As an academic community centered in the Catholic Tradition, Anna Maria College expects all members of the College community to act in a responsible and ethical manner and to uphold the values, rules, and regulations of the College. The principles of individual honor, integrity, responsibility, and respect for the rights of others are essential to student conduct in both academic and student affairs life.
Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities
In exercising the rights below, students are expected to maintain maturity and civility. No right specified here is meant to be construed as enabling students to infringe upon the individual rights of others or of the community as a whole.
A student has the right:
- To an education, to organize his/her personal life and behavior, and to pursue individual activities, except when those activities interfere with the rights of others or violate College, local, state, or federal policies.
- To the presumption of student innocence and genuineness by the Faculty, Administration, and staff in all disciplinary processes.
- To the protection of fundamental fairness in the administrative and disciplinary process as provided for in this code of conduct.
- To impartial advice from one person within the College community during all aspects of the discipline process. The advisor’s role will be limited to consultation with the advisee.
- To the expectation and preservation of privacy, to the extent possible, in the investigation and hearing procedure of any administrative or disciplinary process.
- To have access to a clear appeals process.
Standards of Conduct
The purpose of providing a list of possible misconducts is to give students general notice of behavior that is expected and behavior that is prohibited by the College. The Standards of Non-Academic Conduct are not written with the specificity of a criminal statute and are not intended to be interpreted with the specificity of a criminal statute. Any student found to have committed or to have attempted to commit the following misconduct is subject to the disciplinary sanctions outlined in Section II.
Allegations of harassment or discrimination because of sex or alleged acts of sexual violence, assault or misconduct will generally be handled initially under Anna Maria College’s Title IX Policy. However, Anna Maria College reserves the right to initiate proceedings or seek discipline or dismissal under this Code of Conduct for actions, while not found to violate Anna Maria College’s Title IX policy, nonetheless, may or do violate this Code of Conduct.
- Violation of Anna Maria College policy published in hard copy or available electronically on the Anna Maria College website.
- The intentional physical harm or injury to oneself, or the intentional, or attempted, or threat of physical harm to others, or the assault or battery, harassment, stalking, or hazing of another member of the College community.
- The sexual assault, sexual harassment or other violation of the College Sexual Misconduct and Title IX policy.
- Verbal, written, or electronically transmitted (including but not limited to phone and/or computer) abuse, threats, intimidation, bullying, harassment, stalking, coercion, and/or other conduct which threatens, has the intent to cause fear in, has the intent to cause substantial emotional distress to, has the intent to control, or endangers the health or safety of any person.
- Bias incidents, hate crimes, and/or other actions which are committed against a person or property that are motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias against an individual or group because of the individual or group’s actual or perceived status as protected by law.
- Possession of firearms, explosives, incendiary devices, ammunition, pepper spray, mace, stun-gun, other weapons, and/or dangerous chemicals on Anna Maria College premises or at Anna Maria College sponsored events and/or use of any such item, even if legally procured, in a manner that harms, threatens, or causes fear to others.
- The intentional unsanctioned use of, abuse, destruction, misappropriation, or vandalism of the private property of other members of the community or of College property, including but not limited to physical property, computer files and/or an individual’s identification and/or password(s); theft of property and/or services; knowingly possessing stolen property; and/or taking property of another without consent, even with an intent to return the property.
- Unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of keys to any Anna Maria College premises; or unauthorized entry to or use of Anna Maria College premises. Except in case of emergency, entering upon, crossing or using rooftops or stairwell roofs, using windows as a means of ingress or egress, and/or scaling the exterior of any building.
- The intentional disruption or obstruction of legitimate College operations or activities.
- The intentional unsanctioned use of, abuse, obstruction, destruction, misappropriation, or vandalism of the CCTV surveillance system.
- The violation of the Anna Maria College alcohol policy.
- The violation of the Anna Maria College drug policy
- The violation of any other College policies, published in hard copy or available electronically on the Anna Maria College website including, but not limited to those on computer use, hazing, on-campus living, sexual harassment, non-discrimination, and/or Campus Dining Hall Policy.
- The inability or unwillingness to carry on student responsibilities.
- The apparent violation of any Federal, State or local law.
- Failure to comply with the direction of Anna Maria College administrators or law enforcement officers acting in the performance of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself or one’s guests to these persons when instructed to do so. Use, sale, or possession of false identification on College property or at Anna Maria sponsored events.
- Setting off false alarms or making other false emergency reports, misusing or tampering with College emergency equipment, interfering with emergency personnel in the conduct of their duty.
- Falsifying, altering or forging any official College records or documents and/or employing official College documents or records for purposes of misrepresentation.
- Conduct which occurs on College property, at College sponsored activities, and off campus if it adversely affects the Anna Maria College community and/or the pursuit of the College’s mission or objectives.
- Conduct that is disorderly, lewd, or indecent; breach of peace; or aiding, abetting or procuring another person to breach the peace on College property or at functions sponsored by the College, or in which the Anna Maria College community participates.
- Any unauthorized use of electronic or other devices to make an audio, video, or digital record of any person while on Anna Maria College premises without his/her prior knowledge, or without his/her effective consent when such a recording is likely to cause emotional distress to the subject(s) of the recording. This includes, but is not limited to, surreptitiously taking pictures of another person in a facility or area where privacy is assumed (gym locker room, restroom, and residence hall room). The storing, sharing, and/or distribution of such records by any means is prohibited.
- Providing information to individuals involved in gambling activities concerning varsity athletics competition; or participating in any gambling activity that involves varsity athletics or amateur athletics, through a bookmaker, a parlay card or any other method employed by organized gambling.
- The intentional abuse of the Conduct Code System, including, but not limited to: the failure to obey the summons of a College administrator; falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information; influencing or attempting to influence a witness or member of the Conduct Code System; failure to comply with sanctions; or any other actions that interfere, disrupt, or violate the procedural and substantive standards of the Code of Conduct and Conduct Code System.
- Failing to instruct guests as to College or residence hall rules and policies.
- Threatening or endangering the health or safety of animal(s).
- Retaliation, either directly or indirectly through others, against any individual involved in a disciplinary complaint or proceeding.