Listed below are policies the University has adopted to ensure the health, safety,
and well-being of the campus community.
Policy on Hazing and Initiation or Affiliation with any Organization
The purpose of this policy is to specifically clarify those behaviors and activities
which constitute violations of University regulations and New York State laws pertaining
to hazing, and to provide some guidance to student organizations in designing new
member programs and activities, which serve to protect the human dignity and safety
of all persons which will be permitted. This policy applies to all members of a student
organization including alumni members. No organization may engage in any form of hazing.
A student found responsible for hazing may receive a Permanent Transcript Notation
on his or her transcript. This is more particularly described in the Permanent Transcript
Hazing is defined as engaging in any action or creating a situation intentionally
or unintentionally designed to produce mental or physical discomfort, harassment,
or excessive ridicule in the course of another person's initiation into or affiliation
with any organization. Such activities and situations may constitute hazing but are
not limited to the following:
- disfiguration to include branding or self-mutilation
- paddling in any form
- creation of excessive fatigue
- physical and psychological shocks
- activities such as quests, treasure hunts, drinking games, scavenger hunts, road trips,
etc. which are conducted in an illegal, demeaning, or dangerous manner
- public wearing of apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste
- engaging in public stunts and buffoonery
- morally degrading or humiliating games and activities
- any activities which interfere with class attendance, class preparation or scholastic
activities or activities which are disruptive to any university department or office
- verbal abuse which leads to public embarrassment or humiliation
- implication that an act of hazing could be pre-initiatory
- any other activities that are not consistent with fraternal law, ritual or policy,
or the policies and regulations of SUNY Fredonia.
Fredonia reserves the right to revoke recognition of any student organization or club
that is found to have violated these rules. Appropriate review of alleged violations
may include review by the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Director of Judicial
Affairs. Member organizations of Inter-Greek Council and Pan-Hellenic Council may
also be reviewed by their respective Judicial Boards. Revocation of recognition may
not preclude the imposition of the University Judicial Board; but when considered
by the Vice President for Student Affairs to be serious in nature, could result in
immediate suspension of organizational recognition until such time as the allegations
have been appropriately adjudicated.
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Policy on Sexual Assault
The Fredonia campus will not tolerate sexual assault in any form, including acquaintance
rape. Where there is probable cause to believe that the campus' regulations prohibiting
sexual assault have been violated, the campus will pursue strong disciplinary action
through its own channels. This discipline includes the possibility of suspension or
dismissal from the University.
A student charged with sexual assault can be prosecuted under New York State criminal
statutes and disciplined under the campus code of student conduct. Even if the criminal
justice authorities choose not to prosecute, the campus can pursue disciplinary action.
A student may be charged under Section 2(f) of the Standards of Behavior.
In addressing cases of sexual assault, Fredonia works to ensure fairness and to provide
support for all persons involved, especially the victims. Students who have questions
about the procedures and protections provided in these cases are encouraged to contact
the Office of Student Affairs and/or University Police. Students are also encouraged
to take advantage of the Counseling Center and Health Center for further assistance.
Fredonia recognizes the following definition of consent: voluntary, non-coerced and
clear communication indicating a willingness to engage in a particular act. Consent
or lack of consent may be expressed or implied. Acquiescence does not necessarily
constitute consent, further consent cannot be construed if: (1) It is given by a person
who is legally incompetent to authorize the conduct charged to constitute the offense
and such incompetence is manifest or known to the actor; or (2) It is given by a person
who by reason of youth, mental disease or defect, or intoxication is manifestly unable
or known to the actor to be unable to make a reasonable judgment as to the nature
or harmfulness of the conduct charged to constitute the offense; or (3) It is induced
by force, duress or deception.
For additional information, go to the University Police Department.
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Good Samaritan Policy
The welfare of students is the highest importance to Fredonia. There will be times
when individual students, both on and off campus, may be in critical need of assistance
from medical or other professional personnel. Fredonia expects that these students
will seek help and that other students will respond to obtain the help that their
fellow student needs. Fredonia wants to minimize any hesitation that students might
have in obtaining help due to concern that their own behavior might be a violation
of University policy.
While policy violations cannot be overlooked, the Office of Judicial Affairs will
take into consideration the positive impact of reporting an incident on the welfare
of students when determining the appropriate response for policy violations by the
reporter of the incident. Any possible negative consequences for the reporter of the
problem should be weighed against the possible negative consequences for the student
who needs intervention. At minimum, Fredonia expects that a student would make a report
that would put the student in need in touch with professional helpers.
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Alcohol and Drug Policy
The inappropriate use of alcohol and drugs can interfere with student development
and seriously threaten the health and safety of the University community. Members
of the University community will be held accountable for their behavior while under
the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
The Residence Hall Alcohol Policy states that no one under 21 years of age may consume
or possess alcoholic beverages. Hosts are responsible for all of their guests, including
those who are under 21 years of age. Students who are over 21 may not consume alcohol
in the presence of anyone under 21 other than their roommate. Individuals who are
under the age of 21 may not be present where alcohol is being served or consumed other
than as set forth by the aforementioned regulation. In such cases, all underage students
present will be charged with an alcohol or drug policy violation. Refer to the Student
Rights and Responsibilities section of the Student Handbook for the complete Alcohol
and Drug Policy.
The Residence Hall Drug Policy states that all students should be aware that “Pursuant
to the order of the Chancellor of SUNY, the illegal use of narcotics and/or dangerous
drugs on campus is expressly forbidden.” Residence Life prohibits the possession of
drug paraphernalia including, but not limited to, pipes, hookahs, bongs, rollers,
spoofs, water pipes, smokeless cigarettes, etc. Any student known or suspected to
be in the possession of, using or distributing drugs or drug related paraphernalia
is subject to disciplinary action and criminal action under campus regulations, as
well as state and federal law.
These alcohol and drug related sanctioning guidelines focus on student development
and early intervention for minor violations and first offenses, and on a more disciplinary
approach for major violations and repeat or multiple offenses.
The following are prohibited:
- The use, possession, sale, or distribution of illegal drugs, controlled substances,
and drug paraphernalia.
The following are prohibited:
- Using or possessing alcohol (persons under 21 years of age).
- Distributing or selling alcohol to minors, on or off campus.
- Misstating or misrepresenting age through the presentation of false documents.
- Distributing or selling alcohol without a license
Students and guests who are of legal purchase age or older may possess alcoholic beverages
in quantities for personal use only in their private rooms, subject to all regulations
that may be established by the Office of Residence Life.
