Code of Student Conduct

The following is modified from the full Student Code of Conduct of the University of Bridgeport.  For the full text, please see Chapter 5 (Student Conduct) of the Key to UB: Student Handbook.

DEFINITIONS

The term “student” includes all persons:

  • taking courses at the University of Bridgeport, either full-time or part-time,
  • and/or persons pursuing undergraduate, graduate, or professional studies;
  • and/or persons who withdraw after allegedly violating the Student Conduct Code,
  • and/or persons who are not officially enrolled for a particular term, but have a continuing relationship with the University,
  • and/or persons who have been notified of their acceptance for admission are considered “students”,
  • and/or persons who are living in University residence halls, although not enrolled at the University;
  • and/or persons who have not yet received their degree.

This Student Conduct Code applies at all locations of the University, including campuses in foreign countries and satellite campuses in and out of State. All students at the University of Bridgeport are subject to the provisions of the Student Conduct Code and the laws of the United States, the State of Connecticut, and the City of Bridgeport.

As the University attempts to maintain a safe environment for minors, students, and staff from other cultures who may not be familiar with their rights in our community, the University may take such action(s) as it deems necessary to protect the community and its members under all circumstances.

The term “faculty member” means any person hired by the University to conduct classroom or teaching activities or who is otherwise considered by the University to be a member of its faculty.
The term “university official” includes any person employed by the University performing assigned administrative or professional responsibilities.

The term “member of the university community” includes any person who is a student, faculty member, University official, or any other person employed by the University. A person’s status in a particular situation shall be determined by the University’s Student Conduct Officer (USCO).

The term “university premises” includes all land, buildings, facilities, and other property in the possession or owned, used, or controlled by the University or on adjacent public or private.

The term “organization” means any number of persons who have complied with the formal requirements for University recognition.

The term “Student Conduct Board” (SCB) means any person or persons authorized by the University Student Conduct Officer (USCO) to determine whether a student has violated the Student Conduct Code and to recommend sanctions that may be imposed when a rules violation has been committed.

The term “Student Conduct Administrator” (SCA) means a University official authorized on a case by case basis by the USCO to impose sanctions upon any student(s) found to have violated the Student Conduct Code. The USCO may authorize a Student Conduct Administrator (SCA) to serve simultaneously as a SCA and the sole member or one of the members of the Student Conduct Board. The USCO may authorize the same SCA to impose sanctions in all cases.

The term “Appellate Board” means any person or persons authorized by the USCO to consider an appeal from a Student Conduct Board’s determination as to whether a student has violated the Student Conduct Code or from the sanctions imposed by the SCA.

The term “shall” is used in the imperative sense.

The term “may” is used in the permissive sense.

The USCO is that person designated by the university President to be responsible for the administration of the Student Conduct Code.

The term “policy” means the written regulations of the University as found in, but not limited to, the Student Conduct Code, Residence Life Housing Contract, Meal Plan Contract, any of the University’s catalogs, any of the University’s colleges handbooks, the University’s web page(s), and the computer use policies.

The term “Complainant” means any person who submits a charge alleging that a student violated this Student Conduct Code. When a student believes that s/he has been a victim of another student’s misconduct, the student who believes s/he has been a victim will have the same rights under this Student Conduct Code as are provided to the Complainant, even if another member of the university community submitted the charge itself.

The term “Accused Student” or “Respondent” means any student accused of violating this Student Conduct Code.

JURISDICTION

Cases of alleged violations of the Student Conduct Code will be reported to the (USCO). Matters of Academic Dishonesty will be addressed by the Committee on Academic Honesty as part of the Academic Division of the University. Please contact the Provost’s Office for additional information.

STUDENT CONDUCT CODE GUIDELINES

The University Student Conduct Code shall apply to conduct that occurs on University premises, at University-sponsored activities, and to off-campus conduct that adversely affects the University community and/or the pursuit of its objectives. Each student shall be responsible for his or her conduct from the time of application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree, even though conduct may occur before classes begin or after classes end, as well as during the academic year and during periods between terms of actual enrollment (and even if their conduct is not discovered until after a degree is awarded). The Student Conduct Code shall apply to a student’s conduct even if the student withdraws from school while a disciplinary matter is pending.

The USCO shall decide whether the Student Conduct Code shall be applied to conduct occurring off campus, on a case by case basis, in his/her sole discretion.

Students whose behavior violates civil and/or criminal law are considered in violation of University policy and will be subject to University disciplinary action and, in some cases, arrest. Residence on a University campus does not relieve students of responsibility to society at large. Any act that disrupts or impairs the purposes of the University and its community is subject to penalty under the Student Conduct Code, whether this act takes place on or off the main campus. This is the general principle for determining whether a violation has occurred even if the action does not violate criminal law. Behaviors that violate the Student Conduct Code may also violate criminal or civil law and as such may be subject to proceedings under the legal system as well. Students at the University of Bridgeport are subject to the provisions of the Student Conduct Code. University disciplinary proceedings may impose sanctions regardless of the outcome of criminal proceedings arising from the same incident. As the University is charged with maintaining a safe environment, especially, although not only, for students, staff for other cultures who may not be familiar with their rights in our community, the University may take such action as it deems necessary to protect the community and its members under all circumstances regardless of whether a student is believed to have committed a violation beyond a reasonable doubt.

Please consult the other areas of the Key to UB and the Residence Hall license for other rules and regulations.

