Rules of Conduct

Enumerated below are the specific prohibitions, policies and procedures of the Code that are the foundation for individual and group conduct at the University of San Diego. As a member of the University of San Diego community, each student is responsible for understanding and following these standards, policies, and procedures. Students are expected to engage in responsible and appropriate conduct that reflects the University's mission.

The following conduct is prohibited on University premises or at University events, wherever they may occur. This same conduct, though occurring off University premises and not at University events, may nonetheless be subject to University sanctions when it adversely affects the University, its educational mission or its community. Violation of these standards, policies, and procedures may subject an individual or group to disciplinary action as determined by the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students or his or her designee, pursuant to the provisions of the Code.

  1. Acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to the following:
    1. Cheating, plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty.
    2. Forgery, alteration or misuse of any University document, record or instrument of identification.
    3. Appropriation of institutional resources for personal advantage.
    4. Tampering with the election of any University organized student organization.
    5. Furnishing false information to any University official, faculty member or department.
  2. Disruption of teaching, research, administration, conduct proceedings or any other institutional activity.
  3. Abuse of any person, including but not limited to physical abuse, threats, verbal intimidation, harassment, stalking, coercion and/or other conduct which threatens the health or safety of any person.
  4. Attempted or actual theft or unauthorized use of the property of the University, or property of any member of the University community, or property being used for a University event, or other personal or public property.
  5. Damage to University property, to property of any member of the University community, to property being used for a University event, or to other personal or public property.
  6. Conduct that is disorderly, lewd, indecent or obscene.
  7. Any act of sexual misconduct or relationship violence, as defined in the Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence Reporting and Response Standards and Protocols.
  8. Failure to comply with the direction of a University official or law enforcement officer who is acting in performance of his or her duties and/or the failure to identify oneself to any of these persons when requested to do so.
  9. Climbing or any other unauthorized activity on the façades, ledges or roofs of University facilities.
  10. Launching of an object or substance from within or on a University structure or property.
  11. Hazing, as defined by applicable law or by the University's hazing policy included in the Code.
  12. Possession, consumption or sale of alcoholic beverages by persons under the age of 21 years on University property or at a University-sponsored event; furnishing alcoholic beverages to persons under the age of 21 years on University property or at a University-sponsored event; driving on University property while under the influence of alcohol; public display of intoxication on University property or at a University-sponsored event.
  13. Use, possession, manufacture, cultivation, or dissemination of illegal drugs or drug-related paraphernalia; being under the influence of illegal drugs; or the misuse of legal pharmaceutical drugs. Notwithstanding the California Compassionate Use Act of 1996, the use, possession, manufacture, cultivation, dissemination or being under the influence of marijuana on University property or at University-related activities is prohibited.
  14. Violation of a Dining Services policy, rule or regulation.
  15. Violation of a University parking or traffic policy, rule or regulation.
  16. Violation of a University Information Technology Policy.
  17. Violation of a Residential Life policy, rules, or contract. (see Community Standards and Terms and Conditions)
  18. Violation of any University policy listed in the University Policies section of the Code.
  19. Committing a hate crime or engaging in an act of intolerance in violation of University policy
  20. Unauthorized possession or use of a weapon on University property or in connection with a University activity. For the purpose of this policy, a “weapon” shall include, but is not necessarily limited to, the following: a firearm, pellet gun, skeet rifle, paint gun, potato gun, spear gun, sling shot, bow & arrow, air rifle, taser gun, explosive material (including fireworks), pistol, dagger, ice pick, retractable bladed knife, knife with a fixed blade longer than 2.5 inches used for any purpose other than food preparation and consumption, or any other form of weapon, self-defense instrument or ammunition used for any purpose.  In addition, unauthorized possession or use of any weapon in violation of the California Penal Code (including but not limited to sections 626.10 and 16000 et seq.) shall constitute a violation of this rule of conduct.  Similarly, use or possession of a laser pointer in violation of California Penal Code section 417.27 or other applicable law shall constitute a violation of this rule of conduct.  Possession of a laser of 5 milliwatts (5/1000 of a watt) or more on University property or in connection with a University activity requires the advance written approval of the Assistant Vice President/Dean of Students (or designee).
  21. Violations of any other published University policy.
  22. Abuse of the conduct process, including but not limited to: (a) failure to obey a notice or other directive issued in connection with a conduct proceeding; (b) falsification, distortion or misrepresentation of information before a disciplinary hearing board or disciplinary officer; (c) failure to comply with the sanctions imposed under the Code.
  23. Misconduct that arises on campus or off campus in which a student is detained, arrested, cited, or otherwise charged with violations of local, state, or federal laws that materially or adversely affect the individual's suitability as a member of the University of San Diego community.
  24. Students are required to engage in responsible social conduct that reflects positively upon the University of San Diego community and to model good citizenship in any community.