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UCSD Standards of Conduct

UCSD Standards of Student Conduct

22.16. Standards of Conduct:  This Conduct Code applies to behavior of Students and UCSD registered student organizations on UCSD/University owned or leased properties or functions located or conducted on properties that are owned, leased or administered by UCSD/University. Students and registered student organizations assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner that is compatible with University policies and UCSD rules and regulations. Failure of Students and registered student organizations to conduct themselves in such a manner may subject them to discipline under this Conduct Code. 

22.16.10. Grounds for Discipline: Discipline may be imposed for any violation or attempted violation, or aiding or abetting in a violation or attempted violation of any UC Policies or these Policies.  Violations or attempted violations include, but are not limited to, the following types of misconduct:  Academic dishonesty matters will be processed as specified in the UCSD Academic Senate Policy on Integrity of Scholarship. All forms of academic misconduct, including, but not limited to, cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, any form of bribery or facilitating academic dishonesty should be reported to the instructor of the course in which the alleged misconduct occurred and to the Academic Integrity Coordinator (AIC).  All forms of non-academic dishonesty, including, but not limited to, fabricating information, any form of bribery or knowingly furnishing false information or reporting a false emergency to University or UCSD officials acting in the performance of their duties.  Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any UCSD or University document, record, key, electronic device, or identification.  Theft of, conversion of, damage to, or destruction of any UC or UCSD property or property of others while on UC or UCSD premises, or possession of any stolen property while on UCSD or University premises when the Student had knowledge or reasonably should have had knowledge that it was stolen.  Theft or abuse of University computers and other University electronic resources such as computers and electronic communications facilities, systems, and services, and use of University computer and electronic communications facilities, systems, or services that violates other University policies or campus regulations, including the Academic Computing Services (ACS) Acceptable Use Policies. Abuses include (but are not limited to) unauthorized entry, use, transfer, or tampering with the communications of others, and interference with the work of others and with the operation of computer and electronic communications facilities, systems, and services.  Unauthorized entry to, possession of, receipt of, or use of any UCSD or University properties, equipment, resources, or services, including, the use of UCSD's or the University's name, insignia, or seal.  See Appendix BUse of the University's Name.  Violation of policies, regulations, or rules governing UCSD or University-owned or -operated or leased housing facilities located on UCSD or University property.  Physical assault, or threats of violence, or conduct that threatens the health or safety of any person, including ones self.  Battery, defined as any unwanted touching, physical abuse, or fighting including, but not limited to, conduct that results in the injury of another.  Sex offenses committed by force or without consent, including, but not limited to, rape, sexual assault or sexual battery.  Sex offenses committed without force or by consent, but in violation of law, including, but not limited to, statutory rape and incest.  Unlawful conduct of a sexual nature including, but not limited to, indecent exposure, prostitution, voyeurism or loitering for the purpose of soliciting or engaging in any lewd act or conduct.  Sexual Harassment(As defined in UC Policies Section 160.00 and UCSD Policies and Procedures Manual, Section 200-10)

a. In any allegation of a violation of the Sexual Harassment Policy by any Student or registered student organization, UCSD officials must consult with the Office of Sexual Harassment Policy and Prevention, and should consult with the Director, SPJA. Incidents of alleged sexual harassment must be assessed in accordance with UCSD PPM 200-10 PROCEDURES FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT COMPLAINT RESOLUTION, which is incorporated into the UCSD Policies and Procedures Applying to Student Activities as Appendix G available electronically at 

b. In general, a charge of harassing conduct can be addressed under these Policies only when the University can reasonably be expected to have some degree of control over the alleged harasser and over the environment in which the conduct occurred.  Students suspecting that they are the victim of sexual harassment are encouraged to report the matter to University officials, such as the Dean of Students and the Director of the Office of Sexual Harassment Prevention and Policy. For the purposes of this Conduct Code, an act of sexual harassment is defined as follows:

Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects a person's employment or education, unreasonably interferes with a persons work or educational performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or learning environment. In the interest of preventing sexual harassment, the University will respond to reports of any such conduct.

Sexual harassment may include incidents between any members of the University community, including faculty and other academic appointees, staff, coaches, house staff, students, and non-student or non-employee participants in University programs, such as vendors, contractors, visitors, and patients. Sexual harassment may occur in hierarchical relationships or between peers, or between persons of the same sex or opposite sex.

