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IIa. Code of Conduct

With respect to matters covered by this Article II, except for the making of allegations of Sexual Misconduct (as defined in Article II, Section A(9) and Article III, Section N) and the investigation, adjudication and disciplining of such allegations, students enrolled in or otherwise attending programs of Illinois Tech’s Chicago-Kent College of Law, and only such students, are subject to the policies, procedures and provisions of the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Student Handbook, and all such students should refer to the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Student Handbook for policies, procedures and provisions applicable to them. For the avoidance of doubt, any allegations of Sexual Misconduct to be made against any student of Illinois Tech, including students enrolled in or otherwise attending Chicago-Kent College of Law, must be made, investigated adjudicated and disciplined only in accordance with this Code of Conduct and other provisions of this Student Handbook relevant to Sexual Misconduct.

Illinois Tech is a community of scholars that strives to strike a balance between the freedom to pursue intellectual endeavors and a respect for the rights of all community members to enjoy such freedom to the same extent.

A. Code of Conduct

Becoming a member of the Illinois Tech community is a privilege, and by joining in this community, Illinois Tech students assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a civil and responsible manner compatible with Illinois Tech’s function as an educational institution. Remaining a member of the Illinois Tech community requires and is conditioned upon each student continuously complying with the policies governing students’ academic progress, social interactions and personal behavior. By this Code of Conduct, Illinois Tech aims to foster an environment of learning through respect, honesty and integrity for both individuals and organizations alike, and all students are expected to follow and to uphold the policies set forth in this Code of Conduct. Individuals are held responsible for their own actions. Representative officers of any student organization are held responsible for the group action of the organization to the fullest degree they are judged to have control of such action.

violate any of the principles or policies set forth in this Code of Conduct or otherwise published by Illinois Tech or any local, state, or federal laws regardless of the location where the incident occurs. In addition, students are expected to follow the policies and procedures of institutions that they may visit, including, without limitation, during international travel.

Illinois Tech reserves the right to investigate and resolve reports or incidents of alleged misconduct, meaning a violation of any of the principles or policies set forth in this Code of Conduct or otherwise published by Illinois Tech and applicable to students, in all of situations described below.

  • Involving students, a group of students, or a student organization affiliated with Illinois Tech or any of its schools or departments (undergraduate or graduate).
  • Occurring from the time of a students’ application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree (even if the conduct is not discovered until after a degree is awarded), including, but not limited to:
    • During the academic year;
    • Before classes begin or after classes end;
    • During time pursuing credit away from the campus (e.g., study abroad, internships, coops, and the like);
    • During periods between terms of actual enrollment;
    • While on leave from the University; and
    • Occurring either on or off campus or via the Internet or other electronic means

Illinois Tech and residence hall guests are expected to follow all Illinois Tech policies, including without limitation, those in this Code of Conduct. Student hosts are accountable for the conduct of their guests and may be subject to disciplinary action as the responsible party for violations of Illinois Tech policy resulting from the conduct of their guests. This applies to individuals, groups and student organizations.

Students are encouraged to alert Illinois Tech officials of emergencies and of behavior that is inconsistent with this Code of Conduct and published Illinois Tech policies. All emergencies should be reported to the Department of Public Safety at 312-808-6363; all such behavior may be reported to any of the officials listed in Article II Section B(2). All members of the Illinois Tech Community may also file an electronic incident report, which can be filed anonymously. The reporting form is found here on the online Incident Report.

The following actions constitute violations of the Code of Conduct:

1.  Alcohol and Other Drugs
A caring, safe, and well-informed community fosters an environment in which we can all live and learn. To that end, the Illinois Tech community shares responsibility for promoting healthy behavior. In supporting each individual’s health and wellbeing, we assist students, staff and faculty in understanding the risks associated with consuming alcohol and other drugs while seeking to minimize the harm to self and others caused by the misuse and abuse of these substances.  To this end, Illinois Tech has adopted a Policy on Drugs and Alcohols, which is detailed in Article III, Section F of this Student Handbook and is posted online. This Policy is incorporated herein, and any violation of its terms is a violation of this provision. In addition, the following actions are considered a violation of this Policy’s principles and, thus, this Code of Conduct:

