Potential Violations

The following list of behaviors are acts that constitute a violation of College’s Community Standards. All students are responsible for knowing and abiding by the College’s Community Standards. Students who are reported to have exhibited any of the behaviors below will be referred to the Student Conduct Process. While this list is extensive, it does not serve as all-inclusive. Therefore all students are expected to exhibit responsible decision making at all time. The College reserves the right to refer students to the Student Conduct Process and/or apply sanctions when a student’s conduct disrupts the community, or infringes on the freedom of another individual.

Academic Integrity

Any behavior that violates the Academic Misconduct Policy, which includes, but is not limited to, cheating, dishonesty, forgery, and plagiarism. Examples of academic integrity violations in the context of remote learning include, but are not limited to, falsifying one’s identity in online interactions with classmates or faculty, falsifying one’s identity for class participation, and providing log-in or other credentials to individuals who are not authorized to access class sessions or other academic resources.


Any violation of the College’s Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy specific to alcohol, which includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Possessing or consuming alcohol under the legal drinking age.
  2. Serving or providing alcohol to individuals that are under the legal drinking age.
  3. Being in the presence of an open container of alcohol in College’s residence halls while under the legal drinking age.
  4. Intoxication as a result of the use of alcohol.
  5. Illegal or unauthorized manufacture or distribution of alcoholic beverages.

Bias Related Behavior

Any behavior or activities including, but are not limited to, any violation of the Code of Community Standards motivated by a race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, religion, political views, sexual orientation, age, sex, military or other uniformed service, disability or any other characteristic protected under applicable local, state, or federal law regardless if the behavior is online or in person. Refer to the College’s Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation for more information.

The unauthorized duplication or downloading of copyrighted materials. Refer to the Copyright Policy for more information.

Disorderly And Disruptive Behavior

Any behavior or activities that are disruptive to or negatively affect other Emerson community members, the College’s relationships with the city, its community, or other institutions. Including but not limited to virtual and in person disruptions to learning, throwing or dropping items out of windows, any interference with the daily life of our College community.

  1. Aiding or abetting any violation of College policy.
  2. Intentional or reckless interference of College activities including, but not limited to, teaching; research; administration; police; fire; or emergency services.


Any violation of the College’s Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy specific to drugs, which includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Possession or use of marijuana.
  2. Possession or use of other illegal drugs (i.e. cocaine, MDMA, heroin, hallucinogens, etc.).
  3. Attempted or actual sale, distribution, or manufacturing of illegal drugs (i.e. marijuana, cocaine, MDMA, heroin, hallucinogens, etc.).
  4. Impairment as a result of the use of illegal drugs or misuse of prescription or over-the-counter medication.
  5. Possession or use of any drug paraphernalia (i.e. pipes, bongs, hookahs, etc.).
  6. Manufacture, or attempted or actual distribution of any illegal drug or drug paraphernalia (i.e. pipes, bongs, hookahs, etc.).
  7. Unlawful possession, unlawful use, abuse, or attempted or actual distribution or manufacturing of any controlled substance (i.e. prescription drug) or over-the-counter medication.
  8. Knowingly being in the presence of someone using an illegal drug.

Endangering The Health Or Safety Of Our Community And Other Individuals

Any behavior that threatens or endangers the health and/or safety of oneself or others, which can include physical, verbal, or electronic abuse, intimidation, harassment, coercion, and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person or the community.

  1. Physical abuse or assault.
  2. Abusive communication (written or verbal), threats, intimidation, stalking, harassment or coercion.
  3. Infliction of or threat of physical harm that endangers the health or safety of members of our community, harms property or disrupts community members’ enjoyment of their rights or engagement in the community.
  4. Not following and/or refusing to observe any health and safety regulations which unnecessarily endangers or threatens the health and/or safety of any student or the community.

Failure To Comply

Failure to comply with policies established to maintain the health and safety of the community and/or failure to comply with the directions (verbal or written) of College officials acting in the performance of their duties. College officials include, but are not limited to, ECPD officers, Office of Housing and Residential Education staff (including Resident Assistants,) and Office of Community Standards staff. 

False Identification Or Information

Knowingly furnishing false information, including but not limited to:

  1. Forgery, altering official documents or identification with intent to defraud.
  2. False reporting of any emergency (i.e. bomb, fire, medical, etc.) on or off campus by means of activating a fire alarm or in any other manner.
  3. Making false reports or giving false information in any formal College investigation, proceeding, or request to collect information.

Fire Safety

  1. Unauthorized or reckless use of candles, incense, or open flames in College facilities.
  2. Intentionally or recklessly misusing or damaging fire or other safety equipment.
  3. Causing or attempting to cause a fire or adding to unauthorized fires.
  4. Unauthorized storage, possession, or use of hover-boards, self-propelled scooters, or similar devices in any College owned or leased facility, vehicle (including transportation buses), or at any College-sponsored event.


Gambling, including the sale of raffle tickets. Refer to the Gambling Policy for more information.


Students are responsible for the actions of their guests. Residents can have no more than one residential guest per resident in their residence hall room. (i.e. if you live in a room by yourself, regardless of room size, one person can visit.) Individuals living in suites cannot have more than 3 guests at any given time. All guests must be residents of the same residence hall. Everyone must wear a face covering and must adhere to social distancing guidelines.

This policy supports and upholds all social distancing guidelines. Refer to the Guest Policy for additional information.


Any behavior or activity that violates the Hazing Policy

Invasion of Privacy

All forms of invasion of privacy including but not limited to the recording, filming, photographing, viewing, transmitting or producing the image or voice of another person without the person’s knowledge and expressed consent while in an environment that is considered private or where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy.

Local, State, Federal, & International Laws, Regulations, & Ordinances

Violations of local, state, federal, and international laws, regulations, and ordinances, whether occurring on or off campus.

Misuse Of College Resources And/Or College Property

  1. Misuse or abuse of College resources.
  2. Unauthorized presence in/on or forcible entry into a College facility or College-related premises, including College building roofs or fire escapes.
  3. Unauthorized use or misuse of College property including, but not limited to, equipment, thermostats, technology, or keys.

Published College Policies

Violations of published College policies, rules, regulations, or the student and student organization rights and responsibilities.

Residence Hall Policies

Any behavior or activities that violate the College Residence Hall policies or contracts. Refer to the Residence Hall policies for more information. 


Retaliation against an individual for reporting a College policy violation or cooperation with a College-related investigation.

Sexual Misconduct

Any violation of the Power-based Interpersonal Violence Policy which includes, but is not limited to, rape, sexual assault, any unwelcomed sexual behavior, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking as they are defined for the purposes of the Clery Act or Sexual Misconduct Policy. Refer to the Sexual Misconduct Policy for more information. 


  1. Smoking, including use of electronic smoking devices in any College-owned or -leased facility or vehicle, or otherwise designated “no smoking” areas.
  2. Any violation of the College’s Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy specific to tobacco.


Attempted or actual theft of property or services; knowingly being in possession of stolen property.

Vandalism And Damage Of Property

Attempted or actual vandalism or the damage, destruction, or defacement of College property or the property of others. 


See the Weapons Policy

  1. Unauthorized storage, possession, and/or use of firearms, fireworks, dangerous weapons, weapons used for sparring or fighting, or hazardous chemicals on College premises or at College-sponsored activities. This includes, but is not limited to, guns, ammunition, nunchakus or karate sticks, switchblades, mace, pepper spray, firecrackers, tear gas, or other dangerous weapons or articles.
  2. Unauthorized storage, possession, and/or use of knives except butter/table knives without a serrated edge or non-locking pocket knives with a single edge no longer than 2” in length.