The following summary presents key aspects of the code.
Students should consult the code itself for complete information on each point: http://studentconduct.rutgers.edu/student-conduct-processes/university-code-of-student-conduct.
Filing a Complaint
Any individual may file a complaint against a student
suspected of violating the code by contacting the Office of Student Conduct or
submitting a written complaint using the online reporting form. The form is
located at https://publicdocs.maxient.com/incidentreport.php?RutgersUniv.
Any university community member may submit a complaint
alleging a violation of the Code of Student Conduct. University community
members may also submit a complaint on behalf of another person. All complaints
shall be reported to the Office of Student Conduct/Community Standards.
Once a complaint has been received, a Conduct Officer
conducts an investigation. The investigation may include meetings with the
responding party, the complaint party, witnesses, and any other involved
individuals. The investigation will determine the next step of the process.
After the investigation, one of several things may happen:
(a) The Conduct
Officer has insufficient information. No charges will be brought against the
accused student at this time.
(b) The parties
may be able to bypass the conduct process using Alternative Resolution
(c) The Conduct
Officer finds enough information to send a Finding Letter.
(d) The Conduct
Officer may request an Administrative Hearing.
(e) Following an
Administrative Conference, the accused student may be called to a University
Hearing. (Only for cases where the recommended sanctions include
suspension/expulsion from the university or loss of university housing.)
The complaint does not include enough information for the
Conduct Officer to bring charges against the student. If new information is
found, the university may reopen a case and the student may be subject to the
In certain minor cases, a Conduct Officer will have enough
information to determine charges and responsibility from the complaint. The
Conduct Officer will provide students with written notification that includes:
the complaint, the given charges, the finding of responsibility, and sanctions.
Should a student feel they received a letter in error or if they disagree with
the finding and/or sanctions, they will have the opportunity to appeal.
After an investigation has been conducted, the Conduct
Officer can request the student attend an Administrative Conference. The
student will have the opportunity to present information, including witnesses
in their defense. At this meeting the Conduct Officer will review all available
information, determine charges, responsibility, and sanctions. Should a student
disagree with the findings and/or the sanctions, they will have the opportunity to
appeal to the Campus Appeals Committee.
After an investigation or an Administrative Conference, a
Conduct Officer may find enough information to suggest separation from the university.
These cases will be heard by the University Hearing Board. The University
Hearing Board is the formal disciplinary body of trained students and staff
members overseen by a trained university community member serving as the
Hearing Officer. The University Hearing Board will review all available
information, determine charges and responsibility. Should a student disagree
with the findings and/or the sanctions, they will have the opportunity to appeal to
the Campus Appeals Committee.
Violations of any student found responsible for committing,
attempting to commit, or assisting others in committing a violation shall be
subject to disciplinary sanctions as outlined below:
Violations, including but not limited to:
A. Violations of
Violations of the Rutgers
University Academic Integrity Policy. Please refer to the Rutgers
University Academic Integrity Policy for specific information
regarding what would constitute a violation of this policy.
B. Acts of
unauthorized alteration, or unauthorized use of any university documents or records, any instrument or form of identification, or access credentials. This
includes, but is not limited to, transfer of a Rutgers ID to violations of the Rutgers University
Academic Integrity Policy to misuse or transfer of residence hall key.
2. Intentionally furnishing false
information to the university.
3. Intentionally furnishing false
information to persons outside the university concerning the student's academic
record, degree, or activities.
4. Intentionally initiating or
causing to be initiated any false report, warning, or threat of fire,
explosion, or other emergency.
5. Unauthorized entry into, use of,
or misuse of university property, including computers, data, and voice
6. Possessing or selling false
identification including fake IDs or RUIDs.
7. Unauthorized sale or resale of university event tickets
or tickets provided through sponsored events/programs funded by university
student fees, or the sale of such tickets above face value.
C. Safety violations:
1. Intentionally or recklessly starting a fire (does not
include university-approved programs including fire, e.g., bonfires.)
