STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
Waynesburg University expects all members of the University community to accept responsibility for their personal conduct and to encourage others to do the same. If the conduct of any member of the University community is found to be detrimental to the academic, social, and spiritual development of others within the community, the University (through its various offices and personnel) will provide guidance, direction, and if necessary, discipline.
As a Christian academic institution, Waynesburg University has a vested interest in the safety and well-being of the campus community. This Code is intended to support and advance the educational and religious mission of the University, without unduly restricting or diminishing the University experience. The Student Code of Conduct outlines the minimum acceptable level of conduct expected of every student at Waynesburg University.
All laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Borough of Waynesburg are in effect on the Waynesburg University campus. The implementation of University disciplinary authority does not protect the student from, nor does the University consider it to be a substitution for, criminal prosecution. The University disciplinary authority is administrative in nature and purpose, and completely independent of civil or criminal proceedings in the courts of Pennsylvania.
Waynesburg University students are expected to accept and adhere to high standards of personal conduct.
Community Conduct and Civility. Students shall treat all members and guests of the Waynesburg University community with courtesy, respect and dignity. All students are expected to refrain from profanity/vulgarity in public or community settings.
Physical or Verbal Abuse. Any form of threat, intimidation, ethnic harassment, coercion, or
other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person is prohibited. This includes all inappropriate language, comments or actions whether made on the Waynesburg University campus or in the surrounding community.
Off-Campus Incidents Involving Waynesburg University students. Students living offcampus are expected to abide by the Student Code of Conduct to the same extent as students living on campus. Students involved in off-campus incidents may find themselves subject to discipline by the University as well as criminal prosecution by local authorities.
Waynesburg University will cooperate fully with local authorities in their investigation and prosecution of students engaged in illegal activities. In addition, the Vice President, or his designee, may also charge the student with a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and pursue charges in the University discipline system. In that instance, the University will follow its normal discipline process, regardless of the pending criminal proceedings arising from the same incident.
Gambling. All forms of gambling are prohibited on campus. This includes playing cards, wagering on sports events, or other games for money or items of value. While playing cards and other games of chance without exchanging items of value might be permissible, spending large amounts of time on such games may not be beneficial.
Guests. Students are responsible for the conduct of their guests. Guests are expected to conform to all University policies and procedures. It is the student’s responsibility to insure that guests are informed of and abide by the policies and procedures of the University. Students shall follow all rules, regulations and procedures applicable to them.
Residential Living Procedures and Policies. Students are responsible for knowing the procedures and policies for all residence hall facilities. All full-time first, second, and third year students, except those who are living at home with a parent or legal guardian, are required to live in a University residence hall. Students who are enrolled for fewer than twelve hours must receive permission from the Dean of Students to live in a residence hall. Students will not be permitted to remain in a University residence hall if they have stopped attending classes (See Regulations for On- and Off-Campus Resident Students in the Student Handbook).
Tobacco Policy. Waynesburg University prohibits the use of tobacco products inside University buildings, including entryways.
Disregarding the Directive of a University Official, Residence Life Staff Official, or Civil Official. Students are not to disregard the directives, verbal or written, of University or civil officials. Students are not to obstruct a University or civil official from carrying out his or her duties.
Disregarding an Official Summons. When a student receives an official University summons,
he/she must respond to the issuing office that very day. Failure to respond will warrant disciplinary action.
Identification Card. All students must carry, and when requested by University Officials, furnish their student I.D. card. Any falsification or other misuse of a student I.D. card is prohibited. The I.D. card is the property of the University and must be surrendered upon withdrawal from enrollment.
Room Inspection. The University reserves the right to inspect all University residence rooms
to insure compliance with all rules, regulations, and laws, whether or not the occupants are present at the time of inspection.
Student Activities. All meetings and functions sponsored by any campus organizations must be registered in advance with the Associate Dean of Student Services.
Social Fraternities and Sororities. The University no longer sanctions or recognizes social
fraternities and sororities. Any student or group of students who advertise or otherwise hold themselves out to be a social fraternity or sorority affiliated with, recognized, chartered, or sanctioned by Waynesburg University may be subject to disciplinary sanctions.
Open Flames. Torches, candles, and incendiary or explosive devices of any type are prohibited
on university property, except as specifically authorized by the Director of Public Safety.
Organized Activities on University Property. Organized activities on University property must be properly permitted and approved in advance by the Student Services Office, the Vice
President for Educational Services, and the Director of Public Safety. Students shall treat the property of others with respect.
Theft, Misappropriation, or Unauthorized Sale. The unauthorized occupancy, use, possession, or removal of property belonging to the University, other students, guests, or vendors is strictly prohibited.
Damage to Public or Private Property. Students shall not damage property belonging to
others, including University buildings, fixtures, furnishings and grounds.
