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  Graduate School–New Brunswick 2010–2012 Academic Policies and Procedures University Code of Student Conduct Summary Process  


The following summary presents key aspects of the code. Students should consult the code itself for complete information on each point.

Filing a Complaint

Any individual may file a complaint against a student suspected of violating the code by notifying the dean of students (or equivalent) or the director of student conduct in the Office of Student Conduct.

Preliminary Review

Upon receipt of a complaint, a preliminary review is conducted by a conduct officer to assess the evidence and determine if it is sufficient to proceed to a hearing. The individual conducting this review also assesses the seriousness of the charges. The most serious charges can, upon a finding of responsibility, result in separation from the university (suspension or expulsion). These serious cases are decided at university hearings or disciplinary conferences. Less serious offenses (nonseparable offenses) are heard at disciplinary conferences.

Separable Offenses

The following offenses are deemed serious enough to result potentially in separation from the university should a student be found responsible:

1.  violations of academic integrity

2.  forgery, unauthorized alteration or unauthorized use of any university documents or records or any instrument or form of identification

3.  intentionally furnishing false information to the university

4.  intentionally initiating or causing to be initiated any false report, warning, or threat of fire, explosion, or other emergency

5.  use of force against any person or property or the threat of such force

6.  sexual assault or nonconsensual sexual contact

7.  hazing

8.  violation of the university's Student Life Policy against Verbal Assault, Defamation, and Harassment

9.  unauthorized entry into, unauthorized use of, or misuse of university property, including computers and data and voice communication networks

10.  intentionally or recklessly endangering the welfare of any individual

11.  intentionally or recklessly interfering with any university activity

12.  intentionally or recklessly interfering with any university-sponsored activity

13.  use, possession, or storage of any weapon, dangerous chemical, fireworks, or explosive, whether or not a federal or state license to possess the same has been issued to the possessor

14.  the distribution of alcohol, narcotics, or dangerous drugs on university property or among members of the university community, if such distribution is illegal, or the possession of a sufficiently large quantity as to indicate an intention to distribute illegally

15.  theft of university services or theft of, or intentional or reckless damage to, university property or property in the possession of, or owned by, a member of the university community, including the knowing possession of stolen property (Intentional or reckless misuse of fire safety equipment is regarded as damage under this section of the code. The definition of theft includes theft or abuse of computer time.)

16.  the violation of the ethical code of one's intended profession either by graduate students enrolled in any of the university's professional or graduate schools or by undergraduate students in clinical courses or settings related to their intended profession

17.  violations of federal, state, or local law where such violations have an adverse effect on the educational mission of the university

18.  failure to comply with the lawful directions of university officials, including campus police officers acting in performance of their duties

19.  knowingly providing false testimony or evidence; disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a disciplinary conference or hearing; violating the terms of any disciplinary sanction imposed in accordance with this code; or any other abuse of the university's disciplinary procedures

20.  stalking

21.  making or attempting to make an audio or video recording of any person(s) on university premises in bathrooms, showers, bedrooms, or other premises where there is an expectation of privacy with respect to nudity and/or sexual activity, without the knowledge and consent of all participants subject to such recordings.

Campus Advisers

Both complainants and respondents may select a campus adviser to assist them during the disciplinary process. Campus advisers may fully represent students, including speaking on their behalf. 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.


Complainants and respondents also may, at their own expense, seek the advice of an attorney in addition to that of a campus adviser. Attorneys are free to advise students, to assist in the preparation of their cases, and to attend hearings and disciplinary conferences, but may not speak on behalf of their clients or question witnesses at a hearing or disciplinary conference.

University Hearings

University hearings are presided over by a hearing officer and heard by a hearing board usually composed of three students and two faculty members. It is the hearing board's responsibility to determine whether the accused student is responsible or not responsible for violating the code. If the hearing board determines a student to be responsible by the standard of clear and convincing evidence, it also recommends a sanction for the offense to the vice president for student affairs. The vice president for student affairs considers the hearing board recommendation and determines the sanction.


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 campus (Camden, Newark, New Brunswick).

For additional information, contact RU-info at 732-445-info (4636) or
Comments and corrections to: Campus Information Services.

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