Social Misconduct

Maintaining a civil, safe and respectful environment in which learning can best occur is the responsibility of all members of our community.  

Alcohol and Drug Amnesty:

While the College expects all students to adhere to its Community Standards, there are times when health and safety issues take precedence over conduct standards and students are encouraged to put their health and safety or the health and safety of others above all other concerns.  The College encourages reporting of health and safety emergencies and seeks to remove any barriers to reporting by providing limited amnesty for individuals who report such emergencies. Consequently, when a student in need of immediate medical assistance to prevent his or her own death or serious injury or that of another person contacts DPS, calls 911 or contacts Residential Life, neither the reporting student nor the student at risk will  be held responsible for his or her own consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages or drugs provided:

  • The reporting student reasonably believed s/he was the first person to make a call to DPS, 911 or Residence Life;
  • The reporting student provides his/her own name when making the report, and
  • The reporting student remains with the person needing medical assistance until help arrives.

This offer of amnesty refers to isolated incidents only and does not excuse or protect those who flagrantly and/or repeatedly violate the College’s drug and alcohol standards and expectations.  It applies only to cases of suspected extreme intoxication or other life-threatening circumstances due to alcohol or drug use and does not extend to related infractions such as assault or property damage.  Although student or student organizations covered under this policy will not be subject to the conduct process, individuals involved will be required to meet with an administrator to discuss the incident and may be required to complete educational sessions and/or a substance use assessment.  The incident may also result in notification of parent(s) or guardian(s).  This policy only covers how the College will respond to students who could be involved in our student conduct process and does not cover criminal charges that could result from law enforcement based on the incident.       

Below you will find descriptions of specific departures of the community standards that will be addressed through our student conduct system.

The College has determined that certain violations are of such a serious nature that they will likely result in a student’s or organization’s interim separation, suspension or expulsion from Dickinson College. These terms are described in the Outcomes section of this document. Violations fall within this category when they cause, or have the potential to cause, significant adverse consequences for the safety, health and/or well-being of the student, others, or the community at large.  These violations are noted with an asterisk (*) below.

Students should also understand that, in addition to the sanctions that may be imposed for violations of the Community Standards, there may be other consequences that arise from their behavior.  For example, a student’s immigration status may be adversely affected, his or her financial aid may be impacted, he or she may not be eligible for other campus opportunities, including but not limited to, membership or participation in certain organizations, certain honors, awards and scholarships, leadership positions, club sports or varsity athletics.    

Adulteration of Food and/or Beverage (*). The intentional placement of drugs or other illicit substances into the food or beverage to be consumed by others, and without their knowledge and consent.

Discriminatory Conduct (*) Engaging in conduct that has the purpose or effect of creating a hostile environment or which deprives another person of the ability to fully participate in the programs or opportunities of the college based on that person’s  race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, disability or other characteristic protected by law (other than sex discrimination) or College policy is a violation of the Community Standards.  Discriminatory Conduct may occur in a single egregious instance or may be the cumulative result of a series of incidents and may include, but is not limited to, acts of verbal, nonverbal or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility, including such conduct that occurs electronically or via socail media. Conduct that is alleged to be based on discrimination based on sex, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression is addressed according to the processes set forth in the Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Policy,    When there are allegations of discriminatory conduct based on sex, as well as the characteristics set forth in these Community Standards, the College will coordinate the investigation and resolution efforts to address Harassing Conduct related to the targeted individual’s sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression together with the conduct related to the targeted individual’s race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, or disability. Coordination of the investigation will not delay the prompt and equitable resolution of a report under this policy.

Dating Violence (*)  The College’s policy and procedures for dating violence and domestic violence, collectively referred to as “intimate partner violence”. 

Domestic Violence (*)  The College’s policy and procedures for dating violence and domestic violence, collectively referred to as “intimate partner violence”.

Drugs (*). The possession, use, distribution, manufacture, cultivation, sale, transfer, or the attempt or conspiracy to possess, use, distribute, manufacture, cultivate, sell or transfer any substance the possession of which is prohibited by federal, state or local drug laws  (NOTE:  The intention to distribute, sell or transfer drugs may be inferred from the quantity and/or types of drugs involved).

Effective August 2011, Pennsylvania added certain synthetic substances to the list of drugs and substances it is illegal to possess, use or sale.  These include chemical substances contained in bath salts, synthetic marijuana, or other synthetic drugs including, but not limited to, salvia and 2C-E. 

Medical marijuana.  The possession and use of marijuana remains illegal under federal law.  Consistent with federal law, including the Controlled Substances Act and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, the use and/or possession of marijuana (even for medical purposes) continues to be prohibited while a student is on college owned or college controlled property, and/or at any function hosted, authorized or supervised by the college regardless of where held.        

Fire Safety Equipment (*). Tampering with fire safety equipment and/or the intentional or reckless starting of a fire.

