Binghamton University is committed to fostering responsible community living, and holds individuals accountable for actions and behaviors that may impact the welfare, rights and property of other community members. To afford students the full opportunity to attain their educational goals in a safe and healthy community, the University set forth a Code of Student Conduct by which all students and student groups are expected to abide at all times.
In general, all members of our University community are expected to:
• Conduct themselves lawfully, maturely and respectfully while sharing the responsibility of maintaining behavioral standards essential to the institution’s success.
• Feel secure in person and property while protecting the rights of others. Conduct that interferes with or threatens the rights of others, either in or out of the classroom, or interferes with or prohibits the operation of the University, is not condoned.
• Abide by the University’s rules, as well as state, local and federal laws; sanctuary cannot be granted by the University.
• Continue the tradition of exercising First Amendment rights, keeping in mind that while encouraged and protected, the expectation is that one’s rights are practiced with respect and responsibility. Abusing the rights of any one person or group ultimately endangers the rights of all. Obscene speech or conduct — which appeals to prurient interests, is patently offensive and lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value — is not protected by the First Amendment.
Your student is a valuable member of the Binghamton University community. Through their words and deeds they contribute to the building of an inclusive community in which all can live and learn in an environment of academic freedom and respect where all students have the opportunity to succeed.
In its simplest form, student misconduct in the residence halls will follow a well-established path from RA to Resident Director, and if required, on to an Assistant Director of Residential Life, the Office of Student Conduct or to the Dean of Students. The conduct meetings are part of our overall educational process and afford students the opportunity to re-evaluate their behaviors and understand the impact of their behaviors on themselves and the entire community.
Parents and guardians can assist by encouraging students to take responsibility for their actions. It can be extremely tempting for parents to want to step in and “fix” the problem, but this is not beneficial to your student’s developmental process. Our student conduct process is fair and provides the opportunity for students to be heard and to appeal if they so choose. If your student talks to you about a conduct situation that they may be involved in, encourage them to be responsive and actively participate in the process.