Publication: Rights, Rules, Responsibilities, 2005-06

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Rights, Rules, Responsibilities

Rights, Rules, Responsibilities is intended to provide a concise reference and guide for all members of the Princeton University community. Included here are brief statements of University policies most likely to be applicable to and of interest to all University constituencies. For further information on particular aspects of policies and procedures—or their application to particular situations—consult the Orange Pages (for students) or the policy manuals available from the Office of the Dean of the Faculty and the Office of Human Resources.

Equal Opportunity Policy

I. University-wide Regulations

University Principles of
General Conduct and Regulations

Introduction   1

Academic Integrity   1

Statement on Diversity and Community   1

Honesty in University Matters   2

Confidentiality of Records   2

Range of Penalties   2

1. Warning   2

2. Disciplinary Probation   2

3. Withholding of Degree   3

4. Suspension 3

5. Required Withdrawal   3

6. Expulsion   3

7. Censure   3

University-wide Conduct Regulations 4

Respect for Others   4

Racial or Ethnic Bias and Harassment   4

Sexual Harassment and Assault   4

Peaceful Dissent, Protests, and Demonstrations   5

Distribution of Written Materials by Members of the University Community   7

Personal Safety   7

Quiet   7

Identification cards   7

The University, the Law, and Property Rights   8

On-Campus Misconduct and the Law   8

Persons on Leave of Absence; Persons Who Are Not Members of the University   8

Off-Campus Misconduct   8

Violations of Local, State, or Federal Law 9

University Discipline and the Courts   9

University Security   9

Regulations Regarding Security and Prior Restraint   10

Security Measures   10

Prior Restraint   10

Property   11

Library Use   11

Computer and Network Use   11

Patent and Copyright Policies   12

Princeton University Name and Seal   12

Guidelines Relating to the Tax-Exempt Status of the University and Political Activities 12

Introduction   12

Guidelines   13

Health and Safety Policies   15

Illegal Drugs   15

State Laws   15

University Policy Concerning Use of Illegal Drugs 15

Alcoholic Beverages   16

Smoking   16

Policy on HIV Infection   16

Introduction 16

Access   16

HIV Prevention   17

Screening for HIV Infection   17

Health Maintenance and Services for People Living with HIV Infection   17

Legal Issues   17

Conclusion   18

Resolution of Complaints and Grievances   18

Informal Procedures   18

Formal Procedures   18

Academic Matters   18

Nonacademic Matters Involving Students   19

Nonacademic Matters Involving Undergraduate Student Organizations   19

Nonacademic Matters Regarding Faculty, Staff, or Administration   19

Matters Involving Sexual Harassment or Assault or Racial or Ethnic Bias or Harassment   20

Protection Against Retaliation   20

Appeals Regarding Procedural Unfairness in Initial Proceedings   20

The Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC)   21

Powers   21

Membership   21

Committees   22

The Judicial Committee of the Council of the Princeton University Community   23

Powers and Membership   23

General Procedures   24

Procedure in Cases Not Previously Heard by Another Authority   24

Procedure in Appeals of Cases Previously Heard by Another Authority   27

Responsibilities of the Chair   28

Order of Proceedings in Cases of the First Instance   29

Order of Proceedings in Appeals Cases   30

Procedural Requests   30

Evidence   30

Reports   30

Appeals from Decisions of the Judicial Committee   31

II. Students and the University

Rights and Responsibilities of Students   33

Faculty Procedures of Concern to Students   33

Attendance at Faculty Meetings   33

Faculty Reconsideration of Proposals Regarding Undergraduate Curriculum   34

Graduate Student Departmental Committees   34

Interaction of Undergraduate Student Government Committees and Faculty Committees   35

Individual Student Appeal from Decisions of Faculty Committees   36

Coordination Between Faculty and Undergraduates on Matters Affecting Student Life   36

