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1.0 Community Social Misconduct:

Community social misconduct is defined generally as any act(s) that threaten the well-being of the community, its integrity and Christian values, or the well-being of any member of the community and guests.

1.1 Non-Compliance with a University Official, Law Enforcement, Campus Safety Official, or Residence Life Staff Member:

The university strictly prohibits any violations of noncompliance and will not tolerate the following behavior:

1.2 Self-Leadership:

All students must conduct themselves in a manner that promotes and supports the well-being of the community, its integrity, and Christian values. The university reserves the right to confront and hold students accountable for behavior that is detrimental to the student, infringes upon the rights and sensitivities of others, or has the appearance of impropriety (appears to not be in keeping with accepted university standards of what is right and proper). For example, students should refrain from actively participating in or being present during violations of community standards.

1.3 Mutual Respect:

Students are expected to be respectful of the individual rights and freedoms of others within the APU community, including faculty, staff, and other students. If a shared sense of understanding does not exist between community members, students are still expected to exhibit an outward sensitivity to the inherent diversity within the APU community. Conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual based upon an individual's race, color, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or any other basis will not be tolerated.

1.4 Student Integrity:

Honesty and integrity are foundational within an academic institution, and are crucial for any community’s health. APU students are expected to conduct themselves in ways that reflect these values. As such, dishonesty in any form (including but not limited to: knowingly furnishing false information, omitting or withholding information, or intentional misrepresentation) will result in disciplinary action.

As a reminder, students should familiarize themselves with the university’s Academic Integrity Policy and Pledge, which reads as follows:

“As a student at this Christ-centered university, I will uphold the highest standards of academic integrity. I will not lie, cheat, or steal in my academic endeavors, nor will I accept the actions of those who do. I will conduct myself responsibly and honorably in all my academic activities as an Azusa Pacific University student.”

2.0 Breaking the Law:

Students who break the law, either on or off campus, will be subject to investigation and the disciplinary process. When a student is charged by a federal, state, or local authority, the university will not request special consideration for that individual because of his/her student status. The university will cooperate fully with law enforcement agencies in the enforcement of the law.

View the number of crimes reported to campus authorities during the past four years.

2.1 Jaywalking:

Jaywalking is against the law, and students who violate this law may be subject to the disciplinary process.

2.2 Theft:

The taking of the property of another without his or her consent is prohibited.

3.0 Harassment:

The university is committed to fostering a positive learning, working, and living environment. Harassment based on conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual based upon an individual’s race, color, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by federal or state laws will not be tolerated. Members of this community condemn unlawful harassment of any kind of or by any employee or student. (Also see 11.2 regarding sexual harassment.)

Harassment may take place in any form, including conduct that is oral, physical, written, graphic, or visual. Such conduct includes but is not limited to objectionable epithets, demeaning depictions or treatment, and threatened or actual abuse or harm based on discrimination toward others’ attributes as stated above.

Harassment may also take place in the form of a hostile environment, which is any harassment that is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive so as to interfere with or limit the ability of a student to participate in or benefit from the university’s programs or activities.

For more information, please see Azusa Pacific University’s Identity Statements.

View the Reporting Procedures and Potential Consequences Related to Harassment (Policy 3.0)

4.0 Fighting and Violence:

Physical violence toward another person is strictly prohibited.

4.1 Domestic and Dating Violence:

Violence against a spouse, former spouse, or an individual who has had a dating or engagement relationship is strictly prohibited.

See list of definitions related to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) 1994 in the References section below.

4.2 Threatening or Endangering Physical or Emotional Well being:

The university will not tolerate expressed or implied threats against others. Any conduct that threatens or endangers the health, physical or emotional well being of a community member, including oneself, either on or off campus, is not acceptable. This may also include any conduct violation motivated by bias, prejudice, or insensitivity toward personal characteristics. Where bias or prejudice is involved, it may result in significantly more serious sanctions, including possible suspension or expulsion.

