Wenzhou-Kean University is committed to providing a campus environment that is conducive to student’s development. At Wenzhou-Kean, student members of the community are expected to abide by certain standards of conduct that from the basis of the Student Code of Conduct and ensure that their guests and visitors do likewise. These standards are embodied within a set of core values that include integrity, fairness, respect, responsibility and community.
It is the responsibility of each student to review, understand and comply with all policies established in this document.
Wenzhou-Kean University Student Code of Conduct includes the following content:
I. General Statement
II. WKU Student Conduct Policies
III. Health and Safety Violations
IV. Community Standards Violations
V. Community Space Policies
VI. Overseas students, exchange students and visiting students Standard
VII. Substance Abuse and Alcohol
VIII. Smoke Free Campus Policy
IX. Policies of Residence Halls
X. Student Code of Conduct Process and Procedure
XIII. Supplementary Provision
I. General Statement
1.1.Wenzhou-Kean University is committed to providing a campus environment that is conducive to student’s development. At Wenzhou-Kean, student members of the community are expected to abide by certain standards of conduct that from the basis of the Student Code of Conduct [Code] and ensure that their guests and visitors do likewise. These standards are embodied within a set of core values that include integrity, fairness, respect, responsibility and community. This document does not anticipate all issues that might arise in the course of the academic career of all students and may be amended from time to time by WKU. It is the responsibility of each student to review, understand and comply with all policies established in this document.
1.2 Every member of the Wenzhou-Kean community is expected to uphold certain general responsibilities to ensure the growth and development of WKU’s mission, including but not limited to:
a. Respecting all members and policies of Wenzhou-Kean University.
b. Respecting the customs, culture and laws of the People’s Republic of China(PRC).
c. Respecting the diverse lifestyle, opinions, and pursuits of the individual members of the community.
d. Abiding by all Wenzhou-Kean University academic policies and other policies.
1.3 For the purposes of enforcing the Code, students are defined as persons who are registered Wenzhou-Kean University students.
1.4 The Student Affairs Office is responsible for overseeing processes related to the implementation of the Code and reserve the right to review all alleged violations of the following student behavior policies and initiate disciplinary action and impose sanctions when appropriate.
1.5 The Code applies to conduct that takes place on the campus, at University-sponsored events, and off campus, when the administration determines that the off campus conduct affects a substantial university interest.
1.6 Academic violations should be handled according to related regulations.
1.7 If the violations occur just before the graduation and the whole process may take a period of time, the university may consider delay graduation according to the situation.
II. WKU Student Conduct Policies
2.1.All students studying at Wenzhou-Kean University are expected to abide by the Wenzhou-Kean University Student Conduct Policies and other related policies available here: http://www.wku.edu.cn/home.jsp and as supplemented or explained in this document. These policies include, but are not limited to:
a. Process of student absences
b. Regulation on Common Room Management
c. Policy on Wenzhou-Kean University Student Group
d. Guidelines and policies for posters and publicity on WKU
e. Interim Policy of Wenzhou-Kean University Student Activity Fund
f. Wenzhou-Kean University Students’ Scholarship Implementation Guideline
g. Campus Tobacco-Control Policies at Wenzhou-Kean University(for Trial Implementation)
III. Health and Safety Violations
3.1.Tampering with fire safety or other safety equipment.
3.2.Possessing, storage, distribution or use of flammable decorations appliances or other property that may be deemed a fire hazard.
3.3.Causing a fire or false alarm.
3.4.Failing to respond and evacuate if required at the sounding of the fire alarm system.
3.5.Possessing or storing a gas engine or any form of combustible fuel.
3.6.Possessing or storing a motorized vehicle; gas, electric, or otherwise, including but not limited to the campus building and the dormitory. Motorcycles or scooters are not permitted to be used by WKU students for travel to and from a facility.
3.7.Possessing weapons, including, but not limited to knives, mace, explosives, fireworks, firearms, ammunition or corrosive, poisonous, radioactive materials, or any substance with the potential to injure others or damage property.
