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Code of Conduct: Jurisdiction
Code of Conduct
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania students are subject to the provisions of this Code of Conduct while on the University premises and when involved with off-campus programs, activities, and events related to and/or sponsored by the University. In addition, students, as members of the larger community, are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the laws and requirements of a civilized society. Allegations against students for off-campus misconduct will also be adjudicated through the University judicial system since the conduct could have a negative impact on the University mission, its community members, or on the good name of the University. Students are held accountable for their behavior at all off campus locations, including University sponsored trips and conferences and distance-learning sites. The University maintains the right to responds to complaints of misconduct online, which includes responding to incidents posted on internet social networking sites. Although Edinboro University does not monitor these sites, the University may use information found on these sites during judicial proceedings, even if the misconduct occurs off campus, as internet postings can reflect negatively on the University.
The term "student" refers to all persons taking courses, registered or scheduled for classes for either the current term or a future term, either full or part time. An applicant who is notified of acceptance and has paid the advance deposit fee or had the fee officially waived is considered a student.
The University reserves the right to adjudicate any violations of local, state, and federal laws and violations of the Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Procedures through the University's judicial system, which may occur during any leave of absence from the University.
Violations of University regulations that also violate the law may be procedurally handled as a University disciplinary situation, regardless of whether or not the case proceeds in the courts. Disciplinary action at the University will not be subject to challenge merely on the grounds that criminal charges involving the same incident have been dismissed or reduced. Also, the implementation of University disciplinary authority does not protect the student from, nor does the University necessarily consider it to be a substitute for, the civil process or criminal prosecution.
However, students may request, in writing, to have University judicial proceedings held in abeyance pending the outcome of a criminal proceeding, provided an interim suspension or residence hall removal has not occurred.
In those instances where civil authorities have acted, the University will not exercise its jurisdiction in the matter solely to increase punishment. The University has a very important interest in behavior subject to this Code, separate and identifiable from that of the civil authorities. Therefore, the University has a right and legitimate interest in exercising its jurisdiction and to take such action as is appropriate to protect itself and members of the local community.
Student organizations and groups formally recognized by the University are subject to the same regulations as individual students. Organizations may be disciplined if a significant number of students involved in the alleged offense belong to the group or if the planning and leadership responsible for an alleged offense came from student members of an organization or group.
Sanctions for group or organization misconduct may include probation, withdrawal of official recognition, limitations on the use of facilities and privileges afforded by the University, as well as other appropriate sanctions as provided in this Code.