Student ConductPhilosophy of student conduct
At Kansas State University students have a direct and primary role in the establishment and enforcement of campus and living group policies and regulations. The basic philosophy of discipline is one of education and enforcement of community standards. Since that is the ultimate purpose, we focus on the growth and development of the student. Most efforts are directed at preventing problems, or at least correcting them, rather than concentrating on punishment. The responsibility for proper conduct is put upon the student, not the university, with the assumption that most students do not try to intentionally cause violations, and will generally respect the rights and property of others.
The following principles govern the disciplinary process. Every effort is made to bring about outcomes that are positive for all parties involved; students will be members of all Student Governing Association judicial bodies; formal hearing processes are fundamentally fair and respect the rights of the individuals involved; confidentiality will be respected; records of proceedings will be released only on written authorization of the student involved unless otherwise authorized by law or court order. The procedures are outlined in the SGA Judicial Code, included in the by-laws to the SGA Constitution.
Descriptions of the judicial structure and process, as well as university policies, are free and are available in the Office of Student Activities and Services in the K-State Student Union.
The following described behaviors constitute misconduct in which disciplinary sanctions will be imposed:
1. Acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to the following:
a. Furnishing false information to any university official, faculty/staff member, or office.
b. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any university document, record, or instrument of identification.
c. Tampering with the election of any organization or student governing body.
2. Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceeding, other university activities, including its public-service functions on or off campus, or other authorized non-university activities.
3. Conduct that threatens or endangers the mental or physical health or safety of any person, including, but not limited to physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, and coercion.
4. Attempted or actual theft of, or damage to, property.
5. Hazing, which is defined as an act which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, which destroys or removes public property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, a group or organization. Consent by the person hazed shall be no defense to the hazing.
6. Telephone harassment, which shall include:
a. Making calls containing lewd or obscene remarks.
b. Making calls intended to harass whether or not conversation ensues.
c. Making the telephone ring repeatedly with intent to harass.
d. Making repeated calls in which conversation ensues solely to harass.
7. Failure to comply with directions of university officials or law enforcement officers acting in performance of their duties or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so.
8. Unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of keys, or other devices that provide access to any university premises.
9. Unauthorized presence in or use of university premises, facilities, or property.
10. Violation of university policies, rules, or regulations.
11. Violation of federal, state, or local law.
12. Unauthorized distribution, use, or possession of a controlled substance as described in Chapter 65, Article 41 of Kansas Statutes Annotated on university premises or at university sponsored activities.
13. Unlawful use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages or violation of the university's alcoholic beverage policy.
14. Illegal or unauthorized possession or use of firearms, explosives, weapons, or dangerous chemicals on university premises or at a university-sponsored or supervised activity.
15. Intentionally initiating or causing to be initiated any false report, warning, or threat of fire, explosion, or other emergency on university premises or at a university-sponsored activity.
16. Participation in a campus demonstration which unreasonably disrupts the normal operations of the university and infringes on the rights of other members of the university community; inciting others to disrupt scheduled and/or normal activities within any campus building or area; intentional obstruction which unreasonably interferes with freedom of movement, either pedestrian or vehicular, on campus.
17. Intentionally interfering with the freedom of expression of others on university premises or at a university-sponsored activity.
18. 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 university- sponsored activities.
19. Any violation of the stated K-State information technology usage policies.
20. Abuse of the SGA Judicial Program, including, but not limited to:
a. Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information.
b. Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a judicial proceeding.
c. Knowingly initiating a complaint without cause.
d. Attempting to discourage an individual's proper participation in, or use of, the judicial system.
e. Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of a judicial board prior to, or during the course of, the judicial proceeding.
f. Verbal, written, phone, or physical harassment, and/or intimidation of a member of a judicial board.
g. Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under this code.
h. Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the judicial system.
21. Misconduct may also include any violation of any rules appearing in the leases and contract entered into by a student to obtain accommodations with the Department of Housing and Dining Services.