PART III: Standards for Student Social Conduct

Core Values and Behavioral Expectations

The university considers the examples described under each of the core values listed below to be inappropriate for members of the university community. The expectations for conduct are consistent with the core values applied to all students. The university encourages students, employees, and community members to report to an appropriate administrator or university police all suspected and observed misconduct. Students found responsible for violations of the Code will be subject to disciplinary sanction(s). See Part IV for interim measures and the range of potential sanctions.

  1. Integrity: University students exemplify honesty, honor and a respect for the truth in all of their dealings. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:
    1. Falsification: Knowingly furnishing or possessing false, falsified or forged materials, documents, accounts, records, identification, or financial instruments.
    2. Unauthorized Access: Unauthorized access to any university building or unauthorized possession, duplication or use of means of access to any university building or failing to report in a timely manner a lost university identification card or key.
    3. Collusion: Action or inaction with another or others to violate the code.
    4. Election Tampering: Tampering with the election of any university recognized student organization.
    5. Taking of Property: Intentional and unauthorized taking of university property or the personal property of another, including goods, services and other valuables.
    6. Stolen Property: Knowingly taking or maintaining possession of stolen property.
  2. Community: University students build and enhance their community. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:
    1. Disruptive Behavior: Substantial disruption of university operations including obstruction of teaching, research, administration, other university activities, or authorized non-university activities which occur on campus.
    2. Rioting: Causing, inciting, or participating in any disturbance that presents a clear and present danger to self or others, causes physical harm to others, or damage or destruction of property.
    3. Unauthorized Entry: Misuse of access privileges to university premises or unauthorized entry to or use of buildings, including trespassing, propping or unauthorized use of alarmed doors for entry into or exit from university buildings.
    4. Trademark: Unauthorized use, including misuse, of university or organizational names and images.
    5. Damage and Destruction: Intentional, reckless or unauthorized damage to or destruction of university property or the personal property of another.
    6. ICT and Acceptable Use: Violating the university Acceptable Use and Computing Policy (policy 2.35.1.1.1), found online at: manual.nmsu.edu.
    7. Gambling: Gambling as prohibited by the laws of the State of New Mexico.
    8. Weapons and Other Explosive Materials/Devices: Possession, use, or distribution of explosives (including fireworks and ammunition), guns (including air, BB, paintball, facsimile weapons, and pellet guns), or other weapons or dangerous objects such as arrows, axes, machetes, nun chucks, throwing stars, or knives with a blade longer than three (3) inches. Any object intended to be used as a weapon.
    9. Tobacco: Smoking or tobacco use in any area of campus where smoking or tobacco use is prohibited.
    10. Fire Safety: Violation of local, state, federal or campus fire policies including, but not limited to:
      1. Intentionally or recklessly causing a fire which damages university or personal property or which causes injury;
      2. Failure to evacuate a university controlled building during a fire alarm;
      3. Improper use of university fire safety equipment; or
      4. Tampering with or improperly engaging a fire alarm or fire detection/control equipment while on university property.
    11. Ineligible Pledging or Association: Pledging or associating with a student organization without having met eligibility requirements established by the university.
    12. Animal: Animals, with the exception of service and emotional support animals, are not allowed on campus except as may be permitted by university policy; animal owners and handlers shall abide by applicable local laws relating to the care and control of animals. See Assistive, Service, and Companion Animals on University Premises (policy 3.06).
    13. Wheeled Devices: Skateboards, roller blades, roller skates, bicycles and similar wheeled devices are not permitted to be ridden inside university buildings, residence halls or on athletic fields or courts. Additionally, skateboards and other wheeled items may not be ridden on rails, curbs, benches, or any such fixtures that may be damaged by these activities, and individuals may be liable for damage to university property caused by these activities.
  3. Social Justice: Student recognizes that respecting the dignity of every person is essential for creating and sustaining a flourishing university community. They understand and appreciate how their decisions and actions impact others and are just and equitable in their treatment of all members of the community. They act to discourage and challenge those whose actions may be harmful to or diminish the worth of others. Conduct that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:
    1. Discrimination: Any act or failure to act that is based upon an individual or group’s actual or perceived status related to age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, serious medical condition, sex, sexual orientation, spousal affiliation, or protected veteran status that is sufficiently sever that it limits or denies the ability to participate in or benefit from the university’s educational program or activities.
