North Carolina State University Student Disciplinary Violations
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The Code of Student Conduct at North Carolina State University (NC State) establishes the expectations for student conduct in the university community. Students who are accused of misconduct that violates the Code of Student Conduct are subject to disciplinary measures that may include suspension or expulsion and thus have profoundly negative effects on their academic careers.
NC State often takes disciplinary measures when a student is facing criminal charges. Thus, a student who allegedly violates local, state, or federal law could be forced to deal with an NC State hearing in addition to appearing in criminal court.
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If you are an NC State student who was recently arrested for a criminal offense or you have been accused of some other type of misconduct at the university, you should seek the help of an experienced college student discipline attorney. Clifford Law Group helps students at NC State achieve the most favorable outcomes to these types of cases. We can represent you in criminal court and thoroughly prepare you for any NC State hearing.
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Examples of Academic Misconduct at NC State
Some of the different violations that can constitute academic misconduct at NC State include:
- Aiding and Abetting - Includes, but is not limited to:
- Giving unauthorized assistance to another or others during a test or evaluation
- Posing as another student in order to meet a course or graduation requirement
- Providing specific information about a recently given test, examination, or assignment to a student who thereby gains an unfair advantage in an academic evaluation
- Providing aid to another person, knowing such aid is expressly prohibited by the faculty member, in the research, preparation, creation, writing, performing, or publication of work to be submitted for academic evaluation
- Permitting one's academic work to be represented as the work of another
- Sharing or distributing academic materials, including class notes
- Cheating - Includes, but is not limited to:
- Copying from someone else's assignment, examination, or other academic exercise
- Possessing, buying, selling, removing, receiving, or using, at any time or in any manner not prescribed by the faculty member, any information related to an instrument of academic evaluation
- Using materials, equipment, or assistance in connection with an assignment, examination, or other academic exercise which have not been authorized by the faculty member, including but not limited to, notes, calculator, or other technology
- Obtaining or attempting to obtain, in a dishonest manner, any material relating to a student's academic work
- Working with another or others in completing an assignment, examination, or other academic exercise when the faculty member has required independent and unaided action
- Attempting to influence or change an academic evaluation, grade, or record by unfair means
- Permitting another individual to substitute for one's self in an academic evaluation
- Marking or submitting an examination or evaluation material in a manner designed to deceive the grading system
- Failing to comply with a specific condition of academic integrity which has been clearly announced in a particular course
- Submitting, without prior permission of the faculty member, any work by a student which has at any time been submitted in identical or similar form by that student in fulfillment of any other academic requirement at any institution
- Submitting of material in whole or part for academic evaluation that has been prepared by another individual(s)
- Submitting data which have been altered or contrived in such a way as to be deliberately misleading
- Providing false information to the university in any manner to achieve an unfair advantage, enhance one's record, or complete a requirement
- Destruction or Removal of Academic Materials - Includes, but is not limited to:
- Removing or attempting to remove, destroy, steal, or make inaccessible library or other academic material without authorization
- Willfully damaging the academic work or efforts of another
- Plagiarism - Includes, but is not limited to:
- Representing the work of others as his or her own
- Submitting written materials without proper attribution or acknowledgment of the source
NC State Sanctions for Academic Misconduct
Academic misconduct sanctions result in disciplinary files being created for individuals or groups. NC State imposes these sanctions to:
- Define a student or organization's status at the university following a finding of responsible for a violation
- Serve as a clear statement about University standards and expectations
- Educate students on the effects of their behavior
- Attempt to affect a change in that behavior in the future
Certain types of academic misconduct can result in suspension or expulsion from the university. The factors or circumstances affecting sanctions are considered on a case by case basis.
Some of the possible sanctions include:
- Academic Integrity Probation
- Reduction in Grade
- No Credit
- Educational Exercises
- Additional Sanctions
Types of Non-Academic Misconduct at NC State
Alleged violations of federal, state or local law that threaten the safety or well-being of the NC State community, are considered violent behavior as defined in the university's campus/workplace violence prevention and management regulation, or any other behavior that adversely affects the university or its educational programs or mission can be subject to disciplinary action under the Code of Student Conduct.
