4: University Regulations
Academic Regulations |
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The Honor System
Department of Parking and Transportation
Department of Student Health
Address Changes |
Alcohol and Drug Policy |
Substance Abuse Resources |
Bicycle Policy |
Computer Usage Policy |
Confidentiality of Student Records
Discrimination Complaint Procedures |
Dogs Running at Large |
Fund Raising Projects by Student
Organizations on University Grounds |
Misuse of Student IDs at Athletic Events |
Residence Hall Visitation
Security Policy |
Sexual Harassment Policy |
Solicitors and Sales Representatives
Statement of Students' Rights and Responsibilities |
Use of University Equipment
Use of University Facilities |
University Services and Activities |
Videotapes and Copyright Law
Statement of Students' Rights and Responsibilities
The University of Virginia is a community of scholars in which
the ideals of freedom of inquiry, freedom of thought, freedom
of expression, and freedom of the individual are sustained. The
University is committed to supporting the exercise of any right
guaranteed to individuals by the Constitution and the Code of
Virginia and to educating students relative to their responsibilities.
The University of Virginia seeks to maintain an environment where
students have the following rights:
- Expression -- Students can freely examine and exchange
diverse ideas in an orderly manner inside and outside the classroom;
- Association -- Students can associate freely with other
individuals, groups of individuals and organizations for purposes
which do not infringe on the rights of others;
- Freedom from Discrimination -- Students can expect to
participate fully in the University community without discrimination
as defined by federal and state law and University regulations;
- Safe Environment -- Students can function in their daily
activities without unreasonable concerns for personal safety;
- Discipline -- Students can expect discipline to be implemented
through established procedures containing all elements of due
process for the adjudication of charges, and the opportunity for
continued University involvement (as appropriate) until the resolution
of the charges;
- Privacy -- Students are free of unreasonable intrusions
into personal records and/or matters relevant to identity, living
space and well being;
- High Quality Resources -- Students have access to high
quality resources which support intellectual and social development;
- Counseling -- Students have access to support in managing
personal adjustments, understanding self and others, and career
planning and personal decision making;
- Grievance Process -- Students have access to established
procedures for respectfully presenting and addressing their
to the University;
- Learning Beyond Formal Instruction -- Students have access
to a variety activities beyond the classroom, which support intellectual
and personal development.
- Education -- Students have access to excellent faculty,
academic technology, classrooms, libraries, presentations and
other resources necessary for the learning process.
- Personal Growth -- Students live and study in a setting
that fosters personal growth.
- Participation in Community Affairs -- Students have opportunities
to interact with people and institutions both within and beyond
the University community.
- Student Activity Fee Refunds -- Students may apply for
a partial refund of their student activity fee if they do not
wish to support the particular speech activities of some student
organizations receiving these funds.
- University Governance -- Students participate in the governance
of the University, with opportunities including but not limited
to the Honor, Judiciary and Bad Check Committees, allocations
of student activities fees, programming (University Union), Residence
Life (resident staff and house councils), and through membership
on University and school committees.
- Prompt Responses from Administration -- Students have
the right to expect prompt and courteous responses from the University's
academic and administrative departments.
- Academic and Administrative Policies -- Students can expect
academic and administrative policies that support intellectual
inquiry, learning, and growth.
The exercise and preservation of these freedoms and rights require
a respect for the rights of all in the community. Students enrolling
in the University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in
a manner that is civil and compatible with the University's function
as an educational institution. It is clear that in a community
of learning, willful disruption of the educational process, destruction
of property, and interference with the orderly process of the
University, or with the rights of other members of the University,
cannot be tolerated. In order to fulfill its functions of imparting
and gaining knowledge, the University has the authority and
to maintain order within the University and to exclude those who
are disruptive of the educational process.
Standards of Conduct The University of Virginia is a
of scholars in which the ideals of freedom of inquiry, freedom
of thought, freedom of expression, and freedom of the individual
are sustained. It is committed to preserving the exercise of any
right guaranteed to individuals by the Constitution. However,
the exercise and preservation of these freedoms and rights require
a respect for the rights of all in the community to enjoy them
to the same extent. It is clear that in a community of learning,
willful disruption of the educational process, destruction of
property, and interference with the orderly process of the University
or with the rights of other members of the University cannot be
tolerated. Students enrolling in the University assume an obligation
to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the University's
function as an educational institution. To fulfill its functions
of imparting and gaining knowledge, the University retains the
power to maintain order within the University and to exclude those
who are disruptive of the educational process.
Generally, prohibited conduct for which a student is subject to
discipline is defined as follows (not including violations of
the honor system and motor vehicle regulations):
- Physical or sexual assault of any person on University-owned
or leased property or at University-sponsored or supervised functions,
or conduct which threatens the health or safety of any such person
or the physical or sexual assault of any University student, faculty
member or employee at the local residence of any University student,
faculty member or employee within the city of Charlottesville
or Albemarle County.
