Student Code of Conduct
A. Core Values and Behavioral Expectations
The University considers the behavior described in the following sub-sections as inappropriate for the University community and in opposition to the core values set forth in this document. These expectations and rules apply to all students, whether undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, or professional. The University encourages community members to report to University officials all incidents that involve the following actions. Any student found to have committed or to have attempted to commit the following misconduct is subject to the sanctions outlined in Section 7: Conduct Procedures.
Integrity: University students exemplify honesty, honor and a respect for the truth in all of their dealings. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:
1) Falsification. Knowingly falsifying ones identity, or furnishing or possessing false, falsified or forged materials, documents, accounts, records, identification, social media, or financial instruments.
2) Academic Dishonesty. Acts of academic dishonesty as outlined in the Academic Integrity Policy 4.1.3.
3) Unauthorized Access. Unauthorized access to any University building (i.e. keys, cards, etc.) or services; unauthorized possession, duplication, use of means, providing access to any university building.
4) Collusion. Encouraging, assisting or helping someone violate University regulations.
5) Trust. Violations of positions of authority, whether elected, hired or appointed, within the University community.
6) Election Tampering. Tampering with the election of any University registered student organization.
7) Taking of Property. Intentional and unauthorized taking of University property or the personal property of another, including goods, services and other valuables.
8) Stolen Property. Knowingly taking, disposing of, or maintaining possession of stolen property.
9) IT and Acceptable Use. Violating the University Code of Ethics for Communications and Computing 11.2.2p.
Community: University students build and enhance their community. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:
10) Disruptive Behavior. Substantial disruption of University operations including but not limited to, obstruction of teaching, research, administration, residential living, other University activities, and/or other authorized non-University activities which occur on campus.
11) Rioting. Causing, inciting or participating in any disturbance that presents a clear and present danger to self or others, causes physical harm to others, or damage and/or destruction of property.
12) Unauthorized Entry. Misuse of access privileges to University premises or unauthorized entry to or use of buildings, including trespassing, propping or unauthorized use of alarmed doors for entry into or exit from a University building.
13) Trademark. Unauthorized use (including misuse) of University or organizational names and images (See Intellectual Property policy 4.2.2p).
14) Damage and Destruction. Intentional, reckless and/or unauthorized damage to, misuse of, or destruction of University property or the personal property of another.
15) Gambling. Gambling as prohibited by the laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky (Gambling may include raffles, lotteries, sports pools and online betting activities. For more information, See Student Handbook, “Community Standards”).
16) Weapons. Unless expressly exempt by Policy 9.4.1P, all persons are prohibited from possessing Deadly Weapons and Dangerous Materials/Instruments including, but not limited to, tasers/stun guns, pellet guns, BB guns, airsoft guns, paint ball guns and firearms, explosives, fireworks or other deadly weapons or look-alike or replica weapons on all property owned, leased, or controlled by Eastern Kentucky University, including but not limited to all classrooms, laboratories, residence halls, clinics, office buildings, performance halls, athletics and recreation facilities, farms, forests and other natural areas, parking lots and structures, University owned, leased or controlled vehicles, and all outdoor areas of the campus, including extended campuses and all other property now or hereafter owned, leased, or controlled by Eastern Kentucky University, of any unit of Eastern Kentucky University. This policy applies to all persons who possess lawfully issued licenses or permits pursuant to KRS 237.110and to all persons who do not possess lawfully issued licenses or permits pursuant to KRS 237.110.
17) Tobacco. Smoking or tobacco use in any area of campus, to include vaping or electronic cigarettes.
18) Fire Safety. Violation of local, state, federal or campus fire policies including, but not limited to:
a) Intentionally or recklessly causing or attempting to cause a fire on University or personal property;
b) Failure to evacuate a University-controlled building during a fire alarm;
c) Improper use of University fire safety equipment;
d) Reporting the false existence of fire, incendiary device, bomb etc., or
e) Tampering with or improperly engaging a fire alarm or fire detection/control equipment while on University property. Such action may result in a local fine in addition to University sanctions.
19) Ineligible Association. Pledging or associating with a student organization without having met eligibility requirements established by the University or organization.
20) Wheeled Devices. Skateboards, roller blades, roller skates, bicycles and similar wheeled devices are not permitted inside University buildings, residence halls or on tennis courts, except in authorized storage facilities. Motorized transportation, including but not limited to hover-boards, scooters, and motorcycles, is prohibited from campus sidewalks. Additionally, skateboards and other wheeled items may not be ridden on railings, curbs, benches, or any such fixtures that may be damaged by these activities, and individuals may be liable for damage to University property caused by these activities.
Mutual Respect: Students recognize that respecting the dignity of every person is essential for creating and sustaining a flourishing university community. They understand and appreciate how their decisions and actions impact others and are just and equitable in their treatment of all members of the community. They show positive regard for each other, and they act to discourage and challenge those whose actions may be harmful to and/or diminish the worth of others. Conduct that violates this value includes, but is not limited to the following regulations;
22) Retaliatory Actions. Any intentional, adverse action taken by an responding individual or allied third party against a participant or supporter of a participant in a protected activity under this Code.*
a) Complicity with or failure of any student to appropriately address known or obvious violations of the Code of Student Conduct or law.
b) Complicity with or failure of any organized group to appropriately address known or obvious violations of the Code of Student Conduct or law by its members.
