Student Rights and Responsibilities (Code of Conduct)
Regulations Governing Student Conduct and Community Standards of Behavior
Pursuant to the Resolution of the Board of Trustees of the State University of New
York, dated May 11, 1967, and Section 356 of the State Education Law, and after consultation
with the President, representatives of the faculty, and students, the Council of the
State University of New York at Fredonia established and promulgates the following
regulations covering the conduct and behavior of students. The following rules and
regulations were amended in December 2004 and were agreed upon by the President of
the University, the College Council, the Student Affairs Committee, and the University
Attendance at this University is a privilege afforded the student by the State of
New York and not a legal right. The determination of a student's fitness to be admitted
to the university and to continue as a student has been entrusted by the Board of
Trustees of the State University to the President and his/her staff. The term student
or students include all persons taking or auditing classes at Fredonia, both full-time
and part-time, pursuing undergraduate, graduate, or professional studies; matriculated
in any University program. Persons who are not officially enrolled for a particular
term, but who have a continuing student relationship with the University, are considered
Specific Standards of Behavior (Code of Conduct)
Listed below are the specific Standards of Behavior (Code of Conduct). The Code of
Conduct is broken into four sections: Personal Identification and Representation;
Interference with the Health, Safety, or Rights of Other Persons; Care of University
or Personal Property; and Demonstration or Other Groups or Individual Action.
Alleged violation of any of the following may result in charges being filed against
a student or organization.
- Personal Identification and Representation
Failure to act in accordance with these standards must be treated as a major failure
to accept responsibility as a student and make one subject to separation from the
community. Prohibited are:
- Furnishing false or incomplete information to University offices, officials, or judicial
- Failing to appear before a University official or judicial board when directed to
- Making, forging, printing, reproducing, copying, or altering any record, document,
writing, or identification used or maintained by the University that results in injury,
defrauding, or misrepresentation.
- Refusing to identify one's self when directed by an authorized University official
having just cause. Students are expected to carry their FRED Cards at all times.
- Transferring one's own FRED Card to another for the purpose of obtaining University
service or privileges.
- Attempting to obtain a University privilege or service to which the student is not
- Providing erroneous information concerning a change in status concerning financial
refunds or financial independence from parents or legal guardian.
- Interference with the Health, Safety, or Rights of Other Persons
All members of the university community share the responsibility for protecting and
maintaining community health, safety, and the rights of other persons. Students are
required to obey the statutes and laws of the nation and the state, as well as the
ordinances and laws of the village of Fredonia, city of Dunkirk, and the towns of
Pomfret and Dunkirk. Conviction of a violation of such laws, statutes, or ordinances
may be grounds for suspension or dismissal. The following conduct is prohibited:
- Failing to comply with directions of University or town officials (This includes,
but is not limited to faculty, staff, Residence Hall Director, Resident Assistant,
police, security, safety, or fire officials carrying out properly assigned responsibilities).
- Failing to comply with the final decision of a judicial board or administrative action.
- Misusing safety equipment including but not limited to tampering with fire equipment,
fire alarms, smoke detectors, exit lights, refusal to obey a fire alarm, initiating
a false fire alarm, submitting a bomb threat, activating emergency phones, sprinkler
systems, or propping doors open.
- Fighting and threats to, physical abuse of, or harassment and any other action which
threatens to or does endanger the health, safety, or welfare of a member of the University
- Engages or threatens to engage in behavior which poses imminent danger of causing
substantial harm to self or others.
- Obstructing or disrupting teaching, administrative or public service function of the
- Obstructing or disrupting disciplinary proceedings or authorized University activities.
- Engaging in any action or situation which endangers the mental or physical health
of a member of the University or local community.
- Creating a situation that results in harassment of a member of the University or local
- Engaging in any form of hazing, which endangers the mental or physical health or involves
the forced or coerced consumption of alcohol or drugs for the purpose of initiation
or affiliation with any organization. This is more particularly described in the University
Policy on Hazing.
