XIV. 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. Examples of proscribed conduct below are not all inclusive. The College is within its rights to address any areas of misconduct that could constitute a threat to the safety of the campus community.
Alcohol and Drugs
Use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of alcoholic beverages, or public intoxication is prohibited, including on any owned, 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 owned, 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, provokes, 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.
The possession, carrying, storage, or maintenance of any weapon by any member of the campus community, except law enforcement officials and other individuals authorized under the Weapons Policy, is prohibited on College property. Any individual who is reported or discovered to possess a weapon on College property or maintains or stores a weapon on College property in violation of this prohibition will be asked to remove it immediately. The presence of a prohibited item will result in disciplinary action, which may include termination from employment for employees or expulsion from college for students.
Prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to:
- Illegal or unauthorized possession of weapons, explosives, fireworks, or dangerous chemicals or combustibles on College premises.
- Use of any such item, even if legally possessed, in a manner that harms, threatens, or causes fear in others.
- Possession of counterfeit, replica, or blank-firing firearms or realistic-looking toy firearms, knives, or swords. Students who live in residence halls may possess kitchen knives; however, such knives must be stored out of sight when not in use.
- Possession of pellet, paint, water, toy guns such as water/Nerf guns, and BB guns.
Confiscation: The College reserves the right to confiscate weapons, fireworks, and any instruments, non-conforming toys, or other items that reasonably appear to be weapons or other prohibited items listed above, to hold those items for appropriate disposition, and to refer the possessor for disciplinary action.
Any such individual who is reported or discovered to possess a firearm or weapon on College property will be asked to remove it immediately from College property. Failure to comply may result in a Student Conduct Board referral, an employee disciplinary action, or arrest.
Self-Defense Items: Students may possess mace, pepper spray, and other such items that are intended for self-defense purposes only. Use in other ways would constitute a violation of College rules, policies, or regulations. Stun guns and tasers are prohibited.
Possession or carrying of any weapon by any person, except a police officer or an individual authorized pursuant to college policy, is prohibited on college property in academic buildings, administrative buildings, student residence and student life buildings, or dining or athletic facilities, or while attending an official college event, such as an athletic, academic, social, recreational, or educational event, or on vessels that are college property. Entry upon such college property in violation of this prohibition is expressly forbidden.
Open Flames on Campus
“Open Flame” means any activity or device producing a flame, including, but not limited to candles, tiki torches, oil lanterns, butane burners, incense, campfires, bonfires, grills, and fire pits.
“College Property” means any property, vehicle or vessel owned, leased or controlled by Richard Bland College.
- Open flames are prohibited on all College property, including within College buildings and facilities, except pursuant to a permit issued by the College.
Exceptions to the requirement for a permit are:
- Activities taking place within the scope of academic coursework when under the supervision of the relevant faculty member;
- Flames created for the transient purpose of lighting a cigarette, cigar, pipe, or similar smoking article or device, provided such activity is in an authorized location, is otherwise lawful, and the burning or smoking elements are safely and responsibly disposed; and
- Small celebration candles used briefly and in an appropriate quantity in connection with a celebration, provided such activity is not left unattended, is in an authorized location, is otherwise lawful, and the smoking or burning elements are safely and responsibly disposed.
- Persons seeking to ignite an open flame must apply to the Department of Campus Safety and Police for a permit to perform the activity. Permits may be issued for a one-time event or activity, or on a recurring or on-going basis.
- Applicants must apply at least five (5) working days in advance of the activity to ensure consideration. An applicant’s history of compliance with previous permits will be considered in a decision to grant a permit.
- Persons granted a permit are required to comply with all conditions of the permit.
- In addition to individuals authorized by College policy, Richard Bland College police officers and representatives of the Department of Campus Safety and Police are lawfully in charge for the purposes of forbidding entry upon or remaining upon College property of those who are in violation of this prohibition.
- Persons who fail to obtain a permit or to comply with its conditions are subject to arrest and to prosecution under the laws of the Commonwealth. Members of the College community are also subject to disciplinary action, including termination or expulsion.
