Standards of Conduct

Core Values and Behavioral Expectations

Henderson State University considers the behavior described in the following sub-sections as inappropriate for Henderson’s community and in opposition to the core values set forth in this document. These expectations and rules apply to all students, regardless of their classification. Henderson State University encourages community members to report to Henderson officials all incidents that involve the following actions. Any student found to have committed or to have attempted to commit the following misconduct is subject to the sanctions outlined in Section 7: Conduct Procedures.

While the following list of possible actions of misconduct may result in judicial sanctions up to and including suspension from Henderson State University, there are three actions that, if a student is found guilty of the charges, will result in suspension from Henderson State University for a minimum of two academic semesters. Academic semesters for judicial purposes are considered fall and spring semesters.

  • Sexual Assault; any student found guilty of any form of sexual assault towards another student or person will be suspended from Henderson State University. Under rare circumstance, the guilty student could be conditionally readmitted to the University, but not before the victim has graduated from Henderson State University.
  • Weapons; Possession, use, or distribution of guns, ammunition, or other devices that would be considered dangerous to the campus community.
  • Drugs; Use, possession or distribution of illegal drugs (including Marijuana) and other controlled substances or drug paraphernalia except as expressly permitted by law and the Henderson State University Drug policy.

These sanctions will take affect regardless of whether the incidents took place on campus or off campus. For information concerning University Jurisdiction see page Section 2: Jurisdiction.

Integrity: Henderson State University cultivates a climate of academic, personal, and professional integrity by holding ourselves and each other to the highest ethical standards in all we say and do. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Falsification. Knowingly furnishing or possessing false, falsified or forged materials, documents, accounts, records, identification or financial instruments;
  2. Unauthorized Access. Unauthorized access to any Henderson building (i.e. keys, cards, etc.) or unauthorized possession, duplication or use of means of access to any Henderson building or failing to timely report a lost Henderson identification card or key;
  3. Collusion. Action or inaction with another or others to violate the Code of Student Conduct;
  4. Trust. Violations of positions of trust within the community;
  5. Election Tampering. Tampering with the election of any Henderson State University recognized student organization (minor election code violations are addressed by the SGA);
  6. Taking of Property. Intentional and unauthorized taking of Henderson State University property or the personal property of another, including goods, services and other valuables;
  7. Stolen Property. Knowingly taking or maintaining possession of stolen property;
  8. Alcohol. Use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages or paraphernalia except as expressly permitted by law and Henderson’s Alcohol Policy (See Community Standards for further information);
  9. Drugs. Use, possession or distribution of illegal drugs and other controlled substances or drug paraphernalia except as expressly permitted by law and the Henderson State University Drug Policy (See Community Standards for further information);
  10. Prescription Medications. Abuse, misuse, sale, or distribution of prescription or over-the-counter medications;
  11. Failure to Comply. Failure to comply with the reasonable directives of Henderson State University officials or law enforcement officers during the performance of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so;
  12. Arrest. Failure of any student to accurately report an off-campus arrest by any law enforcement agency for any crime (including non-custodial or field arrests) to the Dean of Students office within seventy-two (72) hours of release.
  13. Financial Responsibilities. Failure to promptly meet financial responsibilities to the University, including, but not limited to; knowingly passing a worthless check or money order in payment to the University or to an official of the University acting in an official capacity.
  14. Other Policies. Violating other published University policies or rules, including all Residence Hall policies;
  15. Health and Safety. Creation of health and/or safety hazards (dangerous pranks, hanging out of or climbing from/on/in windows, balconies, roofs, etc.)
  16. [Violations of Law. Evidence of violation of local, state or federal laws, when substantiated through the University’s conduct process.]

Collaboration and Community: Henderson State University recognizes that each person is an important part of a larger picture. Working together for a sustainable future, every individual contributes to the whole, whether in our university, our local community, or our world.

