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Behavioral Integrity Policy

All prohibited conduct listed in the Code of Student Integrity applies to Students, Student Groups, and Student Organizations.  In a Student Group or Student Organization case, Students may be individually charged as well.  The following types of conduct are prohibited:

Drugs Destruction of Property
Alcohol Fire Safety
Sexual Misconduct Explosives
Stalking Weapons
Relationship Violence Theft and Possession of Stolen Property
Intimidation, Bullying, Harassment Falsification of Records
Physical Assault Misuse of Identification Cards
Failure to Comply Gambling
Hazing Tobacco
Disorderly Conduct Computer Use
Interference with Normal University Operations Joint Responsibility
Interference with Student Integrity Proceedings Violation of Local Ordinance or State/Federal Law
Trespassing Other Published Policies


  1. The possession or use (without valid medical or dental prescription), of substances controlled by Federal or Georgia law, and synthetic marijuana. 
  2. Sale, manufacture, delivery, or taking delivery of substances controlled by Federal or Georgia law, and synthetic marijuana.
  3. Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence or while impaired by the consumption of substances controlled by Federal or Georgia law, and synthetic marijuana.
  4. The possession or use of drug paraphernalia including hookahs, bongs, pipes, scales, rolling papers, and other devices used for drug activity.


  1. Use, consumption, or possession of alcoholic beverages by anyone under the age of 21.
  2. Use, consumption, or possession of alcoholic beverages by anyone 21 or over in prohibited areas of campus.
  3. Furnishing, selling, distributing, or otherwise facilitating consumption of alcohol by those under the age of 21.
  4. Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or while impaired by the consumption of alcohol.
  5. Possession of alcohol containers in prohibited areas of campus.
  6. Possession, use, or participation in common source containers (kegs, pony kegs, beer bongs, etc) and drinking games (regardless of age).

Sexual Misconduct

  1. Sexual Assault
  2. Sexual Contact without Consent
  3. Sexual Exploitation
  4. Sexual Exhibitionism
  5. Sexual Harassment


  1. Engaging in a course of conduct (two or more acts) directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others or to suffer substantial emotional distress.  This includes, but is not limited to, in person and electronic Stalking.

Relationship Violence

  1. Encompasses domestic and dating violence, and specifically violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the Complainant. Factors used to determine existence of such a relationship include length of the relationship, type of relationship and frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship. Violence committed by a current or former spouse of the Complainant, by a person whom the Complainant shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the Complainant as a spouse, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse is also included in this violation.

Intimidation, Bullying, or Harassment

  1. Any act of intimidation, bullying, or harassment directed against any person or group of persons including, but not limited to, acts motivated by ethnicity, race, national origin, religion, gender (perceived or actual), gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or political beliefs.

Physical Assault

  1. The Physical Assault of another individual (including fighting) or the threat of physical assault.

Failure to Comply

  1. .  Interfering with, giving false name to, or failing to cooperate with any properly-identified University employee while these persons are in the performance of their duties.  This includes University Police and Housing & Residence Life staff.


  1. Hazing means any activity, intentional or unintentional, by a Student, Student Group, or Student Organization, related to membership in a Student Group or Organization, that endangers the mental, physical, or emotional health of a person, regardless of whether such person has consented to participation in the activity.  Any actions that demean, disgrace, or embarrass a person may also be considered Hazing.  Hazing can occur either on or off campus. While Hazing is typically associated with membership selection and initiation into a group or organization, it is possible for Hazing to occur before, during, after or separate from membership selection and initiation, and regardless of status or position in the Student Group or Student Organization.

Disorderly Conduct

  1. Disorderly Conduct is a breach of the peace on University property or at a University Event.
    1. This is conduct such as fighting, threatening behavior, public disturbance, or drunk and disorderly conduct.
    2. Conduct in the classroom such as loud, aggressive, or combative behavior that disrupts or interferes with the normal functions of a class, including but not limited to failure to conform to the instructor’s announced expectations for the classroom.  Disruptive behavior also includes use of cell phones or other electronic devices for voice or text communication in class, unless permitted by the instructor.

Interference with Normal University Operations.

