Article III—Proscribed Conduct

SECTION 1. Jurisdiction of Rhodes College

Students may be sanctioned for conduct which constitutes a hazard to the health, safety, or well being of members of the College community or which is detrimental to the College’s interest whether such conduct occurs on campus, off campus, or at College-sponsored events. The Judicial Officer, or his/her designee, upon consultation with the Community Standards Council President, shall determine whether cases are within the jurisdiction of the Rhodes College Community Standards Council.

SECTION 2. Violations

The Community Standards Council recognizes three major responsibilities of every student:
Each student is responsible for his or her behavior at all times and under all circumstances. Intoxication or the influence of drugs will not be considered a mitigating circumstance in judgment by the SRC of disruptive behavior.

Each student is responsible for the actions of his or her guest and may be held socially and financially responsible for any social offenses committed by that guest.

Since social regulations are necessary to maintain an atmosphere of respect among individuals in the community, it is the responsibility of every member of the community to report to the SRC any violation of social regulations.

Violations of the Social Regulations Code include, but are not limited to, the following:

A. Acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to the following:

  • Lying in official matters.
  • Cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any College document, record, or instrument of identification.
  • Stealing, attempted or actual theft of property or services of the College, of a member of the College community, or other personal or public property.

B. Interfering with College or College sponsored activities, including but not limited to, studying, teaching, research, college administration, fire, police, or emergency services.

C. Endangering, threatening, or causing physical harm to any person, or causing reasonable apprehension of physical harm. 

D. Engaging in intimidation, harassment, coercion, verbal abuse and/or other conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.

E. Interfering with the freedom of expression of others.

F. Attempted or actual damage to property of the College or property of a member of the College community or other personal or public property, on or off campus.

G. Hazing, which is an action taken or situation created to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule, or which destroys or removes public or private property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, a group or organization. The express or implied consent of the victim will not be a defense. No organization member shall condone hazing. 

H. Failure to comply with directions of College officials, including campus safety officers, in performance of their duties.

I. Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys to any College premises or unauthorized entry to or use of College premises.

J. Illegal or unauthorized possession of firearms, explosives, other weapons, or dangerous chemicals on College premises or use of any such item, even if legally possessed, in a manner that harms, threatens or causes reasonable apprehension of harm.

K. Student hosts are responsible for guest behavior, including behavior occurring in their residence hall rooms, behavior at student organization events, and behavior by off-campus guests. 

L. Violation of college alcohol or other drug policies.

M. Violation of any college regulation or policy.

N. Violating the terms of any disciplinary sanction imposed in accordance with the Handbook.

O. Violation of any federal, state or local law.

Ignorance is not an excuse for these violations.