University Discipline System

Effective Date Aug 1, 2009

When students enter Florida Tech, it is assumed that they have a serious purpose and a sincere interest in their own social and intellectual development. It is also assumed that they are familiar with the regulations, procedures and policies set for the students at the university and that they have them as a way of life during their stay at the university. Students are expected to learn to cope with problems with intelligence, reasonableness and consideration for the rights of others; to obey laws and ordinances of the nation, state and community in which they, as well as the university, are a part; and to conduct themselves peaceably in espousing changes. As they prize rights and freedoms for themselves, they are expected to respect the rights and freedoms of others.

Students are subject to all federal, state and local laws (as well as Florida Tech rules and regulations) and are accountable to the state and federal courts for any violations of such laws. A student is not entitled to greater immunities or privilege before the law than those enjoyed generally by other citizens. Students are subject to such reasonable disciplinary action as deemed appropriate, including suspension and expulsion, for violations of university policy and/or breach of federal, state or local laws. As a general rule, university disciplinary charges will not be brought against students for off-campus violations of state or federal law unless the matter constitutes a substantial disruption of/or material interference with the legitimate purpose and interests of the university. However, the Office of the Dean of Students shall have the authority to hear and decide any individual or group violations of the University Code of Conduct, regardless of where those violations occur and reserves the right to enforce this code whether or not civil authorities have acted. The university may consider, but is not bound by, any civil or criminal action taken in regard to the same violation by city, state or federal courts.

Disciplinary Issues for Student Groups

Groups and/or student organizations sanctioned or recognized by the university are subject to the same regulations and procedures as individual students. Violation of the University Code of Conduct by these groups falls under the jurisdiction of the student disciplinary system. Any group charged with violating the University Code of Conduct should have the right to be represented by their president (or highest-ranking elected officer) at any university disciplinary conference.

Group misconduct need not be officially approved by the entire membership to be considered grounds for possible disciplinary action against the group. There is no minimum number of group members who must be involved in an incident before disciplinary action may be taken against the entire group. An appropriate test to determine whether a group may be held accountable for the conduct of individuals is to ask whether it is likely that the individuals would have been involved in the incident if they were not members of the group or if, by group action, the incident was encouraged, fostered or might have been prevented. In cases where a group or organization faces disciplinary action, each person participating in a violation may also be charged on an individual basis.

Student organizations found in violation of university policy are subject to a maximum sanction of termination of recognition by the university or any appropriate lesser sanction. Lesser sanctions include, but are not limited to, probation, restriction or suspension of the privilege to sponsor programs or events, loss of university funding, removal of officers, restitution for damages, loss of facilities use, fines or a written disciplinary warning. Sanctions that suspend or limit the privileges of a group or organization shall have a set time of duration, after which full privileges may be restored following a meeting with the Dean of Students or designee. Student organizations have the right to appeal any disciplinary sanctions as outlined in the University Code of Conduct.

Not withstanding the above, organizations may be subject to disciplinary action by the local or their international governing bodies.