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1 Code of Conduct
These Code of Conduct (CoC) rules are to be followed by all Students and Staff members at all times while on campus. These rules are designed to encourage an environment that displays high levels of class and decorum, which should make the school feel safe and enjoyable for all to all members of the staff and student body, as well as visitors. This environment encourages learning as well as being a safe and enjoyable place for students to spend their recreational time. Failure to follow the CoC can lead to reprimands, citations, and even punishments as severe as expulsion.

Visitors to the campus are allowed more leeway, but must clearly wear their visitor badges at all times while traveling through the campus or be subject to the code. As posted at all entrances to the campus, visitors must immediately check in with one of the campus offices to acquire a Visitor Badge as soon as they arrive or be subject all rules of the CoC and other campus policies. Regular visitors (those coming to campus more often than four days in any given semester) will be required to follow the CoC, but should still wear their Regular Visitor Badge to separate themselves from some of the other rules and restrictions of the campus.

As long as one carries themselves with respect to others and a good level of decorum, as well as following the directives of senior staff members and official Authorized Inspectors, they should be fine and well within the rules of the CoC. This is because these rules listed within the CoC are or minimum behavioral standards. Most people should carry themselves in levels well above the standards most of the time, so actually violating the CoC requires a serious breach of what is considered normal behavior to most.

Some of the codes are in place to exemplify and encourage desired behavior through description of what one should be doing. Other codes are in place to discourage certain types of behavior or dress, and should be followed because it helps others learn to follow these other desired actions. Either way these codes are designed to maintain the high levels of decorum expected from all staff and students.

1.1 Behavioral Regulations

There are many areas of personal behavior that both students and faculty are required to maintain a level of decorum within. These are broken into several areas, but all of them are rules that every individual must follow, even when others are not around.

1.1.1 Academic Behavior
Since this is an educational institution, academic standing and behavior are important parts of every person's life here. It is expected that every student is here to learn and the staff are here to make sure that learning is possible and positive. In order to keep things fair and encourage academic achievements there are some regulations in place that fall into this category.

1.1.1.1Class Scheduling
All students are required to take and maintain a minimum number of classes per semester (depending on the level of student they are classified as). Failing to sign up for the appropriate number of classes can mean your enrollment in the school can be withdrawn or you can be reduced to another classification of student. Dropping out of, failing, being kicked out of, or otherwise removing a class from your schedule can put you in danger of falling below this requirement. A first offence will usually just result in a warning, but a second (especially consecutive) semester with the same issue can cause much greater action to be taken.

When signed up for and attempting a major, there are certain classes that must be taken within a certain timeframe to remain in the program. These requirements are outlined in the course requirements for each major area of study. Failure to maintain the required classes can lead to removal from a major program, but these decisions are left up the faculty advisor for that program.

1.1.1.2 Attendance
Although each instructor may have their own rules as to what level of attendance is required for their class, there is no set overall ruling on what level of attendance is needed as long as the instructor feels the necessary information has been learned and proven. This is due to some areas of study being more about regular practice and others requiring greater levels of direct instruction. No absolute rule can be set for such a diverse set of available types of classes. It is best to not assume you are allowed to miss classes and make sure you arrange absences with an instructor if they must happen. Attendance problems are wholly handled by the instructor, including punishments and repercussions because of them.

1.1.1.3 Obedience
Within classes the instructors and their assistants are the ruling bodies of those rooms. It is important to understand this and obey their instructions while in their classes, although removing yourself from a class in which you do not agree with the instructors requirements is your choice (but will likely lead to your failure or removal from the class completely, not just for the session). This is important to understand as within these classes many of the rules of the CoC and DIC may be overridden by class rules set forth by the instructor. As of the latest rules change, members of the staff now have more control over the rules than ever within their classrooms and anywhere their students are told to be while it is considered their class time.

Class time is defined as any time that is scheduled to the professor, teacher, instructor, manager, or other official is in charge of any sized group of students. The location of the students during this time does not matter, as long as their location is one that the school representative in charge instructed them to be at. This means that not only the classroom or office of the school official counts for their rules any more, but anywhere they choose to take or send their class during their time. This change was made to allow for field trips, outdoor classes on nice days, and other such uses. As long as the location is considered part of the class time, all the rules of the school and class that are in place must be followed by all students involved.

