Office of Student Affairs
P.O. Box 5
Hampden Sydney, VA 23943
At the heart of campus life is the student-run Honor System.
III. The Code of Student Conduct
A. Infractions of the Code of Student Conduct
- Disruptive Behavior: Obstruction or disruption of campus activities or other disturbance of the peace. Reckless driving. Violating directives of the College regarding the time, place, and manner of demonstrations, protests, or meetings. Inciting to violence or engaging in protests or demonstrations involving indecent conduct or language. Interference with any search of person, property, or quarters which has been authorized by the Dean of Students or other proper authority.
- Trespass: Unauthorized entry or occupancy of the property of others, including College facilities and the quarters of other students.
- Law Breaking: Conduct which violates any State, federal, or local law, regardless of whether such conduct takes place on or off the campus, and regardless of whether there has been any trial and/or conviction for such conduct in a court of law.
- Acts of Violence: Fighting, physical assault, unlawful detention, or interference with the freedom of movement of another person. The use of reasonable force to protect oneself or others from an unprovoked assault shall not be a violation of this provision.
- Hazing: Engaging in intimidating, demeaning, embarrassing, or abusive conduct of a physical or verbal nature toward one or more students in a manner which is commonly referred to as hazing.
- Harassment: Overt acts of misconduct which reflect racial, religious, ethnic, gender, or sexual-orientation bias. Other harassing conduct of a vicious, aggravated, or menacing nature (See Appendix P).
- Lewd Behavior: Lewd, obscene, or indecent conduct or expression.
- Substance Abuse (including Alcohol): Illegal use, sale, or possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, or alcohol. Offensive, disruptive, destructive, hazardous, or vulgar conduct related to substance or alcohol abuse. Violating motor vehicle laws relating to driving while impaired. Use or consumption of alcohol in inappropriate campus locations as described in the College's alcohol policy. (See Appendix C).
- Kegs and Common Containers: Possession or use of beer kegs or other alcoholic beverage common containers on campus without appropriate written authority from the College. Virginia's keg registration law requires that a person of legal age register his purchase of a keg of beer and also that he acknowledge under penalty of law that he will not permit anyone under legal age to consume any beer from that keg. No form of alcoholic beverage is permitted as a prize for raffles, contests, etc (See Appendix L).
- Hazardous Acts: Conduct which creates conditions which are or might be injurious to persons or property.
- Sexual Misconduct: In addition to sexual misconduct which is prohibited by law, this offense includes any non-consensual or public sexual contact as well as all forms of sexual harassment. Appendix D contains information about certain types of conduct which would constitute violations of this provision.
- Property Damage, Misuse: Damage to or loss of property attributable to willful or grossly negligent conduct. Unauthorized use of private or College property, including computers and bikes.
- Firearms, Fireworks, Explosives: Possession or use of firearms, including pistols, handguns, air guns, pellet guns, bows and arrows, crossbows, and paint-ball guns, in fraternity houses, on College property (or in motor vehicles which are on College roads or property) except in compliance with College regulations for the storage and transportation of same. Possession or use of fireworks or explosives. (See Appendix E).
- Bad Checks: Passage of a check by a student who knew or should have known that the check was not backed by sufficient funds. Where dishonesty is suspected the matter will be treated as a potential violation of the Honor Code's prohibitions against lying or stealing. Special rules regarding the passage of bad checks are set forth in Appendix F.
- Housing Regulations: See Appendix G.
- Motor Vehicles and Bicycle Regulations: See Appendix H.
- Dining Hall (Commons) and Tiger Inn Regulations: See Appendix I.
- Computing and Electronic Telecommunications System: See Appendix J.
- Groups: The Code of Student Conduct may be treated by the Student Court as having been violated by fraternities and other student organizations where any such organization has encouraged, participated in, or failed to take reasonable steps to prevent violations of this Code.
- Contempt of Student Justice System: Failing to cooperate with a Student Court investigation, disorderly conduct at any Student Justice System hearing, and refusing to testify at any such hearing (except on grounds of self-incrimination). Failing to comply with the terms of any punishment imposed by the Student Court.
- Miscellany: The foregoing infractions are not intended to constitute an all-inclusive list of offenses for which a student may be tried under the Code of Student Conduct. It is the intent, rather, to provide some examples of the types of behavior which are punishable hereunder. Any misbehavior deemed by the Student Court to violate the spirit of this Code shall be dealt with as though it were expressly prohibited herein. The Chairman of the Student Court and the Dean of Students, at their discretion, may choose not to charge a student with respect to an off-campus violation of the Code of Student Conduct where they deem such violation to be minor in nature. It is expected, however, that off-campus skullduggery which adversely reflects on the College and its students will be prosecuted.
B. Reporting an Offense
The Chairman of the Student Court or the Dean of Students may receive reports of offenses from students or from any other source.
- Admonition: An oral or written warning that the Code of Student Conduct has been violated and that repetition of the conduct will result in additional disciplinary action. An admonition will be entered in a student's record for determining sanctions in case of future violations.
- Reprimand: A written censure indicating the likelihood of more severe disciplinary action in the event further infractions occur within a specified period.
a. Disciplinary Probation: A specified period during which a student's conduct will be closely scrutinized. Certain privileges may be suspended. Violation of the terms of the probation or of the Code is likely to result in suspension or expulsion from the College.
b. Alcohol Probation: A specific period during which a student may neither possess nor consume alcohol on campus, nor may he return to campus after having consumed alcohol.
4. Suspension: Temporary dismissal. The student may apply to the College for readmission at the end of the period of suspension with no assurance that such application will be granted.
5. Expulsion: Permanent dismissal.
6. Other Punishment: In addition to, or in lieu of, the above-described punishments, the Student Court may impose fines of up to $100; withdraw privileges (including the privilege of rooming, boarding, and/or operating or maintaining a motor vehicle on the campus); make work assignments; require restitution; and place someone on Alcohol Probation. Alcohol Probation means that during the stipulated period a student is prohibited from possessing or consuming alcohol on campus and may not cause problems on campus as a result, even partially, of his having been drinking alcohol off-campus. The affected student's RA will be informed.
Unless otherwise prohibited by law, parents are normally informed of cases where Disciplinary Probation or Alcohol Probation are imposed as a sanction.
The Court shall match the punishment with what it perceives to be the severity of the offense. In setting punishment the Court may, but is not required to, take into account such aggravating or mitigating circumstances as whether the offender has a record of misbehavior, has made restitution or otherwise taken corrective action, has been punished in other forums, and the like.
D. Summary Suspension
The Dean of Students, at his discretion, may summarily suspend a student in advance of trial (i) where there is reasonable cause to believe that his continuing presence at the College may be injurious to the person or property of himself or others, (ii) pending trial of the student on felonious or other serious criminal charges, or (iii) if the student is disrupting the educational processes of the College. In such cases, a trial will be held as soon as practicable.In ascending order of severity, the punishments which may be dispensed by the Student Court under this Code are as follows:The Chairman of the Student Court or the Dean of Students may receive reports of offenses from students or from any other source.