4.3 Stalking:

Stalking is harassing or threatening another person to the point where that individual fears for his/her safety or the safety of his/her family. Stalking can occur in various forms including, but not limited to, in person and via electronic means (cyberstalking/cyberbullying) is strictly prohibited.

See list of definitions related to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) 1994 in the References section below.

4.4 Bullying:

Bullying is the verbal, written, or physical abuse of another person beyond a reasonable expression of opinion which causes or is likely to cause another person physical or psychological harm, which includes humiliation, stress, emotional harm or which is harassing in nature is strictly prohibited.

5.0 Biohazard and Bodily Fluid:

Student use of any form of biohazard (e.g. bodily waste or fluid from a human or animal) apart from any academic requirements is dangerous to the health of community members and is strictly prohibited on or off campus. Violation of this policy will result in a minimum fine of $500 per person, as well as any additional cost for cleanup and personnel.

6.0 Hazing:

Any and all forms of hazing and initiation are illegal whether voluntary or involuntary. The university takes very seriously any alleged forms of hazing and strictly prohibits this behavior. Hazing includes, but is not limited to:

7.0 Pranks:

Students who participate in any activity on or off campus that threatens and intimidates and/or endangers the health, physical, or emotional well-being of a community member; results in damage, malicious or nonmalicious vandalism, or general disregard for university or private property; or involves a violation of university policy is strictly prohibited.

8.0 Inappropriate, Lewd, Indecent, or Obscene Behavior or Language:

Inappropriate, lewd, indecent, or obscene behavior, language, music, or dress will not be tolerated. This includes but is not limited to the possession or display of pornographic and/or sexually suggestive material, and derogatory racial/ethnic material in any form on university-owned or leased premises, or personal property (e.g., vehicles, electronic devices, clothing, tattoos, etc.).

For more information, pleas refer to APU’s Music Policy.

9.0 Same-Sex Relationships:

Students may not engage in a romanticized same-sex relationship.

10.0 Cohabitation:

Students are not allowed to live with or engage in overnight stays with members of the opposite sex in the same living arrangements (i.e. on or off campus.). This may not apply to students living in their parents’ home.

11.0 Sexual Misconduct:

Sexual misconduct offenses include, but are not limited to: inappropriate sexual behavior, sexual harassment, nonconsensual sexual intercourse (or attempts to commit same), nonconsensual sexual contact (or attempts to commit same), and sexual exploitation.

For more information, please refer to APU’s Identity Statements.

11.1 Inappropriate Sexual Behavior:

Students may not engage in unmarried sexual behavior. The university only recognizes the marriage between a man and a woman.

For more information, please refer to APU’s Identity Statements.

11.2 Sexual Harassment:

Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, such as sexual assault or acts of sexual violence. Conduct need not be severe, pervasive or both in order to amount to sexual harassment.

The university is committed to fostering a positive learning, working, and living environment. Members of this community condemn sexual harassment of any kind by any employee or student. All complaints of sexual harassment will be investigated by the university and appropriate corrective action, including disciplinary measures, taken when warranted.

View the Reporting Procedures and Potential Consequences Related to Sexual Harassment (Policy 11.2)

11.3 Sexual Misconduct While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Any Other Controlled Substance:

Student will be subject to the disciplinary process if there is a reasonable belief that he/she knew or should have known that others involved were under the influence of alcohol or any other controlled substance at the time that the violation occurred.

11.4 Nonconsensual Sexual Contact:

Nonconsensual sexual contact is: any intentional sexual touching, however slight, with any object, by a man or a woman upon a man or a woman, without effective consent.

11.5 Nonconsensual Sexual Intercourse:

Nonconsensual sexual intercourse is: any sexual intercourse (anal, oral, or vaginal), however slight, with any object, by a man or woman upon a man or a woman, without effective consent.

11.6 Sexual Exploitation:

Sexual exploitation occurs when a student takes or attempts to take nonconsensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his/her own advantage or benefit, or to the benefit or advantage of anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of other sexual misconduct offenses.

