Community Expectations & College Policies

Students are expected to uphold College policies in the pursuit of their educational objectives. The College reserves the right to set and communicate reasonable expectations as needed. The following are prohibited. Examples are provided to illustrate the specific prohibition and are not intended to be all-inclusive. Some incidents will result in multiple policy violations.

  1. Threat to another’s personal safety or conduct that intentionally or recklessly causes physical harm or that otherwise threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.
    Examples include, but are not limited to:
    • Physical violence
    • Threats
    • Bullying
    • Stalking
    • Hazing
    • Retaliation
  2. Risk of the safety of the campus community.
    Examples include, but are not limited to:
    • Possession or use of unlawful or unauthorized weapons
    • Use of items (including authorized items) aggressively or for violent purposes
    • Making a threat of violence (including verbal, written, or virtual communication).
    • Behavior that puts physical safety at risk, including but not limited to:
      • Possessing flammable chemicals or fireworks
      • Ignition or detonation of anything which could cause damage to persons or property or disruption by fire, smoke, explosion, noxious odors, stain, corrosion or similar means
      • Knowingly putting others at risk of a contagious disease
  3. Conduct that threatens the services of the College or the property of the College or others.
    Examples include, but are not limited to:
    • Misuse, theft, or unauthorized use of College services or property or the property of another.
    • Trespassing or unauthorized access to physical or virtual/cyber property or services of the College. Areas that are not considered public include rooftops, college infrastructure areas (including but not limited to utility tunnels, equipment rooms, maintenance shops, and storage areas), laboratories, and private offices.
    • Intentional destruction of property
    • Use of recreational or outdoor equipment indoors or reckless use of such equipment outdoors.
    • Having an animal in a campus building, other than in accordance with College policy and ADA laws.
  4. Disruption of any operation of the College, including but not limited to teaching, research, administration, technology, meetings or proceedings, or any other College activity.
    Examples include, but are not limited to:
    • Prohibiting or interfering with classroom instruction or College sponsored events.
    • Leading or inciting others to interrupt scheduled or normal activities within any campus building or area.
    • Obstructing the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on College property or at a College sponsored or supervised event.
  5. Illegal, unauthorized or irresponsible substance use.
    Examples include, but are not limited to:
    • Unlawful or unauthorized possession, manufacturing, use, purchase, and/or distribution of alcohol. No person under 21 years of age may possess or consume alcoholic beverages, under any circumstances.
    • Alcohol is not permitted in the First Year Centers at any time. Alcohol is not permitted in non-residence hall buildings, except for events approved by the College.
    • Possessing or being in the presence of:
      • Alcohol, including beer, wine, liquor, or mixed drinks being consumed in a container larger than 16 ounces.
      • Grain alcohol
      • Alcohol transported or stored in a container larger than 1 gallon.
      • Binge drinking paraphernalia including but not limited to:
        • Kegs
        • Beer Balls
        • Beer Bongs
        • Trash cans
        • Common Source Containers such as a punch bowl
    • Irresponsible use of alcohol, including purposeful binge drinking (ie. “Shotgunning” a beer) and public intoxication.
    • Operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
    • Unlawful or unauthorized possession, manufacturing (or attempted manufacturing), use, purchase and/or distribution of illicit drugs, controlled substances (including stimulants, depressants, narcotics, or hallucinogenic drugs) or paraphernalia.
    • Being in the presence of illicit drugs, controlled substances (including stimulants, depressants, narcotics, or hallucinogenic drugs) or paraphernalia.
    • Illegal possession or use of prescription medications.
    • Public intoxication
    • Smoking tobacco products, hookahs or vaporizing devices (including e-cigarettes) inside any College building or within 20 feet of any building exit.
  6. Dishonesty.
    Examples include, but are not limited to:
    • Providing false information in any form to any College official or office.
    • Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any College record, document, or form.
    • Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material.
    • Misrepresentation of one’s identity or misuse of the College’s copyrighted content and trademark.
    • Plagiarism - More information available on the Academic Dishonesty page.
  7. Unauthorized or irresponsible use of College computer, network, or other technology system resources.
    Examples include, but are not limited to:
    • Unauthorized access or misuse of equipment, files, labs, or any other technological resource.
    • Violation of any College computing or technology policy, including but not limited to use of College technology resources to violate a law.
  8. Unauthorized use of personal electronic devices.
    Examples include, but are not limited to:
    • Audio, photograph, or video recording of any person without person’s prior knowledge or consent. This includes recording in locker rooms or restrooms.
    • Audio, photograph, or video recording of any person when it is not permitted by law or College policy.
    • Use of a cell phone or other electronic device in a manner that disrupts educational activities, classrooms, offices, or other usual College operations.
  9. Failure to comply
    Examples include, but are not limited to:
    • Failure to comply with the directions of an authorized College official or representative who is performing College duties, or law enforcement officers acting in the performance of their duties.
    • Failure to comply with a communicated College policy or procedure.
    • Conduct that constitutes a violation of the student conduct process or any sanction imposed in accordance with this procedure.
    • Conduct that constitutes a violation of any College handbooks, program guidelines, rules, or regulations.
    • Violation of the social event policy.
    • Refusing to evacuate a building or area under the direction of a college official or while a life safety device is alarming.
  10. Tampering with a life safety device
    Examples include, but are not limited to:
    • Pulling the fire alarm in a building when no such cause for the alarm exists.
    • Discharging a fire extinguisher without a fire present.
    • Removing or covering a smoke detector, heat detector, or carbon monoxide detector.
    • Damaging a fire extinguisher box or fire alarm pull station.
  11. Discriminatory Harassment*
    Verbal, emotional, or physical conduct related to a person’s protected class that unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work or academic performance or creates an intimidating or hostile work or educational environment.
    The College has a strong commitment to principles of equal employment opportunity and equal access to education and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, disability, or other classification protected by applicable law in the administration of any of its educational programs, admissions policies, financial aid, employment, or other College-administered programs.
  12. Gender-based or sexual misconduct*
    College Community members have the right to be free from all forms of sexual and/or gender-based harassment and violence. All College Community members are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. The College has zero tolerance for sexual and/or gender-based misconduct. Zero tolerance means that when an allegation of misconduct is brought to an appropriate College Official’s attention, protective and other remedial measures will be taken to reasonably ensure that such conduct ends, is not repeated, and the effects on the victim and College Community are remedied, including serious sanctions when a responding party is found to have violated this policy.
    Examples include, but are not limited to:
    • Sexual Harassment
    • Non-Consensual Sexual Contact
    • Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse
    • Sexual Exploitation
    • Intimate Partner Violence (including dating violence, domestic violence, and/or relationship violence)
    • Stalking

For more information, refer to the Ursinus Guide to Gender Based & Sexual Misconduct.

*The College’s sex/gender harassment, discrimination and misconduct policies are not meant to inhibit or prohibit educational content or discussions inside or outside of the classroom that include controversial or sensitive subject matters protected by academic freedom. Academic freedom extends to topics that are pedagogically appropriate and germane to the subject matter of courses or that touch on academic exploration of matters of public concern.

The policy is enforced by the College and by applicable laws such as Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI and Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975.

Complaints against a student will be resolved by the procedures as outlined in this policy. Complaints against a faculty or staff member will be resolved by the College policy governing staff and related grievance procedures, which can be found in the Human Resource Policy Information.