Student Handbook

Violations of the Code of Conduct

Revised January 4, 2021

The maintenance of harmonious community standards requires that behavior that interferes with or threatens the welfare of others or the University community be prevented. To list all the acts that might constitute unacceptable conduct is impossible. However, participation in any of the actions listed below constitutes a violation of University regulations. Any student, athletic team, or student organization 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 the peace or causes material inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm. Disorderly conduct includes, but is not limited to, any unauthorized use of electronic or other devices to make an audio or video record of any person while on Arcadia University’s premises without his/her prior knowledge, or without his/her effective consent when such a recording is likely to cause injury or distress.
  • 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 Arcadia University’s Discrimination and Harassment Policy. Acts of discrimination or harassment based on ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, race, color, religion, creed, sex/gender, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, age, gender identity, military or military veteran status, disability, family medical or genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic, as well as retaliation against any individual who complains of discrimination or harassment or assists in providing information about a complaint of discrimination or harassment.
  • 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 university health or safety policy or guidelines. 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 and resources to send obscene or abusive messages.
  • Use of computing facilities and resources to interfere with the 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 interfere 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.

Arcadia University’s Student Code of Conduct shall apply to conduct that occurs on Arcadia University’s premises, at Arcadia University-sponsored activities, during digital courses and events, 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.