body (see Traffic Court). If you would like to appear before the Traffic Court, you should schedule your appearance by completing Form OSL 103 (Traffic Court Appeals) which is available from the Office of Student Life (101 Slane University Center).
Weapons. North Carolina law (G.S. 14-269.2) prohibits students from carrying weapons on educational property.
G.S. 14-269.2.b. It shall be a Class I felony for any person to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any gun, rifle, pistol, or other firearm of any kind, or any dynamite, cartridge, bomb, grenade, mine, or powerful explosive, as defined in G.S. 14-284.1, on educational property.
G.S. 14-269.2.c. It shall be a Class I felony for any person to cause, encourage, or aid a minor who is less than 18 years old to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any gun, rifle, pistol, or other firearm of any kind, or any dynamite, cartridge, bomb, grenade, mine, or power explosive as defined in G.S. 14-284.1, on educational property.
G.S. 14-269.2.d. It shall be a misdemeanor for any person to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any BB gun, air rifle, air pistol, bowie knife, dirk, dagger, slingshot, leaded cane, switchblade knife, blackjack, metallic knuckles, razors and razor blades (except solely for any personal shaving), and any sharp-pointed or edged instrument except instructional supplies, unaltered nail files and clips and tools used solely for preparation of food, instruction, and maintenance, on educational property.
G.S. 14-269.2.e. It shall be a misdemeanor for any person to cause, encourage, or aid a minor who is less than 18 years old to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any BB gun, air rifle, air pistol, bowie knife, dirk, dagger, slingshot, leaded cane, switchblade knife, blackjack, metallic knuckles, razors and razor blades (except solely for any personal shaving), and any sharp-pointed or edged instrument except instructional supplies, unaltered nail files and clips and tools used solely for preparation of food, instruction, and maintenance, on educational property.
Sanctions. Students who violate the above policies should expect suspension or expulsion for the University and referral to law enforcement agencies.