Examples of behavior subject to disciplinary action include:
- Alcohol Violations -
- Possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages by a person under the age of 21.
- Possession or consumption of any alcohol beverage inside any university athletic facility except on such occasions as designated by the Chancellor.
- Aiding and abetting the possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages by a person who is under the age of 21.
- Consumption of any alcoholic beverages where it is not legally permissible to do so, regardless of age.
- Any other violations of the NC State Alcohol Policy.
- Conduct that could form the basis of any charge relating to a violation of North Carolina laws regarding the purchase, possession, manufacture, and consumption of alcoholic beverages or driving while under the influence.
- Computer and Network Abuse -
- Theft or misuse of university computing resources, including violations of NC State Computer Use Regulation.
- Violations of NC State Copyright Infringement regulation.
- Unauthorized entry into or transfer of an electronic file.
- Use of another person's computing identification and/or password without authorization or permission.
- Use of computing facilities to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member, or other NC State employee.
- Use of computing facilities to send obscene or harassing messages.
- Use of computing facilities to interfere with normal operations of the NC State computing system.
- Creating a Safety Hazard -
- Creating a safety hazard, including but not limited to, starting or attempting to start a fire or failing to exit a building when a fire alarm is sounded.
- Tampering with or misusing fire and/or other life safety equipment, including fire alarms, or elevators.
- Damage to Property -
- Engaging in an act that intentionally or recklessly damages, destroys, or defaces property of the university or another.
- Disorderly Conduct -
- Engaging in conduct that disrupts class including, but not limited to, the use of cell phones or other electronic devices for voice or text communication, unless permitted by the faculty member.
- Participation in an on-campus or off-campus demonstration, riot, or activity that disrupts the normal operations of the university and/or infringes on the rights of other members of the university community.
- Leading or inciting others to disrupt scheduled and/or normal activities within any university building or other university premises.
- Obstruction that unreasonably interferes with freedom of movement or safe passage, either pedestrian or vehicular, on university premises.
- Conduct that is lewd, disruptive, or indecent.
- Engaging in conduct which disturbs the peace, order, or discipline at the university or university -sponsored activity.
- Any unauthorized use of electronic or other devices to make an audio or video record of any person without his/her prior knowledge, or without his/her consent when such a recording is likely to cause injury or distress.
- Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, university programs, operations or other university-sponsored activities, including public service functions, on or off university premises, or other non-university activities when the act occurs on university premises.
- Disruption of the Student Conduct Process -
- Attempting to discourage an individual's proper participation in, or use of, the conduct system.
- Attempting to influence the impartiality of the hearing officer, conduct board member, or appeal administrator.
- Harassment and/or intimidation of a hearing officer, conduct board member, or appeal administrator prior to, during, and/or after a student conduct proceeding.
- Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the conduct system.
- Drug Violations -
- Illegal possession or use of controlled substances as defined by the North Carolina General Statutes §§ 90-86 through 90-113.8.
- Manufacturing, selling, or delivering any controlled substance or possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver any controlled substance.
- Misuse of any legal pharmaceutical drugs.
- Knowingly breathe or inhale any substance for the unlawful purpose of inducing a condition of intoxication.
- Possession of drug-related paraphernalia, including but not limited to, pipes, bongs, hookahs and other water pipes.
- Failure to Comply -
- Failing to comply with the directions of university employees, including university police in performance of their duties.
- Failing to submit identification upon request to duly authorized and properly identified university officials.
- Failing to comply with the sanctions imposed under the Code of Student Conduct.
- Unauthorized possession or use of fireworks or explosive device on University premises.
- Causing or permitting a person, incident to initiation into or membership in a society, club, athletic team, or similar group or organization, to participate in any activity that subjects or is likely to subject that person or others to risks of physical injury, mental distress, or personal indignities, or which destroys or removes public or private property, whether or not such person has consented to participation in the activity. Silent participation or acquiescence in the presence of hazing can also be considered hazing violations.
- Threatening, coercing, or intimidating another person or identifiable group of persons, based upon membership in a protected class as prescribed in NC State Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy.