During class time, most of the main school rules can be suspended or changed as per the school official in charge's wishes. They have total autonomy in deciding which rules are to be followed and which are suspended during their time. They are also allowed to add any new rules they wish, as long as they do not contradict the core health and safety rules of the school. None of the new class rules can directly endanger, harm, or force sexual intercourse. These core health and safety rules can not be waived. Any rules that do not contradict these, however, can be put in place, as are any punishments they choose to put in place for breaking them.

1.1.1.4 Cheating
Those caught cheating, either directly or aiding others, and brought to the attention of the school will be brought up on charges before the school board. These can lead to all manner of serious punishments, including even being expelled for the greatest charges. Instructors who discover cheating within their own classes do have the option of handing it internally, but if the student refuses to follow through with what the instructor requires they should be turned into the school board. Falsifying, altering, or otherwise unofficially creating new records of any official kind is considered a serious cheating offence and can lead to immediate expulsion and possibly police charges.

1.1.2 Inconsiderate Actions
There are several types of acts a person can perform that many will consider inconsiderate and/or inappropriate, especially when not done at certain times and in certain ways. The following are some of these kinds of actions that are restricted or that have repercussions. Most of them do not carry serious punishments, but are still frowned upon as breaches of the CoC.

1.1.2.1 Noise Violations
Excessive noise (of any kind) is highly frowned upon, especially at late hours. The more complaints made about a certain excessive noise the more seriously it is treated by the school. At first requests are made to reduce the volume. If that doesn't stop the problem a warning is given. If the problem still persists citations and/or punishments may be given to the offenders, or the groups may be broken up if the noise is being made by multiple people.

1.1.2.2 Cell Phone Restrictions
Cell phones have become nearly ubiquitous in our modern society, but not without their problems. Most instructors require they are turned off during class, but this is not a school rule. Phones must be turned off within the main offices or the campus court building, or during performances in any of the campus theaters or assembly halls. People who make or receive calls in open campus buildings that are seen as disruptive can be asked to take it outside or end the call immediately. Failure to comply can lead to being escorted outside or a citation if being difficult enough.

1.1.2.3 Public Exposure
Although occasional accidental exposing of private body parts is unavoidable (or is the possible side effect of a criminal search, inspection, or punishment), the blatant act of purposely exposing oneself on campus is frowned upon. Punishing those who break this guideline has proven ineffective as a deterrent for numerous reasons, including the encouragement they get from cheering crowds the general lack of those willing to turn them in for committing the offense in the first place. Due to this the policy was changed to create a situation that would act as a greater deterrent to this and promote more incentive for modest dress. This new policy is covered below in the section about touching.

1.1.3 Banned and Restricted Items
There are several substances and items that are either banned or highly restricted on campus. Many of these are serious offences if broken and can carry serious punishments, including even criminal charges in county or federal courts. It is very important to follow these restrictions to the letter and report any violations immediately.

1.1.3.1 Illegal Drugs
Drug abuse is a serious issue and often a federal offence, so this campus has a strong no drug policy. Prescription drugs required by a doctor and over the counter remedies are not included in this restriction. The reporting of a drug offence is the responsibility of the senior head of house or senior staff in charge of any establishment on campus, or the campus security in open areas. They are to report offenses directly to the main office with as much detail and evidence as they can acquire. This is done for safety reasons, since drugs are often associated with violent crimes, so lesser personnel or students reporting directly could put themselves in danger. They can surreptitiously inform the head of house, senior staff in charge, or campus police of the infraction, but they should not follow up beyond that for their own safety.

1.1.3.2 Alcohol
Because of state and federal laws, those under the age of 21 are not allowed to purchase, consume, or own alcoholic beverages. Those older people found giving alcohol to underage students can also be brought up on serious charges for doing so. As such, underage drinking and possession of alcohol is against school property. Any alcohol found in the possession of underage drinkers will be confiscated and they will be warned of the infraction or given a written warning of the infraction was bad enough. Heads of houses, dorm leaders, senior staff in campus buildings, or campus police are allowed to handle punishments themselves and only need report official citations if the offences are great or repeated enough.

1.1.3.3 Cigarettes
The college is a non-smoking campus. There are small guest smoking areas near the large campus entrances and the head office, which are the only places on campus where smoking is allowed. They were designed for smoking guests who had no safe place to go when they go when they needed a fix while working on campus for extended periods. Although they were not made for students, smoking students are allowed to use these areas but are not allowed to smoke anywhere else on campus.

