Property Rights Policy

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 property rights by its students, employees and citizens. Drury University will cooperate with authorities in the enforcement of all applicable laws.

Property rights violations include, but are not limited to theft, destruction of property, possession or consumption of prohibited materials, fire code violations, misuse of emergency materials and unauthorized entry or presence in a restricted area.

The abuse of property 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.

PROPERTY RIGHTS POLICY VIOLATION SANCTIONS
For certain violations, standard sanctions are already in place. The following sanctions are standard for a property rights violation. Drury University reserves the right to modify or change any standard sanction dependent upon the severity and nature of the violation.

VANDALISM AND/OR ABUSE/MISUSE OF PROPERTY
Violations include but are not limited to: destroying, defacing, damaging, or misusing of private or university property (including misuse of fire or life-safety equipment or property) or property belonging to another.

1st VIOLATION:

  • Community Service: A minimum of 10 hours of community service
  • Fine: A minimum $50 fine assessed to student account
  • Restitution: Responsibility for repairs and replacement of stolen or damaged property

2nd VIOLATION:

  • Community Service: A minimum of 20 hours of community service
  • Fine: A minimum $100 fine assessed to student account
  • Restitution: Responsibility for repairs and replacement of stolen or damaged property

3rd VIOLATION:

  • Community Service: A minimum of 40 hours of community service
  • Fine: A minimum $200 fine assessed to student account
  • Parent Notification: Written parent notification as allowed by FERPA
  • Restitution: Responsibility for repairs and replacement of stolen or damaged property

THEFT
Violations include but are not limited to: stealing, or unlawfully taking possession of someone else’s personal property without prior permission or consent; attempted theft of another individual’s personal belongings or property or that of the university; unlawfully entering another student’s residence with the intent to burglarize the room; entering a university facility or area and removing property that belongs to the university or an individual without their prior knowledge or consent; unlawfully removing items from the university dining facilities, bookstore, offices or other areas or vending machines; assisting or being an accessory to a theft or attempted theft; and attempting to sell back textbooks that do not belong to the seller.

1st VIOLATION:

  • Community Service: A minimum of 10 hours of community service
  • Fine: A minimum $50 fine assessed to student account
  • Restitution: Responsibility for repairs and replacement of stolen or damaged property
  • Disciplinary Probation: Possible loss of campus privileges, and/or removal from specific campus environments, depending on the severity of the situation
  • Campus Housing: Possible removal or relocation of campus housing, depending on the severity of the situation

2nd VIOLATION:

  • Community Service: A minimum of 20 hours of community service
  • Fine: A minimum $100 fine assessed to student account
  • Restitution: Responsibility for repairs and replacement of stolen or damaged property
  • Disciplinary Probation: Possible loss of campus privileges, and/or removal from specific campus environments, depending on the severity of the situation
  • Campus Housing: Possible removal or relocation of campus housing, depending on the severity of the situation

3rd VIOLATION:

  • Disciplinary Suspension: Separation from the university for a minimum of one semester.

TRESPASSING
Students who have been dismissed from the university or denied admission for reasons other than academic performance are prohibited from Drury property and will constitute as trespassers, unless they are participating in a public university program and have not been requested to depart. All trespassers will be reported to the local police for removal from campus.

PROPERTY RIGHTS SANCTIONS RELATED TO CAMPUS HOUSING
Campus housing sanctions provide a means for the rectification or correction of any damages resulting from inappropriate behavior in campus housing by Drury students or their guests, protect the excellence of the educational and social environment of campus housing, and assist the individual in leading a healthier lifestyle.

DOOR PROPPING: Per Violation (includes any action that prevents main doors or hallway doors from closing or locking, even during move-in and move-out days)

  • Fine: A minimum of $25 fine assessed to student account

EMERGENCY DOOR USE FOR NON-EMERGENCY: Per Violation

  • Fine: A minimum of $25 fine assessed to student account

FIRE ALARM EQUIPMENT, SYSTEM & SMOKE DETECTOR TAMPERING: Per Violation (includes fire extinguisher discharge or theft, covering, disarming or inhibiting the functions of a smoke detector or alarm system)

  • Fine: A minimum of $250 fine assessed to student account
  • Restitution: Responsibility for repairs and replacement of stolen or damaged property

FIRE CODE VIOLATION: Per Violation (includes motorized vehicles in campus buildings, gasoline or propane in any form in campus buildings, bicycles or furniture in hallways or common spaces)

  • Fine: A minimum of $100 fine assessed to student account
  • Restitution: Responsibility for repairs and replacement of stolen or damaged property

BURNING CANDLES, INCENSE OR OTHER PRODUCTS IN CAMPUS HOUSING: Per Violation

  • Fine: A minimum of $50 fine assessed to student account
  • Restitution: Responsibility for cleaning, repairs and replacement of damaged property

CHANGING RESIDENTIAL ROOM, ACCESSING AN EMPTY RESIDENTIAL ROOM OR OTHER UNASSIGNED AREAS: Per Violation (all housing assignments must be pre-approved by Housing Office)

  • Fine: A minimum of $250 fine assessed to student account

PETS IN CAMPUS HOUSING (EXCEPT FISH): Per Violation (for allowing pets into campus housing)

  • Fine: A minimum of $150 fine assessed to each resident’s account
  • Restitution: Responsibility for cleaning, repairs and replacement of damaged property

UNAUTHORIZED FURNITURE, APPLIANCES OR ITEMS: Per Violation

  • Fine: A minimum of $50 fine assessed to student account

UNSANITARY HOUSING CONDITIONS: Per Violation (Includes excess trash within residential facility or on apartment balconies, breezeways or porches)

  • Fine: A minimum of $50 fine assessed to student account

UNAUTHORIZED USE OF LAUNDRY FACILITIES (only Drury residential students may use community laundry rooms): Per Violation

  • Fine: A minimum of $50 fine assessed to student account