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Community Standards Violations

The following are groups of violations that constitute misconduct for which members of the student body may be held accountable. This list references policies that may be outlined in greater detail in this on-line handbook or other campus resources. The university is not limited by this list nor by other published policies when it initiates student conduct actions since it is not possible to anticipate all of the behavior of a college population. The university reserves the right to review off-campus incidents to determine if a violation of community standards has occurred and whether resolution through the student conduct process is warranted.    

Students at Carnegie Mellon are members of an academic community dedicated to the achievement of excellence. Therefore, students are expected to meet the highest standards of integrity in their conduct. Failure to meet the expectations of high standards of integrity may be reviewed through the university student conduct process.

Examples of violations of community standards in relation to integrity include, but are not limited to:

  • Altering, falsifying, or misuse of university documents
  • Destruction of another person's work, specifically through the use of computer facilities
  • Falsification of data
  • Intentional misrepresentation of self or another individual through electronic communication or any other means
  • Invasion of or accessing personal files or a computer account other than one's own
  • Misrepresentation of research data
  • Misuse of computer facilities
  • Other acts that compromise the integrity of the academic process
  • Providing false information to a university official
  • Reverse engineering software or hardware without permission of the intellectual property owner
  • Violation of copyright laws including computing or Web-related documentation
  • Violation of the Carnegie Mellon Code
  • Violation of the Carnegie Mellon University Computing Policy
  • Violation of the Carnegie Mellon University Policy on Academic Integrity including cheating, plagiarism or unauthorized assistance
  • Violation of the Carnegie Mellon University Policy on the Protection of Children in Carnegie Mellon University Programs, Activities and Facilities

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Carnegie Mellon University holds as its highest priority the welfare of its community members. Any behavior that places individuals or the community at risk for harm may be reviewed through the university student conduct process. The sanctions that may result from this type of behavior may be severe.

Examples of violations of community standards in relation to the welfare of others include, but are not limited to:

  • Assault
  • Dating violence
  • Discriminatory harassment
  • Domestic violence
  • Endangering the welfare of others
  • Failure to enact the Alcohol Medical Assistance Procedure (AMAP)
  • Harassment
  • Hazing
  • Hosting and/or participating in a disorderly event
  • Stalking
  • Tampering with or alternating of life support systems
  • Threats of physical violence
  • Unreasonable noise
  • Violation of the Carnegie Mellon University Policy against Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault
  • Violation of the Carnegie Mellon University Policy on HIV/AIDS
  • Violation of a No Contact Agreement or No Contact Order

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The care and upkeep of our campus buildings, grounds and facilities are critical to providing students, faculty and staff with an environment that is conducive to learning. Any behavior that jeopardizes the maintenance of the campus or an individual's property may be reviewed through the university student conduct process.

Examples of violations of community standards in relation to property include, but are not limited to:

  • Damage to or destruction of property
  • Improper placement of posters/banners
  • Improper possession of property
  • Irresponsible use of university property or services
  • Operation of vehicles in restricted areas
  • Propping open doors that are kept locked for security purposes
  • Repairing and storing vehicles, motorized or otherwise, in unauthorized university spaces
  • Theft
  • Trespassing on a roof, parapet, and/or other non-public areas
  • Unauthorized possession or use of keys or access cards
  • Unauthorized tapping into or altering university utility lines
  • Vandalism
  • Violation of the Carnegie Mellon University Housing Services policies
  • Violation of the Carnegie Mellon University Library Policies
  • Willful destruction of, disabling, or damaging computer facilities, equipment or software
  • Willful mutilation, destruction, or illegal possession of library materials

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Carnegie Mellon has established basic guidelines that have been approved by students, staff and faculty. These policies ensure the safe and functional operation of the university. Students are expected to abide by these policies at all times. Failure to abide by these guidelines may be reviewed through the university student conduct process.

Examples of violations of community standards in relation to health, safety and security include, but are not limited to:

  • Disorderly or disruptive behavior
  • Failure to comply with a reasonable request of a university official
  • Failure to comply with a request to produce identification
  • Failure to evacuate for fire drills and alarms
  • Harboring of an unauthorized animal(s)
  • Improper storage of chemicals, gases or hazardous materials
  • Installation of a private locking system
  • Possession or use of false identification
  • Tampering with or misuse of fire safety equipment
  • Unauthorized entry into secured spaces
  • Unauthorized use of appliances
  • Use of pyrotechnics, fireworks or hazardous devices
  • Violation of the Carnegie Mellon University Alcohol and Drug Policy
  • Violation of the Carnegie Mellon University Bicycle/Wheeled Transportation Policy
  • Violation of the Carnegie Mellon University Housing Services Policies
  • Violation of the Carnegie Mellon University Policy on Deadly Weapons
  • Violation of the Carnegie Mellon University Policy on Freedom of Expression
  • Violation of the Carnegie Mellon University Smoke-Less Campus Policy

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