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Butler Student Handbook

University Rules of Conduct


  • Upon being admitted, a student assumes an obligation to conduct oneself in a manner compatible with the University’s functions as an educational institution. The word “student” includes all persons taking courses at Butler University, both full-time and part-time, pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies and those who attend post-secondary institutions other than Butler University and reside in Butler University residence halls. Students who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with the University are considered “students.”
  • Butler University student organizations are expected to adhere to institutional regulations. Failure to do so may result in student conduct action being initiated against the group; consequently, policies, procedures, and sanctions set forth in this section apply to student organizations collectively, as well as to individual students. Officers of the student organizations are responsible for assuring compliance of all of their members with regulations and for representation when student conduct proceedings are initiated against the group.
  • Rules, policies, and guidelines should be read broadly and are not designed to define misconduct in exhaustive terms.
  • Students living in University-owned or approved housing shall comply with residence life rules and regulations relating to fire, health, safety, and maintenance standards, as well as with the terms and conditions of the residence and board agreement. (Found under the heading Housing Policies and Procedures on the Residence Life website.) The Rules of Conduct and the residential life guidelines and regulations should be construed to complement each other.
  • The University reserves the right to review the off campus conduct of students when such conduct is alleged to compromise the University’s integrity or reputation, to threaten the health or safety of members of the campus community, and/or to interfere with the normal operation of the University.
  • The conduct of a person who is a student and an employee may be reviewed under this system, the employee conduct code, or both, and may be subject to sanctions in both capacities.
  • A student may be found responsible for a violation of the Rules of Conduct if they attempt, facilitate, or engage in the prohibited conduct.

Misconduct for which students may be subject to sanctions falls into the following categories:

  1. Violation of the University’s published policies, regulations, or Rules of Conduct set out herein, including, but not limited to, those governing alcoholic beverages and controlled substances, academic dishonesty, campus solicitation, harassment, sexual misconduct, student organizations, or use of University facilities.
  2. Disruption of teaching, research, administrative, or student conduct procedures or other University activities, including its public functions, or other authorized activities on or off University premises.
  3. Involvement in behavior that could or does result in physical injury, destruction of University property or that of a third party, or obstruction of the normal functioning of the University property.
  4. Attempted or actual theft, unauthorized possession of another's property, dishonesty, or knowingly furnishing false information to the University.
  5. Violation of rules governing residential units or of those regulations and guidelines established by the individual residential units.
  6. Physical, mental, or verbal abuse of any person or any conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any such person on University-owned or related property off-campus, or at any University-sponsored and/or supervised functions.
  7. Unauthorized entry, occupancy, or use of University facilities.  
  8. Disorderly conduct, or reckless, intimidating, lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct or expression on University-owned or related property off-campus, or at University-sponsored or supervised functions or against a representative of the University.
  9. Unauthorized use, possession, or distribution of any controlled substance or illegal drug, including, but not limited to, marijuana, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), heroin, or cocaine.
  10. Unauthorized use or possession of explosives, firearms, firecrackers, fireworks, paintball guns, other weapons, or dangerous chemicals.
  11. Smoking in classrooms, laboratories, residence halls, or in other prohibited areas.
  12. Failure to comply with directions of University officials acting in the performance of their duties.
  13. Use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages except as expressly permitted by law and Butler University regulations; public intoxication.
  14. Violation of any criminal law while enrolled in the University: federal, state, or municipal.