SUNY Potsdam is an academic community committed to the principles of civility and fairness in pursuit of a purposeful academic experience. The provisions that follow shall govern the students of SUNY Potsdam as members of this institutional community. The SUNY PotsdamCode shall apply to conduct that occurs on College premises, at College sponsored activities, and to off-campus conduct that adversely affects the College community and/or the pursuit of its objectives. Each student shall be responsible for his or her conduct from the time of application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree, even though conduct may occur before classes begin or after classes end, as well as during the academic year and during periods between terms of actual enrollment, even if his/her conduct is not discovered until after a degree is awarded. The Code shall apply to a student’s conduct even if the student withdraws from school while a disciplinary matter is pending.
1. Alcohol - Students under 21 years of age may not use, possess, distribute, sell, or knowingly be in the presence of alcoholic beverages on the college campus or in the SUNY Potsdam community except as expressly permitted by the law or college policy.
2. Banned Organizations - Affiliating with any group that has been permanently banned by the College is prohibited. For this purpose, affiliation is defined as joining, rushing, pledging, or being involved in any activity that would normally be associated with being a member of an organization. In addition, residing in facilities that are owned or controlled by a banned organization is considered affiliation.
3. Cooperation - Failure to comply with directions of institutional officials acting in the performance of their duties is prohibited. Institutional officials include faculty and staff of the College, and student employees who are carrying out assigned work responsibilities based on their employment.
4. Damage and/or Theft - Theft from or damage to institutional premises or theft of or damage to the property of others is prohibited.
5. Dishonesty - Any form of dishonesty including cheating, plagiarism, knowingly furnishing false information to the institution, forgery and the alteration or use of institutional documents or instruments or identification with intent to defraud is prohibited.
6. Disruptive Behavior
a. Intentional disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings or other institutional activities is prohibited. This behavior includes but is not limited to excessive noise, abusive or obscene language in a public place, obstructing vehicular or pedestrian traffic and boisterous or threatening conduct which is unreasonable in the area, time or manner in which it occurs.
b. Individual behavior which adversely affects the quality of life on campus or unduly disturbs one or more members of the College community is prohibited. There will be special attention placed on incidents where it is apparent that consumption of alcohol or some other substance is a primary contributing factor.
7. Doors - Willfully impeding the proper function of doors is prohibited. Propping open exterior or interior doors that allow access to a locked facility is prohibited. Unauthorized entry into any building or facility is prohibited.
a. Students may not use, possess, distribute, sell, or knowingly be in the presence of marijuana, other illegal drugs, and/or controlled substances.
b. Any items that can be utilized for or are designed for the use of drugs (e.g. bowls, bongs, etc.) are prohibited. Any items that are fashioned for the purpose of drug use will also be considered a violation of this policy.
9. Elevators - Willfully overloading, damaging, dismantling or tampering with elevators or elevator equipment is prohibited.
a. Tampering with fire safety equipment on campus is prohibited.
b. Intentionally, carelessly, or recklessly causing the false report of a fire alarm, either personally or by activating the fire alarm system is prohibited.
c. Intentionally, carelessly or recklessly causing a fire to be ignited in any College building or on the grounds of the campus without a legitimate purpose is prohibited.
d. Intentionally interfering with or failing to follow emergency procedures, including fire drills/alarms, is prohibited.
This may also be a criminal offense and persons apprehended and found responsible may be subject to both College sanctions and criminal penalties.
11. Harassment (verbal and/or physical)
a. Causing physical injury to another person is prohibited
b. Striking, shoving, kicking, or otherwise submitting another person to physical contact or attempting or threatening to do the same is prohibited.
c. Engaging in a course of conduct or repeatedly committing acts which alarm another person or threaten their well being and which serve no legitimate purpose is prohibited.
d. Harassing conduct that limits or denies equal treatment of another person or persons because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, national origin, ancestry or organizational affiliation is prohibited.
12. Hazing - Respect for the dignity and rights of other students are a basic tenet of the College community. Any activity expected of someone that humiliates, degrades, abuses, or which endangers the mental, emotional, or physical 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 an organization or team whose members are or include students at SUNY Potsdam is prohibited. Hazing may occur regardless of the person’s willingness to participate. Note: A person commits a hazing offense if the person engages in hazing; solicits, encourages, directs, aids or attempts to aid another engaging in hazing; or intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly permits hazing to occur. Hazing is prohibited in this community.
13. Published Institutional Rules - Violation of any published institution rule, such as Residence Life policies, the Acceptable Use Policy (campus computer use policy), and the Academic Honor Code, or affiliated with a permanently banned organization is prohibited.
14. Reckless Action - The taking of any action or the creating or participating in the creation of any situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers mental or physical health is prohibited.
15. Sexual Harassment - Sexual Harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and/or other unwelcome physical conduct of a sexual nature which interferes with a student's performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment. Sexual Harassment is prohibited.
16. Sexual Misconduct
a. Any sexual act that occurs without the consent of the victim, or that occurs when the victim is unable to give consent is prohibited.
b. Obscene or indecent behavior, which includes, but is not limited to, exposure of one’s sexual organs or the display of sexual behavior that would reasonably be offensive to others, is prohibited.
Note: The act of consent requires spoken words or behavior that indicates, without doubt to either party, a mutual agreement to participate in sexual intercourse or other sexual activities. Indicators of consent do not include silence or past or present sexual relationships. A person is deemed incapable of consenting when that person is developmentally disabled, mentally incapacitated, physically helpless (whether induced by drugs, alcohol, otherwise), or asleep. The use of alcohol or other drugs cannot be considered an excuse for Sexual Misconduct. Sexual Misconduct can be committed by a friend, acquaintance, or stranger.
17. Surreptitious Electronic Use - Any unauthorized use of electronic or other devices to secretly make an audio, video, photographic, or digital record of any person while on College premises or the College community without their prior knowledge or without their effective consent when such a recording is likely to cause injury or distress is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, secretly taking pictures of another person in a locker room or restroom.
18. Violation of Law - Violation of any local, state or federal law or rule and/or regulation established by the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York is prohibited.
19. Weapons - The possession on campus of any weapons, including but not limited to, firearms and ammunition, explosives, knives over four inches, swords, martial arts equipment, stun guns, air guns, paint-ball guns, pellet guns, clubs, crossbows, archery equipment, sling shots etc. is prohibited.