The Student Code

A student who is found to have engaged in the following conduct, or is found to have aided or assisted any other person in committing any of the following acts, while on or off the College Campus, or has been charged and/or found guilty of a misdemeanor or felony in or outside Lancaster County, shall be subject to sanctions authorized by the Student Code. Elected and appointed leaders of student organizations and athletic teams may be held accountable for the behavior of the group as a whole or of individual members acting for the group.  Prohibited acts include:

1. Conduct which is unbecoming of a Franklin & Marshall student. Examples include, but are not limited to, lewd or indecent behavior (or sponsorship thereof); physical or verbal abuse or assault; threats; intimidation; harassment; coercion; and other conduct that threatens, instills fear, or infringes upon the rights, dignity, and integrity of any person.

2. Academic Misconduct, including, but not limited to, all forms of cheating and plagiarism. Academic misconduct further includes providing or receiving assistance in a manner not authorized by an instructor in the creation of work to be submitted for academic evaluation including papers, projects and examinations; presenting, as one’s own, the ideas or words of another person or persons for academic evaluation without proper acknowledgment; unauthorized duplicate submission of papers or other work; and infringing upon the rights of others to fair and equal access to library materials. The College relies upon a variety of means to uphold the principles of academic integrity, including the use of services to evaluate papers for plagiarism. Students are reminded that a concern of academic dishonesty will be based on what the student submits for evaluation, not what they intended to submit. See “Academic Honesty,” in the Catalog, for further explanation.

3.  Attempted or actual theft of, or misappropriation of, property and/or services, including attempted or actual damage to property.

4.  Purposely providing false, inaccurate, or misleading information to a College official(s), faculty member(s), or the Committee on Student Conduct.

5.  Failure to comply with the reasonable request of a College official(s) or faculty member(s), including a request to identify oneself or honor the terms of a College or court-ordered no-contact agreement/order

6.  Behavior which endangers the health and safety of oneself or others. Examples include, but are not limited to, tampering or interfering with, as well as destroying or misusing, fire safety equipment; the possession of firearms, explosives, other weapons, or dangerous chemicals; unauthorized climbing on College buildings and structures; throwing objects out of windows; and the reckless operation of a motor vehicle.

7.  Violation of federal, state, or local statutes or regulations.

8.  Disruption of the orderly processes of the College, involving obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, or other College activities, including its public-service activities. Actions disruptive to the orderly processes of the College include, but are not limited to:

  • Unauthorized entry into, or occupation of a private office, college residence, work area, a teaching, library, or social facility.
  • Failure to abide by the operating regulations of academic and non-academic offices, centers, unions, classrooms, libraries, laboratories, and other College buildings.
  • Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys or access cards to College premises, or tampering with locks to College buildings.
  • Conduct that restricts or prevents College employees from performing their duties.
  • Excessive or extreme noise, the display of offensive banners/objects, or the throwing of objects which prevents or disrupts the effective execution of a College function or approved activity, including classes, lectures, meetings, interviews, ceremonies, athletic events, and public functions.
  • Failure to engage in the academic processes and programs of the College.

9.  Installing or using any device for listening to, observing, photographing, recording, amplifying, or transmitting sounds or events where the individual/group involved has a reasonable expectation of privacy, without consent of all persons involved. The recording or photographing of a recognized group’s proceedings, performances, classes, lectures, programs, workshops, or other similar events without the specific authorization of the sponsoring organization, faculty member, speaker, or other party related to the event.

10. Unauthorized membership. This includes but is not limited to rushing, pledging, joining, or maintaining membership in a Greek organization that is not recognized by the College. It also includes living in a house or apartment run by or on behalf of an unrecognized Greek organization.

11.  Failure to comply with any Franklin & Marshall policy delineated in this College Manual or elsewhere and including, but not limited to, the following specific policies:

  • Franklin & Marshall College Fraternity Membership Policy
  • Franklin & Marshall General Alcohol and Drug Policy
  • Lancaster City Noise Control Ordinance
  • Franklin & Marshall College Information Technology Use Policy and Copyright Policy
  • Franklin & Marshall College Residential Life Policies
  • Franklin & Marshall College Sexual Misconduct Policy
  • Franklin & Marshall College Sexual Harassment Policy
  • Franklin & Marshall Hazing Policy
  • Franklin & Marshall Policy on Discrimination
  • Franklin & Marshall Weapons Policy
  • Franklin & Marshall College Houses Policies