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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015


Summary of Policies and Regulations Pertaining to Students

Descriptions of these policies are for general information only. Please refer to specific texts for official language. Modifications may be made, or other policies added, throughout the year. Please contact the Office of Student Conduct for additional information.

In addition to the policies reprinted or identified elsewhere (e.g., the Code of Student Conduct and Code of Academic Integrity), students enrolled at College Park are expected to be aware of, and to abide by, the policies summarized below. Information about where the complete texts may be consulted follows each summary. This information was compiled and provided by the Office of Student Conduct.

Alcoholic Beverage Policy and Procedures Prohibits unauthorized possession, use, or distribution of alcoholic beverages on university property. Certain exceptions are specified. (Information subject to change pending legislation. Originally approved by the Board of Regents, September 26, 1969. Legal drinking age in the State of Maryland is 21 years. Reprinted in Student Handbook.)

Policy on Amplifying Equipment restricts the hours and locations of use of certain forms of sound amplifying equipment, provides a procedure for the authorization of otherwise restricted uses of sound amplifying equipment, and locates responsibility for complaints with those using the equipment. (Adopted by the University Senate, June 2, 1970. Reprinted in the Student Handbook.)

Stamp Student Union Policies regulate reservation of university facilities, advertising, co-sponsorship, cancellation and postponement, and various other matters relating to programs of student organizations. (Published in the Event Management Handbook. For more information, contact the Campus Reservations Office.)

Computer Use Policy defines standards for reasonable and acceptable use of university computer resources, including electronic mail.

Policy on Demonstrations establishes guidelines for demonstrations and picketing. Stipulates that the university will take steps necessary both to protect the right of individuals or groups to demonstrate and to protect the freedom of speech, assembly, and movement of any individual or group. (Adopted by the University Senate, June 2, 1970. Reprinted in the Student Handbook.)

Examination Rules set general standards for student conduct during examinations. They are applicable to all examinations given at the College Park campus unless contrary instructions are provided by the faculty member administering the examination. (Printed on most university examination books.)

Policy on Hazing and Statement on Hazing prohibits hazing, which is defined as intentionally or recklessly subjecting any person to the risk of bodily harm or severe emotional distress, or causing or encouraging any person to commit an act that would be a violation of law or university regulations, for the purpose of initiating, promoting, fostering, or confirming any form of affiliation with a student group or organization, as defined by the Code of Student Conduct. The express or implied consent of the victim will not be a defense. For more information, contact the Office of Student Conduct.

Campus Parking Regulations cover registration, permits, fees, violations, enforcement, fines, towing and impounding, reviews, carpool programs, special events parking, emergency parking, and a number of other areas. Notably, the regulations provide that "the responsibility of finding an authorized parking space rests with the driver." Students who have 55 or fewer credits and live in the "Graham Cracker Complex" cannot register for a parking permit. (Current regulations in effect since July, 1997. An informational guide is distributed to all who register for parking. For more information, contact the Department of Transportation Services.)

Policy Pertaining to Public Displays defines standards for permissible displays, objects or structures not designed to be continuously carried or held by a demonstrator or picketer so as simultaneously to protect freedom of expression and prevent unreasonable threats to the health, safety, security, or mission of the campus. (Approved by the President, March 29, 1989. For more information, contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.)

Residence Hall Rules define prohibited conduct in and around campus residence halls, buildings, and at Department of Resident Life sponsored activities, in addition to that which falls under the Residence Halls/Dining Services Agreement, Code of Student Conduct, and federal, state and local laws. The rules also specify standard sanctions for rule violations, and provide for an adjudication process. (Reprinted in Community Living, the Residence Halls Handbook.) For more information, contact the Department of Resident Life or visit www.reslife.umd.edu/communityhandbook/ .

Sexual Misconduct Policy offers advice and guidance for complainants, including assistance in filing criminal complaints. Defines and sets penalties for sexual misconduct. Specifies that sexual misconduct is a serious offense and the standard sanction for any sexual assault, including acquaintance rape, is expulsion.

Student Organization Registration Guidelines define student organizations, responsibilities of officers, and registration, and establish types of registration, a registration process, certain privileges of registered student organizations in good standing, sanctions which may result from registration review, and guidelines for constitutions. (For more information, or for a copy of the guidelines, contact the Student Organization Resource Center.)

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