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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

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 (other than the Code of Student Conduct) follows each summary. This information was compiled and provided by the Office of Student Conduct.  The Code of Student Conduct is available at   http://go.umd.edu/codeofstudentconduct .

The Alcohol Policy prohibits the use or possession of any alcoholic beverage under the age of 21; knowingly providing alcoholic beverages to a person known to be under the age of 21. The Drug Policy prohibits unauthorized distribution; possession for purposes of distribution; use; or possession of any controlled substance or illegal drugs. 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.) 

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.)  For more information visit: http://thestamp.umd.edu/event_guest_services/policies#amplified

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 Event and Guest Services Office.) For more information visit: http://thestamp.umd.edu/event_guest_services/policies

Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources 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)  For more information, see the Code of Student Conduct or visit  http://thestamp.umd.edu/event_guest_services/policies#demonstrations

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. 

Policy on Hazing which defines Hazing as Recklessly or intentionally: 1) engaging in or enabling an act or situation that subjects another person to the risk of a) physical harm b) emotional distress, humiliation, degradation; c) harm from unreasonable requirements which interfere with a student’s ability to function as a student, including financial requirements outside of membership dues; d) diminished physical or mental capacity, or 2) causing or encouraging another person to violate any law or University regulation. 

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.  The parking regulations are in effect to help ensure safe and adequate parking for the campus community and are designed to provide parking spaces as equitable as possible for students, faculty, staff and campus visitors. Parking regulations are updated annually and are provided electronically to all who register for parking and are also available at the following link: www.transportation.umd.edu/images/parking/PDFs/parking_regulations.pdf ;

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.  For more information, contact the Department of Resident Life or visit www.reslife.umd.edu/communityhandbook/ .

Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures defines prohibited behavior including possible sanctions for violations of the policy, offers guidance for complainants including how to make a formal report to the University and to the police. Additionally, the policy defines confidential resources on campus for reporting.  A collection of university and community resources are provided for parties, including possible interim protective measures.  

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 located on the ground floor in the Stamp Student Union.

In May 2013, the University Senate approved changes to the Code of Student Conduct related to student misconduct which occurs off-campus. The changes to the Code have expanded the University’s Jurisdiction to include conduct that occurs off-campus.

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