Abuse of the Student Conduct System
Abusing the Standards of Conduct System is prohibited, including but not limited to:
- Failing to obey a notice from the Student Conduct Board or College Official to appear for a meeting or hearing.
- Falsifying, distorting, or misrepresenting information before a Student Conduct Board or to any misconduct investigator.
- Disrupting or interfering with the orderly conduct during a proceeding of the Student Conduct Board.
- Discouraging or attempting to discourage a person’s participation in, or use of, the student conduct system.
- Attempting to or influencing the impartiality of a member of the Student Conduct Board before, during, or after a proceeding.
- Failing to comply with the sanction(s) imposed by the Student Conduct Board or College Official.
- 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:
- Cheating, plagiarism, or other acts of academic dishonesty.
- Providing false information to any College official, faculty member, or staff, including Campus Police.
- Forging, altering, or any misuse of any College document, record, or instrument of identification.
- 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:
- 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.
- Leading or inciting others to disrupt a scheduled and/or normal activity on College property.
- Obstructing the free flow of traffic (pedestrian or vehicular) on College property or property immediately adjacent thereto or at College sponsored or supervised events.
- 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, regulation, or ordinance 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:
- 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 the normal operation of the College computing system by using computing facilities and resources.
- Sending obscene or abusive messages and photographs or videos using computing facilities and resources or similar personal resources.
- Violating copyright laws using computing facilities and resources.
- Any violation of the College’s Computer Use Policy.
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.
Subsection 1 – Weapons
100.0 – Violating the Weapons Policy and/or the Richard Bland College Weapons On-Campus Regulation as written in the Virginia Administrative Code, 8 VAC 115-30-10.
100.1 – Illegal or unauthorized possession of firearms, explosives, fireworks, other weapons, or dangerous chemicals or combustibles on College premises.
100.2 – Use of any such item, even if legally possessed, in a manner that harms, threatens or causes fear to others.
100.3 – Knives are prohibited on campus. Students who live in residence halls may possess kitchen knives for the purpose of cooking; however, such knives must be stored out of sight when not in use.
100.4 – Students may possess mace, pepper spray, and other such items that are intended for self-defense purposes only. Use in other ways would constitute a violation of College rules, policies, or regulations.
100.5 – Use or storage of stun guns and tasers on college property or College sponsored events.
Subsection 2 – Drugs
101.0 – Smoking illegal substances on property belonging to or controlled by Richard Bland College.
101.1 – Use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of drug-related paraphernalia or the misuse of legal pharmaceutical drugs.
Subsection 3 – Alcoholic Beverages
102.0 – Possession of an alcoholic beverage on property belonging to or controlled by Richard Bland College including college sponsored events or trips.
102.1 – Storing or displaying alcoholic beverages (sealed and or empty) containers. This includes posters containing imagery promoting underage drinking.
102.2– Public intoxication, drunkenness, or activities related to the consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages that infringe on the rights of others.
Subsection 4 – Acts of Dishonesty
103.0 – Students shall not intentionally provide or give false, written or verbal, information to any Richard Bland College employee, contracted employee, or government official as a means to obtain services or mislead employees acting in the performance of his/her duties. Forging, altering, or any misuse of any College document, record, or instrument of identification is prohibited.
103.1 – Violations of the RBC Honor Code.
103.2– Students shall not fail to comply with any disciplinary sanction imposed upon them by the Student Conduct Board or other authorized College official.
103.3 – Students shall not misrepresent other students which includes using another person’s identification or password.
Subsection 5 – Visitation & Unauthorized Entry
104.0– Violating prescribed visitation policies.
104.1– Guests who remain in another student’s room while illegal visitation is occurring shall be considered a participant and in violation.
104.2– Students will be responsible for informing their guests and nonstudents of College policies and will be held accountable if their guests violate College policies.
104.3– 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. This includes unauthorized individuals entering a College building, room, or roommate dresser or personal storage that has been locked or by other means restricted.
104.5 – Residential students and all guests are expected to respect quiet and courtesy hours.
104.6 – Pets and wildlife are not allowed in any Residence Hall or campus building other than small aquatic fish and service animals.
