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Code of Conduct:  Existing policies, requirements, and procedures will be enforced for the 2018/2019 academic year.

The Student Code of Conduct educates students about appropriate behavior and fosters a community in which academic success can occur. The following Student Codes of Conduct are the regulations that apply to ALL WKU students, including the satellite campuses:


The examples of proscribed conduct set forth in this code of conduct are illustrative and should not be read as a comprehensive list. Nor, however, should this code be interpreted to cover any general category of behavior not mentioned herein unless that conduct is otherwise prohibited by law.


1. Dishonesty. Dishonesty, such as cheating, plagiarism, misrepresenting of oneself or an organization, knowingly furnishing false information to the University, or omitting relevant or necessary information to gain a benefit, to injure, or to defraud is prohibited.


2. Drugs.  Use, possession, production, manufacture, sale, possession with intent to sell, trafficking or distribution of narcotics, dangerous drugs or controlled substances, as defined in KRS Chapter 218A.  Specific violations related to this code include, but are not limited to marijuana, drug paraphernalia, anabolic steroids,  dispensing prescription or prescription drug not prescribed to the student; driving while impaired by any drug, whether it be legal or illegal; and drug related activities used to induce an altered state is strictly prohibited.  The manufacture or distribution or attempted manufacture or distribution of narcotics, dangerous drugs, or controlled substances on or off University property is prohibited.


a.        Any student with a violation of the Drug Policy while enrolled at the institution may be removed from student housing and / or suspended from the University.  Any student who is found to be manufacturing or distributing drugs on or off campus may be suspended or expelled from the University.


3.  Alcohol.  Western Kentucky University complies with the alcohol regulations of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Members of the university community recognize that a violation of any federal, state and local laws governing the use and possession of alcoholic beverages, including off-campus, is prohibited.  Examples may include but are not limited to Driving under the influence (DUI), being assessed as intoxicated in public (AI or PI) and underage possession/consumption.  The University prohibits the possession, furnishing or use of alcoholic beverages (including wine and beer) by student residents of campus housing and/or guests of students in residence halls.  The University prohibits the use of rapid consumption devices or drinking games including, but not limited to, kegs, bongs, funnels and beer pong.

As a member of the WKU community, students agree to:

1.       Abide by all state laws and university policies governing the use of alcoholic beverages and drugs

2.       Support, in their decisions and behavior, an environment in which individuals can make informed, healthy, and responsible decisions about alcohol and drugs;

3.       Discourage the illegal or irresponsible behavior of others; and

4.       Assume responsibility for their decisions and behaviors and accept the consequences resulting from those decisions and behaviors.

Any student found in violation of the Alcohol Policy three times in any one year period maybe suspended from the University for a minimum of one semester.


4.  Sexual Misconduct/Assault. Is defined as actual or attempted sexual contact with another person without that person's consent- Sexual Assault includes but is not limited to the following:

1.  Intentional and unwelcome touching, coercing, or an attempt to coerce, and forcing;

2.  Involvement in any sexual contact when the victim is unable to consent, non-consensual sexual contact;

3.  Forcing another individual to touch a person's intimate parts (defined as genital area, groin, inner thigh, buttocks, or breasts);

4.  Sexual intercourse without consent, including acts commonly referred to as "rape".

(Refer to the Sexual Misconduct Policy) – http://www.wku.edu/eoo/documents/titleix/wkutitleixpolicyandgrievanceprocedure.pdf



5. Weapons. Possession or use of firearms, explosives (including fireworks), dangerous chemicals or other dangerous weapons or the brandishing of any weapon or any other object in a menacing or threatening manner on institutionally owned or controlled property is prohibited.

The owner of a private vehicle is prohibited from possession or storing a weapon in the vehicle while it is operated or parked on University property, including University parking areas, either on campus or at any off-campus facility owned, leased, or operated by the University.

Exception as provided in WKU's POLICY & PROCEDURE DOCUMENT NUMBER: 0.2021, Deadly Weapons / Destructive Devices Policy (http://www.wku.edu/policies/documents/weapons_0_2020.pdf)

Weapons may be defined as an object, instrument, device, or substance designed to inflict a wound, cause injury or incapacitate. Weapons may include, but are not limited to all firearms, pellet guns, stun guns, paintball guns, air guns, slingshots, martial arts devices, knives and clubs.

