Code of Conduct for Students

 


The disciplinary standards outlined herein include rules and enforcement measures. These are the basic guidelines for conduct on the premises of the University, at any school sponsored activity and, under certain circumstances, behavior in the outside community. At any time, South Baylo University reserves the right to exclude students whose conduct is deemed undesirable or prejudicial to the University community’s best interests. All amendments of the standards must be approved by the Academic Dean in conjunction with the Executive Council. These standards are subject to amendment at any time with notices being posted on the campus bulletin boards and/or with the amendments prominently displayed in the campus newsletter.

The disciplinary standards described herein afford procedural fairness to the accused student and flexibility for the administration to exercise sanctions based on the individual circumstances of each case. Behavior resulting in disciplinary action may involve, but is not limited to, one or a combination of those listed below:

• Possession of alcoholic beverages on campus or at any school activities at any time.
• Intoxication of the student.
• No student will threaten another student, faulty, staff or administrator.
• Falsification of University documents, records, or identification.
• Dishonesty in any form, including plagiarism, illegal copying of software, or knowingly furnishing false information to the University.
• Cheating or compromising test materials.
• Removal of library materials without permission.
• Disruption of class or academic activities.
• Usage of abusive language to another student, faculty, staff, or administrator.
• Theft or damage of University property or fellow student’s property.
• Illegal intoxication with controlled substances.
• Physical assault for any reason except clear self-defense.
• Vandalism of University property.
• Conviction for a crime beyond normal traffic violations.
• Aiding and/or abetting in any of the above situations.
• Possession of firearms or illegal weapons as defined by state and federal guidelines.
• Violation of any state policies or regulations governing student’s relationship with the University.

Students accused of improper conduct shall be given adequate notice of the charges and an opportunity to appeal the case to the grievance committee. Written notice of specific charges made against a student shall be given at least 15 (fifteen) days before the student is to appear before the committee. While disciplinary action against a student is pending, the student’s status does not change unless it is found that the student poses a significant threat to the University community. Hearings are private. The accused student is afforded the opportunity to rebut all charges. The University establishes the charges by a preponderance of the evidence. The student has the right to appeal the decision of the grievance committee to the Academic Dean, but on the grounds that fair procedure was not followed by the committee or that the evidence in the record does not justify the decision or the sanction.

A record will be kept of the disciplinary action taken and the basis for this decision. The disciplinary action taken may be reflected on the student’s permanent record. Disciplinary action invoked by the committee may involve, but is not limited to, one or a combination of the alternatives listed as follows:

Dismissal:
Separation of the student from the University on a permanent basis.
Suspension:
Separation of the student from the University for a specific length of time.
Probation:
Status of the student indicating that the relationship with the University is tenuous and that the student’s record will be reviewed periodically to determine suitability to remain enrolled.

Specific limitations and restrictions on the student’s privileges may accompany probation. University policy stipulates that a student dismissed by disciplinary action, from either the University or a course, will not receive a refund of tuition or other fees. Students dismissed from the University for disciplinary reasons must exclude themselves from the University classes, activities, facilities, and buildings. Any exception must be approved by the President.

A student who is dismissed may reapply for admission after two quarter’s from the dismissal.