3.8.Throwing and/or causing objects or any substance to be directed from, into, or onto windows, doors, terraces, ledges, roofs or other areas.
3.9 Possessing, using or distributing an alcoholic beverage.
3.10 Possessing, using or distributing an illegal or controlled substance and/or related paraphernalia.
3.11 Possessing unauthorized furniture or being in violation of Community Standard.
3.12Tampering with devices and furnishings in a WKU facility.
3.13Failure to present a valid ID card or properly identify oneself when entering a WKU facility or when requested to do so by any authorized staff member.
3.14 Unauthorized access or use of restricted areas in or about an WKU facility, including but not limited to roofs, ledges, terraces, basements, storage areas or emergency exits.
3.15 Unauthorized entry into any part of a WKU facility, or contributing to such unauthorized entry of another individual. This includes fraudulent attempts (misrepresentation, using false identification, etc.) to enter or to allow another individual to enter any part of an WKU facility.
3.16 Fraudulent use of WKU ID, which includes but is not limited to:
i. Giving or lending of ID to any other individual.
ii. Using one’s ID to “tap in” another individual through WKU turnstiles.
1.17 Deliberately lying about others’ violations.
IV. Community Standards Violations
4.1.Behavior that is disrespectful to any member, policy, culture, or custom of the community including violations of any law or regulation of the PRC.
4.2.Disorderly, disruptive, or aggressive behavior that interferes with the general safety, security, health or welfare of the community, and the regular operation of the university.
4.3.Harassment or abusive behavior toward another by any means for any reason.
4.4.Physical violence, actual or threatened, against any individual or group of persons. Engaging in, or threatening to engage in, any other behavior that endangers the health or safety of another person or oneself.
4.5.Vandalism or damage to personal or property or signage.
4.6.Theft or unauthorized use or possession of personal or university property or services, even if one intends to return the property.
4.7.Excessive noise that interferes with the living, learning environment, or affects the well-being of the community as established.
4.8.Failure to maintain acceptable standards of personal hygiene or room cleanliness to the extent that such failure interferes with the general comfort, safety, security, health or welfare of a member or members of the WKU community.
4.9.Keeping or caring for pets or animals on campus.
4.10.Unauthorized solicitation, recruitment for membership, subscription, polling, posting, canvassing or commercial sale of products, services, or tickets on campus.
4.11.Conducting a private business enterprise from any WKU facility or using resources to conduct private business.
4.12.Exhibiting or affixing any unauthorized sign, advertisement, notice or other lettering, flags or banners, that are inscribed, painted or affixed to any part of the outside of a building or the inside of the building which may be viewed outside of one’s room.
4.13.Affixing in any WKU faculty signage, advertisements, notices, or other lettering, flags or banners using permanent means that leave marks, holes, or removes paint.
4.14.Attaching or hanging any projections(radio or television antennas, dishes, awnings, etc.) to the outside walls or windows of an WKU facility.
4.15.Filming or videotaping in or into any area of any WKU facility without authorization.
4.16.Gambling in WKU facilities.
4.17.Failing to abide by or fulfill terms of a sanction issued by the Wenzhou-Kean University.
4.18.Failing to comply with the authorized request of any administrative representative of WKU.
4.19.Using the name or any abbreviation, logo, trademark, or any other indicia of “Wenzhou-Kean University” or school or unit of WKU without first obtaining written permission from the WKU administration.
4.20.Using skateboards, rollerblades, or any other “coasting” devices in WKU facilities.
4.21. Overuse or misuse network system, including limiting others use the network normally, spread computer viruses and so on.
V. Community Space Policies
5.1.Inappropriate use of WKU property or space not assigned to an individual.
5.2.Limiting the ability of others to use communal property or space by:
a. Leaving personal belongings in communal areas unattended.
b. Taking communal items into one’s room; locking communal space; or otherwise limiting other individuals’access to communal items or space.
c. Failure to clean up communal spaces or items after use in a way that limits others’ use of the space.
d. Behaving in a disruptive or abusive manner in communal spaces.
