Section II: Student Conduct Regulations & Policies
The University of Nevada, Reno has established regulations and policies for student conduct that support the core educational mission of the University of Nevada Reno, students and student groups and/or organizations. The following conduct violates our university community standards and subjects a student, or a student group/organization to sanctions under the Student Code of Conduct. The following conduct is prohibited :
A. University of Nevada, Reno, Conduct Rules and Regulations.
The following conduct is prohibited:
1. Acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to the following:
a. Cheating, plagiarism, fraudulently obtaining grades, falsifying research data or results, assisting others in these same acts, or other forms of academic dishonesty.
b. Furnishing false information to any University official, faculty member, or office.
c. Forgery, alteration, misuse, theft, or using without permission, any University document, or record.
2. Disorderly, lewd or indecent conduct, including the disruption, obstruction, or unauthorized interruption of teaching, research, convocations, recruiting interviews, social events, meetings, business and administration, disciplinary proceedings, or other University activities; including public service functions and outreach activities on or off campus, or other activities when the conduct occurs on University premises.
3. Failure of the student to present proper credentials, student identification card, driver's license, or parking registration, to university officials upon their request.
4. Conduct that endangers the health or safety of any member or guest of the university community.
5. Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, coercion, and/or conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.
6. Interference by force, threat or duress with the lawful freedom of movement of persons or vehicles on university premises.
7. Resisting or obstructing university or other public officials in the performance of their duties.
8. Failure to comply with the directions of University officials acting in accordance with their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so.
9. False reporting of any emergency situation, including but not limited to, misuse of campus emergency notification equipment. Unauthorized tampering with, and/or accessing of, safety, security, or fire protection equipment or devices. Setting off a fire alarm for reasons other than actual fire or emergency; involvement in setting or causing any unauthorized fire in or on university property.
10. The unauthorized possession, loan or distribution of keys, pass cards or University I.D. cards. Unauthorized or unlawful entry or access to university facilities, including buildings and grounds. The reproduction, manufacture or duplication of any key, pass card, University I.D. card or unlocking device for use on university facilities or locks without proper authorization.
11. Abuse, unauthorized use, or theft of University computer facilities and resources, including but not limited to: (a) unauthorized entry into or transfer of, a file to use, read, or change the contents or for any other purpose; and/or a violation of copyright laws; (b) use of another individual's identification and/or password; (c) interfering with the work of another student, faculty member or University official, or with the normal operation of the University computing system; or, (d) violating the University's Standards of Conduct for the Use of University Computers.
12. Violation of university policies and regulations governing residence in University owned or controlled property, and access to and use of all University facilities, including responsibility for the conduct of guests.
13. Making an accusation that is intentionally false or is made with reckless disregard for the truth against any member of the University community by filing a complaint or charges under this Code or with the Title IX/Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Office.
14. Willful incitement of individuals to commit any of the acts herein prohibited.
15. Use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages without authorization (except as expressly permitted by University regulations, such as the "Alcoholic Beverage Policy"), or public intoxication. Alcoholic beverages may not, in any circumstances, be used by, possessed by, or provided to, a person less than twenty-one years of age.
16. Use, possession, manufacturing or distribution of marijuana, heroin, narcotics, or other controlled substances; use or possession of any illegal and/or unauthorized drugs, prescription drugs, and drug paraphernalia; being under the influence of illegal drugs; except as expressly permitted by law.
17. Any other conduct that violates applicable stated prohibitions, policies, procedures, rules, or regulations of the University of Nevada Reno, or Board of Regents.
18. Any act or actions, committed by a student and/or student group that is contrary to federal, state, or local law shall fall within the authority and jurisdiction of the Code.
19. Contempt of student disciplinary proceedings including impairing or interrupting any proceeding or providing false information to University officials and student hearing board members during the course of the conduct resolution process. Failure to comply with the terms of any sanction imposed in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
20. The use of, or threat to use, force or violence against any member or guest of the University community, except when lawfully permissible.
21. Knowing possession on any premises of the University of any Firearms, explosives, dangerous chemicals or other instruments of destruction, or other dangerous weapons as defined by the laws of the State of Nevada, without the written authorization of the president or the president's authorized agent.
22. Continued occupation of buildings, structures, grounds or premises belonging to or occupied by, the University after having been ordered to leave by the president or the president's designee.
23. Forgery, alteration, falsification or destruction of University documents or furnishing false information in documents submitted to the University.
24. The use of threats or violence against a faculty member or the faculty member's family in order to secure preferential treatment for grades, loans, employment, or other service or privilege accorded by the University.
