STANDARDS OF CONDUCT
Mississippi College considers the behavior described in the following sub-section (Article III) as inappropriate behavior for the Mississippi College community and in opposition to the core values of the institution. These expectations and rules apply to all students, whether undergraduate, graduate, doctoral or professional. Mississippi College encourages community members to report to Mississippi College officials all incidents that involve the following actions. Any student found to have committed or to have attempted to commit the following misconduct is subject to the sanctions outlined in Article IV of the Mississippi College Student Code of Conduct.
A. Dishonest Actions, including but not limited to the following:
a. Cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty;
b. Furnishing false information to any Mississippi College official, faculty member or office;
c. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any Mississippi College Document, record or instrument of identification;
d. Tampering with the election of any Mississippi College-recognized student organization
B. Disruptive / Disrespectful Behavior
a. Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, student conduct proceedings, or other college activities, including its public-service functions on or off campus, or other authorized non-Mississippi College activities, when the act occurs on Mississippi College premises.
b. Flagrant disrespect for a member of the Mississippi College community or one of its guests.
a. Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, bullying, cyberbullying and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.
D. Property Violations
a. Attempted or actual theft of property of the college or property of other individuals on Mississippi College premises, or other personal or public property.
b. Possession of stolen property.
c. Damage or tampering with property of Mississippi College or the property of individuals on Mississippi College premises
a. An act which threatens the mental or physical health of safety of a student, or causes embarrassment or humiliation, or which destroys or removes public or private property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a group or organization, a student’s willingness to participate in such activity notwithstanding.
b. Behavior that results in :
i. mental / physical discomfort
c. For a more comprehensive definition of hazing, consult the Mississippi College Student Organization Handbook
F. Failure to Comply
a. Failure to comply with the directions of Mississippi College officials or law enforcement officers acting in performance of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so
G. Misuse of College Facilities
a. Unauthorized entry to or use of Mississippi College premises
b. Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys, or identification cards, to any Mississippi College premises
H. Vehicular / Pedestrian Traffic Violations
a. Failure to register a motor vehicle operated on the campus and failure to abide by the stated rules of Mississippi College regulating use of such vehicles.
b. Obstruction of the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on Mississippi College premises or at Mississippi College-sponsored or supervised functions.
I. Violation of Local, State, or Federal Laws
a. Violation of federal, state or local law on or off Mississippi College premises or at Mississippi College-sponsored or supervised activities
J. Drug Violations
a. Use, possession, distribution, sale, manufacture, or evidence of consumption of narcotics, controlled substances or illegal drugs on or off Mississippi College property, or at a Mississippi College-sponsored events or programs in accordance with federal, state, and local laws.
b. Examples of violations include, but are not limited to:
i. Misuse of over-the-counter drugs.
ii. Misuse or sharing of prescription drugs.
iii. Possessing, using, being under the influence of, distributing, or manufacturing any form of illegal
iv. Possessing paraphernalia (i.e. rolling papers, pipes, bongs, grinders, etc.) for intended or implied
use of any form of illegal drug.
v. Possessing paraphernalia that contains or appears to contain illegal drug residue.
vi. Purchasing or passing illegal drugs from one person to another.
vii. Using mail services to purchase, pass, or distribute illegal drugs.
K. Alcohol Violations
a. Use, possession, sale, or distribution of alcoholic beverages or alcoholic beverage containers on campus or while engaged in any Mississippi College-related function, including functions sponsored by any Mississippi College organization, as well as irresponsible behavior involving the use of alcoholic beverages whether on or off campus is not allowed. Examples of alcohol violations include, but are not limited to:
i. Showing physical or mental impairment following or resulting from alcohol use;
ii. Evidence of consumption;
iii. Irresponsible behavior involving the use of alcoholic beverages;
iv. Possessing empty alcohol containers for decorative purposes;
v. Participating in or being present during the occurrence any drinking game;
vi. Using or possessing common sources of alcohol including, but not limited to kegs, party balls,
punch bowls, wine boxes, etc.
a. Engaging in any game or chance or bets whether on campus or at a Mississippi College-related function which the participants commit money, or anything of value, in order to participate in play.
b. Lotteries and raffles are included.
M. Sexual Impropriety
a. Public Display of Affection: Engaging in public displays of affection which is not in keeping with good taste and high moral standards
b. Consensual Sexual Activity: Consensual sexual activity includes, but is not limited to participation in or appearance of engaging in premarital sex, extramarital sex, or homosexual activities. (In regards to non-consensual sexual activity, refer to Article III, Section X.c. Sexual Misconduct.)
c. Possession, distribution, use or manufacture of pornographic materials including pornographic paraphernalia.
N. Dress Code
a. In keeping with the ideals of Mississippi College, each student is expected to dress neatly and appropriately at all times.
b. Shoes should be worn at all times in academic areas, offices and dining facilities.
c. Regardless of the intent, display of the following is inappropriate on campus:
ii. Excessively tight and/or form fitting clothing
iii. Clothing displaying alcohol, drugs, tobacco products, inappropriate language, or related graphics,
descriptions or logos inconsistent with the Christian mission of Mississippi College
iv. Clothing that is lewd, derogatory, and/or suggestive
a. Authorized Visitation: Violation of the Residence Life Visitation policy.
b. Unauthorized Visitation: Any student found to be in any residence hall room or any unauthorized area with a member(s) of the opposite sex, except at times approved by the Residence Life staff..
P. Inappropriate Language
a. Violations include, but are not limited to: lewd, obscene or vulgar language or expression that is contrary to the Christian values and principles Mississippi College strives to uphold.
