A violation of College policy occurs when there is evidence of a student having committed actual misconduct, attempting to commit misconduct but not completing the violation (i.e. offering to sell illegal substances to an individual who does not buy them or trying to steal an item but stopping or being stopped before removing the item from its location), assisting or convincing another person to commit misconduct, and misconduct or attempted misconduct by a student’s guest.

Any student found to have committed misconduct including, but not limited to, the following, is subject to the disciplinary sanctions set forth in Student Code of Conduct.

1. Acts of Dishonesty

Acts of dishonesty include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • cheating, plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty
  • furnishing false information to any College official, faculty member or office
  • forgery, alteration, or misuse of any College recognized student organization’s name, emblem, symbols, facilities or property
  • tampering with the election of any College recognized student organization
  • computer theft, unauthorized use of computers or accounts, or allowing others access to an account
  • illegal or improper use of the Colleges’ phone system
  • forgery, alteration, or misuse of any College document

2. Acts of Disruption

Disruption or obstruction of teaching, learning, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings or other Russell Sage College activities, including its public-service functions on or off-campus, or other authorized non-college activities, when the act occurs on Russell Sage College premises.

3. Commitment of a Sexual Offense

Committing a Sexual Offense, as defined above and in Russell Sage College’s Sexual Offense Policies & Procedures for Students and Employees.

4. Verbal Abuse

Verbal abuse of any person.

5. Harassment

Harassment, whether verbal, written, or otherwise, including but not limited to sexual and other harassment as defined in Russell Sage College’s Discrimination and Harassment Policy & Procedure for Students and Employees

6. Threatening Conduct

Actual or threatened conduct that directly or indirectly threatens, endangers, or interferes with the health or safety of any person, or which adversely affects the Russell Sage College community and/or the pursuit of its objectives.

7. Theft

Attempted or actual theft of and/or damage to property or services of Russell Sage College or any other person or entity.

8. Acts of Physical Abuse

Actual or threatened physical violence, intimidation, or coercion, and other forms of physical abuse.

9. Hazing

Hazing, defined as any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a person or persons, or involves the forced consumption of liquor, drugs, or other substances, or which destroys or removes public or private property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, a group or organization. The express or implied consent of the victim will not be a defense. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing is also considered misconduct.

10. Failure to Comply

Failure to comply with directions of any Russell Sage College officials, University Heights Public Safety Officers, or law enforcement officers acting in the performance of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so.

11. Unauthorized Use of Keys

Unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of keys or electronic access cards to any of Russell Sage College premises or unauthorized entry to, or use of, Russell Sage College premises or any other entity.

12. Violation of Other Russell Sage College Policies

Violation of Russell Sage College policies, rules or regulations, published in hard copy or available electronically on Russell Sage College’s website including, but not limited to, alcohol and drug policies, tobacco free policy, selling and soliciting policy, parking regulations, residence hall policies, library regulations, technology acceptable use policy, and student life policies.

13. Violation of Federal, State or Local Law

Conduct which could be construed to be a violation of federal, state or local law.

14. Illegal Drugs

Possession, use, manufacture or distribution of marijuana, heroin, narcotics, illicit drugs or other controlled substances—including the use or possession of prescription drugs by an individual without a valid prescription for that drug—except as expressly permitted by law

15. Drug Paraphernalia

Possession, use, manufacture, illegal purchase or distribution of drug paraphernalia (such as, but not limited to, pipes, bongs, hookahs and scales), including, but not limited to, all items used for the purpose of preparing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling or otherwise using illegal drugs, or in the illicit use of legal drugs

16. Alcohol

  • possession, use, manufacture, illegal purchase or distribution of alcoholic beverages except as expressly permitted by the law and Russell Sage College regulations. Alcoholic beverages may not, in any circumstance, be used by any person under twenty-one (21) years of age.
  • being below 21 years of age and in the presence of alcohol within a Russell Sage College residence hall

17. Binge Drinking Paraphernalia

  • items and substances used to dispense and ingest alcohol at a rapid manner such as, but not limited to, beer bongs, funnels, Jell-O shots, etc. are prohibited
  • drinking games and contests such as quarters, beer pong, altered board games etc. are also prohibited even if alcohol is not present
  • paraphernalia related to excessive drinking is prohibited including, but not limited to, beer pong tables
  • display of empty alcohol containers

18. Public Intoxication

Conduct which demonstrates public intoxication or signs that indicate the use of alcohol, drugs or other harmful substances.

19. Possession of a Firearm

Possession of any firearm, pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, assault weapon, stun gun, explosive or incendiary device.

20. Possession of a Dangerous Instrument

Possession of any dangerous instrument, toxic or poisonous substance or chemical other than for use in a supervised academic setting.

21. Arson

Any attempt to intentionally or recklessly start a fire or cause an explosion and/or contribute to an unauthorized fire.

22. Filing a False Report

Falsely reporting an emergency; such as falsely reporting a bomb, fire or other emergency in any building, structure or facility on College premises or at any College related function by activating a fire alarm or by any other means.