Unauthorized Entry or Exit from University Facilities. Forcible or unauthorized entry into
any University owned or controlled building, structure, facility, or room is prohibited.
Littering. Littering on campus grounds is prohibited. This includes discarding cigarette butts.
Students shall not misuse or tamper with campus safety equipment, or make false reports of fire or other emergencies.
Alteration or Misuse of Safety Equipment. The unauthorized alteration or use of any fire
fighting equipment, protective devices designed for such equipment, or other emergency device is prohibited. Tampering with or otherwise rendering useless any emergency or safety equipment, such as exit signs, fire extinguishers, fire alarms, fire boxes, water/steam pipes, first aid equipment, or emergency telephones, is strictly prohibited. Obstructing fire escape routes, such as hallways or stairwells, is prohibited. Because of the potential for harm to others, sanctions for such conduct may include suspension or expulsion from the University.
False Report of an Emergency. The intentional false report of a bomb, fire, attack, or other
emergency (verbal, written, or otherwise) is strictly prohibited. Any such act is a serious matter for which the maximum sanctions provided will be imposed.
Students are expected to display academic and personal integrity.
An individual’s personal integrity is one of his or her most cherished possessions. Any form of dishonesty is an indictment of the integrity of an individual and is considered grounds for disciplinary action. Some examples of dishonesty are: cheating, plagiarism, unauthorized use or possession of an unadministered test, forgery, falsification of records, and falsification of checks, theft, and misuse of meal tickets. For further information on the Academic Integrity policy and procedures, please refer to the University Catalogue and the Academics section of
Students shall respect themselves and others. Students shall not engage in any behavior,
which threatens harm to themselves or to others, or which is destructive, indecent, obscene, or disorderly.
The types of conduct which this regulation is intended to cover include, but are not limited to,
Intentionally inflicting bodily harm upon any person. Students shall not: intentionally harm any person; take any action that creates a substantial risk of harm to another person; or threaten by any means harm or injury to another person.
Pranks, practical jokes, recreational activities. Considering the potential for damage to people and property, students should demonstrate good judgment in regards to any type of
practical joke or recreational activity. Students are expected to exercise common sense,
show consideration for others, and to always respect the request of any staff member or
Inappropriate use of legal substances for the purpose of psychic alteration. Students shall not use prescription drugs, over the counter medicines, or any other legal materials/substances to enter a psychically altered state or for inappropriate recreational
purposes as determined by university personnel.
Acts of an indecent or lewd nature. Students shall not engage in acts of an indecent, lewd or
obscene nature in public or community settings.
Sexuality and Relationships. While recognizing that community members may disagree about the parameters of appropriate physical intimacy, the University expects students to refrain from sexual activity, including intercourse, outside the covenant of marriage. Students who are victims of any type of sexual abuse or assault are encouraged to seek the assistance of the University Counseling staff and to refer to the Sexual Assault policy found in the Institutional Policies section of the Student Handbook.
Possession of pornographic material. The possession of pornographic material is strictly
prohibited on University premises, or during University sanctioned activities wherever held. This includes pornography in any form (e.g., magazines, videos, internet sites, phone sex, “cyber sex,” etc.).
Telephone Harassment. Obscene or harassing telephone calls are against the law. Students and their guests are strictly prohibited from engaging in this type of behavior.
Unauthorized climbing of University buildings or facilities. Climbing on the exterior of any
University building or facility is strictly prohibited. This practice is extremely dangerous and will not be tolerated.
Firearms, Fireworks, Weapons. Weapons (e.g., firearms, bows with arrows, knives, “B.B.”
guns, pellet guns, fire crackers, mace, tear gas, martial arts devices, or anything that can be can be used as a weapon) will not be allowed on campus; except that for hunting rifles and bows may be stored in the Security Office. Possession or keeping of any firearm, ammunition, explosive device, or other weapon on University owned or controlled property is strictly prohibited. Students found to be in possession of weapons or dangerous materials in violation
of this policy will likely be subject to immediate suspension and/or expulsion and may face prosecution by local authorities.
Students are not to possess or explode any type of fireworks on University owned or controlled property.
Disruption of Academic or Operational Functions of the University. Students are not to
engage in any behavior disrupting the academic or operational functions of the University. Any person who disrupts or interferes with the academic or operational function of the University will be asked to immediately cease and desist. If he or she does not immediately do so, the following steps will be taken:
• The individual will be asked to identify him or herself.
• If the individual refuses to identify him or herself, and does not cease and desist,
he or she will be removed by Campus Security.
If in the determination of the Vice President or his designee, it is determined that the University cannot meet the mental health needs of a student and it is in the best interest of the student to no longer be enrolled, an administrative withdraw may be invoked. A student may reenroll in a subsequent semester pending a meeting with the Vice President or his designee and if given approval to reenroll.