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An Administrative Summons may be issued by the administrative officers of the University and is to be honored by students duly enrolled. Failure to answer the summons could result in immediate temporary suspension from the University until the issue is resolved.
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Northeastern State University's Student Conduct Code is designed to set forth standards necessary to provide a learning environment conducive to the preparation of students for success in an increasingly challenging, diverse and global society. The University is, first and foremost, a community where the academic standards are strictly upheld and where the rights, responsibilities, safety and dignity of every individual are respected and paramount to the achievement of academic excellence. The Student Conduct Code serves not just as a disciplinary system, but also as a part of the educational process. The purpose of the Student Conduct Code is to teach students to live and act responsibly in a community setting and to encourage the development of good decision-making and personal integrity. University community members are expected to respect the rights of fellow community members, property, common resources, Student Conduct Code and laws associated with the broader community (e.g., city, state, nation and world). This Student Conduct Code does apply but is not limited to all locations of the University (e.g., a foreign country or another state).
All other terms have their natural meanings unless the context dictates otherwise.
The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) of 1989 - also known as the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act - requires institutions of higher education to establish policies that address unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol and illicit drugs. The DFSCA also requires the establishment of a drug and alcohol prevention program.
All members of the NSU Community are encouraged to review the information on the following pages. This information is distributed on an annual basis
Use of illegal drugs, and the illegal use of alcoholic beverages, is identified as "conduct which adversely affects the university community." University regulations prohibit any unlawful possession, use, distribution, or sale of alcohol and other drugs by University students, faculty, staff, or guests to the University, on University-owned property and at all University sponsored activities.
Northeastern State University students are also prohibited from the illegal use of drugs or alcohol whether on or off campus.
The legal age for the consumption of alcohol is 21 years of age. Any underage student consuming alcohol is violating standards for student conduct. Additionally, excessive alcohol use can lead to additional violations, such as driving while intoxicated or public intoxication.
Northeastern State University is designated as a tobacco-free environment. Smoking and the use of all tobacco products are prohibited.
The penalties for misconduct range from warning to expulsion. Typically, students who have violated the Student Code of Conduct will be referred to the Student Health Services for assessment and Hawk Reach Services to complete an individualized education plan. A Health and Substance Abuse Educator will meet with the student and complete an assessment covering alcohol and other drug use history, reason for referral, family and personal history, health concerns, safety issues, and the consequences associated with use. The educator will also assess the student's readiness for change and establish behavior change goals.
NSU employee sanctions are listed in the employee handbook.
Local, state, and federal laws provide for a variety of legal sanctions and penalties for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. These sanctions include, but are not limited to, incarceration and monetary fines.
Specific serious health risks are associated with the use of alcohol and drugs. Some of the major risks are listed below. For more information contact Student Health Services located in Wyly Hall on Tahlequah campus, or by calling 918-444-2126.
Alcohol and Other Depressants (barbiturates, sedatives, and tranquilizers) - Abuse of alcohol and use of other depressant drugs can cause addiction, accidents as a result of impaired ability and judgment, alcohol poisoning, overdose when used with other depressants, damage to a developing fetus, and heart and liver damage.
Amphetamines/Stimulants - Amphetamines and stimulants (speed, uppers, crank, caffeine, etc.) can speed up the nervous system which can cause increased heart and breathing rates, higher blood pressure, decreased appetite, headaches, blurred vision, dizziness, sleepiness, anxiety, hallucinations, paranoia, depression, convulsions and death due to a stroke or heart failure.
Anabolic Steroids - Anabolic steroids can seriously affect the liver, cardiovascular, and reproductive systems. They can cause sterility in males and females, as well as impotency in males.
Marijuana - Marijuana may impair short-term memory, thinking, and physical coordination. Marijuana can cause panic reaction and increase the risk of lung cancer and emphysema. It can interfere with judgment, attention span, concentration, and overall intellectual performance. The use of marijuana impairs driving ability. The use of marijuana may cause psychological dependence and compromise the immune system.
Cocaine - The use of cocaine can cause addiction, cardiovascular system damage including heart attack, brain damage, seizures, lung damage, severe depression, paranoia, and psychosis. Similar risks are associated with other stimulants, such as speed and uppers.