Subsection 6 – Disruption & Disorderly Conduct
105.0 – Any conduct that is disorderly, lewd, or indecent; a breach of the peace; or encouraging or requesting 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.
105.1 – The act of obstructing the free flow of traffic during college sponsored or supervised events is prohibited.
105.2– Students shall be fully clothed when in public spaces on the campus of Richard Bland College. Not being fully clothed is prohibited.
105.3– Refusal to follow directives given by Richard Bland College employees or contracted employees, including but not limited to presenting a student ID card and/or proof of identification when requested.
105.4 – Hall Sports (ball playing, bicycles, roller blades, scooters, hoverboards, and skateboards) are prohibited in any campus operated buildings.
105.5 – Participating in riots or disturbances with the purpose to commit or incite actions that present a clear and present danger to others or College property is prohibited.
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, illegal tampering with firefighting equipment, or violating fire code regulations.
Subsection 1 – Fire Code
200.0 – The Virginia Fire Code prohibits the use of extension cords, multi-plug adapters, and ungrounded three-prong adaptors in the residence halls.
200.1 – Students shall not, without authorization, operate or tamper with any firefighting equipment, except for the purpose of extinguishing a fire.
200.2 – Improper use of electrical appliances or wiring that creates a fire hazard.
200.3 – Inappropriate or dangerous activities involving fires, open flames, candles, matches, or other flammable materials are prohibited in all residence halls, or in any buildings owned or operated by Richard Bland College.
200.4 – 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, which may cause damage to the persons and/or equipment responding to such false alarm.
200.5– Blocking or in any way preventing the use of fire exit doors, room doors, or building hallways.
200.6– 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) within 25 feet of a building door. Smoking is prohibited in all vehicles owned, rented, or leased by RBC.
200.7– Hoverboards or items that are deemed a fire hazard or endanger the health & safety of the college community are prohibited on campus.
200.8– 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.
Subsection 2 – Property Damage
201.0– Defacing or vandalizing college property to include land, buildings, or equipment.
201.1 – Defacing or vandalizing the property of others.
201.2– Students shall not remove, exchange, or alter arrangements of any college property without permission from the appropriate authority.
Subsection 3 – Computer Equipment
202.0 – The theft and/or abuse of computer facilities and resources.
202.1 – Entering or transferring a file into a file for any purpose without authorization.
202.2– Downloading copyrighted content.
202.3– Students shall not use unauthorized devices while completing an assignment.
202.4 – Inappropriate and/or unauthorized use of any college operated technology device or resource outside the academic scope.
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.
Subsection 1 – Endangering Health & Safety
300.0 – Causing physical harm to any person or exhibiting threatening behavior, including bullying or intimidation, , or behaving in a manner that a reasonable person would find alarming or intimidating is prohibited. This includes food fighting and actions that occur via social media, email, text messaging, or video chat.
300.1 – 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 all buildings on campus.
300.2 – Three or more violations of the roommate agreement shall result in disciplinary measures up to and including removal from the residence hall.
300.3 – Hazing, including acts which endanger the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or which destroys or removes public or private property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with or as a condition for continued membership in, a group or organization is prohibited. The express or implied consent of the victim, tradition, and intent of such acts are not valid defenses.
300.4 – Attending an event or activity where hazing is occurring is not permitted.
300.5 – Sending or posting obscene, threatening, harassing, or abusive messages is prohibited.
300.6 – Using electronic or other devices to make an audio or video recording of the private activities of any person without his/her prior knowledge or without his/her effective consent is prohibited.
300.7 – Online behavior that poses a direct threat to the campus community or otherwise impairs achievement of the educational objectives of the College is prohibited and may result in disciplinary sanctions.
Subsection 2 – Theft and Gambling
301.0 – Participating in a game for any sum of money or other property of any value is prohibited. Making any bet for a fee, directly or indirectly give or accept anything of value to be wagered or to be transmitted or delivered for a wager is prohibited. This excludes organizational approved fundraising raffles.
301.1 – The attempted or actual possession of another’s property without their authorization to include robbery and burglary is prohibited.
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