Student Code of Conduct

Part of the goal of a college education is to grow one’s awareness and appreciation of the ideals of human life, in one’s ability to consider the long run consequences of one’s acts, and the degree to which one can assume responsibility for his or her own actions and way of living. Drury seeks to encourage serious moral thinking by its students and to provide an atmosphere of freedom in which moral autonomy can be developed.

Students are expected to observe minimum standards of conduct designed to ensure maximum freedom for all. Any violation of the Drury University Student Code of Conduct will be managed through disciplinary action, up to and including separation from the university.

  1. HARASSMENT: Students shall not harass other students, faculty or staff members.
  2. BEHAVIOR: Students shall not behave in a manner that is disruptive to class or other learning experiences.
  3. PROPERTY RIGHTS: Drury students shall observe property rights of individuals and institutions. Theft, destruction of property and unauthorized entry are not permitted.
  4. HONESTY: Fraud, forgery and failure to honor agreements with the university are not permitted.
  5. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: The highest standards of academic excellence and integrity are expected from all Drury students. Please see Academic Integrity in the Academic Affairs section for more details.
  6. PRIVACY: Students shall respect others’ right to privacy.
  7. CAMPUS INVOLVEMENT: Students shall respect the right of others to engage in campus activities, to attend meetings, to move freely about the campus and to study.
  8. ENDANGERMENT: Students shall not injure or endanger the health of others.
  9. ADDRESS REPORTING: Each student is required to report his or her correct Springfield or community address at the time of registration each semester. This reported address must be the student’s actual place of residence. Any change of address must be reported within three days to the Dean of Students Office or to the Registrar’s Office.
  10. DEBT TO UNIVERSITY: Any student who incurs debt with the university and fails to make a satisfactory settlement may be dismissed. No student with unsettled debt will be permitted to register for academic work. In addition, the university will not provide any evidence of attendance or any official credentials while the debt remains unsettled.
  11. RESPONSE & COOPERATION: Students are required to respond promptly to any summons, identify themselves and cooperate when asked to do so by university officials.
  12. GAMBLING: Gambling is prohibited on university property or at any official student function.
  13. DRUGS & ALCOHOL: Any illegal use, possession or trafficking of drugs or alcohol is forbidden. Please see Campus Alcohol and Drug policies for more information.
  14. COMMUNITY STANDARDS: Drury students shall observe all Drury policies and procedures.
  15. CAMPUS HOUSING: Drury students shall observe all Drury Housing and residential regulations.
  16. SEXUAL ABUSE & HARASSMENT: Drury University prohibits sexual abuse and/or harassment by its students, employees and citizens.
  17. PROTEST: Although the right of peaceful protest within the Drury community is recognized, the university retains the right to assure the safety of individuals, the protection of property and the continuity of the educational process. In order to ensure that the rights of the institution and of all individuals be protected, the following regulations have been established:
    1. Picketing within 50 feet of an external access to buildings, interference with entrance to or exit from facilities and interruption of classes or other normal functions of the university exceed permissible limits.
    2. Any attempt to control or take over buildings, faculty or administrative offices, or other facilities in any buildings where university space is in use for an authorized function, whether conduct of a class, a public or a private meeting under approved sponsorship, normal administrative or educational functions, or service-related activities (health services, recreational activities or personnel placement) exceed permissible limits. Respect must be accorded any regulations imposed by the person in charge. That is, any requirement to desist from specified activities or to leave the premises must be obeyed. Any regulations imposed are reviewable by the president.
    3. At no time is force or violence to be employed, nor should participants in a demonstration or picketing conduct themselves in such a way as to constitute an immediate or potential threat of force or violence against persons or property.
    4. Rooms in which instruction, research or study normally take place may be occupied only when assigned through established procedures; however, buildings must be cleared at the normal closing time for each building unless other arrangements are approved in advance.
    5. Every student enrolled in the university has the right to be interviewed on campus by any legal organization that desires to recruit at the campus. Any student or group of students has the right to protest against the appearance on campus of any organization, provided the protest does not interfere with any other student’s opportunity to have such an interview.
    6. The dean of students shall be informed of the time and place of demonstration in advance of any public announcement of plans for a demonstration. Only such limitations on the areas in which demonstrations are held as are reasonably necessary to avoid physical harm or physical conflict between groups of demonstrators may be prescribed. Students also should be advised as to whether their demonstration is consistent with stated regulations.

Drury University is committed to excellence in education and believes that excellence may only be reached in an environment free from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment threatens the careers of students, faculty and staff and undermines the mission of the university.

Drury University affirms that sexual harassment is unacceptable and will not be condoned; the university’s intent is to provide an environment for students and employees that is free from sexual harassment.

Off-campus violations of civil law shall be left to the jurisdiction of the appropriate civil authorities. The university reserves the right to prosecute students in the civil courts for on-campus violations of civil law. University authority shall never be used to duplicate the function of civil laws.