VI. Overseas students, exchange students and visiting students Standard
6.1.Thisstandard applies to all the Kean exchange students, visiting students ,overseas students from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and overseas Chinese students.
Students who enroll in a program at Wenzhou-Kean University assume the duties of citizenry and undertake an obligation to respect the culture, customs and laws of the host nation. This Study Away Standard affirms the expectation that students will be good citizens of their host communities as well as their home communities when they study away from their home.
6.2.Failure to adhere to this Standard, as well as violations of any other applicable University policies or guidelines regarding student conduct, will be sufficient cause for disciplinary action.
6.3.Violations of this Standard may lead to penalties ranging from formal warning to dismissal from the site and the University. In each case the appropriate intervention will depend upon a number of factors, including the nature and seriousness of the offense in light of University policy as well as the laws and culture of the local community; the impact of the behavior upon the campus and local community; the motivation underlying the offense; the behavioral record of the student(s) involved; and other mitigating and/or aggravating factors.
6.4. In order to effectively safeguard the interests of the site community, students charged with misconduct at a site may be required to return to their home campuses for the resolution of student disciplinary proceedings.
VII. Substance Abuse and Alcohol
Wenzhou-Kean University is committed to maintaining a campus environment that is free of alcohol and substance abuse. WKU views the abuse of alcohol and drugs as being antithetical to the pursuit of educational excellence and the realization of one’s full potential as a student and member of this community. The policies are set forth below:
7.1. Alcohol cannot be consumed by students in any WKU facilities, under any circumstances.
7.2.Students are prohibited to attend any WKU event while intoxicated, or bring any alcoholic beverages to any event.
7.3. Students cannot bring alcohol into a residence hall or store, circulate alcohol or any alcoholic beverages in a residence hall.
7.4.Students who provide alcohol to others may be held responsible for any alcohol misuse under this policy.
7.5.Kegs or devices that permit purchase, storage, and distribution of alcohol in bulk quantities, or that allow unregulated access to alcohol by any means, are prohibited.
7.6.Participation in activities that facilitate or promote the rapid, dangerous, and/or forced consumption of alcohol (i.e. drinking games) is prohibited.
7.7.Alcohol may not be sold or distributed in WKU facilities.
7.8.Possession, use, and/or distribution of an illicit substance, including marijuana, are prohibited in all WKU facilities.
7.9.Substances considered illicit are not permitted at WKU.
7.10.Any student who is found to be in possession of any illegal substances or any narcotics, including marijuana will be subject to disciplinary action and possible criminal charges.
7.11.To be in the presence of drugs or drug paraphernalia is also a violation of drug policy.
7.12.Students found responsible for violating WKU’s policies related to possession, use, and/or distribution of drugs will be assigned sanctions that reflect the very serious nature of this offense.
VIII. Smoke Free Campus Policy
8.1.WKU is a smoke-free campus. Consistent with the goal of creating a healthful and comfortable environment for all members of the WKU community, smoking, including e-cigarettes, is prohibited at all times at academic building, vehicles, classrooms, meeting rooms, libraries, reading rooms, laboratories, canteens, offices, student dormitories, gymnasiums, the corridors, elevator and other enclosed or semi enclosed spaces. Except the specially designed outdoor smoking area, the whole campus is a non-smoking area. The success of this policy depends on the thoughtfulness, consideration, and cooperation of smokers and non-smokers. It is the responsibility of all members of the WKU community to comply with this policy. Members of the WKU community alleged to be smoking in violation of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action through the applicable process.
IX. Policies of Residence Halls
Residence Hall Administrative Policies
9.1.Accommodation arrangement is based on the actual situation of university, moving to another room or residence hall without authorization, occupying residence hall space assigned to another resident is prohibited.
9.2.Student should apply for and get approval from Student Affairs Office if he/she wants to live off campus.
9.3.Student who terminates campus residence should put on records to Student Affairs Office. Property, electricity, water and accommodation fees will be settled by relevant departments accordingly.
9.4.Students who have dropped out the campus residence have to move out personal properties as soon as possible. Storing personal properties in room or unauthorized moving back is prohibited.
