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Prohibited Conduct

Behavior that violates College standards of conduct listed here and elsewhere will be subject to disciplinary action through the appropriate judicial process. If it is determined that a group is responsible for a violation, either by direct involvement or by condoning, encouraging or covering up the violation, appropriate action will be taken with respect to the group as well as to the individuals involved.

Prohibited student actions include, but are not limited to:
  1. Physical altercation, verbal abuse, threat, intimidation, harassment, coercion and/or other intentional or reckless conduct that is likely to have a substantial adverse effect on, or pose a threat to any person.
  2. Harassment or sexual misconduct. The Sexual Misconduct Board responds to complaints.
  3. Theft of property or services; willful possession of stolen property.
  4. Intentionally or recklessly damaging private, public, or College property.
  5. Conduct that is disruptive.
  6. Conduct that is lewd or indecent.
  7. Violation of College policies on possession or use of alcohol.
  8. Violation of College policies on possession or use of illegal drugs, controlled substances, or drug paraphernalia.
  9. Tampering with fire safety equipment or intentionally activating a false fire alarm, failure to evacuate during a fire alarm or violation of Residential Life fire safety policies.
  10. Illegal or unauthorized possession of firearms, explosives, illegal fireworks or other weapons in violation of the College's policy on weapons and fireworks.  Knives with blades over 3.5 inches are prohibited.
  11. Hazing, as defined in the College's hazing policy.
  12. Abuse of the Judicial Process, including but not limited to harassment and/or intimidation of a member of a judicial body or any participant prior to, during and/or after a judicial proceeding; perjury or obstruction of an investigation; falsification, misrepresentation or distortion of information before a judicial body; failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed through the judicial process.
  13. Falsification or misuse of any document, record or instrument of identification.
  14. Failure to comply with the request of or interfering with College or public officials acting in the performance of their duties; failure to identify oneself to a College or public official when requested to do so; knowingly furnishing false information to a College or public official.
  15. Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys to any College premises or unauthorized entry to or use of College premises.
  16. Intentionally interfering with the freedom of expression of others.
  17. Obstruction of the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on the College premises or at College-sponsored or supervised functions.
  18. Computer abuse as defined in the College's computer abuse policy.
  19. Violation of published College policies, rules or regulations.
  20. Violation of any federal, state or local law that has a negative impact on the College or members of the College community.

Attempts to commit acts prohibited by this Code of Conduct may be punished to the same extent as completed violations.

Repeated and aggravated violations of any section of this code may also result in the imposition of greater penalties, including suspension or expulsion, as may be appropriate.

Hamilton College reserves the right to suspend for an interim period any student whose presence on the campus is, in the sole judgment of the College, detrimental to the best interests of the College.

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