Core Values of Student Conduct

Alfred University students are responsible for knowing the information, policies and procedures outlined in this document and in all other applicable University policies.

Integrity: Alfred University students exemplify honesty, honor and a respect for the truth in all of their dealings.

Community: Alfred University students build and enhance their community.

Social Justice: Alfred University students are just and equitable in their treatment of all members of the community and act to discourage and/or intervene to prevent unjust and inequitable behaviors.

Respect: Alfred University students show positive regard for each other, for property and for the community.

Responsibility: Alfred University students are given and accept a high level of responsibility to self, to others and to the community.

Alfred University students are responsible for knowing the information, policies and procedures outlined in this document and in all other applicable University policies. Alfred University reserves the right to make changes to this code and other University policies, and once those changes are posted online, they are in effect unless the online positing specifies a different effective date. Students are encouraged to check online https://my.alfred.edu/student-policies/core-values-student-conduct.cfm for the updated versions of all policies.

Behavioral Expectations

Alfred University considers the behavior described in the following sub-sections as proscribed conduct that is inappropriate for the University community and in opposition to the core values set forth in this document. These expectations and rules apply to all students. Alfred University encourages members of the University community to report to University officials all incidents that involve the following actions, and any other proscribed conduct. Any student found to have committed or to have attempted to commit proscribed conduct is subject to the sanctions outlined in the student conduct system.

Integrity

Alfred University students exemplify honesty, honor and a respect for the truth in all of their dealings. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:

Falsification: Knowingly furnishing or possessing false, falsified or forged materials, documents, accounts, records, identification or financial instruments.

Taking of Property: The theft or other intentional and unauthorized taking of Alfred University property or the personal property of another, including goods, services and other valuables.

Unauthorized Entry: Misuse of access privileges to Alfred University premises. The unauthorized entry to or use of buildings (including but not limited to entry through unauthorized use of keys, cards, or other access control devices), including trespassing, propping of doors of any type, or unauthorized use of alarmed doors for entry into or exit from an Alfred University building. Access to residence halls is restricted to those students assigned to that hall or their authorized and invited guests.

Community

Alfred University students build and enhance their community. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to: Animals: With the exception of service animals while performing their duties and aquarium fish that are in tanks and may not exceed 10 gallons, animals are prohibited in all residence halls and other campus buildings without University permission. Animals may be permitted elsewhere on campus grounds so long as they are leashed, attended by the owner at all times, and not interfering with normal use of University facilities (owners must properly dispose of their animals’ waste). The University prohibits the feeding of any stray animals in and around the residence halls or anywhere on campus. Stray animals found on campus will be removed.

Disruptive Behavior: Substantial disruption of Alfred University operations including obstruction of teaching, research, administration, quiet hours in the residence halls, other Alfred University activities, off-campus behaviors and/or authorized non-Alfred University activities which occur on campus; including classroom behavior that seriously interferes with the instructor’s ability to conduct the class or the ability of other students to learn.

Fire Safety: Violation of local, state or federal fire laws, codes, ordinances, regulations or policies or University fire policies, including, but not limited to:

  • Intentionally or recklessly causing a fire which results in injury or damages to Alfred University property or property of others
  • Failure to evacuate an Alfred University controlled building during a fire alarm
  • Tampering with or the misuse of fire alarms or fire safety equipment, including smoke detectors and fire extinguishers
  • Possession of unshielded heating elements including but not limited to hot plates, toasters, toaster ovens, heating coils, halogen lights.
  • Prohibited items, open flame or fire hazards
  • Blocking of a Fire Exit and Propping Fire Doors
  • Activating a Fire Alarm - maliciously
  • Activating a Fire Alarm – unintentionally
  • Careless Cooking

Infringement of Certain Intellectual Property Rights: Unauthorized use (including misuse) of the names, images, logos, trademarks or service marks, or other infringement of intellectual property rights, of the University or an organization recognized by the University.

Damage and Destruction: Intentional, reckless and/or unauthorized damage to or destruction of Alfred University property or the property of another.

IT and Acceptable Use: Violating the Alfred University Acceptable Use and Computing Policy. The full policy can be found online: http://my.alfred.edu/information-technology-services/index.cfm.

Smoking: In accordance with the State law, there is NO SMOKING in the University buildings, this includes E-cigarettes. Smoking is not permitted within 25 feet of any University building entrance.

Unauthorized Organizations: Participation in organizations whose recognition has been denied, suspended or revoked by the University.

Weapons: Violating the Alfred University Weapons Policy. The full policy can be found online: https://my.alfred.edu/student-policies/weapon-policy.cfm.

