BEHAVIORAL CONDUCT VIOLATIONS

Behavioral violations of University policy have been identified for the purposes of maintaining a safe and healthy educational environment. Prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:


Access, Unauthorized
Gaining unauthorized access to the roof, fire escape, ledge, and/or window of any building is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, sitting or standing on a window, fire escape, or building ledge or in any way allowing any body part or item to hang and/or be placed outside, including by means of throwing or dropping.

Alcohol, Prohibited use of
The possession and/or use of alcohol when not in accordance with established policy (Columbia University Policy on Alcohol and Drugs) and the Guide to Living is prohibited. This includes but is not limited to possessing and consuming alcohol under the age of 21, using false identification to obtain alcohol, providing alcohol to a minor, possessing and consuming alcohol in a prohibited area. Additionally, possessing a keg, bulk container, or device used for rapid consumption of alcohol, forced consumption of liquor for the purpose of initiation into or affiliation with an organization, and taking part in games of chance, drinking games, contests, and other activities that induce, encourage, or require consumption are prohibited.

Collusion
Inciting or assisting another person with violating University policy(ies), including but not limited to acting as an accomplice through action or negligence to the commission of any prohibited act, is prohibited.

Columbia University Identification Card, Prohibited use of
As stated on the back of the CUID card, “The ID is your official University ID card and is issued for official purposes only. This card is non-transferrable and is the property of the University.” Students are expected to produce their CUID card when requested by a University official, should not allow another person access to their CUID card, and not use their CUID card in an unauthorized manner. See also Failure to Comply and Falsification policies.

Columbia Identity (or affiliated organizations), Unauthorized use of
Unauthorized use (including misuse) of University or organizational names and images is prohibited. Students should consult the Design Guidelines.

Disruptive Behavior
No student should engage in behavior that interferes with or compromises the well-being of the University community. Students should not expose others to conduct that is disorderly, lewd, or indecent.

Entry/Egress, Unauthorized
Gaining entry and/or egress to/from any unauthorized space is prohibited.

Failure to Comply
Failure to respond to the legitimate request of a University official or law enforcement officer acting in the performance of his/her duty is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, failing to supply a Columbia University ID upon request.

Falsification
Furnishing false information, when dealing with a University official, is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty when dealing with faculty or staff members or allowing another person to use your Columbia University ID.

Federal, State, or Local laws, Violation of
Violations of federal, state, or local laws are prohibited.

Fire Safety Policies, Violation of
Violations of local, state, federal or University fire policies are prohibited. This includes but is not limited to possession and/or use of flammable materials, certain cooking items, and/or items that operate with an open flame (i.e. grills, lanterns, candles or incense). Additionally, starting a fire (including by means of careless cooking), pulling a false fire alarm, tampering with fire safety equipment, and failing to evacuate during a fire alarm are prohibited.

Illegal Drugs Policy, Violation of
The possession and/or use of illegal drugs, unauthorized controlled substances, and/or drug paraphernalia when not in accordance with established policy (Columbia University Policy on Alcohol and Drugs) and the Guide to Living is prohibited. The sale, distribution, intent to distribute, and/or manufacture of illegal drugs or controlled substances is also prohibited.

Hazing
Any reckless or intentional act which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, a group or organization is prohibited. This may include the destruction or removal of public or private property, or any act that a reasonable person would find demeaning, uncomfortable, embarrassing, humiliating, or ridiculing. The express or implied consent of participants will not be an excuse. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing are not neutral acts; they will also be considered violations of this policy.

Information Technologies Policies, Violation of
Any violation of the University Acceptable Use and Computing Policies, including but not limited to copyright infringement, is prohibited.

Physical endangerment, Threats, and Harassment
Knowingly and/or recklessly endangering the health or safety of others is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, threatening, harassing, or abusing others, whether directly or indirectly, in person or via electronic means. Unwanted physical contact or threat of physical contact with any person and threats of violence or placing a person in fear of imminent physical injury or danger is prohibited.

Retaliation
Any adverse action taken against an individual, who has participated in any capacity in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing under these policies or procedures, is prohibited.

Smoking Policy, Violation of University
Smoking is prohibited in any indoor area, in all University vehicles, and outdoor seating or viewing areas of sports arenas and recreational areas, such as those at Baker Field. Smoking is also prohibited outdoors within 20 feet of all University buildings (including undergraduate housing).

Theft
Taking or possessing the property of the University or another person without permission is prohibited. This may include, but is not limited to, the unauthorized taking, misappropriation, possession, retention or disposal of any property owned or maintained by the University or any person.

University Policies
Any violation of published University policies is prohibited and may be adjudicated through Dean’s Discipline. Policies include, but are not limited, to the Essential Policies and the Guide to Living.

Vandalism
Knowingly and/or recklessly damaging, destroying, defacing, and/or tampering with university, public, or private property of another person, is prohibited.

Weapons
The possession, use, or distribution of explosives (includes, but is not limited to, fireworks and ammunition), guns (includes, but is not limited to, air, BB, paintball, facsimile weapons and pellet guns), or other weapons or dangerous objects such as arrows, axes, machetes, nun chucks, throwing stars, or knives with a blade of longer than 3 inches, including the storage of any item that falls within the category of a weapon in a vehicle parked on University property is prohibited.

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