Chatham University

Chatham University Honor Code and Policies

Honor is that principle by which we at Chatham form our code of living, working, and studying together. The standards of honor at Chatham require that all Chatham students residing on Chatham's campus act with intellectual independence, personal integrity, honesty in all relationships, and consideration for the rights and well-being of others. As citizens of the campus community focused on education, students must accept certain obligations that accrue by virtue of such citizenship. Individual rights are ensured to the degree that these rights require a respect for the rights of all within the community to the same extent. In accepting admission to Chatham University, undergraduate and graduate students automatically agree to be personally responsible in all matters pertaining to honor and pledge to abide by those rules, which are considered by the community, as part of its Honor Code. While the University articulates specific community standards, both academic and social, the Honor Code is maintained through the acceptance of personal responsibility by each community member in their on and off campus behavior. Upholding the tenets of the Honor Code is essential in promoting a safe and secure living and learning community for which students, faculty and staff share responsibility. The Chatham University Honor Code is reviewed every four academic years with student input.

The Honor Pledge

During Orientation, each new member of the Chatham student community will be required to sign the Honor Pledge. The pledge states: "Realizing the trust placed in me, I affirm my faith in the individual and in personal integrity and I assume the responsibility of maintaining the tenets of the Honor Code in all attendant matters." A copy of the pledge will be provided to each student.

Zero Tolerance for Violence

Chatham University supports all efforts to prevent violence on campus. Any violation of another person's rights, including but not limited to physical or verbal threats, mental abuse, intentional libel, slander, physical harm or the harassment of another person will result in the campus taking the necessary and appropriate action to protect the safety and wellbeing of the campus community.

Further, any action that is harmful to oneself including significant/severe self-injurious behavior, suicide attempts and/or threats will result in the immediate removal of the student from the college setting and potential expulsion. Mental health conditions, the influence of drugs or the use of alcohol will not diminish or excuse a violation of the student code of conduct.

Social Community Standards

  1. Dishonesty directed toward a University official. This includes but is limited to lying, cheating, or providing false information.
  2. Forgery, theft, misuse, or alteration or duplication without University permission, of any University property. This includes, but is not limited to documents, records, computer software, keys, or the students' illegal use of copyrighted materials over the internet, in which case additional legal action may be taken against a student by the Recording Industry Association of America or the Motion Picture Association of America. The University will not shield students from such action and will comply with proper subpoenas.
  3. Unauthorized entry into University facilities or use of University facilities/equipment without proper authorization. This includes entry into faculty or staff offices and other students' residences.
  4. Disruption or obstruction of the use of University facilities. This includes classrooms, offices and meeting areas or any intentional act to impair or prevent accomplishment of the mission, process, or function of the University.
  5. Mental or bodily harm to others. Violation of another person's rights including but not limited to the following:
    1. intentionally inflicting mental or bodily harm upon any person;
    2. attempting to inflict mental of bodily harm upon another person;
    3. taking any reckless, but not accidental, action from which mental or bodily harm could result to another person;
    4. causing a person to believe that the offender may cause mental or bodily harm;
    5. sexual misconduct, including but not limited to sexual assault;
    6. any act which demeans, degrades, disgraces any person;
    7. coercing another to engage in an act of membership in a student organization that causes or creates a risk of mental or bodily harm to any person (e.g. hazing).

    This includes violations that occur via the internet, such as through instant messenger, on websites, via e-mail, or through online communities.

  6. Mental or bodily harm to self. This includes behavior that is harmful to oneself including danger of suicide, self-mutilation, intentionally inflicting mental or bodily harm on one's self, taking reckless, but not accidental, action from which mental or bodily harm could result to oneself (e.g., abuse of alcohol or other drugs) or behavior that suggests a disorder, such as an eating disorder, which is likely to deteriorate to the point of permanent disability, disfigurement, impairment, or dysfunction without assessment and treatment. When standard assessment is impossible because of the student's resistance, conduct review may proceed.
  7. Discrimination. Civilly, criminally, or administratively prohibited unequal treatment of a person on the basis of race, age, gender, creed, religion, national origin, ability, veteran status, or sexual orientation.
  8. The unauthorized use, or the abuse, destruction, or theft of property of the University or of any of its members. This includes property of external vendors, guests or neighbors of the University; or the "borrowing" of common property for personal use. This includes unauthorized use of the University computer server and University e-mail addresses when used in a manner that violates the Chatham University Honor Code. (See the "Computing Ethics Statement.").
  9. Civil disturbance. This includes conduct which involves disturbing the peace in conjunction with a civil disturbance in a lewd, indecent or disorderly manner on University property or at University sponsored or supervised activity.
  10. Creation of a fire, safety, or health hazard. This includes intentionally initiating or causing to be initiated any false report or warning of a fire or other emergency.
  11. Ejection of any objects from windows, roofs, or balconies of University buildings. This includes being present on the roofs of any University building.
  12. Embezzlement or procurement of any money, goods or services under false pretense.
  13. Duplicating or tampering with computer access codes, or other such devices without proper authorization.
  14. Unauthorized use of office long-distance phone lines, the computer system and/or computer access code.
  15. Failure to comply with the written and verbal directions of University officials. This includes directions of staff, faculty, public safety officers, and other law enforcement officers acting in performance of their duties. This includes, but is not limited to, the failure to identify oneself to any such persons when requested to do so and repeat traffic violations. This also includes staff at studying abroad programs for which the student receives academic credit.
  16. Failure to comply with University regulations and/or local, commonwealth, and/or federal laws.
    1. Failure to comply with alcohol statutes.
    2. Failure to comply with drug statutes.
    3. Public arrest by a police department on or off campus.
  17. Possession of a device (drug paraphernalia) that has been used to ingest an illegal drug or narcotic.
  18. Possession of a weapon on campus, whether lawful or not.
  19. Misrepresenting oneself as a Chatham University affiliate at an on or off campus event to falsely solicit services. This includes but is not limited to obtaining funds for a service project or a student organization fundraiser and using the funds for personal use.
  20. Aiding and Abetting. Helping, procuring, or encouraging another person to engage in a violation of any offense.
  21. Abuse of the Student Conduct System, which includes:
    1. Failure to respond to a summons of the Student Conduct Board or an appropriate University official.
    2. Attempts to discourage an individual's participation in, or use of, the Student Conduct System by means of intimidation, coercion, or influence.
    3. Attempts to influence the impartiality of any person involved in a student conduct review of a matter prior to such student conduct review.
    4. Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information before the Student Conduct Board or to any University official.
    5. Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of student conduct proceedings.
    6. Institution of student conduct proceeding knowingly without adequate cause.
    7. Violation of disciplinary probation resulting in the violation of the Honor Code while on disciplinary probation or the violation of the terms of one's probation.
    8. Failure to comply with the directives of the Student Conduct Board including failure to complete assigned sanctions.

The purpose of listing and publishing disciplinary regulations is to give students general notice of prohibited behavior. However this is not meant to be an inclusive list of Honor Code violations as it is a violation to fail to comply with any University regulation.