Rights, Rules, Responsibilities

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Rights, Rules, Responsibilities is intended to provide a concise reference and guide for all members of the Princeton University community. Included here are brief statements of University policies most likely to be applicable to and of interest to all University constituencies. For further information on particular aspects of policies and procedures—or their application to particular situations—consult the Orange Pages (for students) or the policy manuals available from the Office of the Dean of the Faculty and the Office of Human Resources.

I. University-wide Regulations

University Principles of General Conduct and Regulations 1

Introduction 1

Academic Integrity 1

Statement on Diversity and Community 1

Honesty in University Matters 2

Confidentiality of Records 2

Range of Penalties 2

1. Warning 2

2. Disciplinary Probation 2

3. Withholding of Degree 3

4. Suspension 3

5. Required Withdrawal 3

6. Expulsion 3

7. Censure 3

Circumstances Affecting Health or Safety 3

University-wide Conduct Regulations 4

Respect for Others 4

Racial or Ethnic Bias and Harassment 4

Sexual Harassment and Assault 4

Peaceful Dissent, Protests, and Demonstrations 5

Distribution of Written Materials by Members of the University Community 7

Personal Safety 7

Quiet 7

Identification Cards 8

The University, the Law, and Property Rights 8

On-Campus Misconduct and the Law 8

Persons on Leave of Absence; Persons Who Are Not Members of the University 8

Off-Campus Misconduct 9

Violations of Local, State, or Federal Law 9

University Discipline and the Courts 9

University Safety, Security, and Law Enforcement 9

Regulations Regarding Security and Prior Restraint 10

Security Measures 10

Prior Restraint 10

Property 11

Library Use 11

Computer and Network Use 11

Patent and Copyright Policies 12

Princeton University Name and Seal 12

Guidelines Relating to the Tax-Exempt Status of the University and Political Activities 13

Introduction 13

Guidelines 13

Health and Safety Policies 15

Illegal Drugs 15

State Laws 15

University Policy Concerning Use of Illegal Drugs 15

Alcoholic Beverages 16

Smoking 16

Policy on HIV Infection 16

Introduction 16

Access 17

HIV Prevention 17

Screening for HIV Infection 17

Health Maintenance and Services for People Living with HIV Infection 17

Legal Issues 17

Conclusion 18

Resolution of Complaints and Grievances 18

Informal Procedures 18

Formal Procedures 19

Academic Matters 19

Nonacademic Matters Involving Students 19

Nonacademic Matters Involving Undergraduate Student Organizations 19

Nonacademic Matters Regarding Faculty, Staff, or Administration 19

Matters Involving Sexual Harassment or Assault or Racial or Ethnic Bias or Harassment 20

Protection Against Retaliation 20

Appeals Regarding Procedural Unfairness in Initial Proceedings 21

The Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC) 21

Powers 21

Membership 21

Committees 22

The Judicial Committee of the Council of the Princeton University Community 23

Powers and Membership 23

General Procedures 24

Procedure in Cases Not Previously Heard by Another Authority 25

Procedure in Appeals of Cases Previously Heard by Another Authority 27

Responsibilities of the Chair 28

Order of Proceedings in Cases of the First Instance 29

Order of Proceedings in Appeals Cases 30

Procedural Requests 30

Evidence 30

Reports 30

Appeals from Decisions of the Judicial Committee 31

II. Students and the University

Rights and Responsibilities of Students 33

Faculty Procedures of Concern to Students 33

Attendance at Faculty Meetings 33

Faculty Reconsideration of Proposals Regarding Undergraduate Curriculum 34

Graduate Student Departmental Committees 34

Interaction of Undergraduate Student Government Committees and Faculty Committees 35

Individual Student Appeal from Decisions of Faculty Committees 36

Coordination Between Faculty and Undergraduates on Matters Affecting Student Life 36

Undergraduate Departmental Committees 37

Undergraduate Student Government 38

Purpose 38

The Student Senate 38

Committees of the Student Senate 38

Class Officers 39

Referenda 39

Campus Associations and Activities 39

Student Publications 40

Regulations Concerning Specific Aspects of Student Life 41

Dormitory Regulations 41

Noise 41

Pets 42

Posting of Notices 42

Smoking 42

Fire Safety Policy 42

Candle/Flammable Liquid/Incense/Fireworks Policy 42

Use of Exterior Elevated Surfaces of Campus Buildings and Other Restricted Areas 42

