2.0.  Introduction

Any of the following acts in this section or subsequent sections can constitute a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and of the standards designed to assist individuals at the College toward the full enjoyment of their opportunities. The behaviors listed here are intended to be illustrative rather than exhaustive. Cross references direct the reader to subsequent code sections that may contain additional standards and clarifications. Students are expected to adhere to all policies, rules, and procedures posted by College departments and offices that may not also be included in this code. A student who violates a local, state, or federal law, domestically or internationally, may also face adjudication in one of the College processes listed in Chapter II, Conflict Resolution Processes. The College will not tolerate acts of retaliation against an individual who initiates a report or complaint to the College or who participates in any College adjudication process. Given the potential impact on individuals or community, potentially responsible parties will likely be subject to Interim and Emergency Measures (see Section 12.8, Interim and Emergency Measures). 

2.1.  Verbal or Physical Abuse

Abusive, disruptive, or harassing behavior, verbal or physical, which endangers another’s mental or physical health or prevents their access to College-sponsored or endorsed opportunities, including but not limited to threats, intimidation, acts of violence, assault, coercion or relationship violence including behaviors described in Section 3, College Sexual Misconduct Policy.

2.2.  Bias-Based Interference with Educational or Employment Opportunities

Conduct that is directed at an individual or group of individuals because of their actual or perceived identity regarding their race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity), age, disability, genetic information, military service or any other characteristic or class protected under applicable federal, state or local law that causes an interference with the affected person or group's educational or employment opportunities (see Section 1.2, Statement on Respect for Persons and Section). 

2.3.  Disruption of College Function

Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, student adjudication proceedings, or other College activities or disruption or interference with the exercise by members of the College community of their rights under Section 1.3, Statement of Freedom of Expression and Dissent

2.4.  Intellectual Responsibility

Violations of intellectual responsibility, such as academic dishonesty, cheating, plagiarism, or any misrepresentation of classroom, laboratory, or other course-related work (see Section 12.7, Alleged Violations of Intellectual Responsibility).

2.5.  Reasonable Request Compliance

Failure to comply with a reasonable request by an official or agent of the College.

2.6.  False Testimony

All participants in College adjudications are required to be truthful.

2.7.  Refusal to Testify in the Community Standards Adjudication Process

2.7.1.  Adjudications will proceed even without the participation of the Complainant or Respondent, provided sufficient notice of hearing has been issued and the absence is not due to an emergency or other valid reason.

2.7.2.  Complainants and Respondents who agree to participate in a hearing may decline to answer questions with the understanding that they will be adjudicated based on available information (see Section 12.11.8, Preparation for a Hearing). 

2.7.3.  Witnesses in a Community Standards Adjudication Process who are also Amherst College students are required to participate when called to testify and required to respond to the questions asked of them by parties or the respective adjudication panel. Witness participation is further described in Section 12.11.9.

2.8.  Abuse of College Equipment and Facilities

2.8.1.  Abuse or destruction of buildings, equipment or property belonging to the College. 

2.8.2.  Disregard for the rules governing the use of or access to College facilities and services for which specific restrictions have been established and made public.

2.9.  Use of Computers and Networks

Theft or other abuse of College computing facilities and networks, including, but not limited to:

2.9.1.  Unauthorized entry into a file, to use, read, or change the contents, or for any other purpose.

2.9.2.  Unauthorized transfer of a file. 

2.9.3.  Use of another individual’s identification and password, regardless of whether permission was granted by the holder of the account.

2.9.4.  Use of computer facilities or networks to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member, or College official.

2.9.5.  Use of computing facilities or networks to send obscene or abusive messages.

2.9.6.  Use of networks or computing facilities to interfere with normal operation of the College computing system.

2.10.  Vandalism

Causing physical damage to the buildings, furnishings, or other property of another person or of the College (see also Section 7, Residential and Community Life and Section 9, Fire and Life Safety).

2.11.  Theft

Theft or attempted theft of personal or College property, including intellectual property. Theft includes a student who accesses or attempts to access privileges or services to which the student is not entitled. 

2.12.  Weapons, Explosives, Ammunition

Possession, use, or distribution of firearms, ammunitions or explosives or of other weapons (see Section 9.20 and 9.21, Fire and Life Safety).

2.13.  Drug/Alcohol Use, Possession, and Distribution (see Section 4, Alcohol and other Drugs)

2.13.1.  The possession, use, distribution, or sale of illegal drugs.

2.13.2.  The unauthorized possession or distribution of alcohol or legal drugs. 

2.14.  Fraud

2.14.1.  Altering, forging, or contributing to fraudulent use of College transcripts, identification (IDs) or other official, non-College records.

2.14.2.  Altering or forging the signature of any College official on a College document.

2.14.3.  Use of another person’s College identification card, regardless of whether permission was granted. This subsection does not preclude students from assisting another student from obtaining sick meals (see https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/housing-dining/dining/about-ac-dining/faq)

2.15.  Self-Identification

Knowingly giving false information, refusing to identify oneself, or refusing to present College identification to Amherst College Police or to other authorized College personnel.

2.16.  Motor Vehicle Use

2.16.1.  Inappropriate operation of a motor vehicle on campus, including while intoxicated (see Section 10, Traffic and Parking).

2.16.2.  Inappropriate use or operation of College-owned vehicles, whether on or off campus.

2.17.  Fire and Life Safety

Fire and life safety policy violations (see Section 9, Fire and Life Safety).

2.18.  Hazing

Violation of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts law or Amherst College policy prohibiting the practice of hazing (see Section 5, Hazing).

2.19.  Fraternity Policy

Violation of fraternity policies (see Section 6, Fraternities). 

2.20.  Residential and Community Life

Violation of any regulations governing the use of College housing, as specified in Section 7, Residential and Community Life and Section 9, Fire and Life Safety. 

2.21.  Trespass

Knowingly accessing or attempting to access College buildings, portions of buildings, construction sites, restricted-access equipment or vehicles, or other restricted locales or structures where the restrictions are locally posted or have been made public (see Sections 9.34, Confined Spaces and Tunnels, 9.39, Roof and Porch Access).

2.22.  Surreptitious or Unauthorized Observable Recording of Others

2.22.1.  Audio and/or video recording of classes without advance approval from the instructor or as part of an approved disability accommodation.

2.22.2.  Any other audio and/or video recording of any individual without that individual’s knowledge or permission (see MA General Law Part 4, Title I, Chapter 272, Section 99).