Jan 27, 2022  

Article I. Student Codes


Violation of Law and University Rules and Regulations

Doane University, as a private University, is not required to provide due process in its response to student discipline matters. The policies and procedures below will be followed in a majority of student discipline cases, but the University specifically reserves the right to deviate from said policies and procedures.  These deviations may take place whenever the administration determines that such a deviation is in the best interest of the student(s) involved, in the best interest of the effective learning and education environment to which all Doane Students are entitled, and/or will best protect the safety and well being of the Doane student population.

Nothing in these policies or procedures is intended to nor shall it create a contractual agreement between the University and the students as to how student discipline will be handled; rather, Doane retains discretion to protect the best interests of the institution and students in all cases.

University discipline will not be used to duplicate the function of city/state laws when a student is charged with or convicted of a violation occurring off-campus. The University may, however, impose sanctions for serious misconduct, flagrant disregard for the rights of others or jeopardizing the good reputation of the University as determined by the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Experience. For example: possession and/or use of narcotics or hallucinating agents are grounds for immediate suspension. The University may institute proceedings against a student who violates a federal, state, county or city law that is also a violation of a published University policy.

Generally, University discipline is limited to incidents of student behavior that adversely affect the University community's pursuit of its educational objective or create a substantial interference with the safety and well-being of Doane students. Doane University expects that individuals will respect the rights of others and have regard for preservation of property. The following misconduct, not an all-inclusive code, is subject to University disciplinary action. Each student is held accountable for their behavior under the judicial system of the University. Students are expected to be familiar with all University regulations and to abide by them at all times in order to maintain an equibitable, just and safe living-learning environment.

All forms of dishonesty, including cheating, plagiarism, forgery, knowingly furnishing false information to University staff, and alteration or use of University documents or instruments of identification with intent to defraud is not tolerated. This includes the sale of class papers, computer programs, theft of and/or unauthorized use of telephone codes, computer security authorizations, dining hall cards, Doane ID cards, and parking stickers. In addition, falsifying information obtained from the Doane University Web site, Web-Advisor, all Doane affiliated platforms, or from any print materials associated with the University is subject to disciplinary action.

Doane University may choose to address student discipline matters separate from or in conjunction with the criminal justice system. If a criminal complaint is filed against a student(s) for conduct on or off campus which constitutes a crime of violence, theft,sexual assault, distribution of controlled substances and/or illegal drugs, or any other serious crime, the University may determine whether the presence of student(s) on campus during the pendency of the criminal justice proceedings will constitute a substantial interference with school and educational purposes. If such a determination is made, the University may suspend the student from attendance at Doane University until such time as the matter is brought to conclusion by the criminal justice system. Such suspension shall not restrict the University from invoking additional disciplinary sanctions as described below.

Section 1.01 Student Conduct Code

(This list is not all-inclusive):

  1. Intentional obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings or other University activities. This includes violations of library policies.

  2. Acts or expression of harassment, discrimination, personal intimidation or intentional physical or emotional abuse of any person.

  3. Conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person, including one's self, or conduct likely to result in property damage.

  4. Theft or attempted theft of property or services of the University or that of a member of the University community or campus visitor, or possession of known stolen property. This Includes failure to return checked out University equipment or property.

  5. Failure to comply with directions of University officials or their designees acting in performance of their duties.

  6. Failure to comply with the directive of law enforcement/fire department personnel acting honorably in the performance of their duties

  7. Failure to comply with the terms of any disciplinary sanction imposed in accordance with the code of student conduct.

  8. Failure to appear on request or give truthful testimony at a disciplinary hearing of the University.

  9. Failure to respond to disciplinary or investigation notices sent by University officials

  10. Failure to answer questions with University official(s) accurately and honestly in University investigation or hearing.

  11. Unauthorized entry or use of University facilities, driving on lawns or being on the roof of any University building, including residence halls and student rooms.

  12. Violation of the law on campus and violation of the law off campus as explained under "Violation of Law and University Rules and Regulations", including, but not limited to the Student Handbook, or the occurrence of conduct which causes a substantial interference with school purposes or damages the University reputation.

  13. Unauthorized possession or use of firearms or weapons; this includes, but not limited to, rifles, shotguns, handguns, BB guns, air rifles, knives (including pocket knives), paint ball guns, sling shots, water balloon slingshots, fireworks, firecrackers or dangerous chemicals on campus. This includes carrying a concealed handgun, which is prohibited in or on Doane University property. This prohibits permit holders from possessing or carrying a concealed handgun on these premises. Unless otherwise authorized by law, violation of the prohibition is a criminal offence. This policy is pursuant of the Nebraska Revised Statue 36-2441.

