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XIII. Standards Of Conduct Violations

Standards Of Conduct Violations

Student conduct violations are divided into three distinct classifications: Conduct Against Community, Conduct Against Property, and Conduct Against Person. The following acts or omissions are prohibited.

Alcohol and Drugs
Use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of alcoholic beverages, or public intoxication is prohibited, including on any leased or licensed campus property or at any College-related event. Students are not permitted to display empty or otherwise altered alcohol containers for the purpose of decoration/display. Use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of any drug(s) and/or drug paraphernalia, or other controlled substances except as expressly permitted by law is prohibited on-campus, including any leased or licensed campus property or at any College-related event. Students should review the alcohol and drug policy in Appendix 1 of this document.

Endangering Health or Safety
Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, and/or other conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person, including violation of the College’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy, is prohibited. Taunting or physically harassing or harming wildlife or other animals or creating an unsafe or hazardous environment involving wildlife or other animals on property owned or controlled by the College is prohibited.

Hazing is prohibited. Hazing is an act which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or which destroys or removes public or private property, for initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, a group or organization. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing is not considered a neutral act; they are violations of this rule. The express or implied consent of the victim, tradition, and intent of such acts are not valid defenses. Hazing incidents are a violation of the Code of Virginia and are a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Violating the Weapons Policy and/or the Richard Bland College Weapons On-Campus Regulation as written in the Virginia Administrative Code, 8 VAC 115-30-20 is prohibited.

Abuse of the Student Conduct System
Abusing the Standards of Conduct System is prohibited, including but not limited to:

  1. Failing to obey a notice from the Student Conduct Board or College Official to appear for a meeting or hearing.
  2. Falsifying, distorting, or misrepresenting information before a Student Conduct Board or to any misconduct investigator.
  3. Disrupting or interfering with the orderly conduct during a proceeding of the Student Conduct Board.
  4. Discouraging or attempting to discourage a person’s participation in, or use of, the student conduct system.
  5. Attempting to or influencing the impartiality of a member of the Student Conduct Board before, during, or after a proceeding.
  6. Failing to comply with the sanction(s) imposed by the Student Conduct Board or College Official.
  7. Attempting to or influencing another individual to violate the Standards of Conduct.

Acts of Dishonesty
Acts of dishonesty are prohibited, which include but are not limited to:

  1. Cheating, plagiarism, or other acts of academic dishonesty.
  2. Providing false information to any College official, faculty member, or staff, including Campus Police.
  3. Forging, altering, or any misuse of any College document, record, or instrument of identification.
  4. Violating the RBC Honor Code.

Disorderly, Lewd, or Indecent Conduct, or Breach of Peace
Any conduct that is disorderly, lewd, or indecent; a breach of peace; or encouraging or attaining another person to breach the peace on College property or at events sponsored by, or participated in by, the College or members of the College community is prohibited. Disorderly Conduct includes but is not limited to: any unauthorized use of any device to make an audio or video record of any person without the person’s knowledge, or without the person’s active consent, when this type of recording is likely to cause injury or distress. This includes, but is not limited to, furtively taking pictures of another person in a gym, locker room, or restroom. NOTE: students are required to be fully clothed when in public areas on campus.

Disruption or Obstruction of College Activities

The following constitutes misconduct:

  1. Participating in an on or off-campus demonstration, riot, or activity that disrupts the normal operations of the College and/or infringes on the rights of another member of the College community.
  2. Leading or inciting others to disrupt a scheduled and/or normal activity on College property.
  3. Obstructing the free flow of traffic (pedestrian or vehicular) on College property or property immediately adjacent thereto or at College sponsored or supervised events.
  4. Failing to comply with directions of College officials or law enforcement officers performing their duties and/or failing to identify oneself to these individuals when requested to do so.

Violation of Institutional Policies
Violation of any College policy, rule, or regulation published in hard copy or available electronically on the College website constitutes misconduct. 