Firearms, Weapons and Explosives(*) All members of the College community, including faculty, staff, and students, as well as visitors to Dickinson College, are prohibited from possessing firearms, explosives or weapons (hereafter collectively referred to as “weapons”) on the premises of the College or in any building under College control or at any College–sponsored event without the explicit authorization of Dickinson College, whether or not a federal or state license to possess the same has been issued to the possessor. The complete Firearms and Weapons policy can be found in the Student Handbook.

Harm to Other (*). Physical, verbal or psychological abuse, harassment, intimidation or other harmful conduct, including those made electronically or via social media, that threatens, endangers, or has the potential to endanger the health, well-being or safety of another individual.  It can include but is not limited to threats, intimidation, assaulting another person, and/or purposefully injuring another individual.

Hazing (*).  Any act that, as an explicit or implied condition for initiation to, admission into, affiliation with, acceptance in, or continued membership in a group or organization, could be seen by a reasonable person as endangering the physical well-being of an individual, as causing mental distress to an individual, or as being disruptive to the campus community, regardless of the individual's willingness to participate.  The complete Hazing policy can be found in the Student Handbook.

Sexual Harassment and Misconduct (*). The College’s policy and procedures for sexual harassment and misconduct situations.

Stalking (*).  The College’s policy and procedures for stalking situations .

The following are additional examples of conduct that are not compatible with Dickinson’s Community Standards and that, if committed, will be reviewed under our conduct -process.  These examples apply to individual students and organizations:

  • Alcohol.  The possession, use, sale, provision and/or distribution of alcohol, except as permitted by law, is a violation of the Dickinson College Community Standards as well as a possible violation of local, state and/or federal laws. Students are expected to comply with the Alcohol policy as outlined in the Student Handbook.
  • Complicity.  Assisting or facilitating the commission of a violation of the Community Standards.
  • Damage to Property. Damage to college property or the property of others, as well as any attempt to damage such property.  
  • Dishonesty. Students and organizations are expected to be honest and truthful in all interactions with members of the Dickinson College community, including the College itself, its faculty and employees, alumni and fellow students, as well as with local, state and federal officials. This includes, but is not limited to falsifying, forging, altering or misusing any document or record.
  • Disruptive Conduct. Conduct that is disorderly, annoying, disruptive, lewd, overly aggressive, obscene or which causes alarm.
  • Drug Paraphernalia. The possession and/or use of any paraphernalia which is prohibited by federal, state or local drug laws is a violation of the Dickinson College Community Standards.

Electronic Conduct. College-provided computers electronic devices and Internet access are available on campus.  Students also use their own electronic equipment on campus as well. In all cases, policies governing the use of the College’s electronic equipment, Internet access, network and computer system apply. The policies are posted on the Library and Information Services website. Using any computer or other electronic device, and/or the college’s network or Internet access in violation of these policies is prohibited.

Failure to Comply.  Students and organizations are expected to comply with directions of College officials and follow all College policies.  Specific expectations include:

  • following the directions of College officials and not hindering any College employee (including student employees) in the performance of their duties or interfering with the operations of the College.
  • complying with College policies and regulations, including but not limited to those found in the Student Handbook. 
  • complying with the results of hearings and procedures in which they participate.
  • Student organizations are also expected to comply with the policies and regulations that govern their organization, including but not limited to risk management policies and regulations for behavior. 

False Identification.  Creating(*), distributing (*) or possessing an identification card that falsely identifies or that is intended to falsely identify the bearer  by name, age, date of birth, photograph, or other personally identifiable criteria or possessing or using the identification card of another or by possessing or using an identification card that has not been issued to or in the name of that person who possesses the card.  

Harm to Self. Engaging in activities or behaviors that intentionally or unintentionally jeopardize one’s safety or well-being or which disrupt the community or any member of the community.

Interference with College Activities. The obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administrative duties, conduct proceedings or other college activities.

Safety and Security Equipment. Tampering and/or the misuse of safety and security equipment.

Retaliation.  Seeking retribution or revenge, or attempting to seek retribution or revenge against anyone involved in the bringing, defense or resolution of allegations of any violation of the Community Standards, including the complainant, the respondent, anyone acting on behalf of either party, or anyone participating in the investigation, hearing and/or appeal.

Theft/Possession of Stolen Property. Taking, attempting to take, and/or being in possession of the property of another without permission.

Unauthorized Access. Unauthorized access to or use of College buildings, facilities or other properties. This includes but is not limited to: gaining access to a room, location, or building without authorization, unauthorized use of a college vehicle, and/or improper possession or duplication of a key or key card.

Violations of Law. Students and organizations are expected to obey federal, state, and local laws. Any violation of such laws on Dickinson’s campus or which affects Dickinson College or members of its community is also a violation of the Community Standards.

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