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Division of Academic and Student Affairs

Policy Changes

Principles and Policies Governing the Judicial System

The heart of ECU’s judicial system is the Honor Code. This code states: “You are on your honor not to cheat, steal, or lie.”

East Carolina University recognizes the rights of all students as responsible members of society and as citizens of the United States; the rights to respect and consideration to the constitutionally guaranteed freedoms of speech, assembly, and association; and the rights of all students within the institution to freedom of inquiry and to the reasonable use of the services and facilities of the university which are intended for their education.

In the interest of maintaining order on the campus and guaranteeing the broadest range of freedom to each member of the community, some rules have been established by the students and other members of the university community acting in concert. These rules limit some activities and prescribe certain behavior that is harmful to the orderly operation of the institution and the pursuit of its legitimate goals. All students are held to be informed of these rules, which are printed in the Clue Book and on the university’s site on the World Wide Web. All amendments to this code will be updated on the web site and published in the East Carolinian by October 15 each year. All students need to be aware of the changes, which will take effect annually on November 1.

Any student whose conduct is unsatisfactory as defined in these policies and regulations will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, including possible suspension or expulsion. Willful disregard of any established university policy or regulation or disciplinary offense is considered an offense subject to disciplinary action, which can be initiated by campus police, administrators, faculty, staff, or students. Charges will be brought against an individual student, group of students, or a university-registered organization when clear-cut violation of the Code of Conduct, disciplinary offenses, or violation of established policies and regulations occur.

If any student is accused of a violation of any of these rules, he or she has the right to a speedy and fair hearing before an appropriate hearing board. Appropriate due process safeguards have been built into the procedures that govern each of these boards so that no permanent or recorded penalty shall be meted out until the student accused has a fair chance to be heard. Appropriate appeals are allowed from the decisions of these boards. All judicial findings are subject to review by the vice chancellor for student life of East Carolina University, and he or she shall have the final authority to sustain, change, or reverse any findings.

These policies are vested in the departments or individuals listed below:

  1. Instructor and Classroom Control. The instructor has the ultimate control over classroom behavior and can dismiss from the classroom any student engaged in disruptive conduct. The instructor should, in the event such action is necessary, immediately report the incident to the head of the department or dean of the school and the associate vice chancellor for student success. Except for the risk to the physical and emotional well-being of a student, faculty member, or the university, the status of the accused student will not change pending disciplinary action on the reported incident.

  2. Traffic and Parking Regulations. Each student is responsible for compliance with the rules and regulations governing the registration and use of motor vehicles as printed in the Campus Traffic Regulations. This booklet can be obtained from the Department of Parking and Transportation Services. Students should familiarize themselves with these regulations.

  3. Solicitations. Solicitation, selling, merchandising, posting, and/or other distribution of posters and/or handbills or similar activities on university-controlled property is prohibited. Exceptions shall be approved by the vice chancellor for student life, his or her designated representative, or the committee on canvassing and solicitation.

  4. Use of Amplifying Equipment. The use of amplifying equipment, including soundtracks, on university property requires the permission of the vice chancellor for student life or his or her designated representative.

  5. Distribution of Literature on Campus. Distribution of commercial literature or leaflets by organizations not recognized by the Student Government Association or registered with the university, or by individual students or people not officially connected with the university is not permitted on university-controlled property without the approval of the vice chancellor for student life or his or her designated representative. Literature and materials for distribution on university-controlled property must not contain writings that are libelous, obscene, or in violation of federal, state, or local laws.

  6. Identification Card. Each student at East Carolina University, whether full time or part time, shall have an ECU 1 Card, which is the official university ID card. The ECU 1 Card shall be used by the student at all functions and at all times when identification is required on the university campus. The ECU 1 Card is an official university document. Fraudulently obtaining, using, or permitting another person to use an ECU 1 Card is in violation of university policies and/or the law. Anyone found guilty of such an offense shall face disciplinary measures by the university and/or legal action.

  7. Security. In order to provide necessary protection of student and university property, and to enforce university rules and regulations, East Carolina University provides a force of university police officers.

  8. Check Cashing. Students must be aware of the penalties involved in giving the university a bad check. A fee is charged for returned checks. Students should also recognize and realize that the university reserves the right to discipline a student for repeated or flagrant incidents pertaining to returned checks.

  9. Joint Violation of Law and University Policies. These rules should give you an adequate picture of your position within the university community. However, you also should realize that commission of an act that violates laws as well as the rules and standards of the university may result in legal steps against you by an appropriate court of law and by the university. (This is not a violation of the legal prohibition against “double jeopardy.”) For example, students convicted of possession or sale of drugs in a court of law (for on- or off-campus violations) face the possibility of suspension from the university in addition to appropriate legal penalties.

The following summarize areas in which university rules and state laws coincide and in which students may have to answer to both forums for their behavior. This list is not meant to be an all-inclusive list.

  1. Under North Carolina law, a student may be convicted of a criminal offense for instigating, aiding, or participating in a riot or for entering a building for the purpose of destroying records or other property.

  2. To carry a concealed weapon or display firearms in public areas or adjacent thereto is prohibited by law.

  3. Students should know that the sale, possession, or transportation into this state of many types of fireworks is a violation of state law. No fireworks are permitted on campus.

  4. North Carolina law prohibits mischievous interference with a fire alarm box or misuse of fire equipment. Any person who aids or causes the burning of a school building or other public property may be convicted of the crime of arson.

  5. The use of indecent language, harassment, or false statements over the telephone; the malicious damage of utility equipment; or the intentional avoidance of payment of bills for telecommunication services are all violations of state law.

  6. It is unlawful for any person to manufacture, possess, have under his or her control, sell, administer, or dispense any narcotic, stimulant, depressant, or hallucinogenic drug except as authorized by a licensed physician.