Typical Alcohol / Drug Sanction(s)
Listed below are possible sanction(s) for those who violate the drug and alcohol policy.
The sanctions listed may be used alone, or in combination, and additional sanctions
not listed here may also be applied.
- First Offense: The first alcohol or drug related violation would typically result
in a Disciplinary Warning and a requirement to complete either the online Alcohol
or Drug Education Course. The student will be charged a fee to cover the cost of these
- Second Offense: The second alcohol or drug related violation would typically result
in Disciplinary Probation and a referral to the Fredonia Cares program, an in-depth
alcohol and drug prevention counseling program. The student will be charged a fee
to offset some of the cost of this counseling program.
- Third Offense: The third offense would typically result in some sort of Disciplinary
Suspension. The duration of the suspension would depend on the student's educational
and disciplinary record.
If any of the above mentioned offenses are very minor, the Residence Hall Director
or Director of Judicial Affairs would have the option to issue a lesser sanction.
If any of these offenses are major violations of campus policy, the sanctions may
be more severe. Major violations would typically stem from police involvement, criminal
charges, hospitalization of participants, or involve the illegal sale or distribution
of drugs or provision of alcohol to students who are underage.
Alcohol Education Course
Students are required to complete this online program as a sanction for a first time
violation of University alcohol policies. This course is a science-based course and
provides detailed information about alcohol and its effects on the body and mind.
A fee will be charged to cover the cost of the program.
Drug Education Course
Students are required to complete this online program as a sanction for a first time
violation of University drug policies. The course is a science-based course that provides
detailed information about marijuana and its effect on the body and mind. A fee will
be charged to cover the cost of the program.
Fredonia CARES [Choice |Acceptance| Responsibility| Experience| Success] is a campus
initiative designed to address alcohol and other drug concerns on our campus. The
program responds to the individual needs of students who have been charged with a
violation of the Fredonia Alcohol and Drug Policy. Additionally, students who believe
they might benefit from examining their substance use may take part in an appropriate
workshop. Students will have a private and confidential consultation, and participate
in a researched based workshop focusing on self-assessment to help better understand
the risks and impacts substance use plays in one’s life. The program respects individuals'
values and personal choices regarding substance use. It also supports the idea that
with new information, time to process it, and support for change, many people will
benefit from considering behavior changes and exploring new beliefs. A fee is charged
to cover the cost of this program.
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Other Types of Judicial Sanctions
If a student is found responsible for misconduct on or off campus, the following sanctions
may be imposed singly or in combination. The sanction(s) imposed will commensurate
with the offending conduct, and may take into account the student's educational record
and any previous conduct record.
- Verbal Warning - A verbal reprimand which expresses University dissatisfaction with
the student's conduct and which clarifies expected behavior in the future. Such a
warning is noted in the student's conduct file.
- Disciplinary Warning - A written reprimand which expresses University dissatisfaction
with the student's conduct and which clarifies expected behavior in the future.
- Disciplinary Probation - Written notification that any further violations within the
probationary period shall result in more severe disciplinary action. The probationary
period will be for a specific period of time and/or until the completion of any specified
requirements or conditions that are part of the probation.
- Disciplinary Suspension in Abeyance - The student remains enrolled. However, any violation
of conduct regulations during the period of suspension in abeyance will, after determination
of guilt, result in a minimum sanction of automatic suspension.
- Disciplinary Suspension - A decision that removes the student from the University
for a specific period of time, usually no more than two years. The suspension might
be immediate or begin after the end of the semester. In either case, the student is
eligible for consideration for readmission at the end of the specified period.
- Disciplinary Expulsion - A decision that removes the student permanently from the
University. Normally, the penalty shall also include the student being barred from
the premises of the University.
- Other Sanctions - Other sanction may include a variety of restrictions and educational
related activities. These include but are not limited to:
- prohibition from engaging in any extra-curricular activity
- prohibition running or holding an office in any student group or organization
- prohibition from participation in sports related activities
- restricting students from serving on any university committees
- limiting student employment
- removal from on-campus housing
- restriction from specific buildings or Residence Halls
- changing student room or Residence Hall assignment
- restriction from campus
- placing holds on records
- service charges or restitution
- required counseling
- required community service
- required class attendance
- required Internet research
- writing a paper
- required apology
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A complaint of misconduct is usually written by a complainant and includes specific
allegations or charges of misconduct. The complaint will be discussed with the complainant
and the accused during separate interviews. If there appears to be grounds for disciplinary
action, it will be addressed through the appropriate procedures. If the complaint
is found to be unwarranted or if there is not enough evidence to proceed, the complainant
will be so advised. The complaint, relevant evidence, and related charges are shared
with the accused so that the accused can prepare a defense in the event of a conduct
hearing. Faculty, staff, students, and community members are encouraged to report
incidents of misconduct. Police reports and Residence Hall incident reports are also
used to report violations of University conduct standards.
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Zero Tolerance Policy
As part of a Zero Tolerance Policy, Fredonia will take disciplinary action for every
alcohol and drug related violation on campus. Fredonia will also take disciplinary
action for some violations reported off campus, provided these violations have a connection
to the campus. This would include violations that endanger students or may cause harm
to the campus community.
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Parental Notification Policy
In October 1998, Congress passed the Higher Education Amendment which permits post-secondary
institutions to disclose to parents or legal guardians of students under 21, without
their consent, information regarding the student's violation of any federal, state,
or local law, or any rule or policy of the institution governing the use or possession
of alcohol or a controlled substance. The Office of Student Affairs normally informs
parents of any alcohol or drug violation involving students under 21 when the student
is found responsible.
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University Judicial System
The University Standards of Behavior and University Policies are intended to promote
student development and ensure an atmosphere of learning necessary to the well being
of all university community members on and off-campus. Violation of university policy
off-campus may be subject to disciplinary action by the University judicial process.
The Office of Student Affairs implements the standards and procedures of the University
Any member of the University community may bring a complaint directly to the Office
of Student Affairs. The complaint must be written, signed, and dated. A review by
the Office of Student Affairs will be initiated and if appropriate, charges will be
filed. Specific procedures will be followed if a case is referred to the University
If a student is charged with a violation of the rules and regulations, the following
options exist: you may choose an Administrative Hearing, a University Judicial Board
hearing, or an Administrative Sanction Hearing in which a student chooses to plead responsible
to the charges and waives their right to a hearing. The Office of Student Affairs
will impose a sanction.
