Section 2 Prohibited Conduct


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:

2.1.1 Academic Honesty-Integrity of Scholarships and Grades: Acts of academic dishonesty including those outlined in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog and Section 4 of the Student Code.

2.1.2 Collusion: Action or inaction with another or others to violate the Student Code or other University policy.

2.1.3 False Information: Furnishing or possessing, or attempting to furnish or possess, false or misleading information to University officials or on official University records. Furthermore, a student shall not forge, alter, or misuse the University name, the name of any University employee, documents, records of identification, or attempt to do the same.

2.1.4 Stolen Property: Maintaining possession of and/or using stolen property, or the property of another, without authorization.

2.1.5 Taking of Property: Unauthorized taking of University property or the personal property of another, including goods, services and other valuables.


University students build and enhance their community.  Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:     

2.2.1 Animals: Violation of policies regarding animals on property owned or controlled by the University found at:

2.2.2 Damage and Destruction: Intentional, reckless and/or unauthorized damage to or destruction of University property or the personal property of another.

2.2.3 Disruptions: Substantial disruption of University operations or activities including obstruction of teaching, research, administration, other authorized activities, either outdoors or inside a classroom, office, or other place on which University operations or activities or operations are conducted or held.  This includes violations of the Grounds and Facility Use Policy found at:

2.2.4 Fire Alarms: Violation of local, state, federal or campus fire policies including, but not limited to:

  • Intentionally or recklessly causing a fire which damages University or personal property or which causes injury.
  • Failure to evacuate a University-controlled building during a fire alarm;
  • Improper use of University fire safety equipment; or
  • Tampering with or improperly engaging a fire alarm or fire detection/control equipment while on University property. 

2.2.5 Gambling: Gambling as prohibited by the laws of the State of Michigan. (Gambling may include raffles, lotteries, sports pools and online betting activities)

2.2.6 Identification Cards: A student shall carry their University issued identification (ID) cards while on University grounds and at University functions. A student shall present this ID card whenever they check out books at the library, cash checks on campus, enter the Recreation Center, are requested by dining service staff, etc., or when they are requested to do so by a member of the faculty or staff of the University when they identify themselves and state the reasons for their request. The ID card is not to be altered, loaned or borrowed.

2.2.7 Information Technology: Violation of policies and procedures as outlined by Information Technology including those found online at:

2.2.8 Keys/Access Cards: A student shall not knowingly possess, make, or cause to be made any key or access card to operate any lock or locking mechanism used or maintained by Grand Valley State University, without authorization.  No entrusted person with possession of any University key or access card shall transfer the key or access card to an unauthorized person.

2.2.9 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 and/or destruction of property;

2.2.10 Smoking Policy: Violation of the Smoking Policy found at:

2.2.11 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 a University building.

2.2.12 Weapons Policy: Violation of the Weapons Policy found at:

2.2.13 Wheeled Devices: Skateboards, roller blades, roller skates, bicycles and similar wheeled devices are not permitted to be used inside University buildings or Living Centers/Apartments. Additionally, skateboards and other wheeled items may not be ridden on railings, 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.


Students recognize 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 and/or diminish the worth of others.  Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:    

2.3.1 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 of 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) and/or intimidation of a member of a campus conduct body prior to, during, and/or following a campus conduct proceeding;
  5. Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed by the campus conduct system;
  6. Influencing, or attempting to influence, another person to commit an abuse of the campus conduct system.

2.3.2 Anti-Harassment: Violation of the Anti-Harassment Policy found at:

2.3.3 Complicity: Complicity with or failure of any student or organized group to [appropriately] address known or obvious violations of the Student Code, University policies, or the law.

2.3.4 Retaliation: A student, group of students, or registered student organization shall not retaliate, or take adverse action, against any student who files a complaint or grievance; requests an administrative hearing; participates in an investigation or administrative hearing; or opposes an unlawful or discriminatory act, practice, or policy.   

2.3.5 Sexual or Gender-Based Harassment: Violation of the Sexual or Gender-Based Harassment Policy found at:


University students show positive regard for each other and for the community. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:

2.4.1 Harm to Persons: Intentionally or recklessly causing physical harm or endangering the health or safety of any person.

2.4.2 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 to prevent (and/or) failing to discourage (and/or) failing to report those acts may also violate this policy.

2.4.3 Public Exposure: Includes deliberately and publicly exposing one’s intimate body parts, public urination, defecation, and public sex acts.

2.4.4 Sexual Misconduct: Violation of the Sexual Misconduct Policy found at:

2.4.5 Threatening Behaviors:

  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 – Implied threats or acts that cause a reasonable amount of fear of harm in another.


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 is not limited to:

2.5.1 Alcohol: Use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages or paraphernalia except as expressly permitted by law and University Policy. 

2.5.2 Drugs: Possession, use, manufacturing, production, or distribution, or aiding in the use, manufacturing, production, or distribution of, any controlled substance (in either refined or crude form) or drug paraphernalia except as expressly permitted by law and University policy. 

2.5.3 Prescription Medications: Abuse, misuse, sale, or distribution of prescription or over-the-counter medications.

2.5.4 Financial Responsibility: 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.

2.5.5 Health and Safety: Creation of health and/or safety hazards (dangerous pranks, hanging out of or climbing from/on/in windows, balconies, roofs, etc.).

2.5.6 Legality: Evidence of violation of local, state or federal laws, when substantiated through the University’s conduct process.

2.5.7 Other Policies: Violating other published University policies or rules, including but not limited to those outlined in Section 1.3.

2.5.8 Commercial Activity: Violating the Commercial Activity policy, found at:

2.5.9 Voluntary Compliance: Students will comply with the reasonable directives of University officials or law enforcement officers during the performance of their duties and/or will identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so.

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