24) Abuse of Conduct Process. Abuse or interference with, or failure to comply in, University processes including conduct and academic integrity hearings including, but not limited to:
a) Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information.
b) Failure to provide, destroying or concealing information during an investigation of an alleged policy violation.
c) Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in, or use of, the campus conduct system.
d) Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a member of a campus conduct body prior to, during, and/or following a campus conduct proceeding.
e) Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed by the campus conduct system.
f) Influencing, or attempting to influence, another person to commit an abuse of the campus conduct system.
25) Harm to Persons. Intentionally or recklessly causing physical harm or endangering the health or safety of any person.*
26) Threatening Behaviors:
a) Threat. Written or verbal conduct that causes a reasonable expectation of injury to the health or safety of any person or damage to any property.
b) Intimidation. Intimidation defined as implied threats or acts that cause a reasonable fear of harm in another. *
27) Bullying and Cyberbullying. Bullying and cyberbullying are repeated and/or severe aggressive behaviors that intimidate or intentionally harm or control another person physically or emotionally, and are not protected by freedom of expression.*
28) Hazing. Defined as an act that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or that 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. Participation or cooperation by the person(s) being hazed does not excuse the violation. Failing to intervene to prevent (and/or) failing to discourage (and/or) failing to report those acts may also violate this policy. (See EKU Handbook for Students, Student Conduct and Community Standards, Part7).*
29) Intimate Partner/Relationship Violence. Violence or abuse by a person in an intimate relationship with another.*
30) Stalking. Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others; or suffer substantial emotional distress.*
31) Sexual Misconduct. Includes, but is not limited to, sexual harassment, non-consensual sexual contact, non-consensual sexual intercourse, and/or sexual exploitation, or sexually based behavior not included in the NDHP (See Community Standards Sexual Misconduct Policy for further information).*
32) Public Exposure. Includes deliberately and publicly exposing one’s intimate body parts, public urination, defecation, and public sex acts.*
*The Office of Equity and Inclusion enforces the Non Discrimination and Harassment Policy. Any potential violations not covered by that policy may be enforced by the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards by the regulations indicated.
Responsibility: University students are given and accept a high level of responsibility to self, to others and to the community. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:
33) Alcohol. Use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages or paraphernalia except as expressly permitted by law and the University/College’s Alcohol Policy (See Community Standards for further information).*
34) Drugs. Use, possession or distribution of illegal drugs and other controlled substances or drug paraphernalia except as expressly permitted by law and the University Drug Policy.*
35) Prescription Medications. Abuse, misuse, sale, or distribution of prescription or over-the-counter medications.*
36) Failure to Comply. Failure to comply with the reasonable directives of University employee or law enforcement officers during the performance of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so. This includes but is not limited to COVID -19 protocols and expectations.
37) Arrest. Failure of any student to accurately report an off-campus arrest by any law enforcement agency for any crime (including non-custodial or field arrests) to the Office of Student Conduct within seventy-two (72) hours of release.
38) Sex Offender Registration. Failure to self-report as a registered sex offender. See policy 8.3.5P.
39) Interfering with the use of or abusing any part of University computing services or facilities.
40) Other Policies. Violating other published University rules or regulations, including all Residence Hall policies and the Residential Community Guide.
41) Health and Safety. Creation of health and/or safety hazards (dangerous pranks, hanging out of or climbing from/on/in windows, balconies, roofs, etc.).
42) Violations of Law. Evidence of violation of local, state or federal laws, when substantiated through the University’s conduct process.
Statement on Medical Amnesty for Alcohol or Drug Emergencies
Eastern Kentucky University’s core values are intellectual vitality, a sense of community, cultural competency, and stewardship of place, accountability and excellence. To promote these values, the university community must be one in which students feel safe and secure, are supported by the community and are challenged to learn from their mistakes so they are better prepared in the future. To those ends, the following statement addresses some of the direst situations students may face which require university support rather than punitive action.
When a student finds themselves or another student’s safety at risk due to the use of alcohol or
other drugs, they should contact the EKUPD immediately for medical assistance. Formal
disciplinary action for violations of paragraphs 5, 6, or 7 of the General Regulations Concerning
Student Behavior of the Student Handbook will not be enforced provided the involved students
meet the criteria for amnesty listed below. Violation of other regulations such as vandalism, disrupting the peace, or sexual misconduct may still apply. To receive amnesty, the student or student group must:
● Request emergency medical attention for themselves or for someone else who
reasonably appears to be in need of medical assistance due to alcohol or other
● Provide their own full name to responding EKU employees and emergency
● Provide any other relevant information requested by the responding EKU
employees that is known to such person;
● Remain with, or is, the individual who reasonably appears to be in need of medical
assistance due to alcohol or drug consumption until professional emergency
medical assistance is provided; and
● Cooperate with emergency medical assistance personnel and law enforcement
Students granted amnesty will be required to participate in an educational follow up process with university officials or meet other conditions in order to avoid creation of a student conduct record. Parents may be notified of the incident. Repeated incidents by an individual may result in an elevated response from the University. Certain other university policies may extend amnesty in additional circumstances not described in this statement in instances of potential harm to others.