Violation of Law
Conduct leading to arrest, indictment, or conviction, for violating a local, state, or federal law or regulation may result in disciplinary action if it is determined that such action is necessary for the protection of other members of the College community; for the safeguarding of the educational community; to prevent the disruption of any lawful activity carried on by the College or others on behalf of the College, or activities on College property; and/or if the conduct tarnishes the educational mission and vision of the College.

Theft and Property Damage
The attempted or actual possession of another’s property without authorization and/or damaging property of the College, or property of a member of the College community, or other personal or public property, on or off campus. A larceny under $200.00 is a misdemeanor. If the value of the property exceeds $200.00, it is a felony. If it is a larceny of $5.00 or more from off a person, then it is grand larceny, which is a felony.

Theft or Abuse of Technology
The theft and/or abuse of computer facilities and resources, including but not limited to:

  1. Entering into a file for any purpose without authorization.
  2. Transferring a file without authorization.
  3. Using another person’s identification and/or password.
  4. Interfering with the work of any student, faculty member, or College Official; or
  5. Interfering with the normal operation of the College computing system by using computing facilities and resources.
  6. Sending obscene or abusive messages and photographs or videos using computing facilities and resources or similar personal resources.
  7. Violating copyright laws using computing facilities and resources.
  8. Any violation of the College’s Computer Use Policy.

Unauthorized Entrance
The unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of keys or access cards to any College premises; or the unauthorized entering into, use, or presence in any College premises without authorization.

Conduct Code Section: 100 – Conduct Against Community

Students shall not endanger the health and safety of the campus community. This includes but is not limited to possession of weapons, acts of dishonesty, infractions of conduct policies, disruptions of the peace, distribution or possession of an illegal drug as defined by the Drug Control Act of the Commonwealth of Virginia, or the distribution or possession of alcohol regardless of age. The following are prohibited:

100.1B – Reasonable suspicion of smoking illegal substances on property belonging to or controlled by Richard Bland College.

100.2B – Possession of an alcoholic beverage in open view.

100.3B – Students are not allowed to store or display alcoholic beverage (sealed & empty) containers. Students may be asked by the Office of Residence Life to remove posters containing imagery promoting underage drinking.

100.4B – Public intoxication, drunkenness, or activities related to the consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages that infringe on the rights of others.

100.5B – Refusal to follow directives given by Richard Bland College staff or contracted employees, including but not limited to presenting a student ID card and/or proof of identification when requested.

100.6B – The act of obstructing the free flow of traffic during residence life sponsored or supervised events.

100.7B – Violating prescribed visitation policies.

100.8B – Guests who remain in another student’s room while illegal visitation is occurring shall be considered a participant and in violation.

100.9B – Students will be responsible for informing their guests and nonstudents of College policies and will be held accountable if their guests violate College policies.

100.10B – Students shall not enter or remain in a private room, office, or restricted area under the control of another student, faculty member, or College official except by permission or invitation. Any unauthorized individual entering a College building or room that has been locked or by other means restricted is in violation.

100.11B – Students shall not intentionally provide or give false, written or verbal, information to any Richard Bland College staff member, contracted employee, or government official as a means to obtain services or mislead staff acting in the performance of his/her duties. Forging, altering, or any misuse of any College document, record, or instrument of identification. This includes violations of the RBC Honor Code.

100.12B – Students shall be fully clothed when in public spaces on the campus of Richard Bland College. Not being fully clothed is a violation.

100.13B – Students shall not fail to comply with any disciplinary sanction imposed upon them by the Student Conduct Board or other authorized College official.

100.14B – Residential students are expected to respect courtesy hours, which are in place at all times. All residents need to be respectful of others’ rights to study and sleep in the residence halls at all times. Quiet hours will be observed in the Residence Halls from 9:00 p.m. – 9:00 a.m. Monday through Sunday and 24 hours a day during mid-term and final exams. During this period, residents will refrain from playing audio/visual equipment loudly or making loud disturbances. If noise can be heard outside your room, it is too loud.

100.15B – Hall Sports (ball playing, bicycles, roller blades, scooters, hoverboards, and skateboards) are prohibited in any campus operated building.