2. Misusing fire safety equipment or elevators.
3. Intentionally or recklessly endangering the welfare of
4. Intentionally or recklessly obstructing fire, police, or
5. Using, possessing, or storing dangerous chemicals,
fireworks, or explosives on university property, even if they are legal to
possess because of a license, or illegally possessing dangerous chemicals, fireworks, or explosives on an
off-campus property. Possessing and storing small containers of Mace is
6. Using, possessing, or storing of any object classified as
a weapon by the State of New Jersey on university property or illegally
possessing weapons on an off-campus property. Law enforcement officials who are authorized by law to carry
firearms are excluded from this definition.
7. Utilizing any instrument in a manner that endangers or
tends to endanger any person.
8. Obstructing the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular
traffic on or adjacent to university premises or at university events.
9. Failing to comply with the reasonable and lawful
directions of university officials and/or university police, including but not
limited to, failure to produce identification.
1. Inflicting bodily harm upon any
person or animal.
2. Using or threatening to use
force against any person or animal. E . Sexual misconduct outside the scope of the Title IX Policy and Grievance Procedures:
1. Gender-based harassment, which refers to acts of aggression, intimidation, stalking, or hostility based on gender, gender identity, or gender-stereotyping. Gender-based harassment can occur if students are harassed either for exhibiting what is perceived as a stereotypical characteristic of their sex, or for failing to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity. To constitute harassment, the conduct must unreasonably interfere with an individual's education or academic activities or create an intimidating, hostile, demeaning, or offensive academic or living environment.
2. "Quid pro quo" sexual harassment, which refers to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct, or communication of a sexual nature, including through electronic or social media platforms, when:
- submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's education, educational, or campus life activities; or
- submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for academic or student life decisions affecting that individual.
3. Sexual exploitation, which refers to nonconsensual abuse or exploitation of another person's sexuality for the purpose of sexual gratification, financial gain, personal benefit or advantage, or any other nonlegitimate purpose. Examples of sexual exploitation include, but are not limited to:
- observing another individual's nudity or sexual activity or allowing another to observe nudity or sexual activity without the knowledge and consent of all participants;
- nonconsensual streaming of images, photography, video or audio recording of sexual activity or nudity, or distribution of such without the knowledge and consent of all participants;
- exposing one's genitals in nonconsensual circumstances; or
- inducing incapacitation for the purpose of making another person vulnerable to nonconsensual sexual activity; or
- knowingly exposing another person to a sexually transmitted infection or virus without the other's knowledge.
4. Sexual intimidation, which refers to threatening behavior of a sexual nature directed at another person or group that reasonably leads the target(s) to fear for their physical well-being or to engage in sexual conduct for self-protection, such as threatening to sexually assault another person or engaging in indecent exposure.
5. Stealthing, which refers to intentionally removing, damaging, or lying about use of a prophylactic or contraceptive device (e.g. condom, female condom, other forms of birth control) when consent has only been given for protected sexual activity.
6. Sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking, as defined by the Title IX Policy and Grievance Procedures, that occur against a person outside the United States, or outside the scope of an education program or activity as defined by Title IX, but within the jurisdiction of this Code of Student Conduct.
intimidation, and harassment:
1. Making any communication to
another person in any manner likely to cause alarm, including through
electronic or social media platforms.
2. Subjecting another person or
animal or threatening to subject another person or animal to striking, kicking,
shoving, or offensive touching.
3. Threatening to reveal or
releasing personal information or media about a person electronically or
through other means of communication.
4. Engaging in any other course of
alarming conduct or repeatedly committing acts with the purpose of seriously
alarming another person.
A person's behavior should be
sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent as to substantially disrupt or
interfere with the orderly operation of the institution or the rights of a
student to participate in or benefit from the educational program.
G. Child abuse:
Neglecting or inflicting any form
of physical, emotional, or psychological harm or harassment upon any minor
identified as a permanent or temporary dependent, codependent, or as under the
responsibility of the accused.
Creating a false statement about a university
community member and communicating that false statement to a third party, which
then exposes that community member to hatred, contempt, ridicule, loss of
goodwill, or loss of reputation as a result of the false statement.
1. Engaging in any act that impacts the mental, emotional,
or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of initiation into,
admission into, affiliation with, or continued membership in any organization or team whose members are
Rutgers University students.
2. Engaging in any activity that is inconsistent with
regulations or policies of Rutgers University or laws in the State of New
Jersey for the purpose of initiation into, admission into, affiliation with, or continued membership in any
organization or team whose members are Rutgers University students.
