Code of Conduct

At Castleton, the students, faculty, and staff join together and create a community of learners and teachers (an academic community). Our community has a strong commitment to our traditions and to the innovation, creativity, and worth of each individual. Through the Code of Conduct and the policies and procedures in this handbook, we outline the balance between personal freedom, and respect for the rights and needs of others, and the community. The University expects that each member will respect the rights of other members and use the principle of respect to guide his/her behavior.

Students are expected to abide by local, state, and federal laws. The University reserves the right to discipline students charged with criminal violations. Any student convicted of a criminal offense is expected to notify the Dean of Students of said conviction prior to resuming attendance in classes.

While most disciplinary action will result from alleged infractions of University rules that occur while the student is on the campus, a student involved in off-campus incidents may also be charged through the University’s disciplinary procedures if, at the time of the offense, the student was participating in a University-sanctioned program or activity; if the incident jeopardized the University’s positive relationship with the local community; or, if as a result of the offense, the student jeopardized the safety of others from the campus community or the operations of the University.

The following are tenets of our code of conduct:

  1. Plagiarism, cheating and academic dishonesty in all forms are prohibited.
  2. Offensive, disruptive, or disorderly acts which interfere with the rights of any member of the University community, or jeopardize the University's positive relationship with the community, are prohibited.
  3. Failure to comply with directions of, and/or disrespectful behavior toward, University officials acting in the performance of their duties is prohibited.
  4. Direct interference with faculty, staff or other officers of the University in pursuit of their official duties is prohibited.
  5. Falsification of information on University records or providing false information to the University or University officials is prohibited.
  6. Use of physical means to resolve conflicts is prohibited as are threats of harm to person or property, sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking.
  7. Harassing behavior in every form is prohibited. Harassing behavior is considered to be behavior not addressed in VSC Policies 311 and 311A which interferes with the personal liberty of others and may lead to injury, emotional disturbances, physical discomfort, humiliation, or feeling threatened. Stalking is a form of harassment.
  8. Sexual activity of any kind without expressed consent is prohibited. (See Sexual Misconduct Policy)
  9. Lewd or indecent behavior as defined by Vermont statute or reasonable community standards is prohibited.
  10. Drugs other than those prescribed by a licensed physician for legitimate medical purposes may not be used, stored, manufactured, dispensed, or solicited on University property.
  11. Possession or use of alcohol by minors is prohibited. Possession or use of alcohol by legal-aged drinkers is restricted as outlined in the University Alcohol Policy.
  12. Violations of conventional health and safety standards are prohibited.
  13. Setting fires, initiating false fire alarms, tampering with fire safety or firefighting equipment, or failure to adhere to fire evacuation procedures are prohibited.
  14. The use, display, possession, and storage (including in personal vehicles) of weapons is strictly prohibited on the campus of, and properties belonging to, the University, except as authorized in the Firearms and Weapons policy.
  15. Possession or use of fireworks or other pyrotechnics on the University campus is prohibited.
  16. Entering any University building or event except in accordance with established procedures is prohibited.
  17. Stealing is prohibited.
  18. Removal and/or displacement of books and/or materials from the University grounds or from any University facility without following prescribed procedures is prohibited. Students with improperly procured books and/or materials in their possession will be considered as knowingly participating in the use of stolen articles.
  19. Destruction or defacement of or tampering with University property or the property of others is prohibited.
  20. Door-to-door soliciting by individuals or groups in the private areas of the residence halls is prohibited.
  21. Knowingly participating in or assisting in the violation of any University policy is prohibited.
  22. All students and employees have a duty to cooperate in investigations undertaken by the University.

The above regulations are established and set forth as guidelines for student behavior. The above actions and/or behavior are expressly prohibited. Violations of these guidelines or any other regulations or policies contained in the Undergraduate Catalog, the University Handbook, or other official University publications may result in official disciplinary action by the University.