100.16B – No pets are allowed in the Residence Halls other than goldfish and service animals. All aquariums shall not exceed 10 gallons.

100.17B – Feeding unless authorized, petting, or harming wildlife or other animals on campus or at a location leased or licensed to RBC is prohibited.

100.18B – Bicycles may not be stored in campus buildings, except when stored properly in residence halls pursuant to the rules for such storage.

100.19B – Hoverboards are prohibited on campus.

100.20B – Open flames of any kind are not permitted inside campus buildings; this includes: incense, candles, and oil burning lamps. Exceptions are made when flames are a part of academic or training related activities and supervised by a college staff or faculty member with appropriate approvals.

100.21B – Smoking or suspicion of smoking of any substance (including vapor e-cigarettes) is NOT ALLOWED in campus buildings (including student rooms, suites, bathrooms, or classrooms) or within 25 feet of a building entrance door. When smoking outside, please dispose of used smoking materials properly. Smoking is prohibited in all vehicles owned, rented, or leased by RBC.

100.22B – Persons who knowingly give or turn in a false alarm of fire by ringing fire bells or giving any other common or recognized alarm of fire are guilty of endangering the lives of other people.

100.23B – Blocking or in any way preventing the use of fire exit doors, room doors, or building hallways.

Conduct Code Section: 200 – Conduct Against Property

Students shall not remove or damage the property belonging to another. This includes but is not limited to destruction of Richard Bland College (RBC) furniture, theft or damage to RBC computer equipment, and illegal tampering with firefighting equipment.

200.1B – Virginia Fire Code prohibits the use of extension cords, multi-plug adapters, and ungrounded three-prong adaptors in the residence halls. Violations will result in action by the Office of Residence Life. UL-listed surge protectors with built-in circuit breakers are to be used in place of traditional extension cords and adaptors. Surge protectors must not be overloaded, across a room threshold or under rugs. See your Residence Life Coordinator for additional information.

200.2B – Students shall not, without authorization, operate or tamper with any firefighting equipment, except for the purpose of extinguishing a fire.

200.3B – Improper use of electrical appliances or wiring that creates a fire hazard is prohibited.

200.4B – Damaging property of the College is prohibited.

200.5B – The theft and/or abuse of computer facilities and resources, including but not limited to: Entering into a file for any purpose without authorization; transferring a file without authorization; using another person’s identification and/or password; interfering with the work of any student, faculty member, or College Official; or interfering with normal operations of the College computing system by using computing facilities and resources; violating copyright laws using computing facilities and resources; and any violation of the College’s Computer Use Policy.

200.6B – Defacing or vandalizing college property to include land, buildings, or equipment is prohibited.

200.7B – Defacing or vandalizing the property of others is prohibited.

200.8B – Downloading copyrighted content is prohibited.

200.9B – Students shall not remove, exchange, or alter arrangements of any college property without permission from the appropriate authority.

200.10B – Students shall not use unauthorized devices while completing an assignment.

Conduct Code Section: 300 – Conduct Against Person

Students shall not engage in violations of conduct directed at an individual or individuals. This includes but is not limited to hazing, fighting, harassment, robbery, and violations of roommate agreements.

300.1B – Students shall not throw an object that has the potential to deface or damage College property or bring injury to persons. Water balloons (unless during a College sanctioned activity), fireworks including smoke grenades, or any other object that may be deemed a projectile by RBC representatives are prohibited. Snowballs shall be deemed a projectile when aimed at an RBC official or non-participating student. Snow and ice are prohibited inside the residence halls.

300.2B – Sending or posting obscene, threatening, harassing, or abusive messages is prohibited.

300.3B – Conduct that endangers the health and safety of any person, including but not limited to physical abuse, threats, intimidation, robbery, burglary, arson, harassment, or related violent acts is prohibited.

300.4B – Students shall not misrepresent other students.

300.5B – Residential students shall not violate roommate agreements.

300.6B – The attempted or actual possession of another’s property without their authorization is prohibited.

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