Alcohol, Drug and Visitation and Disorderly Conduct
The goal of community standards concerning the use of
alcohol, other drugs, enforcement of visitation, and
disorderly conduct is meant to keep the community safe and
free from disruptive actions. Unfortunately, for many
students in college part of their education comes as a
result of violating policies regarding these areas of
conduct and our discipline process is meant to be a
combination of learning and understanding consequences. Any
violation of the Code of Conduct can result in a sanction
between warning and dismissal from the University. It is
important to understand that if a student would typically be
removed from the residence halls for their conduct, that a
decision to suspend the student from the University for a
period of time will also be considered.
Alcohol – The consumption or possession of alcohol is not
permitted for any student younger than 21 on/off campus. Severn, Chester, Choptank, Pocomoke, Wicomico, Manokin, and Nanticoke Halls are designated as
new-student communities, and alcohol is not permitted in these buildings
regardless of age. Repeated offenses (more than one) of the alcohol policy
will lead to suspension from the university.
Drugs – Salisbury University maintains a zero tolerance for the
use or possession of drugs on or off campus. Suspected incidents involving
drugs are handled by University Police (sworn certified police officers),
and will most likely lead to a civil citation for possession of drugs.
Additionally, any incident will be referred to the Dean of Students and a
violation of the drug policy typically will result in suspension or
dismissal from the university.
Visitation – Guidelines regarding overnight guests in the
residence halls are detailed within the Residence Hall Information Handbook.
In general, any student who is not a resident of the building should be
escorted by a resident at all times. The resident of the building is
responsible for the actions of their guest, and for making sure they are
aware of the Code of Conduct. A violation of the visitation policy will not
automatically result in a hearing for the student, but will be referred to
the Area Director or Resident Director for follow up. Overnight visitation
issues between roommates should be discussed between the residents of the
room prior to being addressed by a staff member. Visitation privileges can
be revoked at the discretion of the Area Director or Resident Director of
the building. Visitation problems can sometimes be at the foundation of
roommate disputes, and is not justification for reassigning a resident
unless that resident or their guest has violated the Code of Conduct.
Conduct Infringing on Others – While this can be an all
encompassing policy, this applies most directly to the disorderly conduct
which disturbs the community on or off campus. Conduct that infringes upon
the rights of other individuals is prohibited and includes, but is not
limited to, acts of destruction, public drunkenness, pranks, and vandalism
of University or personal property. Roommate disputes which are the result
of conduct infringing on others should be referred through the University
judicial process. A resident can make a formal complaint to their Area
Director or Resident Director for appropriate resolution. Students found in
violation of this policy will minimally face probation for their conduct.