a. Misconduct related to alcohol and alcoholic beverages, also include the following:
   i. Use or possession of alcohol or containers that previously contained alcohol, by individuals under the age of 21 (or the age of majority in the jurisdiction);
   ii. Manufacturing alcoholic beverages on Illinois Tech property, premises or facilities, except as specifically authorized by Illinois Tech, regardless of age;
   iii. Providing or distributing alcohol to individuals under the age of 21;
   iv. Severe intoxication resulting in disruptive behaviors or concern for the student’s well-being, regardless of age;
   v. Driving under the influence of alcohol or while intoxicated;
   vi. Possession of open containers of alcohol (i) on Illinois Tech property, in Illinois Tech facilities, or in Illinois Tech vehicles or transportation, except as specifically authorized by Illinois Tech; and (ii) in public buildings, parks, beaches, highways, streets, alleys, sidewalks, parkways, and public parking lots, except to the extent specifically authorized by legal authority;
   vii. Violations of other Illinois Tech alcohol policies or federal, state or local laws pertaining to alcohol; and;
   viii. When a student is on campus or at an event affiliated with Illinois Tech or an Illinois Tech student organization, (i) possession of kegs or other large storage devices, quantity dispensing containers, or common sources of alcohol, except as specifically authorized by Illinois Tech, regardless of age; (ii) drinking practices or games that encourage participants to consume alcohol or promote intoxication and any paraphernalia that supports such activities are prohibited, regardless of age; (iii) use or possession of alcohol, regardless of age, (i) in any dry or alcohol-free spaces on campus including, but not limited to, designated fraternity/sorority houses and areas in the residence halls and academic buildings; or (ii)  in a manner inconsistent with the Residence and Greek Life Policy related to alcohol which can be found online at  web.iit.edu/housing.

b. Misconduct related to drugs (i.e., all illegal drugs and controlled substances listed in the Policy, also include the following:
   i. Possession or use of illegal drugs or controlled substances, except as expressly permitted by all levels of legal authority and provided such use and possession is consistent therewith;
   ii. Sale, manufacturing, or distribution of illegal drugs or controlled substances;
   iii.Sale, possession, use or distribution of drug paraphernalia, which includes, but is not limited to, hookah, bongs, pipes, rolling papers, deseeding trays, roach clip, scales, or any item used to inhale/digest illegal substances or any item used to disguise the use of drugs;
   iv. Driving under the influence of any illegal drug or controlled substance;
   v. Being in the presence of the use of illegal drugs or controlled substances on campus; and
   vi. Violations of other Illinois Tech drug policies or federal, state and local laws pertaining to illegal drugs and controlled substances.

c. Additional Information Regarding Drugs:
Although Illinois’ Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act allows patients to possess and consume limited amounts of marijuana for certain medical conditions, this state law conflicts with federal laws governing marijuana. Illinois Tech is subject to the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments, which mandates that campus communities be free of controlled substances (including marijuana). Therefore, the use, possession, manufacture, cultivation, dissemination, or being under the influence of medical marijuana on Illinois Tech property or at Illinois Tech-related activities is and shall remain prohibited.

2. Destruction of Property
Destroying, damaging, defacing, or vandalizing property of Illinois Tech or of another person or entity.

3. Discrimination and Harassment
Illinois Tech does not permit discrimination by any member of its community against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, marital status, age, disability, citizenship status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other classification protected by law in matters of admissions, employment, housing, services, or in the educational programs or activities it operates.

Harassment, whether verbal, physical, electronic, including, without limitation, texting and social media, or visual, which is based on any of these characteristics is a form of discrimination. This includes harassing conduct affecting tangible job benefits, interfering unreasonably with an individual’s academic or work performance, or creating what a reasonable person would perceive to be an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual violence. (For more information about sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, please see Article III, Sections E, M and N, respectively, the terms of which are hereby incorporated and which set forth Illinois Tech policies on discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.)

Examples of discrimination and harassment may include, but are not limited to:

  • Teasing or practical jokes directed at a person based on the person’s protected status;
  • Jokes or epithets about a person’s protected status or about sex or gender specific traits;
  • Displaying or circulating written materials or pictures that degrade a person or group;
  • Verbal abuse or insults about, directed at, or made in the presence of an individual or group of individuals in a protected group;
  • Suggestive comments, insults, or sexual propositions; and
  • Electronic or written media including any of the above.

4. Endangering Self or Others
Physical abuse of any person; or any action (or threat of action) that endangers, threatens to endanger or is reasonably likely to harm the health, safety, or mental well-being of any such person (including oneself); or the failure to seek emergency assistance for another when it is reasonably clear such assistance is needed and the person who could seek such assistance was interacting or otherwise involved with the activity or circumstances necessitating such assistance. The possession and/or use of firearms or weapons on campus, as all such terms are defined in the Concealed Carry and Prohibition Regarding Firearms and Weapons on Campus Policy (See Article III, Section C hereof) may be considered conduct that may endanger self or others.

