Proscribed Conduct

A. Jurisdiction of the Student Conduct Code

The Student Conduct Code shall apply to conduct that occurs on College premises, at College sponsored activities, and to off-campus conduct that adversely affects the College community and/or the pursuit of its objectives. Each student shall be responsible for his/her conduct from the time of application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree, even though conduct may occur before classes begin or after classes end, as well as during the academic year and during periods between terms of actual enrollment (and even if their conduct is not discovered until after a degree is awarded). The Student Conduct Code shall apply to a student's conduct even if the student withdraws from school while a disciplinary matter is pending. The Vice-President for Student Affairs/ Dean of Students or his designee shall decide whether the Student Conduct Code shall be applied to conduct occurring off campus, on a case by case basis, in his/her sole discretion.

B. Student Conduct Code Violations

Any student found to have committed or to have attempted to commit the following misconduct is subject to the disciplinary sanctions outlined in Article IV:

  1. Offenses Against Persons
  2. Offenses Against Property
  3. Offenses Against the Community
  4. Offenses Against the Student Conduct System
  5. Other Offenses
  6. Offenses Against the Commonwealth of Virginia & Other State, Local & Federal Jurisdictions
  • Violation of any federal, state or local law.

C. Violation of Law and Student Conduct Code

  1. College conduct proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with conduct that potentially violates both the criminal law and the Student Conduct Code (that is, if both possible violations result from the same factual situation) without regard to the pendency of civil or criminal litigation in court or criminal arrest and prosecution. Proceedings under the Student Conduct Code may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off campus at the discretion of Vice-President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students or his designee. Determinations made or sanctions imposed under this Student Conduct Code shall not be subject to change because criminal charges arising out of the same facts giving rise to violation of College rules were dismissed, reduced, or resolved in favor of or against the criminal law defendant.
  2. When a student is charged by federal, state, or local authorities with a violation of law, the College will not request or agree to special consideration for that individual because of his or her status as a student. If the alleged offense is also being processed under the Student Conduct Code, the College may advise off-campus authorities of the existence of the Student Conduct Code and of how such matters are typically handled within the College community. The College will attempt to cooperate with law enforcement and other agencies in the enforcement of criminal law on campus and in the conditions imposed by criminal courts for the rehabilitation of student violators (provided that the conditions do not conflict with campus rules or sanctions). Individual students and other members of the College community, acting in their personal capacities, remain free to interact with governmental representatives as they deem appropriate.