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Rights, Rules, Responsibilities, 2015 edition

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 Section 2 "Students and the University" (orange pages) or the policy manuals available from the Office of the Dean of the Faculty and the Office of Human Resources.

1. University-wide Regulations

1.1 University Principles of General Conduct and Regulations

1.1.1 Introduction

1.1.2 Academic Integrity

1.1.3 Statement on Freedom of Expression

1.1.4 Statement on Diversity and Community

1.1.5 Honesty and Cooperation in University Matters

1.1.6 Confidentiality of Records

1.1.7 Range of Penalties

1. Warning

2. Disciplinary Probation

3. Withholding of Degree

4. Suspension

5. Suspension with Conditions

6. Expulsion

7. Censure

1.1.8 Circumstances Affecting Health or Safety

1.2 University-wide Conduct Regulations

1.2.1 Respect for Others

1.2.2 Discrimination, Bias, or Harassment (Based on a Protected Characteristic)

1.2.3 Peaceful Dissent, Protests, and Demonstrations

1.2.4 Distribution of Written Materials by Members of the University Community

1.2.5 Personal Safety

1.2.6 Quiet

1.2.7 TigerCards (ID Cards) and Other Identification

1.3 Sex Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct

1.3.1 The University's Title IX Coordinator

1.3.2 Scope of This Policy

1.3.3 Prohibited Conduct

1.3.4 Relationships with Individuals in Authority

1.3.5 Confidentiality, Privacy, and Related Responsibilities

1.3.6 Support Resources

1.3.7 Options for Complainants and Other Reporting Parties

1.3.8 Filing a Complaint or Report with the Title IX Coordinator

1.3.9 Interim Measures

1.3.10 Investigations and Disciplinary Procedures in General for This Policy

1.3.11 Making a Criminal Complaint to Law Enforcement

1.3.12 Investigation, Disciplinary, and Appeal Procedures for Cases When the Respondent Is a Student

1.3.13 Investigation, Disciplinary, and Appeal Procedures for Cases When the Respondent Is a Faculty or Staff Member

1.3.14 Disciplinary Procedures Where One Party Is a Member of the University Community and the Other Party Is a Non-Member of the University Community

1.3.15 Other Investigation and Resolution Procedures

1.3.16 Range of Penalties under This Policy and Disciplinary Procedures

1.4 The University, the Law, and Property Rights

1.4.1 On-Campus Misconduct and the Law

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

1.4.2 Off-Campus Misconduct

1.4.3 Violations of Local, State, or Federal Law

1.4.4 University Discipline and the Courts

1.4.5 University Safety, Security, and Law Enforcement

1.4.6 Regulations Regarding Security and Prior Restraint

Security Measures

Prior Restraint

1.4.7 Property

1.4.8 Library Use

1.4.9 Computer and Network Use

1.4.10 Patent and Copyright Policies

1.4.11 Princeton University Name, Marks, and Seal

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

1.5.1 Introduction

1.5.2 Guidelines

1.6 Health and Safety Policies

1.6.1 Drugs

State Laws

University Policy Concerning Use of Illegal Drugs

1.6.2 Alcoholic Beverages

1.6.3 Smoking

1.7 Resolution of Complaints against Members of the University Community

1.7.1 Informal Procedures

1.7.2 Formal Procedures

1.7.3 Protection from Retaliation

1.7.4 Academic Matters

1.7.5 Nonacademic Matters Other Than Sexual Misconduct Involving Students

1.7.6 Nonacademic Matters Involving Undergraduate Student Organizations

1.7.7 Nonacademic Matters Other Than Sexual Misconduct Regarding Faculty, Staff, or Administration

1.8 The Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC)

1.8.1 Powers

1.8.2 Membership

1.8.3 Committees

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

1.9.1 Powers and Membership

1.9.2 General Procedures

1.9.3 Procedure in Cases Not Previously Heard by Another Authority

1.9.4 Procedure in Appeals of Cases Previously Heard by Another Authority

1.9.5 Responsibilities of the Chair

1.9.6 Order of Proceedings in Cases of the First Instance

1.9.7 Order of Proceedings in Appeals Cases

1.9.8 Procedural Requests

1.9.9 Evidence

1.9.10 Reports

1.9.11 Appeals from Decisions of the Judicial Committee

2. Students and the University

2.1 Rights and Responsibilities of Students

2.1.1 Faculty Procedures of Concern to Students

Attendance at Faculty Meetings

Faculty Reconsideration of Proposals Regarding Undergraduate Curriculum

Graduate Student Departmental Committees

Interaction of Undergraduate Student Government Committees and Faculty Committees