Nicotine - Tobacco smoke contains thousands of chemical compounds, many of which are known to cause cancer. Nicotine, which is a central nervous system stimulant, produces an increase in heart and respiration rates, blood pressure, adrenaline production and metabolism. People can rapidly become physically and psychologically dependent on tobacco. Nicotine also compromises the immune system.
Inhalants - Inhalants are a diverse group of chemicals that easily evaporate and can cause intoxication when their vapors are inhaled. Most inhalants are central nervous system depressants. Use of these drugs slows down many body functions. High does can cause severe breathing failure and sudden death. Chronic abuse of some of these chemicals can lead to irreversible liver damage and other health problems.
Prescription Drug Abuse - Prescription drug abuse can cause adverse reactions, dependency, withdrawal, and overdose.
A variety of resources exist for alcohol and other drug prevention education, counseling and referral. For detailed information concerning these resources available from the University and community agencies, students may contact Student Health Services at 918-444-2126 located at Wyly Hall or HawkReach Counseling Services at 918-444-2042 located at Leoser Complex. Faculty and staff members may contact the Employee Assistance Program at 1-888-628-4824 or Human Resources at 918-444-2230.
Hawk Reach Counseling Services - Provides counseling to help students cope with problems stemming from alcohol or drug abuse by a family member(s) and friend(s). Student Counseling Services is available through Student Affairs.
Residence Halls Staff - Provide advice and referral for counseling.
Student Health Center - Provide counseling, and referral to appropriate on-campus and off-campus agencies which includes medical treatment.
Alcohol and Other Drug Education Programs (AODEP) - Student Affairs department of Student Health Services coordinates AODEP. Campus-wide programs and customized group programs focused on effects of alcohol and other drug use/misuse are offered throughout the academic year to bring awareness, education, and outreach to the campus community.
It is the intent of Northeastern State University to expand current educational programs and services to decrease the risks to students resulting from alcohol and drug abuse. The following toll free, hotline numbers may be of use to someone needing help or advice.
Any questions regarding the rules, regulations, and policies set forth in this statement may be referred to Student Affairs or Human Resources.
Northeastern State University, in accordance with applicable federal and state law, prohibits discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, disability, age, or veteran status. This includes, but is not limited to, admissions, employment, financial aid and educational services. Individuals, who believe they have experienced harassment or discrimination prohibited by this statement, are encouraged to contact the appropriate offices within their respective units. Students should contact Student Affairs at 918-444-2120, faculty members should contact the Provost at 918-444-2060 and staff members should contact the Human Resources Department at (918)444-2230.
The NSU Statement on Harassment and Discrimination supports Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, section 402 of the Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, Americans with Disabilities Act, and other federal laws and regulations.
Grievance procedures and report forms.
Members of the NSU community, guests and visitors have the right to be free from gender-based discrimination, sexual misconduct, and violence. All members of the campus community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. NSU believes in a zero tolerance policy for gender-based misconduct. When an allegation of misconduct is brought to an appropriate employee(s) attention, and a respondent is found to have violated this policy, serious sanctions will be used to reasonably ensure that such actions are never repeated. This policy has been developed to reaffirm these principles and to provide recourse for those individuals whose rights have been violated. This policy is intended to define community expectations and to establish a mechanism for determining when those expectations have been violated.
Policy: NSU students, employees, guests and visitors are to conduct themselves in a manner that does not impose on the rights of others and does not discriminate as outlined in NSU Statement on Non Discrimination.
Detailed Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct Discrimination policies and procedures.
Northeastern State University does not tolerate acts of hazing by individuals or organization members.
Northeastern State University follows Oklahoma Statutes - Title 21, Section 1190 - Hazing
Hazing, which is an activity participated in or encouraged by student groups, or any members or associates of a group, in which prospective members or pledges are subjected to or imposed upon to do onerous, denigrating or hazardous tasks. Hazing is any act which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of an individual for the purposes of initiation, admission into, affiliation with or as a condition for continued membership in a group or organization. The express or implied consent of the victim will not be a defense. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing is not considered a neutral act; they are violations of this rule.
No student organization or any person associated with any organization sanctioned or authorized by the Northeastern State University shall engage or participate in hazing. Further definition of hazing is as follows:
"Hazing" means an activity which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental health or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with any organization operating subject to the sanction of the public or private school or of any institution of higher education in this state.
