Student Handbook

Code of Conduct

Revised November 20, 2020

Code of Conduct

A. Preamble Arcadia University is dedicated to personal and academic excellence. Choosing to join Arcadia University’s community obligates each member to a code of civilized and ethical behavior. Each student of Arcadia University is required to practice personal and academic integrity; respect the dignity of all persons; respect the rights and property of others; discourage bigotry; and demonstrate concern for others, their feelings, and their needs for conditions which support their work and development. Students are required to engage in responsible and ethical social conduct that reflects the principles of Arcadia University and each student must refrain from and discourage behavior which threatens the freedom and respect that every individual deserves.

B. Definitions

  • The term “University” means Arcadia University.
  • The term “student” includes all persons taking courses at Arcadia University either full-time or part-time, pursuing undergraduate, graduate or professional studies. Persons who withdraw after allegedly violating the Student Code of Conduct, who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with Arcadia University or who have been notified of their acceptance for admission are considered “students” as are persons who are living in Arcadia University’s residence halls, although not enrolled in this institution. This Student Code of Conduct applies to all locations of Arcadia University.
  • The term “faculty member” means any person hired by Arcadia University to conduct classroom or teaching activities or who is otherwise considered by Arcadia University to be a member of its faculty.
  • The term “staff” includes any full-time and part-time employee of Arcadia University who holds managerial, administrative, clerical, technical, skilled craft, service or other positions designated by Arcadia University to be subject to these rules, policies, procedures and benefits.
  • The term “Arcadia University official” includes any person employed by Arcadia University, performing assigned administrative or professional responsibilities.
  • The term “member of Arcadia University’s community” includes any person who is a student, faculty member, Arcadia University official or any other person employed or contracted by Arcadia University. A person’s status in a particular situation shall be determined by the President.
  • The term “Arcadia University’s premises” includes all land, buildings, facilities, and other property in the possession of or owned, used, or controlled by Arcadia University.
  • The term “organization” means any number of persons who have complied with the formal requirements for Arcadia University’s recognition or registration.
  • The term “policy” means the written regulations of Arcadia University as found but not limited to, the Student Code of Conduct, Residence Life Handbook, Arcadia University’s website, Computer Use Policy, and Graduate/Undergraduate Catalogs.
  • The term “cheating” includes, but is not limited to: (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) use of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; (3) acquisition, without permission, of tests of other academic material belonging to a member of Arcadia University’s faculty, students or staff; (4) engaging in any behavior specifically prohibited by a faculty member in the course syllabus or class discussion.
  • The term “plagiarism” includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.

