Minimum Expectations

Wake Forest considers the behavior described in the following sections as inappropriate for the University community and in opposition to the institution’s core values.

Any student or student organization found to have engaged in or attempted to engage in the following conduct is subject to the sanctions outlined in the Sanction Framework. When considering sanctions, the constellation of circumstances that gave rise to the misconduct will be considered.

Abuse of the Conduct Process.

Deliberately abusing, misusing, or misleading the procedural aspects of the conduct process. Examples of this behavior include:

  • Destroying or concealing information during an investigation of an alleged policy violation;
  • Initiation of a student conduct code proceeding in bad faith;
  • Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in, or use of, the student conduct system; or
  • Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of any hearing board outside of the hearing process.

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Alcohol.

The Undergraduate Alcohol and Other Drug Policy describes the University’s position on student responsibility regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs. Students should pay special attention to the University’s Medical Amnesty policy for additional information about seeking help for students in need of medical attention.

Violations of the Undergraduate Alcohol and Other Drug Policy will be addressed in accordance with the procedures set forth in this handbook.

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Bullying/Cyberbullying.

Repeated and/or severe actions that intimidate or intentionally harm or control another person physically or emotionally. Examples of bullying and cyberbullying include:

  • Sending mean or inappropriate text messages and emails;
  • Posting humiliating pictures of someone else online for others to see; or
  • Starting or perpetuating degrading rumors about another person.

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Complicity.

Helping or actively encouraging another person to engage in violations of University policy.

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Computing.

Violating the Wake Forest Computing Policies, found at http://help.wfu.edu/public/is/information-technology-policies.

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Contempt of the Conduct Process.

  • Failure of a student responding to allegations to appear for a conduct hearing.
  • Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a formal or informal proceeding.
  • Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Code of Conduct.

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Copyright Violations.

Federal law restricts the use of copyrighted video, audio, or computer material. Any organization or student using such material should be certain that its use conforms to law.

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Destruction or Defacement of Property or Grounds.

Attempted or actual damage to or destruction of University property or the personal property of another.

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Disorderly Conduct.

The Statement on Expression affirms the University’s position on expression. This policy describes conduct which does not meet these expectations.

Disorderly conduct is behavior that unreasonably interferes with the ability of others to sleep, study, or participate in the activities of the University.

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Disruption or Obstruction of University Activities.

The Statement on Expression affirms the University’s position on expression. This policy describes conduct which does not meet these expectations.

Disruptive conduct is speech or other forms of expression which: prevents or substantially impedes the normal operations of the University or a University function or activity, such as lectures, meetings, interviews, ceremonies, and public events; blocks the legitimate activities of any person on the campus or in any University building or facility; or violates other policies in the Code of Conduct.

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Failure to Comply with the Directions of University Officials.

Failure to comply with the directives of University officials or law enforcement officers during the performance of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so. Such conduct may include the failure to provide proper ID and disrespectful, uncooperative, abusive or threatening behavior.

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Fire Safety.

Violation of applicable local, state, federal or campus fire laws, codes and policies including, but not limited to:

  • Intentionally or recklessly causing a fire which damages University or personal property or which causes injury;
  • Failure to evacuate University premises during a fire alarm;
  • Use of University fire safety equipment for an improper purpose; or
  • Tampering with or improperly engaging a fire alarm or fire detection/control equipment while on University property.

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Harassment.

The Statement on Expression affirms the University’s position on expression. This policy describes conduct which does not meet these expectations.

Harassment is any unwelcome and persistent or pervasive conduct directed toward an individual or against a group that is based on that person’s or group’s actual or perceived race, color, age, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, socioeconomic status, political affiliation, veteran status, pregnancy status, genetic information, or religion. Behavior based on an individual or group’s gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability is addressed under the University’s Student Sexual Misconduct Policy or Student Disability Grievance Procedures. The conduct may be verbal, nonverbal, written, electronic, or physical behavior and/or communication.