The above information is provided solely for your convenience and is not intended to constitute a formal legal understanding or legal advice. If you have any additional questions on storing or transporting deadly weapons in a vehicle while on campus, including whether a particular means of storage or transportation would violate the Student Code of Conduct against weapons on campus pertaining to carrying a concealed deadly weapon, you may wish to consult the University Police Department.

Students who store weapons in residence hall rooms, who brandish weapons, or who use a weapon in a reckless manner may face disciplinary action, which may include immediate dismissal from the university. Students who store ammunition in the residence halls will face disciplinary action.

Unauthorized weapons will be confiscated and disposed of properly by WKUPD.


6. Identification. Refusal to provide proper identification upon request. Students are expected to carry their valid student identification at all times and to present it upon request by University officials including, but not limited to University Police, faculty, residence life staff, and other staff of the institution. The University may confiscate any ID card that has been misused, duplicated, or altered. Cards may be retained temporarily while their validity is checked. A student may possess only one ID card. Use of the ID card by any person other than the person to whom it was issued or use of the card under false pretenses is a violation of the Code of Conduct.


7. Theft. Theft and/or possession of stolen property. Such property may include, but is not limited to, parking decals, personal or university property.  Theft of property having substantial value may result in serious disciplinary action for a first offense.


8. Hazing. Hazing refers to practices which are a part of initiation into an affiliation with any organization. Hazing is considered a serious violation of The Student Code of Conduct and is prohibited in all forms. This code of conduct is based on fair and equal treatment with consideration and respect for all students and applies to organizations and individuals alike. Any person receiving bodily injury by hazing or mistreatment shall have a right to sue, civilly, the person or persons guilty.


Western Kentucky University defines hazing as any action, physical abuse or creation of a situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health of a participant by any person. A participant is defined as a university student, or any pledge. A person is defined as a university student, member, alumnus, affiliate alumnus, guest of any campus organization, or other individuals.

Physical Abuse:

  • Forced or coerced use or consumption of liquor, drugs, or any other vile substance.
  • Calisthenics (push-ups, sit-ups, jogging, runs, etc.)
  • Paddling
  • Line-ups

Mental Abuse:

Hazing is defined by exacting degrading and disagreeable work, ridicule or abusive and humiliating conduct which tends to bring the reputation of the organization or University into disrepute. Any action that intentionally prevents students from fully participating in the academic process is also considered hazing.

  • Theft of any property
  • Sleep Deprivation
  • Forced Nudity
  • Personal Servitude
  • Forcing a violation of University policies and federal, state, or local laws


9. Harassment. Any physical, behavioral or verbal abuse of a person based upon gender, race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sexual orientation, marital status, age, uniform service, veteran status, or physical or mental
disability, where:

1. Tolerance of or participation in the offensive conduct explicitly or implicitly becomes a condition of employment or participation in a university course, program or activity; or

2. The conduct is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent to interfere with an individual’s work, academic or program participation; or

3. The conduct creates an environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or offensive.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to stalking, cyber stalking, cyber bullying/harassment, and retaliation as a result of complaints or alleged misconduct.

(Refer to the Discrimination and Harassment Policy) – http://wku.edu/policies/hr_policie/2040_discrimination_harassment_policy.pdf


10. Unruly Conduct. Disorderly, abusive, lewd, or acts that result in physical altercation, fighting and indecent or obscene conduct that cause physical injury or threaten others, or interferes with any individual’s rightful act. This responsibility also applies to events sponsored and supervised by recognized student organizations, on or off campus.


 11. Disrupting the Academic and or Student Conduct Process. Interference or disruptive activity which impedes, impairs or obstructs teaching, research, administration, Student Conduct process, failing to comply with the outcomes imposed under the Student Conduct Code, or other University missions, processes, functions or other authorized activities including its public service function of other authorized activities on University premises or which inhibits full exercise of rights by others.