Undergraduate Departmental Committees   37

Undergraduate Student Government   38

Purpose   38

The Student Senate   38

Committees of the Student Senate   38

Class Officers   39

Referenda   39

Campus Associations and Activities   39

Student Publications   40

Regulations Concerning Specific Aspects of Student Life   40

Dormitory Regulations   40

Noise   41

Pets   42

Posting of Notices   42

Smoking   42

Fire Safety Policy   42

Candle/Flammable Liquid/Incense/Fireworks Policy   42

Use of Exterior Elevated Surfaces of Campus Buildings and Other Restricted Areas   42

Storage   43

Lofts   43

Privacy and Right of Re-entry   43

Search of Dormitory Rooms   44

Dining Regulations   44

Health Regulations   44

University Ban on the Nude Olympics   44

Hazing   45

New Jersey Law   45

Prohibition on Hazing   45

Acceptable Behavior   45

Sororities and Fraternities   46

Alcohol Policy   46

What are the responsibilities of Princeton University students?   46

When will the University intervene?   47

When are Princeton University students in violation of the alcohol policy?   47

Conduct at Prospect Street Clubs 48

Library   48

Motor Vehicle Regulations   48

Legal Assistance   48

Financial Regulations   49

Use of University Monies (Including Student Fees)   49

The Undergraduate Honor System   49

Jurisdiction over Undergraduates for Violations of Academic Rules and Regulations   49

Introduction   49

Current Procedure   50

Constitution of the Honor System   52

Article I   52

Article II   53

Article III   53

Article IV   54

Article V   56

Article VI   56

Article VII   56

Article VIII   56

Academic Regulations   57

Introduction   57

Jurisdiction over Undergraduates for Violations of Academic Rules and Regulations   57

Student Acknowledgment of Original Work   57

Transcription or Publication of Course-Related Materials   57

Tutoring   57

General Requirements for the Acknowledgment of Sources in Academic Work   58

Quotations   58

Paraphrasing   58

Ideas and Facts   58

Footnotes and Bibliography   58

Electronic and Other Sources   59

Laboratory Work, Problem Sets, Computer Programs, and Homework   59

Multiple Submission   59

Oral Reports   59

Standard Forms of Reference   59

Definitions of Academic Violations under the Jurisdiction of the Faculty-Student Committee on Discipline   60

Plagiarism   60

Unauthorized Multiple Submission   60

False Citation   60

False Data   60

Violations   60

Jurisdiction   60

Student’s Defense   60

Seriousness of the Offense   60

Penalties   61

Examples of Plagiarism   61

Original source:   61

1. Example of verbatim plagiarism, or unacknowledged direct quotation (lifted passages are underlined):   61

2. Example of lifting selected passages and phrases without proper acknowledgement (lifted passages are underlined):   62

3. Example of paraphrasing the text while maintaining the basic paragraph and sentence structure:   62

University Discipline   63

The Faculty-Student Committee on Discipline (Undergraduate) 63

Powers   63

Membership 63

General Procedures   63

Conduct of Hearings   65

Appeals   66

Records of Proceedings   66

Penalties   66

Grievance Procedures   66

The Graduate School   67

Jurisdiction over Graduate Students for Violations of Academic Rules and Regulations   67

The Graduate Student Government   67

Dormitory Regulations   67

Alcohol Policy   67

Dining Regulations   67

Financial Regulations   67

The Graduate School Judicial System   67

Disciplinary Procedures   68

Penalties   69

Appeal on Academic Matters   69

Appeal on Nonacademic Matters   70

Graduate Student Grievances   70

Student Privacy Rights under Federal Law   71

III. The University and the Community

Community Use of University Resources   75

Introduction   75

Administration   75

Types of Facility Use   75

By Explicit Invitation   75

By Implicit Invitation   75

By Participation in University-Sponsored or Sanctioned Programs   76

By Renting University Facilities in Periods of Low Usage, Especially in the Summer   76

By Private Invitation   77

Regulations Governing Solicitation, Distribution, and Peaceful Dissent, Protests, and Demonstrations by Off-Campus Individuals or Organizations   77

Commercial Sales   78

Charitable, Political, Religious, or Other Solicitation or Distribution   78

Peaceful Dissent, Protests, and Demonstrations   79

University Security Policy for Persons Who Are Not Members of the University   79

Index   81


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Cover photograph by Denise Applewhite


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