Syracuse UniversityOffice of Student Rights and Responsibilities


Code of Student Conduct

Students at Syracuse University are expected to conduct themselves in a manner supportive of the educational mission of the institution. Integrity, respect for the person and property of others and a commitment to intellectual and personal growth in a diverse population are values deemed fundamental to membership in this University community. Syracuse University considers the following behavior, or attempts thereof, by any student or student organization, whether acting alone or with any other persons, to violate the Code of Student Conduct:

1)    Physical harm or threat of physical harm to any person or persons, including, but not limited to: assault, sexual abuse, or other forms of physical abuse.

2)    Harassment—whether physical, verbal or electronic, oral, written or video—which is beyond the bounds of protected free speech, directed at a specific individual(s), easily construed as "fighting words," or likely to cause an immediate breach of the peace.

3)    Conduct— whether physical, verbal or electronic, oral, written or video—which threatens the mental health, physical health, or safety of any person or persons including, but not limited to hazing, drug or alcohol abuse, bullying or other forms of destructive behavior.

4)    Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to plagiarism and cheating, and other forms of academic misconduct, for example, misuse of academic resources or facilities, misuse of computer software, data, equipment or networks.*

5)    Intentional disruption or obstruction of lawful activities of the University or its members including their exercise of the right to assemble and to peaceful protest.

6)    Theft of or damage to University, personal, public, or private property/services or illegal possession or use of the same.

7)    Forgery, alteration or fabrication of identification cards, records, grades, diplomas, University documents, possession of falsified identification cards or misrepresentation of any kind to a University office, University official, or law enforcement.

8)    Unauthorized entry, use, or occupation of University facilities that are locked, closed or otherwise restricted as to use.

9)    Disorderly conduct including, but not limited to, public intoxication, lewd, indecent or obscene behavior, libel, slander or illegal gambling.

10)  Illegal use, possession, purchase, distribution, manufacture or sale of alcohol, drugs or controlled substances, or any other violation of the Syracuse University Policy on Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Tobacco.

11)  Failure to comply with the lawful directives of University officials who are performing the duties of their office, especially as they are related to the maintenance of safety or security.

12)  Unauthorized possession or use of any weapon, including:  firearms, BB-guns, airsoft guns, air rifles, explosive devices, fireworks, or any other dangerous, illegal, or hazardous object or material, and improper use as a weapon of any otherwise permitted object or material.

13)  Interference with or misuse of fire alarms, blue lights, elevators or other safety and security equipment or programs.

14)  Violation of any federal, state, or local law which has a negative impact on the well-being of Syracuse University or its individual members.

15)  Violation of University policies, rules or regulations that are published in the Student Handbook, or other official University publications or agreements.

Culpability is not diminished for acts in violation of this Code that are committed in ignorance of the Code or under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs or improper use of controlled substances.
Other policies of the University may be found on the Syracuse University website and in other University publications.

*Cases involving academic dishonesty are handled by the Office of Academic Integrity.