STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
As an institution of higher learning,
The New School affirms certain basic principles
and values that are, in the fullest and best sense of
the word educational. The New School is also a
community and in that regard, upholds certain basic principles
and standards of behavior that underlie its educational
purpose. These include the recognition and preservation
of basic human dignity, the freedom of expression, equal
opportunity, and civil discourse, a sustained atmosphere
of safety, respect for policies, rules, regulations, and
standards set forth by the University, its Academic Divisions,
and the Federal, State, and City Governments.
The Student Code of Conduct is designed
to protect and promote these principles and standards
of behavior that are in keeping with our educational mission.
Formal disciplinary proceedings and penalties have a role
subordinate to informal conversation and discussion, constructive
advice and counsel, and supportive guidance. The Student
Code of Conduct supports an environment where sensitivity,
tolerance, and respect are sustained for members of the
University community and its neighbors.
II. CODE OF CONDUCT
A. General Violations:
The following actions are considered
violations of the Student Code of Conduct and are subject
to sanctions imposed in accordance with the Non-Academic
Disciplinary Procedures of the University.
Knowingly furnishing false information to the University
administration, faculty, or staff.
Forgery, alteration or misuse of University documents,
records or identification.
3. Harassing Conduct
Physical, verbal, or written harassment or abuse of any
person, or any other conduct which threatens or endangers
the physical, emotional health, or safety of any person
on University-owned or controlled property or at University
4. Theft or Damage to Property
Theft or damage to property of the University, or that
of a member of the University community or campus visitor,
while on University property or at University sponsored
5. Disorderly Conduct
Disorderly conduct including, but not limited to, public
intoxication, lewd, indecent or obscene behavior on University-owned
or controlled property or at University sponsored functions;
conduct that is unreasonable in the time, place, or manner
in which it occurs; and/or obstruction or disruption of
University sponsored activities.
Use, possession, distribution or the manufacture or narcotic
or dangerous drugs or of any illegal or controlled substances,
except as expressly permitted by law, on University-owned
or controlled property or at University sponsored functions.
Furthermore, students are prohibited from the on-campus
possession of any type of paraphernalia analogous with
the use, distribution, or sale of illegal substances/narcotic
drugs (i.e., scales, bongs, pipes, etc.).
Use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages,
except when authorized by the Office of the Vice President
for Student Affairs for a particular function, on University-owned
or controlled property or at University sponsored functions
is prohibited. Furthermore, the sale, distribution, or
procurement of alcoholic beverages for anyone who is under
the age of 21; public disruption due to intoxication or
drunkenness; the use of false identification to procure
alcohol; and the possession on campus of any type of paraphernalia
associated with the consumption of alcohol is expressly
Hazing in any form.
9. University Facilities
Unauthorized entry or use of University facilities.
Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys to
Possession, display, use or distribution of any weapon
such as a firearm, knife, etc., or any item used as a
weapon or of such a nature that it is intended for use
as a weapon, except with expressed University authorization,
on University-owned or controlled property or at University
12. Fire Safety
Tampering with or misuse of fire alarms, fire exits, fire-fighting
equipment, smoke/heat detectors and sprinkler systems
on University grounds; causing or creating a fire; and
the use of all open flame devices such as, but not limited
to, sternos, incense, kerosene lamps, and barbecue grills;
failure to evacuate the building when a fire alarm sounds;
and the use of any and all fireworks.
Failure to comply with directions of University officials
acting in the performance of their duties.
14. University Identification
Misuse or transfer of University identification documents.
This includes but is not limited to, the transfer of University
identification documents to gain entry to University buildings,
and/or to procure any University services.
Conduct which adversely affects the students suitability
as a member of the University community or which is inconsistent
with the mission of the University.
Gambling in any form anywhere on campus.
Smoking cigarettes, cigars, etc. is prohibited in all
University buildings except otherwise designated.
All pets are prohibited on University property, including
B. Residence Hall Violations
The following additional actions
are considered violations of the Code of Residential Conduct
and are subject to sanctions imposed in accordance with
the Non-Academic Disciplinary Procedures of the University.
As used in this document,
the term "Residence Hall" means any building,
room, facility, or premises owned and/or operated by New
School University for use as a dormitory, whether by lease
or by contract, to students enrolled at the University.
"Resident" means any
student, whether undergraduate or graduate, occupying
a space in a Residence Hall.
