Code of Student Life (2018-2019 academic year)

Copied below is the 2018-19 academic year version of the Code of Student Life, which rules are applicable to complaints occurring on or after August 15, 2018.

For any incidents that occurred before August 15, 2018, please use the 2017-2018 Code of Student Life.

Section A: Introduction

As expressed in the IOWA Challenge, University of Iowa students are asked to follow the example of the students that have come before them and excel academically, stretch to embrace differences, engage in meaningful leadership opportunities, choose to make decisions that have a positive impact on their education and future, and serve their communities.

In order to maintain a safe campus where students can meet the IOWA Challenge, the University of Iowa has adopted the Code of Student Life. The Code of Student Life is a set of standards of student behavior and conduct that help maintain a campus environment where ideas are freely exchanged, University property and processes are respected, and conflicts are peacefully resolved. When students at the University of Iowa fail to uphold these standards by engaging in a violation of the rules below, campus conduct proceedings are used to assert and uphold the Code of Student Life.

The student accountability program at the University of Iowa is committed to an educational and developmental process that balances the interests of individual students with the interests of the University community. Each University of Iowa student must know and adhere to the Code of Student Life, and we expect that each student will understand the contents of the Code of Student Life from the time that the student has applied to the University of Iowa and throughout their time as a student at the University of Iowa.

The student misconduct process at the University of Iowa is not intended to punish students; instead, it exists to protect the interests of the community and to challenge students who exhibit behavior that is not aligned with our policies. Sanctions are intended to challenge students’ moral and ethical decision-making and help them bring their behavior into alignment with our community values and expectations. When a student may be provided an opportunity to modify their behavior to our community expectations and is unable to do so, the student misconduct process may determine that the student should no longer have the privilege of participating in this community.

Students should understand that the student misconduct process is different from criminal and civil court proceedings. The student misconduct process and procedures are conducted with fairness to all, but do not include the same protections provided by the courts. Due process, as defined within these procedures, ensures written notice, an opportunity to meet with an objective decision-maker, and the opportunity to appeal the outcome. No student will be found in violation of University policy without information showing it is more likely than not that a policy violation occurred and any sanctions will be proportionate to the severity of the violation and to the cumulative conduct history of the student.

Pursuant to Iowa Administrative Code, the President is the Chief Administrative Officer for the University of Iowa. The President has nominated, and the Board of Regents has appointed, a Vice President for Student Life with overall responsibility for student-related matters, including but not limited to student conduct and discipline. The Vice President for Student Life has, in turn, delegated considerable authority for the establishment of rules and handling of violations to the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students and their designees, including staff members in the Office of the Dean of Students and University Housing and Dining.

In accordance with the authority granted, the following student conduct rules are set forth:

Section B: Definitions

The following definitions shall apply to the Code of Student Life.

B.1 The term "campus" means property owned, leased, used, or controlled by the University of Iowa, and also includes streets, sidewalks, and pathways adjacent to or in the immediate vicinity of University property.

B.2 The term "student" means all persons: (a) admitted to any academic program; (b) registered or enrolled in courses at the University, either full-time or part-time, including (but not limited to) distance learning courses); (c) not currently enrolled for a particular term, but who have a continuing relationship with the University; or (d) enrolled in a University-sponsored program, including (but not limited to) orientation, study abroad, or the 2 Plus 2 plan.

B.3 The term "University" means the University of Iowa, as well as any affiliated programs and campuses, including (but not limited to) University programs or campuses located outside of the State of Iowa.

B.4 The term "weapon" means serviceable firearms, ammunition, explosives, fireworks, or other dangerous articles, paintball markers and other devices that fire projectiles, and devices that resemble serviceable weapons such as a pellet gun or toy gun that a reasonable observer would believe to be a gun.

Section C: Scope

The Code of Student Life covers acts of University students occurring on campus, as well as on property owned, leased, or controlled by a fraternity, sorority, or student organization. The Code of Student Life also covers misconduct and behavior occurring off campus, including online behavior, which affects a clear and distinct interest of the University as determined by the Dean of Students. In exercising this jurisdictional discretion, the Dean will establish if the behavior negatively impacts the achievement of the University's academic goals, the safety and freedom of individuals, or the orderly operation of the University. Without attempting to be exhaustive, the following are examples of situations that could affect a clear and distinct interest of the University: (1) misconduct occurring at a University-sponsored activity, sporting event, or educational activity (e.g., residency, internship, service-learning experience, field trip) or at a student organization-sponsored activity; (2) misconduct occurring while the accused or complainant was acting in an official capacity for the University; (3) misconduct which constitutes a violation of federal, state, or local law or ordinance; (4) misconduct which violates University rule or policy; and (5) misconduct which demonstrates a threat to campus safety and security. Violations of this policy involving violent conduct, alcohol, or drugs occurring in Johnson County, Iowa are presumed to affect a clear and distinct interest of the University.

