Code of Conduct

The following actions/behaviors shall constitute violations of the Code of Conduct. Any student found responsible for a violation of this Code will be subject to disciplinary sanctions. 

4.01. Abuse of Student Conduct System
4.02. Aiding and Abetting
4.03. Alcohol
4.04. Arson
4.05. Assault
4.06. Bicycles
4.07. Building/Hall Sports
4.08. Cleanliness/Health/Safety
4.09. Complicity
4.10. Controlled Substances
4.11. Damage to Property
4.12. Darts and Dartboards
4.13. Disorderly Conduct
4.14. Disruption of University Activities
4.15. Endangering Behavior

4.16. Failure to Comply
4.17. False Representation
4.18. Federal, State or Local Laws
4.19. Fire Hazards
4.20. Furniture
4.21. Gambling
4.22. Harassment
4.23. Hate Motivated/Bias Based Incidents
4.24. Hazing
4.25. Life Safety

4.26. Off-Campus Housing - Community Disturbance
4.27. Off-Campus Housing - Dereliction of Property

4.28. Pets
4.29. Pranks
4.30. Quiet/Courtesy Hours

4.31. Roller Blading/Skateboarding
4.32. Room Alterations/Decorations
4.33. Sexual Assault

4.34. Signs, Pictures, and Posters
4.35. Smoking/Tobacco
4.36. Solicitation
4.37. Theft
4.38. Trespass
4.39. Unauthorized Use/Possession of Keys/ID Cards
4.40. Unauthorized Exit/Entry
4.41. University Policies and Services
4.42. Vehicles
4.43. Visitation
4.44. Weapons
4.45. Windows and Roofs

4.01.   Abuse of Student Conduct System:  Engaging in abuse of the student conduct system.  This includes, but is not limited to:

4.01.a.         Providing false information before a student conduct board or hearing officer.

4.01.b.         Disrupting or interfering with a student conduct proceeding.

4.01.c.          Instituting a student conduct complaint knowingly without cause.

4.01.d.         Attempting to discourage an individual's proper participation in, or use of, the student conduct system.

4.01.e.         Harassing or inappropriately attempting to influence any professional or student staff member engaged in reporting, investigating or adjudicating an incident or hearing prior to, during, and/or after the incident or hearing.

4.02.   Aiding and Abetting:  Aiding and abetting another person in committing an act that violates the Code of Conduct. 

4.03.   Alcohol:  Violations associated with alcohol use include, but are not limited to (Refer to Policy Statement E, Policy Statement F, and Policy Statement G at the close of this document for additional University alcohol regulations.):

4.03.a.         Using, possessing, manufacturing, or distributing alcoholic beverages on the Aurora University campus.

4.03.b.         Illegally using, possessing, or distributing alcoholic beverages at any off-campus University-sponsored event. 

4.03.c.          Appearing on campus perceptibly under the influence of alcohol, particularly when there is a danger to self, others, or property or there is unreasonable annoyance to others, or causing a disturbance off campus as a result of being under the influence of alcohol. 

4.03.d.         One whose room/suite is host to an event/situation that involves a violation of the University Alcohol Policy.

4.03.e.         Any person or organization providing/purchasing for or distributing alcohol to any individual below the age of 21 years.

4.03.f.          Possession of empty alcohol containers, regardless of consumption location.

4.03.g.         Possession of alcohol paraphernalia including but not limited to keg tappers, beer bongs, and flasks.

 

The University has a Good Samaritan Policy, which is designed to protect the health and safety of students who may need medical attention as a result of excessive alcohol consumption or the use of controlled substances.  If you receive attention or seek medical assistance for a peer as a result of the abuse of alcohol or controlled substances, you may not be subject to formal disciplinary action for violating University policy as set forth in Policy Statement G in this document. 

4.04.   Arson:  Intentionally and/or maliciously starting fires or committing other acts of arson.  Arson is a Clery Act reportable crime.

4.05.   Assault: Committing any violent physical or verbal attack against another person or group; attempting to inflict offensive physical contact or bodily harm on a person that puts the person in immediate danger of or in apprehension of such harm or contact.

4.05.a.         Domestic violence is an assault, as defined above, between people who have an ongoing romantic relationship or between people living together as roommates.

4.06.   Bicycles: Storing bicycles in any inside building location other than a student’s individual residence hall room; mounting a bicycle to a wall or ceiling; riding a bicycle within a University building.

4.07.   Building/Hall Sports:  Ball bouncing/kicking/throwing, or any activity deemed a physical sport, except appropriate activity in designated athletic locations; wrestling, engaging in water fights or utilization of squirt guns, and other forms of horseplay/rough-housing. 