If a student, club, or organization fails to respond to the letter of charge(s) by
the deadline, by either pleading responsible or not responsible, Fredonia will assume
a plea of not responsible. The case will be sent to an Administrative Hearing, and
the student, club, or organization will be notified of the hearing date and time at
least two weeks in advance of the hearing. A hold will be placed on the student's
record pending the outcome of the hearing. A student hold restricts a student from
registering for classes, dropping or adding classes, and obtaining an official transcript.
The club or organization in question will have all privileges suspended pending the
outcome of the hearing.
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Administrative Sanction Hearing
In an Administrative Sanction Hearing, the Director of Judicial Affairs meets with
the accused student to hear the case. This option is usually chosen if a student pleads
responsible to the charges and accepts the appropriate sanction. This option requires
that the student waive his/her right to another hearing and to the right to appeal
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The Administrative Hearing Board consists of three University faculty/staff members.
The Administrative Hearing Board hears the case, weighs the evidence and testimony
of the accused and of witnesses, determines responsibility or non-responsibility of
the accused and makes a sanction recommendation to the Vice President for Student
Affairs. The accused student will be determined responsible or not responsible by
the preponderance of the evidence. Preponderance of the evidence means evidence that
would lead a reasonable person to conclude that it is more likely than not that the
act in question did occur or that the fact or proposition is true.
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Judicial Board Hearing
The Judicial Board shall be composed of twelve members. Approximately six students
and six faculty/staff members are appointed for term of one year. To proceed with
a Judicial Board Hearing, a minimum of five Judicial Board members must be present.
If less than five members are present, the accused student must agree in writing in
order to have the hearing. Each year, students, faculty, and staff members are appointed
to the board for a term of one year. Members are nominated by the Student Affairs
Committee or a subcommittee of the Student Affairs Committee and appointed by the
University President. The Judicial Board hears the case, weighs the evidence and testimony
of witnesses, determines responsibility or non-responsibility of the accused, and
makes a sanction recommendation to the Vice President for Student Affairs. The accused
student will be determined responsible or not responsible by the preponderance of
the evidence. Preponderance of the evidence means evidence that would lead a reasonable
person to conclude that it is more likely than not that the act in question did occur
or that the fact or proposition is true.
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Procedures for the University Judicial Board:
Step 1: A charge for violation may be placed against any student by any other student or
by a member of the University community by giving written notice of the charge signed
by the complainant to the Office of Student Affairs.
Step 2: The Office of Student Affairs shall give notice of the specific charges against the
student, in writing. The notice shall clearly indicate the offense with specific reference
to the violated regulation and shall indicate the time and place of the initial meeting
with the Director of Judicial Affairs. If the student/organization requests a hearing,
a separate notice shall be presented to the accused at least five (5) days prior to
the hearing. In extreme cases, the five-day notification period may be waived if deemed
necessary by the Vice President for Student Affairs. A student may waive, in writing,
the requirement of a hearing. In such cases, the hearing body will consider the evidence
(please see above for further reference). If the student does not waive the requirements
of a hearing and does not appear for such a hearing, his/her case will be considered
by the hearing body and a decision will be rendered in his/her absence.
Step 3: The Office of Student Affairs shall insure that any student charged with violating
University rules and regulations has, prior to appearing before the Judicial Board,
been presented with a statement defining the composition and authority of the Judicial
Step 4: The Judicial Board shall examine all relevant facts and circumstances presented at
the hearing and reach an equitable decision. A record of the hearing shall be kept
to enable review and every reasonable attempt shall be made to keep the matter appropriately
confidential. All hearings are audio recorded, however in the event of equipment failure,
a board member(s) will take notes to ensure accurate recording of the hearing. Fredonia
will not be responsible for turning audio recorded records into written transcript
form. Grounds for appeal will also not be considered due to equipment failure.
Step 5: At the hearing, the student shall have a full opportunity to explain the circumstances
surrounding the incident and shall be able to present pertinent evidence and testimony
of witnesses. In addition, the student shall have the opportunity to ask questions
of any witnesses, respond to written statements submitted against him/her, and to
respond to questions. The Judicial Board shall also have the right to call witnesses
and to review materials. The student shall have the right to be assisted by an advisor
and/or attorney of his/her choice. The advisor or attorney may not participate in
Step 6: All student judicial history will be withheld from the board members until a finding
of responsibility has been made. If a student is found responsible for violating University
policy, their judicial history, if any, will be shared with the board members prior
to sanction deliberation.
Step 7: The Judicial Board shall notify the student in writing of its' final decision.
Should the decision involve Disciplinary Warning or Disciplinary Probation, the decision
made by the Judicial Board shall be final unless they are reversed or altered by the
written decision of the University President, or his/her designee. The student shall
have the right to appeal to the University President or his/her designee in writing
within five (5) days from the mailing of such notification. An appeal will be considered
if there is significant new information or material relevant to the case that was
not presented during the hearing, or for a claimed violation of the student's due
In cases involving suspension or dismissal, the Judicial Board shall recommend such
action to the President of the University or his/her designee, in which case the University
President's decision shall be final.
Policies of Judicial Board
- The Judicial Board shall not discuss or review matters under consideration outside
of the hearing. Failure of a Judicial Board member to uphold this provision renders
such member subject to impeachment procedures by the Student Affairs Committee. Impeachment
shall be by a two-thirds vote of that committee. Any violation of this section shall
not affect the proceedings of the Judicial Board in a determination of the case.
- No member of the Judicial Board shall be either a witness before the board or a person
previously engaged in formulating the charge or in presenting materials relating to
- Judicial Board records shall be filed with the Office of Student Affairs and released
only with the permission of the Judicial Board, the Director of Judicial Affairs,
or the alleged violator. Records shall be kept for seven years.
- The Judicial Board may adopt bylaws not inconsistent with these rules and regulation
upon the affirmative vote of not less than six members.
- The Judicial Board shall be composed of twelve members. Approximately six students
and six faculty/staff members are appointed for term of one year. Members are nominated
by the Student Affairs Committee or a subcommittee of the Student Affairs Committee
and appointed by the University President.
- In order to nominate, a student must have attained sophomore status (24 credit hours).
All members of the Judicial Board must have been a member of the University community
for at least one semester before taking office. No student may serve if he/she is
on probation at the time of the appointment. No member of the Judicial Board may be
a voting member of the Student Association, University Senate, or the Student Affairs
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Policy for Involuntary Leave for Medical/Psychological Reasons
- Standards for Involuntary Leave
- Authority for the policy: "In the legitimate interest of the University in protecting
property and the safety and welfare of specific individuals or the general public,
the University President or his/her designee may temporarily suspend an individual
pending a decision by a University hearing board" (Student Rights and Responsibilities,
- Proscribed Behavior: Any student who:
- Engages, or threatens to engage, in behavior which poses imminent danger of causing
substantial harm to self and/or others, or
- Engages, or threatens to engage, in behavior which would cause significant property
damage, or directly and substantially impede the lawful activities of others, shall
be subject to involuntary withdrawal in accordance with the procedures set forth below.
