Student Conduct Code

Student Conduct Code Policies

Prepared by Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.





  1. Jurisdiction of the UH Student Conduct Code

    The UH Student Conduct Code shall apply to conduct that occurs on UH premises, at UH sponsored activities, in distance/on-line courses and events, and to off-campus conduct that affects the UH Community and/or the pursuit of its objectives. Each student shall be responsible for his/her conduct from the time of application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree. Conduct that occurs before classes begin or after classes end, as well as during the academic year and during periods between terms of actual enrollment (and even if his/her conduct is not discovered until after a degree is awarded), is subject to the Student Conduct Code. The Student Conduct Code shall apply to a student’s conduct even if the student withdraws from school or a particular course while a disciplinary matter is pending. The Senior Student Affairs Officer shall decide whether the Student Conduct Code shall be applied to conduct occurring off campus, on a case-by-case basis, in his/her sole discretion.
  2. Conduct – Rules and Regulations

    The following are examples of the types of behavior that conflict with the community standards that the UH values and expects of students. Engaging in, or attempting to engage in any of these behaviors subjects a student to the disciplinary process and sanctions on each campus.
    1. Acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to the following:
      1. Cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty.
      2. Furnishing false information to any UH official, faculty member, or office.
      3. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any UH document, record, or form of identification.
    2. Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, other UH activities, including its public service functions on or off campus, or of other authorized non-UH activities when the conduct occurs on UH premises. This includes creating noise or other disturbances on campus or in student life areas sufficient to disrupt the normal functioning of campus activities including classroom instruction.
    3. Any conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person including but not limited to, physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, stalking.
    4. Sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other behavior of a sexual nature that is unwelcome and sufficiently severe or pervasive that it interferes with a person’s academic or professional performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational or employment environment. The behavior can be verbal, non-verbal or physical. Examples include sexual innuendo, spreading sexual rumors, sexual put-downs and jokes, remarks of a sexual nature about a person’s clothing or body, offensive written notes or emails, sexual propositions, insults or threats, leering, whistling, suggestive or insulting sounds and gestures, and touching someone’s body when unwelcome. The University of Hawaiʻi Executive Policy on Sexual Harassment and Related Conduct EP 1.203 contains detailed information.
    5. Discrimination of any person based on the UH protected classes.
    6. Attempted or actual theft of and/or damage to property of the UH or property of a member of the UH community or other personal or public property, on or off campus.
    7. Hazing as defined in this policy.
    8. Failure to comply with any directions of UH officials or law enforcement officers acting in performance of their duties and/or failure to provide identification to these persons when requested to do so.
    9. Unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of keys/keycards/security mechanisms to any UH premises or unauthorized entry to or use of UH premises.
    10. Violation of any UH policy, rule, regulation, contract or agreement.
    11. Violation of any federal, state or local law.
    12. Use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of marijuana, heroin, narcotics, or other controlled substances except as expressly permitted by law.
    13. Public intoxication is expressly prohibited. Use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of alcoholic beverages by any person under twenty-one (21) years of age is expressly prohibited.
    14. Illegal or unauthorized possession of firearms, explosives, other weapons, or dangerous chemicals on UH premises or use of any such item, even if legally possessed, in a manner that harms, threatens or causes fear to others.
    15. Participating in an on-campus or off-campus demonstration, riot or activity that disrupts the normal operations of the UH and/or infringes on the rights of other members of the UH community; leading or inciting others to disrupt scheduled and/or normal activities within any campus building or area.
    16. Obstruction of the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on UH premises or at UH sponsored or supervised functions.
    17. Conduct that is disorderly, lewd, or indecent; breach of peace; or aiding, abetting, or procuring another person to breach the peace on UH premises or at functions sponsored by, or participated in by, the UH or members of the academic community.

      Disorderly Conduct includes 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 UH premises without his/her prior knowledge, or without his/her 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.
    18. Theft or other abuse of computer and other electronic facilities and resources, including but not limited to:
      1. Unauthorized entry into a file, to use, read, or change the contents, or for any other purpose.
      2. Unauthorized transfer of a file.
      3. Use of another individual’s identification and/or password.
      4. Use of computing facilities and resources to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member or UH Official.
      5. Use of computing facilities and resources to send obscene or abusive messages.
      6. On-line harassment of members of the UH community.
      7. Use of computing facilities and resources to interfere with normal operation of the UH computing system.
      8. Use of computer facilities and resources in violation of copyright laws.
      9. Any violation of any UH computer use policy.
    19. Abuse of the Student Conduct Code System, including but not limited to:
      1. Failure to obey the notice from a Student Conduct Board or UH official to appear for a meeting or hearing as part of the Student Conduct Code System.
      2. Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentations of information before a Student Conduct Board.
      3. Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of Student Conduct Board proceeding.
      4. Attempting to discourage an individual’s participation in, or use of, the Student Conduct Code System.
      5. Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of a Student Conduct Board prior to, and/or during the course of, the Student Conduct Board proceeding.
      6. Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a member of a Student Conduct Board prior to, during, and/or after a student conduct code proceeding.
      7. Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Student Conduct Code.
      8. Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the student conduct code system.
    20. Violation of Residence Hall Regulations: Violation of residence hall regulations where the violation also involves some aspect of this Student Conduct Code, may subject the student to disciplinary procedures under this Student Conduct Code.
  3. Violation of Law and UH Discipline
    1. UH disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with conduct that potentially violates both the criminal law and this Student Conduct Code (that is, if both possible violations result from the same factual situation) without regard to the pendency of civil or criminal litigation in court or criminal arrest and prosecution. Proceedings under this Student Conduct Code may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off campus at the discretion of the Senior Student Affairs Officer. Determinations made or sanctions imposed under this Student Conduct Code shall not be subject to change because criminal charges arising out of the same facts giving rise to violation of University rules were dismissed, reduced, or resolved in favor of or against the criminal law defendant.
    2. When a student is charged by federal, state, or local authorities with a violation of law, the UH will not request or agree to special consideration for that individual because of his or her status as a student. If the alleged offense is also being processed under the Student Conduct Code, the UH may advise off-campus authorities of the existence of the Student Conduct Code and of how such matters are typically handled within the UH community. The UH will cooperate with law enforcement and other agencies in the enforcement of criminal law on campus and in the conditions imposed by criminal courts for the rehabilitation of student violators (provided that the conditions do not conflict with campus rules or sanctions). Individual students and other members of the UH community, acting in their personal capacities, remain free to interact with governmental representatives as they deem appropriate.

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