Code A Offenses

A student or student organization found to have violated any of the following offenses will be subject to the full range of sanctions (reprimand, disciplinary probation, suspension or expulsion). Being under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol does not diminish or excuse a violation of the student code of conduct.

1.  Academic Misconduct - Dishonesty or deception in fulfilling academic requirements.  If includes, but is not limited to: cheating, plagiarism, un-permitted collaboration, forged attendance (when attendance is required), fabrication (e.g., use of invented information or falsification of research or other findings), using advantages not approved by the instructor (e.g., unauthorized review of a copy of an exam ahead of time), knowingly permitting another student to plagiarize or cheat from one's work, or submitting the same assignment in different courses without consent of the instructor.  Note: An instructor may impose a grade penalty for academic misconduct and/or file a disciplinary referral.     

2.  Dishonesty - Conduct covered by this offense includes but is not limited to:
a.  furnishing false information to the university by forgery, altercation or misuse of documents or records;
b.  furnishing to the university a written or oral false statement;
c.  furnishing false identification to a university or civic official.


3.  Mental or Bodily Harm to Self - Conduct that causes harm or has the potential to harm one's self.  Conduct covered by this offense includes but is not limited to:
a.  intentionally inflicting mental or bodily harm upon one's self;
b.  taking reckless, but not accidental, action from which mental or bodily harm could result to one's self (e.g., abuse or alcohol or other drugs).   
4.  Bodily Harm to Others - Conduct that causes bodily harm or has the potential to physically harm another.  Conduct covered by this offense includes but is not limited to:
a.  intentionally inflicting bodily harm upon any person;
b.  attempting to inflict bodily harm upon another person;
c.  taking any reckless, but not accidental, action from which bodily harm could result to another person;
d.  causing any person to believe that the offender may cause bodily harm or engage in violence;
f.  any act of discrimination or harassment that violates Ohio University Policy 40.001;
g.  coercing another to engage in an act of membership in a student organization that causes or creates a substantial risk of mental or physical harm to any person (e.g., hazing).  
5.  Discrimination - Civilly, criminally or administratively prohibited unequal treatment or a person on the base of race, age, gender, creed, religion, national origin, ability, veteran status or sexual orientation.
6.  Disruption/Obstruction - Obstructing or interfering with university functions or any university activity.  
7.  Civil Disturbance - Conduct which involves disturbing the peace in conjunction with a civil disturbance.  Disturbing the peace under such circumstances can be defined as, but is not limited to:
a.  disorderly conduct;
b.  failure to comply with the directives of law enforcement or university officials;
c.  failure to comply with an order of dispersal and other such conduct which can reasonable be construed to involve disturbing the peace and good order of the community during such an occurrence.  
8.  False Report of Emergency - Causing, making or circulating a false report or warning or fire, explosion, crime or other catastrophe.  
9.  Destruction of Property - Intentionally or recklessly, but not accidentally, damaging, destroying, defacing or tampering with university property or the property or any person or business.  
10.  Theft or Possession or Stolen Property or Service - Conduct covered by the offense includes but is not limited to:
a.  taking without consent the property or service of the university, another person, business or organization;
b.  possessing property that can reasonably be determined to have been stolen from the university, another person, business or organization.  
11.  Trespassing - Forcible or unauthorized entry into any university, public or private facility, room or grounds.
12.  Possession of Dangerous Weapons or Materials - Unauthorized possession or a dangerous weapon or material, including, but not limited to firearms, compressed-air guns, pellet guns, BB guns, illegal knives, explosive devices, incendiary devices, fireworks, ammunition or any other dangerous ordnance as defined by Ohio law.  
13.  Manufacture, Distribution, Sale, Offer for Sale, Possession or Misuse of Drugs or Narcotics - Conduct covered by this offense includes but is not limited to:
a.  manufacture, distribution, sale, offer for sale, possession, or use of any illegal drug or narcotic, including but not limited to barbiturates, hallucinogens, amphetamines, cocaine, opium, heroin or marijuana except as defined by offense B-6;
b.  misuse or abuse of legal drugs or narcotics;
c.  possession of a device (drug paraphernalia) that has been used to ingest an illegal drug or narcotic, other than marijuana as defined in offense B-6.  
14.  Violation of Criminal Law - Alleged violation of any federal, state or local criminal law where the conduct of a student or student organization interferes with the university's exercise of its educational objectives or responsibilities.
15.  Misuse or Abuse or Computers or Computer Networks - Misuse, alteration, tampering with or abuse of any computer, computer system, service, program, data, network, cable television network or communication network including telephone or computer lines and wireless networks.  (See Ohio University Policy and Procedures 91.003: Computer and Network Use Policy.)
16.  Misuse of Safety Equipment - Unauthorized use or altercation or firefighting equipment, safety devices or other emergency safety equipment.  
17.  Aiding or Abetting - Helping, procuring or encouraging another person to engage in the violation of a Code A offense.  
18.  Violation of Disciplinary Probation - Violation of the student code of conduct while on disciplinary probation or violation of the terms of one's probation.