Drury University is a safe, education-oriented and community-minded campus that maintains an academic and social environment conducive to intellectual and personal development of students and promotes the safety and welfare of all members of the campus community. Drury University prohibits the abuse of personal rights by its students, employees and citizens. Drury University will cooperate with authorities in the enforcement of all applicable laws.
Drury University prohibits the offenses of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking and reaffirms its commitment to maintain a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the university community.
The abuse of personal rights by Drury students, university employees or Drury citizens is prohibited on university-owned or -controlled property, in conjunction with university-sponsored or -supervised activities, or at any activity or event that an observer would associate with Drury students, university employees or Drury citizens.
This policy has been established to protect the integrity of the educational experience, encourage positive behavior and enhance the community commitment of Drury students, university employees or Drury citizens.
PERSONAL RIGHTS POLICY VIOLATION SANCTIONS
For certain violations, standard sanctions are already in place. The following sanctions are standard for personal rights violations. Drury University reserves the right to modify or change any standard sanction dependent upon the severity and nature of the violation.
Violators of this policy will be subject to sanctions ranging from official letters of warning and reprimand to disciplinary suspension from the university, according to the severity of the offense.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Per Violation
Crimes of violence committed by a victim’s current or former spouse, current or former cohabitant, persons similarly situated under domestic or family law, or anyone else protected under domestic or family violence law including any child (under 17 years of age) who is a member of the family or household.
DATING VIOLENCE: Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim and where the existence of such relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of (i) The length of the relationship, (ii) The type of relationship, and (iii) The frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
SIMPLE ASSAULT: Per Violation
An unlawful physical attack by one person upon another where neither the offender displays a weapon, nor the victim suffers obvious severe or aggravated bodily injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration, or loss of consciousness.
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT: Per Violation
An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggregated bodily injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm and also includes negligent manslaughter.
Violations include but are not limited to: Fighting, inciting fights, assaults, acts of violence, abuse, threats, language that is designed or has the impact of inciting others to violate this policy, and endangering the safety of other persons, including unauthorized throwing or dropping of any objects in or from University facilities.
GROSS DISRESPECT or HARRASSMENT
Actions which have the potential for physically harming another person, which create conditions that pose a risk of physical harm to another, or which cause reasonable apprehension of physical harm are prohibited. Disruptive activities or disorderly conduct at a campus activity or on University-owned or controlled property or at a University-sponsored or supervised function which inhibits or interferes with the educational responsibility of the University community or the University’s social/educational activities are prohibited.
Violations include but are not limited to: using abusive, indecent, profane, or vulgar language; indecent disorderly conduct; obstruction or interference of reasonable activities; verbal, physical, written, or electronic acts of intimidation, intimidation, bullying and/or harassment; making racial or ethnic slurs; making slurs against another’s religion, disability, gender, or sexual orientation; and the use of social networking websites to harass, stalk, threaten, or in any way intimidate another student.
NOISE VIOLATION: Per Violation (includes peace disturbance)
POSSESSION OF WEAPONS: Per Violation
Possession of any type of weapon on university property, including parking lots and green space, is strictly prohibited unless the individual has university approval through association with a public law enforcement agency, or has registered the weapon with the Director of Security and has written permission from the Dean of Students or the President. In the case of firearms, the policy applies whether or not the weapon is loaded and whether or not it is capable of being fired. Violations include but are not limited to: firearms or items that resemble firearms (including paintball, bb, and pellet guns), illegal knives (knives with blades longer than five and one-half inches), hand instruments designed to cut or stab, and other weapons (bows).