Wenzhou-Kean University Student Code of Condcut

I. General Statement

1.1.Wenzhou-Kean University is committed to providing a campus environment that is conducive to student’s development. At Wenzhou-Kean, student members of the community are expected to abide by certain standards of conduct that form the basis of the Student Code of Conduct [Code] and ensure that their guests and visitors do likewise. These standards are embodied within a set of core values that include integrity, fairness, respect, responsibility and community. When students fail to adhere to the community standards, appropriate proceedings may be initiated under the Code to address the failure and its consequences.

1.2.For the purposes of enforcing the Code, students are defined as persons who are full-time registered Wenzhou-Kean University students.

1.3.The Student Affairs Office is responsible for overseeing processes related to the implementation of the Code.

II. The Student Code of Conduct

2.1.Integrity

Wenzhou-Kean University students exemplify honesty, integrity and a respect for truth in all of their dealings. Behavior that demonstrates a lapse of integrity includes, but is not limited to:

2.1.1.Violations of the Academic Integrity Policy, including Cheating, Plagiarism, Fabrication, and Academic Misconduct

2.1.2.Acts of dishonesty

a. Furnishing false information to any Wenzhou-Kean University official, faculty member or office

b. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any Wenzhou-Kean University document, record, or instrument of identification

c. Tampering with the election of any Wenzhou-Kean University registered student organization

d. Causing, condoning, or encouraging the completion of any Wenzhou-Kean University record, document or form dishonestly

e. Initiating a false report or warning of fire, explosion, bomb threat, or other emergency

f. Deception – to defraud, lie or scam to receive something of value or to mischaracterize so as to give a false belief or conclusion about something in a way that is harmful to another

2.1.3.Violations of positions of trust or authority (i.e., student employee, student leader, student volunteer) within the community;

2.1.4.Misuse or unauthorized use of Wenzhou-Kean University and/or organizational names and images; all Wenzhou-Kean University sponsored activities must be sanctioned through appropriate administrative process;

2.1.5.Intentional and unauthorized taking of the property of the University or personal property of a member of the University community

a. Knowingly possessing stolen property

b. Selling or attempting to sell textbooks unless the seller is the owner of the textbook or has the permission of the owner to do so

c. Taking, attempting to take, or keeping items belonging to the library or items placed in the library for display

2.2.Fairness

Wenzhou-Kean University students honor fairness and strive for fairness in all

their dealings and interactions.

2.2.1.Abuse, interference or failing to comply in Wenzhou-Kean University processes including Conduct and Academic Integrity hearings;

2.2.2.Abuse of the campus conduct system, including:

a. Failure to attend meetings scheduled for conduct code administration purposes;

b. Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information;

c. Failure to provide, destroying, omitting or hiding information during an investigation of an alleged policy violation;

d. Attempting to discourage an individual’s participation in, or use of, the campus conduct system;

e. Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a member of a campus conduct body prior to, during, and/or after a campus conduct proceeding;

f. Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed by the campus conduct system;

g. Failure to respect the dignity and privacy of fellow Wenzhou-Kean community members by disclosing confidential information obtained during participation in a student conduct proceeding;

h. Influencing or attempting to influence (i.e., texting, calling, email, skyping) another person to commit an abuse of the campus conduct system.

2.3.Respect

Wenzhou-Kean University students show respect for each other, for property and

for the community. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:

2.3.1.Threatening, intimidation, or severe verbal or physical abuse.

2.3.2.Assault or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person; Any conduct which is marked by utter thoughtlessness or disregard for oneself or others and provides a substantial risk to persons or property.

2.3.3.Bullying, defined as gestures or written, verbal, electronic, or physical acts that a reasonable person should know will cause physical and/or emotional harm of fear of harm to one or more individuals, often involving an imbalance of physical, psychological, and/or social power, occurring usually, but not necessarily, repeatedly and over time, and which is not speech or conduct protected by the first amendment.

2.3.4.Intimidation (implied threats) or coercion (pressuring another unreasonably until an act is not truly voluntary)

2.3.5.Discriminatory harassment, including speech, actions or conduct which have the effect of depriving a member of the community of educational or employment access, enjoyment, benefits or opportunities.

2.3.6.Hazing, defined as behavior that endangers the mental or physical health of a student as a condition for initial or continued affiliation with any group regardless of either the lack of intent to endanger the student or the student’s own willingness to participate. The express or implied consent of the victim will not be a defense. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing are not neutral acts; they are violations of this rule.