 

4.08.   Cleanliness/Health/Safety:  Failing to maintain community/residence hall rooms in clean and sanitary condition without excessive clutter; failure to place trash and recycling in designated bins. 

4.09.   Complicity:  Being present during the planning or commission of any violation of the Code of Conduct in such a way as to condone, support, or encourage that violation.  Students who anticipate or observe a violation of the Code of Conduct are expected to remove themselves from association or participation and are encouraged to report the violation.    

4.10.   Controlled Substances:  Using, possessing, or distributing any state or federally controlled substance except as expressly permitted by law or drug paraphernalia including but not limited to bongs, hookahs, marijuana pipes, and roach clips. (Refer to Policy Statement E for additional details regarding Alcohol and Controlled Substances.)

Important note regarding controlled substances:  Under Illinois State Statute, no marijuana, illegal controlled substances or look-alikes, or any drug paraphernalia associated with its use, are allowed inside schools or within 1,000 feet of school grounds, unless used for demonstration purposes by law enforcement personnel.

“School” is defined as any public or private elementary or secondary school, community college, college, or university.

4.11.   Damage to Property:  Examples of damage to property include but are not limited to:

4.11.a.         Engaging or participating in acts of destroying, damaging or defacing property of the University, University vendors, members of the University community, or any others. 

4.11.b.         Damage to property done with malicious intent.

4.11.c.          Tampering with or changing locks to University-owned facilities without authorization. 

 

4.12.   Darts and Dartboards: Possessing, hanging, or using darts and/or dartboards in residence hall rooms.

4.13.   Disorderly Conduct:  Committing any of the following:

4.13.a.         Engaging in disorderly conduct or fighting, including, but not limited to, acts which breach the peace or are lewd, indecent, or obscene.

4.13.b.         Assembling to commit or intending to commit any unlawful act by force; carrying out or planning to carry out any action which has the potential to disturb or threaten the public peace, even without unlawful intention; or conducting themselves in a disorderly manner so as to disrupt or threaten to disrupt the public peace, even without unlawful purpose.

4.14.   Disruption of University Activities:  Interrupting or disturbing the day-to-day academic and operational functions of the University or committing intentional acts that obstruct, disrupt, or physically interfere with the use of University premises, buildings, or passages.

4.15.   Endangering Behavior:  Physical abuse of any person or any action that threatens or endangers the emotional well-being, health, or safety of any person.

4.16.   Failure to Comply:  Failing to comply with the directions of or obstructing University employees acting in the performance of their duties; failing to positively identify oneself to a University employee when requested to do so (the preferred form of identification is a current, valid University identification card); and/or failing to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Code of Conduct.

4.17.   False Representation:  Providing false information to the University.  This includes, but is not limited to:

4.17.a.         Making false reports of a fire, bomb threat, or other dangerous condition; causing or contributing to the cause of a false fire alarm; failing to report a fire, or interfering with the response of University or municipal officials to emergency calls.

4.17.b.         Furnishing false information to any University employee or office. 

4.17.c.          Forging, altering, or misusing any University document, record, or instrument of identification.

4.17.d.         Tampering with the election of any University-recognized student organization.

4.17.e.         Attempting to represent the University, any recognized student organization, or any official University group without the explicit prior consent of the officials of that group.

 

4.18.   Federal, State or Local Laws:  Violating federal, state, or local laws on University premises or while in attendance at University sponsored or supervised events or committing off-campus violations of federal, state, or local law that adversely affect the reputation of the University, the safety of the campus community, and/or the pursuit of its objectives.   

4.19.   Fire Hazards:  Violations associated with fire hazards include, but are not limited to:

4.19.a.         Possessing or using, without proper authorization, flammable materials or hazardous substances on University property, including, but not limited to candles, incense, caustic/toxic chemicals and other materials designed to burn.

4.19.b.         Possessing or utilizing hazardous electrical appliances in the residence halls, including but not limited to air conditioners, cooking appliances (toasters, toaster ovens, etc) or any appliance with an open heating surface (hot plates, electric grills, improperly-used coffee pots, etc), electric blankets, microwave ovens using greater than 700 watts, refrigerators greater than 4.0 cubic feet, or space heaters.

4.19.c.          Using any form of extension cord or multiple outlet (octopus adapter) except for approved UL strips/surge protectors; running any cords under doorways or carpeting.

 

4.19.d.         Covering more than 50% of a residence hall room door or walls with material, in violation of fire safety regulations; covering walls or ceilings with fabric, fabric-like, or plastic wall coverings or adornments, including but not limited to, tapestries, towels, or sheets. 