  14. Setting fires, tampering with fire protection equipment, causing false fire alarms or failure to leave the building during fire alarms or drills. Tampering with fire protective equipment may result in sanctions including a $500 fine.

  15. Violations of published University rules include: residence halls, traffic, parking rules , dining facilities, and hazing.

  16. Possession of, sale, distribution, use or involvement with any kind of non-prescribed narcotics, drugs or controlled substances. This includes the possession of prescription drugs that have been prescribed to others.

  17. Disorderly conduct or behavior that is not conductive to the Doane University environment.

  18. Sexual misconduct, sexual assault, rape, sexual harassment or lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct or expression.

  19. Using electronic devices to record or photograph art class nude models.

  20. Inappropriate photographing or recording of community members in non-public environments without the prior approval from the individual(s).

  21. Unsafe conduct that threatens or endangers one's own life or the life of one or more members of the campus community.  

  22. Misuse or entry of Doane Lake or Miller Pond, regardless of the condition (frozen, dry, normal water level, etc.) or reason.  This includes fishing, ice-skating, walking, and swimming.

  23. Assault or attempted assault of any person, regardless of the person's relationship to the University.

  24. Failure to comply with the policy on violence and unacceptable behavior as explained in greater detail under the "Violence and Unacceptable Behavior Policy".

  25. Violation of the campus alcohol policy.

  26. Deliberate or unjustified damage to property of the University or to property of a member of the campus community or campus visitor.

  27. Providing false information to Doane University personnel acting in accordance with their position on Campus.  

  28. Failure to produce your Doane ID when requested by campus officials while on Doane property.

  29. Providing or fabricating of false information or associations on your resume, applications or any University documentation.

  30. Tampering with locks or doors in University buildings, unauthorized possession or use of University keys and alteration or duplication of University keys. Includes unauthorized propping open University doors during locked hours.

  31. Contempt of adjudication proceedings, including disorderly behavior and impairing or interruption the due course of proceedings of University judicial bodies.

  32. Failure to respond to campus notifications in a timely manner. Students required to check their University e-mail (inlcuding filteres and Spam folders) and mailboxes (for residential students) at least once a day. Students may be contacted via e-mail, letter or phone in regards to academic, business, conduct and community issues on campus.

  33. Smoking is not permitted in rooms, balconies, hallways, porches, public areas, and other designated non-smoking areas. This includes the use of vaping devices, hookahs, and smokeless tobacco.  Smoking is allowed at least 20 feet away from building entrances in accordance with the Smoking Policy as outlined in Section 4.04. 

  34. Violation of the Gathering Policy as outlined in Section 3.03.

  35. Violation of the Student Responsibility and Self-Care policy as outlined below:

    1. Self-care and Threatening Behavior Policy:  Students must be able to care for themselves at all times. The University has limited resources for students who are not able to provide reasonable care for themselves. Incidents where students demonstrate lack of care for themselves (alcohol poisoning, suicidal threats, not taking health medication, failing to turn in required health documents to the Director of Student Health Services, etc.) may be removed from campus housing immediately. Students involved in incidents like this are required to provide documentation from health professionals that they have completed any assigned requirements (such as alcohol, medical, or mental health evaluations).  Repeat incidents may result in removal from residential housing until documentation is provided supporting the student(s) ability to live in the residential community.  Students who exhibit threatening behavior towards other students may be removed from housing immediately.

    2. Direct/Immediate Threat Policy:  Any student threatening to harm themselves or others will be taken seriously. Statements of suicidal and homicidal threats will be reported to the Crete Police Department or local EMS for additional evaluation and assistance. This is a serious matter. Such threats or statements are taken very seriously and mandate immediate attention and action.

If an immediate threat of harm to oneself or others is possible, then the University will take the necessary steps to ensure safety for the student and community and local authorities will be contacted. If no immediate threat of harm to oneself or others is present, then the University will move forward with the following steps:

  1. Convene the Threat Assessment Management Team to assess threat(s) and make recommendations.

  2. Generate an assessment report.

  3. Immediately contact the student posing the threat to ensure a proper, objective, assessment interview.

  4. If the student has disclosed a disability and has an accommodation plan with the University, the University will consider additional accommodations available to the student, and will, when necessary, make an individualized assessment of the direct threat posed by the student in accordance with applicable federal law.

  5. At minimum, the University will respond with the following:

a. Establish contact with the accused student and alleged victims.

b. Confirm Report of threat and respond according to the steps within the Student Handbook.

c. The University will separate the accused student and victim. This may be provided by creating alternative classes or housing arrangements as the situation warrants.