2.3.7.Stalking, defined as repetitive and/or menacing pursuit, following, harassment and/or interference with the peace and/or safety of a member of the community; or the safety of any of the immediate family of members of the community.

2.3.8.Sexual misconduct

2.3.9.Lewd or obscene conduct

a. Public urination

b. Sexual acts performed in public

c. Surreptitiously taking pictures and /or videos of another person in a gym, locker room, or restroom, residence halls, etc.

d. Streaking

e. Possession or distribution of any obscene materials, as defined by the standards of the Wenzhou-Kean University community.

2.3.10.Failure to comply with directions of University officials or law-enforcement officers during the performance of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so

2.3.11.Failure or refusal to produce a University identification card upon demand by a security officer or other official of the University acting on his/her official capacity or an officer of the law

2.3.12.Violation of any Wenzhou-Kean University policy, rule, or regulation published in hard copy, available electronically on the Wenzhou-Kean University or Kean University website or sent to all the community members on Email.

2.3.13.Smoking in any University building or areas designated as non-smoking within three feet of an entrance/exit location.

2.3.14.Other inappropriate conduct

2.4.Responsibility

Wenzhou-Kean University students are given and accept a high level of responsibility as role models. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:

2.4.1.Intentionally or carelessly causing a fire which damages Wenzhou-Kean University or personal property, or which causes injury to any member of the community;

2.4.2.Failure to follow fire safety procedures

a. Failure to evacuate a building when the fire alarm sounds

b. Misusing, damaging or tampering with fire safety equipment

c. Intentionally or recklessly obstructing a fire exit in any Wenzhou-Kean University building

2.4.3.Action or inaction by a student which fails to discourage a known and obvious violation of Wenzhou-Kean University policy or law; assisting in violation of Wenzhou-Kean University policies or public laws

2.4.4.Public intoxication

2.4.5.Drug taking

2.4.6.Abuse of prescription medications and drugs

2.4.7.Unauthorized business operating on campus, including the use of university property or facilities for personal profit, sale, and/or solicitation

2.4.8.Unauthorized use of university resource to assist outside business to conduct promotion on campus, including sending mass emails to students, posting business promotion posters without approval, organizing information session, and etc. This also includes, but is not limited to, the commercialization of rooms, the use of any space to solicit students or patrons for private businesses

2.4.9.Any allegation of violation of laws

2.5.Community

Wenzhou-Kean University students honor and value their community. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:

2.5.1.Misuse of access privileges to University premises or unauthorized entry to or use of buildings, including trespass

a. Unauthorized or attempted entry into any building, office, construction site, or other Wenzhou-Kean University facility

b. Unauthorized possession, use, or duplication of keys or other methods of controlled access such as ID or access cards or key codes

2.5.2.Damage to or littering Wenzhou-Kean University grounds and/or properties

a. Driving motor vehicles on lawn or grounds without permission

b. Littering in public space, including the hallways of Residence Halls

c. Failure to clean up following an authorized student event

d. Vandalism, the causing of intentional damage to the property of Wenzhou-Kean University

2.5.3.Substantial disruption to or unreasonable interference with University operations, teaching, research, administration, or other Wenzhou-Kean University activities

a. Unruly classroom behavior that impedes instructional pedagogy

b. Obstruction of the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on Wenzhou-Kean University premises

c. Participating, leading or inciting an on-campus or off-campus demonstration, riot or activity that substantially and/or unreasonably disrupts or interferes with the normal operations of Wenzhou-Kean University and/or infringes on the rights of other members of the Wenzhou-Kean University community;

2.5.4.Inappropriate use of University resources, including misuse of Wenzhou-Kean University computing facilities, equipment, network, passwords, accounts or information. Students who connect their personal computers to the campus network will be held responsible for any violation of this policy that originates from that computer. Examples of misuse include:

a. Use of computing facilities to send harassing or abusive messages;

b. Use of computing facilities to interfere with the work of other community members;

c. Unauthorized access to a file or personal or group account;

d. Use of computing facilities to interfere with normal operation of the Wenzhou-Kean University computer system;

e. Anonymous or forged network news articles or E-mail messages;

f. Sending massive E-mails to community members (including students, faculty members, and staff members) without approval;

g. Unauthorized transfer of a file;

h. Unauthorized use of another individual’s identification, username and password;

i. Making copies of copyrighted computer software when no written authority to copy the software has been granted;

j. Using of VPN service for profit or against national laws.

