Student Code of Conduct:

Students in Joseph Education University are expected to conduct themselves in a way that respects the cooperative standards of our community and accords with the University’s educational mission. This includes obeying federal, state and local laws as well as the policies listed below. Not knowing or understanding these standards and policies is not a defense or excuse. Possible violations of University standards or policies include:

  1. Disorderly conduct is any actual or attempted conduct that threatens the health or safety of oneself or others. This includes, but is not limited to, fighting, threats, assault, or harassment. Harassment consists of any unwanted conduct that is intended to cause, or could reasonably be expected to cause, an individual or group to feel intimidated, demeaned or abused, or to fear or have concern for their personal safety— where this conduct could reasonably be regarded as so severe, persistent, or pervasive as to disrupt the living, learning, and/or working environment of the individual or group.
  2. Possession, distribution or use of weapons of any kind, including but not limited to firearms, BB or pellet guns, knives, bows and arrows, stun guns, paintball guns, and anything else that counts as a weapon as defined in the Weapons Policy.
  3. Possession, distribution or use of any other items presenting an actual or potential threat to the safety and well-being of others (including combustible materials or other items in violation of the Fire Safety Code, available at, or tampering with fire safety apparatus or operating it for any purpose other than its intended use.
  4. Any act that constitutes harassment or discrimination under federal or state laws or regulations or any violation of our Sexual Misconduct Policy or Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment.
  5. Any actions (whether on or off University premises) that relate to joining, or ongoing membership in, any group and that intentionally or recklessly create a situation that could reasonably be expected to cause physical or psychological discomfort, embarrassment, or degradation, regardless of a student’s willingness to participate in the activity, as described in the University Hazing Policy.
  6. Any alcohol-related violation of the University Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy (Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy).
  7. Any (non-alcohol) drug-related violation of the University Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy (Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy).   8. Actual or Attempted: (a) theft of the property of the University or others, and/or (b) damage to the property of the University or others.
  8. Unauthorized use or misuse of or entry into property or facilities.
  9. Misuse of University computers and computing systems, including copyright infringement violations, as specified in the Computer Use Policies.
  10. Fraud; misrepresentation; forgery; falsification or misuse of documents, records or identification cards; or intentionally providing incomplete information in connection with an investigation into alleged policy infractions.
  11. Non-cooperation with any part of the process related to addressing student misconduct, including dishonesty or failure to comply with a directive of a conduct officer or body.
  12. Failure to comply with any reasonable request of a University official acting within the scope of his/her/their duties.
  13. Any act of intimidation or retaliation intended or likely to dissuade a reasonable person from making a complaint, furnishing information, or participating in a conduct process.
  14. Complicity in misconduct. Students are expected to disengage themselves from all acts of misconduct, and are expected to report serious code violations to appropriate authorities.
  15. Failure to take reasonable steps to prevent a guest from violating the code of conduct.
  16. Behavior that negatively impacts the normal pursuit of academic, administrative, extracurricular or personal activities, or that violates any University policies or rules.

**If a weapon is discovered, Public Safety staff will confiscate it and turn the item over to the appropriate law enforcement agency. In cases where the term “weapon” is subject to interpretation, students are expected to comply fully with Public Safety staff directives. Possession of weapons may result in arrest, and suspension or expulsion from the University.