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Chapter 4

ARTICLE I. Rules of Conduct*


The following general rules, applicable to all, are designed to preserve freedom of expression and association on the Case Western Reserve University campus and to reaffirm the civil, personal, and property rights of the University and its members. University members who violate one or more of these rules will be subject to internal disciplinary action.


Conduct which is subject to university disciplinary action includes:


  1. Interference with freedom of speech or movement, or intentional disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, or other functions on university property.

  2. Actual or threatened physical abuse of any person on university premises or at functions sponsored or supervised by the University.

  3. Refusal to comply with the directions of university officials, instructional or administrative, acting in performance of their duties.

  4. Theft or vandalism of university property or that of a member of the University or a campus visitor.

  5. All forms of dishonesty, including cheating, plagiarism, knowingly furnishing false information to the University, forgery, and the alteration or misuse of university documents, records, or instruments of identification.

  6. Unauthorized carrying or possession on university premises of firearms or any weapon with which injury, death, or destruction may be inflicted.

  7. Violations of civil law on university premises or in connection with university functions. There are also other specific rules and regulations within the University and its several components, violations of which are subject to disciplinary action. General and special rules and regulations and provisions for disciplines, arbitration, and appeal, are issued as follows:

    For faculty members: the Faculty Handbook, published by the Office of the Secretary of the University Faculty and certain specified provisions of the Human Resources Policy Manual involving general University policies.

    For students: student handbooks and manuals issued by the deans' offices of the several schools and colleges of the University.

    For staff members: the Human Resources Policy Manual available in all departments and issued by the University's Department of Human Resources.

Any member of the university community accused of violating a rule or regulation is entitled to adequate notice of all charges and to a fair hearing. The president of the University has the authority to suspend an employee or student so accused prior to a hearing, if, in the judgment of the president, the individual's presence constitutes a danger to people or property on the campus.


While the University's rules and regulations exist to affirm the special values and functions of the academic community, it should be noted that, as citizens, all members of the University are subject to civil laws, including those governing the use of alcohol and drugs.



*Office of the President 9/77.