2.5.5.Gambling

2.5.6.Possession of firearms, explosives, other weapons (including, but not limited to BB/pellet guns, slingshots, and sharp edged instruments, such as hatchets when used as weapons), or dangerous chemicals while on campus, unless properly authorized.

2.5.7.Having animals on campus except as may be required for a class or for use as guide, support and/or therapy animals.

III. Student Code of Conduct Process and Procedures

3.1.General Process

A complaint against a student for violations of the Code may be made in writing or in person (Student Conduct Complaint Form) to Student Affairs Office by anyone who feels the Code has been violated. The complainant should include as much detail of the alleged violation as possible and to the degree possible include specific references to that part of the Code that pertains to the complaint.

3.2.Investigation

Upon receipt of a complaint or Campus Security report, Student Affairs Office will inquire as to the circumstances surrounding the event in question to determine whether there are sufficient grounds to believe that a violation of the Code occurred.

3.3. Notification

If Student Affairs Office determines there is reasonable cause to believe that a violation of the Code has occurred, the accused student will be notified in writing through Wenzhou-Kean University email, within ten (10) business days of receipt of the complaint.

This written notice will include:

a. The complaint identifying sections of the Code at issue;

b. A request that the accused student provide a written explanation of the incident (if no prior statement was obtained);

c. The date, time, and location of a Student Conduct Conference.

3.4. Student Conduct Conference

3.4.1.The Student Conduct Officer will conduct a Student Conduct Conference with the accused student.

3.4.2.At the Student Conduct Conference the accused student will:

a. Be informed of the information provided to date by the complainant and other persons;

b. Be given an opportunity to raise questions and discuss the information;

c. Be given the opportunity to admit the allegations and accept responsibility for the violation(s);

d. Be informed of the process and possible remedies and sanctions that may result.

3.4.3.As a result of the Student Conduct Conference, Student Affairs Office may:

a. Dismiss the complaint or resolve the complaint informally;

b. Refer the complaint to the Wenzhou-Kean Counseling Center for appropriate follow up which may include further assessment with the complainant;

c. Refer the complaint to Campus Security or other administrative offices;

d. Refer the complaint to the appropriate administrative process outside the University;

e. Impose a remedy and/or sanction that does not result in suspension or expulsion.

f. The sanction that result in suspension or expulsion should be determined by Chancellor’s office meeting (University Council meeting)

3.4.4.Student Conduct Conference will be filed and the result of the claim will be delivered through E-mail to the accused students within three (3) business days after the meeting.

IV. Remedies and Sanctions

4.1.The following remedies and sanctions may be imposed when accused students have been found responsible for violation of the Code. In addition, other remedies and sanctions may be fashioned at the discretion of the Student Affairs Office

4.1.1.Written Warning to the offender that the conduct must stop and any continuation may be a basis for more severe action.

4.1.2.Letter of Reprimand.

4.1.3.Probation – Notice that further violation of the Code may result in expulsion. Also, the decision may place some additional restrictions on membership in student organizations and/or participation in activities or may establish special restitution and service requirements.

4.1.4.Suspension

4.2.The decision may place some additional restrictions on membership in student organizations and/or participation in activities or may establish special restitution and service requirements determined by Student Affairs Office

4.2.1.Written reflection

4.2.2.Campus or community volunteering services

4.2.3.Lost of Leadership opportunities in student organizations and/or student programs

4.2.4.Lost of Eligibility for scholarships application next academic year

V. Student Conduct Conference Appeal Procedures

5.1.Where an individual is found responsible for a violation of the Code that may lead to a sanction less serious than suspension or expulsion, the individual can appeal in writing to the Student Affairs Office for Appeals within five (5) business days of the receipt of the result. A person will have the right to request a review based on any of the following grounds:

5.1.1.A sanction that falls outside the sanction range commonly assigned for the offense

5.1.2.A material deviation from written procedures that jeopardized the fairness of the process

5.1.3.A demonstrable bias by the Student Affairs officer

5.1.4.New information, unavailable at the time of the meeting, that could be outcome determinative

5.2.In the case of suspension or expulsion, the student can appeal in writing to the Vice President for Student Affairs within five (5) business days of the receipt of the result.

5.3.The decision of the Chancellor’s office meeting (University Council meeting) will be final within the University Student Conduct structure.

VI. Supplementary Provision

6.1.Student Affairs Office has the right of interpretation of the Student Code of Conduct, and it will take effect from the date of releasing.