(c) Academic Dishonesty cases are handled initially by the academic units, following the
process outlined in the University’s Academic Dishonesty Report Form, and will also be
referred to SCCS for action under these rules.
(3) Obstruction or disruption that interferes with freedom of movement, either pedestrian or
vehicular, on institutionally-owned or controlled property.
(4) Hazing, defined as any action that endangers the physical, emotional, mental health or
safety of an individual, or destroys or damages personal property for the purpose of
initiation, membership, admission or participation in a group or organization. Expressed or
implied consent of the person subject to hazing is not a defense. Apathy and acquiescence in
the presence of hazing are not neutral acts; they are violations of this rule. Acts that
constitute hazing when they endanger the physical, emotional, mental health or safety of an
individual, or destroy or damage personal property, include but are not limited to:
(a) Acts that are prohibited under any applicable law, including but not limited to ORS
163.197, under which hazing is a criminal violation;
(b) Interfering with a Student’s academic performance by denying sufficient time for
class, study or other academic activities;
(c) Compelling ingestion of any substance;
(d) Compelling participation in physical activities such as calisthenics, exercise, or other
games or activities requiring physical exertion;
(e) Compelling exposure to weather elements or other physically or emotionally
(f) Compelling excessive fatigue from sleep deprivation, physical activities, or exercise;
(g) Committing any act of physical brutality against another including but not limited to
paddling, striking with fists, open hands or objects, and branding;
(h) Kidnapping or transporting another with the intent of stranding him or her;
(i) Compelling conduct that can be reasonably expected to embarrass or adversely affect
the dignity of another, including the performance of public stunts and activities such as
(j) Intentionally creating work or labor for another;
(k) Compelling another to commit any sexual act or engage in lewd behavior
(l) Compelling any act that results in the destruction, defacement or removal of private or
(5) Harassment, defined as conduct of any sort directed at another that is severe, pervasive
or persistent, and is of a nature that would cause a reasonable person in the victim’s position
substantial emotional distress and undermine his or her ability to work, study or participate in
his or her regular life activities or participate in the activities of the University, and actually
does cause the victim substantial emotional distress and undermines the victim’s ability to
work, study, or participate in the victim’s regular life activities or participate in the activities
of the University. Stalking behavior that meets this definition constitutes Harassment within
the meaning of this rule.
(6) Sexual Harassment, as defined in the University’s Policy on Sexual Harassment.
(7) Discriminatory Harassment, as defined in the University’s Policy on Discriminatory
(8) Possession or use of explosives, dangerous chemicals, or other dangerous
instrumentalities on institutionally-owned or controlled property, in contravention of law or
(9) Illegal use, possession, or distribution of drugs or illegal substances on institutionally-
owned or controlled property. The university will not pursue any conduct violation against a
survivor for substance use, possession, or distribution at the time of sexual
(10) Alcohol violations, including possession or consumption of alcohol by persons less than
21 years of age, furnishing alcohol to persons less than 21 years, or consumption of alcohol
by a Student of any age in violation of the University’s rules or policies on alcoholic beverages
on University owned or controlled property or at University sponsored or supervised
activities. The university will not pursue any conduct violation against a survivor for alcohol
possession or consumption at the time of sexual assault/harassment.
(11) Sexual assault, or sexual misconduct of any kind is prohibited. Sexual assault or sexual
misconduct may be found whenever sexual contact occurs without the recipients’ consent, as
defined by 576-015-0010(6).
(12) Detention or physical abuse of any person or conduct that threatens imminent bodily
harm or endangers the health of any person on any institutionally-owned or controlled
(13) Invasion of another’s privacy, where that person has a reasonable expectation of
privacy, including but not limited to the use of electronic devices to make an unauthorized
audio or video recording of any person while on University owned or controlled property
without his or her prior knowledge, or without his or her effective consent, when such a
recording is of information or of images taken from or of a person at a time and place where
she or he has a reasonable expectation of privacy and where the recording is reasonably
likely to cause injury or distress.
(14) Unauthorized recording of a class or of organizational or University meetings. To obtain
the required authorization, the Student or Student Organization must obtain expressed
permission from the faculty member, Student Organization, or University representative or
official in charge of the class, meeting, or activity.
