Student Organization Code and Misconduct Process

STUDENT ORGANIZATION CODE DEFINED

Statement

Roosevelt University (RU) is committed to creating and maintaining a safe, educational learning environment for all students, staff and faculty. Student Organizations with behavior inconsistent with the RU’s Student Organization Code of Conduct will be addressed through the misconduct process and adjudicated via the Student Conduct Board. Outlined below are unacceptable behavior(s) that could result in disciplinary action.

Factors that will be considered when making a determination of responsibility include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. The behavior/actions were committed by one or more officers or authorized representative(s) of the organization
  2. The actions committed were condoned by the majority of the organizations members
  3. The actions committed were in connection with an event hosted, publicized or advertised by the organization or group
  4. The actions were a result of a policy or practice of the organization
  5. The action(s) were committed by a member who otherwise would not have been involved with the situation if it were not for their affiliation with the organization and/ or group

The policies listed below are to be followed by all organizations and groups, whether registered or recognized by RU. If violated, the organization and/or individuals will be subject to disciplinary action, which will vary based on the circumstances of the particular incident.

  1. Alcohol – Student organizations/groups are responsible for following the alcohol policy set forth in the Student Code of Conduct. Student organizations/groups will be found in violation of the alcohol policy if there are individuals under the age of 21 consuming alcohol at any activity or event sponsored by said organization.
  2. Drugs – Use, possession or manufacturing of drugs and/ or drug paraphernalia is strictly prohibited.
  3. Falsification of Information – Forgery, alteration, or misuse of organization identification, records, or documents, or knowingly furnishing false information to the University and/or Center for student Involvement.
  4. Failure to Comply –
    1. Failure to comply with requests of University officials acting in their professional/official capacity.
    2. Failure to follow all policies listed in this document, Center for Student Involvement Resource Manual, Student Organization Manual, Student Handbook and the Student Code of Conduct.
  5. Guests – Organizations and groups are responsible for the behavior of their guest and are responsible for informing all guests of said policies and procedures.
  6. Hazing – Roosevelt University acts in accordance with the Illinois Hazing Act. Any action or situation that recklessly, by design or intent, endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for any purpose including but not limited to initiation or admission into or affiliation with any student group or organization. In such an instance, hazing occurs if an individual or group:
    1. Causes or attempts to cause physical injury or other harm to a student including but not limited to emotional distress, or engages in any conduct which presents a threat to the student’s health or safety, which shall include but not be limited to any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, exposure to the elements, forced consumption of any food, alcohol, drug, or other substance, or other forced physical activity that could adversely affect the physical or physical and mental health or safety of the student, and any activity that would subject the student to extreme mental stress, such as sleep deprivation, forced sexual conduct, and forced exclusion from social contact;
    2. Engages in an action or activity which has a tendency to or which is intended to demean, disgrace, humiliate, or degrade a student, which shall include but not be limited to, forced conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment, or other forced activity that could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the student;
    3. Conduct that by design, intent or recklessness causes a student to be unable reasonably to pursue, or interferes with or attempts to interfere with a student’s academic schedule or performance; or causes, induces, pressures, coerces, or requires a student to violate the law or to violate any provision of University regulations.
    4. In response to allegations of hazing under this regulation it is not a defense that
      1. The victim gave consent to the conduct;
      2. The conduct was not part of an official organizational event or sanctioned or approved by the organization;
      3. The conduct was not done as a condition of membership in the organization;
  7. Misuse/Damage of Property – Willful or careless misuse or damage to University property, not limited to destruction, defacement, or tampering.
  8. Obstruction of University Activities – Obstruction or disruption of the learning environment, University community, or of other University activities or functions.
  9. Physical Violence – Behavior that threatens the safety of student, staff, faculty or guests is strictly prohibited, including physical abuse, threats, and intimidation
  10. Posting and Advertising – Postings and advertisements without proper CSI approval is prohibited.
  11. Protest/Demonstration – Expression and/or opposition of an event, department, organization, etc. must be done in accordance with Campus Safety’s Student Occupations Policy. All behaviors demonstrated to express discontent should not disrupt the learning environment, nor should they prevent any other RU sanctioned programs or events from taking place.
  12. Sexual Misconduct – All instances of sexual misconduct (sexual assault, harassment, stalking, etc.) are strictly prohibited. Violations of this policy will be adjudicated separately through Roosevelt’s Title IX investigation process. Here is a link to Roosevelt University’s Sexual Misconduct website
  13. Theft – Unauthorized possession of property or services, owned or maintained by Roosevelt University.

In addition to the policy outlined above, student organizations are expected to abide by the policies outlined in the Resource Manual by the Center for Student Involvement. Additionally, Greek Letter Organizations must follow the guidelines and policies stated in this policy, SAFAC policies, and Greek Community Relationship Statement. Failure to do so may result in the initiation of the Student Organization Misconduct Process.