Residential Conduct & Standards on Campus
Colleges and Universities will most likely have students sign regulations that dictate their conduct on the campus. These standards are known as residential community conduct guidelines and they can be found in the school’s code of conduct.
Though the following residential guidelines are general and could vary by school, they are typically the most common ones that students will face:
Regulation of Alcohol
Students are prohibited to posses, store, or drink alcohol when they are on campus. Even students who are over 21 are restricted, though they may have exceptions. Schools do this because there are too many underage students who could unwittingly be around alcohol and possibly be accused of violating the policy. Surrounding students can be accused even if they do not partake in the consumption or possession of alcohol.
Illegal Drugs and Paraphernalia
Using, owning, making or distributing drugs is illegal and is not tolerated by the school, law enforcement or the local community. Anything used to consume illicit drugs, including pipes, tubes, bongs and hookahs, are also prohibited. These item will be confiscated if found. Even if students are aware of the drug use of another student and do not report it, they could be found guilty of being an accomplice. Students are allowed prescription drugs, but they may be required to show proof that the medicine was prescribed to them.
College dorms aren’t known for being super clean, but there’s a difference between messy and crossing the line of environmental safety. If students willingly or negligently expose other people to things that could be deemed as hazardous waste, they can face harsh disciplinary action. Such substances include: bodily fluids, biological waste, pests, and mold. Students may be regulated on how they can store food and drink, but this varies by campus.
Assault and Fighting
Any type of assault is strictly prohibited on campus. This can include a very simple and seemingly non violent offense such as pushing another person. If a student is accused of fighting, it could lead to criminal charges and suspension or expulsion.
Colleges have specific guidelines that they expect students to follow throughout the year. During certain times, noise from phones, televisions, radios or other devices should not be heard from outside the dorm room. Other students can complain about any noise that doesn’t follow the guidelines and multiple infractions can lead to disciplinary action from the school.
How Can Violating the Residential Conduct & Standards Affect Me on Campus?
Harsh penalties from violating the regulations typically don’t happen unless the school has to call in law enforcement. If they do, they will work closely with the authorities to gather and share evidence against the accused student.
Manchester & Associates Defense
Contact Manchester & Associates today for help if you have been accused of violating the residential guidelines of your school. An attorney can help the student step though the process and protect their rights.