Q. Smoking & Tobacco Use
a. Mississippi College is a tobacco free campus. Smoking and other tobacco use is prohibited on Mississippi College property.
R. Life / Safety Code Violations
a. Jeopardizing the public safety of others by tampering with safety equipment or safety features on campus such as, but not limited to alarms, cameras, entry systems, fire extinguishers, and Blue Light emergency units. Specifically included is the propping open of residence hall doors or other secured doors on campus.
a. The possession, legally or illegally, or threatening to use any weapon including, but not limited to, firearms, ammunition, explosives, fireworks, air rifles, pellet guns, paintball guns, dangerous chemicals, knives with blades longer than five inches or any other weapons or any imitation that could be used to cause fear in another person on Mississippi College property.
T. Disorderly Conduct
a. Participation in a campus demonstration which disrupts the normal operations of Mississippi College and infringes on the rights of other members of the Mississippi College community
b. Leading or inciting others to disrupt schedule and/or normal activities within any campus building or area; intentional obstruction which unreasonably interferes with freedom of movement, either pedestrian or vehicular, on campus.
c. Conduct which is disorderly, lewd, or indecent; breach of peace, or aiding, abetting, or procuring another person to breach the peace on Mississippi College premises or at functions sponsored by, or participated in by, Mississippi College.
U. Computer Violations
a. Computer violations include, but are not limited to:
i. Theft or other abuse of computer time, including but not limited to:
ii. Unauthorized entry into a file, to use, read, or change the contents, of for any other purpose
iii. Unauthorized transfer of a file
iv. Unauthorized use of another individuals identification and password
v. Use of computing facilities, Mississippi College internet access/network or Mississippi College email
network to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member or Mississippi College official
vi. Use of computing facilities, Mississippi College internet access/network or Mississippi College email
network to use, read, or send obscene material or send abusive messages
vii. Use of computing facilities, Mississippi College internet access/network or Mississippi College email
network to interfere with normal operation of the Mississippi College computing system
viii. Any violation of Mississippi College’s Acceptable Use Policy
V. Abuse of the Student Conduct Process
a. Failure to obey the summons of a student conduct body or Mississippi College official
b. Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information before a student conduct body
c. Making a false complaint(s) against another member or members of the Mississippi College community
d. Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a student conduct proceeding
e. Initiating a student conduct proceeding knowingly without cause
f. Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in, or use of, the student conduct system
g. Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of a student conduct body prior to, and/or during the course of, the student conduct proceeding
h. Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a member of a student conduct body prior to, during, and/or after a conduct proceeding
i. Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Mississippi College Student Code of Conduct
W. Conduct Unbecoming of a Mississippi College Student
a. Conduct on or off campus which reflects poorly on the mission of Mississippi College, or other conduct which is not becoming to the best interests of Mississippi College and/or members of the Mississippi College campus community
X. Sexual Misconduct
a. Sexual Harassment: Sexual Harassment is unwelcome, gender-based verbal or physical conduct that is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that if unreasonably interferes with, denies, or limits someone’s ability to participate in or benefit from Mississippi College’s educational programs and/or activities, and is based on power differentials, the creation of a hostile environment, or retaliation. Examples include, but are not limited to:
i. An attempt to coerce an unwilling person into a sexual relationship
ii. To repeatedly subject a person to egregious, unwelcome sexual attention
iii. To punish a refusal to comply with a sexual based request
iv. To condition a benefit on submitting to sexual advances
v. Sexual violence
vi. Intimate partner violence
vii. Gender-based bullying
b. Sexual Assault (Non-Consensual Sexual Contact): Sexual assault is any intentional sexual touching, however slight; with any object, by a male or female upon a male or a female that is without consent and/or by force. Consent must be informed and freely and actively given. Silence in and of itself is not an indication of consent.
c. Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse (Rape): Non-consensual sexual intercourse is any sexual intercourse however slight, with any object, by a male or female upon a male or female that is without consent and/or by force. A person must be capable of controlling their physical actions and making a rational, reasonable decision in order to consent. An underage or incapacitated person is unable to give consent. (In regards to consensual sexual activity, refer to Article III, Section M.b. Sexual Impropriety.)
d. Sexual Exploitation: Sexual exploitation occurs when a student takes a non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his/her own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute another violation of Article III, Section X: Sexual Misconduct. Examples of sexual exploitation include, but are not limited to:
i. Invasion of sexual privacy
ii. Prostituting another student
iii. Non-consensual video or audio taping of sexual activity
iv. Going beyond the boundaries of consent
v. Engaging in voyeurism (the sexual interest in or practice of spying on individuals engaged in
intimate behaviors, such as, but not limited to, undressing, sexual activity, or other actions usually considered to be private in nature)
vi. Knowingly transmitting an STD, STI or HIV to another student
e. Stalking: Stalking occurs when a person willfully, on more than one occasion, follows or is in the presence of another person without legal purpose and with the intent to cause death or bodily injury, or with the intent to cause emotional distress by placing that person in reasonable fear of death or bodily injury. Examples of stalking include, but are not limited to:
i. Threatening mail, phone calls or emails
ii. Persistent physical approaches
iii. Following a person or coincidentally showing up at places the person frequents
iv. Waiting outside a person’s residence, classroom, or place of employment
v. Destruction of a person’s personal property
vi. Breaking into a person’s car or residence
vii. Consistently questioning others for information about a person of interest
Y. Violation of Published Mississippi College Policies, Rules and Regulations
a. Violation of any Mississippi College policies, rules and regulations including, but not limited to, those of Residence Life, Academic Affairs, Student Life, etc.