The Code of Student Life applies whether or not the University is in session. The Code of Student Life is applicable to a student from the time of application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree, even though the misconduct which violates the policy may not be discovered until after a degree is awarded. Withdrawal of an accused student while a disciplinary matter is pending shall not defeat jurisdiction under this section. In addition, misconduct which violates the Code of Student Life and engaged in prior to admission or after withdrawal from the University may be taken into account in decisions on admission or readmission, and may also be grounds for filing disciplinary charges after admission or acceptance into a program.

In those cases where a complaint forreport of misconduct in violation of the Code of Student Life is filed against an individual not currently registered as a student, the complaint report may proceed to adjudication or the Dean of Students may elect to restrict the individual's registration and resolve the complaint report later when the individual seeks to re-enroll. In the event that an individual named in a complaint report has satisfied the academic requirements for a graduate or undergraduate degree, the individual may not receive their degree until the complaint report is resolved.

Proceedings under the Code of Student Life may be initiated against students charged with a violation of a federal, state, or local law or ordinance. Proceedings under the Code of Student Life may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with or following civil or criminal proceedings. Decisions about the timing of University proceedings will be within the sole discretion of the Dean of Students.

Section D: Prohibited Misconduct

Any student found to have committed any of the following acts within the scope of this policy as it is defined in Section C shall be subject to discipline by the University.

Dishonesty

D.1 Academic Misconduct. Any dishonest or fraudulent conduct during an academic exercise, such as cheating, plagiarism, or forgery, or misrepresentation regarding the circumstances of a student's non-attendance, late assignment, or previous work or educational experience, or aiding or abetting another person to do the same. "Dishonest" conduct includes, but is not limited, to attempts by students to cheat or misrepresent, or aid or abet another person to do the same, whether or not the attempts are successful. Academic exercises covered by this rule include classroom assignments (such as examinations, papers, or research) and out-of-classroom activities (projects, practicum, internship and/or externship assignments off campus, or University employment, for example) that are related to an academic program at or through the University. A "classroom" can be a lecture hall, discussion room, laboratory, or clinic, for example. The acquisition of honors, awards, or degrees, or academic record notations, course enrollments, credits, or grades, or certifications (including language proficiency or professional licensure or other endorsement) by any dishonest means is strictly prohibited. Resolution of academic misconduct reports will be handled within the college or department concerned, with provision for review (see Part C, Academic Misconduct).

D.2 Collusion. The aiding, abetting, assisting, or attempting to aid or assist another individual to commit a violation of any rule(s) in the Code of Student Life.

D.3 Use of Fabricated or Falsified Information. The furnishing of false information to any University employee, faculty member, or office, as well as the forgery, alteration, or misuse of any University document, record, or identification.

D.4 Bribery. Offering or causing to be offered any bribe or favor to any University employee or faculty member in an attempt to influence a decision or action.

Interference With University Operations

D.5 Failure to Comply with University Directive. A failure to comply with directions of any member of the University faculty or staff acting in the performance of the faculty or staff member's duties, or a failure of the student to identify themselves to a University faculty or staff member when requested to do so.

D.6 Disruption of University Activities. Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, operation, administration, access to facilities, pedestrian or vehicular traffic, emergency services, investigations, disciplinary proceedings, or other University activities on or off campus. This rule also prohibits the disruption of authorized non-University activities on campus. Inciting others to participate in the Disruption of University Activities also violates this section.

D.7 Demonstrations Inside University Property. Protests or demonstrations within the interior of any property owned, leased or controlled by the University, except as specifically authorized by the University and subject to reasonable conditions imposed to protect the rights and safety of other persons and to prevent damage to property.

D.8 Disruption in a Classroom or Other Instructional Setting. Willful failure to comply with a reasonable directive of the classroom instructor or other intentional misconduct that has the effect of disrupting University classroom instruction or interfering with the instructor's ability to manage the classroom. When disruptive activity occurs, a University instructor has the authority to determine classroom seating patterns or require that a student exit the classroom, laboratory, or other area used for instruction immediately for the remainder of the period. Instructors who impose a one-day suspension are asked to report the incident to appropriate departmental, collegiate, and Student Life personnel.