View the Reporting Procedures and Potential Consequences Related to Sexual Assault/Sexual Misconduct (Policies 11.0, 11.3, 11.4, 11.5, 11.6)

Please refer to the sexual misconduct reporting procedures for detailed definition of “effective consent.”

For more information, please refer to APU’s Identity Statements.

12.0 Hosting Disruptive Gatherings:

No student living on or off campus can host any disruptive party, gathering, or event which disturbs or impacts the peace of another. This includes but is not limited to: disturbing the peace of others; excessive noise; violent, offensive, disorderly behavior, or quarrelsome conduct; traffic obstruction of public or private streets by crowds or vehicles; litter; etc. Any host or student who participates in such an activity will be subject to disciplinary process.

12.1 Hosting Gatherings Involving Alcohol or Drugs:

Persons who host gatherings where alcohol is available to participants should be aware that they will be held responsible for the actions of their guests, including their guests' level of consumption. Persons who host or in any way assist or promote a gathering (on or off campus) that includes any of the following will be subject to probable suspension or expulsion from the University:

Those living at the location where the party is held may be held responsible as hosts regardless of who provides the alcohol.

12.2 Participating In Disruptive Gatherings or Gatherings Involving Alcohol or Drugs:

No student living on or off campus can participate in any disruptive party, gathering, or event which disturbs or impacts the peace of another. This includes but is not limited to: disturbing the peace of others; excessive noise; violent, offensive, disorderly behavior, or quarrelsome conduct; traffic obstruction of public or private streets by crowds or vehicles; litter; etc. Students may also not participate in, assist, or promote a gathering (on or off campus) that includes alcohol given to underage persons, underage consumption of alcohol, illegal drug usage, or any drunkenness.

13.0 Use of Alcohol:

Students who purchase, sell, possess, distribute, and/or use alcohol or other intoxicants may be subject to the disciplinary process. Students are not allowed to use alcohol while participating in university-sponsored events and programs even if those events are off campus, regardless of whether the conduct is legal where it occurs. These events include, but are not limited to, athletic events, international programs, mission trips, study abroad programs, performance group trips, etc. Due to the potential appearance of alcohol use, students are prohibited from collecting or storing empty alcohol containers on campus for recycling or other purposes. See Confiscation and Disposal of Contraband policy in the References section below.

For more information, please refer to APU’s Identity Statements.

See list of descriptions of substances and the Alcohol and Drugs Federal Mandate listed in the References section below.

13.1 Students Under the Influence On Campus:

Students are not allowed to be on campus or at university-sponsored events (including athletic events, international programs, mission trips, study abroad programs, performance group trips, etc.) while under the influence of alcohol even if their consumption occurred off campus or away from these events.

13.2 Underage Possession and Consumption of Alcohol:

The university will not tolerate the possession and consumption of alcohol by students under the age of 21 regardless of their location (i.e. on campus, overseas, study abroad, missions, etc.).

13.3 Student Providing Alcohol:

The university will not tolerate students providing alcohol to those under the age of 21 regardless of the location (on campus, overseas, study abroad, missions, etc.). Such action will be subject to probable suspension or expulsion from the university.

13.4 Driving Under the Influence:

Operating a motor vehicle, on or off campus, after consuming alcohol or a controlled substance is a serious threat to oneself and the community and may result in immediate suspension or expulsion. Anyone who injures another person as a result of driving under the influence may be permanently expelled.

14.0 Narcotics:

Students who possess, distribute, and/or use narcotics on or off campus (including medical marijuana, misuse of prescription drugs, Salvia, any form of hallucinogens, paraphernalia, etc.) or other intoxicants on or off campus may be subject to the disciplinary process. (See list of descriptions of substances and the Alcohol and Drugs Federal Mandate listed in the References section below.)

See Confiscation and Disposal of Contraband policy in the References section below.

15.0 Use of Tobacco:

In the interest of common health concerns, the campus provides a tobacco-free environment. Use or display of any form of tobacco (including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, snuff, smokeless tobacco, chew, hemp, hookah, paraphernalia, devices, etc.) on university premises or at any university-sponsored function is strictly prohibited.