23. Participation in a Disruptive Demonstration

Participation in a campus demonstration which disrupts the normal operations of Russell Sage College and infringes on the rights of other members of the College community; leading or inciting others to disrupt scheduled and/or normal activities within any campus building or area; intentional obstruction which unreasonably interferes with freedom of movement, either pedestrian or vehicular, on campus.

24. Obstruction of Traffic

Obstruction of the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on Russell Sage College premises or at College-sponsored or supervised functions.

25. Disorderly Conduct

Conduct which is disorderly, lewd, indecent, or a breach of the peace (i.e. conduct which is disruptive, disturbing, or offensive to others); or aiding, assisting, or encouraging another person to breach the peace on Russell Sage College premises or at functions sponsored by, or participated in by, Russell Sage College or members of the academic community.

26. Uncivil Conduct

Engaging in conduct which has the intent to demean, annoy, or alarm another person; including, but not limited to: initiating communication via mechanical or electronic means, social network communication, telephone, telegraph, mail, computer, electronic mail or other form of written or pictorial communication, texting, or by making a telephone call or calls whether or not a conversation ensues, with no purpose of legitimate conversation.

27. Unauthorized Surveillance

Unauthorized surveillance, including, 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 Russell Sage College premises without his/her prior knowledge, or without his/her effective consent when such a recording is likely to cause injury or distress. This includes, but is not limited to, surreptitiously taking pictures of another person in a gym, locker room, or restroom or any other place where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy.

28. Abuse of the Russell Sage College Network

Theft or other abuse of computer or telephone systems or time, including but not limited to:

  • unauthorized file access, to use, read, or change the contents, or for any other purpose
  • unauthorized transfer of a file
  • unauthorized use of another individual’s identification and password or allowing another person use or access to one’s MySage or voicemail account identification or password
  • use of computing or telephone facilities to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member or Russell Sage College official
  • use of computing or telephone facilities to send obscene, threatening, harassing, or abusive messages
  • use of computing or telephone facilities to interfere with the normal operation of Russell Sage College computing system
  • use of computer or telephone facilities in any way which could be construed to be in violation of federal or state laws
  • use of computer or telephone facilities in any way which could be construed as copyright infringement.
  • any violation of the Russell Sage College Acceptable Use Policy

29. Abuse of the Student Conduct System

Abuse of the student conduct system, including but not limited to:

  • failure to appear before a Student Conduct Board or Appellate Board or College official if requested, or willful failure or refusal to cooperate as a witness, unless doing so would incriminate oneself; however, this provision does not apply to reporting individuals who choose not to participate in student conduct proceedings regarding Sexual Offenses that they report to Russell Sage College
  • falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information before a Student Conduct Board or Appellate Board
  • disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a Student Conduct Code proceeding
  • initiation of a Student Conduct Code proceeding knowingly without cause
  • attempting to coerce an individual from proper participation in, or use of, the student conduct system
  • attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of a Student Conduct Board or Appellate Board prior to, and/or during the course of, a Student Conduct Code proceeding
  • harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a member of a Student Conduct Board or Appellate Board prior to, during, and/or after a Student Conduct Code Hearing
  • failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Student Conduct Code
  • influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the student conduct system
  • institution of a Student Conduct Code proceeding in bad faith

30. Gambling

All gambling or betting activities, with the exception of small, private card or other games, which do not involve monetary bets or involve monetary bets of very small amounts.

31. Irresponsible Social Conduct

Failing to engage in responsible social conduct that reflects credit upon the Russell Sage College community and to model good citizenship in any community.

32. Acts of Complicity

Acts of complicity; aiding, abetting, attempting, conspiring, hiring, willfully encouraging or being an accessory to any violation of Russell Sage College Code of Conduct.

33. Smoking

Smoking, the use of any tobacco product, and the use of e-cigarette and other electronic smoking or “vaping” methods are strictly prohibited. Russell Sage College are dedicated to providing a healthy, comfortable, and productive living and work environment for our faculty, staff, administrators, and students; and a healthy, comfortable, and safe environment for our visitors. The Tobacco Free Policy prohibits the use of any and all tobacco products on Sage’s institute facilities or property. For the purpose of this policy, tobacco is defined as any type of tobacco product, including, but not limited to, cigarettes (commercial, handmade or electronic), cigars, cigarillos, pipes, hookahs, oral tobacco (spit and spit-less, smokeless, chew, snuff), or any other smoking material or device.

34. Retaliation

Threats or other forms of intimidation or retribution against a student who files a complaint or grievance, reports a conduct violation, requests an administrative remedy, participates in an investigation, appears as a witness at an administrative conduct hearing, or opposes an unlawful act, discriminatory practice or policy, are prohibited and subject to College disciplinary procedures.

35. Tampering with Fire Equipment

Fire extinguishers, alarm systems and conduit, detectors, sprinkler heads, strobes, devices, and exit signs shall not be tampered with or tested by unauthorized persons, nor should anything cover, be attached to, or hung from any piece of fire safety equipment. Students tampering with fire safety equipment are financially responsible for any charges assessed as a result of the tampering.