II. The Code of Non-Academic Conduct
1. Privacy and Tranquility—The intentional infringement upon the right to privacy of any member of the community is prohibited. Disorderly and disruptive conduct and/or the persistent interruption of a reasonable level of peace and quiet is also a violation. Students should be aware that repeated violation of this regulation could result in administrative reassignment to another residential unit or area.
2. Harassment and Abuse—Harassment and abuse, intentionally directed toward individuals or groups, may include at least the following forms: the intentional use or threat of physical violence, coercion, intimidation, and verbal harassment and abuse. Wesleyan University’s commitment to nondiscrimination means that intentional discriminatory harassment may be punished more severely than nondiscriminatory or unintentional forms of harassment.
3. Sexual Misconduct—Sexual misconduct, including, but not limited to, sexual harassment, sexual assault, coercion, and threats or use of force, is prohibited. Click here for University Policies on sexual misconduct.
4. Property—The unauthorized use, or the abuse, destruction, or theft of University property or the property of any of its members, guests, or neighbors is prohibited. This regulation prohibits the unauthorized appropriation or “borrowing” of common property for personal use. This includes but is not limited to all tunnels, roofs, and areas under construction. This regulation prohibits the unauthorized appropriation or "borrowing" of common property for personal use.
5. False Information—Knowingly furnishing false information to a University officer or member of any constituted hearing board acting in performance of his/her duties is prohibited.
6. Misuse of Documents—Forgery, alteration, or the unauthorized possession or use of University documents, records or instruments of identification is prohibited.
7. Tampering with Locks and Duplication of Keys—Tampering with locks in University buildings, unauthorized possession or use of University keys, and alteration or unauthorized duplication of University keys are prohibited.
8. Fire Protection Systems—Tampering with fire extinguishers, fire alarm boxes, or smoke or heat detectors anywhere on University property is prohibited. Additional information about fire safety procedures at http://www.wesleyan.edu/firesafety .
9. Restricted Items/Fire Hazards—The following are considered fire hazards and are prohibited within any University-owned or -operated facility:
a. Starting a fire anywhere on University property without explicit permission from the Office of Public Safety is prohibited.
b. The use or storage of kerosene lamps, canned heat (®Sterno), flammable liquids, charcoal grills, and other open-flame devices except in areas such as kitchens or laboratories that are specifically designed for their use. Likewise, candles and flammable decorations are also prohibited.
c. Student Residential Facilities—Cooking/heating devices are prohibited in all student residential facilities (except kitchens). Certain decorative items (such as candles, halogen lamps, tapestries, etc.) are also prohibited in student residences. A detailed listing of items not allowed in student residences is provided in the “Terms and Conditions” of the housing contract.
d. Explosives, Ammunition, Incendiary Devices—Personal possession, storage, or use of firecrackers, fireworks, fire bombs, smoke bombs, blasting caps, ammunition, or any other explosive or incendiary device is prohibited anywhere on the Wesleyan campus or while one is engaged in any University-connected activity. Ammunition for use in sporting activities must be stored in the Office of Public Safety.
e. Lethal Weapons—Personal possession or use of operable firearms, air guns, or other lethal weapons is prohibited on the Wesleyan campus or while participating in University activities.
10. Reckless Endangerment—Creating condition(s) or an environment that endangers, or has the potential to endanger, other members of the community or property is prohibited. Failure to take reasonable constructive action to remedy such conditions may also constitute a violation.
11. Pets—Pets are not allowed in any University facility, including residential facilities, classrooms, libraries, laboratories, studios, sports facilities, food service areas, administrative offices, and public meeting areas.
Fish in 10 gallon tanks or smaller are permitted.
12. Disruptions—The following “ground rules” for political freedom on campus are excerpted from the booklet “Academic Freedom and Civil Liberties of Students in College and University,” published by the American Civil Liberties Union in 1970.
Ground Rules. Picketing, demonstrations, sit-ins, or student strikes, provided they are conducted in an orderly and non-obstructive manner, are a legitimate mode of expression, whether politically motivated or directed against the college administration, and should not be prohibited. Demonstrators, however, do not have the right to deprive others of the opportunity to speak or be heard, take hostages, physically obstruct the movement of others, or otherwise disrupt the educational or institutional processes in a way that interferes with the safety or freedom of others.
Students should be free, and no special permission should be required, to distribute pamphlets or collect names for petitions concerned with campus or off-campus issues.
University members who believe that activities of other members threaten to come in conflict with this regulation should file a complaint with the clerk of the SJB requesting that the appropriate hearing board enjoin the offensive conduct through the SJB procedures. (See University Policies - Disruptions, for further clarification and guidelines).
13. Drugs and Alcohol—The University prohibits underage and unlawful possession, use, abuse or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, the following:
a. The possession, use, manufacture, distribution, or dispensing of illegal drugs or controlled substances by any member of the Wesleyan community. This includes the misuse or abuse of any medications prescribed by a physician to another individual. Students should be advised that University personnel may confiscate drug paraphernalia (including bongs, water pipes, etc.). Such items will be tested for drug residue and the owner held responsible for a drug policy violation if appropriate.
b. Underage possession or consumption of alcohol anywhere on University property or at University-sponsored events.
c. Distribution of alcohol to underage persons anywhere on University property or at University-sponsored events. Hosts of social events where alcohol is distributed may be held responsible for any such illegal distribution committed by their guests.
d. The possession of false identification.
e. Possession of open containers of alcohol is prohibited at all times and at all campus locations, except in private residential settings where the residents are of legal age or during registered events. In addition, the possession or consumption of alcohol on City property, streets and sidewalks is prohibited by City ordinance. (Note: Members of the Wesleyan community who are of legal drinking age may consume alcohol on Foss Hill during daylight hours.)
Click here for the Open Container FAQ.
f. The sale, distribution or dispensing of alcohol without a permit in any premises, building, apartment, or other place used by any club, association, social, or fraternal society or organization to the members thereof, their guests, or other persons.
g. Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Note: Students requiring medical assistance as a result of alcohol and drug use will typically not face formal judicial charges if they agree to meet with Health Services staff following their hospitalization and participate in any recommended educational assignments.
14. Failure to Comply—Members of the community are expected to comply with reasonable requests made by University personnel acting within the capacity of their responsibilities, including requests for adequate identification. Public Safety officers should be allowed to enter private residential spaces to address suspected policy violations. Officers may enter private residential spaces without residents’ permission only with the approval of the vice president for student affairs (or designee).
15. Department Regulations—Members of the community are expected to abide by duly established and promulgated non-academic regulations. This is intended to cover the operating regulations of all University programs and facilities. These include, but are not limited to, the policies outlined under University Policies.
The Student Judicial Board shall have the ability to hear complaints concerning violation(s) of the Code of Non-Academic Conduct in any of the following circumstances:
1. If the violation occurs on the campus or in any campus facility;
2. If the violation occurs during a University-related activity (e.g., athletic contest, field trip, social event, activity sponsored by a recognized student organization);
3. If the violation, regardless of where the conduct occurs, calls into question the student’s suitability as a member of the University community.
Off-Campus Criminal Violations—A student charged with an off-campus criminalviolation is not automatically subject to University disciplinary procedures. Rather, the question of initiating University disciplinary action depends on whether the incident that led to the arrest also harmed a distinct interest of the University. Therefore, the University is faced with the necessity of developing sufficient information to determine if and in what manner the interests of the University community have been harmed. If it is determined that such harm has taken place, the information will be presented to the SJB as the basis for disciplinary action.