(15) Malicious damage, misuse or theft of institutional property, or the property of any other
person where such property is located on institutionally-owned or controlled property or,
regardless of location, is in the care, custody, or control of an institution.
(16) Refusal by any person while on institutional property to comply with an order of the
President or appropriate authorized official to leave such premises because of conduct
proscribed by this rule when such conduct constitutes a danger to personal safety, property,
or educational or other appropriate institutional activities on such premises.
(17) Unauthorized entry to or use of institutional facilities, including buildings and grounds.
(18) Smoking in unauthorized areas in violation of 576-040-0010.
(19) Falsification or misuse of University information, including but not limited to records,
permits, documents, computer resources, identification cards, etc.; or the furnishing of false
or misleading information to the University or its representative; or refusal to provide one's
name, class, school, and local address when requested by a University official, provided the
official is identified and indicates legitimate reason for the request.
(20) Unauthorized use of University computing resources in violation of the University’s
Acceptable Use of Computing Resources Policy.
(21) Inciting others to engage in any of the conduct or to perform any of the acts prohibited
herein. Inciting means that advocacy of proscribed conduct which calls on the person or
persons addressed for imminent action, and is coupled with a reasonable apprehension of
imminent danger to the functions and purposes of the institution, including the safety of
persons and the protection of its property.
(22) Violating the State Board of Higher Education’s Policy on Intercollegiate Athletics as
described in Section 8 of its Internal Management Directives, specifically including the
subsection thereof entitled Code of Ethics.
(23) Violation of any federal or state law or city or local ordinance or University rule or policy
that applies to the Student.
Violations of the Student Conduct Code by Student Organizations
When members of a Student Organization act together in a way that violates the Student
Conduct Code, the Student Organization is expected to hold itself accountable.
(1) When a potential Organization Violation of the Student Conduct Code occurs, SCCS may
review the incident to determine the appropriate process for resolution. Generally, the
University will expect a Student Organization to hold itself accountable for the acts of its
members when those acts are related to the Student Organization’s activities.
(a) The Student Organization or its governing body will notify SCCS and keep it informed
at all stages of the process.
(b) The University, through SCCS, reserves the right to take immediate jurisdiction at its
discretion. The Student Organization or governing body may still hold its members
accountable in the situation, but must do so in conjunction with SCCS.
(2) If a person affected by the alleged violation is not satisfied with the action taken by the
Student Organization, that person may file a grievance with the appropriate governing body
or, if none exists, with SCCS.
(3) If, in the judgment of the Director of SCCS, sufficient action is not taken in a timely
manner by the Student Organization, the case will be reviewed for possible action by SCCS.
(4) In deciding whether the Student Organization is responsible for the violation, the
University will consider whether one or more of the following factors are present:
(a) The violation arises out of an event sponsored, organized, financed, or endorsed by
the Student Organization;
(b) The violation occurs on premises owned or controlled by the Student Organization;
(c) The leadership of the Student Organization had knowledge, or should have had
knowledge, of the likelihood that a violation would occur and failed to take corrective
(d) A pattern of individual violations is found to have existed without proper and
appropriate group control, remedy, or sanction.
The Student Conduct Code shall apply to a Student’s or Student Organization’s conduct that
occurs on University premises, at University sponsored or affiliated activities regardless of
location, and to off campus conduct that adversely affects the University community or the
pursuit of University objectives. These standards shall apply to a Student’s conduct even if
the Student withdraws from school while a disciplinary matter is pending. Examples of
behavior that adversely impacts the University community may include but are not limited to
physical or sexual assault, rape, hazing, harassment, stalking, furnishing alcohol to minors,
distribution of drugs or illegal substances, or illegal weapons use. The University has sole
discretion to determine what conduct occurring off campus adversely impacts the University
community and/or the pursuit of University objectives.
The University utilizes an educational and restorative sanctioning model. The sanction applied
will be commensurate with the violation committed and become progressively more
demanding or severe if the Student or Student Organization repeats violations,
demonstrating that learning has not taken place. An accumulation of a variety of violations
may result in severe sanctions such as deferred suspension, suspension, and expulsion.
