Yeshiva University strives to maintain a community which supports intellectual growth, learning from others, mutual respect and freedom of thought and expression. Yeshiva University undergraduate students are encouraged to take advantage of the academic and non-academic opportunities available to them, to deepen their intellectual insights through formal instruction, and to expand their educational experience through and beyond their academic programs.
Respect for one another is essential to preserving the spirit of community at Yeshiva University. Membership in the Yeshiva University community entails certain rights and responsibilities. All members of this community are accorded these rights, and are equally accountable to uphold their responsibilities. It is therefore important to maintain a clear statement of basic rights, obligations and responsibilities concerning both academic and personal conduct.
Yeshiva University undergraduate students have the following rights:
Responsibilities of Undergraduate Students
The exercise and preservation of these rights requires respect for the rights of all others in the community. Undergraduate students enrolled in Yeshiva University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner that is civil and in accordance with the University’s function as an educational institution and performance of its mission. Students are therefore expected to exhibit responsible behavior regardless of time, place, and medium.
Yeshiva University is a community that has always prided itself on the high standards of behavior and scholarship to which all members are held. To fulfill its function and mission, the University retains the power to maintain order within the University and discipline those who are disruptive of the educational process or fail to abide by the University’s rules and regulations.
Responsible behavior includes, but is not limited to, the following obligations:
Failure to live up to these student responsibilities may result in the imposition of University Disciplinary Action. (See Undergraduate Disciplinary Procedures)
Yeshiva University undergraduate students are expected and required to abide by the policies, rules and regulations established by the University including, but not limited to, what is stated in the University’s publications and websites and in the Undergraduate Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. Students are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the highest ethical and moral standards. Prohibited behavior includes acts that are dishonest, immoral or unlawful; acts that cause damage to property or harm to oneself or to others: or acts that bring discredit or shame upon the institution.
Students who violate any of these policies, rules, regulations and other requirements are subject to disciplinary action, whether the conduct occurs in any University facility, or in connection with any University - sponsored activity. In addition, students whose off campus conduct violates any of these policies, rules, regulations or other requirements may also be subject to University discipline. The University will impose appropriate sanctions which may include, but are not limited to, letters of admonition, probation, loss of privileges, and/or suspension or expulsion from University housing or from the University in general.
First Step: Informed of Allegations
A student accused of violating University policies, rules, regulations or other requirements will be notified by a University official of the specific charges against him/her within a reasonable amount of time.
The student will be asked to appear for an interview with the University- designated Hearing Office. At the interview, the student may present written material and will have the opportunity to speak on his/her own behalf. The rules of civil or criminal procedure, including the rules of evidence, will not apply. Therefore, the student will not have the right to have an attorney, parent, or other advocate present at any meeting.
Between the second & third steps:
After considering all the facts and circumstances, and consulting with the University Disciplinary Committee, it will be determined if the charges against the student have been sustained.
The determination of the University Disciplinary Committee and any sanctions to be imposed on the student are presented to the student.
The student will be notified of the determination of the University Disciplinary Committee and, within 10 days of the notification, may appeal the decision, in writing, to the Provost of Undergraduate Education or his/her designee (the “Provost”). The Provost may uphold, modify or overrule the decision of the University Disciplinary Committee and any of the resulting sanctions. The decision of the Provost is final.
Notwithstanding the Procedures set forth above, if the University reasonably believes that the continued presence of any student on campus poses a safety concern to him/herself or to others or to the reputation or operation of the University, the University may immediately suspend the student from campus, pending completion of the Procedures.
In addition, harassment complaints involving students are subject to the procedures set forth in the Harassment Policy & Complaint Procedures for Students. In the event of any conflict between the Procedures set forth above and such Policy, the provisions of such Policy shall prevail.
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