9.5.Student who has been assessed as not eligible to live on campus residence because of healthy issues (exp. Pregnancy, physical sickness, infectious disease, and mental sickness) must live off campus.
9.6.Installing an unauthorized lock on a bedroom, bathroom, or suite door, duplicating a residence hall key for any reason is prohibited.
9.7.Unauthorized painting, construction,or other modification in a residence hall room or common area is prohibited.
9.8.Removing original furnishings from any apartment/room or placing any outside (non-University or University) furnishings such as patio furniture in the apartment/room is prohibited.
9.9.Keeping any animals or pets in residence hall (expect for fish that are contained in a small size tank) is prohibited.
9.10.Students should comply with professional staffs for regular administration conduction. Intentionally refusing, interfering, or misleading conduction is prohibited.
9.11.Students should obey all the rules of Roommate Agreement.
9.12.Setting or fueling a fire of any size, or using fire to cook food in any area of residence hall is strictly prohibited.
9.13. Cooking in the room, common room and public area is prohibited.
9.14 Installing the electric wires without permit, using any high-power, unsafe electrical appliances or equipment with the potential to cause circuit interruption or security threat inside residence hall is prohibited,
9.15. Students should properly use any kinds of electrical appliances, shut off the power when finish using or leave the room.
9.16. Blocking exit doors, hallways, walkways or open entrance is strictly prohibited.
9.17. Students should pay attention to and report any potential factors to cause fire hazard or emergency cases. Intentionally providing false report of a fire or other emergency is strictly prohibited.
9.18. Intentionally staying dormitory or interfering others to evacuate the building during the fire alarm evacuations is strictly prohibited. Students should follow the Wenzhou-Kean University Emergency Procedure for Students to evacuate the buildings.
9.19. Electronic security door and Access Control System are both applied to residence hall and student dormitory, student should carry the University Card all the times. Giving to others or making fake card is strictly prohibited.
9.20. Failure to shut the entrance door or intentionally leaving the door open when enter or leave residence hall during the gate closing time is strictly prohibited.
9.21. Students should lock the doors and windows when leave the dormitory. Entering or leaving residence hall, dormitory or other restriction areas through the windows, or by climbing the exterior of the building or breaking the doors or windows is strictly prohibited.
9.22. Throwing, dropping, placing any potential dangerous items out of doors or windows is strictly prohibited.
9.23. Physical hurt or group fight is strictly prohibited.
9.24. Students should comply with professional staffs to conduct compulsory, regular security inspection. Intentionally refusing, interfering, misleading the university officials to conduct their normal duties is prohibited.
9.25. Students should keep the room clean and tidy, and schedule the cleaning plan according to the Roommate Agreement.
9.26. Students should take daily indoor waste materials to the garbage room. Laying the garbage on the corridor, public areas or perpetually inside the room is prohibited.
9.27. Unauthorized modifying of the dormitory layout, indoor furniture or facilities, or water, circuit or network system is strictly prohibited.
9.28. Students should comply with professional staffs to conduct compulsory, regular sanitation inspection. Intentionally refusing, interfering, misleading the university officials to conduct their normal duties is prohibited.
Public Areas Policies
9.29. Student should properly use public facilities and properties. Possession, modifying public properties, or stacking personal stuff in public area is prohibited.
9.30. Student should keep public areas clean and energy saving, and should take out the trash and turn the electric power off when leave the room.
9.31. Student should properly use the facilities in the public kitchen, keep it clean when finish using. Possession, modifying kitchen facilities is prohibited.
9.32. Student should properly use the washer in the laundry room. Unauthorized movement of others’ clothes is prohibited.
9.33. Posters or graffiti outside the authorized posting areas is prohibited.
9.34. Any means of transportations, including bicycles and skateboards in the residence hall are prohibited. Any dangerous or noisy sports activity in the residence hall is prohibited.
9.35. Residents must observe quiet hours. Any resting- disturbing behaviors or activities are prohibited during the quiet hour.
Guest and Visitation Policies
9.36. A resident in a WKU residence hall is permitted to have short-term guests within the prescribed time, provided that there is no interference with the rights of a roommate.