4.19.e.         Possessing halogen lights and neon signs in the residence halls. 

 

4.19.f.          Possessing live Christmas trees in the residence halls. 

4.20.   Furniture: Removing public area furniture from its designated location; damaging, painting, or removing University-provided residence hall furniture (bed, chair, desk, dresser, mattress, or wardrobe); possessing water beds and/or building/possessing lofts in the residence halls.

4.21.   Gambling:  Gambling for money or other items of value on University property or at University-sponsored events.    

 

4.22.   Harassment:  Committing any of the following, knowing or having reasonable grounds to know that it will or potentially could tend to alarm, anger, harm, or disturb others, or provoke an assault or breach of peace.  This policy includes written and verbal forms of harassment.  Online community users (i.e. Facebook and Twitter) are subject to the same policy as e-mail and other communication. (Refer to Policy Statement B at the close of this document for the Aurora University Zero Tolerance policy, Policy Statement C regarding Computer Use, and Policy Statement J regarding Online Communities.):

4.22.a.         Engaging in actions which harass, threaten, or otherwise endanger the health or safety of any person.

4.22.b.         Intimidating, demeaning, or injuring an individual physically, mentally, or emotionally.

4.22.c.          Engaging in a course of conduct or repeatedly committing acts that alarm or seriously annoy another person and which serve no legitimate purpose.

4.22.d.         Stalking behavior in which an individual intentionally, willfully, maliciously, and/or repeatedly engages in conduct directed at an individual which alarms, threatens, torments, terrorizes, or serves no legitimate purpose.

4.23.   Hate Motivated/Bias Based Incidents:  Conduct directed at an individual on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status or ability with intention to intimidate, demean, or injure an individual(s) physically, mentally, or emotionally.  (Refer to Policy Statement B at the close of this document for the Aurora University Zero Tolerance policy.)

4.24.   Hazing:  Committing any intentional, knowing or reckless act, occurring on or off the Aurora University campus, by one person alone or acting with others, directed against a student, that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in or maintaining membership in any organization or athletic team whose members are or include students at an educational institution.  A person commits an offense if the person engages in hazing, encourages another to engage in hazing, knowingly permits hazing to occur or has knowledge of hazing and fails to report said knowledge to an appropriate official of the University.  It should be noted that it is not a defense to prosecution of an offense that the person against whom the hazing was directed consented to or acquiesced in the hazing activity.  (Refer to the Aurora University Student Organization Handbook for additional information regarding hazing.)

4.25.   Life Safety:  Discharging, causing to be discharged or tampering with fire and life safety equipment, including but not limited to altering or misusing any firefighting equipment, safety equipment, or emergency device; attaching items to or hanging items from smoke detectors or sprinkler heads; exiting through alarmed doors; propping open exterior or interior doors that allow access to a locked facility; failing to exit a University building during a fire alarm. 

4.26.   Off-Campus Housing - Community Disturbance:  Unreasonably disrupting or interfering with the rights of neighbors at off-campus locations, including, but not limited to, failure to abide by applicable University regulations and policies as well as local, state and federal laws. (Refer to Policy Statement F at the close of this document for additional details regarding Off-Campus Housing regulations.)

4.27.   Off-Campus Housing - Dereliction of Property:  Failing to maintain an off-campus residence according to city ordinance including, but not limited to, improper disposal of trash, inadequate maintenance of lawn and landscaping, and illegal parking.  (Refer to Policy Statement F at the close of this document for additional details regarding Off-Campus Housing regulations.)

4.28.   Pets: Possessing animals or pets in the residence halls other than approved certified service animals and/or fish/aquatic animals that must remain under water to survive, in aquariums 10 gallons or under.  Animals or pets found in the residence halls must be removed within 24 hours.

4.29.   Pranks:  Mischievous or malicious tricks or acts that cause or have the potential to cause damage, distress, or harm.

4.30.   Quiet/Courtesy Hours: Engaging in actions on campus that interfere with a student’s right to study, at any time; producing excessive noise (i.e. stereos, video games, televisions, or voices raised to a level not confined within the individual residence hall room) during quiet hours (Sunday-Thursday, 11 PM to 10 AM and Friday-Saturday, 1 AM to 10AM, or 24 hours a day from the Saturday prior to final exams through residence hall semester closing).

4.31.   Roller Blading/Skateboarding:  Skateboarding on University property; inappropriate use of roller blades on University property, e.g. use of roller blades in a University building.

4.32.   Room Alterations/Decorations: Violations associated with decorations in residence hall rooms include, but are not limited to:

4.32.a.         Making structural changes to a residence hall room.

4.32.b.         Display/hanging of offensive or inappropriate materials or materials that promote alcohol/controlled substances.