Students alleged to have violated the following policies or committed the following acts, and others not listed, are subject to the disciplinary procedures found in this Code and any fines/actions associated with them.  For full definitions please see Chapter 5 (Student Conduct) of the Key to UB: Student Handbook:

  1. ACADEMIC DISHONESTY
  2. ACTIONS OF GUEST
  3. ALCOHOL
  4. ARSON
  5. ASSAULT
  6. BIAS CRIME
  7. COMPUTER ABUSE
  8. DAMAGE
  9. DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER
  10. DISORDERLY CONDUCT
  11. DISRUPTIVE CONDITION
  12. DRUGS
  13. FAILURE TO COMPLY
  14. FALSIFICATION
  15. FIGHTING
  16. FIRE SAFETY
  17. FRAUD
  18. GAMBLING
  19. HARASSMENT
  20. HAZING
  21. LOCAL LAW
  22. RECKLESS BEHAVIOR
  23. SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
  24. THEFT
  25. TOBACCO
  26. UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS
  27. UNAUTHORIZED USE
  28. WANDING
  29. WEAPONS

SANCTIONS

The following sanctions may be imposed upon any student found to have violated the Student Conduct Code.  For full definitions please see Chapter 5 (Student Conduct) of the Key to UB: Student Handbook:

  1. Deferred Suspension
  2. Disciplinary Probation
  3. Disciplinary Warning
  4. Discretionary Sanctions
  5. Dismissal
  6. Expulsion
  7. Fines
  8. Interim Suspension
  9. Loss of Privileges
  10. Other Sanctions
  11. Residence Hall Separation or Relocation
  12. Restitution
  13. Revocation of Admission and/or Degree
  14. Substance Abuse Counseling and/or Evaluation
  15. Suspension
  16. Withholding Degree

More than one of these disciplinary sanctions may be used for any single violation. Other than University expulsion or revocation or withholding of a degree, disciplinary sanctions shall not be made part of the student’s permanent record, but shall become part of the student’s disciplinary record. Upon awarding of a degree, the student’s disciplinary record may be expunged of disciplinary actions other than residence hall separation, suspension, expulsion, or revocation or withholding of a degree, upon application to the Dean of Students. Cases involving the imposition of sanctions other than residence hall separation, suspension, expulsion or revocation or withholding of a degree shall be expunged from the student’s confidential record seven years after final disposition of the case.

In situations involving both a Respondent(s) (or group or organization) and a student complainant(s) claiming to be the victim of another student’s conduct, the records of the process and of the sanctions imposed, if any, shall be considered to be the education records of both the Respondent(s) and the Complainant because the educational career and chances of success in the academic community of each may be impacted.

The following sanctions may be imposed upon groups or organizations:

  1. Those listed above for students.
  2. Loss of selected rights and privileges for a specified period of time.
  3. Deactivation. Loss of all privileges, including university recognition, for a specified period of time.
  4. In each case in which a SCB determines that a student and/or group or organization has violated the Code, the sanction(s) shall be determined and imposed by the SCA. The SCA is not limited to sanctions recommended by members of the SCB. Following the SCB hearing, the SCA shall advise the Respondent, group and/or organization (and a Complainant who believes s/he was the victim of another student’s conduct) in writing of its determination and of the sanction(s) imposed, if any.

The USCO and/or SCA reserve the right to impose sanctions that may not fall into one of the above categories. The USCO and SCA may also consider any past disciplinary record of the accused when making a decision.

SUMMARY ACTIONS

In certain circumstances, the USCO, or a designee, may impose a University suspension or residence hall separation prior to the hearing before a SCB.

Interim suspension may be imposed only: a) to ensure the safety and well-being of members of the University community or preservation of University property; b) to ensure the student’s own physical or emotional safety and well-being; or c) if the student poses an on-going threat of disruption of, or interference with, the normal operations of the University.

During the interim suspension or residence hall separation, a student shall be denied access to the residence halls and/or to the campus (including classes) and/or all other University activities or privileges for which the student might otherwise be eligible, as the USCO or the SCA may determine to be appropriate.

The interim suspension or residence hall separation does not replace the regular process, which shall proceed on the normal schedule, up to and through a SCB hearing, if required.

VICTIMS’ PRIVILEGES

Victims must notify the SCA if they wish to exercise any of the rights listed in this section at least five class days prior to the scheduled hearing. Victims’ privileges apply to the following types of cases:

  1. Sexual Misconduct.
  2. Endangerment.
  3. Harassment.
  4. Hazing.
  5. Property damage.
  6. Property theft.
  7. Incidents of violence including, but not limited to, verbal and physical abuse, sexual assault, stalking, and assault.

The information which the University discloses to victims may be limited by privacy laws or regulations. The SCB may accommodate concerns for the personal safety, well-being, and/or fears of confrontation of the Complainant, Respondent, and/or other witnesses during the hearing by providing separate facilities, by using a visual screen, and/or by permitting participation by telephone, videophone, closed circuit television, video conferencing, videotape, audio tape, written statement, or other means, where and as determined in the sole judgment of the USCO or designee to be appropriate. The SCA and/or SCB may in their absolute discretion determine that the circumstances of a particular dispute do not require that the Respondent(s) be permitted to confront the persons providing information supporting the charges.

DISCIPLINE FILES

The Office of Residential Life and Student Conduct maintain disciplinary files on all cases. For more information on the keeping of Discipline Records please see Chapter 5 (Student Conduct) of the Key to UB: Student Handbook.