30.4.0 Behavioral Expectations & Acts of Violence

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The State University of New York at Canton is committed to creating and maintaining a learning, working, and social environment for all students and staff that is free from violence. The premise on which this program is built is that acts of violence will be met with strong disciplinary action and will not be tolerated. There is a need to send both a consistent and strong message that violence will not be tolerated. We also have a responsibility to identify those who may have a problem and assist them in obtaining professional help.

Civility, understanding, and mutual respect toward all individuals are intrinsic to excellence in teaching and learning, to the existence of a safe and healthy workplace, and to the maintenance of a campus culture and environment that serves the needs of the constituencies supporting it.

30.4.1 Acts Of Violence

The College will not tolerate acts of violence towards other students, staff, community members, or visitors.

Any student who is involved in an act of violence on campus may be immediately placed on Interim Suspension pending the outcome of a hearing before the Student Faculty Hearing Board if deemed appropriate by the Vice President for Student Affairs. If the individual(s) are found to have committed an act of violence, thus a violation of the Code of Student Conduct, it could result in sanctions up to and including suspension from College for the balance of the current semester or subsequent semesters as appropriate with no special refunds.

For the purpose of this Policy, violence and threats of violence include but are not limited to:

  1. Any act that is physically assaultive, or
  2. Any physical or verbal threat, behavior or action which is interpreted by a reasonable person to carry the potential to
    1. harm or endanger the safety of others;
    2. result in an act of aggression; or
    3. maliciously destroy or damage property, or
  3. Hazing

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