1.1.3.4 Firearms & Weapons
Even with permits or other legal documents, no member of the staff or student body, other than campus security, is allowed to carry any kind of firearms. Being in possession of them is grounds for immediate expulsion, unless a reasonable explanation can be provided and a hearing finds them innocent of willful ownership of the weapon. Other types of weapons are also restricted, but possession of them carry less steep punishments. The problem is in determining what is a weapon and what is a tool (most common with kinds of knives), which is a judgment left up to the campus police and judges in campus hearings to decides.

1.1.4 Facility Usage
There are also some rules about how certain school facilities can and should be used. Several of them have posted usage and conduct rules that should be followed and their staff supervisors have final say on dealing with the removal and reporting of misconduct within their walls. There are also some more intangible services that fall into this category too.

1.1.4.1 Internet Usage
Each building on the campus is fully wired for access to the college's intranet, which gives access to the internet. Many of the buildings also offer free wi-fi. Usage of this service is free for all staff and students through personal logins supplied at the start of the year, but abuse of the service is not allowed. Hosting or trading illegal data through the provided connection is not allowed, including but not limited to music, movies, and files. Abuse of the system can result in canceling of your access (although access through classrooms and the library can still be used for overseen study).

1.1.4.2 Main Offices & Campus Security Office
The main offices and security offices of the campus are off limits to anyone who are not there for official business. There is no loitering, milling around, or hanging out in these buildings. Official business does not have to pre-arranged and there doesn't have to be documentation, but you must be there actively doing something.

1.1.4.3 Legal Building
The hearing chambers and atrium are public, but the rest of the building is off limits to all who are not on official business. This building is more strict about this than the other offices, and many rooms require special ID or signed documents to be in them.

1.1.4.4 Library & Records Office
These buildings are mainly used for research and study, so they are expected to be treated with extra special care. Voices are meant to be kept down, no phone calls inside them, no bothering other students attempting to study, and librarians must be obeyed at all times. Most books and materials can be checked out, using your student ID, but there are certain materials that must remain on the premises. Attempting to remove these items is a violation and can lead to serious punishments or even legal charges (if not returned undamaged in a timely manner).

1.1.4.5 Athletics Buildings
Several building on campus are classified as athletics buildings, most common with the gyms and pools. The basics of the Dress Code are still in effect within these buildings, but the coverage rules are completely relaxed since it harder to remain conservatively covered and either use some of the equipment or perform athletic activities. Towels should be carried around most of these buildings to at least wipe down equipment after use, so as not to leave sweat and such on them when finished.

1.1.4.6 Stadium, Arena, & Public Theatre
These buildings are both used for internal campus activities and gatherings and for certain public and interschool events. For all faculty and staff the CoC and DIC must be maintained within these facilities during all events, but visitors who come through the public entrances for special events and don't venture into the rest of the campus are not expected to obey them fully (and may not even know the extent of them).

1.2 Interpersonal Regulations

Interacting with others requires another level of careful behavior, which these sets of rules deal with. Most of these deal with how people treat each other and how groups must be handled and behave.

1.2.1 Harassment
There are various level and kinds of actions that qualify as harassment, all of which are against the CoC and can cause those accused of violation to be cited, brought up on charges, sent to a hearing, and even punished. If it gets bad enough, the suspect can be expelled from the college and criminal charges can be filed in local courts.

1.2.1.1 Insults and Threats
Although arguments and disagreements are part of everybody's life, taking things too far is not allowed within the CoC. Most basic insults are ignored by the system, but when things get heated and deeper public insults, racial slurs, sexual innuendo, and threats (both open and veiled) are used officials may get involved. At first a warning will be issued on the spot, but it things don't immediately cease citations and punishment can be given immediately.

1.2.1.2 Slander and Lies
Any time lies are told about another person that are considered to be slanderous or libelous charges can be made against the one said or published/posted them. If there appears to be a possible case there (the legal staff determines the possible validity of the case, not the actual validity of the charge) a hearing is scheduled. These hearings are used to determine guilt and proof must be given to show that what was stated was in fact lies and harmful to the victim or their position before punishment can be issued.