- Procedure for Leave
- Upon preliminary investigation, the student may be required to leave the University
for a designated period of time. If the student is required to leave it is expected
that the student will seek a psychological evaluation. This evaluation will be shared
with the Office of Student Affairs and the Director of the Counseling Center.
- In order to return and/or remain in school, the student must be evaluated by the Director
of the Counseling Center or his/her designee. After the meeting with the Director
of the Counseling Center or his/her designee, the student will need to meet with the
Vice President for Student Affairs or his/her designee. The Vice President for Student
Affairs or his/her designee, in consultation with the Director of the Counseling Center or
his/her designee, the Chief of Police or his/her designee and, if applicable, the
Director of Residence Life or his/her designee, will decide if the student is cleared
to return to school. If cleared to return to school, a contract will be developed
which prescribes responsibilities of the student. These responsibilities may include:
ongoing counseling, removal from or relocation within Residence Life, refraining from
alcohol or drug use, etc. Failure to comply with this contract could result in immediate
suspension from University.
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Consensual Relationships (Faculty/Staff and Students)
The University does not encourage intimate consensual relationships between faculty/staff
and students, and has a policy prohibiting intimate relationships between faculty
and students in their classes, and faculty/staff and students they are directly supervising.
The Faculty Handbook provides guidelines regarding this type of relationship and states
"It is the sense of faculty through its University Senate that intimate consensual
relationships between college personnel and students create the potential for abuses
of authority and for both actual and apparent conflicts of interest."
Students should be aware that if they enter into this type of relationship with college
personnel, there may be consequences that impact on their educational experience.
This may mean a student thus involved would be unable to take a course from this person
or in any way be subject to their supervision authority.
Students with concerns in this matter are encouraged to contact the Office of Student
Affairs, Sixth Floor, Maytum Hall, 673-3271 or the Office of Academic Affairs, Eighth
Floor, Maytum Hall, 673-3335.
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Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures
The State University of New York at Fredonia holds that the life of the mind and personal
integrity go hand in hand, and are inseparable. Adherence to this philosophy is essential
if we are to facilitate and promote the free and open exchange of ideas upon which
our university mission relies. An essential component of the academic experience at
Fredonia is the conviction that academic goals must be achieved by honorable means.
It is expected, therefore, that all students attending the State University of New
York at Fredonia will support and abide by all provisions of the following Academic
Integrity Policy. It is further understood that by enrolling in courses, students
are agreeing to the rules and regulations set forth below.
In order to protect the value of the work accomplished by each student and instructor,
our academic community depends upon certain honorable standards of behavior from all
its members. Fredonia trusts all students will refrain from participating in any behavior
that will inhibit the pursuit of honest academic advancement. To help students avoid
activities that can be construed as dishonest or as violations of academic integrity,
a partial list of prohibited behaviors and activities is outlined below. This policy
is not intended to limit decisions of faculty of professional programs that operate
under more restrictive policies and/or have externally monitored procedures for addressing
violations of academic integrity.
Violations of Academic Integrity Policy
Violations of academic integrity are described within four broad, overlapping categories:
Fraud, Plagiarism, Cheating, and Collusion. Some examples of violations of academic
integrity are described in the four categories listed below. If a student has any
questions about what may or may not be an academic integrity violation, the student
should discuss this with her/his professor.
Behaving deceptively, misrepresenting one's self or another person, and falsifying
official print and/or electronic documents are actions that seriously undermine the
integrity of any social institution and may result in criminal prosecution.
In a university setting, fraudulent behavior includes but is not limited to:
Forging or altering official school documents, whether in print or electronic form,
such as grade reports or transcripts, enrollment documents, transfer credit approvals,
Forging or tampering with any University correspondence or medical excuses.
Tampering with attendance records, such as one student signing for another student.
Tampering with or interfering with grading procedures.
Misreporting or misrepresenting earned credentials, including academic status, class
standing, and GPA.
Taking an exam in place of another student.
Failing to disclose necessary information on official University forms.
Falsely claiming that electronic systems or computer equipment is at fault for the
student's inability to complete academic course work (e.g., inability to complete
assignments due to problems with software or the printers/computers in a certain lab)
or to complete administrative functions (e.g., inability to make schedule changes
via "Your Connection.")
Plagiarism consists of presenting the work of others as one's own. It is unethical
to copy directly the words or work of other authors or artists without giving them
credit. It is also unethical to rearrange or add a few words to another author's text
while leaving the majority unaltered or to take an author's unique idea or discovery
and to represent it as one's own.
Specific examples of plagiarism include, but are not restricted to, the following
Copying the work of another author and/or artist without giving proper credit in the
text or reference to the artwork, presentation or performance; neglecting to cite
the original in a footnote; and/or failing to identify full and proper documentation
in the list of works cited or sampled for presentation or performance.
Implying that another author's words, works, or ideas are one's own. Quoting without
the use of quotation marks falsely implies originality and is, therefore, an act of
Incorporating material into a paper or assignment without acknowledgement, verbatim
corrections, or other suggestions that were made by someone other than oneself, the
instructor, or an assigned editor.
Taking information from one source (such as the Internet) and citing it as coming
from another source (such as a required text or article).
In all academic situations, any behavior that subverts the purpose of an academic
assignment constitutes cheating, whether one actively commits the act of dishonesty
on one's own behalf or enables someone else to do so.
Examples of cheating include but are not limited to the following:
Copying someone else's work or permitting one's own work to be copied. All work should
be original to the student. Whether involvement in the copying process is active or
passive, these acts constitute violations of academic integrity if a student is at
Using unsanctioned materials, notes, software, and or equipment (such as a programmable
Intentionally providing or seeking questions to an exam that will be given in a later
section or used as a make-up exam.
Communicating or sharing information during an exam obviously constitutes cheating,
as does taking an exam for someone else.
Reusing work from another course without explicit instructor permission.
Reusing work in a repeated course without explicit instructor permission.
Most colleges and universities support opportunities for collaborative learning. However,
unauthorized collaboration is considered collusion. Unless collaboration is expressly
permitted by the instructor, students should work independently. Even when an instructor
authorizes collaboration, collusion may still occur. In all cases, work submitted
should reflect a student’s individual effort.
