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.
- Acts of Dishonesty. Acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to the following:
- Academic Dishonesty. Cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty.
- False Information. Furnishing false information to any University Official.
- Forgery. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any Park University document, record, or instrument of identification.
- Disruption. Intentional disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, or other University activities, including its public service functions.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Hazing. Any behavior which constitutes hazing, whether such behavior occurs on University Premises at University Activities or off campus.
- 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.
- Unauthorized Entry. Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys to any University Premises or unauthorized entry to or use of University Premises.
- 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.
- 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.
- Alcohol. Use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of alcoholic beverages, or public intoxication.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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).
- Abuse of Student Conduct System. Abuse of the Student Conduct System, including failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Student Code.
- 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 and/or Park University website.
- 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.
Interpretation and Revision
- Any question of interpretation or application of the Student Code shall be referred to the Associate Dean of Student Life or his or her designee for final determination.
- The Student Code shall be reviewed every three (3) years under the direction of the Associate Dean of Student Life.
Filing a Complaint Regarding a Violation of the Student Code
Any member of the Park University community may file a complaint against a Student for violations of the Student Code. A complaint shall be prepared in writing and directed to the Associate Dean of Student Life
Any complaint should be submitted as soon as possible after the event takes place, preferably within one (1) week of the incident. A form for this purpose is available.
The following sanctions may be imposed upon any student found to have violated the Student Code:
1. Warning – A notice in writing to the student that the student is violating or has violated institutional regulations.
2. Probation – A written reprimand for violation of specified regulations. Probation is for a designated period of time and includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the student is found to violate any institutional regulation(s) during the probationary period.
3. Loss of Privileges – Denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time.
4. Fines – Previously established and published fines may be imposed.
5. Restitution – Compensation for loss, damage, or injury. This may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary or material replacement.
6. Counseling – Mandatory counseling sessions related to conduct behaviors. The student may be referred to either an on or off-campus resource.
7. Assessment – Student may be required to complete an alcohol or drug assessment (at his/her own expense). The assessment results would guide decisions on counseling needs.
8. Discretionary Sanctions – Work assignments, essays, service to the University, or other related discretionary assignments.
9. Interim Suspension – Interim Suspension from the residence halls and/or other campus facilities or programs may be imposed to ensure the safety and well-being of members of the University community, to ensure the student’s own physical or emotional safety and well-being, or if the student poses an ongoing threat of disruption of, or interference with, the normal operations of the University. The Interim Suspension does not replace the regular process, which shall proceed on the normal schedule, up to and through a Student Conduct Board Hearing, if required.
10. Residence Hall Suspension – Separation of the student from the residence halls for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for readmission may be specified.
11. Residence Hall Expulsion – Permanent separation of the student from the residence halls.
12. University Suspension – Separation of the student from Park University for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for readmission may be specified.
13. University Expulsion – Permanent separation of the student from Park University.
14. Revocation of Admission and/or Degree – Admission to or a degree awarded from Park University may be revoked for fraud, misrepresentation, or other violation of University standards in obtaining the degree, or for other serious violations committed by a student prior to graduation.
15. Withholding Degree - Park University may withhold awarding a degree otherwise earned until the completion of the process set forth in this Student Conduct Code, including the completion of all sanctions imposed, if any.