4.32.c.          Utilizing hooks other than properly-utilized temporary adhesive hooks.

4.32.d.         Painting room walls, ceilings, or floors.

4.33.   Sexual Assault:  Committing acts of sexual assault (stranger, date, or acquaintance), sexual abuse, or other forms of coerced sexual activity.  (Refer to Policy Statement A at the close of this document for the Aurora University Sex Discrimination Policy.)

4.34.   Signs, Pictures, and Posters: Possessing traffic or street signs (prohibited by Illinois state law); displaying signs, pictures, and/or posters as residence hall window displays.

4.35.   Smoking/Tobacco:  Smoking of cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipes, other forms of tobacco, etc. on the University campus.  

 

4.36.   Solicitation:  Engaging in unauthorized canvassing or solicitation on University property, including textbook buyback programs not sponsored by the University.     

 

4.37.   Theft:  Engaging in acts of theft or possessing without authorization goods belonging to other members of the community, including, but not limited to, food and other items not designated as “carry-out” by dining services, University furniture, and/or University property. 

 

4.38.   Trespass:  Prohibited entry or presence on University property or in University-owned facilities.   

 

4.39.   Unauthorized Use/Possession of Keys/ID Cards:  Possessing, lending or duplicating keys to any University building or facility without authorization by appropriate University officials; possessing, lending, or duplicating a University ID card without authorization by appropriate University officials. 

 

4.40.   Unauthorized Exit/Entry:  Entering or exiting illegally, improperly, without authorization, or during non-contract periods without proper registration, any room or facility which you are not authorized to enter/exit, including alarmed exit doors; granting residence hall access to non-residents (e.g. tailgating). 

 

4.41.   University Policies and Services:  Violating published University policies, rules, or regulations including, but not limited to, the policies on sexual assault, zero tolerance, computer use, and alcohol and controlled substances; violating the rules and regulations of other University departments including, but not limited to:  Residence Life, Student Activities, Information Technology Services, Dining Services, Campus Public Safety and the Library. 

 

4.42.   Vehicles:  Parking in a way that constitutes a hazard or an inconvenience to pedestrians or the operators of other vehicles; blocking sidewalks, driveways, or building access; parking on or driving across grounds or athletic fields; major vehicle repairs; storage of motorized vehicles (e.g. mopeds, motorcycles) in a building.

4.43.   Visitation: Violations associated with visitation in the residence halls include, but are not limited to:

4.43.a.         Any person not assigned by Residence Life to live within the residence halls present in a residence hall room without permission of the host’s roommate(s).

4.43.b.         Visitors involved in any policy violation (may be escorted out of the residence halls and hosts held responsible).

4.43.c.          Visitors from off campus or other residence halls who are not escorted by their host; visitors in a residence hall room not in the presence of their host.

4.43.d.         Visitors present during quiet hours not registered following the procedures established by Residence Life.

4.43.e.         Visitors under age 18 present in the residence halls, with the exception of immediate family members during the hours of 8 AM to 8 PM.  Please note individuals in violation of this policy will be escorted out of the residence halls and parents/legal guardians will be contacted.

4.43.f.          A host with more than one overnight visitor or a visitor present more than three nights per seven day period; visitors, including students from any other residence hall room, staying overnight more than three nights per seven day period.

4.44.   Weapons:  Possession, keeping or use that carelessly, recklessly or intentionally harms or intends to harm another person of a weapon, dangerous instrument, fireworks, hazardous substance or noxious materials on campus, including in any vehicle. 

4.44.a.         Weapons include, but are not limited to, firearms (such as handguns and rifles), BB guns, pellet guns, air guns, spring-guns or other instruments or weapons in which the propelling device is a spring, air, piston or CO2 cartridge or other similar devices, antique and ornamental weaponry, weapon replicas, weapons paraphernalia (such as holsters), and bows and arrows.

4.44.b.         Dangerous instruments include, but are not limited to, deadly substances (such as potassium cyanide), explosives, explosive devices, gunpowder, firearm ammunition, flammable petroleum fuels, knives with a blade length of three inches or more, blackjacks and martial arts weaponry.

Important note regarding weapons:  Under Illinois State Statute, no guns, look-alike guns, air rifles and pistols, or paintball guns or pistols are allowed inside schools or within 1,000 feet of school grounds, unless carried by on-duty law enforcement personnel.

“School” is defined as any public or private elementary or secondary school, community college, college, or university.

4.45.   Windows and Roofs:  Occupying or storing items on any outdoor window ledge or roof area.  Entering, leaning out of, throwing items from, or exiting through windows.  Opening or removing screens from windows.