12. Class Attendance and Classroom Conduct. Regular classroom attendance is expected of all students. Although role may not be taken grades are based on the performance of assigned work and this may include class participation and attendance. A professor has the authority to determine acceptable classroom conduct for his or her students as long as those decisions do not infringe on the student’s rights. Disruptive classroom behavior may also be considered unruly conduct (see item 10).


13. Technology Use Ethics. Any violation of the Technology Ethics Policy as created by the Department Of Information And Technology is considered a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.


14. Shared Responsibility for Violations. Enticing, inciting others, abetting, conspiring, being an accessory, or passively witnessing/participating in any act prohibited by the student conduct code is prohibited.


15. Requests or Orders. Refusal to comply with directions, requests, or orders by University officials or law enforcement or failing to identify oneself when requested to do so. Upon the request of the student questioned, the authorized university official must show identification and state the source of his/her authority. Among those officials who may request a student’s ID card are staff members from: Residence Life, Downing University Center, WKU Food Services, Faculty and Staff, Book Store as well as any staff member within the Division of Student Affairs.


16. Misuse of Property. Unauthorized entry or use of institutional facilities and property; unauthorized possession or duplication of university keys, parking decals or access cards; tampering with fire equipment; or propping open of exterior residence halls doors or any door to any institutionally owned or controlled property. Students may not use University property for any activity prohibited by Federal, State or local laws.


17. Destruction of Property. Any act of vandalism, malicious or unwarranted damage or destruction to any institutionally owned or controlled property.


18. Recreational Mobility. Skateboards, skates, and bicycles may be used on sidewalks for safe transportation purposes only. When using sidewalks, remember pedestrians have the right of way. They may not be used inside buildings or within 50 feet of building entrances. Motorized scooters, mopeds, motorcycles, and similarly motorized vehicles are not to be used on sidewalks or in pedestrian traffic areas. Motorcycles, scooters, mopeds, and other motorized vehicles must park in parking lots in designated cycle parking areas. Registration with WKU Parking and Transportation Services department is required for all motorized vehicles. On campus housing residents may only bring one motorized vehicle to campus.


Excessive speed, stunt riding, or any other use of skateboards, skates, bicycles, or motorized vehicles that may cause property damage and/or endanger self or others is prohibited. Bicycles should be parked at any of the bicycle racks established throughout campus. Bicycles chained to trees, fences, handrails, etc., may be impounded. Users may not ride on stairways, patios, dock areas, benches, picnic tables, or irregular surfaces. Any person causing damage to University property through use or misuse of recreational equipment may face prosecution through the University Judicial process and/or the legal process to recover damages.


19. Obstruction of Access. Obstruction or disruption, which interferes with the freedom of movement, either pedestrian or vehicular on institutionally owned or controlled property.


20. Parking and Transportation Regulations. Traffic rules and regulations as published by the university, will be administered by The Office of Parking and Transportation. Students are required to obey these regulations as a condition of their enrollment. Any behavior that is of an unruly or disrespect to their authority will be deemed a violation of the Code of Conduct.


21. Fraud. Knowingly passing a worthless check, money order or fraudulent use of credit cards including attempts to obtain any item of value under false pretenses or falsification of official university documents is prohibited.


22. Forgery. Forgery, alteration or misuse of University documents, records including, but not limited to, electronic records, transactions and /or communications, or identification, including student identification cards.


23. Gambling. Participation in any form of illegal gambling is prohibited.


24. Violation of Laws. The commission of acts which constitute a violation of local, state and federal laws. The University will review any conduct reported by members of the University community, law enforcement personnel, or citizens as being in violation of the law. Any student convicted of a criminal offense is subject to university judicial action.


25. Violation of General Rules and Regulations. Violation of any University policy, guideline, campus rule or regulation of conduct, which adversely affects the student’s suitability as a member of the University community.


Following the procedures of due process, if the WKU Student Code of Conduct is not followed, the alleged parties may go through the University’s student conduct process, which is intended to be a fair and educational experience. 


All WKU students may have some behavior agreement should they be deemed responsible for not adhering to the Student Code of Conduct.

The Code of Student Conduct and Student Handbook are undergoing extensive review.  Existing policies, requirements, and procedures will be enforced for the 2018/2019 academic year.

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 Last Modified 11/28/18