D.9 Disruption of Safety. Tampering with or improper activation of a fire alarm; false reporting of an emergency or terroristic threat in any form; issuing a threat of a bomb or use of a chemical or biological agent.

D.10 Trespassing. Unauthorized entry into or occupation of any University room, building, or area of the campus, including such entry or occupation at any unauthorized time, or any unauthorized or improper use of any University property, equipment, or facilities. Assisting another individual to enter a restricted area without authorization is prohibited under this rule, as is unauthorized possession, use, or duplication of University keys, cards, codes, or other methods of access also violates this rule. For purposes of this rule, a student’s University residence hall room is considered a restricted area where permission to enter must be obtained on every occasion, even if the resident’s door is not closed.

D.11 Abuse of the Student Misconduct System. Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a proceeding governed by the Student Misconduct Procedures; falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation to a University investigator, official, or hearing officer as part of the Student Misconduct Procedures; or failure to comply with interim or final sanction(s) imposed pursuant to a complaint report and hearing governed by the Student Misconduct Procedures.

D.12 Violative Conduct. Any misconduct or action in which the University can demonstrate a clear and distinct interest as an academic institution and which seriously threatens (a) any educational process or other legitimate function of the University or (b) the health or safety of any member of the academic community, including oneself. Self-destructive behavior that poses an actual risk to the student’s safety is one type of misconduct that falls within the scope of this rule. 

Violations of Law or Policy

D.13 Violation of University Policy. Violation of any University of Iowa policy, rule, or regulation published in hard copy or available electronically on the University website. This includes, but is not limited to, policies, rules, and regulations pertaining to students that are communicated by any University of Iowa department, residence hall, office, facility, or by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. For example, violations of the Policy on Sexual Misconduct, Dating/Domestic Violence, or Stalking Involving Students are charged as Rule 13 violations.

University Housing & Dining owned and/or operated residence hall specific policies include:

D.13.a Quiet Hours and Courtesy Hours. Quiet Hours will be established and published by residence hall staff.  When Quiet Hours are in effect no noise should be heard from another room or area.  Courtesy Hours are always in effect.  During Courtesy Hours residents must comply with the requests of others to lessen or eliminate noise.  

D.13.b Guest Policy. Only students who have signed residence hall contracts are permitted to live in residence halls.  Residents are responsible for the behavior their guests.  Guests who violate residence hall policies will be asked to leave the residence hall and their host will be held responsible for the policy violation.  Residents may host overnight guests as long as they do not infringe on the rights of other residents and are registered at the front desk.  No guest may stay for more than three nights within a fourteen day period.  

D.13.c Smoking. The use of tobacco, including smokeless tobacco products (e.g. vape pens and hookahs), and legal smoking products, is prohibited in all campus buildings.  Residents over 18 years of age may possess and are allowed to store tobacco and legal smoking products in their room.

D.13.d Windows and Screens. Screens are not to be unhooked or removed from windows for any reason.  Residents of a room or building are responsible for any objects ejected from windows, fire escapes or roofs.  Windows are not to be used for entrances or exits.  Windows should remain closed during periods of high winds and/or heavy rains.  

D.13.e Keys and Prox Cards. Residence Hall keys and prox cards must remain in the possession of the resident of the room/building at all times.  All residence hall keys and prox cards must be returned when residents vacate their room.  Residents will be responsible for the cost of replacing lost keys and prox cards.  If the misplaced key or card is found after a replacement has been issued the charge will not be refunded. 

D.13.f Pets. Pets are not permitted in the residence halls with the exception of fish in tanks no larger than 20 gallons.  Pets are prohibited from entering the buildings at all times even on a “visiting” or “temporary” basis.  Pets found in the residence halls will be subject to immediate removal and transfer to Iowa City Animal Control authorities.  

D.13.g Electrical Appliances. All appliances must be in good working order. Extension cords must be UL approved. Rooms are not wired to permit the use of any large electrical appliances including air conditioners or space heaters. 

D.13.h Cooking Appliances. Appliances that have an exposed heating element, use cooking greases or have an open flame are prohibited. Electric grills (i.e., George Foreman), pizza cookers, and toaster ovens are NOT allowed. Residence hall rooms with a kitchen provided may use toaster ovens in the kitchen area only.

D.13.i Refrigerators. Only one refrigerator (personal or department issued) is allowed per room/suite/apartment.  Refrigerators brought by residents may not exceed five cubic feet and 9 amps.  

D.13.j Elevators. Passenger elevators located within the residence halls are provided for use by residents of that building, their guests and departmental staff.  The following actions are prohibited: damage or vandalism of the elevators, use of emergency alarms/stops in situations other than an emergency, unauthorized use of an elevator key, evacuating people from the elevator without trained personnel.   

