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Code of Student Conduct and Responsibility

I.  Definition of Rights and Responsibilities:

A.  The Law School’s Code of Student Conduct and Responsibility prohibits conduct that is contrary to accepted principles of academic honesty and student conduct, as defined in I.B., infra

 Membership in this community imposes both an obligation to comply with its rules and the responsibility to assist in their enforcement.  To that end, each student should report to the Dean or the Dean’s designated representative evidence of any alleged violations of the Code of which the student has credible information or knowledge.

B.  It shall constitute a violation of this Code for any student enrolled in the Law School purposefully, knowingly, or recklessly to engage in the following conduct: 

1. The giving or taking of unfair advantage in fulfilling academic requirements.  Such advantage need not be shown to adversely affect other students.  Taking unfair advantage includes, but is not limited to:

a. giving or securing information about an examination except as explicitly authorized by the examining professor;

b. consulting or copying from any source during an examination, not authorized by the examining professor;

c.  failure to stop writing an examination when the time allotted for writing the examination has elapsed.

2. The hiding or mutilating of any materials of the library.

3. The submission of plagiarized work in an academic pursuit including any use of another’s work without attribution, whether such use be verbatim or merely conceptual or structural.

4. The submission of work for academic credit, or in fulfillment of a requirement, where that work duplicates, in whole or in substantial part, work for which one has received, or is currently seeking, academic credit at this Law School or at another academic institution, without prior written disclosure to and approval of the faculty member.

5. The submission of work for academic credit, or in fulfillment of a requirement, where that work has been performed, or is being performed, in whole or in substantial part, in the context of a paid or unpaid employment setting, without prior disclosure to and approval of the faculty member.

6. The violation of any rule, regulation, or order duly promulgated by the Faculty, Dean, Assistant or Associate Dean of the Law School or any other duly authorized rule making body of the University, including all Schools within the University.

7.  Serious and unreasonable disruption of the normal and orderly administration of Law School or other University activities or functions.

8.  Any action of such a serious character as to raise questions of the fitness of the actor to remain a member of the Law School community.  Such action may include:

a.  acts of violence, intimidation or  reckless endangerment of persons;

b.  conduct in violation of the University’s Sexual or other Harassment Policies;

c.   falsification of credentials;

d.  fraud or dishonesty;

e.  violation of any valid criminal statute, excluding summary offenses. 

C.  Notwithstanding the provisions of I.B., supra,

1.  Conduct protected by the University’s Guidelines on Open Expression or any other University code of  conduct shall not be subject to discipline under this Code.

2. The rights of students enrolled at the Law School to free speech, peaceable assembly and petition shall not be abridged by any representative of the Law School or by any Law School action. 

D.   The authority of the Placement Office and of the faculty (with respect to their classes) to regulate conduct shall remain unaffected.   

a) The provisions of this Code shall govern disciplinary action against any student enrolled at the Law School, including students pursuing advanced degrees.

b) The provisions of this Code may be invoked as to a student’s conduct which takes place on or affects University property, or which interferes with or reflects adversely upon the academic or other functions of the Law School.

II.  Jurisdiction:

 A.   The provisions of this Code shall govern disciplinary action against any student enrolled at the Law School, including students pursuing advanced degrees.

 B.   The provisions of this Code may be invoked as to a student’s conduct which takes place on or affects University property, or which interferes with or reflects adversely upon the academic or other functions of the Law School.

 

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