Examples of collusion include, but are not limited to, the following situations:
Two or more students study a problem and one student formally writes and/or types
the results, the other members of the group copy the results, and each individual
submits the work as his/her own.
A pair or larger group of students work on a series of problems or tasks, each student
completes a portion of the problem set or task, the students combine their work, and
each student submits the entire problem set or task as his/her own.
A course instructor assigns a task or problem to be completed outside of class and
explicitly instructs students not to discuss the task or problem with one another.
A pair or larger group of students discuss or work together on the task or problem,
and each individual submits the results as his/her own.
Violations of Academic Integrity Procedures
An instructor who suspects a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy will collect
all information and materials related to the offense. The instructor will contact
the student to present his/her charge(s) and the student will be given an opportunity
to answer and explain. If the instructor and the student then agree that no violation
has occurred, the matter is resolved and the process ends at this point.
If, however, the instructor finds that a violation has occurred, whether the student
admits or does not admit guilt, the matter must be reported to the Department Chairperson
using the Academic Integrity Incident Report Form
For all cases in which the instructor determines that the student has plagiarized,
cheated, colluded, or committed any act of academic dishonesty, the instructor will
submit an Academic Integrity Incident Report Form to the department chairperson. The
instructor will maintain copies of all information and materials related to the offense
and will disseminate the copies per request of the departmental chairperson or the
Academic Integrity Review Board.
After appropriate consultation and review of the materials, the chairperson and the
instructor will jointly decide if the case is to be dismissed. If the case is not
dismissed, they may attempt to resolve the case at the Department level or send the
case on to the Academic Integrity Review Board. If charges are going to be brought
against the student, the Department Chair will contact the Office of Judicial Affairs
to determine if the student has a previous record of academic misconduct on file.
If the student has a prior violation of the Academic Integrity Policy on file, the
case must be sent on to the Academic Integrity Review Board for adjudication. The
Academic Integrity Review Board will consider repeated violations of any or all of
the provisions in the Academic Integrity Policy as grievous.
If the student has no prior record of academic dishonesty, the chairperson and the
instructor must decide if the case is a serious enough violation to result in suspension
or expulsion. If so, the case must be sent on to the Academic Integrity Review Board
for adjudication. If the charges are less serious, the Department may propose departmental
sanctions including but not limited to one or more of the following sanctions: a formal
warning; a grade of zero being assigned to the particular performance; a failing grade
being given for the course; and/or academic disciplinary probation for one semester
or one year.
At this stage of the process, the Department Chair sends the Academic Integrity Incident
Report Form with the proposed department sanctions or a referral to the Academic Integrity
Review Board to the appropriate Dean. In the case of a student enrolled in a teacher
education program, this report should also be sent to the Dean of the College of Education.
The Academic Integrity Incident Report Form will serve as a routing slip and require
Notification of Departmental Sanction or Referral for Hearing by the Dean
The Dean will communicate the proposed departmental sanctions or referral to the Academic
Integrity Review Board to the student. The Dean will also include a description of
the charges to the student. A student may not drop or withdraw from a course in order
to avoid a course sanction or to suspend judicial proceedings.
If departmental sanctions are being proposed, the student must accept the proposed
sanctions within 5 working days by signing the Academic Integrity Incident Report
Form (if applicable), or appeal (See Section D) of the departmental decision. If the
student does not appeal, the departmental sanctions will be imposed and the Dean will
send the final Academic Integrity Incident Report Form to the academic department
that originated the Academic Integrity Incident Report Form and the Office of Judicial
Because a student may plagiarize and/or violate the provisions of the Academic Integrity
Policy in more than one department, the Office of Judicial Affairs will maintain the
final copy of the Academic Integrity Incident Report Form in the student’s file.
Within 5 working days of official notification, the student may decide to appeal the
departmental proposed sanctions. If so, she/he must officially respond and notify
(via the student’s official university email account) the Dean that sent the sanction
letter. The Dean should then forward the notice of the student’s intent to appeal
to the Provost, the appropriate department chair, the Director of Judicial Affairs,
and the Chair of the Academic Integrity Review Board, who will call together the members
of the board for a formal hearing. The Director of Judicial Affairs will then schedule
a meeting with the student for clarification of the appeal and hearing process. Throughout
the appeal process, the charged student is assumed not responsible and in most circumstances,
she/he has the right to remain in class.
After the same 5 working days, if the student has not accepted the sanctions or appealed,
the University will act upon the assumption that the student has accepted the departmental
decisions and any sanctions therein.
If the department has recommended sanctions outside the departmental purview (e.g.
academic disciplinary probation longer than one year, suspension or expulsion), the
Chair of the Academic Integrity Review Board and Director of Judicial Affairs will
be notified by the Dean and a hearing will be scheduled in a timely manner. All original
materials for the hearing will be transmitted to the Director of Judicial Affairs
and a copy sent to the Chair of the Academic Integrity Review Board.
With all decisions in the appeal process, enforcement of sanctions and notification
of outcomes to all parties involved will be the responsibility of the office of the
appropriate Dean and the Provost.
Academic Integrity Review Board
The Academic Integrity Review Board will be convened to hear and rule on a case under
any of the following circumstances: (1) the student who has been charged has chosen
to appeal the department decision, (2) for a suspension or expulsion level case, or
(3) whenever a second or subsequent academic misconduct violation is submitted. Before
the hearing, the student will attend a counseling session with the Director of Judicial
Affairs who will fully inform the student about the process and possible outcomes.
The student may decide at this point to drop or continue with the appeal process,
if that was the reason for the hearing.
A charged student has the right to select a willing student, faculty member, or an
administrative staff member of the University to advise him/her throughout the review
process. To avoid conflicts of interest, this advisor may not be selected from the
members of the Academic Integrity Review Board. If the student wishes to have an attorney
present at the hearing as an advisor, the Chair will need to be notified at least
72 hours in advance of the hearing. The attorney may advise the student during the
hearing, but will not be permitted to respond for the student.
The Provost will establish a pool of eligible members to serve on the Academic Integrity
Review Board. These members will undergo training before serving on a convened hearing
board. Members will serve for two-year terms with the option of renewal. Terms should
be staggered whenever possible to provide continuity. At least one member from each
category below is required to hold a hearing. A quorum of four members including at
least one student representative will be selected from the following categories:
The Chair of the Academic Integrity Review Board is a full-time tenured faculty member,
appointed by the Provost and subsequently approved by the University Senate. The Chair’s
term will be two years with the option of renewal, pending reappointment and approval.
The Chair of the Board will have the responsibility of determining whether a hearing
should be held, convening the Board, and presiding over hearings.
