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Definitions of Conduct Violations

Conduct Rules and Regulations

Any student found to have committed the following misconduct is subject to the disciplinary sanctions outlined in Article IV:

Alcohol use or possession
Credit card misuse
Disruptive behavior
Drug possession or use
Entry or use
Failure to comply
Fire or safety equipment misuse
Identification misuse
Conduct system abuse
Obscene or harrassing communication
Physical or verbal abuse
Sexual misconduct
Telecommunication process/procedure misuse
Unauthorized use/destruction/defacing of property
Unauthorized use or other abuse of University computing resources
Unauthorized key possession or use
Unauthorized posting
Violation of the law
Violation of University policy
Weapon possession or use

Alcohol use or possession – Including but not limited to public intoxication, use, possession, manufacturing or distribution of alcoholic beverages except as expressly permitted by law and University regulations.

 Credit card misuse – The unauthorized use of another’s credit card, debit card, charge card, secured card, smart card or any other instrument of credit.

Dishonesty – Including but not limited to the following:

Furnishing false information to any University official, faculty member, or office.

Disruptive behavior – Behavior by any student, in class or out of class, which for any reason materially disrupts the class work of others, involves substantial disorder, invades the rights of others, or otherwise disrupts the regular and essential operation of the University.  This includes, but is not limited to the following:

Drug possession or use – Use, possession, exchange, manufacturing, or distribution of marijuana, heroin, narcotics, other controlled substances and/or paraphernalia, except as expressly permitted by law.

The Michigan Medical Marijuana Act of 2008 (MMMA) notwithstanding, WMU is subject to the Federal Drug-Free workplace Act of 1988 and the Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act amendment of 1989, both of which prohibit controlled substances on campus, including marijuana.  The use or possession of medical marijuana is not permitted within the residence halls or apartments.

Entry or use – Entry into or use of University premises or property, or remaining in any area on University premises which is unauthorized.

Failure to comply – Failure to comply with direction of University officials or law enforcement officers acting in performance of their duties.

Fire or safety equipment misuse – Tampering with or misuse of fire or any other safety equipment, or disregarding, circumventing, or disabling any security or safety device or system.

Hazing – Any act which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a person, embarrasses, frightens, or degrades a person or which destroys or removes public/private property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, or affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership, in a group, organization/team. The expressed or implied consent of the alleged person against whom the actions have been taken will not be a defense. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing are not neutral acts; they are violations of this rule.

Identification misuse – The use of another person’s identity, password, identification number, University identification card or any other identification card; or assisting another to misuse any identity, password, identification number, University identification card or any other identification card.

 Conduct system abuse – Including but not limited to:

Obscene or harassing communication including but not limited to: Making obscene or harassing telephone calls, sending obscene or harassing letters, email, or using any medium to communicate in an obscene or harassing manner.

Physical or verbal abuse – Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health, well-being, or safety of any person.

Sexual misconduct – Any form of sexual activity or sexual contact, including sexual harassment (see Appendix C for additional resources), which is unwanted, that occurs as a result of intimidation, threat of force, use of force, or other coercive behavior or occurs without consent. 

Telecommunication process/procedure misuse – The unauthorized use of another person’s cell phone, phone card, telephone credit card, or the unauthorized acceptance of collect telephone calls.

Unauthorized use/destruction/defacing of property – Attempted or actual removal of, use of, and/or damage to property of the University or property of another or the removal of other personal or public property without proper authorization. Leaving or placing unauthorized materials on University property or defacing University property is also prohibited.

Unauthorized use or other abuse of University computing resources including but not limited to the following:

Unauthorized key possession or use – Unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of keys, key cards, or other access or security devices.

Unauthorized posting – Placing of notices, posters, signs, handbills, etc. anywhere on University premises and/or through university resources without proper authorization.

Violation of the law – Violation of federal, state, or local law on University premises or at University sponsored or supervised activities or that which is in the jurisdiction of the University.

Violation of University policy – Violation of any University policy, rule or regulation published in hard copy or available electronically via the University website; and/or any attempt to commit prohibited activities defined herein; and/or enticing or inciting others to commit prohibited activities defined herein, and/or conspiring to perform any prohibited activities defined herein; and/or any other conduct which adversely affects the student’s suitability as a member of the University community.

Weapon possession or use – The possession, use or storage of firearms, explosives, other lethal and non-lethal weapons, dangerous chemicals or compounds is prohibited on University owned or controlled premises and at University sponsored events without authorization from the appropriate University official.  Using or possessing a weapon, even with proper authorization, in a manner that harms, threatens or causes fear in others, or is otherwise in violation of the Weapons on Campus Policy contained in the Registered Student Organization Handbook, is also prohibited.  Weapons may include but are not limited to pellet guns, BB guns, paint ball guns, nun chucks, throwing stars, bows and arrows, knives, firecrackers and ammunition.