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The William Penn University Student Conduct Code defines the minimum standards of behavior expected of persons who enroll in the University while they are on campus and in the community. Students are responsible for complying with the University rules and policies as described in the Student Handbook, Housing Agreement and the University Catalog. While individual freedom and development are of central concern, the student is expected to make choices with awareness that his/her actions may have an effect upon the rights and freedoms of other individuals and groups. Students enrolled in the University must assume responsibility for any action that is contrary to the William Penn Student Conduct Code. By signing this document, you pledge to observe the Code.
Students are to hold academic honesty in high regard.
Cheating and/or plagiarism will not be tolerated.
Providing false information on University records is prohibited.
Students shall abide by local, state and federal laws.
Students will not use or possess any weapons or dangerous implements on campus.
The on-campus sale, purchase, distribution, use or possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
The sale, purchase, distribution, use or possession of narcotics or other controlled substances is prohibited.
Students will observe tobacco-free environments.
Students are to meet financial responsibilities to the University.
Students are to respect the rights of other persons.
Physical or psychological abuse towards any person(s), or conduct that threatens the health or safety of any person(s), is prohibited.
Sexual harassment, assault, or hazing is prohibited.
Students shall refrain from disorderly and/or obscene conduct/language.
Students shall abide by all residence hall policies as outlined in the Housing Agreement and/or the Student Handbook.
Students shall respect the instruction, research and administration of the University.
Students shall respect the disciplinary procedures of the University.
Students shall respect the property right of other individuals, organizations and the University. Theft, misuse, damage, vandalism, and/or any other unauthorized use of property is prohibited.
To our students, faculty, administrators, and staff:
This list is not intended to be nor should it be construed as all inclusive of prohibited acts under this policy. Any of the prohibited conduct described here is sexual harassment of anyone to whom it is directed or who is otherwise subjected to it. Each incident of harassment contributes to a general atmosphere in which everyone suffers the consequences. Sexually oriented harassment has no legitimate place at a higher education institution. The person who engages in such will bear the full responsibility for such unlawful conduct.
The final discipline shall be determined exclusively by a committee composed of the contact people that have been designated by the institution. A determination of sexual harassment under this policy shall be placed in the harasser’s personnel file.
Harassment of employees or students by third parties is not acceptable. William Penn University will do whatever it reasonably can to stop such harassment. Harassment is a violation of state and federal laws and the harasser may be charged by appropriate agencies.
In the event that you believe that sexual harassment has occurred or is occurring, you are encouraged to communicate clearly, preferably in writing, to the harasser and state that the conduct is not acceptable. You are encouraged to maintain careful written records of the harassment and to continue to maintain current records throughout the process.
Complaints of sexual harassment that are in violation of this policy will be accepted in writing or orally. Anyone who has observed sexual harassment should report it to a contact person. A complaint is not limited to someone who is the direct target of the harassment.
If the conduct is not stopped after your communication, or if you do not wish to make the initial contact with the harasser, you may file a “Sexual Harassment Incident Report” with any person designated as a contact person. The names and locations of these people will be posted throughout the campus. This contact person will assist you with your “Sexual Harassment Incident Report” and with the process. The contact person also will attempt to resolve the matter at this stage if you wish.
Any complaints that involve students as both complainant and accused must be referred to the Judicial Board for disposition. All others are referred to the Sexual Harassment Committee composed of the contact people appointed by the University. The convener of the Sexual Harassment Committee is the Director of Human Resources.
A designated investigator will complete and investigation, make a determination of whether sexual harassment has occurred, and recommend discipline if harassment is found. The parties to the complaint will be provided written notice of all determinations and recommendations and receive copies of any documents received by investigators.
All reasonable attempts will be made to complete this entire process within 30 days of the filing of a “Sexual harassment Incident Report”.
On or about 30 days after the completion of the above process, the investigator or original contact person will communicate with each of the parties. The purpose of this follow-up is to discourage any further harassment, retaliation, or retribution that may occur or has occurred.