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Student Responsibilities


A.    Jurisdiction: 

      The University has jurisdiction over violations of the Code of Student Conduct on University premises, at University sponsored events, or elsewhere when the University has an identifiable interest. The Student Conduct Administrator or designated representative has discretion, subject to discretionary review by the Vice President for Student Affairs, to determine the jurisdiction and parameters of the Code of Student Conduct. The Student Conduct Administrator or designee may consider the following factors, among others: the seriousness of the alleged misconduct, including whether the allegations involve violence, threats of violence, drugs or alcohol; whether the alleged victims or witnesses are members of the campus community; whether the off-campus conduct occurred at, or in connection with activities of a student organization or group; the ability of the University to gather information, including the testimony of witnesses; whether the off-campus conduct is part of a series of actions that occurred both on and off campus or otherwise concerns an identifiable interest of the University; and whether the misconduct had a significant negative impact on the University community, University property or the University’s reputation.


B.    Students Subject to the Code of Student Conduct: 

       The Code of Student Conduct applies to all students enrolled at Tulane University, including students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, professional, and continuing studies programs. For conduct purposes, a student is enrolled when he/she accepts admission to the University and is deemed enrolled during summer sessions, study abroad programs, academic and conduct suspensions, and other absences where there is an expectation of continuing progress toward a Tulane University degree. If a student has graduated, withdraws, drops out or is granted withdrawal from the University, including a retroactive one, he/she may still be required to resolve charge(s) arising from an alleged violation of the Code while he/she was enrolled.


C.    Graduate and Professional Students: 

      Graduate and professional students are held accountable for their behavior as outlined in the Code of Student Conduct. For certain complaints, graduate and professional students also may be held accountable for their behavior through professional standards, codes of ethics, or honor codes. This does not preclude the University from taking action in accordance with the Code of Student Conduct.  No graduate or undergraduate student can have multiple hearings for the same offense.


D.    Standards of Conduct: 

      The following are examples of misconduct; they are not intended to define misconduct in exhaustive or exclusive terms and should be construed broadly according to the fair import of their terms. The following actions or any actions that violate the principles of the preamble to this document violate University standards of conduct and will result in conduct action and, in appropriate cases, referral to University or other law enforcement personnel, and/or other University officials, for investigation.


Violation of any of the standards of conduct may, depending on the facts of the case and the student or group’s conduct history, result in sanctions including suspension or expulsion.  Violation of certain standards, including any incident involving the harm or threat of harm to another, a violation of the University’s Weapons Policy, the distribution or possession for purpose of distribution of any controlled substance or illegal drug, hazing, sexual misconduct, the initiation of a fire, or stalking, is likely to do so. 


In any case when the Student Conduct Administrator or designated representative determines that a violation may result in suspension or expulsion, whether because of the facts of the case or because of the student or group’s conduct history, that case generally shall be heard by a hearing board if not resolved through a pre-hearing conference with the Student Conduct Administrator or designee.  At the Vice President for Student Affairs’ discretion and if the accused student and complainant consent, the case may be heard through an Administrative Hearing.


As set forth in the University’s Parental Notification Policy and as permitted by FERPA, parents or guardians of students found to have violated certain standards of conduct, including those standards related to drugs or alcohol or involving acts of violence, may be notified.       


1.     Causing physical harm or reasonable apprehension of physical harm.


2.     Interference with the educational process or other University sponsored activities.


3.     Use, possession or storage of any weapon or ammunition, and/or use of an item in a manner that poses a potential hazard to the safety or health of others. For additional information, consult the University’s Weapons Policy.


4.     Unauthorized use and/or possession of any controlled substance or illegal drug.


5.     Unauthorized use and/or possession of any drug paraphernalia. The term “drug paraphernalia” broadly includes any material, product, instrument, or item used to create, manufacture, distribute, use, or otherwise manipulate any drug and includes, but is not limited to, pipes, bongs, and hookahs.


6.     Distribution or possession for the purpose of distribution of any controlled substance or illegal drug.


7.     Use, possession or distribution of alcoholic beverages in violation of the Tulane Alcohol Beverage Policy.


8.     Disorderly or disruptive conduct while under the influence of alcohol.


9.     Hazing. Hazing includes, but is not limited to, acts of servitude and/or behavior that humiliates, degrades, embarrasses, harasses or ridicules an individual or otherwise is harmful or potentially harmful to an individual’s physical, emotional or psychological well-being, as an actual or apparent condition for initial or continued affiliation with any group. A student violates this standard regardless of either the lack of intent to cause harm or the hazed individual’s own willingness to participate. Unless affirmative steps were taken by the charged student to prevent the hazing behavior, conduct charges may be brought against the group, officers of the group, and members of the group who are deemed to have encouraged the behavior, in addition to any conduct action against persons who engaged in the hazing behavior.