C. Proscribed Conduct

  1. Jurisdiction of the Student Code of Conduct Arcadia University’s Student Code of Conduct shall apply to conduct that occurs on Arcadia University’s premises, at Arcadia University sponsored activities, and to off-campus conduct that adversely affects Arcadia University’s Community and/or the pursuit of its objectives. Each student shall be responsible for his/her conduct from the time of application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree, even though conduct may occur before classes begin or after classes end, as well as during the academic year and during periods between terms of actual enrollment (and even if their conduct is not discovered until after a degree is awarded). The Student Code shall apply to a student’s conduct even if the student withdraws from the school while a disciplinary matter is pending. The Dean of Students shall decide whether the Student Code shall be applied to conduct occurring off campus, on a case by case basis, in his/her sole discretion.
  2. Conduct – Rules and Regulations Any student found to have committed or to have attempted to commit the following misconduct is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension and expulsion:
  • Violation of any federal, state, and local laws or ordinances.
  • Disruption or obstruction, or attempting to disrupt or obstruct, any lawful activity of Arcadia University.
  • Violation of the Code of Academic Responsibility, including cheating, forgery, bribery/threats, fabrication, plagiarism, and/or facilitating academic dishonesty.
  • Non-academic dishonesty, including but not limited to lying, falsifying information, forgery, furnishing false information to any Arcadia University official, faculty member, or office, withholding information or misrepresentation in any transaction with Arcadia University or with whom Arcadia University is acting in accord with to perform the academic mission of Arcadia University, and alterations or intentional misuse of Arcadia University’s documents, records or identification, including but not limited to, electronic software, data, and records.
  • Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, other Arcadia University activities, including its public services functions on or off Arcadia University’s premises, or of other authorized activities.
  • Threats, intimidation, physical contact, physical abuse, harassment, coercion and any other conduct which threatens, disgraces, degrades, or endangers any person.
  • Attempted or actual theft, unauthorized possession, and/or attempted or actual damage to property of Arcadia University, any person, or any other entity.
  • Unauthorized or improper use of, or entry to, Arcadia University’s facilities or premises.
  • Conduct which is disorderly, lewd, indecent, or constitutes a breach of peace or causes material inconvenience, annoyance or alarm. Disorderly conduct includes, but is not limited to, any violation of the Student Handbook's provisions related to Respect for Privacy.
  • Participating in an on-campus or off-campus demonstration, riot or activity that disrupts the normal operations of Arcadia University and/or infringes on the rights of other members of Arcadia University’s community; leading or inciting others to disrupt scheduled and/or normal activities within any campus building or area.
  • Violations of the Arcadia University’s Discrimination and Harassment Policy. 
  • Harassment of any person, including, but not limited to, violation of the Policy Prohibiting Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, and Stalking.
  • Violation of the Policy Prohibiting Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, and Stalking.
  • Smoking in unauthorized areas.
  • Initiating, causing, contributing, or knowingly reporting false alarms or report to Arcadia University and/or law enforcement. Tampering with fire equipment or engaging in behavior that presents a fire hazard.
  • Failure to comply with the directions of Arcadia University officials or agents, including law enforcement or security officers, acting in good faith and in the performance of their duties, including the failure to identify oneself to one of these persons when requested to do so.
  • Interfering with any Arcadia University disciplinary process, including but not limited to tampering with evidence, providing false information, withholding information, or inducing a witness to engage in such conduct.
  • Gambling as prohibited by law.
  • Use, possession, manufacturing, distribution, or sale of illegal drugs and/or drug paraphernalia. Illegal drugs, as referred to in this policy, include drugs that are not legally obtainable, as well as drugs that are legally obtainable but used for illegal or unauthorized purposes.
  • Violation of safety rules and policies.
  • Use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of alcoholic beverages (except where expressly permitted by Arcadia University’s regulations), or public intoxication. Alcoholic beverages may not, in any circumstances, be used by, possessed by or distributed to any person under twenty-one (21) years of age.
  • Possession or use on Arcadia University’s premises of any weapon (i.e. firearms and dangerous knives), dangerous instruments, explosive devices, fireworks, or dangerous chemicals.
  • Engaging in, supporting, or promoting hazing or violating Arcadia University’s rules governing hazing, or Pennsylvania’s Anti-Hazing Law.
  • Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of identification cards and/or keys to any Arcadia University’s premises or unauthorized entry to or use of Arcadia University’s premises.
  • Theft, abuse, and/or misuse of computer facilities and resources, including but not limited to:
  • Unauthorized entry into a file, to use, read, or change contents, or for any other purpose.
  • Unauthorized transfer of a file.
  • Use of another individual’s identification and/or password.
  • Use of computing facilities and resources to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member or Arcadia University official.
  • Use of computing facilities to and resources to send obscene or abusive messages.
  • Use of computing facilities and resources to interfere with normal operation of Arcadia University’s computing system.
  • Use of computing facilities and resources in violation of copyright laws.
  • Any violation of Arcadia University’s Computer Use Policy.
  • Unauthorized use of Arcadia University’s name, logo, or symbols.
  • Violations of other published university policies in hard copy or available on Arcadia University’s website, including but not limited to, Arcadia University’s Academic Catalog, policies relating to discrimination, discriminatory harassment, sexual harassment, computer use, and residence halls.
  • Violation of the terms of any disciplinary sanction imposed for an earlier violation of the Student Code of Conduct or other Arcadia University policies and regulations.
  • Aiding and abetting others to commit any of the acts prohibits herein.
  • Violation of Whistleblower Policy.
  • Failure or refusal to cooperate in or interference with an investigation by Arcadia University, including any hearings or proceedings that occur.
  • Violation of the Non-Solicitation Policy: No individual student or student organization, whether affiliated with Arcadia University or not, may sponsor activities on campus that have the express purpose of making converts of members of Arcadia University’s community to join a particular faith, church or religious affiliation. Arcadia University reserves the right to restrict or prohibit the on-campus activities of any individual or organization whose purposes are contrary to Arcadia University’s stated religious values or purposes. This policy does not discourage discussions between Arcadia University community members about their religious faith and beliefs, the free association of community members of the same faith, or appropriate teaching and educational efforts about religious beliefs and organizations. In addition, the posting of written notices on Arcadia University’s bulletin boards is restricted. If you have a message of interest to Arcadia University, you must submit it to the Dean of Students for approval and posting.

D. Removal From the Institution for Violations of the Code of Conduct

In addition to any other disciplinary measures imposed, violation of any of the above provisions may result in a student being declared persona non grata and removed from Arcadia University in accordance with the Student Disciplinary Procedure.

Persona non grata is defined as a person whose behavior has violated the Code of Conduct in such a manner that Arcadia University cannot allow them to remain at Arcadia University any longer. This status shall be determined in accordance with the Student Disciplinary Procedure at the time of the adjudication of the conduct in question. Considerations shall include, but are not limited to whether the student poses a threat to themselves, others or Arcadia University’s property. In some cases declaration of persona non grata status may be an interim step taken before the final adjudication of a matter.

If a student has been declared persona non grata, he or she may appeal this determination (and the underlying disciplinary action) in accordance with the procedure set forth in the Student Disciplinary Procedure. In some cases declaration of persona non grata status may be an interim step taken before the final adjudication of the matter.

The President retains the right to declare a student who has been dismissed from Arcadia University persona non grata.

Once a student has been declared persona non grata¸ he or she may not return to campus without express written authorization from the President. If a student who has been declared persona non grata is found on Arcadia University property, then he or she shall be considered to be unlawfully trespassing and may be removed by the appropriate law enforcement officials. Arcadia University reserves the right to take any necessary legal action against any student who is declared persona non grata and is found trespassing on Arcadia University property.