2017-2018 Student Handbook

Page 56 of 107 Updated 1.25.17 other students for fear that they themselves may be charged with policy violations (for example, a student who has been drinking underage might hesitate to contact an RA or campus police in getting help for someone who may be suffering from alcohol poisoning, or a student might be hesitant to provide important information about a sexual assault incident). Students who seek assistance for another student in need will receive immunity from policy violations related to the incident. This immunity from disciplinary action applies to both the “Good Samaritan” and the student needing assistance. A. Five students have been drinking alcohol in a residence hall room and one student gets so sick that they can’t stop vomiting and are having a hard time breathing. It is more important to get help for that student, so we ask that 911 be called immediately and that help be sought from an RA and Campus Police. It is more important to get help immediately rather than hide the alcohol and get the room cleaned up. All students in that room would NOT get in trouble for calling for help. Students may need to tell their story and talk about the situation with authorities along the way to get help for a friend, but they would not receive any judicial sanctions for calling for help. 4. Sources of Information Information about a student’s misconduct may come from a variety of sources including, but not limited to, reports from faculty, staff, students, departments (e.g., Residence Life or campus police), law enforcement agencies, or community members. Other sources of information may include, but are not limited to electronic communications, photographs, social media, and audio or video recordings. 5. Social Media Privacy The university complies with all local, state, and federal laws governing social media privacy. Although the law prohibits the university from asking students, prospective students, or student groups to disclose a user name or password for accessing personal social media, requesting access to personal social media, or divulging any personal social media to or in the presence of a university employee or representative, the university may lawfully require disclosure, access or view personal social media if necessary to investigate and take disciplinary action against any student, prospective student, or student group utilizing social media in ways that are unlawful, violate the Code of Conduct, or pose a threat to the safety of the campus community. 6. Definition of Student HSU may exercise authority over any matriculated undergraduate or graduate student who is enrolled full- or part-time; has completed the immediately preceding term, is not presently enrolled, and is eligible for re- enrollment; or is on an approved educational leave or other approved leave status. This includes the period before classes begin, while the student is attending classes, between academic sessions and on leave. 7. Jurisdiction of the Code of Conduct The Code of Conduct applies to conduct that occurs on university premises, at university sponsored activities, and to off-campus conduct that adversely affects the university community and/or the pursuit of its objectives. Each student is responsible for his/her conduct from the time of application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree, even though conduct may occur before classes begin or after classes end, as well as during the academic year and during periods between terms of actual enrollment. The code applies to a student’s conduct even if the student withdraws from school while a disciplinary matter is pending. The Dean of Students will decide whether the code will be applied to conduct occurring off campus, on a case by case basis, in his or her sole discretion. 8. Administrative Hearings The Dean of Students or their designee (such as a Residence Director) will meet directly with the student to discuss the incident, the student’s involvement in it, and any steps that must be taken or sanction imposed to resolve the matter. The meeting will be followed by an official letter summarizing this discussion.