  1. Disruptive Behavior. Substantial disruption of Henderson operations including obstruction of teaching, research, administration, other Henderson activities, and/or other authorized non-Henderson activities which occur on campus;
  2. Rioting. Causing, inciting or participating in any disturbance that presents a clear and present danger to self or others, causes physical harm to others, or damage and/or destruction of property;
  3. Unauthorized Entry. Misuse of access privileges to Henderson premises or unauthorized entry to or use of buildings, including trespassing, propping or unauthorized use of alarmed doors for entry into or exit from a Henderson building;
  4. Trademark. Unauthorized use (including misuse) of organizational names and images;
  5. Damage and Destruction. Intentional, reckless and/or unauthorized damage to or destruction of Henderson State University property or the personal property of another;
  6. IT and Acceptable Use. Henderson State University uses the computer system for administrative functions and student training. Any student acquiring or attempting to acquire unauthorized access to the administrative data in any way whatsoever will be subject to disciplinary action. Such action could lead to dismissal from school. Email Policy: Individuals who are granted computing accounts and who use computing resources such as e-mail at the University accept the responsibilities that accompany such access. Each user is expected to use University accounts and resources for educational, research, or administrative purposes. Users shall not (a) initiate or propagate electronic chain letters; (b) engage in spamming or other indiscriminate mass mailings to newsgroups, mailing lists, or individuals, e.g. the use of “faculty”, “everyone” and/or “staff” distributions list shall be solely for related University information or functions; (c) forge communications to make them appear to originate from another person, e.g., spoofing; or (d) engage in resource-intensive activities unrelated to University functions. Misuse of computing resources will be reviewed through established University procedures for student and employee misconduct. Restrictions imposed on usage of computer and network systems may be challenged through the same procedures. Some (but not all) inappropriate uses of the University distribution lists are listed below:
    1. Marketing items that are not related to a University function
    2. Promoting events that are not related to a University function
    3. Requesting donations that are not related to a University function.
  7. Gambling. Gambling as prohibited by the laws of the State of Arkansas. (Gambling may include raffles, lotteries, sports pools and online betting activities.)
  8. Weapons. Possession, use, or distribution of explosives (including fireworks and ammunition), guns (including air, BB, paintball, and pellet guns), or other weapons or dangerous objects such as arrows, axes, machetes, nun chucks, throwing stars, or knives with a blade of longer than three inches, including the storage of any item that falls within the category of a weapon in a vehicle parked on Henderson State University property.
  9. Tobacco. Smoking or tobacco use in any area of campus including e-­‐vapor devices.
  10. Fire Safety. Violation of local, state, federal or campus fire policies including, but not limited to:
    1. Intentionally or recklessly causing a fire which damages Henderson or personal property or which causes injury.
    2. Failure to evacuate a Henderson-controlled building during a fire alarm;
    3. Improper use of Henderson fire safety equipment; or
    4. Tampering with or improperly engaging a fire alarm or fire detection/control equipment while on Henderson property. Such action may result in a local fine in addition to Henderson sanctions;
  11.  Ineligible Pledging or Association. Pledging or associating with a student organization without having met eligibility requirements established by the College/University.
  12. Animals. Animals, with the exception of animals that provide assistance (e.g. seeing-eye dogs), and pets as outlined in the Residence Life Handbook, are not permitted on campus except as permitted by law.
  13. Wheeled Devices. Skateboards, roller blades, roller skates, bicycles and similar wheeled devices are not permitted inside Henderson buildings, residence halls or athletic facilities. Additionally, skateboards and other wheeled items may not be ridden on railings, curbs, benches, or any such fixtures that may be damaged by these activities and individuals may be liable for damage to Henderson State University property caused by these activities. Self-Balancing devices or hover boards are not allowed on campus or at any campus events.

Human Value and Difference: Henderson State University celebrates every human being and, embracing our differences, strive together to prepare students to become responsible citizens in a diverse, global, and knowledge based society. We value an inclusive community where all individuals can explore, discover, and develop their unique abilities and interests. Conduct that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Discrimination. Any act or failure to act that is based upon an individual or group’s actual or perceived status (sex, gender, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy status, religion, sexual orientation, or other protected status) that is sufficiently severe that it limits or denies the ability to participate in or benefit from Henderson’s educational program or activities.
  2. Harassment. Any unwelcome conduct based on actual or perceived status including: [sex, gender, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy status, religion, sexual orientation or other protected status]. Any unwelcome conduct should be reported to campus officials, who will act to remedy and resolve reported incidents on behalf of the victim and community.
    1. Hostile Environment. Sanctions can and will be imposed for the creation of a hostile environment only when [unwelcome] harassment is sufficiently severe, pervasive (or persistent) and objectively offensive that it unreasonably interferes with, limits or denies the ability to participate in or benefit from Henderson’s educational or employment program or activities.This policy attempts to balance the need of the community to create a civil climate while also embracing the First Amendment protection that a taches to most harassing speech that is simply offensive.
  3. Retaliatory Discrimination or Harassment. Any intentional, adverse action taken by an responding individual or allied third party, absent legitimate nondiscriminatory purposes, against a participant [or supporter of a participant] in a civil rights grievance proceeding or other protected activity [under this Code].
  4. Bystanding.
    1. Complicity with or failure of any student to [appropriately] address known or obvious violations of the Code of Student Conduct or law;
    2. Complicity with or failure of any organized group to [appropriately] address known or obvious violations of the Code of Student Conduct or law by its members.
  5. Abuse of Conduct Process. Abuse or interference with, or failure to comply in, Henderson processes including conduct and academic integrity hearings including, but not limited to:
    1. Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information;
    2. Failure to provide, destroying or concealing information during an investigation of an alleged policy violation;
    3. Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in, or use of, the campus conduct system;
    4. Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a member of a campus conduct body prior to, during, and/or following a campus conduct proceeding;
    5. Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed by the campus conduct system;
    6. Influencing, or attempting to influence, another person to commit an abuse of the campus conduct system.
  6. Harm to Persons. Intentionally or recklessly causing physical harm or endangering the health or safety of any person.
  7. Threatening Behaviors:
    1. Threat. Written or verbal conduct that causes a reasonable expectation of injury to the health or safety of any person or damage to any property.
    2. Intimidation. Intimidation defined as implied threats or acts that cause a reasonable fear of harm in another. 
  8. Bullying and Cyberbullying. Bullying and cyberbullying are repeated and/or severe aggressive behaviors that intimidate or intentionally harm or control another person physically or emotionally, and are not protected by freedom of expression.
  9. Hazing. Defined as an act that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or that destroys or removes public or private property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a group or organization. Participation or cooperation by the person(s) being hazed does not excuse the violation. Failing to intervene to prevent (and/or) failing to discourage (and/or) failing to report those acts may also violate this policy.
  10. Intimate Partner/Relationship Violence. Violence or abuse by a person in an intimate relationship with another;
  11. Stalking. Stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that is unwelcome and would cause a reasonable person to feel fear;
  12. Sexual Misconduct. Includes, but is not limited to, sexual harassment, non- consensual sexual contact, non-consensual sexual intercourse, and/or sexual exploitation
  13. Public Exposure. Includes deliberately and publicly exposing one’s intimate body parts, public urination, defecation, and public sex acts.