Introduction

Introduction

Sec. 1: Definition of Terms

Sec. 2: Code Authority

2.1 The Student Conduct Administrator
2.2 The Employee Conduct Administrator

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering Code of Conduct Introduction

The NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering community comprises a diverse population of persons in pursuit of honest inquiry and academic excellence. The educational and human interchanges that ensue are grounded in academic freedom and mutual respect. Members of the academic community are encouraged to develop the capacity for critical judgment and sustained personal independence and are required to engage in responsible social conduct that reflects credit upon the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering community and to model good citizenship in any community.

Freedom to teach and freedom to learn are crucial aspects of the academic process. Freedom to learn depends upon appropriate opportunities and conditions in the classroom, on campus, and in the greater academic community. The Institute has developed procedures and policies to safeguard this freedom and to maintain an environment conducive to the learning process.

The purpose of publishing disciplinary regulations is to give notice of prohibited behavior. Any behavior that threatens the academic environment, threatens the learning process and the Institute community. Therefore, the Institute exercises its right to discipline and commits its policies and procedures, in the form of the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering Code of Conduct, to the protection and promotion of the academic enterprise. Students who have been found responsible for violating this Code, or who otherwise pose a substantial danger to the Institute community, may be suspended or expelled. Although, this Code is not written with the specificity of a criminal statute, it is binding upon the Institute community.

Students may be accountable to both civil authorities and to the Institute for acts that constitute violations of law and of this Code. Disciplinary action at the Institute will not be subject to challenge on the ground that criminal charges involving the same incident have been dismissed or reduced. Students are asked to assume positions of responsibility in the Institute judicial system in order that they might contribute insights and develop skills in the resolution of disciplinary cases.
NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering believes that the procedures, policies, and safeguards described herein are indispensable to maintaining an academic environment appropriate to teaching, learning, and development.

1. Definition of Terms

1.1. Institution and Institute mean NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering and all its undergraduate and graduate schools, divisions, and programs (whether on-campus or off-campus).

1.2 Institute-sponsored activity means any activity on or off Institute premises that is initiated, aided, authorized, or supervised by the Institute or recognized student organizations.

1.3 Complainant means a person who makes a complaint or reports a violation of the Institute Code of Conduct or other Institute regulations and policies.

1.4 Distribution means any form of sale, exchange, or transfer.

1.5 Group means a number of persons who are associated with each other, but who have not complied with Institute requirements for recognition as an organization.

1.6 Organization means a number of persons who have complied with Institute requirements for recognition.

1.7 Intentional means deliberate.

1.8 Reckless means careless or heedless of the potentially harmful consequences of one’s behavior, where risk of harm to persons, property or normal Institute operations can be reasonably foreseen.

1.9 Respondent means a person who has been accused of violating the Institute Code of Conduct.

1.10 Student means any currently enrolled person (or person enrolled at the time of an alleged violation) for whom the institution maintains educational records, as defined by the Institute and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) and related regulations.

1.11 Weapon means any object or substance designed to inflict wound, cause injury, or incapacitate, including, but not limited to, all firearms, explosives, pellet guns, slingshots, martial arts devices, brass knuckles, switchblades, bowie knives, daggers, or similar knives, and chemicals such as mace or tear gas. A harmless instrument designed to look like a firearm, explosive, or weapon, which used to assault or threaten another person, is expressly included within the meaning of weapon.

1.12 Institute Official is a person employed by the Institute in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the Institute has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.

2. Code Authority

2.1 The Student Conduct Administrator

The Dean of Student Affairs or designee is the student conduct administrator who directs the efforts of students and staff members in matters involving student discipline. The responsibilities of the Dean of Student Affairs include:

a. Determining the disciplinary charges to be filed pursuant to this Code.
b. Interviewing, advising, and assisting parties involved in disciplinary proceedings and arranging for a balanced presentation before disciplinary conferences or the Student Affairs Committee of the Faculty.
c. Maintaining all student disciplinary records.
d. Developing procedures for conflict resolution.
e. Resolving cases of student misconduct, as specified in this Code.

2.2 The Employee Conduct Administrator

The Director of Human Resources is the employee conduct administrator who directs the efforts of faculty and staff members in matters involving employee discipline. The responsibilities of the Director of Human Resources include:

a. Determining the disciplinary charges to be filed pursuant to this Code and/or other Institute employee policies.
b. Interviewing, advising, and assisting parties involved in disciplinary proceedings and arranging for a balanced presentation before disciplinary conferences or hearing officers.
c. Maintaining all employee disciplinary records.
d. Developing procedures for conflict resolution.
e. Resolving cases of employee misconduct, as specified by Institute policies governing employees.