9.37. Guests must present a valid passport( for non-Chinese Citizens)/citizenship ID(for Chinese Nationals) in order to be signed in to a WKU residence hall. All guests must be signed out before the prescribed time.
9.38. Guest must abide by all WKU policies, procedures and regulations. The host is responsible for the actions of his/her guest(s) in the residence halls at all times.
9.39. Any accommodation of guest from outside of campus is prohibited.
X. Student Code of Conduct Process and Procedure
A complaint against a student for violations of the Code may be made in writing or in person by anyone who feels the Code has been violated. A complaint should be made as soon as possible following the incident. A Complaint Form is available in the Student Affairs Office and on-line. The complainant should include as much detail of the alleged violation as possible and to the degree possible include specific references to that part of the Code that pertains to the complaint.
A written complaint should include the complainant’s name, address and telephone number and as much information as is known about the person accused. If there are any witnesses, their names and addresses should also be provided if known; as much detail as possible should be provided. In exceptional circumstances, provisions may be made to protect the identity of reporters and/or witnesses upon request.
Upon receipt of a complaint or a report, a conduct administrator of the Student Affairs Office will inquire as to the circumstances surrounding the event in question to determine whether there are sufficient grounds to believe that a violation of the Code occurred.
1. The conduct administrator will schedule interviews and obtain a written statement from the complainant, accused student, witnesses and/or other persons directly involved in the incident.
2. Based upon the sufficiency of the complaint or report filed, the conduct administrator may investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident in question and determine whether it warrants a Student Conduct Conference, a Student Conduct Hearing, or referral to the appropriate student conduct process within the University. If the conduct administrator determines the complaint does not warrant further action, the matter will be closed. Such determinations are appropriate where the complained conduct does not violate the Code, and/or when there is insufficient evidence to support a reasonable belief that the Code has been violated.
3. Interim Suspension
Pending the completion of the investigation and subsequent hearing process, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, or designee, is authorized to place an accused student on interim suspension for reasons related to his or her physical or emotional safety and well-being, to protect the integrity of the investigation and/or for reasons relating to the safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff, or University property. In some cases, the accused student may be permitted to attend classes but be suspended from all other campus activities. This determination will be made by the Vice Chancellor based upon his/her knowledge of the potential threat posed by the accused student’s presence on campus. Whenever such action is taken, a Student Conduct Hearing will be convened within ten (10) business days unless an extension is agreed upon. The Student Conduct Hearing process is outlined below. At the time of an interim suspension, a Temporary Campus-Wide Notice of No Trespass or Temporary Residence Life Notice of No Trespass may be issued. These documents identify campus locations and events as off limits to the accused student until further notice.
Subject to the availability of the accused student, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or designee will conduct a Student Conduct Conference prior to imposing an interim suspension. If the student is not available, an interim suspension may be imposed until such time as the accused student becomes available. At the Student Conduct Conference, the accused student will be given the opportunity to demonstrate to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or designee a compelling reason (e.g. mistaken identity) why he/she should not be interim suspended pending a Student Conduct Hearing.
4. No-Contact Order
The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs may impose a limited or campus-wide No-Contact Order on an accused student when the fear of retaliation and/or harassment may be present. Specific instructions will accompany the No-Contact Order outlining the expected behavior including face-to-face contact, correspondence, e-mail, instant message or telephone. Friends and relatives may also be prohibited from contact on behalf of the accused student.
1. If the conduct administrator of the Student Affairs Office determines there is reasonable cause to believe that a violation of the Code has occurred, the accused student will be notified in writing through Kean University email, within ten (10) business days of receipt of the complaint. The notification time may be longer if necessary to complete the investigation.
2. This written notice will include:
a. The complaint identifying sections of the Code at issue;
b. A link to the website location of the Code and procedures applicable to the complaint;
c. A request that the accused student provide a written explanation of the incident (if no prior statement was obtained);
d. The date, time, and location of a Student Conduct Conference.
