Student Life Policies
The Community Standards and Policies contains many
of the relevant rules and regulations governing undergraduate student
nonacademic life on the Homewood campus. Most academic policies and procedures
are published by the Office of Academic Advising in the Undergraduate
Academic Manual. Students are responsible for complying with these policies.
Student Conduct Code [Top]
The fundamental purpose of the university’s
regulation of student conduct is to promote and to protect the health,
safety, welfare, property, and rights of all members of the university
community as well as to promote the orderly operation of the university
and to safeguard its property and facilities.
Acceptance of membership in the University community
carries with it an obligation on the part of each individual to respect
the rights of others, to protect the university as a forum for the
free expression of ideas, and to obey the law. This Undergraduate Student
Conduct Code pertains to misconduct arising from offenses against persons
and/or property committed on university property; to misconduct committed
off university property against members of the university community;
and to misconduct occurring off campus that causes significant harm
to others. The university’s undergraduate student conduct system
is designed to enforce the university’s conduct regulations.
university reserves the right to institute disciplinary action whether
or not the offense results or may result in action by a civil or
Student Conduct Code
In addition to maintaining good academic standing,
students are expected to refrain from conduct that injures persons or
property. The university expects all students, including those living
on or off campus, students studying abroad or at any off-campus university
facility, or are on break, to be law-abiding citizens, to respect the
rights of others, and to refrain from behavior that impairs the university’s
purpose or its reputation in the community. Students who have committed
acts which are a danger to their own personal safety or which harm or
have the potential of harming others, or who destroy, damage, or wrongfully
appropriate property, will be disciplined and may forfeit their right
to be members of the university community.
students are expected to refrain from:
For example, students are expected to refrain from:
A. Conduct that disrupts or interferes with the orderly
operation of teaching and research, or with other lawful or authorized
B. Conduct that causes, or can be reasonably expected to cause, or
threatens physical harm to a person.
C. Physical or verbal threats against or intimidation of any person
which results in limiting her/his full access to all aspects of life
at the university.
D. Conduct or a pattern of conduct in which a person approaches or pursues
another person with intent to place the person in fear of physical harm
or with intent to harass or to intimidate the person.
E. Conduct that violates the university’s hazing policy, or other
conduct or a pattern of conduct that harasses a person or group.
F. Conduct that constitutes sexual abuse, assault, or rape of another
G. Conduct that constitutes sexual harassment of another person.
H. Theft or vandalism of university property, property of others, or
knowingly possessing stolen property.
I. The unauthorized use, possession, or storage of any weapons, chemicals,
or explosives, including fireworks, on university property.
J. The unauthorized distribution, possession, or use of any controlled
substance (such as, but not limited to, illegal drugs).
K. The possession or consumption of alcohol by individuals
under the legal drinking age in Maryland (21 years of age), or the provision
of alcohol to minors.
L. The distribution or sale of alcohol to individuals under the legal
M. Failure to comply with the directions of university officials, instructors,
administrators, staff, or the Baltimore City Police acting in performance
of their duties.
N. The unauthorized or improper use of university property, facilities,
resources, or the university name or seal.
O. Failure to observe university policies, procedures, rules, or regulations.
P. Misuse or abuse of any university computer, computer system, computer
or communications service, program, data, network, or resource.
Q. Violation of any law of the United States, law of the state of Maryland,
or municipal ordinance which occurs on or off campus which impinges on
the rights of others or which impairs the university’s reputation.
R. Conduct that disturbs the peace or impinges on the rights of residents
of neighborhoods where students reside, including, but not limited to
loud parties or excessive noise, shouting or talking that unreasonably
disturbs other students or community members; public urination; drinking
in public; littering or not disposing of trash appropriately; failure
to reasonably maintain yard or premises.
S. Hosting or conducting an event in violation of university policies.
T. Conduct that hinders, obstructs, or interferes with investigations,
hearings, sanctions, and other implementation processes of the Student
U. Failure to appear for a university disciplinary hearing to respond
to a charge or to testify as a witness when reasonably notified to do
V. Failure to comply with the terms of a judicial sanction. Other behavior
may be equally inconsistent with the standard of conduct expected of
a university student and the university’s commitment to providing
an environment conducive to learning and research.