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Student Code of Conduct

The University's campaign to address sexual misconduct

When we commit to living in community with one another, we necessarily agree to accept limitations on our own actions for the benefit of all, with the parallel expectation that we will not be injured, maligned, or otherwise negatively affected by the actions of others. Those who insist upon living outside the expectations of the Sewanee community will understandably be held accountable for their choices by the Honor Council, the Student Discipline Council, or other disciplinary bodies. Additionally, students are expected to comply with federal, state and local laws in their conduct whether on or off campus.

On those occasions when individuals do choose to break with the community's expectations, the University's response will include a penalty but more importantly an educational opportunity and an opportunity to demonstrate a re-commitment to the community's expectations and values. In certain circumstances, a student may have to be removed from the Sewanee community before petitioning to re-commit to and rejoin this community. The University does begin from the position that students want to be part of the community and accordingly will want to reaffirm their commitment to the community when they err.

To assist students, the University has adopted a student code of conduct to provide more detailed guidance concerning the expectations of living honorably within the community. The University reserves the right to amend its code of conduct and policies at any time. The University also reserves the right to send all appropriate incidents to Franklin County for disposition, reserving for itself the authority to impose any or all of the stated penalties, as well.

Please see the index on the right for specific policies and processes. In addition to the specified, impermissible behavior, conduct which violates the general terms of the Sewanee social policy and conduct which includes, but is not limited to, the following categories may also be dealt with by the Deans of Students as they deem appropriate: disturbing the peace; creating a danger to the safety of self or others; disrespect; assault; attempting to or damaging the personal property of others; failure to comply with a University employee, including a student employee; falsifying reports of an emergency; falsifying or misusing University records; misuse and/or abuse of communications systems, such as e-mail, internet, and voice-mail; indecent and obscene conduct; unauthorized entry into University or other’s property; and sexual harassment and misconduct. While away from our campus, students should observe the regulations of communities in which they are visiting. Students involved in misconduct (on or off campus) that leads to an arrest or citation may also be subject to penalties by the University.

The University’s disciplinary process is not a legal process and thus rules of law, evidence and procedure used in legal proceedings do not apply and will not be used. Although a student may consult with an attorney, attorneys are not allowed to participate in any stage of the process.

Report a conduct violation. We encourage students to support the values of our shared community by alerting the Dean of Students to any violations. Please understand that the Office of the Dean of Students takes all reports seriously. Individuals knowingly making a false report may be reported to the Honor Council.

Revised August 2014.