The Director of Judicial Affairs, or other representative of the Office of Student
Affairs, will provide the Board access to pertinent Student Disciplinary records and
will participate as an ex officio, non-voting member of the Academic Integrity Review
Board. Before witnesses speak or before questions are asked, the representative from
Student Affairs will present a brief summary of the case, based on the evidence submitted
and the interview with the student.
At least one, but preferably two, undergraduate (or graduate, if pertinent) student
representatives. These two students should have majors in different academic units.
Students may be selected from the pool of students serving as Campus Judicial Board
A chairperson from an academic department other than the department in which the charge
At least one faculty member, but preferably two, from departments other than the department
initiating the charges and the department chaired in (2.d.) above. Such members may
be selected from the pool of faculty serving as members of the Campus Judicial Board.
Other parties and witnesses may be invited by the Chair of the Academic Integrity
Review Board or by the student. These witnesses may be called before the Academic
Integrity Review Board to provide testimony. Normally, the faculty member bringing
the charges is also invited to the hearing to answer any questions that arise.
After the presentation of the summary of the case by the Director of Judicial Affairs,
the student will answer to the charges by pleading responsible or not responsible.
The Chair of the Academic Integrity Review Board (after prior consultation with the
assembled Board) may call witnesses. The student who has been charged may also call
witnesses. All participants in the hearing will be informed that deliberations are
to remain strictly confidential. Hearings of the Academic Integrity Review Board will
be recorded to provide a record of the proceedings and these recording will be stored
in the Office of Student Affairs.
After the hearing, the Academic Integrity Review Board will deliberate in private
and make a formal decision. In the final determination, each of the members of the
acting board, including the Chair of the Board, and excluding the Director of Judicial
Affairs, will cast a single and equally weighted vote. In the event of a tie vote
concluding a case, the Chair of the Board will cast an additional vote. Voting will
be conducted by written ballot, and will be tallied by the Chair of the Board. The
results will be disclosed to acting Board members, who are not to disclose either
the board’s determination or any specifics related to the voting.
Within one week of the final determination of the case, the Chair of the Academic
Integrity Review Board will complete a written hearing report and will send electronic
copies to the Provost and the Dean that referred the case. The final report of the
Academic Integrity Review Board will include the following:
A determination of “Not Responsible” (no violation of the Academic Integrity Policy
has been found) or Responsible (the student has been found responsible for the charged
violation on the basis of the evidence submitted or has admitted guilt).
If the student has been found “Responsible” for violating the Academic Integrity Policy,
the penalty must be specified. Sanctions or penalties imposed should be commensurate
with the offense and will take into account any previous violations of the Academic
Integrity Policy as evident in the student disciplinary records on file.
The Provost will send an official notification letter informing the student of the
hearing outcome, sanctions imposed, if any, and an explanation of the appeal process.
A copy of this letter will also be sent to the Director of Judicial Affairs. If the
student has been suspended or expelled, a copy of the official letter will also go
to the President’s Office. On the same day the Review Board’s decision is communicated
to the student by the Provost, the instructor, chairperson in whose department the
charge originated, chairperson of the student’s major department, and the Vice President
for Student Affairs will be informed of the board’s decision electronically (i.e.
via SUNY Fredonia e-mail). If the student is a teacher education student, the Dean
of the College of Education will also be notified.
Should the student decide to appeal the Academic Integrity Review Board’s decision,
he or she may do so in a written justification to the President of the University,
but only if/when the substance of the presented case has changed (i.e., additional
and significant new evidence is discovered) or if there has been some sort of procedural
error that would affect the outcome of the hearing. The written appeal must be received
within 5 working days following the student notification of the hearing outcome.
Maintenance of Academic Integrity Records
Records of all academic integrity violation cases will be kept in the Office of Student
Affairs for 10 years.
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Statement Regarding Fredonia's Celebration of Diversity
The University welcomes the experience, talent, and surge of energy that comes from
a culturally diverse campus. It has pledged to ensure that everyone is treated fairly,
without degradation of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, affection orientation, physical/mental
challenge, or any other characteristic not germane to a person's rights or human worth.
Campus specifically prohibits:
Fighting and threats to, physical abuse of, or harassment that threatens to or does
endanger the health, safety, or welfare of a member of the University community.
Engaging in any action or situation that which recklessly or intentionally dangers
the mental or physical health of a member of the college community; creating in a
situation that results in the discomfort of, or harassment or excessive ridicule of
a member of the University community.
All members of the campus community are expected to live, learn, and work with a foundation
of understanding and appreciation of differences. Faculty and staff, as mentors and
educators, are encouraged to support this policy through personal interactions with
students, classroom discussion, and careful selection of curricular materials and
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Policy Statement on Religious Absences
The Education Law of New York says, in part:
- No person shall be expelled from or be refused admission as a student to an institution
of higher education for the reason that he/she is unable, because of his/her religious
beliefs, to attend classes or to participate in any examination, study, or work requirement
on a particular day or days.
- Any student in an institution of higher education who is unable, because of his/her
religious beliefs, to attend classes on a particular day or days shall, because of
such absence on the particular day or days, be excused from any examination or any
study or work requirements.
- It shall be the responsibility of the faculty and of the administrative officials
of each institution of higher education to make available to each student who is absent
from school, because of his/her religious beliefs, an equivalent opportunity to make
up any examination, study, or work requirements which he/she may have missed because
of such absence on any day or days. No fees of any kind shall be charged by the institution
for making available to the said student such equivalent opportunity.
- If registration, classes, examinations, study or work requirements are held on Friday
after four o'clock post meridian or on Saturday, similar or makeup classes, examinations,
study, or work requirements shall be made available on other days, where it is possible
and practicable to do so. No special fees shall be charged to the student for these
classes, registration, examinations, study, or work requirements held on other days.
- In effectuating the provisions of this section, it shall be the duty of the faculty
and of the administrative officials of each institution of higher education to exercise
the fullest measure of good faith. No adverse or prejudicial effects shall result
to any student because of his/her availing himself/herself of the provisions of this
- Any student, who is aggrieved by the alleged failure of any faculty or administrative
officials to comply in good faith with the provisions of this section, shall be entitled
to maintain an action or proceeding in the Supreme Court of the county in which such
institution of higher education is located for the enforcement of his/her rights under
this section. It shall be the responsibility of the administrative officials of each
institution of higher education to give written notice to students of their rights
under this section, informing them that each student who is absent from school, because
of his or her religious beliefs, must be given an equivalent opportunity to register
for classes or make up any examination, study or work requirements for which he or
she may have missed because of such absence on any particular day or days. No fees
of any kind shall be charged by the institution for making available to such student
such equivalent opportunity.