Student groups shall be assumed to be responsible for the actions of their members or associates for hazing violations. The University or prospective members may file a complaint of hazing against all parties as individuals and against the student groups.
The University will strongly recommend the sanction of suspension for students and/or student groups found responsible through the student conduct process for hazing.
Individuals and/or groups may be convicted by local and state authorities. Upon conviction, groups shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and may be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,500 and the forfeit for a period of not less than one (1) year of the rights and privileges of being an organization. Any individual convicted of violating the provisions of hazing shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and may be punishable by imprisonment for not to exceed ninety (90) days in the county jail, by the imposition of a fine not to exceed $500, or by both such imprisonment and fine.
Perceived acts of hazing should be reported to Student Affairs immediately.
Whenever a question arises concerning the physical, emotional or mental fitness of a person to enroll or remain enrolled at Northeastern, the University may require that person, as a condition for admission or retention, to submit to whatever diagnostic examination the University may specify. These examinations must be paid for by the individual examined or by an agency other than Northeastern State University. The University may, at its discretion, temporarily suspend the student pending the outcome of the specified examination. Refusal by the student to submit to the examination or an unfavorable report from the examiner may be cause for denial for admission or retention. In all cases covered by this policy, the University reserves the right to exercise the final judgment with respect to the admission or retention of the person whose fitness has been questioned.
An outline of steps to be taken by administrative staff at the University in a situation involving students with serious emotional problems is on file in Student Affairs.
Northeastern State University has developed procedures for students to pursue grievances within the University community. To ensure that students understand how to appropriately pursue a grievance at Northeastern State University, students are encouraged to seek clarification and advice regarding procedures before initiating a grievance. Although a student may seek such advice from any faculty or staff member, Student Affairs has staff members trained to assist students who have grievances. Students are encouraged to seek assistance from Student Affairs in pursuing any type of grievance.
The decision as to which procedure to utilize for a grievance filed by a student shall be made solely by the University and shall be based on the fact pattern of each particular case. Each grievance shall be directed to a specific procedure and shall be afforded only one opportunity to be adjudicated unless the appeal body remands for further review.
It is the intent of Northeastern State University to promote the health, well-being and safety of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. As such, Northeastern State University is designated as a tobacco-free environment. Smoking and the use of all tobacco products are prohibited.
This policy applies to all non-leased buildings and grounds owned or under the control of Northeastern State University on the Tahlequah, Muskogee, and Broken Arrow campuses, including any housing or residential facility owned, operated, or managed by the University.
Tobacco "use" is prohibited in personal vehicles and all vehicles owned, leased, or under the control of Northeastern State University, the State of Oklahoma and all its agencies and instrumentalities including those that provide public transportation. Possession of tobacco products does not constitute "use".
Tobacco use includes, but is not limited to, the carrying by a person of a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe, or other lighted smoking device or the use of smokeless tobacco including snuff, chewing tobacco, smokeless pouches, or any other form of loose-leaf, smokeless tobacco and electronic nicotine delivery devices.
Northeastern State University will not accept donations, gifts, money, or materials intended to promote the use of tobacco nor participate in any type of services that promote the use of tobacco.
It is prohibited to sell tobacco products or advertise the sale of tobacco products on University property.
Littering the campus with the remains of tobacco products or other disposable products is prohibited.
Organizers and attendees at events (meetings, conferences, lectures, cultural events and sporting events) using NSU facilities are required to abide by the policy. Organizers of such events are responsible for communicating the policy to attendees and for enforcing this policy.
Courtesy and consideration will be exercised when informing others unaware of and/or in disregard of this policy. No retaliation will occur to any person for doing so.
Compliance with this policy by all students, faculty and staff is expected based on NSU's commitment to a healthy culture, free of tobacco, and should be a cooperative effort, encouraged by all students, faculty and staff.
A complaint against an offender, who fails to respond to a request by another, as noted above, may be referred to a dean, director, or other manager. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken for an offender against whom multiple complaints have been received.
Northeastern State University reserves the right to update policies and procedures or any portion thereof at any time without prior notice.
Students may contact Student Health Center at 918-444-2126 for cessation assistance. Employees may contact Human Resources at 918-444-2230 for cessation assistance.