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  The Graduate School of Education 2004-2006 Academic Policies and Procedures Policy Against Verbal Assault, Defamation, and Harassment Prohibited Conduct  

Prohibited Conduct

Any of the following acts, even if communicative in nature, are prohibited "separation offenses" (charges that could lead to suspension or expulsion from the university) under the provisions of the University Code of Student Conduct:

1. Use of force against the person or property of any member of the university community or against the person or property of anyone on university premises, or the threat of such physical abuse. (Verbal assault may be prosecuted as a "threat of . . . physical abuse.")

2. Theft of, or intentional damage to, university property, or property in the possession of, or owned by, a member of the university. (Acts of graffiti or other vandalism may be prosecuted as "intentional damage to . . . property.")

3. Harassment, which is statutorily defined by New Jersey law to mean, and here means, purposefully making or causing to be made a communication or communica-tions anonymously or at extremely inconvenient hours, or in offensively coarse language, or in any other man- ner likely to cause annoyance or alarm, or subjecting or threatening to subject another to striking, kicking, shoving, or other offensive touching, or engaging in any other course of conduct or of repeatedly committed acts with purpose to alarm or seriously annoy any other person. Harassment is considered a separation offense under the University Code of Student Conduct.

4. Defamation, which is judicially defined to mean, and here means, the unprivileged oral or written publication of a false statement of fact that exposes the person about whom it is made to hatred, contempt, or ridicule, or subjects that person to loss of the goodwill and confidence of others, or so harms that person`s reputation as to deter others from associating with her or him. Defamation is considered a separation offense under the University Code of Student Conduct.

While any of the four categories of acts listed above is a separation offense that, if proven, could lead to a sanction of expulsion or suspension from the university under the provisions of the University Code of Student Conduct, clearly minor instances of such prohibited behavior should be resolved at the college level and not be treated as separation offenses requiring a university-level hearing. The initial judgment of whether a particular act is of a separable or nonseparable nature is made by the appropriate college official.

Students who believe themselves to be victims of verbal assault, harassment, or defamation should report such incidents to the dean or the dean of students of their college or school. In addition, the following individuals have been identified to handle complaints:

Brian T. Rose, director of compliance, student policy, and judicial affairs, 3 Bartlett Street, College Avenue campus (732/932-7312);

Cheryl Clarke, director of diverse community affairs and lesbian/gay concerns, 3 Bartlett Street, College Avenue campus (732/932-1711);

Associate provost for student life, Armitage Hall, Room 248, Camden campus (856/225-6050);

Marcia W. Brown, associate provost for student affairs and community outreach, Center for Law and Justice, Newark campus (973/353-5234).

Some complaints can and should be resolved by informal methods, while others will require the implementation of formal procedures. All complaints are treated confidentially; complainants are encouraged to report incidents even if they do not wish to pursue the matter beyond the reporting stage.

For additional information, contact RU-info at 732/932-info (4636) or
Comments and corrections to: Campus Information Services.

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