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Student Conduct

Preamble- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide is resolute in supporting and successfully executing the university's values. The Student Code of Conduct ensures all people behave and are treated in a manner which is ethical, respectful, responsible and professional. Additionally, it safeguards a culturally diverse, inclusive, and supportive environment for all.


Introduction- The Dean of Students Office is dedicated to uphold the Student Code of Conduct and will hold applicants, enrolled or continuing students responsible and accountable for an infraction of any of the following concepts, values or behaviors.


Applicants: May be denied admissions or have their application administratively cancelled
Enrolled or Continuing Students: Subject to disciplinary action processed through the Dean of Students Office

Note: Discontinued students with an unresolved alleged violation will not be allowed to register for a future semester until the matter has been adjudicated through the disciplinary process. This defines those students who have a pending alleged violation and failed to enroll within one year of their last class and desire to reapply to the university.

  1. Abusive, Threatening or Bullying Behavior - Any conduct that threatens or endangers the health and/or safety of a member of the University community (including oneself) on or off University property; any place that the University conducts business, or at a University sponsored or supervised activity.  Behavior including but not limited to threats, intimidation, defiance, profanity, discrimination, harassment, coercion, bullying, cyberbullying, blackmail, sexual misconduct, and/or stalking.

    1. Verbal:  Includes, but not limited to communications made in person, over the phone, voicemail, or other auditory means.

    2. Physical: Includes but not limited to assault, battery, fighting, alcohol poisoning, false imprisonment, prohibiting a person from freely entering or departing a room, car, event through physical force or presence or otherwise confining a person and any unwanted physical contact between individuals or attempts of physical threat. 
    3. Written: Includes but not limited to instant messaging, internet usage, email, cell phone (texting, etc.), social networking sites (all including the Virtual Community), letters, signs, chalkboards, whiteboards, discussion boards, memes and videos.
    4. Retaliation: Action taken against another member of the community who has been identified as a reporter (complainant), victim or University representative alleging misconduct.
    5. Implied: Includes but not limited to gestures, taunting comments, intimidation, or any behaviors that are deemed to create a threatening or uncomfortable environment.
    6. Harassment: Harassment also includes willful, intentional or a persistent act that knowingly and maliciously harms or annoys another individual.  Bullying, intimidating and stalking will be considered forms of harassment and an Abusive/Threatening Behavior violation. Note that actions that are unwanted or unwelcomed can be considered a form of harassment. 
    7. Sexual Misconduct: Includes but is not limited to, sexual harassment, sexual discrimination, non-consensual sexual contact, nonconsensual sexual intercourse, sexual exploitation, stalking, dating violence, domestic violence, intimate partner violence

  2. Improper Language: Any language deemed disrespectful, unprofessional, aggressive or inappropriate in the learning environment.

  3. Alcohol/Drugs/Tobacco Use:  Use and/or possession of alcohol or tobacco on University owned property is prohibited, with the exception of approved designated areas or events. Policies may differ regarding tobacco usage on military installations and on property that ERAU leases.  It is advisable to check directly with those facilities.  Illegal drugs are prohibited at all university owned or leased properties.  Disruptive or destructive behavior associated with, or as a consequence of, drinking or the use of drugs is not an acceptable form of conduct. Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs does not excuse students from negative behaviors and/or violations of the code of conduct, policies, state and federal laws. Students should review the Alcohol and Drug Policy.

  4. Computer Use & Security Violations (including attempted violations): Any misuse of computing facilities, software, hardware; unauthorized use of another individual’s computer account; misuse of one’s own computer account; or any violation of the policies for using University computers, equipment or computing network resources at ERAU or through the ERAU system.

  5. Criminal Violation: Violation of any State or Federal Criminal Code while on or off University owned or leased property. A student accused, arrested or convicted of any misdemeanor, felony or sexual offense must notify the Dean of Students Office within 24 hours after their release from jail and/or a judgement..