5. Failure to Comply
Failure to comply with the reasonable request or instruction of an Illinois Tech official or emergency personnel acting in an official capacity, including, but not limited to, refusing to provide identification, refusing to dispose of or turn over prohibited items, failing to respond, or leaving the scene of an incident. This also includes disorderly or abusive conduct toward Illinois tech officials acting in the performance of their duties. Students/guests/visitors are expected to cooperate with and may not knowingly give false information to an Illinois Tech employee or representative acting within the scope of his or her employment or official capacity.

6. Fire Safety
In order to avoid possibly jeopardizing the safety or security of Illinois Tech, the Illinois Tech community, or any Illinois Tech facilities, building, or premises, the following acts are prohibited:
  a. Damaging or destroying property by fire or explosives;
  b. Maintaining, constructing or operating open fires, including bonfires, fire pits, chimineas and the like;
  c. Creating or maintaining a fire or fire hazard (except as specifically authorized), including burning candles or incense or use of unauthorized (or misuse of authorized) appliances or heating devices, including toasters, microwaves, hot plates, and space heaters;
  d. Tampering with or misuse of emergency or fire safety equipment, including emergency call devices, fire alarms, fire exits, firefighting equipment, smoke/heat detectors, or sprinkler systems;
  e. Failing to exit immediately any facility or building when a fire alarm or other emergency notification has been sounded, or hindering or impairing the orderly evacuation of any Illinois Tech facility, building, or premises;
  f. Smoking in any enclosed Illinois Tech facility, in any designated outdoor areas, or within 25 feet of an entrance, open window, ventilation intake, or similar feature of any enclosed Illinois Tech facility;
  g. Violations of state or local fire and fire-related ordinances or the life safety policies outlined in the Residence and Greek Life handbook listed online at web.iit.edu/housing.

7. Guest and Visitors
Knowingly allowing one’s visitors or guests to violate Illinois Tech policies or failing to monitor the behavior of one’s visitors or guests to assure their adherence to such standards may result in the host student being held responsible for the actions of his or her visitors or guests. Students living in the residence halls and sororities are expected to also know and follow the guest policy outlined in the Residence and Greek Life handbook found online at: web.iit.edu/housing.

8. Hazing
It is the responsibility of all students and student organizations to encourage an atmosphere of learning, social responsibility and respect for human dignity and to provide positive influences and constructive development for members and aspiring members. Students and student organizations are expected to use good judgment to determine the abilities of individual students as they relate to organization activities and requirements. Accordingly, Illinois Tech prohibits acts of hazing. (Illinois law also prohibits hazing. See 720 ILCS §5/12C50. Hazing can be a Class 4 felony, which carries criminal penalties of up to three years’ imprisonment and a $25,000 fine.)

At Illinois Tech, hazing is defined as any action taken or situation created, intentionally or unintentionally, whether on or off Illinois Tech premises and whether presented as optional or required, to produce: mental, physical, or emotional discomfort; servitude; degradation; embarrassment; harassment; or ridicule for the purpose of initiation into, affiliation with, admission to, or as a condition for continued membership in a group, team, or other organization, regardless of an individual’s willingness or consent to participate.  To be clear, Illinois Tech may hold individuals as well as groups of students and student organizations responsible for hazing.

As a practical matter, if a successful and sustainable team or organization is being created and the values and purpose of the organization are being upheld, chances are the organization will not have to worry about whether or not an activity is hazing. Hazing leads to dysfunction within the organization and is ineffective at creating teamwork, respect, and unity, and it is an unproductive and hazardous custom that is forbidden by the University.

Though not intended as an exhaustive list, the following actions and situations constitute hazing, if they are undertaken for or in connection with the above-noted reasons and purposes:

  • Any physical abuse expected of or inflicted upon another, including paddling, tattooing or branding in any form;
  • Any strenuous physical activity expected of or inflicted upon another, including calisthenics;
  • Creation of excessive fatigue, sleep deprivation, or interference with scholastic activities, including late night work sessions, meetings or sleepovers;
  • Physical and psychological shocks, including line-ups, berating, verbal abuse, threats and name calling;
  • Sexual violations or other required, encouraged or expected sexual activity, whether actual or simulated;
  • Prolonged exposure to severe or inclement weather;
  • Periods of silence or social isolation;
  • Kidnapping, road trips, abandonment, scavenger hunts or any other involuntary excursions;
  • Wearing of uniforms or apparel that is conspicuous and not normally in good taste;
  • Engaging in degrading or humiliating games, activities, stunts or buffoonery; including requiring, encouraging or expecting individuals to carry, possess or maintain objects or items;
  • Requiring or compelling the consumption of liquid (including alcohol), food, drinks or other substances;
  • Servitude or placing another in a position of servitude, including requiring, encouraging or expecting a new member to do the tasks of, or to do tasks for, an experienced member, or to address members with honorary or formal titles;
  • Taking, withholding or interfering with an individual’s personal property;
  • Falsely leading an individual or individuals to believe that they will be inducted or initiated by participating in particular activities;
  • Depriving an individual of any privileges of membership or affiliation to which one is entitled;
  • Removing, stealing, taking or damaging public or private property; and
  • Requiring, encouraging or expecting individuals to participate in activities that are illegal or unlawful or are not consistent with the group’s mission or values or the policies of Illinois Tech, including this Code of Conduct.

