Student Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures

Humboldt State University is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy living and learning environment for students, faculty, and staff. Each member of the campus community should choose behaviors that contribute toward this end. Students are expected to be good citizens and to engage in responsible behaviors that reflect well upon their university, to be civil to one another and to others in the campus community, and to contribute positively to student and university life.  

Overview

Recognized student clubs and organizations at Humboldt State University must comply with all applicable University policies and/or regulations and local, state and federal laws.  Student clubs and organizations may be subject to sanctions for the conduct of its members as set forth herein. 

If a student club or organization engages in “misconduct”, the group may be subject to sanctions issued by the University.  Misconduct includes violation of a University policy, rule or regulation or local, state or federal law and/or if a club abets any such violation or attempted violation by its individual member(s). Abetting is defined, but not limited to, student clubs and organizations sponsorship, sanctioning, participating in or condoning of the misconduct.

Jurisdiction for misconduct includes any violations on University property or off-campus if the conduct occurs at a university-related activity or if the conduct poses a threat to the safety of the campus community. 

Examples of the kinds of violations that may result in sanctions against a student club or organization include but are not limited to:

  1. Any violation of the California State University “Standards for Student Conduct”, University rules and regulations, or University policies available online at http://studentrights.humboldt.edu/

  2. Any violation of the Standards, Expectations, and Policies outlined in this document. Please see https://clubs.humboldt.edu/handbook

  3. Hazing, or conspiracy to haze. Hazing is defined as any method of initiation or pre-initiation into a student organization or student body, whether or not the organization or body is officially recognized by an educational institution, which is likely to cause serious bodily injury to any former, current, or prospective student of any school, community college, college, university or other educational institution in this state (Penal Code 245.6), and in addition, any act likely to cause physical harm, personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm, to any former, current, or prospective student of any school, community college, college, university or other educational institution. The term “hazing” does not include customary athletic events or school sanctioned events.   Neither the express or implied consent of a victim of hazing, nor the lack of active participation in a particular hazing incident is a defense. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing is not a neutral act, and is also a violation of this section. (Title 5, California Education Code, Sub chapter 4, Article 1, Section 41301(b)(8)).

  4. Violation of the Humboldt State University policy prohibiting discrimination, harassment, and retaliation and including sexual harassment, sexual violence (including assault and rape) domestic/intimate partner violence, dating violence, and stalking.  The University policy prohibiting such discrimination is Executive Order 1096 and 1097 which can be found at:    https://www.calstate.edu/eo/EO-1096-rev-3-29-19.pdf and   https://www.calstate.edu/eo/EO-1097-rev-3-29-19.pdf

  5. Failure to abide by the open membership policy and discriminating on the basis of race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, color, age, gender, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or disability will result in the withdrawal of the organization’s charter. The California State University policy prohibiting such discrimination is Executive Order 1068 which can be found at https://www.calstate.edu/eo/EO-1068.html 

  6. Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information related to a student club and organization discipline matter.

  7. Disruption or interference with the orderly process of a student discipline proceeding.

  8. Disruption or interference with the investigation process of a student club or organization conduct matters. 

  9. Attempting to discourage another from participating in the student club and organization investigation process.

  10. Attempting to influence the impartiality of any participant in a student club and organization conduct matter.

  11. Verbal or physical harassment or intimidation of any participant in a student club and organization conduct matter.

  12. Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the student club and organization conduct process may result in further action.  

  13. Encouraging, permitting, or assisting another person and/or organization to do any act that could subject them or a student club or organization to discipline.

Procedure for Filing and Resolution of Complaints Against Student Club(s) or Organization(s)

Complaints regarding alleged violations of campus policies, rules, regulations and/or local, state and federal laws by a recognized student club(s) or organization should be directed to the Director of Student Life located in University Center 2nd Floor Clubs and Activities Office Room 240A.    Complaints should be submitted in writing, but can be made in person as well, as soon as possible after the alleged misconduct has occurred and/or has become known to the complainant and should include a specific, detailed description of the grounds for the complaint including names, dates, places, times and other information necessary for complete understanding. The Director of Student Life has the authority to determine that an investigation should be initiated even in the absence of a formal complaint.  Complaints are investigated by the Director of Student Life generally through interviews with all parties involved. Information is kept confidential and students are made aware of their rights and responsibilities. All shared information will be kept in an electronic drive as well as any assigned sanctions. Student club leaders will be sent a letter outlining complaints, charges, and resolutions. 

ANY COMPLAINTS ALLEGING VIOLATIONS OF DISCRIMINATION SHALL BE IMMEDIATELY REFERRED TO THE TITLE IX AND DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT, AND RETALIATION  COORDINATOR. COMPLAINTS ALLEGING HAZING SHALL BE IMMEDIATELY REFERRED TO THE DEAN OF STUDENTS OFFICE.

If the Director of Student Life determines that an investigation is warranted, the Director of Student Life will commence the investigation no later than 10 business days after receipt of a complaint.  Investigation at this point involves the gathering of information through interviews with involved members of the club. If a student club or organization has been found responsible for  violation of a student organization code of conduct, the student code of conduct, University policy, rule, or regulation, or local, state or federal law, the Director of Student Life shall determine the appropriate sanction.  

If a student club or organization wishes to appeal a finding or sanction, they may appeal to the Dean of Students Office.  Appeals shall be submitted in writing to the Dean of Students within 10 business days after receiving a copy of the findings and sanction determined by the Director of Student Life. It is important that the protocol is followed regarding the receipt of a complaint. The Dean of Students will decide whether or not to grant an appeal meeting. Reasons that appeals could be granted are 1) the outcome was determined without sufficient information/insight, 2) the Director of Student Life did not provide due process, defined as not following the process outlined in this document, notice was given, opportunity to present information at the meeting, 3) sanction assigned was inappropriate in relation to the student organizations record and/or nature of the violation, 4) new information/insight becomes available that would have likely made a substantive difference in the outcome. 

Recognized Student Clubs and Organizations Sanctions

Sanctions for violations of student organizations code of conduct, University policy, rule, regulation, or local, state and federal law may include, but are not limited to: reprimands, restitution, apologies, probation, suspension in abeyance, participation in educational workshops, educational presentations to other organizations or groups, community service, monetary fines, constructive requirements appropriate for the offense, suspension of specific privileges (e.g., restriction of posting or tabling privileges on campus, etc.), and suspension or revocation* of official recognition. Claiming that a function or event is “not sponsored by the club” or not putting the club name on advertisements does not remove the club from responsibility.

The decision to impose sanctions, if any, on a student club or organization will be made on a case by case basis. 

Suspension of any student club or organization will result in the club or organization:

  1. Losing all access to University facilities, equipment, programs and other privileges for a defined period of time.

  2. Loss of all privileges to participate in University events or events utilizing University resources for a defined period of time.

  3. Loss of privilege to use the University’s name.

*Revocation of Recognition means the University retracts its recognition of the organization resulting in the loss of all University rights and privileges on a permanent basis.

In addition to sanctions that may be imposed on a student club or organization, individual students may also be disciplined for their part in such misconduct. Individual student behavior that is not consistent with the Code of Conduct is addressed through an educational process that is designed to promote safety and good citizenship and, when necessary, impose appropriate consequences. Individual students may be referred to the University Student Conduct Administrator and disciplined for violations of the Code of Conduct in addition to any sanctions imposed on a student club or organization for university policy violations.