D.13.k Room and Door Decorations. Decorations may not obstruct or damage doorways, corridors, stairways or any other means of exit.  Lighting fixtures or firefighting equipment including sprinkler piping shall not be decorated.  Decorations attached to or suspended from the ceiling are prohibited.  Candles (lit or unlit) or other decorations with an open flames are prohibited. Flammable and combustible materials on student room doors must be kept to a minimum (no more that 25% of the door may be covered).  Resident may not write on room doors. Lights on metal trees, or artificial decorations that are made of combustible materials, are prohibited.  Rooms must not ever be left unattended with holiday or decorative lights on.     

D.13.l Hall Sports. Athletic events including using rollerblades, roller skates, or skateboards, and throwing or bouncing frisbees, footballs and basketballs are prohibited in the residence halls.

D.13.m Improper Room Change. Students wishing to change/transfer rooms must be approved by University Housing and Dining staff.  Failure to complete all necessary paperwork before moving is prohibited.  Residents with unoccupied space in their room must keep one half of the room ready for a new roommate to move in at any time. 

D.13.n Furniture. Equipment and furnishings in lounges, study areas, or any other general purpose areas of the residence s halls may not be removed or transferred to individual student rooms. All furniture issued to a student room must remain in that room.  Loftable furniture may not be placed directly under the sprinkler system and water beds are prohibited. Loftable beds may only be reconfigured by appropriate staff pursuant to an approved work order for adjustment.  

D.13.o Commercial Activity/Business. Residents are not permitted to utilize their room for any commercial purpose.  

D.13.p Trash. Students are responsible for disposing of their own trash in the designated areas within and around the residence halls.  

D.13.q Disruptive Event. Individual or group activities within any area of the residence hall that cause a disturbance, obstruct or disrupt disciplinary procedures, University Housing procedures or events, or the residence hall community. 

D.14 Misuse of IT Resources: Violations of the University's Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources policy; disruption of access of other students, faculty, or staff members to University computer and IT resources; obtaining or using a password or account assigned to another person without permission from that person; use of University computer and IT resources to interfere with the rights of others, including damaging programs or equipment belonging to another, sending harassing or threatening material, accessing confidential information without proper authorization, or duplicating copyrighted software unlawfully; or downloading from the internet and/or uploading to the internet a copyrighted music file or video file using University computer equipment, University IT, or the University network without express permission from the copyright holder. Attempts to commit any of the acts proscribed in this section violate this rule. Assisting another person to commit acts that violate this rule constitutes an independent violation of this section.

D.15 Use or Possession of Weapons. Use or possession of weapons on campus or on property owned, leased, or controlled by a fraternity, sorority, or student organization in violation of the law or University policy.

D.16 Illegal Use or Possession of Alcohol. Consumption, possession, distribution, or sale of alcoholic beverages in violation of the law.

D.17 Impermissible Use or Possession of Alcohol. Consumption, possession, distribution, or sale of alcoholic beverages in violation of any University policy, including but not limited to rules relating to alcohol possession on campus. University policy prohibits attempts to provide alcohol to another individual without their knowledge or providing a substantial amount of alcohol to an individual who requests a single serving of alcohol.

University Housing & Dining owned and/or operated residence hall specific policies include:

D.17.a Possession or Consumption of Alcohol in the Residence Halls. Consumption, possession, distribution or sale of alcohol beverages in prohibited in all residence halls regardless of age.

D.17.b In the Presence of Alcohol. Being present in a residence hall space where consumption, possession, distribution, or sale of alcoholic beverages is occurring is prohibited.

D.17.c Empty Alcohol Containers. The possession of empty alcohol containers is prohibited in the residence halls.

D.18 Illegal Use or Possession of Drugs or Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Consumption, possession, distribution, or sale of drugs, narcotics, or other controlled substances or the possession of drug paraphernalia in violation of law.

D.19 Impermissible Use or Possession of Drugs or Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Consumption, possession, distribution, or sale of drugs, narcotics, or other controlled substances or the possession of drug paraphernalia in violation of any University policy, including but not limited to rules relating to drug or drug possession on campus.

University Housing & Dining owned and/or operated residence hall specific policies include:

D.19.a Possession or Use of Drugs or Drug Paraphernalia in the Residence Halls. Consumption, possession, distribution, or sale of drugs, narcotics or other controlled substances or the possession of drug paraphernalia is prohibited in all residence halls.  