- Participation in any form of non-consensual sexual intimacy and unwanted physical
sexual conduct. This is more particularly described in the University Policy on Sexual
- Possessing firearms, explosives (including firecrackers), weapons, bb guns, paintball
guns, potato guns, blow guns, knives (4 inches or longer or switchblade), bayonets,
nunchucks, and brass knuckles.
- Illegally using, possessing, selling, or distributing narcotics, prescription drugs, stimulants,
depressants, hallucinogens, marijuana or its derivatives, or drug paraphernalia. This
is more particularly described in the University Policy on Drugs and Alcohol and the
Residence Life Policies and Procedures. For students residing in or visiting the Residence
Halls, all Residence Life policies regarding drugs are incorporated into the University
Policy on Drugs and Alcohol.
- Illegally using alcohol, possessing alcohol, selling or distributing alcohol; distributing
alcohol to minors. This is more particularly described in the University Policy on
Drugs and Alcohol and the Residence Life Policies and Procedures. For students residing
in or visiting the Residence Halls, all Residence Life policies regarding alcohol
are incorporated into the University Policy on Drugs and Alcohol.
- Use of speakers or other sound amplifying equipment without clearance as to time and
place from the Office of Student Affairs.
- Posting of posters, handbills, or notices without permission of the appropriate University
official. The Office of Campus Life must approve all postings.
- Solicitation or vending of any kind is not permitted on campus or in the Residence
Halls, unless permission is given by the Office of Residence Life or the Office of
- Smoking in non-smoking areas so designated by the University President or his/her
- Ignoring reasonable standards of appropriate behavior, including disorderly conduct.
- Engaging in cheating, plagiarism, or collusion on any examination or on assigned work.
This is more particularly described in the University Policy on Academic Integrity.
- Refusing to accept financial obligations incurred as a student enrolled at the University.
(The university is empowered to refuse to register, graduate, or release records of
any student who is delinquent in his/her obligations to the university.)
- Viewing, possessing, or distributing child pornography.
- Counterfeiting or violating copyright laws.
- Illegal or inappropriate use of Fredonia's network or computers. This is more particularly
described in the Computer and Network Usage Policy.
- Engaging in unlawful gambling activities under conditions that are contrary to the
provisions of state law or any applicable university policy.
- Care of University and Personal Property
Maintaining and preserving University grounds, academic buildings, resident and dining
facilities, and other associated structures is an obligation of all members of the
university community. Similarly, maintaining and preserving personal property is also
an obligation. Prohibited are:
- Theft, unauthorized possession of, or inappropriate use of property belonging to the
university, a member of the University community, a campus guest, or community member.
- Vandalism, destruction of, damage to, or inappropriate use of property belonging to
the university, a member of the University community, a campus guest, or community
- Destruction, mutilation, and defacement of or tampering with books, magazines, library
materials or equipment, or computer services or equipment.
- Unauthorized occupancy of or trespassing on University property or facilities.
- Demonstration or Other Groups or Individual Action
The campus must be open to a free exchange of ideas and individuals and groups have
protected Constitutional rights; therefore, all members of the community are expected
to conduct dialogues with mutual respect and courtesy. Prohibited are:
- Denying to other students, officials, employees, or invited guests of the university
lawful freedom of movement on the campus, lawful use of the property or facilities
of the university, or the right of lawful entrance to and exit from any of the Universities
- Impeding the staff or faculty of the University in the performance of their duties,
or impeding any student of the university in the pursuit of his or her legitimate
educational or social activities, through the use of restraint, coercion, or intimidation,
or when force and violence are presented or threatened.
- Engaging in any intentional overt activity resulting in the obstruction to, disruption
of interference with any of the legitimate missions, processes, procedures, or functions
of the University.
- Refusing to vacate a building, street, sidewalk, driveway, or other facility of the
university when directed to do so by an authorized official of the University having
just cause to order such evacuation.
- Making unnecessary noise or causing noise to be made with objects and instruments,
which disturb University functions or community living.