- Substantial damage to University-owned or leased property
or to property of a University student, employee, faculty member
or visitor occurring on University-owned or leased property or
at the residence of any student, faculty member or employee within
the city of Charlottesville or Albemarle County.
- Unauthorized entry into or occupation of University facilities
which are locked, closed to student activities, or otherwise restricted
as to use.
- Intentional disruption or obstruction of teaching, research,
administration, disciplinary procedures, other University activities,
or activities authorized to take place on University property.
- Unlawfully blocking or impeding normal pedestrian or vehicular
traffic on or adjacent to University property.
- Violation of rules governing residence in University-owned,
or leased property as stated in the Record.
- Alteration, fabrication or misuse of, or obtaining unauthorized
access to, University identification cards, other documents, or
computer files or systems.
- Disorderly conduct on University-owned or leased property,
or at University-sponsored functions. Disorderly conduct is defined
to include sexual harassment and acts which breach the peace or are
or obscene, and which are not constitutionally protected speech.
- Violation of University policies or of University regulations
as described in The Record including regulations concerning the
use of University facilities.
- Any violation of federal, state, or local law if such directly
affects the University's pursuit of its proper educational purpose
and only to the extent such violations are not covered by the
Standards of Conduct and only where a specific provision of statute
or ordinance is charged in the complaint.
- Intentional conduct which violates the rules of confidentiality,
or which obstructs the operations of the Honor Committee, the
University Judiciary Committee, or any subsidiary body.
- Failure to comply with directions of University officials
acting under provisions 1 through 11 set out above. This shall
include failure to give identity in situations concerning alleged
violations of sections 1 through 11.
Sanctions One or more of the following sanctions for
conduct may be imposed by the Judiciary Committee upon students,
depending upon the gravity of the offense:
- Admonition An oral statement to a student that he or
she is violating or has violated institution rules;
- Warning Notice, in writing, that continuation or
of conduct found wrongful, within a period of time stated in the
warning, may be cause for more severe disciplinary action;
- Reprimand A written censure for violation of the
standards of conduct placed in the student's record, including
the possibility of more severe disciplinary sanctions should another
violation occur within a stated period of time;
- Disciplinary probation Exclusion from participation
in privileged or extracurricular activities as set forth in the
notice of probation for a period of time not exceeding two academic
- Restitution Reimbursement for damage to or
- Suspension Exclusion from classes and other privileges
or activities or from the University, as set forth in the notice
of suspension, for a definite period of time.
- Interim suspension Temporary suspension by an official
of the University of a student who engages in conduct posing a
substantial threat to the health or safety of other members of
the University or to University property, pending a hearing of
Upon the student's request, any student so suspended shall be
entitled to a hearing within 24 hours before the Judiciary Committee
or its designated subcommittee. If the student is unavailable,
such hearing may be postponed until he or she is able to attend.
Any student so suspended who thereafter enters upon those areas
of the Grounds denied him or her by the terms of the suspension,
other than with the permission of or at the request of University
officials or of a duly authorized hearing body for purposes of
a hearing, is subject to prosecution thereafter by civil authorities.
Should the interim suspension be found to be without probable
cause, any notation referring to such shall be stricken from the
A student so suspended must be given the following warnings by
the suspending official:
- You are hereby temporarily suspended and barred from
(location -- Grounds
or portion thereof). You may not enter (area) without the permission
of or upon the request of University officials or of an authorized
hearing body for purposes of a hearing.
- You are entitled to a hearing within 24 hours before the Judiciary
Committee to determine whether this suspension is with probable
cause and may continue pending a full trial. It is your responsibility
to request a hearing and the suspending official will notify the
chair of the Judiciary Committee of your wishes. (Give name and
telephone number of chair of Judiciary Committee to student.)
- Suspension held in abeyance Exclusion from classes
other privileges or activities or from the University as set forth
in the notice of suspension for a definite period of time be enforced
should another violation occur.
- Expulsion Termination of student status for any
period. The condition of readmission, if any, shall be stated
in the order of expulsion.
Cases Involving Sexual Assault The University has
a separate procedure to deal with allegations of sexual assault.
Contact the Office of the Dean of Students for full information
on the procedure.
Cases Involving Psychiatric Issues The University has
a separate procedure to deal with allegations of misconduct for
certain student cases involving psychiatric issues. Contact the
Office of the Dean of Students for full information on the procedure.
Conduct in the Residence Area In addition to the general
University regulations described above, there exist policies employed
by Resident Staff which govern residence in University Housing.
These include a security policy, alcohol policy, living environment
policy, and a drug policy. Such policies represent basic areas
of emphasis and by no means do they constitute the entire range
of Resident Staff policy. There also exist specific regulations
which define the terms and conditions of occupancy of University
Housing. While such policies and regulations are too lengthy to
be listed here, it should be noted that they are encompassed under
the University's Standards of Conduct, specifically under standards
six and nine. Copies of these policies are available in the Office
of Residence Life.
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