- As used in this section the term "institution of higher education" shall mean any
institution of higher education, recognized and approved by the Regents of the University
of the State of New York, which provides a course of study leading to the granting
of a post-secondary degree or diploma. Such term shall not include any institution
which is operated, supervised or controlled by a church or by a religious or denominational
organization whose educational programs are principally designed for the purpose of
training ministers or other religious functionaries or for the purpose of propagating
religious doctrines. As used in this section, the term "religious belief" shall mean
beliefs associated with any corporation organized and operated exclusively for religious
purposes, which is not disqualified for tax exemption under Section 501 of the United
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Students, faculty, and staff shall comply with all traffic and parking regulations
in all campus areas and shall comply with all published regulations or be subject
to fines. Failure to comply can result in the loss of campus driving, parking, and
vehicle registration privileges.
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Computer and Network Usage Policy
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Sexual Discrimination And Sexual Harassment
The University Policy
Sexual discrimination in the form of sexual harassment, defined as the use of one's
authority and power to coerce another individual into sexual acts or relations or
to punish the other for his/her refusal, shall be a violation of the policy of Fredonia.
What Is Sexual Discrimination?
"No person in the United States shall on the basis of sex be excluded from participation
in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any education
program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." Title IX of the Educational
Amendments of 1972.
What Is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment may include repeated unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual
favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature carried out by someone
in the workplace or educational setting. Such behavior may offend the recipient, cause
discomfort or humiliation and interfere with job or school performance.
Peer Harassment - Students have a right to an environment free from sexual harassment,
not only by persons in positions of power, but by any member of the University community.
Sexual harassment constitutes a serious threat to the free interaction and exchange
necessary for educational and personal development.
Sexual harassment may range from inappropriate sexual innuendos to coerced sexual
relations. It can happen to both men and women, but a woman is more often the victim.
What Can Be Done About Sexual Discrimination/Harassment?
What can a student do when he/she believes that...
course material ignores or depreciates a student because of his/her sex?
an adviser does not take a student's career and educational goals seriously because
she/he appears to believe them inappropriate for members of his/her sex?
a student is denied resources, such as financial aid, teaching assistantships, or
admission to a program for sexist reasons?
a student is pressured by a professor or staff person to participate with him/her
in social and/or sexual activities?
Students often feel powerless in such situations but there are people on campus who
are willing to talk to them about those problems without any obligation on the part
of either party. Such situations as those described above are not condoned by Fredonia
nor the teaching profession. In some instances they occur out of ignorance and misunderstanding
and need only to be brought to the attention of the professor. In other instances
they can be considered unethical and subject to professional reprimand.
Actions A Student Can Take
(In suggested order)
- The student can talk to the professor or staff person, carefully explaining why he/she
views the particular comment, joke, course reading, action taken, etc. as sexist.
The student should regard the meeting as a kind of consciousness-raising session where
he/she can help him/her understand how he/she feels. Sometimes people aren't aware
of how their remarks or actions affect someone else, and communicating their feelings
to the professor might be the most helpful to him/her in avoiding such actions in
the future. The student is to be sure to prepare for the meeting ahead of time with
documentation (e.g., class notes, tapes, specific comments he/she made and a logical
presentation). Sometimes people don't understand how sexist remarks can hurt; it might
help the student to draw the analogy of racist or anti-ethnic remarks - "Would you
make fun of a person's skin color or ethnic background? Then why do so with sex?"
To get support the student should consider going to see the professor with several
other people from class. If he/she can't find others in the class (and discussing
the issues with other students in itself may help raise consciousness), he/she should
take friends along who aren't in the class. The student might also seek help from
those listed below.
- The student should contact University people and groups who are concerned about sexual
discrimination. These people are willing to listen, discuss specific incidents, and
provide help and advice if wanted:
Affirmative Action (716) 673-3358
Chief Ann McCarron Burns, University Police (716) 673-3333
Dr. David E. Herman, Student Affairs (716) 673-3271
Mrs. Julie Bezek, Counseling Center (716) 673- 3424
Mrs. Monica White, Student Affairs (716) 673- 3271
Ms. Jellema Stewart, Multicultural Affairs (716) 673-3398
- If a student has talked to the professor or staff person and sexual discrimination
continues, the student should write a letter to him/her documenting the incidents
and explaining why they are offensive. The student should state that he/she has not
obtained results from previous discussion(s) and note the date(s) of the discussion(s).
The student should send a carbon copy to the head of his/her department or unit and
to one of the above-listed people. Students who fail to receive a satisfactory answer
from the staff members and/or head, should request a meeting with the two of them
and take along an objective third party (another professor or perhaps one of the people
in the above list).
- Students should not enroll in classes that are sexually discriminatory, and should
let the professor know why they haven't enrolled. In filling out course evaluation
forms, a student should make it known why he/she has been offended by such discriminatory
comments or actions. If the professor has responded to earlier complaints and has
made efforts to change, support those efforts in the evaluation. Students are asked
to remember to always give full support to professors who are fair and who treat students
as human beings regardless of sex.
- It may be necessary to file a formal grievance or complaint. This is a very serious
step and should not be undertaken without discussion and counsel with a staff member
who understands established grievance procedures at Fredonia. Once again, students
are asked to consult with one of the people on the above list.
Credit for the above is readily given to the Project on the Status and Education of
Women, Association of American Colleges, 1818 R Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., and
the Utah State University Committee on the Status of Women.
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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 sets forth requirements designed
to protect the privacy of parents and students. The statute governs the access to
records maintained by educational institutions, and the release of such records.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act permits current or former students to
inspect and review their education records. Students are also accorded a right to
a hearing in order to question the contents of their education records.
Written consent from students may be required before personally identifiable information
about them will be released from their education records, as provided by law.
Specifically, institutions are permitted to release directory information on students
unless the students have notified the institution to withhold this information. Directory
information is "public" information, which may be released without the student's consent
to persons making inquiry. Personally identifiable information designated as directory
information includes: the student's name; local address and local telephone and cellular
number(s); university assigned e-mail address; student's home address and home telephone
number; parent's name, address and telephone number; class schedule; date and place
of birth; major field of study; class standing; participation in officially recognized
sports and activities; weight and height (athletes); electronic images (photographs);
dates of attendance at university; degrees and awards received; and the most recent
previous educational institution attended.
Inquiries or complaints may be filed with the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S.
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-5901. Copies
of the SUNY Fredonia compliance policy and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy
Act are available at the Office of Student Affairs.