1. Substance Usage
a. Alcohol Policies
No person under 21 years
of age shall consume, distribute or possess alcoholic
beverages of any kind. Alcohol is not permitted in Leob
Hall and the 13th Street Hall under any circumstances,
regardless of age. In all other Residence Halls, students
who are 21 years of age or older may have alcohol in their
rooms, but may not distribute, share, or sell to anyone
under 21 years of age. Alcohol is never allowed in public
areas such as corridors, elevators, lobbies, lounges,
b. Drugs/Illegal Substances
No person may sell or distribute prescription or nonprescription
drugs. The manufacture, possession, cultivation, use,
or sale of illegal substances or otherwise dangerous drugs
is strictly prohibited.
2. Theft or Damage to Property
a. Air Conditioners
Resident students shall not install air conditioners in
any Residence Hall.
No person may take, steal, burn, destroy, deface, or otherwise
damage property not his/her own. No person shall deny
another resident the use of any furnishings, property,
or areas intended for the benefit of all resident students.
Each Resident must keep all university furniture and personal
possessions in the room or suite. No storage space is
available in which to place trunks, suitcases, boxes,
or furniture. No furniture shall be removed from common
Accumulation of garbage or filth in rooms, suites, lounges,
or hallways is prohibited.
No person shall tape or nail items to walls. Pictures
or other items should be attached to the walls by means
of masking tape. Hooks or thumbtacks should be used sparingly.
Defacement to any public areas such as elevators, corridors,
or lounges is prohibited.
No person shall physically alter any The New School
and Quiet Hour Policy
No person shall make noise that can be heard beyond his/her
own bedroom. Residents must adjust noise levels when requested
by other students or staff. All Residents must observe
quiet hour restrictions. Quiet hours are from 11:00p.m.to
8:00a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 1:00a.m. to
10:00a.m. Friday and Saturday. Quiet hours are extended
during exam periods. During quiet hours, conversation
may not take place in hallways. At all other times, Residents
should use common sense and are required to respond to
requests from the Office of University Housing staff.
Instruments may be used between12:00 noon and 6:00p.m.
If complaints are received during these hours, the resident
using the instrument may be asked to stop playing.
Pets or animals of any kind including, but not limited
to, fish, birds, or any other animals that live in cages
or tanks are prohibited in the Residence Halls.
Announcements and publicity items to be posted on Residence
Hall bulletin board must be submitted to the Residence
Hall Director for approval prior to posting. Approved
items may only be posted in designated locations.
Rooms/suites are designated as non-smoking unless all
of the occupants agree to allow smoking. In accordance
with both The New School and New York State law,
smoking is prohibited in any hallways, stairwells, or
other common area space.
Authorization for canvassing in the Residence Hall is
given only to recognized The New School groups
or organizations. Solicitation is not permitted in the
Residence Hall without the advanced written permission
of the Office of University Housing. If a solicitor disturbs
a Resident, a member of the residence life staff must
be contacted immediately.
Each Resident must keep all possessions in their room
or suite. No storage space is available in which to place
trunks, suitcases, boxes, or furniture in any Residence
Hall. Residents may not store any item including, bicycles
and room furniture, in hallways, stairwells, or other
common space.g. Telephones
Public telephones are located on designated
floors in each Residence Hall. Private telephones may
be installed in student rooms. All charges connected with
private telephones including installation, bills, and
relocation connection charges are the financial responsibility
of the resident. The placing of annoying or harassing
telephone calls, emails, rewiring, or placing attachments,
or attaching unauthorized devices on a telephone is prohibited.
The New School will not become involved in mediating
disputes between students involving private telephone
charges and issues.
Students are not allowed on the roof of any University
No person shall take, steal, burn, destroy, deface, or
otherwise damage property not their own. Residents will
be held financially responsible for such damages.
Waterbeds are prohibited in the Residence Halls.
No person shall tamper with any fire safety devices such
as fire extinguisher and smoke detectors.
All persons must vacate the building at the sound of a
No person may place objects on the outside, or inside
of windowsills. No objects of any kind are to be thrown
from or at the windows. Removal of screens, window locks,
or window guards, is prohibited.
No person may use or possess any Residence Hall key(s)
which he or she is not specifically authorized to use.
No person shall enter or assist others in entering any
area not intended for the use of Residents, or deny Residents
the use of any furnishings, property, or area intended
for the use and benefit of those Residents. These restricted
areas include the roof, equipment, and supply rooms, maintenance
h. Safety of Others
No person shall create conditions that endanger or threaten
others or their property, or create a health hazard or
i. Prohibited Items
The following items are NOT permitted in the Residence
Hall: Cooking appliances with exposed element (open coil).
