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Off-Campus Conduct Policy

Off-Campus Conduct Policy

Whether on or off campus, students are expected to adhere to the Code of Conduct established by Fordham University.This applies to students in Fordham off-campus housing as well as students dwelling in non-University sponsored off-campus housing. The University reserves the right to investigate and subsequently apply University discipline in certain off-campus situations.

Off-Campus Alcohol Conduct Policy
Off-campus situations involving the illegal use of alcohol and/or unlawful conduct clearly impact the University community and require additional policies and procedures.

Although the University’s primary emphasis is education, it also recognizes its responsibility  to  develop  alcohol  regulations  that  address  the  issues  of  personal health and safety. This Off-Campus Alcohol Conduct Policy, as part of Fordham’s overall alcohol education effort, aims to increase awareness of the problems alcohol can create, ensure safety, encourage personal accountability,and promote responsible use of alcohol.

Each student must assume full personal responsibility for his or her compliance with the New York State law and with the University policy on alcohol. This policy has been designed to prevent the destructive consequences of illegal and excessive drinking. Fordham University accepts the responsibility to enforce its own code of conduct and will impose sanctions on students guilty of violating any Code provision, on or off-campus.

Fordham University will not tolerate the misuse of alcohol, violation of New York State laws, or violation of University alcohol policies. In certain instances, Fordham University will cooperate fully with local law enforcement officials in instituting the following procedures for addressing students in the local neighborhood engaged in underage drinking, disorderly conduct, or public drunkenness.

New York City Police Officers, in their discretion, will intervene when students are observed to be engaging in unlawful conduct and may confiscate their student identification cards. At the same time, the officer will make a report as to the behavior of the student and submit both the card(s) and the report(s) to the Fordham Department of Public Safety.  Students who were apprehended in violation of the law should be able to retrieve their IDs at the Department of Public Safety no later than one day after the violation. 

The reports will be sent to the Dean of Student’s Office and the student will face student conduct violations. A student conduct hearing will be scheduled as necessary and appropriate. The following sanctions will be assessed:

First Offense: Official University warning, Parent notification, $25.00 fine.

Second Offense: Student Life Probation, Parent notification, $50.00 fine.
Sanctions may also include 10 work hours and/or referral to educational programs subject to the discretion of the University.

Third Offense: Official University warning, Parent notification, $100.00 fine.
Sanctions may also include 20 work hours and/or referral to educational programs subject to the discretion of the University.

Fourth Offense: Sanctions will include all of the sanctions applicable to the third offense and may also include suspension or expulsion from the University.

Fine monies will be used directly to fund alcohol education efforts at Fordham University, including  the Office of Substance Abuse Prevention and Student Support/Office of Alsohol and Other Drug Education, Alcohol Awareness Week, and other educational programs as they develop.

Nothing contained in this policy will be deemed to preclude the imposition of additional University sanctions for other violations of the Code of Conduct which might arise simultaneously or in proximity to these offenses. Nothing in this policy should be construed to afford the student a right to protection against lawful, criminal prosecution by New York City Police or other appropriate civil authorities. The University reserves the right to remove and disenroll any student who has been convicted by a court of competent jurisdiction of any felony or misdemeanor crime.

In connection with parents’ notification, and in accordance with the policies set forth in this handbook, a student will be considered a dependent, enabling notification of parents, unless the student can establish proof to the contrary directly to the Dean of Students.

Updated on Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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