1.2.1.3 Spying and Stalking
Most of the campus is public, so people are allowed to be anywhere that is open at any time and anything they can see from any public location are not grounds for spying charges. Even the use of camera or other optical or audio enhancement from these locations are not against the CoC, although it can be seen as evidence of stalking charges. If one is suspected of stalking, and there is enough evidence to prove it, charges can be filed and a hearing will be scheduled to determine the truth. Being in private rooms or houses uninvited, using planted listening or video devices, or using other forms of spying that requires going into or placing things within areas that are normally off limits are considered strong evidence of stalking and can also cause charges of spying harassment.

1.2.2 Physical Contact
There are several kinds of physical contact between people that have special regulations, rules, or restrictions at the school. Casual contact, especially between friends, and what people choose to do in their own private rooms are up to them and not infringed by these rules. It is only when things are taken beyond these casual and accepted levels that the school will intercede.

1.2.2.1 Fighting & Assault
Physical attacks are not allowed within the rules of the CoC, although minor skirmishes (often between friends) are not usually brought up on any kind of charges. Larger brawls are broken up on the spot by campus security and/or any staff members who happen to be in the area, and may either simply be sent on their ways or cited for a violation, depending on the situation and severity of the assaults. Any one attacked is allowed to file charges with the campus court within one week of the assault, where photo evidence is usually taken of injuries, and a hearing is scheduled. Any medical and witness evidence can then be presented at the hearing. The judgment of the judge is final and punishments are doled out as they see fit (to either the guilty party of the assault, or possibly the accuser if they are believed to have falsified the charges).

1.2.2.2 Touching
In this newer policy to promote more conservative dress, any openly exposed skin, other than on the hands and face, are open to being touch by the hands of any other person without recourse allowed. Although touching is allowed, it can not be used to attempt to push, move, harm, or expose the person or other parts in the process. Full insertion of fingers into exposed openings are also not allowed without permission. Exposed areas are also not allowed to be purposely blocked or hidden by carried items or their own hands, in attempt to block this touching or even viewing of them. People should not expose areas they don't want seen or touched.

When legally touched you are not allowed to swat away the hands or threaten them with any kind of recourse. Since the skin was exposed because of your own doing, even if it is due to an inspection that took items as evidence, you must simply stay there and accept the touching. In order to keep this kind of action from causing missed classes and other scheduling issues, you are allowed to keep moving (if you were in motion when it happened) or move on your way after one minute of free touching (if you were at rest when it started).

People do not have the rights to touch the clothing of others or reach under or inside clothing without expressed permission of the wearer, so only areas exposed by the person themselves are allowed to be targets of this. Touching clothing, especially with the intent to cause it to move or shift and expose other areas is not allowed, but it must be proven to have been done with great malice (not by accident or in friendly play) to allow charges to be filed. Asking or telling someone to stop must be done first. If they do not stop, then physical action and eventually possible charges can be taken against them.

1.2.2.3 Sexual Activity
Although it is understood that people will participate in sexual activity and no rules are going to stop that, there are decency rules to dissuade these activities from taking place in public areas of the campus. No form of penetration is allowed in public areas of the campus, including within the public buildings. Those caught involved in such acts are usually cited for it on the spot, subject to immediate inspections (including possible confiscation of any items), and required to schedule a hearing for judgment and assignment of punishment. Most hearings will require a reenactment to determine the extent of the violation, so they can make the punishment level appropriate. Failure to perform such reenactments will usually lead to maximum level punishments by default.

1.2.2.4 Sexual Assault
No matter where it happens on campus, forced penetration against the expressed will of either party is against the CoC. There is never an excuse for committing sexual assault, but falsely accusing someone of such a heinous crime is also considered one of the greatest offenses. As such, a hearing is always held to determine the possible validity of the accusation. If the possible, the accused is suspended pending the outcome of a criminal trial (if a criminal trial is not pursued, the suspension is dropped). If the accusation is determined to be completely unfounded the accuser is cited for slander and assigned punishment on the spot.

1.2.3 Public Gatherings
There are several kinds of large public gatherings and each of them have certain rules that have to be followed and respected.

