Volume II: Campus Community

2.31 Rules for the Maintenance of Public Order

The "Rules for the Maintenance of Public Order," required under Education Law Section 6430 of the Law of the State of New York, apply to all members and organizations of the College community as well as visitors and licensees. In accordance with Section 6430, "nothing in these rules shal be construed to limit or restrict the freedom of speech or peaceful assempbly or prevent or limit a college from setting forth additional standards of conduct for students." These rules are also incorporated into the "Statement of Responsibilities" in the Student Conduct Code under section 7.1.2.3 of this Policy Manual.

Preamble updated August 26, 2016

  1. General Provisions 
  1. Any individual who assists in violating or incites others to violate any provision of these rules may be charged as a responsible participant.
  2. An attempt to violate any provision of these rules will be considered a violation.
  1. Compliance with College Officials
  1. Individuals are required to provide proper identification upon request or otherwise comply with the reasonable requests of any College employee, including, but not limited to, Campus Center staff, Residential Life staff, Dining Services staff, and Student Auxiliary Safety Patrol (SASP) members acting in the performance of their duties.
  2. Students must appear as witnesses in disciplinary proceedings when requested to do so by the assistant director of judicial affairs (or designee).
  1. Freedom of Movement, Speech and College Activities
  1. Intentional disruption or obstruction of teaching, guest lectures, research, administration, free movement, disciplinary proceedings, or other College activities may result in disciplinary action.
  1. Personal Respect and Safety
  1. Any action or situation involving verbal, mental, or physical assault and/or abuse, including harassment, intimidation, or other conduct that recklessly or intentionally endangers or threatens the health, safety, or welfare of any person on College-owned or -leased property or at College-sponsored activities, is prohibited and is cause for disciplinary action.
  2. Hazing, defined as intentionally or recklessly subjecting any person to the risk of bodily harm, or severe emotional distress, subjecting a person to treatment intended to put that person in a humiliating or disconcerting position, or causing or encouraging any person to commit an act that would be a violation of law or college regulations for the purpose of initiating, promoting, fostering, or confirming any form of affiliation with any group, including, but not limited to, registered organizations or athletic teams on College-owned or -operated property or at College-sponsored activities is prohibited and is cause for disciplinary action.
  3. Possession or use of firearms, ammunition, fireworks, or other dangerous substances or weapons on College-owned or -operated property is strictly forbidden and is cause for disciplinary action. Ithaca College adheres to all New York State laws regarding firearms, ammunition, fireworks, and other dangerous substances or weapons.
  1. Property
  1. Theft of personal or College property, including theft of services, from Ithaca College-owned or -operated property is prohibited and is cause for disciplinary action. Unauthorized possession of College, community, or personal property on Ithaca College-owned or -operated property is prohibited and is cause for disciplinary action. Unauthorized possession of College property beyond Ithaca College-owned or -operated property is also prohibited and is cause for disciplinary action.
  2. Unauthorized entry into, tampering with, or use of facilities, property, services, or resources belonging to the College, its community members, guests, or licensees is prohibited and is cause for disciplinary action.
  3. Defacing, damaging, or destroying property belonging to the College, its community members, guests, or licensees is prohibited and is cause for disciplinary action.

Violation of the Rules for the Maintenance of Public Order:

A.

For members of faculty, staff, or administration.

Individual faculty and staff or administration violations handled by a specially convened hearing committee will be composed of three members from the constituency of the alleged violator and one member from each of the other constituencies. 

B.

For non-community members.

Violations by non-community members will result in the offender's immediate removal from the campus and possible prosecution.

C.

 

Individual student violations of the rules will be heard through the College judicial system as constituted in sections 7.1.2.47.1.2.57.1.2.6, and 7.1.2.7 of Volume VII of this Policy Manual. 

The director of judicial affairs (or designee) will inform the vice president for student affairs and campus life (or designee) of alleged violations of the rules. The vice president for student affairs and campus life (or designee) may request an investigation to be conducted by the Office of Public Safety and, in extreme circumstances, may charge the accused immediately and suspend the accused pending the outcome of a hearing.

If formal charges are to be made as a result of the investigation, a hearing will be held that will follow the procedures outlined in section 7.1.2.5 in Volume VII of this Policy Manual. If the hearing officer/board determines that a violation has occurred, an appropriate sanction will be imposed. Appeals may be submitted in writing as outlined in section 7.1.2.5 in Volume VII.

D.

For College organizations.

The "Rules for the Maintenance of Public Order" are deemed part of the bylaws of all organizations operating on College-owned, -leased, or -operated property and shall be reviewed annually. Violations of these rules by organizations will be heard by the associate vice president for student affairs and campus life (or designee) and may result in recision of permission for that organization to operate on College-owned, -leased, or -operated property.

Appeals may be submitted in writing to the vice president for student affairs and campus life (or designee).

If, in the judgment of the associate vice president for student affairs and campus life, individual members of the organization have violated the "Rules for the Maintenance of Public Order," the associate vice president for student affairs and campus life shall make the appropriate referral to the director of judicial affairs for action. In such cases, the procedures established for adjudicating individual violations of these regulations shall be followed.

E.

Any action taken by the College shall be in addition to any penalty pursuant to the penal law or any other chapter to which a violator or organization may be subject.

Note: An organization is defined as two or more members of the Ithaca College community united for a common purpose.

As amended by the Ithaca College Board of Trustees February 13, 2003.