4.2 Conduct Authority
The Board of Trustees of Indiana State University is empowered by the Indiana General Assembly to manage, control, and operate the institution and to promulgate rules and regulations to carry out its responsibilities. Indiana statutes provide that the Board of Trustees may delegate this authority to its officers, faculty, employees, and others. The statutory authority conferred upon the Board of Trustees includes the specific authority under Indiana Code 21-39-2 to regulate the conduct of students and others as follows:
a. To govern, by regulation and other means, the conduct of students, faculty, employees, and others while upon the property owned, used, or occupied by the institution.
b. To govern, by lawful means, the conduct of its students, faculty, and employees, wherever the conduct might occur to prevent unlawful or objectionable acts that: (1) seriously threaten the ability of the institution to maintain its facilities; or (2) violate the reasonable rules and standards of the institution designed to protect the academic community from unlawful conduct or conduct presenting a serious threat to person or property of the academic community.
c. To dismiss, suspend, or otherwise punish any student, faculty member, or employee of the institution who violates the institution’s rules or standards of conduct, after determination of guilt by lawful proceedings.
The Board of Trustees has delegated its authority to regulate the conduct of students to the President and to the Vice President for Student Affairs, who in turn have further delegated to other personnel the authority to the Office of Student Conduct and Integrity (SCI). Whenever an action is permitted or required to be taken under this Code by a university official or other employee, the action may be taken by that person's designee.The Director of SCI is charged with the development and administration of the Indiana State University CRP. The Director of SCI or designee is responsible for the training of University Conduct Officers (UCO). The following individuals have been granted authority as University Conduct Officers over the execution of conduct proceedings:
Office of Student Conduct and Integrity Staff;
Department of Residential Life Staff;
Additional staff members in the University community as deemed appropriate and as trained by the Director of SCI or designee;, and
University Conduct Board
The aforementioned individuals may conduct administrative conferences with students who may have violated any University policy, including those found in the Code of Student Conduct, ISU Residence Hall Handbook and ISU student organization policies.
This Code and all university policies apply to students and student organizations for conduct that occurs either on or off campus [see section 2.1(b) above], especially when such conduct affects the interests of the university. The university may take disciplinary action in cases concerning a student's actions or offenses occurring within or affecting people on property within the physical boundaries of Indiana State University, on or affecting university- owned or controlled property, or when the student is in attendance at a university- sponsored event, or when the interests of the university as a community are clearly involved. The interests of the university off-campus include the following:
a. Conduct that causes or threatens harm to the health or safety to the person or damage or destruction to the property of a member of the university community;
b. Conduct in connection with an academic course assignment, internship, practicum, field trip, student teaching, research or other university activity;
c. Conduct in connection with any activity sponsored, conducted, or authorized by the university or by a student organization;
d. Conduct involving serious crimes including but not limited to all crimes of violence, felonies, and the sale or distribution of illegal drugs or controlled substances, or if a police report has been filed, if a summons or indictment has been issued, if an arrest has occurred, or an agreement entered into with the court;
e. Conduct adversely affecting the university community or indicating that the continued presence of a student on campus poses a threat to the student's well-being or the well-being of other members of the university community; or
f. Students charged with or convicted of a violation of federal, state, or local law may be subject to university sanctions for the same conduct, in accord with established policies and procedures, when the conduct is in violation of a university rule which is important to the continuing protection of other members of the university or to the safeguarding of the educational process. At the discretion of university officials, conduct action under this Code may proceed in advance of or during criminal proceedings. Determinations made or sanctions imposed under this Code shall not be subject to change because criminal charges arising out of the same set of facts giving rise to university rules were dismissed, reduced, or resolved in favor of or against the criminal law defendant.