In determining whether the reported conduct constitutes sexual harassment, consideration shall be given to the record of the conduct as a whole and to the totality of the circumstances, including the context in which the conduct occurred. This policy covers unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. Consensual romantic relationships between members of the University community are subject to other University policies, for example, those governing faculty-student relationships are detailed in the Faculty Code of Conduct. While romantic relationships between members of the University community may begin as consensual, they may evolve into situations that lead to charges of sexual harassment, subject to this policy.

Harassment that is not sexual in nature but is based on gender, sex-stereotyping, or sexual orientation also is prohibited by the University's nondiscrimination policies if it is sufficiently severe to deny or limit a person's ability to participate in or benefit from University educational programs, employment, or services. While discrimination based on these factors may be distinguished from sexual harassment, these types of discrimination may contribute to the creation of a hostile work or academic environment. Thus, in determining whether a hostile environment due to sexual harassment exists, the University may take into account acts of discrimination based on gender, sex-stereotyping, or sexual orientation.  Stalking behavior, in which a Student repeatedly engages in a course of conduct directed at another person and makes a credible threat with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear for his or her safety, or the safety of his or her family, where the threat is reasonably determined by the UCSD Student Conduct Coordinator ("SCC") or the appropriate Dean of Students ("Dean") in consultation with the SPJA Director, to seriously alarm, torment, or terrorize the person, and serves no legitimate purpose.  Harassment by a Student of any person.

a.  For purposes of this Conduct Code, ("harassment"):

1.            Is the use, display, or other demonstration of words, gestures, imagery, or physical materials, or the engagement in any form of bodily conduct, on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, alienage, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability, that has the effect of creating a hostile and intimidating environment sufficiently severe or pervasive to substantially impair a reasonable person's participation in University programs or activities, or use of University facilities;

2.        Must target a specific person or persons; and

3.      Must be addressed directly to that person or persons.

b. Prior to applying this provision of policy to any Student conduct, UCSD officials must consult with the SPJA Director. The Director, in turn, is required to consult with the Office of General Counsel regarding the proper interpretation and application in light of the specific circumstances.  Participation in hazing or any method of initiation or pre-initiation into a registered Student or campus organization or other activity engaged in by such organization or members of such organization at any time that causes, or is likely to cause, physical injury or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in psychological harm to any Student or other person.  Disorderly conduct not involving drugs and alcohol,including, but not limited to, unauthorized gambling, loud and unreasonable noise that serves no legitimate purpose, challenges to fight, or conduct which creates a hazardous condition, excluding alcohol and/or drug induced behavior.  Participation in a disturbance of the peace or unlawful assembly including, but not limited to, inciting to riot, rioting, or failure to disperse.  Failure to identify oneself to, or comply with directions of, an identified UCSD, University official, or other public official acting in the performance of his or her duties while on UCSD or University property or at official UCSD or University functions; or resisting or obstructing such UCSD or University or other public officials in the performance of, or the attempt to perform, their duties.  Disorderly conduct involving drugs and alcohol such as, but not limited to, disorderly conduct induced by alcohol and/or a controlled substance as identified in Federal and State law or regulations, or unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, use, or sale of, or the attempted manufacture, distribution, dispensing, or sale of alcohol and/or controlled substances, as identified in Federal and State law or regulations.  Possession, use, storage, or manufacture, or attempted possession, use, storage, or manufacture, of fireworks.  Possession, use, storage, or manufacture, or attempted possession use, storage, or manufacture, of explosives, firebombs, or other destructive devices.  Possession, use or manufacture of a firearm or other dangerous weapons without the prior written approval from the UCSD Chief of Police.  Violation of the conditions contained in the terms of a disciplinary action imposed under UC Policies Section 100.00, and these Policies Section 22.00.  Violation of orders issued pursuant to these Policies, Section 21.10. or violation of the conditions contained in a written Notice of Emergency Suspension issued pursuant to these Policies, Section 21.11., during a declared state of emergency.  Selling, preparing, or distributing, for any commercial purpose, course lecture notes or video or audio recordings of any course unless authorized by UCSD or the University in advance and explicitly permitted by the course instructor in writing. The unauthorized sale or commercial distribution of course notes or recordings by a Student is a violation of UC, Section 100.00, and these Policies, Section 22.00,  whether or not it was the Student or someone else who prepared the notes or recordings.