3.1 Misconduct against Persons
Students at Indiana State University are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful and civil manner. Personal conduct and communication, either directly or indirectly with other students as well as faculty and staff, should conform to the University’s community values and standards. As members of the at-large community, students are encouraged to resolve disagreements through informal, frank, and open discussion. Often conflicts can be lessened, if not resolved, by clearing up misperceptions and misunderstandings. Students are strongly encouraged to resolve any related concerns in this manner. However, the University also recognizes that occasionally more formal processes are needed. All such activities, whether informal or formal, must be carried out by all participants within a framework of good faith and general respect for one another. Students are encouraged to contact SCI for assistance or guidance in resolving any concerns or conflicts. Conflicts may be resolved through established disciplinary procedures and/or conflict resolution strategies.
Please refer to 922 Sexual Misconduct for matters involving sexual misconduct, relationship violence, or stalking. Students are advised to contact the Equal Opportunity and Title IX Office for questions related to these matters.
It is an expectation of the University that students have a reasonable knowledge of and adhere to the following prohibited conduct and policies:
- 3.1.1 Violent/Abusive Behavior refers to physical abuse, violence, or conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.
- 3.1.2 Harassing/Intimidating Behavior refers to unwelcome or unreasonable behavior that harasses or intimidates people either as individuals or as a group and is sufficiently severe or pervasive. Harassing behavior is often persistent and part of a pattern, but it can also occur as a single incident. Harassment includes in-person verbal and non-verbal, written, and electronic conduct and behaviors. This behavior can be expressed or implied, creating and/or inciting a foreseeable hostile environment interfering with another person’s personal safety, safety of property, academic efforts, employment, or participation in the university community. This behavior may also include behavior that leads another to have a reasonable apprehension that such harm will occur. In no event shall this provision be used to discipline a student for speech protected by the first amendment of the United States Constitution. ISU values the principles of freedom of expression and academic freedom, even when speech or academic discourse is uncomfortable and challenging. However, speech that is discriminatory and harassing is not protected and will be subject to investigation and possible disciplinary action.
- 3.1.3 Hazing is prohibited in connection with the activities of students and student organizations. Hazing shall be defined as any conduct which subjects another person, whether physically, mentally, emotionally, or psychologically, to anything that may abuse, degrade, or intimidate the person as a condition of association with an organization or group (formal or informal), regardless of the person's consent or lack of consent.
- 3.1.4 Restricting Movement refers to any activity that limits or restricts a person(s) against his/her own will and/or restricts his/her freedom of movement.