16.0 Gambling:

Gambling is prohibited where it distracts from the academic environment and Christian community, threatens financial security and/or undermines spiritual and mental health.

17.0 Unauthorized Use of University Property or Premises:

Unauthorized entry and misuse of university premises or property (e.g., living area lounges, Cougar Dome, athletic fields, etc.), including but not limited to, entering a restricted area (e.g., rooftops), the unauthorized use of computers or telephones, or other university equipment is prohibited. Gatherings/events that occur on campus without university approval are subject to $500 fine.

17.1 Safety Equipment:

The illegal use, possession of, or tampering with safety equipment, such as fire alarms, smoke detectors, fire doors, door locks, latches, etc., on university premises is illegal and may result in criminal prosecution, and mandatory minimum fine of $500.

17.2 Inappropriate Computer Usage:

The university filters and monitors inappropriate computer and online usage, and upgrades its filtering and monitoring abilities as the university deems necessary. Software piracy is a theft. Azusa Pacific University does not condone or tolerate the unauthorized copying of licensed computer software by staff, faculty, or students. The unauthorized duplication, operation on machines other than for which it is licensed, or other “piracy” of software is a violation of federal law, and may expose the individual and the university to legal processes. The use of peer-to-peer file sharing protocols that are known to distribute and share copyrighted material illegally is a violation of university policy and subjects violators to disciplinary action. The university must adhere to its contractual obligations and comply with all copyright laws, and expects each member of the APU community to do the same. Anyone who violates this policy may be subject to discipline as outlined in the staff, faculty, or student handbooks, and could face additional and possibly costly civil or criminal liability. Questions about whether particular activities are permissible or violate this policy should be directed to staff members of the Office of Student Life, or the Legal Affairs General Counsel.

More information is available on Information and Media Technology’s policies page.

17.3 Vandalism/Damages:

Any malicious or nonmalicious act that causes damage, destroys, or defaces any university, public, private, or another university’s property is strictly prohibited. Restitution determined by the university will be required.

18.0 Inappropriate Communication and Publication:

Communication between members of the APU community is expected to reflect an appropriate degree of mutual respect and civility. Therefore, students are expected to demonstrate a respect for fellow students, faculty, staff, and guests of the university in all communications regardless of whether the communications is through face-to-face exchange, email, social media, texting, blogs, telephone, etc.

Students may be held accountable for statements and publications that they make that appear to be inconsistent with the current Student Standards of Conduct.

Some examples of inappropriate communications include:

* This list is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of inappropriate communications.

19.0 Weapons:

Possession of any type of firearms, including but not limited to BB/pellet guns, paint guns, air guns, air soft guns, taser guns, any facsimile of a gun or any counterfeit firearm, blow guns, blow gun ammunition, switch blades, bows and arrows, explosive devices, martial arts weapons, fireworks, water balloon launchers, and all other weapons listed in the California penal code section 12020, and/or other weapons considered illegal or dangerous by a university official is prohibited on campus premises.

See Confiscation and Disposal of Contraband policy in the References section below.

20.0 Protests and Demonstrations:

Students must adhere to the APU Student Peaceful Assembly and Forum Policy.

21.0 Abuse of the Disciplinary Process:

Any student who, by intention and/or action, impedes the disciplinary process will be subject to the disciplinary process.

References

Alcohol and Drugs Federal Mandate: The federal government mandated on October 1, 1990, that there will be no illegal drug use by students, staff, or faculty on college campuses anywhere in the United States. At its November 22, 1991, meeting, the Board of Trustees of Azusa Pacific University adopted the following policy statement to comply with the law. The policy, which is to be shared in writing with students, staff, and faculty, is as follows:

On November 18, 1988, Congress passed the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 (P.L. 100-690, Title V, Subtitle D; 41 U.S.C. 701 et. seq.). This statute requires contractors and grantees of federal agencies to certify that they will provide a drug-free workplace. Making this required certification is a precondition for receiving a contract or grant from a federal agency.

