As a student at NAU, appropriate conduct and integrity are expected. In some instances of student misconduct, the university will issue a warning or will place the student on disciplinary probation, suspension, or will dismiss the student from the university. Procedural fair play and due process will be provided in every instance. Proper safeguards for the welfare, safety and educational opportunity will be provided for all students.
Institutional obligations include, but are not limited to, upholding the law and maintenance of regulations regarding academic honesty and restricting prejudicial behavior, physical abuse or harassment, impropriety of personal behavior, or illicit use of drugs or intoxicants, especially as these relate to institutional and educational goals. Respect and tolerance are key words in the institutional expectations of students in their interaction with each other and with other members of the university community.
Student Code of Conduct
- Acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to the following:
- Furnishing false information to any university official, faculty member, or office.
- Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any university document, record, or instrument of identification.
- Disruption or obstruction of teaching, administration, disciplinary proceedings, other university activities on or off campus, or of other authorized non-university activities when the conduct occurs on university premises.
- Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.
- Attempted or actual theft of and/or damage to property of the university or property of a member of the university community or other personal or public property, on or off campus.
- Failure to comply with directions of university officials or law enforcement officers acting in performance of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so.
- Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys to any university premises or unauthorized entry to or use of university premises.
- Violation of any university policy, rule, or regulation published in hard copy or available electronically on the university website.
- Violation of any federal, state or local law.
- Use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of marijuana, heroin, narcotics, or other controlled substances except as expressly permitted by law.
- Use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of alcoholic beverages, or public intoxication.
- Illegal or unauthorized possession of firearms, explosives, other weapons, or dangerous chemicals on university premises or use of any such item, even if legally possessed, in a manner that harms, threatens or causes fear to others.
- Participating in an on-campus or off-campus demonstration, riot or activity that disrupts the normal operations of the university and/or infringes on the rights of other members of the university community; leading or inciting others to disrupt scheduled and/or normal activities within any campus building or area.
- Obstruction of the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on university premises or at university sponsored or supervised functions.
- 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 functions sponsored by, or participated in by, the university community. Disorderly Conduct includes but is not limited to: Any unauthorized use of electronic or other devices to make an audio or video record of any person while on university premises without his/her prior knowledge, or without his/her effective consent when such a recording is likely to cause injury or distress.
- Disrespectful behavior includes behavior designed to harrass, threaten, or embarrass others. Students may not communicate content in any medium that could reasonably be construed as offensive, threatening or discriminatory. At all times, students are expected to behave appropriately, respectfully and courteously in communications with other students and university faculty, staff, and administrators.
- Theft or other abuse of computer facilities and resources, including but not limited to:
- Unauthorized entry into a file, to use, read, or change the contents, or for any other purpose.
- Unauthorized transfer of a file.
- Use of another individual's identification and/or password.
- Use of computing facilities and resources to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member or university official.
- Use of computing facilities and resources to send obscene or abusive messages.
- Use of computing facilities and resources to interfere with normal operation of the university computing system.
- Use of computing facilities and resources in violation of copyright laws.
- Any violation of the university’s Internet, Netiquette, and Prohibited Use policies.
- The following sanctions may be imposed upon any student found to have violated the Student Code of Conduct:
- Warning—A notice in writing to the student that the student has violated university policy.
- Probation—A written reprimand for violation of specified university policies. Probation is for a designated period of time and includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the student is found to have violated university policy during the probationary period.
- Suspension—Separation of the student from the university for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for readmission may be specified.
- Permanent Suspension—Permanent separation of the student from the university.
- Revocation of admission and/or degree—Admission to or a degree awarded from the 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.
- More than one of the sanctions listed above may be imposed for any single violation.
Procedure and Appeals
- Any staff or faculty member may file charges against a student for violations of the Student Code of Conduct. A charge shall be prepared in writing and directed to the campus executive officer within 30 days of the alleged violation.
- Students who are disruptive, damage university property, or pose a threat to any person on the campus may be immediately suspended and escorted from the premises (or removed from the NAU online classroom) by the campus executive officer.
- If the campus executive officer observes or otherwise becomes aware of a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, the campus executive officer or designee may either choose to meet with the student to discuss the concerns or move directly to convene a student conduct committee. For minor or inadvertent violations, the campus executive officer may choose to informally correct the student’s behavior.
- The student conduct committee will investigate reported violations of the Student Code of Conduct. The committee is composed of the campus executive officer (or designee), the academic dean, a director of student success, and one student. The student must be independent of incident and student under investigation. The student conduct committee will determine if the charge(s) of misconduct have merit and/or if the charge(s) can be disposed of administratively.
- The student will be provided written notice of the time and date for a disciplinary hearing from the student conduct committee. The disciplinary hearing will be scheduled within 5 days of notification to the student.
- The student is permitted to be assisted by an advisor (such as a parent, relative, or a member of the university community) present during the disciplinary hearing, but the advisor will not be permitted to speak or participate directly in the hearing. The student will not be permitted to bring an attorney to the hearing.
- Witnesses with relevant knowledge of the alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct may be presented on behalf of the student or the university.
- The student conduct committee’s decision will be provided to the student on the Student Conduct Form within five days of the hearing. If the student conduct committee determines that a violation of the Student Code of Conduct has occurred, appropriate sanctions will be imposed. Sanctions of permanent suspension or revocation of admission and/or degree may only be imposed by the system vice president for academic administration and regulatory affairs upon recommendation from the student conduct committee.
- The student has a right to appeal the decision of the student conduct committee to the system vice president for academic administration and regulatory affairs for sanctions identified in paragraph 1 a-c. This request must be made on the Student Conduct Form and delivered to the system vice president for academic administration and regulatory affairs within 72 hours of the student conduct committee’s decision. The system vice president for academic administration and regulatory affairs will convene a student conduct appeals committee, composed of three university administrators, to review the proceedings of the student conduct committee. Any sanctions imposed pursuant to paragraph 1 d-e will be automatically appealed to the student conduct appeals committee.
- The student conduct appeals committee will render a decision within five (5) business days after receipt of the student’s appeal. The decision of the student conduct appeals committee is final.