9. Disruptive and Disorderly Conduct
Disorderly or disruptive conduct that is unbecoming of an Illinois Tech student or disruptive to the educational environment. Examples of the type of conduct intended to be covered hereby include, but are not limited to:

a.  Yelling, cursing, or causing a disturbance;
b.  Participating in an on-campus or off-campus demonstration or activity that disrupts the normal operations of Illinois Tech and/or infringes on the rights and opportunities of the members of the Illinois Tech community;
c.  Intentional obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings or other Illinois Tech activities and other authorized activities on Illinois Tech premises;
d.  Leading or inciting others to disrupt scheduled and/or normal activities in the classroom or in any campus building or areas;
e.  Behavior such as public urination, “streaking”, “mooning”, “flashing”, and indecent exposure in a public area is prohibited;
f.  Unauthorized production of audio, video, or photographic images of a person in a location in which that person has a reasonable expectation of privacy, including, but not limited to: residence hall rooms, locker rooms and restrooms. This includes the use of devices such as digital cameras, cell phones, Google Glass, iPads/tablets, etc. For safety reasons, the university has security cameras installed in public areas; and
g.  Flying of an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) within 10 feet of any Illinois Tech building or any individual(s) who are present on Illinois Tech property.

10. Misrepresentation
Acts of fraud, misrepresentation, or dishonesty, including, but not limited to the following:
  a. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of Illinois Tech documents, records, identification or other materials;
  b. Knowingly furnishing false, forged or inappropriately altered information to Illinois Tech, any Illinois Tech official, or emergency response personnel;
  c. Intentionally misrepresenting to Illinois Tech or any Illinois Tech official, your status at Illinois Tech or utilizing Illinois Tech’s brand, trademarks and the like without permission;
  d. Possession, use, manufacture, or distribution of identification cards or devices that are false or fraudulent or that misrepresent an individual’s identity, age or other personal characteristics, including using another individual’s identification; and
  e. Altering or attempting to alter any electronic record of Illinois Tech via any means of unauthorized access, including, without limitation, “hacking.”

For matters related to academic dishonesty, please refer to the Code of Academic Honesty. 

11. Sexual Misconduct
Violations of Illinois Tech’s policy on Sexual Misconduct (see Article III, Section N and specifically Section N(6) for the definitions of the terms below, which definition are hereby incorporated), which include the following: 
  a. Sexual penetration without consent (e.g., rape);
  b. Sexual contact without consent (e.g. fondling);
  c. Incest;
  d. Statutory rape;
  e. Sexual exploitation;
  f. Stalking; and
  g. Dating and domestic violence.

12. Theft
Theft or unauthorized use of another’s property, including being in possession of stolen property. 

13. Unauthorized Access
Unauthorized access or entry to, presence in or use of Illinois Tech properties, physical and virtual, including the following:

  a. Illinois Tech facilities, property, electronic or digital systems, or services;
  b. Roofs, balconies or fire escapes of any Illinois Tech building or facility for any purpose except in case of an emergency;
  c. Hosting an event in an Illinois Tech-owned or Illinois Tech-operated facility, property or space that exceeds policies governing that space, including capacity or time restrictions; and
  d. Possession, duplication, distribution or use of keys, access codes, access cards or other means of entry or access to any Illinois Tech property, premises or location.

14. Violation of Published Regulations
Violation of published Illinois Tech regulations, including, without limitation, the Use of Technology Resources, Use of University Provided Mobile Internet, Concealed Carry and Prohibition Regarding Firearms and Weapons on Campus, No Smoking Policy and policies and regulations relating to entry and use of Illinois Tech facilities. (See, for example, Residence Life Handbook, Illinois Tech Bulletins, Illinois Tech Policies & Procedures Manual, and such similar policies and manuals of general applicability.)  All of the foregoing policies and regulations are hereby incorporated into this Code of Conduct. It is the expressed obligation of all students to familiarize themselves with these policies and regulations. To this end, all are available on the Illinois Tech website.

15. Violation of Law
Violations of federal, state or municipal laws on or off campus.