Individual Student Appeal from Decisions of Faculty Committees

Coordination Between Faculty and Students on Matters Affecting Student Life

Undergraduate Departmental Committees

2.1.2 Undergraduate Student Government


Objects of the USG Senate

Members of the USG Senate

Committees of the USG Senate

Objects of Class Government

Class Officers 


2.1.3 Campus Associations and Activities

2.1.4 Student Publications

2.1.5 Students with Disabilities and Requests for Reasonable Accommodation

2.2 Regulations Concerning Specific Aspects of Student Life

2.2.1 Dormitory Regulations



Posting of Notices


Fire Safety Policy

Candle/Flammable Liquid/Incense/Fireworks Policy



Privacy and Right of Re-entry

Search of Dormitory Rooms

Residential Living Policies for Graduate Students

2.2.2 Other Building and Safety Regulations

2.2.3 Campus Dining Regulations

2.2.4 Health Regulations

2.2.5 Disorderly Conduct

2.2.6 University Ban on the Nude Olympics

2.2.7 Hazing

New Jersey Law

Prohibition on Hazing

Acceptable Behavior

2.2.8 Fraternities and Sororities

Prohibited activities

Students covered by this policy

Definition of a fraternity or sorority


2.2.9 Alcohol Policy

What are the responsibilities of Princeton University students?

When will the Department of Public Safety or other University administrators intervene?

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

What are the consequences of violating the alcohol policy?

2.2.10 Drug Policy

2.2.11 Conduct at Prospect Avenue Clubs

2.2.12 Transportation and Parking Services

Freshmen and Sophomores

Juniors and Seniors


2.2.13 Legal Assistance

2.2.14 Financial Regulations

2.2.15 Use of University Monies (Including Student Fees)

2.3 The Undergraduate Honor System

2.3.1 Jurisdiction over Undergraduates for Violations of Academic Rules and Regulations

2.3.2 Introduction

Student obligation to the Honor Code

Examination procedures set by faculty

Role of Honor Committee

2.3.3 Current Procedure

Report and investigation of a suspected violation


Decision and results


Guilty verdict and consequences


2.3.4 Constitution of the Honor System

Article I

Article II

Article III

Article IV

Article V

Article VI

Article VII

Article VIII

2.4 Academic Regulations

2.4.1 Introduction

2.4.2 Jurisdiction over Undergraduates for Violations of Academic Rules and Regulations

2.4.3 Student Acknowledgment of Original Work

2.4.4 Transcription or Publication of Course-Related Materials

2.4.5 Tutoring

2.4.6 General Requirements for the Acknowledgment of Sources in Academic Work



Ideas and Facts

Footnotes and Bibliography

Electronic and Other Sources

Laboratory Work, Problem Sets, Computer Programs, and Homework

Multiple Submission

Oral Reports

Standard Forms of Reference

2.4.7 Definitions of Academic Violations under the Jurisdiction of the Faculty-Student Committee on Discipline and the Graduate School Faculty Subcommittee on Student Life and Discipline 


Unauthorized Multiple Submission

False Citation

False Data

Attempt to Gain an Unfair Advantage

Violation of Examination Procedures

2.4.8 Violations


Student’s Defense

Seriousness of the Offense


2.4.9 Examples of Plagiarism

Original source:

1. Example of verbatim plagiarism, or unacknowledged direct quotation 

2. Example of lifting selected passages and phrases without proper acknowledgement 

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


2.5 University Discipline

2.5.1 Jurisdiction

2.5.2 The Faculty-Student Committee on Discipline


Notice and Convening of Hearings

Enrollment and Residence Status

Conduct of Hearings

Deliberations and Findings

Appeals in Graduate and Undergraduate Behavioral Cases

Appeals in Undergraduate Academic Cases

2.5.3 Adjudication of Infractions That Do Not Result in Separation (Undergraduate)

General Procedures


2.5.4 Records of Proceedings (Undergraduate)

2.5.5 Penalties

2.5.6 Grievance Procedures

2.6 The Graduate School

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

2.6.2 The Graduate Student Government



Getting Involved

2.6.3 Dormitory Regulations

2.6.4 Alcohol Policy

2.6.5 Dining Regulations

2.6.6 Financial Regulations

2.6.7 The Graduate School Judicial System

Academic Disciplinary Procedures

Appeal on Academic Disciplinary Matters

Nonacademic Disciplinary Procedures

Appeal on Nonacademic Disciplinary Matters


Enrollment and Resident Status

Records of Proceedings

Graduate Student Grievances

2.7 Student Privacy Rights under Federal Law

3. The University and the Community

3.1 Community Use of University Resources

3.1.1 Introduction

3.1.2 Administration

3.1.3 Types of Facility Use

By Explicit Invitation

By Implicit Invitation

By Participation in University-Sponsored or Sanctioned Programs

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

By Private Invitation

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

3.2.1 Commercial Sales

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

3.2.3 Peaceful Dissent, Protests, and Demonstrations

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

3.3.1 Overview

3.3.2 Short-Term Persona Non Grata (“Short-Term Notice”)

Circumstances That May Lead to the Issuance of a Short-Term Notice

Short-Term Notice Review Process

3.3.3 Long-Term Persona Non Grata (“Long-Term Notice”)

Circumstances That May Lead to the Issuance of a Long-Term Notice

Long-Term Notice Review Process

3.3.4 Information Included in a PNG Notice

3.3.5 Criminal Violation