3. If the respondent fails to meet with the conduct administrator after being properly notified, the case will be decided on the basis of information gathered by the conduct administrator.
Student Conduct Conference
1. The conduct administrator of the Student Affairs Office will conduct a Student Conduct Conference with the accused student.
2. At the Student Conduct Conference the accused student will:
a. Be informed of the information provided to date by the complainant and other persons;
b. Be given an opportunity to raise questions and discuss the information;
c. Be given the opportunity to admit the allegations and accept responsibility for the violation(s);
d. Be given the opportunity to deny the allegations;
e. Be informed of the process and possible remedies and sanctions that may result.
3. As a result of the Student Conduct Conference, the conduct administrator of the Student Affairs Office may:
a. Dismiss the complaint;
b. Refer the complaint to the Counseling Center for appropriate follow up which may include mediation with the complainant (not applied to sexual assaults or other acts of violence);
c. Refer the complaint to the appropriate administrative process within the University;
d. Resolve the complaint informally or impose a remedy and/or sanction that does not result in suspension or expulsion;
i. If the accused student does not agree with the decision made at the Student Conduct Conference, the student has the right to appeal the decision within (5) five business days of receipt of the decision letter. The appeal process will be given in writing at the time of the decision letter.
e. Determine that a Student Conduct Hearing is appropriate.
Student Conduct Hearing
Notification of a Student Conduct Hearing will be provided by the Student Affairs Office to the complainant and the accused student by email to the student’s official account. All such notice is presumptively delivered whether the student reads their mail/email or not, as all students are required to regularly check their email accounts. The notice will include:
1. The nature of the complaint, including the specific code sections alleged to have been violated, applicable conduct procedures and the sanctions that may result;
2. The time and place of the hearing. All Student Conduct Hearings will be scheduled during regular business hours (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.);
3. The right to have witnesses. The University may arrange for witnesses to be present or assign to the complainant and the accused student the responsibility to contact his/her witnesses and arrange for their participation. Both the complainant and accused student must provide a list of witness names and a statement of their witness’ anticipated testimony; all witnesses must be confirmed no later than 48 hours prior to the hearing.
4. The right to have an advisor. The advisor may not be a witness at the hearing or otherwise participate in the hearing;
5. The right to present relevant information;
6. The names of others who will be present at the hearing (if known), including the names of the hearing officers; and a copy of the procedure for challenging any of the hearing officers on the basis of partiality
7. Notice that a Document File compiled by the Student Affairs Office with statements from the complainant, accused student and witnesses and any other documentary information will be available to the accused student, the complainant, and their advisors for review at least three (3) days prior to the Student Conduct Hearing. An appointment is required to review the Document File. Copies may be made available upon specific request.
Student Conduct Hearings for violations of the Code will be conducted by a trained member(s) of the University faculty, staff, or consultant designated by the Student Affairs Office.
Conduct of the Hearing
The hearing will be closed to all members of the campus and outside community except those directly involved with the complaint. The complainant and the accused student each have the right to be assisted by an advisor of their choice who is not a witness in the complaint. An advisor or legal counsel may be present to advise only and may not participate. Advisors who interfere with the proceedings can be excused by the hearing officer. An audio recording of the hearing is made and kept by the Student Affairs Office.
Only persons involved in the hearing process will be permitted in the vicinity of the hearing.
It is expected that participants and advisors will respect the dignity and privacy of WKU community members and keep private that which transpires during the hearing, in accordance with Chinese law.
Student witnesses, when called by the University on behalf of the complainant, the accused student, or the University, are required to participate in the hearing process.
The hearing process will be conducted in the following manner:
1. All participants and advisors will be introduced to the hearing officer.
2. All participants and advisors will be introduced to the audio technician.
3. The hearing officer will recite the complaint against the student and all Code sections alleged to have been violated.
4. The accused student will state whether he/she is responsible, not responsible, or responsible with an explanation for the alleged misconduct. Responsible with an explanation means the student admits to the actions but believes there were circumstances that should be taken into consideration by the hearing officer in the determination of this complaint.