Violations that affect the health, safety and well-being of the community are deemed the
most severe and may result, upon the first violation, in a suspension or expulsion. Students
or Student Organizations exhibiting behavior that violates any part of the Student Conduct
Code are subject to one or more of the following:
(1) Warning: Official notice to a Student or Student Organization exhibiting behavior that
violates any part of the Student Conduct Code. The continuation of such behavior may result
in further conduct action.
(2) Required Educational Activities: Mandatory participation in educational activities. Such
Education Activities include but are not limited to completion of a report or attendance at a
seminar or other educational program or presentation.
(3) University/Community Service Work Hours: A Student or Student Organization is required
to complete a specified number of hours of service to the University or general Community.
(4) Behavior Expectations Agreement: A contract between the University and the Student
outlining specific behavior expectations.
(5) Restitution: The Student or Student Organization is required to provide reimbursement by
dollar amount, by transfer of property, or by provision of services to the University or a
member of the University community in accordance with the nature of the violation and in an
amount not in excess of actual expenses, damages, or losses incurred.
(6) Restrictions: Removal from a Student Organization, denial of entry to specific University
facilities or other restrictions consistent with the violation committed. For a Student
Organization, restrictions may include denial of specific University privileges including but not
limited to sponsored social activities, sponsored parties or philanthropy, participation in
intramurals, representing the University and any travel in connection with such
representation, recruitment, membership or representation on a governing council, use of
space for a meeting or event on campus, participation in competition and events, and receipt
of institutional funding.
(7) No Contact Order: A No Contact Order is a directive to a Student or Students to refrain
from any intentional contact, direct or indirect, with one or more designated persons through
any means including personal contact, e-mail, telephone, or third parties.
(8) Academic Sanction: Students whose behavior is found to constitute Academic or Scholarly
Dishonesty as defined in 576-015-0020(2) are subject to additional academic sanctions,
which may include but are not limited to failing the course, removal from an academic
department, or removal from a college. Academic sanctions are imposed by the instructor,
department chair or dean and are noted on the Academic Dishonesty Report Form in
accordance with Academic Regulation 15.
(9) Removal from a Class: A Student’s removal from a class may be temporary or
permanent. Permanent removal from a class may be authorized by the Director of SCCS with
concurrence from the Dean of the College in which the class is offered. A Student who is
permanently removed from a class will receive a “W” (Withdrawal) on the academic
transcript. No refunds for tuition or other class fees will be made.
(10) Conduct Probation: Placement on probationary status during which there is observation
and review of behavior and the Student or Student Organization must demonstrate
compliance with the Student Conduct Code. Terms of the Conduct Probation will be
determined at the time the probation is imposed and may include additional sanctions
including but not limited to loss of privileges, restrictions, restitution, and/or required
(11) Conduct Suspension:
(a) Deferred Suspension: Placement on deferred suspension status during which there is
observation and review of behavior. If the Student or Student Organization is found to
further violate the Student Conduct Code during this period then the Student/Student
Organization is suspended without further hearings. Deferred Suspension may be for a
period of one term up to and including the remainder of a Student's enrollment at the
University; Deferred Suspension for a Student Organization is generally for one year but
may be up to three years.
(A) Student -- Exclusion from the University and all University property for a specified
period of time. The Department of Public Safety will exclude the Student from OSU
campus upon Suspension. Suspended Students are denied the privileges and services
provided to currently enrolled Students, including residing in University-owned or
recognized Student housing, attending class, or using other University services or
facilities. Suspension is generally for one year, however the period of Suspension may
be specified for any period of time;
(B) Student Organization -- Loss of University recognition or registration for a
specified period of time. The Organization must comply with all sanctions prior to
being registered or recognized again. While a Student Organization is suspended it
may not use University resources;
(C) The conditions of Suspension take effect immediately after the Student or
Student Organization has been informed of the decision. If an appeal is filed, the
imposition of the Suspension will be delayed until the conclusion of the appeal
process. However, if a pending conduct hearing or appeal may result in Suspension
as determined by the Director of SCCS, awarding of a Student’s academic degree will
be postponed pending the outcome of the conduct hearing.
(12) Expulsion: Permanent Conduct Suspension.
(13) Degree Revocation.
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Readmission After Suspension
A Student suspended for misconduct and wishing to return to the University after the
suspension period must notify the Director of SCCS in writing. The notification should include
a description of the Student's activities since the suspension went into effect. If the Director
of SCCS certifies that the terms of suspension have been met, the Student may apply for
readmission through the regular process.