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Ex-Offenders Review Board
If a student has answered "yes" to question 20a or b on the SUNY Application for Admissions
or has a pending charge of a felony or has been convicted of a felony, additional
information will be needed in order to process the admission / reinstatement application.
It is the policy of Fredonia to require supplemental information from applicants who
have been convicted of a felony or who have been dismissed from another college due
to disciplinary misconduct. This information will be reviewed by the Admissions Review
The Admissions Review Committee may deny admission to applicants based on an individual's
prior conduct or conviction where the admission "would involve an unreasonable risk
to property or to the safety or welfare of specific individuals or the general public"
(Corrections Law, section 752). The Committee may also recommend the applicant be
admitted with or without special conditions related to major selection, course scheduling,
involvement in campus activities, or campus housing.
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Bias Crimes Prevention
It is a State University of New York at Fredonia Police mandate to protect all members
of the Fredonia community by preventing and prosecuting bias or hate crimes that occur
within the campus's jurisdiction.
Hate crimes, also called bias crimes or bias-related crimes, are criminal activity
motivated by the perpetrator's bias or attitude against an individual victim or group
based on perceived or actual personal characteristics, such as their age, race, religion,
ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. Hate/bias crimes have received
renewed attention in recent years, particularly since the passage of the Federal Hate/Bias
Crime Reporting Act of 1990 and the New York State Hate Crimes Act of 2000 (Penal
Law Article 485). Copies of the New York law are available from the Office of University
Penalties for bias-related crimes are very serious and range from fines to imprisonment
for lengthy periods, depending on the nature of the underlying criminal offense, the
use of violence or previous convictions of the offender. Perpetrators who are students
will also be subject to campus disciplinary procedures where sanctions including dismissal
In addition to preventing and prosecuting hate/bias crimes, State University of New
York at Fredonia Police also assist in addressing bias-related activities that do
not rise to the level of a crime. These activities, referred to as bias incidents
and defined by the University as acts of bigotry, harassment, or intimidation directed
at a member or group within the Fredonia community based on national origin, ethnicity,
race, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, color,
creed, or marital status, may be addressed through the State University's Discrimination
Complaint Procedure or the campus conduct code. Bias incidents can be reported to
University Police, the Office of Affirmative Action, and the Office of Student Affairs.
If you are a victim of, or witness to, a hate/bias crime on campus, report it to University
Police by calling 911 in an emergency, using a Blue Light or other campus emergency
telephones, calling (716) 673-3333, or stopping by the University Police Office located
on the 2nd floor in Gregory Hall. University Police will investigate and follow the
appropriate adjudication procedures.
Victims of bias crime or bias incidents are urged to contact the following offices
University Police (716) 673-3333
Office of Student Affairs (716) 673-3271
Affirmative Action (716) 673-3358
Counseling Center (716) 673-3424
Multicultural Affairs (716) 673-3398
For general information on Fredonia security procedures, see the University Police Website or call (716) 673-3333.
More information about bias-related and bias crimes, including up-to-date statistics
on bias crimes is available from the Chief of University Police at 673-3333 or the
University Police Website at http://www.fredonia.edu/upd/.
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A copy of the State University of New York at Fredonia campus crime statistics as
reported annually to the U. S. Department of Education will be provided upon request
by the Personal Safety & Campus Security Committee. Please direct all such requests
to the Office of University Police at (716) 673-3333. Information can also be obtained
from the U. S. Department of Education website at: http://ope.ed.gov/security/ and the State University of New York at Fredonia University Police website at: http://www.fredonia.edu/upd/campussafety.asp
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Personal Safety Committee
Pursuit to the NYS Educational Law Article 129-A, section 6431 the Personal Safety
Committee reviews current campus security policies and procedures and makes recommendations
for their improvement. The committee specifically reviews current policies and procedures
- educating the campus community, including security personnel and those persons who
advise or supervise students, about sexual assault.
- educating the campus community about personal safety and crime prevention
- reporting sexual assaults and dealing with victims during investigations
- referring complaints to appropriate authorities
- counseling victims
- responding to inquiries from persons concerned about campus safety
The committee consists of a minimum of six members, at least half of whom shall be
female. The committee consists of two students appointed by Student Association, two
faculty members, appointed by the Faculty Senate, and two individuals appointed by
The committee reports, in writing, to the college President or chief administrative
officer on its findings and recommendations at least once each academic year, and
such reports shall be available upon request.
For more information regarding the Personal Safety & Campus Security Committee please
contact the Chief of University Police at (716) 673-3333 or the Office of Student
Affairs at (716) 673-3271.
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Permanent Transcript Notation
(Hazing and Other Serious Violations)
Students that are found responsible and suspended or expelled for serious violations
of the Students Rights and Responsibilities will receive a permanent notation on his/her
academic transcript. This includes but is not restricted to sexual assault, hazing,
and conduct which leads to the death or serious physical injury to another person.
Students found responsible for such violations shall not receive credit for the semester
in which they are suspended or expelled. Also, the student will be liable for all
tuition and fees for that semester.
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Investigation of Violent Felony Offenses/Missing Students
Chapter 22 of the Laws of 1999 of the State of New York establishes certain requirements
for investigation of violent felonies and reporting of missing students on college
campuses in New York State.
- "Missing Student" means any student of the College subject to the provisions of Section
355(17) of the New York State Education Law, who resides in a facility owned or operated
by the College and who is reported to the College as missing from his or her residence.
- "Violent Felony Offense" means a violent felony offense as defined in Section 70.02(1)
of the Penal Law of the State of New York.
Response and Investigation:
- Missing Student
When a report of a missing student is received by the College or the municipal police
department, the receiving department will conduct a preliminary investigation in order
to verify the complaint and to determine the circumstances which exist relating to
the reported missing student. If the student's absence is verified, the incident will
be reported and shared between departments. Both departments will continue the investigation
to locate the missing student. If, after further investigation, the missing student
is not located, both departments will determine the most efficient manner of continuing
the investigation. In any event, information relating to any report of a missing student
shall be shared by both parties no later than twelve (12) hours from the time of the
initial report. If the missing student is located or returns to the College at any
time after the matter has been reported, each party shall notify the other immediately.
- Violent Felony Offenses
When any report of an on-campus violent felony offense is received by the College
or when a report of a violent offense involving a college student is received by the
municipal police department, the recipient shall notify the other police department
as soon as possible. The police departments will carry out appropriate investigative
procedures and will determine the most efficient manner of continuing the investigation
and shall provide mutual assistance when requested.
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