Pursuant to the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, it is unlawful to manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess, or use controlled substances at university work sites and/or while performing university activities, events, or business. The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (P.L. 101-226) amends the 1988 law, stating that it is also unlawful to manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess, use, or sell illicit drugs and alcohol in the workplace, at any university activities or events, or while performing university business.

Compliance for Students: The university makes every effort to provide and maintain a drug-free campus. Pursuant to the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, it is unlawful to manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess, use, or sell illicit drugs and alcohol in all buildings, property, facilities, service areas, and satellite centers of the university. All students are required to comply with this policy as a condition of their continued enrollment. Any student violating this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, including suspension and possible expulsion.

Local, state, and federal laws establish severe penalties for violations of drug and alcohol statutes. These sanctions, upon conviction, may range from a fine to life imprisonment. In the case of possession and distribution of illegal drugs, these sanctions could include the seizure and summary forfeiture of property, including vehicles. It is especially important to know that federal laws have established penalties for illegally distributing drugs to include life imprisonment and fines in excess of $1,000,000. Some examples of local or state laws are as follows:

In addition, pursuant to federal law, a student’s eligibility for federal financial aid may be suspended if the student is convicted, under federal or state law, of any offense involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs.

Alcohol/drug abuse counseling, treatment, rehabilitation information, referral information, and social service directories for Los Angeles County are available in the Student Health Center, Office of Student Life, and the University Counseling Center.

Definitions: The use of illegal drugs and tobacco and abuse of alcohol may have serious health consequences, including damage to the heart, lungs, and other organs. Alcohol accidents are the number one cause of death for persons aged 15–24. The most significant health risk, besides death, is addiction. Chemical dependency is a disease that, if not arrested, is fatal. Illegal drug use or possession may involve, but is not limited to the following substances:

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) 1994: For purposes of interpreting and applying VAWA, the following nonexhaustive list of definitions is applicable:

Dating Violence, as defined in Section 40002 of VAWA 1994, means: “SEC 40002(a)(8) – “DATING VIOLENCE – The term ‘dating violence means violence committed by a person—

A. who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and
B. where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:

Domestic Violence, as defined in Section 40002 of VAWA 1994, means: “SEC 40002(a)(6) – “DOMESTIC VIOLENCE – The term ‘domestic violence’ includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.”

Immediate Family Member means: “with respect to a person –

A. a spouse, parent, brother, sister, or child of that person, or an individual to whom that person stands in loco parentis; or
B. any other person living in the household of that person and related to that person by blood or marriage.”

Stalking means:

A. “to follow, pursue, or repeatedly commit acts with the intent to kill, injure, harass, or intimidate another person; and

B. in the course of, or as a result of, such following, pursuit, surveillance or repeatedly committed acts, to place a person in reasonable fear of the death of, or serious bodily injury to, or to cause substantial emotional harm to –

Confiscation and Disposal of Contraband: Contraband may be seized by any university official. It will be the responsibility of the official seizing the items, to turn all seized item(s) over to the Department of Campus Safety (D.C.S.) for proper storage, the only exception will be alcoholic beverages; in this circumstance the alcoholic beverage containers will be photographed after which the beverage container and its contents will be disposed of.

D.C.S. will maintain possession of the contraband unless turned over to the Azusa Police Department for destruction or criminal prosecution. The property will remain with D.C.S. until such time as a university judicial officer has rendered a finding, or in keeping with the D.C.S. protocols concerning property. Contraband will not be returned to the student. Contraband is defined as:

  1. Alcoholic beverages
  2. Narcotics
  3. Paraphernalia used for the consumption or use of narcotics
  4. Tobacco or similar products including smoking paraphernalia
  5. Prescription medication outside of its approved container
  6. Prohibited weapons
  7. Sexually oriented or suggestive items as specified in section 1.7 of the Residence Life policy.

Review: The university will conduct a biennial review of its alcohol and drug regulations to determine their effectiveness and implement changes as needed to ensure that the sanctions developed are consistently enforced.