10.  Sexual Misconduct. Sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to, nonconsensual sexual behavior. Lack of consent may result from, among other things, use of force, threats, or intimidation or from use of the victim’s mental or physical helplessness of which the accused was or should have been aware.  


11.  Initiating or causing to be initiated a fire, explosion, or other emergency.


12.  Initiating or causing to be initiated any false report or warning of fire, explosion or other emergency.


13.  Improper use of safety, emergency or firefighting equipment or any other violation of Tulane’s Fire Safety Procedures.


14.  Furnishing false information to the University or to a University official.


15.  Acts of fraud or attempted fraud, including but not limited to acts of fraud committed by forgery, by alteration or use of University documents, records, or identification, or by other means.


16.  Unauthorized access or use of computer equipment, networks, software or data, including violation of the Tulane Computer Services policies.


17.  Interference with the freedom of expression of others.


18.  Theft of property or services or knowing possession of stolen property.


19.  Damage to or vandalism of the property of others, including University property.


20.  Failure to comply with the directions of University officials, including campus police officers, acting in the performance of their duties.


21.  Violation of the University’s Equal Opportunity/Anti-Discrimination Policies.


22.  Harassment or intimidation.


23.  Lewd or obscene conduct.


24.  Stalking.  Stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.  Stalking includes behaviors or activities occurring on more than one occasion that collectively would reasonably instill fear in the victim and/or threaten his/her safety, mental health or physical health. Examples of behaviors that may constitute stalking include, but are not limited to, non-consensual communication, including face-to-face communication, telephone calls, voice messages, e-mails, written letters, gifts, or any other communications that are undesired and place another person in fear, use of online, electronic, or digital technologies, or pursuing, following, waiting, or showing up uninvited at or near a residence, workplace, classroom, or other places frequented by the victim.


25.  Abusive or disorderly conduct.


26.  Violation of other University principles, policies, or rules, including residence hall rules, and rules concerning entry and use of University facilities, sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages, use of vehicles or misuse of identification cards.


27.  Conviction of violation of federal, state, or local laws, when the University has an identifiable interest.


28.  Acts of retaliation against an individual who has reported an incident to the Office of Student Conduct or any other University official.

E. The following considerations may pertain to the charging process.

1.     Attempts and accomplices: 

       Attempts to commit acts prohibited by the Code may be punished to the same extent as actual violations. Accomplices in acts prohibited by the Code may be punished as violators.

2.     Behavior Relating to Both Health and Conduct:

      Cases of serious misbehavior that relate both to health and to conduct, which usually require a decision regarding whether a student should remain in the University, may be referred to the appropriate Student Health Center. An Administrative Referral (a mandatory medical referral for medical or psychological evaluation) is not a substitute for conduct action.   For additional details, consult the University’s Medical and Psychiatric Referrals Procedure.

3.     Student Groups and Organizations:  

      Registered and unregistered student groups or organizations may be charged with violations of the Code. Officers, or other leaders or spokespersons, are responsible for the conduct of their members at events recognized and sponsored by the group or organization if and only if the leader or spokesperson has implicitly or explicitly endorsed any violation of the Code.  A student group or organization and its officers may be held collectively or individually responsible for violations of the Code by those associated with the group or organization. Charges against a student group for violation of the Code are subject to the same procedure as charges against a student. Further, the officers, leaders or spokespersons for a student group or organization may be directed by the Vice President for Student Affairs or designated representative to take reasonable actions to end violations of the Code.  This section supplements the provisions governing groups and their officers and members set forth in Section III,D.9.

4.     Responsibility of Student Hosts:

      A student host may be held responsible for violations of the Code by guests if and only if the host has implicitly or explicitly endorsed the conduct violation of their guest. This responsibility includes ensuring that guests comply with the Code.

5.     Traffic Violations: 
Violations of traffic regulations on campus are handled by the Department of Public Safety and generally are not considered to be conduct matters. If a student fails to cooperate with this office, he/she may be referred to the Vice President for Student Affairs or designated representative for conduct action.

Division of Student Affairs, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-314-2188