Behavior falling into these categories shall be considered
hazing regardless of whether a person is a willing participant.
J. Invasion of
1. Making, attempting to make, livestreaming, transmitting,
or attempting to transmit audio, video, or images of any person(s) on university
premises in bathrooms, showers, bedrooms, common areas of suites or apartments, medical
examination rooms, training rooms, or other premises where there is an explicit
expectation of privacy with respect to nudity and/or sexual activity, without the knowledge and
consent of all participants subject to such recordings.
2. Viewing any person(s) on university premises in
bathrooms, showers, bedrooms, common areas of suites or apartments, medical
examination rooms, training rooms, or other premises where there is an explicit expectation of privacy
with respect to nudity and/or sexual activity, without the knowledge and
consent of all participants.
K. Theft or damage to
1. Taking or attempting to take university,
public, or private property without the consent of the owner or person legally
responsible for that property.
2. Obtaining university services
through devious means.
3. Knowingly possessing public,
private, or university property that was stolen.
4. Intentionally or recklessly
damaging university, public, or private property.
L. Use or possession
of alcohol, narcotics, or other drugs:
1. Possessing or consuming alcohol
under the legal drinking age in New Jersey.
2. Possessing alcohol in areas of
campus where alcohol is not permitted.
3. Unlawfully possessing or using
drugs, narcotics, controlled substances, or paraphernalia.
4. Misusing or misappropriating any
prescription, over-the-counter medication, or legal substance.
5. Possessing or using medical
marijuana on any Rutgers University property.
6. Impaired driving: Driving under
the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is prohibited.
M. Distribution of alcohol, narcotics, or other drugs:
1. Selling, transferring, giving away, or exchanging
something in return for narcotics, prescription medications, or other illegal
2. Providing or facilitating the consumption of alcohol by
any person without taking reasonable and prudent precautions to ensure that the
person is of legal drinking age in New Jersey.
3. Sharing medical marijuana with individuals who do not
have a medical marijuana prescription.
1. Intentionally or recklessly
interfering with any university activity or university-sponsored activity.
2. Disrupting or obstructing an
academic class or lecture, an administrative or support function, or official university
3. Engaging in classroom conduct
prohibited by the faculty member or in violation of the law or university
It should be noted that this policy
is not intended to punish students for classroom dissent or hinder organized,
peaceful, and orderly protests that are undertaken within reasonable time,
manner, and place restrictions placed upon the same by the university. See the Disruption Policy (Policy 50.3.5): https://policies.rutgers.edu/5035-currentpdf.
Engaging in conduct that is
disruptive, lewd, or indecent, regardless of intent, which breaches the peace
of the community.
Recording, livestreaming, or
transmitting images, audio, or video of private, nonpublic conversations,
and/or meetings on university premises without the knowledge and consent of all
participants. This may include recording instructors without consent. Students
must consult with instructors for guidance on their recording policies. This
provision does not extend to the recording of public events or discussions, to
recordings made for law enforcement purposes, or to any registered disability
Q. Violations of
other university policies:
Violating other published university
regulations or policies.
R. Engaging in
behavior that violates a university Interest (as defined under jurisdiction).
S. Abuse of the
1. Knowingly providing false testimony or evidence during
the conduct process.
2. Disrupting or interfering with the conduct process.
3. Failing to complete imposed sanctions.
4. Refusing to provide information at a disciplinary
proceeding. Students are expected to fully cooperate with and participate in
the university disciplinary system when notified. A student may choose to withhold information or testimony if
the student feels information presented will lead to self-incrimination.
5. Harassing a University Hearing Board member, Campus
Appeals Committee member, Conduct Officer, Hearing Officer, Campus Adviser, or
witness before or after a disciplinary proceeding.
Both individuals filing complaints and accused students may
select a campus adviser to assist them during the disciplinary process. The
Office of Student Conduct maintains a list of trained campus advisers for this
purpose. Students are free to select any members of the university community to
serve as their advisers, whether they are on the list or not.
A student found responsible for violating the code may
appeal the finding, the sanction, and/or the process by which the decision was
reached. Appeals are filed through the Office of Student Conduct, which
forwards them to the Appeals Committee of the appropriate entity (Rutgers
University-New Brunswick, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Rutgers
University-Newark, Rutgers University-Camden).