  1. Personal conduct on University property or at a University Event, which materially interferes with the normal operation of the University.
  2. Assembling on campus for the purpose of creating a riot, destruction, or disorderly diversion which interferes with the normal operation of the University. This is not to deny any Student the right of peaceful, non-disruptive assembly or expression.
  3. The abuse or unauthorized use of sound amplification equipment indoors or outdoors during classroom hours is prohibited.  Use of sound amplification equipment must have prior approval by the Division of Student Affairs.

Interference with Student Integrity Proceedings

  1. Intimidating or attempting to intimidate Student Integrity Board members, Sexual Misconduct Board members, or witnesses appearing before the Student Integrity Board or Sexual Misconduct Board.
  2. Deliberately misleading or deceiving University administrators conducting an investigation of a violation.
  3. Providing misleading or deceiving information in a Student Integrity Proceeding.


  1. Entering, or attempting to enter, any University Event without credentials for admission (e.g., ticket, identification card, invitation, etc.) or other reasonable criteria established for attendance.
  2. Making unauthorized entry into any University building, office or other facilities, or remaining without authorization in any building after normal closing hours.
  3. Making unauthorized use of any University facility.

Destruction of Property

  1. The malicious or unauthorized intentional damage or destruction of property belonging to a member of the University community, to the University itself, or to a visitor of the campus.

Fire Safety

  1. Tampering with, molesting, or destroying fire safety equipment, including, but not limited to, smoke detectors, fire sprinklers, fire extinguishers, fire hydrants, and fire hoses.
  2. Possession, sale, furnishing, or use of an incendiary device.
  3. Setting, or causing to be set, any unauthorized fire in or on University property.
  4. Making, or causing to be made, a false fire alarm.
  5. Failing to evacuate a building when the fire alarm is activated.


  1. Possessing, furnishing, selling, or use of explosives of any kind on University property or at any University Event.
  2. Making, or causing another individual to make, false bomb threats.
  3. Possession or use of fireworks on University property or at any University Event. Fireworks are defined as any substance prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or audible effect of combustion, explosion, or detonation.


  1. Possession of firearms or other weapons on University property or at any University Event, except where allowed by law. This includes, but is not limited to, possession or use of any illegal knives, swords, tasers, dangerous chemicals, or air guns. In unclear cases of definition, the context in which a particular object was used will determine whether it is a weapon.

Theft and Possession of Stolen Property

  1. Taking, attempting to take, or keeping in a Student’s possession, items belonging to the University, Student, faculty, staff, Student Groups, or Student Organizations or visitors to the campus without proper authorization.

Falsification of Records

  1. Altering, falsifying, counterfeiting, forging, or causing to be altered, falsified, counterfeited, or forged any records, forms or documents used by or submitted to the University.

Misuse of Identification Cards

  1. Lending, selling, or otherwise transferring an identification card.
  2. Use of an identification card by anyone other than its original holder.


  1. Playing of cards or any other game of chance or skill for money or other items of value.


  1. Use of any tobacco product on campus, including, but not limited to, smokeless tobacco, cigarettes, cigars, and electronic cigarettes.  See Tobacco-Free Campus Website.

Computer Use

  1. Theft or abuse of computer facilities including, but not limited to:
    1. Unauthorized entry into, manipulation of, or transfer of a file.
    2. Unauthorized use of another individual's identification or password.
    3. Use of computing facilities that interfere with the work of another Student, faculty member, or University official.
    4. Use of computing facilities that interfere with a University computing system.Use of the University computing facilities to violate federal, state or local laws or University policy. For purposes of this provision, "Computing facilities" includes computers and data and/or voice communications networks.

Joint Responsibility for Infractions

  1. Students who knowingly act in concert to violate University regulations have individual and joint responsibility for such violations.

Violation of Local Ordinance or State/Federal Law

  1. Conduct that is a violation of local ordinance, state law, or federal law.

Other Published Policies

Under this Code, sanctions may be imposed for the violation of any published University rule or policy, including but not limited to:

  1. Resident Student Handbook
  2. Tobacco-Free Campus Policy
  3. Parking Regulations
  4. Intramural Sports Handbook
  5. Responsible Access Use of Information Technology Resources and Services