5. Statements regarding their respective positions may be given by the complainant and the accused student. The Hearing Officer may place reasonable time limitations on the statements.
6. The University reserves the right to assign a representative of the Student Affairs Office to present the complaint.
7. Relevant records, documents, and written statements may be accepted and considered by the hearing officer.
8. The complainant and the accused student may be present throughout the entirety of the proceeding except for the deliberation phase. The complainant, the accused student and the Student Affairs Office representative will be able to present witnesses who will be subject to questioning. Witnesses will be asked to remain until the end of the hearing in the event they must be called back for clarification of their testimony. In the event that a witness is unavailable, a signed statement from the witness may be admitted. Any such statements will be shared with the parties prior to the hearing, and the accused student will be given full opportunity to respond to the written statement at the hearing.
9. Witnesses will appear separately and will leave the hearing room after their testimony is completed. Witnesses are not permitted to leave the vicinity of the hearing room until permission has been granted by the hearing officer, and witnesses are instructed not to communicate with other witnesses outside the hearing during the proceedings.
10. All parties may question each other and the witnesses, and the hearing officer may direct questions as appropriate to any participant or require that all questions go through the hearing officer. Other accommodations may be utilized to ensure that the hearing is a safe space for participants. The complainant and the accused student may present concluding remarks. The Hearing Officer may place reasonable time limitations on the statements.
11. At the conclusion of the hearing, the hearing officer will advise the complainant and the accused student that his/her determination will be given, in writing, to the appropriate parties.
12. The accused student’s prior student conduct record will be a factor in determining the appropriate sanction(s).
13. The complainant will not be notified of the outcome of the hearing EXCEPT in cases of violence, or sexual misconduct or offenses that fall under Title IX, once the decision of the hearing officer has been issued.
14. For each separate offense, the hearing officer will determine whether the accused student is responsible or not responsible. The decision will be based upon an evaluation of the information presented and a determination as to whether the Code was more likely than not to have been violated. For each violation, the hearing officer will impose an appropriate remedy and/or sanction.
15. The rules of evidence applicable to the courts do not apply to Code proceedings of this University community. Fair process applicable to this process is as defined in these procedures.
16. The conduct administrator may implement changes to these proceedings as needed that do not jeopardize the material fairness owed to the parties to any complaint.
Remedies and Sanctions
1. The following remedies and sanctions may be imposed when accused students have been found responsible for violation of the Code. In addition, other remedies and sanctions may be fashioned at the discretion of the hearing officer:
a. Written Warning to the offender that the conduct must stop and any continuation may be a basis for more severe action.
b. Letter of Reprimand.
c. Probation – Notice that further violation of the Code may result in expulsion. Also, the decision may place some additional restrictions on membership in student organizations and/or participation in activities or may establish special restitution and service requirements.
i. Specific Period – Revocation of the privilege of attending the University and using its facilities for a specific period not to exceed two academic years.
ii. Indefinite Period – Revocation of the privilege of attending the University and using the facilities pending the satisfying of specific conditions. The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs will determine whether the conditions have been satisfied.
e. Residence Hall Suspension – Revocation or restriction of privileges for the use of, access to, and/or residence in University Residence Halls
f. Facilities Restriction — Revocation or restriction of privileges for the use of some but not all University facilities
g. Expulsion – Permanent termination of student status and rights to be present on University property and attend/participate in University-sponsored events
h. Referral to civil or criminal authorities
Any of the following may accompany a remedy and sanction.
i. Restitution requiring individuals to restore or replace within a specified time, property which has been damaged, defaced, lost, or stolen.
j. Service assignment requiring an individual to perform services for the community or the University
k. Referral to appropriate psychological or psychiatric service for evaluation, mandated assessment, or other special help.
l. A Campus-Wide Notice of No Trespass will accompany a sanction of suspension or expulsion from the University.
m. A Residence Life Notice of No Trespass will accompany any restriction imposed or related to residential living or visitation of the residence halls.
n. Campus-Wide No Contact Order: The Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs may impose a Campus Wide No-Contact Order between parties when the fear of retaliation and/or harassment may be present. Specific instructions will accompany the Campus-Wide No-Contact Order outlining to all parties the expected behavior including face to face contact, correspondence, e-mail, instant message or telephone. Friends and relatives are also not permitted to have any contact on behalf of either party.
