The list of behaviors which follows is not exhaustive and the University maintains the right to amend its rules and policies. The following actions and/or behaviors are expressly prohibited:

Academic Misconduct:

  • Cheating: Cheating includes using unauthorized sources of information and providing or receiving unauthorized assistance on any form of academic work or engaging in any behavior specifically prohibited by the instructor in the course syllabus or class presentation.
  • Plagiarism: Plagiarism includes the copying of language, structure, images, ideas, or thoughts of another, and representing them as one’s own without proper acknowledgment, and is related only to work submitted for credit. Disciplinary action will not be taken for academic work in draft form.
  • Unauthorized possession or disposition of Academic Materials: Unauthorized possession or disposition of academic materials includes the unauthorized selling or purchasing of examinations, class notes, term papers, or other academic work; stealing another student’s work; and using information from or possessing exams that an instructor did not authorize for release to students.
  • Falsification: Falsification encompasses any untruth, either verbal or written, in one’s academic work.
  • Facilitation of any act of Academic Misconduct: Facilitation of any act of academic misconduct includes knowingly assisting another to commit an act of academic misconduct.

Abusive Behavior:

  • Physical abuse, including (but not limited to) inflicting or threatening bodily harm upon any person or animal, or acting in a manner that creates a risk of bodily harm to any person, including oneself, or an animal.
  • Verbal abuse, threats, coercion, or other behavior, through any method of communication, which threatens or endangers the physical or psychological health, safety, or welfare of any person.
  • Any form of abusive behavior (as listed above) specific to current or former intimate partners.
  • Hazing, which includes any action that endangers the mental, physical, or emotional health or safety of a student, or which destroys or removes public or private property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a group or student organization, or participating in, condoning, encouraging, requiring, or allowing an opportunity for hazing. A hazing violation may occur even when the victim expressed or implied consent.


Any threatened, attempted or actual damage or destruction of University property or the property of others.

Discriminatory Harassment:

Harassment, in any form, through any means of communication on the basis of sex, gender identity or expression, veteran status, genetic information, race, creed, color, national origin or ancestry, sexual orientation, age, religion, pregnancy, or disability, including but not limited to any violation of federal or state laws, or University policy, prohibiting harassment.

Disruptive Behavior:

  • Engaging in behavior that disrupts or interferes with teaching, classroom, or other educational interactions, residential communities, research, administration, governmental functions, or disciplinary proceedings.
  • Leading, inciting, or participating in any on-campus or off-campus demonstration, riot, or activity that disrupts the normal operations of the university, freedom of movement or safe passage and/or infringes on the rights of other members of the university community.
  • Engaging in behavior that disrupts or obstructs the right of free speech or expression of any person on campus (for more information, refer to the CSU policy on Free Speech and Peaceful Assembly).
  • Behavior that is considered lewd by a reasonable person including (but not limited to) voyeurism, public urination/defecation, and public exposure of intimate body parts.

False Information:

  • Knowingly furnishing false information to any University official, instructor, office or organization, or on any applications.
  • Intentionally initiating or causing to be initiated any false report.
  • Use or possession of false identification.

Misuse of Alcohol:

  • Use or possession of alcohol as prohibited by law or University policy.
  • Manufacturing or distribution of alcohol as prohibited by law or University policy.
  • Operating any vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or while impaired by the use of any intoxicating substance.
  • Excessive use of alcohol resulting in a state of intoxication that endangers oneself or others.

Misuse of Drugs:

  • Use or possession of illegal drugs (under federal or state law) including but not limited to marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, opiates, LSD, mushrooms, heroin, designer drugs such as Ecstasy and GHB, or other controlled substances or any substance used for an intoxicating effect.
  • Use or possession of prescription drugs other than by the person prescribed or for use other than the prescribed purpose and/or dosage.
  • Manufacturing or distribution of illegal or prescription drugs.
  • Possession or use of drug paraphernalia including but not limited to equipment, products, and materials used to cultivate, manufacture, distribute, or use marijuana or other illegal drugs.
  • Operating any vehicle under the influence of drugs or while impaired by the use of any intoxicating substance.
  • Use of drugs resulting in a state that endangers oneself or others.


  • Failure to comply with the verbal or written directions of any University officials or law enforcement officers acting in the performance of their duties and in the scope of their employment, or resisting or obstructing police officers while acting in the performance of their duties, including failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so.
  • Violating the terms of any interim measure, no contact order, or exclusionary order imposed by the University.


Any form of abuse, threat, intimidation, bullying, coercion, harassment, or attempt to influence or interfere with another individual or group who submits a report, cooperates with any investigation or acts as a witness in relation to an alleged violation of the Student Conduct Code or any federal or state law or local ordinances.

Sexual Misconduct:

Any actual or attempted non-consensual behavior of a sexual nature including (but not limited to):

  • Intentional and unwelcome touching, kissing or coercing, forcing, or attempting to coerce or force another to touch a person’s intimate parts.
  • Sexual intercourse without consent, such as penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral sex, without the consent of the victim.
  • Taking, sharing, or posting of videos or photographs/images of a sexual nature without consent.
  • Deliberate observation of others for sexual purposes without their consent.
  • Exposing one’s genitals in non-consensual circumstances.
  • Viewing, placing, or posting pornography in public venues; possessing, distributing or viewing illegal pornography.
  • Sexual harassment that creates an intimidating, offensive, or hostile environment for another.
  • Any act of sexual misconduct in violation of state or federal law or university policy.


Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for their safety or the safety of others, or suffer substantial emotional distress. Course of conduct means two or more acts, including, but not limited to, acts in which the stalker directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about a person, or interferes with a person’s property.


Theft, attempted theft, or other unauthorized possession of University property or the property of others.

Unauthorized Use:

  • Unauthorized use, entry, or occupation of another person’s property or of University facilities, property, or vehicles.
  • Any unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of University keys or access devices.
  • Unauthorized removal or misuse of any University document, record, data, nonpublic information, identification, educational material, or property (including forgery or alteration).

Violation of Law or University Policy:

Evidence of a violation of any federal or state law, or local ordinance, or University policy.

Violation of University Rules, Contracts, or Agreements:

  • Violation of any rules, contracts, or agreements governing residence in or use of University owned or controlled property, or at athletic or other authorized special events.
  • Violations of any rules, contracts, or agreements governing recognized student organizations.


Illegal use or possession of firearms or other weapons such as blades larger than pocket knives; ammunition or explosives; dangerous chemicals, substances, or materials; bombs or incendiary devices; or simulated weapons; or any weapon prohibited by law or University policy. Use of any such item, even if legally possessed, in a manner that harms or threatens others is prohibited.