Violation Definitions

Bullying - Any intentional written, electronic, verbal, or physical act or series of actions directed at another member of the College Community, which is severe and pervasive enough that a reasonable person under the circumstances should know his or her actions will:

  1. Place a member or members of the College Community in reasonable fear of substantial harm to his or her emotional or physical well-being or substantial damages to his or her property; or
  2. Substantially interfere with a student’s educational environment due to the pervasiveness or persistence of actions or due to a power differential between the bully and the target; or
  3. Substantially disrupt the efficient and orderly operation of the College and its programs, activities, and events; or
  4. Perpetuate bullying by inciting, soliciting or coercing an individual or group to demean, dehumanize, embarrass or cause emotional, psychological or physical harm to another member or members of the College Community.

Disruptive Behavior - conduct that is so loud, untimely (as being after Quiet Hours), destructive, or that otherwise disturbs other persons’ peaceful enjoyment of their living, learning, or working environment, such that a report is made to or by a RA, Campus Safety Officer, Police Officer and/or other College staff complaining of such conduct.

HazingSee definition in Section V of the Anti-Hazing Policy.. Ursinus College does not tolerate hazing. Any student, student organization, team, or other persons associated with a student organization found responsible of Hazing, Aggravated Hazing, or Organizational Hazing under this Policy, whether occurring on or off campus, may face disciplinary action from the college, and may also face criminal charges under state law including The Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing Law, 18 Pa. C.S. § 2801, et seq.  

Physical violence – hitting, pushing, or other such activity resulting in or intended to cause physical harm. Physical violence may or may not include use of a weapon.

Retaliation – intimidation, threats or harassments against a complainant or any participant in an investigation or conduct process.

Stalking - engaging in conduct or repeatedly committing acts toward another person, including following the person without proper authority, under circumstances that demonstrate either of the following:

  • place the person in reasonable fear of bodily injury; or
  • reasonably cause substantial emotional distress to the person.

Stalking includes the concept of cyber-stalking, a particular form of stalking in which electronic media such as the Internet, social networks, blogs, cell phones, texts, or other similar devices or forms of contact are used to pursue, harass, or to make unwelcome contact with another person in an unsolicited fashion.

Stalking is also addressed in the College’s Policy Prohibiting Title IX Misconduct and Other Sexual and Gender-Based Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Misconduct.  

Theft - the unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another.

Threats - making a threat(s) of violence (including verbal, written, or virtual communication) that does or could cause(s) a reasonable expectation of harm to the health or safety of a specific person.

Weapons & Explosives – firearms, including rifles, shotguns, handguns, air guns, and gas-powered guns, “3D” printed guns, “ghost” guns, and all ammunition or hand-loading equipment and supplies for the same; knives with a fixed blade over 2.5 inches, with a blade that opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in the handle of the knife, or with a blade that opens or falls or is ejected into position by the force of gravity, or by an outward, downward or centrifugal thrust or movement (other than knives specifically manufactured for kitchen use or utensils); axes; bows and arrows; swords; any martial arts or security equipment of a dangerous nature, including throwing stars, nunchakus, brass knuckles, and spiked gloves; electronic incapacitation devices (Tasers); fireworks, chemicals, explosive devices, or any other object used to threaten, cause harm or is capable of inflicting injury.