1.2.3.1 Hearings & Public Punishments
Almost all hearings held by campus court are open to all students and staff to observe. This is done for both educational reasons (for the observers) and humiliation reasons (for the guilty parties), which acts as a deterrent. Unless escorted by a court appointed official (usually a bailiff), nobody is allowed to leave or enter the courtroom when the doors are closed. The doors are opened between cases, during deliberation, and for breaks when the judge calls for them. When observing from the court audience you must remain seated, quiet, and not interfere in the proceedings in any way. Causing a scene or any trouble for the court will lead to warnings, removal from the building, or even direct assignment of punishment by the judge.

As for public punishments set by the judges, it depends on the type of punishment being administered. Audience based punishments (like performing some embarrassing act in front of the crowd) allow for watching, taunting, and otherwise making their punishment horrible, but not for interaction with them. Interactive punishments (like being pelted with water balloons) actually require interaction from the audience to be affective, but what they are allowed to do is limited by the punishment itself. Passive punishments (like wearing a dunce cap) allow the punished to go about their normal business, so interaction with them is normal.

1.2.3.2 Rallies, Protests, & Other Student Events
There are times when a group of students will want to organize some kind of gathering in a public place or building on campus. Smaller gatherings (like study groups or pickup games of hacky sack) are no problem, but larger gatherings or advertised events require having a permit scheduled by the main office at least one week in advance. Once approved the gathering has to remain mostly civil and controlled or risk being broken up or even having the organizers and/or troublemakers gathered and punished. The school should not choose to approve or refuse a gathering based on the beliefs or ideas behind the gathering's arrangers, but by the impact the expected number if people would have on the campus at the time they gathering is requested for.

1.2.3.3 Assemblies, Sports, & College Events
The college itself also holds official events that students and staff are allowed to attend. Most of them require attendees to obey the CoC and DIC, but some will have their own requirements, which can replace parts of the official CoC and DIC during the event. These changes will be posted ahead of time, on paperwork dealing with the event, and at any entrances to the event.

1.2.4 Organizations
Along with gatherings and events of all different kinds, there are also organizations on campus that have different purposes and even internal rules and regulations. All these organizations have to be at least sanctioned and approved by the school board (with some being run by the college directly), and can be shut down or restricted by them if they do wrong or break their agreements and charters with the school

1.2.4.1 Teams
These are group organizations that are designed to compete with other teams, usually from other schools, that are officially organized and run by the college itself. Although the majority of these are athletic, not all of them are. If there is a competitive club that wants to move up into interschool team status, they have to appeal to the school board and be approved for sanctioned competition and team status.

Teams are required to follow the college CoC and DIC at all times on campus and when representing the college away from campus. Teams may also have their own requirements that supersedes those found within the CoC or DIC, which must be followed while dealing with team related events and activities. Visiting teams are not expected to follow all the college codes, but should act with a general level of respect and decorum or be asked to leave the grounds (rarely does this need to happen as their respective team leaders usually keep them in line).

1.2.4.2 Clubs
These are group organizations that have been requested and organized by students, with the help of a staff sponsor. They must be created through first finding a sponsor and then filing request paperwork with the main office, which they will review and approve or deny. Most groups will be approved unless they are related to highly objectionable material have subjects that break the rules of the college. Sponsors are then responsible for the conduct of the club and in charge of handling internal organization.

Clubs are allowed to have their own set of rules and codes, some that even supersede some of the codes of the CoC or DIC while within meetings and some club activities. Club activities that involved going to public campus areas must still follow the normal rules of the CoC and DIC in addition to any public club rules or codes (which can be made to contradict them).

1.2.4.3 Greek Houses (Sororities & Fraternities)
One of the oldest and most commonly accepted of these school organizations are the Greek Houses (Sororities & Fraternities), which combine the aspects of a social club with living arrangements that often have long lasting connections and effects later in life. Like other clubs, Greek Houses have a large number of internal rules, restrictions, and traditions that must be followed by members (many of which that do contradict and supersede the CoC and DIC), especially within their walls. Unlike other clubs, Greek Houses have more power on campus and control over certain aspects of the student body.

The student leaders of each house are members of the Greek Council, which is a part of the student body with equal power to that of the student president and their cabinet. These two groups oversee almost all school policies dealing with student affairs, with final decisions being looked over and possibly ratified by the school board. Internal methods of deciding who leads the houses depends on the house's own internal rules, which are not outlined in the school policies, but should be made available to all members of that house.

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