  6. Disorderly Conduct: Include but not limited to excessively loud, lewd, indecent, obscene, disruptive or disrespectful conduct on University property or in connection with any and all University activity. Inciting others to be disruptive or disrespectful constitutes disorderly conduct.

  7. False Information: Knowingly providing false information or withholding information.

  8. False Representation & Forgery: Includes but is not limited to students sharing log in information with another individual (someone logging into another students account that does not belong to them).  Additionally includes, students and student organizations forging, altering, falsifying, destroying, misuse, or unauthorized use of reproduction of a University document, the signature or computer login of university personnel, record or identification; or using Embry-Riddle stationary, business cards, or logo.

  9. Military Installations: Students must adhere to the Department of Defense and base regulations and requirements, as applicable, concerning standards of conduct on the installation and access to the base. The university must report all disruptive behavior to the United States Government, and students may be barred from access to a military installation. .

  10. Theft: Theft or attempted theft, unauthorized possession, misuse or wrongful appropriation of property, vandalism or malicious destruction, or sale of property not belonging to oneself.
  11. Unauthorized Entry or Use: Unauthorized entry or attempted entry or use of University facilities and/or equipment, including unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of University keys, access codes, or unauthorized access to information, property, or person.

  12. Vandalism: Includes but not limited to the misuse, attempted or destruction of University owned or leased equipment, building, or emergency equipment.
  13. Weapons Possession: The possession of weapons or weapon replicas on or in proximity to a University property or activity is strictly prohibited.  This includes but is not limited to firearms, BB guns, air guns, knives, swords, machetes, blow darts, spears, compound bows/arrows, tasers, brass knuckles, sling shots, martial arts devices, dangerous chemicals, incendiary devices or other explosive substances, including fireworks, or any device capable of firing or launching a projectile or other objects classified or used as weapons with potential for danger or harm
  14. Other: Any other just cause, including behavior deemed inappropriate, unethical, or not conducive to the learning environment.

Important Notes

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Because the safety of our students and employees is paramount, all employees and students have an affirmative duty to immediately report to local or military police agencies should a student or other employee exhibit behavior at any University-sponsored activity that is deemed to threaten or endanger the health or safety of others.

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All employees and students have an affirmative duty to immediately report to local or military police agencies the presence of dangerous weapons on any premises owned or controlled by ERAU.

Sanctions

A student found responsible for violations under the Student Code of Conduct will be subject to disciplinary action. The sanctions are not imposed sequentially and relate to the severity of the violation.

Disciplinary sanctions may be imposed for violations under the Student Code of Conduct. All disciplinary sanctions are noted in the student’s non-academic student file and may be kept indefinitely, including those of suspended or dismissed students.

  1. Education Program: Student required to write an apology letter and/or paper, and complete an educational mini-course or any educational program deemed appropriate by the Dean of Students Office. A hold on course enrollment may be imposed until completion of educational program sanction.
  2. Restrictions: Student restricted from holding executive roles and/or leadership positions, and restricted from participation in university activities and/or programs within the university for a specific period. This may be temporary or permanent.
  3. Warning: A disciplinary warning is a verbal or written notice given to a student whose behavior is in violation of University policy.
  4. Probation: University Conduct Probation is an intermediate sanction imposed for a specific period. The probationary period allows a student to demonstrate acceptable behavior in order to continue enrollment at Embry-Riddle. Guidelines for a student's behavior may be included as conditions of the probation. If an offense is committed during the probation period, actions may be instituted that result in suspension or dismissal.
  5. Suspension: Suspension is an involuntary separation of the student from the University for a specific period. Readmission to the University may be granted after the suspension period or after conditions have been satisfactorily met.
  6. Dismissal: Dismissal is the involuntary and permanent separation of the student from the University. Note: An exception or alternation may be made for special circumstances by the Dean of Students on a case-by-case basis.

Note: The sanctions of Suspension and Dismissal are the most severe sanctions rendered and are determined by a committee through a unanimous vote. Their decision is final and not open to appeal.