May 21, 2019  

Code of Student Conduct

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The University takes seriously any failure of a student to abide by his/her commitment to the Community Values Agreement and the Code of Student Conduct. The University understands that all human beings are prone to make mistakes and that every situation is unique. Nevertheless, a student should expect to receive consequences, up to and including dismissal from the University, if he/she engages in any activity, behavior or communication described in the following list, whether it takes place on-campus, off-campus or online. Violations motivated by bias related to protected characteristics may be subject to additional considerations as a bias incident. The list that follows is not comprehensive but does provide examples of violations of the Code of Student Conduct:


  1. Promotion or instigation of student behaviors not consistent with this Code of Student Conduct
  2. Willful undermining of the religious ideals of the University and the Seventh-day Adventist Church
  3. Profane, obscene, indecent or otherwise inappropriate conduct or expression which violates accepted standards of Christian conduct
  4. Disorderly or disruptive conduct (regardless of intent), or other types of obstructive or dysfunctional behaviors that compromise the educational, residential, or work environment or the health, wellbeing and safety of others
  5. Failure to comply with directives of University officials or law enforcement officers acting in performance of their duties. This includes, but is not limited to the failure to identify oneself to one of these officials when requested to do so, failure to comply or complete a disciplinary action prescribed by conduct process.
  6. All forms or acts of dishonesty or deception including, but not limited to, the following:
    • Larceny (theft) or the unauthorized taking or using of property or possession of another person or organization.
    • Fraudulent actions such as timecard and payroll fraud.
    • Cheating, plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty
    • Furnishing false or misleading information to any University office, official, faculty or staff
    • Forgery, alteration or misuse of any University document, record or instrument of identification
    • A pattern of spreading unsubstantiated rumors
    • Tampering with the election of leaders of any recognized student organization
  7. Discrimination or harassment based on perceived or actual personal characteristics as outlined in the section “Right to be Free from Bias, Discrimination or Harassment”
  8. Hazing, defined as an intentional or reckless act that the person knew or should have known endangers the physical or emotional well-being of an individual and that is traditionally done for the purpose of being initiated into or affiliating with an established group or organization
  9. Physical aggression or physical assault-Includes acts of hitting, pushing, kicking, pulling hair, etc.
  10. Relationship violence or abuse which includes domestic violence, dating violence and stalking
  11. Sexual misconduct including, but not limited to, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, non-consensual sexual contact and non-consensual sexual penetration
  12. Cohabitation of unmarried members of the opposite sex or hosting overnight visitors of the opposite sex (including sharing a hotel or guest room); entering the residence hall room of a member of the opposite sex (with the exception of a formal open house program or permission from a residence hall dean)
  13. Premarital and extramarital sexual activity or sexually related behavior that includes but is not limited to inappropriate displays of affection; accessing, possessing or displaying pornographic or other sexually explicit materials; and sexting or other virtual forms of sexual activity
  14. Romantic behaviors between individuals of the same sex, understanding that not all displays of affection are romantic in nature
  15. Verbal, written and other forms of disrespectful, intimidating, harassing, bullying (degrading, humiliating, malicious or defamatory) or stalking behavior which compromises the health, wellbeing or safety of any person; includes, but is not limited to, phone calls, emails, texts and all forms of online or social network communications
  16. Threats or threatening statements or conduct which directly expresses or implies a threat or dangerous intention to a specific or general target.
  17. On- or off-campus use, possession (in one’s residence, vehicle, belongings or on person), purchase, sale, manufacture, distribution or attempts to solicit or facilitate the purchase or presence of the following:
    • Tobacco in any form
    • Alcoholic beverages (or empty alcohol containers) in any form
    • Illegal drugs or drug-related paraphernalia
    • Other paraphernalia including roach clips, bongs, hookahs, e-cigarettes, vapor and hookah pens, papers, scales or any material or apparatus containing drug residue etc.,
    • Misuse of prescription drugs (for more information, see Substance Abuse)
  18. Proximity to alcohol, illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia, such as parties where alcohol or illegal drugs, etc., are present and served by another host
  19. Hosting/planning events in one’s own residence or elsewhere where alcohol is served or consumed and/or illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia are present
  20. Engaging in entertainment or activities that do not meet the high standards of Christian conduct such as sexually suggestive or explicit dancing, gambling in any form, etc.
  21. Participation in organizations that have not been registered with the Student Life office or in organizational activities that have not been approved by the organization’s faculty/staff sponsor and the Student Life office
  22. Unauthorized use of Andrews University’s name or facilities for purposes that are not consistent with the Code of Student Conduct and the values of Andrews University
  23. Firearms, explosives, flammable substances and other weapons of any kind are not allowed on University property. This includes, but is not limited to, rifles, shotguns, pistols, paintball guns, BB guns, pellet guns, bow and arrows, stun guns, Tazers, “air-soft” guns, look-alike firearms, knives with blades longer than three inches (excluding culinary knives) and martial arts weapons. The manufacturing of any part of a firearm or explosive, or the possession of any firearm or other weapon or storage of ammunition on University property is cause for corrective and immediate action up to and including dismissal. For further explanation, please see
  24. Attempted or actual vandalism, arson, or damage to individual, institutional or community property. Removal of institutional property from its designated place
  25. Deliberate misuse of a fire alarm system or other emergency equipment (Civil Code may bring up to one year in prison and up to a $500 fine) or other violations of established safety protocols
  26. Unauthorized entry or exit of campus buildings by any means other than the designated entrances, use of an exit for non-emergency purposes during timeframes when usage is established for emergency purposes only, or unauthorized presence (non-criminal trespassing) in University buildings after regular or established operational hours.
  27. Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of University key(s) or other access devices to any University premise
  28. Violation of any aspect of the Andrews University’s Student Information Technology Usage Policy (see Student Information Technology Usage Policy)
  29. Violation of institutional policy or code published in hard copy or available electronically on the University website such as a Campus Safety policy, etc.
  30. A legal conviction for or confirmation of violations of federal, state or local law which indicate that a student is not in good standing with the community
  31. Conduct which has an adverse effect on the student’s responsibility to model good citizenship in the University community or in any other community


Any additional policies voted and published by the Student Life Deans Council, Student Life Council, Campus Safety/Risk Management Committee or other appropriate University bodies, current and future, are valid and enforceable.