University Code of Conduct

Rationale for University Discipline

The reasonableness of University discipline must be judged in its relation to the educational purposes of the University. If those purposes may be described as the pursuit of truth and the advancement of knowledge, University discipline exists to assure a setting wherein those purposes may be achieved.

The educational purposes of the University can best be protected through the clear communication and enforcement of certain standards of behavior judged essential to the achievement of those purposes. What follows is a statement of these standards of behavior developed through the cooperative efforts of the students, faculty, and administrative officers.


Persons: This Code shall apply to every member of the Fordham University community which includes faculty, students, administrative officials, and staff. When any individual accused of violating this University Code of Conduct maintains more than one of the above-mentioned statuses in the University, determination of his or her status in a particular situation will be made in the context of the surrounding facts.


The following actions are considered violations of the University Code of Conduct and are punishable by sanctions imposed in accordance with the published judicial procedures of the University

  1. All forms of dishonesty, including cheating, plagiarism, supplying false information to any University official, as well as forgery or use of University documents or instruments of identification with intent to defraud.
  2. Theft from or damage to University property and/or theft of or damage to the property of another while located on the property of the University. Knowingly receiving, retaining, or disposing of the lost or mislaid property of a member of the University community or of the University itself.
  3. Unauthorized entry, use, or occupation of University facilities, as well as the unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of keys to University facilities.
  4. Tampering with or misusing fire alarms, fire-fighting equipment, or safety equipment.
  5. Harassment of another person, whether physical, sexual, or verbal, and either oral or written.
  6. Physical abuse, sexual abuse, threats, intimidation, coercion, and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.
  7. The unauthorized selling, purchasing, producing, or possession of any lethal weapons, explosives, fireworks, or incendiary devices.
  8. The unauthorized selling, purchasing, producing, possession , or use of barbiturates, amphetamines, marijuana, hallucinogens, opiates, or other addictive and illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia.
  9. Engaging in or inciting others to engage in conduct which interferes with or disrupts any University function, or which prevents or limits the free expression of the ideas of others, or which physically obstructs or threatens to obstruct or restrain other members of the University community or visitors.
  10. Failing to surrender the University Identification Card upon request of clearly identified University personnel (this includes campus security personnel) in the performance of their assigned duties. All members of the University community are required to have the University Identification Card in their possession while on campus.
  11. Engaging in lewd, licentious, or disorderly conduct.
  12. Failing to comply with the direction of clearly identified University personnel (this includes campus security guards) in the performance of their assigned duties.
  13. Violation of the published University regulations, including, but not limited to, those regarding motor vehicles, residence halls, and the McGinley Center.

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