- Engaging in harassment as defined by NC State Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy.
- Infliction or Threat of Bodily Harm
- Inflicting physical injury upon another.
- Placing another in fear of, or at risk of, physical injury or danger.
- Intentionally or recklessly acting in a manner that creates a substantial risk of bodily harm to another.
- Providing False Information
- Intentionally initiating or causing to be initiated any known false report, warning or threat of fire, explosion or other emergency.
- Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any University document, records, or instrument of identification.
- Furnishing false information, oral or written, to any University official, faculty or staff member, or office.
- Possession or use of an instrument of identification that is not one's own or is fictitious or altered.
- Relationship Violence - Conduct arising out of a personal, intimate relationship that:
- Inflicts physical injury upon another person.
- Places another in fear of, or at risk of, physical injury or danger.
- Sexual Misconduct - Includes:
- Sexual Harassment, as defined in NC State Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy. Sexual harassment may include, for example, unwelcome sexual advances and sexual favors. Sexual harassment also includes acts of sexual violence.
- Sexual Exploitation, which is taking sexual advantage of another person without consent, and includes, but is not limited to, causing or attempting to cause the incapacitation of another person in order to gain a sexual advantage over the other person, causing the prostitution of another person, recording, photographing or transmitting identifiable images of private sexual activity and/or the intimate parts (including genitalia, groin, breasts or buttocks) of another person, and allowing third parties to observe private sexual acts.
- Sexual Contact (without consent), which is the deliberate touching of a person's intimate parts (including genitalia, groin, breast or buttocks or clothing covering any of those areas), the deliberate touching of another person with one's intimate parts, or using force to cause a person to touch his/her own or another person's intimate parts.
- Sexual Intercourse (without consent), which is the penetration (anal, oral or vaginal) of a person by a penis, tongue, finger or an inanimate object.
- Retaliation (including threats, harassment, intimidation, coercion) against a person because he/she filed a complaint alleging sexual misconduct or participated in an investigation or procedure involving charges of sexual misconduct.
- Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Stalking may include, for example, non-consensual communication, including in-person communication or contact, surveillance, telephone calls, voice messages, text messages, email messages, social networking site postings, instant messages, postings of pictures or information on web sites, written letters, gifts or any other communications that are undesired and/or place another person in fear.
- Stealing or attempting to steal another's property, money or services.
- Knowingly possessing, purchasing, or exchanging stolen or embezzled property, money or services.
- Unauthorized use or access to private or confidential information in any medium.
- Unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of keys or card access to any University premises.
- Unauthorized entry to University premises, including intruding upon, forcibly entering, or otherwise proceeding into unauthorized areas of University premises, or the residential space of another without permission.
- Unauthorized Use of Property
- Attempted or actual use of property of NC State, property of a University community member, or other personal or public property without proper authorization, or in a manner for which the property was not intended.
- Violation of University Policies, Regulations, or Rules
- Violation of any written policies, regulations, or rules of the University, as adopted by the university and as may be amended from time to time.
- Illegal or unauthorized possession of weapons on University premises or at University-sponsored activities.
- Possession or use of weapons in any manner that harms, threatens, or causes fear to others.
NC State Sanctions for Non-Academic Misconduct
Much like incidents of academic misconduct, any misconduct that is not academic in nature can also result in suspension or expulsion from the university. Sanctions for drug-related misconduct are governed by NC State's Illegal Drugs policy.
Mitigating or aggravating factors or circumstances affecting sanctions will be considered, but one or more of the following sanctions may be imposed for non-academic misconduct:
- Written Warning
- Disciplinary Probation
- Restriction of Privileges
- Additional Sanctions
Find a Student Disciplinary Violations Lawyer in Raleigh
Even when an attorney's role may be limited by the university rules of the hearing, it can still be extremely beneficial to have the help of legal counsel. Clifford Law Group defends NC State students against criminal charges in traditional courtrooms, but we also provide valuable assistance for disciplinary hearings at the university.
If you were recently arrested or have been accused of some other NC State Code of Student Conduct violation, we can work to make sure that you avoid sanctions that dramatically affect your academic career.
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