    2. Harassment: Any unwelcome conduct based on actual or perceived status including: age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, serious medical condition, sex, sexual orientation, spousal affiliation, or protected veteran status. Any unwelcome conduct should be reported to campus officials, who will act to remedy and resolve reported incidents on behalf of the victim/complainant and community.
      1. Hostile Environment: Sanctions can and will be imposed for the creation of a hostile environment when harassment is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent and objectively offensive that it unreasonably interferes with, limits, or denies the ability to participate in or benefit from NMSU’s educational or employment program or activities.
      2. Bullying: Sanctions can and will be imposed for bullying when harassment is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent and objectively abusive that it unreasonably interferes with, limits, or denies the ability to participate in or benefit from NMSU’s educational or employment program or activities.
    3. Retaliatory Discrimination or Harassment: Any intentional, adverse action taken by any responding individual or allied third party, absent legitimate nondiscriminatory purposes, against a participant (or supporter of a participant) in a civil rights grievance proceeding or other protected activity.
    4. Unacceptable Bystander Behavior:
      1. Complicity with or failure of any student to appropriately address known or obvious violations of the code.
      2. Complicity with or failure of any organized group to appropriately address known or obvious violations of the code or law by its members.
    5. Abuse of Conduct Process: Abuse or interference with, or failure to comply in, university processes including conduct and academic integrity hearings including, but not limited to:
      1. Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information;
      2. Failure to provide, destroying or concealing information during an investigation or an alleged policy violation;
      3. Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in, or use of, the campus conduct system;
      4. Harassment (verbal or physical) or intimidation of a member of a campus conduct body prior to, during, or following a campus conduct proceeding;
      5. Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed by the campus conduct system; or
      6. Influencing, or attempting to influence, another person to commit an abuse of the campus conduct system.
  4. Respect: University students show positive regard for each other and for the community. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:
    1. Harm to Persons: Intentionally or recklessly causing physical harm or endangering the health or safety of any person.
    2. Threatening Behavior:
      1. Threat: Written or verbal conduct that causes a reasonable expectation of injury to the health or safety of any person or damage to any property.
      2. Intimidation: Intimidation defined as implied threats or acts that cause a reasonable fear of harm in another.
    3. Bullying or Cyberbullying: Bullying or cyberbullying are repeated or severe aggressive behaviors that intimidate or intentionally harm or control another person physically or emotionally, and are not protected by freedom of expression.
    4. Hazing: Defined as an act that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or that destroys or removes public or private property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a group or organization. Participation or cooperation by the person(s) being hazed does not excuse the violation. Failing to intervene may also violate this policy.
    5. Intimate Partner/Relationship Violence: Violence or abuse by a person in an intimate relationship with another.
    6. Stalking: Stalking is a course of unwelcome conduct directed at a specific person that would cause the person to reasonably fear for their own safety.
    7. Sexual Misconduct: Includes, but is not limited to, sexual harassment, non-consensual sexual conduct, non-consensual sexual intercourse, or sexual exploitation.
    8. Public Exposure: Includes deliberately and publicly exposing one’s intimate body parts, public urination, defecation, and public sex acts.
  5. Responsibility: University students are given and accept a high level of responsibility to self, to others and to the community. Behavior that violates this value includes, but not limited to:
    1. Alcohol: Use, possession, misuse or distribution of alcoholic beverages except as expressly permitted by law and university policy.
    2. Drugs: Use, possession, sale or distribution of illegal drugs and other controlled substances or drug paraphernalia except as expressly permitted by law and university policy.
    3. Prescription Medications: Abuse, misuse, sale, or distribution of prescription or over-the-counter medication.
    4. Failure to Comply: Failure to comply with the reasonable directives of university officials or law enforcement officers during the performance of their duties or failure to properly identify oneself to those persons when requested to do so.
    5. Financial Responsibilities: Failure to promptly meet financial responsibilities to the institution, including, but not limited to: knowingly passing a worthless check or money order in payment to the institution or to an official of the institution acting in an official capacity.
    6. Health and Safety: Creation of health or safety hazards including, but limited to: dangerous pranks, hanging out of or climbing from/on/in windows, balconies, roofs.
    7. Other Policies: Violating University, college, departmental, programmatic policies or rules, including all Residence Hall rules and regulations.
    8. Violations of Law: Evidence of violation of local, state, or federal laws, when substantiated through the university’s conduct process.