Student Conduct Code
The primary intent of this Code is to set forth community standards necessary to maintain and protect an environment conducive to learning. Park University standards reflect higher expectations of behavior than may be prevalent outside the University community. A suspicion of wrongdoing, based on probable cause, must exist before a student shall be subject to disciplinary review. Throughout the judicial procedures, staff will ensure that students receive adequate due process and make sure that their rights are protected.
1. Acts of Dishonesty. Acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to the following:
a. Academic Dishonesty. Cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty.
b. False Information. Furnishing false information to any University Official.
c. Forgery. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any Park University document, record, or instrument of identification.
2. Disruption. Intentional disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, or other University activities, including its public service functions.
3. Threatening, Abusive, or Harassing Behavior. Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the physical health, mental health, or safety of any person, including oneself. Such prohibited conduct includes but is not limited to repeated unsolicited attempts to contact any Park University community member via any means and/or exhibiting other behavior which could be construed as stalking.
4. Theft. Attempted or actual theft of and/or damage to property of Park University or property of a member of the Park University community or other personal or public property.
5. Lewd or Disorderly Conduct. Conduct that is disorderly, lewd, or indecent; breach of peace; or aiding, abetting, or procuring another person to breach the peace on University premises or at University-sponsored activities.
6. Hazing. Any behavior which constitutes hazing, whether such behavior occurs on University Premises at University Activities or off campus.
7. Failure to Comply. Failure to comply with directions of University Officials or law enforcement officers acting in performance of their duties including failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so.
8. Unauthorized Entry. Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys to any University Premises or unauthorized entry to or use of University Premises.
9. Unauthorized Activities. Any activity that occurs on or off University Premises that could adversely affect the health, safety or security of a member of the Park University community.
10. Controlled Substances. Use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of Controlled Substances except as expressly permitted by law. Students with confirmed possession or use of controlled substances on University Premises or during any University Activity with no right to legally use such controlled substances may face immediate dismissal.
11. Alcohol. Use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of alcoholic beverages, or public intoxication.
12. Firearms/Weapons. Illegal or unauthorized possession of firearms, explosives, other weapons, or dangerous chemicals on Park University premises or use of any such item, even if legally possessed, in a manner that harms, threatens, or causes fear to others. Students with confirmed violation of the Weapons Policy will face immediate dismissal. (See the Weapons Policy.)
13. Unauthorized Use of Electronics. Any unauthorized use of electronic or other devices to make an audio or video record of any person while on Park University Premises or while conducting University business, without his/her prior knowledge, or without consent when such a recording is likely to cause injury or distress. This includes, but is not limited to, surreptitiously taking pictures of another person in a gym, locker room, or restroom, or using consensual photographs, videos, or audio in a manner not agreed to by all parties.
14. Computer Theft and Abuse. Theft or other abuse of computer facilities and resources, including file-sharing and intellectual property. (See Information Technology Acceptable Use Policy).
15. Abuse of Student Conduct System. Abuse of the Student Conduct System, including failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Student Code.
16. Policy Violation. Violation of any Park University Policy, including but not limited to, residential life policy, drug and alcohol policy, weapons policy, harassment free institution policy, information technology acceptable use policy, sexual assault policy, and all policies which appear in full in the Park University Catalog, Park University Student Handbook, and/or Park University website.
17. Local, State and Federal Agencies. Park University will cooperate with local, state and federal criminal agencies, and may initiate criminal investigations into the conduct of Park University Students when deemed appropriate.