Code of Personal Conduct

Conduct Rules and Regulations

Any student found to have committed the following misconduct is subject to the disciplinary sanctions outlined in Article VI:

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

  • Furnishing false information to a SUNY Poly faculty member or official.
  • Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any SUNY Poly document, record, or instrument of identification.
  • Tampering with, impeding, or coercively influencing the election process related to any SUNY Poly recognized student organization.

2. Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings,other SUNY Poly activities, including its public service functions on or off-campus, or other authorized non-SUNY Poly activities, when the act occurs on SUNY Poly premises.

3. Acts of bullying, physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.

4. Attempted or actual theft of and/or damage to property of SUNY Poly, or property of a member of the SUNY Poly community, or other personal or public property.

5. Hazing, defined as an act which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, 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.

6. Failure to comply with the directions of a SUNY Poly official or law enforcement officer acting in performance of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so.

7. Unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of keys and/or access card to any SUNY Poly premises, or unauthorized entry to or use of SUNY Poly premises.

8. Violation of SUNY Poly policies, rules, or regulations.

9. Violation of federal, state, or local law at SUNY Poly-sponsored activities whether on or off SUNY Poly premises.

10. Use, possession, or distribution of narcotics, prescription drugs or other controlled or non- controlled substances except as expressly permitted by law.

11. Possession of drug paraphernalia, which includes any items that can be utilized for or are designed for the use of drugs (e.g., bowls, bongs, etc.). Any items that are fashioned for the purpose of drug use will also be considered a violation of the Student Code of Personal Conduct.

12. Use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages except as expressly permitted by the law and SUNY Poly regulations (see Residence Hall Policies for more information), or public intoxication.

Good Samaritan Policy: Abuse of alcohol and other drugs can create life-threatening situations that require an immediate response from emergency services personnel. In all instances, SUNY Poly is concerned that those in need receive prompt medical attention. SUNY Poly cannot guarantee absolute immunity from sanctions associated with violations of the Student Code of Personal Conduct or state and federal law. However, efforts will be made to mitigate sanctions associated with alcohol and other drug offenses for “Good Samaritans.” These considerations apply only to the individual(s) who may have contributed/participated in the use and abuse of alcohol or other drugs, but who summon aid.

Policy for Alcohol and/or Drug Use Amnesty in Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Cases: The health and safety of every student at the State University of New York and its State-operated and community colleges is of utmost importance. SUNY Poly recognizes that students who have been drinking and/or using drugs (whether such use is voluntary or involuntary) at the time that violence, including, but not limited to, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual harassment or sexual violence occurs may be hesitant to report such incidents due to fear of potential consequences for their own conduct. SUNY Poly strongly encourages students to report incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual harassment or sexual violence to institution officials. A bystander or a reporting individual acting in good faith that discloses any incident of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual harassment or sexual violence to SUNY Poly officials or law enforcement will not be subject to SUNY Poly’s Student Code of Personal Conduct for violations of alcohol and/or drug use policies occurring at or near the time of the commission of the domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual harassment or sexual violence.

13. Illegal or unauthorized use, possession or storage of any weapon or reasonable facsimile thereof (including, but not limited to, firearms and ammunition, stun guns, air guns, paintball guns, pellet guns, bb guns, clubs, crossbows, archery equipment, sling shots, martial arts weapons, swords, knives (e.g., gravity, hunting, lock blades, throwing knives, daggers, switchblade, butterfly, etc.), fireworks and other explosives, and/or dangerous chemicals is prohibited on SUNY Poly premises.

14. Participation in a campus demonstration that disrupts the normal operations of SUNY Poly and infringes on the rights of other members of the SUNY Poly community; leading or inciting others to disrupt scheduled and/or normal activities within any campus building or area; intentional obstruction that unreasonably interferes with freedom of movement, either pedestrian or vehicular, on campus.

15. Obstruction of the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on SUNY Poly premises or at SUNY Poly-sponsored or supervised functions.

16. Conduct that is disorderly, lewd, or indecent; breach of peace; or aiding, abetting, or procuring another person to breach the peace on SUNY Poly premises or at functions sponsored by or participated in by SUNY Poly.

17. Theft or other abuse of computer, telephone and voicemail privileges, including, but not limited to:

  • Unauthorized use or abuse of a computer account, including use of another individual’s identification and password and failure to safeguard user IDs and passwords.
  • Sending abusive, threatening, or obscene messages.
  • Repeatedly sending messages with inappropriate content.
  • Using a SUNY Poly account to send messages without authorization.
  • Unauthorized entry into a file for any purpose, including: using, reading, or changing the content.
  • Unauthorized transfer or sharing of a file, including, but not limited to, illegal downloading, uploading or use of file sharing programs with regard to copyrighted materials.
  • Use of computing facilities to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member, or SUNY Poly official.
  • Use of computing facilities to interfere with normal operation of the SUNY Poly computing or network system.
  • Negligently spreading viruses, worms, or any programs that act to degrade, violate, disable, or affect service or operation of SUNY Poly’s or students’ personal computers connected to SUNY Poly’s network.

18. Abuse of the judicial system, including, but not limited to:

  • Failure to obey the summons of a judicial officer, board or SUNY Poly official.
  • Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information before a judicial body.
  • Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a judicial proceeding.
  • Knowingly initiating a judicial proceeding without cause.
  • Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in, or use of, the judicial system.
  • Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of a judicial body prior to, and/or during the course of, the judicial proceeding.
  • Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a member of a judicial board or a judicial officer prior to, during, and/or after a judicial proceeding.
  • Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Student Code of Personal Conduct.
  • Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the judicial system.

19. Acts of sexual violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and domestic violence, as defined in this Student Code of Personal Conduct, including performing sexual acts on or with another individual without the affirmative consent of the individual, when the individual is unable to give affirmative consent or after the individual has withdrawn consent.

20. Sexual harassment as defined in this Student Code of Personal Conduct.

21. Stalking as defined in this Student Code of Personal Conduct.

22. Bias/hate crimes, which are described as students engaging in harassment or threats of violence based on a person’s race, color, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, religion, religious practice, creed, sexual orientation, disability, age, or gender that is intended to create a situation that produces mental discomfort, harm, or injury.

23. Actions that cause or attempt to cause a fire or explosion, falsely reporting a fire, explosion or an explosive device, tampering with fire safety equipment or failure to evacuate SUNY Poly buildings during a fire alarm.

24. Cruelty to animals.

25. Violation of the SUNY Poly smoking policy.

26. Violation of the Residence Hall License or Residence Hall Policies.

27. Retaliation against a reporting individual, any person who files a complaint, serves as a witness, assists, or participates in the judicial process in any manner is strictly prohibited and will result in disciplinary sanctions. Participants who experience retaliation in a case of sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating or domestic violence or stalking should contact the Title IX coordinator. (Please refer to page 36 for the designee.)

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