Whereas the Principle of Integrity serves as the paradigm for students to examine themselves, their values and their relation to others, the Standards of Integrity provide more specific explication of how the Principle is exercised. As such, the Standards of Integrity apply to all students and student groups, both on campus and off campus, who are engaged in activities sponsored by the university or by a university organization, or who represent the university in some recognized capacity.
On the most basic level, adherence to the Student Integrity Code is necessary for any student to remain a member in good standing of the university community. However, an understanding of the Integrity Principle will encourage students to move beyond simple compliance to the Standards to develop sound personal judgment, ethical thinking, and habits that lead to ethical behavior.
The need for exercising thoughtful and tolerant judgment is particularly important, as our society searches for ways to acknowledge the diversity of its members and their contributions. The Principle and Standards require tolerance of and respect for the abundant ideas and systems of belief brought to the university by its members, who emerge from differing pasts, but also demand that students move beyond intellectual tolerance and respect, to a coherent appreciation of the intrinsic value of pluralism in the university community.
When students enroll in the university and promise to subscribe to the Integrity Principle, they pledge themselves to three attendant principles:
The practical aim of the Student Integrity Code is to create educational experiences from which students develop both skill and confidence in making personal judgments and appreciating their consequences. Although all members of the university community are expected to abide by the Integrity Principle and its attendant principles, the Standards of Integrity provide an additional educational resource. They describe in more specific detail the expectations which all members of the Puget Sound community are required to meet:
Standard One: A member of the Puget Sound community must not harm someone physically or psychologically, or cause them to fear being harmed.
This includes but is not limited to physical assault, sexual assault, physical, intimate partner violence, stalking, sexual exploitation, psychological or sexual harassment, hazing, or any related activities aimed at any member of the university or the community at large. Also prohibited is any conduct, including racial, ethnic, or sexual discrimination, threatening remarks or gestures which are directly and specifically intended for another individual or group. Behavior of this type, which interferes with the opportunity of any member or group of members of the university community to attain their educational goals is prohibited. Intentional actions or destructive behavior which undermines another’s basic dignity or self-esteem are also contrary to the Standard and are prohibited.
This Standard is in accord with Puget Sound’s Campus Policy Prohibiting Sexual Misconduct, Campus Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment, and with other campus policies. It adheres to the definitions of harassment and discrimination which are included in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Act of 1972.
Standard Two: A member of the Puget Sound community must not engage in activities that threaten the safety and security of the university or its members.
This includes, but is not limited to destroying, damaging, misusing, or illegally possessing the property of the university, its members, or others. Property includes university-controlled keys, fire safety equipment (alarms, hoses, extinguishers), academic materials or instructional equipment (such as laboratory equipment, electronic devices or library materials), and personal belongings. The manipulation or alteration of information gained by unauthorized access to electronic equipment or other record-keeping systems, and use of software to illegally download copywritten materials such as music or movies that can expose the university and students to fines or legally imposed responsibilities is also prohibited. Community members may not intentionally furnish false information to the university or its staff (such as Security Services or Residence Life staff) or alter identification cards. Nor may they fail to comply with directions of university officials and staff acting to maintain safety and security. Attempts to gain access to any portion of the university’s premises without authorization are a violation of the Standards of Integrity. So too is possession, storage or use of a weapon (which can include but is not limited to firearms, pellet guns, explosives, fireworks, or chemicals such as tear gas) without authorization.
This includes any other conduct which interferes with the university’s responsibility to protect the health and safety of its members, to protect their property, or to provide them with services as a part of the Puget Sound community.
Standard Three: A member of the Puget Sound community must not possess, use, distribute, or sell illicit substances, or engage in activities with the intention of distributing any controlled substance or illegal drug on university premises or at university-sponsored activities.
The university enforces all relevant local, state and federal laws regarding illicit substances and annually certifies itself to the federal government as a drug-free environment. Specific prohibitions are outlined in the university’s alcohol and drug policies. Particular measures, including Emergency Action, may be taken in enforcement of this Standard, including but not limited to seize personal property, equipment or paraphernalia related to drug usage or distribution; to evict a student from a university residence; or to suspend temporarily a student observed in violation of this Standard while a conduct process for such a violation is being completed.
Standard Four: A member of the Puget Sound community shall abide by the university’s alcohol and drug policies and procedures and shall not consume alcohol, serve alcohol to minors, or host parties at which alcohol is served or consumed in violation of university policies or state, federal or local regulations.
University policy prohibits the possession or use of alcohol on campus in areas (such as residence-hall public areas) that are not designated for functions where alcohol may be consumed. It also prohibits the possession or use of alcohol by those under legal drinking age (persons under 21 years of age). Students 21 years of age or older may consume alcohol in the privacy of their own residential rooms, provided they carefully adhere to all relevant laws and university regulations. For further details, refer to the university’s Alcohol and Drug Policy.
Standard Five: A member of the Puget Sound community shall refrain from any interference with the procedures related to the enforcement of the Student Integrity Code or any disciplinary decision, and will agree to fulfill any sanction properly imposed under the provisions of the Student Integrity Code.
Any interference with the exercise of these rights can erode students’ access to a reasonable and fair process. For this reason, then, if a student, for example, interferes with this process by providing false information, or silently permits a violation in the student’s own room or with property for which that student shares responsibility, or if a student fails to honor a commitment to complete a sanction, then that student commits a further violation of the Standards and is subject to sanction.
Each year students are informed of the Student Integrity Code, and it is available upon request to any university member. It explains processes and procedures and the options available to students charged with a violation, and other features of the Student Integrity Code.
Standard Six: A member of the Puget Sound community shall not violate published university regulations and policies, including, but not limited to, the university Residence Policy, the Alcohol and Drug Policy, academic regulations, or other university policies required for the safety and orderly operation of the university.
These publications are available upon request from the appropriate university office, Security Services and the Office of the Dean of Students.
Amendment or Revision
The Dean of Students, Student Senate or the faculty student life committee may recommend any amendments to the Student Integrity Code. Such amendments shall be approved by the Student Senate prior to forwarding them to the Board of Trustees for review. The Board of Trustees is solely responsible for final approval of all revisions and amendments to the Student Integrity Code. Revisions and edits of a non-policy nature may be made to the Student Integrity Code at the discretion of the Dean of Students or designee.