25. Any act of unlawful discrimination based on race, creed, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, disability or national origin, gender identity, or genetic information, or any act of employment or educational retaliation against any person who has made a complaint about such discrimination.
26. Acts of unwelcome verbal or physical conduct that is sexual in nature.
27. Acts of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual or gender bias nature when:
1. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or academic status;
2. Submission to or rejection of the conduct is used as a basis for academic or employment decisions or evaluations, or permission to participate in an activity; or
3. The conduct is severe, persistent, or pervasive and has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's academic or work performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment in which to work or to learn.
Sexual harassment may take many forms-subtle and indirect, or blatant and overt. For example,
- It may occur between individuals of the opposite sex or of the same sex.
- It may occur between students, between peers and/or co-workers, or between individuals in an unequal power relationship (such as by a supervisor with regard to a supervised employee or an instructor regarding a current student).
- It may be aimed at coercing an individual to participate in an unwanted sexual relationship or it may have the effect of causing an individual to change behavior or work performance.
- It may consist of repeated actions or may even arise from a single incident if sufficiently severe.
- It may also rise to the level of a criminal offense, such as battery or sexual violence.
28. Acts of Sexual Violence. Sexual violence is a physical act perpetrated against a person's will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim's use of drugs or alcohol. An individual also may be unable to give consent due to an intellectual or other disability. Sexual violence includes, but is not limited to, rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.
29. Dating Violence: Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim:
•(1) The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the reporting party's statement and with consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
•(2) For the purpose of this definition:
•a. Dating violence includes, but is not limited to, mental sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse.
•b. Dating violence does not include acts covered under the definition of domestic violence.
•(3) For the purpose of complying with the requirement of this section and section 668.41, any incident meeting this definition is considered a crime for the purpose of Clery Act reporting.
30. Domestic Violence:
•(1) A felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed:
•a. By a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim;
•b. By a person with whom the victim shares a child in common;
•c. By a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse or intimate partner;
•d. By a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred; or
•e. 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 in which the crime of violence occurred.
•(1) Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to:
•a. Fear for the person's safety or the safety of others; or
•b. Suffer substantial emotional distress.
•(2) For the purpose of this definition:
•a. Course of conduct means two or more acts, including, but not limited to, acts in which the stalker directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens or communicates to or about, a person, or interferes with a person's property.
•b. Substantial emotional distress means significant mental suffering or anguish that may, but does not necessarily, require medical or other professional treatment or counseling.
•c. Reasonable person means a reasonable person under similar circumstances and with similar identities to the victim.
32. Any acts of hazing.
a. Hazing is defined as any method of initiation into or affiliation with the university, a student organization, a sports team, an academic association, or other group directly or indirectly engaged in that intentionally or recklessly endangers that individual physically and/or mentally regardless of whether or not the recipient is a willing participant. Hazing is most often seen as an initiation rite into a student organization or group, but may occur in other situations.
b. Hazing activities may include, but are not limited to:
i. Any physical activity, such as whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the elements, forced consumption of food, liquid, drugs or other substance or any other brutal treatment or other forced physical activity that is likely to adversely affect the physical health of the person.
ii. Any mentally embarrassing, harassing, or ridiculing behaviors that create psychological shocks, to include but are not limited to such activities as: Engaging in public stunts and buffoonery, morale degradation or humiliating games and activities.
iii. Any situation which subjects the individual to extreme stress, such as sleep deprivation, forced exclusion from social contact, required participation in public stunts, or forced conduct which produces pain, physical discomfort, or adversely affects the mental health or dignity of an individual.
iv. Any expectations or commands that force individuals to engage in an illegal act and/or willful destruction or removal of public or private property.
B. Violation of Law and University of Nevada, Reno, Discipline
When a student is charged by federal, state, or local authorities with a violation of the law, the University will not request or agree to special consideration for that individual because of his or her status as a student. Action by the university may go forward regardless of other possible or pending administrative, civil or criminal proceedings arising out of the same or other incidents. The person filing the complaint may choose to file charges against the student in both arenas: internally, through the university student conduct system, or externally, through the criminal justice or civil system.
The University may advise off-campus authorities of the existence of the Student Code and of the process for resolution of a potential violation of the Student Code on campus. The University will attempt to cooperate with law enforcement and other agencies in the enforcement of criminal law on campus. Individual students remain free to interact with governmental representatives as they deem appropriate. Decisions on the University student conduct case resolution, including sanctions imposed, shall not be subject to change because criminal charges arising out of the same allegations giving rise to the complaint of violation of University rules were dismissed, reduced or resolved in favor or against the student defendant in other judicial or administrative proceedings.