2. WKU University reserves the right, to make public notification of the final results of certain student conduct actions Such notification may include the name of the student offender and the type of violation, but will not disclose the names of any other students who were involved as victims or witnesses without their consent.
1. Where an individual is found responsible for a violation of the Code that may lead to a sanction less serious than suspension or expulsion, the individual can appeal in writing to the Review Committee for Appeals within (5) five business days from the date of the hearing officer’s determination. A person will have the right to request a review based on any of the following grounds:
a. A sanction that falls outside the sanction range commonly assigned for the offense
b. A material deviation from written procedures that jeopardized the fairness of the process
c. A demonstrable bias by the hearing officer
d. New information, unavailable at the time of the hearing, that could be outcome determinative
2. In the case of suspension or expulsion, the student can appeal in writing to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs within three (3) business days of the receipt of the hearing officer’s determination.
3. In the case of suspension or expulsion, the student will not be permitted to be on campus or attend classes pending the outcome of the appeal unless implementation of the sanction is delayed by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs due to extraordinary circumstances.
The Review Committee for Appeals
The Review Committee for Appeals is a body consisting of trained staff and students whose role is to review all student conduct conference appeals. The Student Affairs Office will submit the appeal to the Review Committee within ten business days of receipt. Appeals to the Review Committee will be limited to information presented during the meeting with the conduct administrator and supporting documents provided by the respondent and the conduct administrator. If new information, which was reasonably not available at the time of the original decision, is presented, the Review Committee may send the case back to the conduct administrator for further evaluation.
The Review Committee is composed of one student and two hearing officers. The Committee will review the written challenge and, based on a preponderance of the evidence standard, determine whether or not the student should be granted an appeal. If Committee determines that an appeal is not granted, the decision of the conduct administrator will go into effect and the student will have no further appeal opportunities. The Review Committee’s decision not to grant an appeal is final.
If the Committee determines that an appeal should take place, the case will be forwarded to the next level administrator for review. All proceedings of the Review Committee are closed to the public.
Appeal of Suspension/Expulsion to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
The request for review of an appeal will be considered by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs to determine whether grounds for an appeal exist. A person will have the right to request an appeal based on any of the following grounds:
1. A sanction that falls outside the sanction range commonly assigned for the offense
2. A material deviation from written procedures that jeopardized the fairness of the process
3. A demonstrable bias by the hearing officer
4. New information, unavailable at the time of the hearing, that could be outcome determinative
Request for Appeal to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
1. The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or designee will review the written request for an appeal to determine whether there is sufficient basis to grant an appeal. If so, he/she will proceed to hear the appeal, or return the complaint to the original hearing body for reconsideration or rehearing in light of the basis for the appeal.
2. If the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs determines that there is not a sufficient basis to change the decision of the hearing officer, the parties to the complaint will be notified in writing.
3. Appeals are deferential to the original hearing decision, and are not intended as a rehearing. If the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs hears the appeal, he/she may determine that there is a sufficient basis to change the decision of the hearing officer if there is clear error or compelling justification only. If so, he/she may reverse, uphold or modify the decision, or change the sanction. Normally, appeals involve a review of the hearing record and appeal request.
4. The decision of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs will be final within the University Student Conduct structure.
XIII. Supplementary Provision
13.1. According to Wenzhou-Kean University Student Code of Conduct, related matters are published as follows:
1）High-power electrical appliance:
500 watts or above are deemed as “high power”, except hair dryer could be up to 800 watts, but the total power of one apartment should be lower than 1500 watts.
2) Visitor time:8:00—22:00
3) Quiet hour:23:00—8:00
4) Common room in residence halls open hours: 8:00—22:00
5) Residence hall gate closing time: 23:00-7:00
13.2. Student Affairs Office has the right of interpretation of the Student Code of Conduct, and it will take effect from the date of releasing.