Wheeled Devices: Riding of skateboards, long boards, roller blades, roller skates, bicycles and similar wheeled devices is not permitted inside University buildings, (residence halls, academic and administrative). Additionally, skateboards and other wheeled items may not be ridden on railings, curbs, benches, or any such fixtures that may be damaged by these activities and the University reserves the right to charge individuals for the cost of repairing damage to Alfred University property caused by these activities.

Appliances: Appliances drawing more than 800 watts are prohibited in residence halls.

Maximum Occupancy: Exceeding the maximum permitted occupancy of any University premises. Without limiting the preceding sentence, unless otherwise posted by the University, maximum occupancy is six (6) people per student room, not to exceed twelve (12) people within a total suite or apartment.

Social Justice

Students recognize that respecting the dignity of every person is essential for creating and sustaining a flourishing university community. They understand and appreciate how their decisions and actions affect others and are just and equitable in their treatment of all members of the community. They act to discourage and challenge those whose actions may be harmful to and/or diminish the worth of others. Conduct that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:

Abuse of Conduct Process: Abuse of, or interference or failure to comply with, Alfred University student conduct investigations, conduct hearings and other processes, including but not limited to:

  • Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information.
  • Failure to provide, destroying or concealing evidence of proscribed conduct.
  • Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in, or use of, the campus conduct system.
  • Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a member of a campus conduct body prior to, during, and/or following a campus conduct proceeding; including but not limited to behavior that disrupts a conduct hearing.
  • Failure to comply with sanction(s) imposed by the campus conduct system.
  • Influencing, or attempting to influence, another person to commit an abuse of the campus conduct system.

Discrimination: Any act or failure to act that is based upon an individual or group’s actual or perceived status (race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy status, religion) that is sufficiently severe that it limits or denies the ability to participate in or benefit from Alfred University’s educational program or activities.

Harassment: Any unwelcome behavior, that is not covered under Title IX, whether verbal, electronic, via telephone or through a 3rd party, is prohibited. Any unwelcome conduct should be reported to campus officials, who will act to remedy and resolve reported incidents on behalf of the victim and community.

Hostile Environment: The creation of a hostile environment when harassment is sufficiently severe, pervasive/ persistent and objectively offensive that it unreasonably interferes with, limits or denies the ability to participate in or benefit from Alfred University’s educational or employment program or activities .

Retaliatory Behavior: Intimidation, harassment, discrimination, retaliation or other adverse action against an individual as a result of that individual participating in, or cooperating with, University processes (including without limitation student disciplinary processes).

Respect

Alfred University students show positive regard for each other and for the community. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:

Bullying and Cyberbullying: Bullying and cyberbullying are repeated and/or severe aggressive behaviors that intimidate, intentionally harm, or control another person physically or emotionally.

Harm to Persons: Intentionally or recklessly causing physical or emotional harm or endangering the physical or emotional health or safety of any person.

Hazing: Violating the Alfred University Hazing Policy. The full policy can be found online: https://my.alfred.edu/student-policies/hazing-policy.cfm.

Threatening Behaviors:

  • Threat: Written or verbal conduct that causes a reasonable fear of injury to the physical or emotional health or safety of any person or damage to any property.
  • Intimidation: Expressed or implied acts that cause a reasonable fear of injury to the physical or emotional health or safety of any person or damage to any property.

Responsibility

Alfred University students are given and accept a high level of responsibility to self, to others and to the community. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:

Alcohol: Violating the Alfred University Substance Use and Abuse Policy. Including:

  • Possession, purchase, consumption, distribution or knowingly being in the presence of alcohol while under the age of 21.
  • Providing alcohol to persons under the age of 21.
  • Being in the presence of or in possession of empty alcoholic containers, paraphernalia, cans or bottles while being under the age of 21 while on University property.
  • Participating in an activity that encourages mass consumption of alcohol (games of beer pong, quarters, flip cup, etc.).

The full policy can be found online: https://my.alfred.edu/student-policies/core-values-student-conduct.cfm.

Drugs: Violating the Alfred University Substance Use and Abuse Policy. Including:

  • Possession, use, distribution, or knowingly being in the presence of illicit drugs/drug paraphernalia (bongs, pipes, hookahs, etc.).

Prescription Medications: Abuse, misuse, sale, and/or distribution of another person’s prescription medications or of the student’s own prescription medications.

Failure to Comply: Failure to comply with an authorized request or directive of a University official or a third party acting on behalf of the University, including but not limited to failure to identify oneself when requested.

Health and Safety: Creation of health and/or safety hazards (dangerous pranks; hanging out of or climbing from/on/in windows, balconies, or roofs; creating conditions that exceed reasonable cleanliness standards, etc.).

General University Policies and Laws: Violation of any other University policy or federal, state or local law, code, ordinance or regulation.