Standards For The Conduct Of Students

The College expects its students to act with integrity. Dishonesty, fraud, and failure to respect the rights of others cannot be tolerated in a community which is dedicated to the development of responsible individuals.

A student will be subject to College disciplinary action for violation of the following codes of conduct:

  1. Academic Integrity Policy
  2. Student Code of Conduct
  3. Code of Civil or Criminal Law

Students as defined here include residential students, commuter students, part-time students, full-time students, and online students. Failure to comply with these policies can result in disciplinary action.

The Student Code of Conduct prescribes standards for the conduct of students on and off the campus (including minors in possession of alcohol, providing alcohol to minors, disorderly/disruptive conduct, drug sale, and any activity off campus that is considered an act of violence to oneself or another). Many of these regulations are similar to federal and state statutes; therefore, a violation of the Student Conduct Code may concurrently represent a violation of a civil statute. The College and civil jurisdictions are considered independent, each based on its separate, distinct needs. Thus, both criminal and College proceedings could result from the same violation. Civil or criminal action before or after College action shall in no way alter the College proceedings or findings, nor provide any right to immunity from the College jurisdiction.

Generally, the College’s jurisdiction for addressing student misconduct is applied to incidents that occur on campus property and at College-sponsored events and activities. The College may also exercise its right to impose disciplinary charges with students and student organizations for inappropriate behavior that occurs off campus if such behavior violated the penal law and/or is deemed as possibly adversely affecting or endangering (a) the College community or (b) the interests or mission of the College. College authorities shall expedite disciplinary proceedings, recognizing the advantage of a prompt hearing in the event of alleged infractions, while guaranteeing due process.

Behavior causing serious personal endangerment, such as abuse of alcohol or other drugs, may subject a student to immediate suspension prior to a hearing as outlined in the section of the code titled “Interim Suspensions.”

All student members of the Alfred State community have certain rights. These include:

  • The right to learn, which includes the right of access to ideas, the right of access to facts and opinions, the right to express ideas, and the right to discuss those ideas with others.
  • The right to be treated as an individual member of the community, which includes the right to be free of discrimination based upon age, sex, religion, ethnic or national origin, handicap, or status as a veteran and the right to be free from harassment of any type.
  • The right of peaceful coexistence, which includes the right to be free from violence, force, threats, abuse, and the right to move about freely.
  • The right to be free of any action that unduly interferes with a student’s rights and/or learning environment.
  • The right to express opinion, which includes the right to state agreement or disagreement with the opinions of others and the right to an appropriate forum for the expression of opinion.
  • The right to privacy.
  • The right to have access to a process through which to resolve deprivations of rights and, in the case of disciplinary procedures, the right to be informed of any charges of misconduct, the right to adequate time to prepare a response to the charges, the right to hear evidence in support of the charges, the right to present evidence against the charges, the right to an adviser, the right to a fair procedure which is appropriate to the circumstances, and the right to be informed of the outcome of any proceeding.

All student members of the Alfred State community (including residential, commuter, full-time, part-time, and online students) have certain responsibilities to the Institution and to its members. These include:

  • Respect for the rights of others, which includes the obligation to refrain from conduct that violates or adversely affects the rights of other members of the Alfred State community.
  • The obligation to refrain from conduct in the general community which adversely affects the Alfred State community.
  • The obligation to refrain from interfering with the freedom of expression of others
  • The responsibility for the avoidance of force, violence, threat, or harassment.
  • The responsibility for the avoidance of disruption. Certain kinds of conduct can convert the expression of opinion into disruption.
  • The responsibility for the compliance with state, federal, and municipal laws and regulations. Student members of the Alfred State community must be aware that they continue to be subject to the obligations of all citizens while they attend college. The College is committed to the observance of the laws. There is no immunity on its campus from the prohibitions of local, state, and federal law regulating the use of drugs, alcohol, or motor vehicles. Violations of the law in the surrounding community injure the College, just as it does other citizens who reside there. The College offers no tolerance for any such conduct.
  • The obligation to ensure that the conduct of others who come to the College through a student’s invitation or permission complies with the rules and regulations of the College.
  • The obligation to respect the environment of Alfred State, which includes respect for the physical features of the campus and its facilities, and the special needs of an institution of learning, such as quiet and privacy.
  • The obligation to provide proper identification whenever requested to do so by a representative of the College. All students are expected to carry their Alfred State college identification card at all times and to produce the identification card when requested.
  • The responsibility to cooperate with College officials in the performance of their duties.
  • The responsibility to respect the values and traditions of Alfred State as an institution of higher education.