To constitute harassment, the unwelcome behavior or communication must have the purpose or effect of being sufficiently serious as to:

  • create an intimidating, hostile, or demeaning educational, living, or work environment, or
  • deny or limit a person’s work performance or a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program.

In addition, to constitute harassment, the conduct must include something beyond the mere expression of views, words, symbols, or thoughts that some person may find offensive. The conduct will be viewed from both a subjective (the complainant’s) and an objective (reasonable person’s) viewpoint, and take into consideration all surrounding circumstances. Such conduct does not need to be directed at or to a specific individual in order to constitute harassment, but may consist of generalized unwelcome and inappropriate behaviors or communications based on one or more of the aforementioned protected categories.

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Harm to Others.

Intentionally or recklessly causing physical harm to or endangering the health or safety of any person.

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Hazardous Activity.

Creation of health and/or safety hazards, including, but not limited to, dangerous pranks, hanging out of or climbing from/on/in windows/balconies/roofs, and reckless driving.

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Hazing.

At Wake Forest University, students should be able to pursue avenues of involvement in campus life and group membership without exposure to harm or the loss of their dignity or worth. As such, hazing is defined as any action taken or situation created for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a means of maintaining continued membership or favor in a group or organization that:

  • endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student;
  • unreasonably impedes upon a student’s academic commitments;
  • demeans, disgraces, or degrades any student; or
  • violates other policies in the Code of Conduct.

A student’s express or implied consent to the action(s) taken and/or situation(s) created are not considered a defense to a charge of hazing. Individuals or organizations that retaliate against anyone who acts to prevent, stop, or report hazing activity may also be charged with a violation of the Code of Conduct.

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Honor Code (non-academic violation).

1. Stealing.

  • The unauthorized taking, misappropriation, or possession of any property belonging to, owned by, or maintained by the University, an organization, or another individual, or
  • The possession, retention, or disposal of stolen property.

2. Deception.

  • Making a false statement to a University official, or
  • Knowingly furnishing or possessing false, falsified or forged materials, documents, accounts, records, identification or financial instruments

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Illegal Drugs or Other Drugs.

The Undergraduate Alcohol and Other Drug Policy describes the University’s position on student responsibility regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs. 

Violations of the Undergraduate Alcohol and Other Drug Policy will be addressed in accordance with the procedures set forth in this handbook.

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Off-Campus Disturbance.

Conduct or activity by students living in, hosting functions at, or attending functions at off-campus locations which unreasonably interferes with the rights of individuals. Students who are residents of off-campus rooms/apartments/houses must control the nature and size of activities carried out in or on their premises consistent with the standards of the University.

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Other University Policies.

Violating other published University policies or rules, including all Residence Life and Housing policies published in the Guide to Community Living.

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Public Urination or Defecation.

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Threatening Behavior.

Written or verbal conduct that causes a reasonable expectation of physical, emotional, or psychological harm to the health or safety of any person or damage to any property.

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Unauthorized Access.

Unauthorized access to University premises (such as a building or a room or unauthorized possession, duplication or use of means of access (i.e. keys, cards, etc.) to any University premises or failing to report a lost Deacon OneCard or key.

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Unregistered Party.

Social functions that fail to comply with the University’s requirements for registration.

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Violation of a University Policy or Law by a Guest.

Any violation of a University policy that is committed by an acknowledged non-student guests is the responsibility of the Wake Forest student host(s).

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Violations of Law.

Violating any federal, state, or local law or ordinances, as determined by the adjudication of the appropriate jurisdictional authority.

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Weapons.

Possession, use, or distribution of explosives (including fireworks and ammunition), guns (including air, BB, paintball, facsimile weapons and pellet guns), or other weapons or dangerous objects such as arrows, axes, machetes, nunchucks, throwing stars, or knives, including the storage of any item that falls within the category of a weapon in a vehicle parked on University property, except for authorized use in the Department of Military Science or authorized use by campus recreation.

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