This includes, but is not limited to, hot plates, candles
of any kind, incense and incense burning devices; use
of roller blades/skates, skateboards, or bicycles in the
hallway (or on the plaza outside Loeb Hall); mopeds or
motorcycles; live trees of any kind; changes to electrical
wiring, heating, or alarm systems.
In accordance with New York State Health Codes, students
may not cook in their bedrooms. In Loeb Hall, Union Square,
and William Street Kitchenettes are provided for this
purpose. Cooking equipment must be properly maintained
k. Spray Paint
Spray paint and fixatives may be stored and used only
in the spray room at Loeb Hall.
Weapons of any kind are prohibited in the Residence Halls.
This includes, but is not limited to, explosives, knives,
chukka sticks, pellet guns, firearms, or fireworks.
In Residence Halls with front desk service, Residents
are required to register each guest at the front desk.
Residents may only have three guest signed into a Residence
Hall under their name at any one time. Each guest must
sign in and leave a photo identification card with the
staff at the front desk. Parents, guardians, and other
relatives are considered guests. The identification card
will be returned when the guest signs out. Guest who cannot
provide identification will not be allowed to enter the
Residence Hall. A Resident who expects a guest under the
age of sixteen years should contact the Residence Hall
Director at least one week in advance. The Resident should
not assume that approval would be granted. Security staff
assigned to the Residence Halls is responsible for enforcing
the guest policies, and for checking identification cards.
Any attempt to argue, intimidate, or harass a security
staff person will result in disciplinary action.
An overnight guest is permitted only with consent of each
roommate and/or suitemate. In the event of a dispute,
the Residence Hall Director has the sole responsibility
to decide if a guest can stay. The decision of the Residence
Hall Director is binding and final. A Resident may have
overnight guest for a maximum of three nights in a seven-day
period. Overnight guests are required to sign the registration
log each time he or she enters or exits the building.
A Resident who wishes to have a guest for an extended
period of time must make a written request to the Residence
Hall Director at least one week in advance. The Resident
should not assume that approval would be granted. There
will be no more than two overnight guests permitted, per
room, at any time.
The Resident host, while in the Residence Hall, must always
accompany their guests. A Resident host assumes responsibility
for any policy infractions committed by their guests.
Residents are prohibited from signing in an individual
as a guest if they do not know them.
of Guest Privileges
A Resident who abuses the guest policy may have his/her
guest privileges suspended or revoked. A Resident may
also lose guest privileges if a guest becomes disruptive
or neglects to follow policy and procedure. Constraints
may be placed upon the number of daytime or evening guests
a Resident or Residents of the same suite may have simultaneously.
C. Academic Dishonesty
Academic Dishonesty is any act, which allows a student
to gain an unfair advantage over other students. This
includes, but is not limited to, copying, plagiarism,
collaboration, alteration of records, use of restricted
aids, unauthorized use of proprietary material, bribery,
Responsibility for Academic Dishonesty
a. The academic division in which the student is enrolled
has primary responsibility for the adjudication of all
infractions involving Academic Dishonesty.
b. It is the responsibility of the student
to become familiar with the Academic Dishonesty policy
in effect in the division in which the student is enrolled.
D. Rights Reserved by New School
1. The New School reserves the
right to enter rooms without a search warrant for the
purpose of maintaining safety and security standards,
to enforce health regulations, to follow through with
disciplinary action, to maintain the orderly operation
of the Residence Halls, and to respond to emergency situations.
2. The New School reserves the
right to require students to change rooms or Residence
Halls, without notice, when necessary.
3. The New School reserves the
right to notify parents of a students violation
of the Student Code of Conduct.
4. The New School holds students
financially responsible for all losses and damages to
5. The New School is not responsible
for loss, theft, or damage to personal effects of students
and their guests. Residents are strongly advised to obtain
the appropriate homeowner or renter insurance coverage
6. The New School prohibits Residents
from leasing their rooms or giving their keys to other
7. The New School requires students
to comply with any instruction from a clearly identifiable
University official, performing his or her duties in the
enforcement of application of University policy. Students
must show their The New School identification card
upon request to any Residence Hall staff person and other
appropriate The New School official, performing
his/her duties in the enforcement of application of University
8. The New School reserves the
right to amend the Student Code of Conduct and the Non-Academic
Disciplinary Procedures at any time.