(1)All Student Conduct Code violations incurring sanctions include the creation of a conduct
record. Sanctions at the level of Conduct Probation and above, place the Student or Student
Organization outside of "good standing" with the University for the duration of the sanction.
Multiple sanctions may be imposed where appropriate.
(2) Suspension or expulsion will be noted in a Student's general academic record within the
Registrar's Office by means of a Conduct Action Form which indicates the reason for the
Suspension. The suspended Student may include in the record an explanation for the action
taken by the University. As stipulated in OAR-166-475-0110(38), case files involving
Expulsion or Degree Revocation are retained for 75 years; case files involving Suspension are
retained for 10 years; all other conduct case files are retained for 5 years.
(1) Upon receiving a complaint or report that a Student or Student Organization may have
violated the Student Conduct Code, the Director of SCCS or the Office of Equity and Inclusion
(“OEI”) will notify the Student/Student Organization in writing of the alleged violation(s). The
notice will inform the Student or Student Organization of the rule(s) said to have been
violated and a description of the acts or omissions alleged to have been in violation of the
Student Conduct Code.
(2) If the Director of SCCS determines the alleged violation(s) of 576-015-0020(1)–(5), (8)–
(10), or (12)–(23) may result in Suspension or Expulsion, the notice described in subsection
(1) will set a time and place for a SCCS Committee hearing. If the conduct at issue has also
given rise to alleged violations of 576-015-0020(6), (7) or (11), this notice may be sent by
the Office of Equity and Inclusion pursuant to subsection (3). The period of time between the
hearing date and the accused Student's or Student Organization’s receipt of the notice must
be at least 72 hours. The Director of SCCS will notify the Student/Student Organization that
the SCCS Committee Hearing may be waived and, in its place, the case heard by the Director
of SCCS or designee.
(3) If the Office of Equity and Inclusion (“OEI”) determines the alleged violation(s) of 576-
015-0020(6), (7) or (11) may result in Suspension or Expulsion, the notice described in
subsection (1) will set forth a time and place for a hearing with a Hearing Officer assigned by
the Office of Equity and Inclusion pursuant to the process set forth in 576-015-0052. The
period of time between the hearing and the accused Student's or Student Organization’s
receipt of the notice must be at least 72 hours.
(4) If there is an allegation of academic dishonesty as defined in 576-015-0020(2), the
Director of SCCS will determine what conduct proceeding is appropriate. If there is a record
of a previous incident of academic dishonesty, the Director of SCCS will send written notice to
the Student of a SCCS Committee hearing, as described in subsections (1) and (2) of this
rule, and 576-015-0050.
Determination by the Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards
(1) If the Student or Student Organization receiving notice under 576-015-0043(2) elects to
have the case heard by the Director of SCCS or designee, the Student/Student Organization
will be informed of the evidence of the violation(s) and will be given an opportunity to explain
the behavior. The Student/Student Organization may bring any third party advisor to any
meetings so long as the availability of the advisor does not hamper the timeliness of the
hearing. The Student/Student Organization will be expected to speak for him/herself or
themselves at all times.
(2) If the Student or Student Organization fails to meet with the Director of SCCS or
designee, the Director may take conduct action in the Student's/Student Organization’s
(3) The accused Student or Student Organization will be informed orally or in writing of the
decision and will be informed of the right to appeal to the Vice Provost for Student Affairs,
pursuant to 576-015-0060.
Student Conduct and Community Standards (SCCS) Committee Hearing
(1) Students or Student Organizations who receive notice under 576-015-0043(2) may elect
to participate in a SCCS Committee Hearing. Students or Student Organizations who receive
notice under 576-015-0043(3) are subject to the process set forth in 576-015-0052.
(2) When an SCCS Committee hearing is called, the accused Student or Student Organization
will appear before a panel of up to five faculty or staff and five Students appointed by the
Vice Provost for Student Affairs and the Associated Students of Oregon State University,
respectively. The Bylaws of the SCCS Committee are available from the Vice Provost for
Student Affairs or the SCCS office.
(3) All SCCS Committee hearings are closed and information presented along with all
supporting documents will be disseminated internally only on a need to know basis and will
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