Storage 43

Lofts 43

Privacy and Right of Re-entry 44

Search of Dormitory Rooms 44

Dining Regulations 44

Health Regulations 44

University Ban on the Nude Olympics 44

Hazing 45

New Jersey Law 45

Prohibition on Hazing 45

Acceptable Behavior 46

Sororities and Fraternities 46

Alcohol Policy 46

What are the responsibilities of Princeton University students? 46

When will the University intervene? 47

When are Princeton University students in violation of the alcohol policy? 47

What are the consequences of violating the alcohol policy? 48

Princeton University Drug Policy 48

Conduct at Prospect Street Clubs 48

Library 49

Motor Vehicle Regulations 49

Legal Assistance 50

Financial Regulations 50

Use of University Monies (Including Student Fees) 50

The Undergraduate Honor System 51

Jurisdiction over Undergraduates for Violations of Academic Rules and Regulations 51

Introduction 51

Current Procedure 52

Constitution of the Honor System 54

Article I 54

Article II 55

Article III 55

Article IV 56

Article V 57

Article VI 58

Article VII 58

Article VIII 58

Academic Regulations 59

Introduction 59

Jurisdiction over Undergraduates for Violations of Academic Rules and Regulations 59

Student Acknowledgment of Original Work 59

Transcription or Publication of Course-Related Materials 59

Tutoring 59

General Requirements for the Acknowledgment of Sources in Academic Work 60

Quotations 60

Paraphrasing 60

Ideas and Facts 60

Footnotes and Bibliography 60

Electronic and Other Sources 61

Laboratory Work, Problem Sets, Computer Programs, and Homework 61

Multiple Submission 61

Oral Reports 61

Standard Forms of Reference 61

Definitions of Academic Violations under the Jurisdiction of the Faculty-Student Committee on Discipline 61

Plagiarism 62

Unauthorized Multiple Submission 62

False Citation 62

False Data 62

Violations 62

Jurisdiction 62

Student’s Defense 62

Seriousness of the Offense 62

Penalties 62

Examples of Plagiarism 63

Original source: 63

1. Example of verbatim plagiarism, or unacknowledged direct quotation (lifted passages are underlined): 63

2. Example of lifting selected passages and phrases without proper acknowledgement (lifted passages are underlined): 63

3. Example of paraphrasing the text while maintaining the basic paragraph and sentence structure: 64

University Discipline 64

The Faculty-Student Committee on Discipline (Undergraduate) 64

Powers 64

Membership 65

General Procedures 65

Conduct of Hearings 66

Appeals 67

Records of Proceedings 68

Penalties 68

Grievance Procedures 68

The Graduate School 68

Jurisdiction over Graduate Students for Violations of Academic Rules and Regulations 68

The Graduate Student Government 69

Purpose 69

Structure 69

Getting Involved 69

Dormitory Regulations 70

Alcohol Policy 70

Dining Regulations 70

Financial Regulations 70

The Graduate School Judicial System 70

Disciplinary Procedures 70

Penalties 72

Appeal on Academic Matters 72

Appeal on Nonacademic Matters 72

Graduate Student Grievances 73

Student Privacy Rights under Federal Law 74

III. The University and the Community

Community Use of University Resources 77

Introduction 77

Administration 77

Types of Facility Use 77

By Explicit Invitation 77

By Implicit Invitation 77

By Participation in University-Sponsored or Sanctioned Programs 78

By Renting University Facilities in Periods of Low Usage, Especially in the Summer 78

By Private Invitation 79

Regulations Governing Solicitation, Distribution, and Peaceful Dissent, Protests, and Demonstrations by Off-Campus Individuals or Organizations 80

Commercial Sales 80

Charitable, Political, Religious, or Other Solicitation or Distribution 80

Peaceful Dissent, Protests, and Demonstrations 81

University Security Policy for Persons Who Are Not Members of the University 81


Index 83


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