D.19.b In the Presence of Drugs. Being present in a residence hall space where consumption, possession, distribution, or sale of drugs, narcotics, or other controlled substances or the possession of drug paraphernalia is prohibited.

D.20 Criminal Conduct. A violation of any federal, state, or local law or ordinance, and may include a violation of a court order. Violations that occur while a student is participating in a Study Abroad program will be evaluated based on the circumstances of the underlying incident.

Harm to Persons or Property

D.21. Theft/Vandalism. Theft or attempted theft; burglary; unlawful possession of stolen property; attempted or actual unauthorized use of a credit card, debit card, student identification card, cell phone, personal identification number, University Bill account information, or personal check; willful destruction, damage, defacement or mutilation of property which doesn't belong to the student; misuse or misappropriation of University property.

D.22. Arson/Fire Violations: Intentional setting of fires in any University building or on the campus without proper authority; unauthorized tampering with or activation of fire prevention equipment in any University building or on the campus.

University Housing & Dining owned and/or operated residence hall specific policies include: 

D.22.a Arson. Intentional setting of fires on campus without proper authority.

D.22.b Fire Violations. Unauthorized tampering with or activation of fire prevention equipment on campus.

D.22.c Possession of Candles and Incense. Candles and incense (lit or unlit) are prohibited in the residence halls. 

D.22.d Possession of Explosives/Combustibles. The possession, use or distribution of any type of fireworks, ammunition/gun powder, fuses, or any explosives/combustibles of any kind and storage of propane tanks is prohibited in the residences halls.  

D.23 Assaultive Behavior. Any unwelcome physical contact that is intentional or reckless including, but not limited to, striking, slapping, hitting, punching, shoving, or kicking another person. Threatening behavior is prohibited by this rule when a reasonable person in the position of the other party would believe that the person making the threat intended to carry out the threat and had the ability to carry out the threat.

D.24 Undue Harassment. Intentional conduct directed toward an identifiable person or persons without legitimate purpose which intimidates, annoys, or alarms the person and which significantly disrupts the person’s work, educational performance, on-campus living, or participation in a school activity on campus or off campus. Repeatedly contacting a person who has previously indicated they do not wish to be contacted may be considered undue harassment.

D.25 Stalking. Intentional conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear and which significantly disrupts the person’s work, educational performance, on-campus living, or participation in a University activity on or off campus.  A pattern of misconduct perceived as threatening or harassing may be considered a violation of the Code of Student Life under a reasonable person standard even if the student did not intend to discomfort the party who felt threatened or harassed.  A pattern of behavior which the target of the misconduct finds distressful may rise to the level of a violation even if the target of the behavior did not specifically direct the student to refrain from contacting them.  

D.26 Hazing. Any intentional or reckless action or situation, with or without consent, that endangers a student or creates risk of injury, mental or physical discomfort, harassment, embarrassment, and/or ridicule for the purpose of initiation into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in any student organization, fraternity, sorority, or team recognized by the University of Iowa Student Government or by any other University sponsor or department. Hazing may occur on or off campus. Acts of hazing include, but are not limited to: compulsory alcohol or drug consumption; physical brutality; psychological cruelty; public humiliation; morally degrading activities; forced confinement; creation of excessive fatigue; required removal or destruction of public or private property; or any other activity that endangers the physical, mental, psychological, or academic well-being and/or safety of an individual. Officers and members of a student organization who knowingly permit such prohibited activity to occur without taking reasonable preventative measures are subject to the Code of Student Life as an individual, even if they did not administer the hazing activity.

D.27 Unauthorized Audio/Video. Electronically recording or photographing any person other than yourself without prior knowledge or consent, when such a recording is likely to cause injury or distress to the subject of the audio or video recording. Unauthorized photographs or video of a person in a locker room, restroom, or bedroom are examples of misconduct which violates this rule. Unauthorized distribution of an audio file, photograph, or video file of another person is also prohibited by this rule. If the person photographed or recorded gave the student permission to make the recording but did not authorize distribution, the item may not be distributed.

Section E: Construction and Amendment

These regulations shall be construed so as not to abridge any student's rights under the Constitution of the United States or the Constitution of the State of Iowa.

The code may be amended at any time by authority of the President of the University. Amendments are effective upon approval of the President and publication on the Dean of Students website, provided that students have been notified of the amendment by mass electronic mailing, which will be conclusively presumed as adequate notice to all students. A full and complete text of the Code of Student Life and other general University rules and regulations of personal conduct currently in effect, including all amendments, shall be on file in the Office of the Dean of Students at all times and shall be available for inspection by students.