Violations

Listed below are descriptions of conduct prohibited by the University Code of Student Conduct.

1. Academic integrity: Violations of the Rutgers University Academic Integrity Policy (pdf).

2. Acts of dishonesty

2a. Forging, unauthorized alteration, or unauthorized use of any University documents or records, or any instrument or form of identification.

2b. Intentionally providing false information to the University.

2c. Intentionally furnishing false information to persons outside the University concerning the student’s academic record, degree, or activities.

2d. Intentionally initiating or causing to be initiated any false report, warning, or threat of fire, explosion, or other emergency.

2e. Unauthorized entry into, use of, or misuse of University property, including computers and data and voice communication networks.

3. Safety violations

3a. Intentionally or recklessly starting a fire (does not include University approved programs including fire, e.g., bonfires.)

3b. Misusing fire safety equipment or elevators.

3c. Intentionally or recklessly endangering the welfare of any individual.

3d. Intentionally or recklessly obstructing fire, police, or emergency services.

3e. Using, possessing, or storing dangerous chemical, fireworks, or explosives on University property, even if they are legal to possess because of a license or illegally possessing dangerous chemicals, fireworks or explosives on an off-campus property. Possessing and storing small containers of Mace is permitted.

3f. Using, possessing, or storing of any object classified as a weapon by the State of New Jersey on University property or illegally possessing weapons on an off-campus property. Law enforcement officials who are authorized by law to carry firearms are excluded from this definition.

3g. Utilizing any instrument in a manner that endangers or tends to endanger any person.

3h. Obstructing the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on or adjacent to University premises or at University events.

3i. Failing to comply with the reasonable and lawful directions of University officials and University police.

4. Physical misconduct

4a. Inflicting bodily harm upon any person.

4b. Threatening to use force against a person.

5. Sexual assault or non-consensual sexual contact

5a. Touching of an unwilling or non-consenting person’s intimate parts (such as genitalia, groin, breast, buttocks, or mouth under or over a person’s clothes).
5b. Touching an unwilling person or non-consenting person with one’s own intimate parts.
5c. Forcing an unwilling person to touch another’s intimate parts.
5d. Penetrating an unwilling person orally, anally, or vaginally with any object or body part. This includes, but is not limited to, penetration of a bodily opening without consent, through the use of coercion, or through exploitation of another’s inability to give consent.
5e. Penetrating an unwilling person orally, anally, or vaginally with any object or body part by use of force, threat, and/or intimidation.

According to New Jersey law, age, physical impairment and mental impairment all contribute to a person’s ability to give consent. A person must be 16 years of age to legally consent to sexual activity. A person cannot give consent to sexual activity with someone who has “the duty to care” for them unless they are over the age of 18. Individuals that fall into “the duty to care” category would include parents or guardians, and those in any type of formal supervisory role. If individuals are between the ages of 13 and 15 they can legally consent to sexual activity with a partner who is not more than 4 years older.

An individual who is physically or mentally impaired may not be able to give consent to sexual activity. Physical or mental impairment may include: visual, speech or hearing impairment, cognitive impairment; being unconscious or asleep; or being under the influence of alcohol or other substance(s) to the point of being unable to make a decision.

6. Bullying, intimidation, and harassment

6a. Making, or causing to be made any communication (including electronic or through social media) to another person in any manner likely to cause alarm.
6b. Subjecting another person or threatening to subject another person to striking, kicking, shoving, or offensive touching.
6c. Threatening to reveal personal information or media about a person electronically or through other means of communication.
6d. Engaging in any other course of alarming conduct or repeatedly committing acts with the purpose of seriously alarming another person.

A person’s behavior should be sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent as to substantially disrupt or interfere with the orderly operation of the institution or the rights of a student to participate in or benefit from the educational program.

7. Relationship violence
Any act of physical, sexual, and/or psychological harm against an individual by a current or former intimate or romantic partner, or by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common. Intimate or romantic partners may be dating, cohabitating, married, separate or divorced, and may be of the same or different sex.

8. Defamation

Creating a false statement about a University community member and communicating that false statement to a third party, which then exposes that community member to hatred, contempt, ridicule, loss of good will, or loss of reputation as a result of the false statement.

9. Hazing

9a. Engaging in any act that impacts the mental, emotional, or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of initiation into, admission into, affiliation with, or continued membership in any organization or team whose members are Rutgers University students.
9b. Engaging in any activity that is inconsistent with regulations or policies of Rutgers University or laws in the State of New Jersey for the purpose of initiation into, admission into, affiliation with, or continued membership in any organization or team whose members are Rutgers University students.

Behavior falling into these categories shall be considered hazing regardless of whether a person is a willing participant.

10. Invasion of privacy

10a. Making, attempting to make, transmitting, or attempting to transmit audio, video, or images of any person(s) on University premises in bathrooms, showers, bedrooms, or other premises where there is an explicit expectation of privacy with respect to nudity and/or sexual activity, without the knowledge and consent of all participants subject to such recordings.
10b. Viewing or spying on a person(s) on University premises in bathrooms, showers, bedrooms, or other premises where there is an explicit expectation of privacy with respect to nudity and/or sexual activity, without the knowledge and consent of all participants.

11. Theft or damage to property

11a. Taking or attempting to take University property or private property without the consent of the owner or person legally responsible for that  property.

11b. Obtaining University services through devious means.

11c. Knowingly possessing private or University property that was stolen.

11d. Intentionally or recklessly damaging University or private property.

12. Distribution of alcohol, narcotics, or dangerous drugs

12a. Selling, transferring, or exchanging something in return for narcotics, prescription medications, or illegal substances on University property or between members of the University community.
12b. Providing or facilitating the consumption of alcohol by any person without taking reasonable and prudent precautions to insure that the person is of legal drinking age in New Jersey.
12c. Sharing medical marijuana with individuals who do not have a medical marijuana prescription.
12d. Possessing or consuming alcohol under the legal drinking age in New Jersey.
12e. Possessing alcohol in areas of campus where alcohol is not permitted.
12f. Unlawfully possessing or using drugs, narcotics, controlled substances, or paraphernalia.
12g. Misusing or misappropriating any prescription, over-the-counter medication, or legal substance.
12h. Possessing or using medical marijuana on any Rutgers University property.

13. Stalking

Any course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to be fearful of serious harm or danger to himself or herself or to individuals close to him or her. Examples of stalking include non-consensual communication and physical contact; following or pursuing the other person; waiting or showing up at locations visited by the other person; spying on a person; trespassing; vandalism; gathering of information about a person from others; or manipulating and controlling behaviors such as threats to harm oneself or threats to harm someone close to the victim.

14. Disruption

14a. Intentionally or recklessly interfering with any University activity or University sponsored activity.
14b. Disrupting or obstructing an academic class or lecture, an administrative or support function, or official University business.
14c. Engaging in classroom conduct prohibited by the faculty member or in violation of the law or University policy.

It should be noted that this policy is not intended to punish students for classroom dissent or hinder organized, peaceful and orderly protests that are undertaken within reasonable time, manner, and place restrictions placed upon the same by the University.

15. Disorderly conduct

Engaging in conduct that is disruptive, lewd, or indecent, regardless of intent, which breaches the peace of the community.

16. Undisclosed recording

Making, attempting to make, or transmitting an audio or video recording of private, non-public conversations and/or meetings on University premises without the knowledge and consent of all participants subject to such recordings. This provision does not extend to the recording of public events or discussions, or to recordings made for law enforcement purposes.

17. Violations of other University policies

17a. Violating other published University regulations or policies.

18. Abuse of the disciplinary system

18a. Knowingly providing false testimony or evidence at a University Hearing or Disciplinary Conference.
18b. Disrupting or interfering with the orderly conduct of a University Hearing or Disciplinary Conference.
18c. Failing to complete imposed sanctions.
18d. Refusing to provide information at a Disciplinary Conference or University Hearing. A witness may choose not to present information if he or she feels information presented will lead to self-incrimination.
18e. Harassing a University Hearing Board member before or after a disciplinary proceeding.