As students willingly accept the benefits of membership in the UNC Charlotte community, they also commit to obligations to observe and uphold the principles and standards of conduct that reflect the values of the UNC Charlotte community.
At UNC Charlotte, University Policy 406, The Code of Student Responsibility, fulfills the duty of the Chancellor to regulate matters of student conduct in the University community. University Policy 407, The Code of Student Academic Integrity, governs student behavior relating to academic work. All UNC Charlotte students are expected to be familiar with both Codes and to conduct themselves in accordance with these requirements. Any person may report an alleged violation(s) of the Code online at incidentreport.uncc.edu. Individuals may report crimes or incidents involving imminent threat of harm to Police and Public Safety at 704-687-2200.
The University has also established a program for the prevention of the use of illegal drugs and alcohol abuse (University Policy 711), as well as a policy regulating smoking and tobacco product use on campus (University Policy 707). All UNC Charlotte students are obligated to be familiar with and to conduct themselves in accordance with the standards set forth in these policies.
Additionally, the Student Government Association has created a code called The Noble Niner that solidifies the high standard of morals, principles, and integrity that all students should strive to uphold the reputation of excellence at UNC Charlotte.
The Code of Student Academic Integrity
The Code of Student Academic Integrity governs the responsibility of students to maintain integrity in academic work, defines violations of the standards, describes procedures for handling alleged violations of the standards, and lists applicable penalties. The following conduct is prohibited in the Code as violating those standards:
A. Cheating. Intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, notes, study aids or other devices in any academic exercise. This definition includes unauthorized communication of information during an academic exercise.
B. Fabrication and Falsification. Intentional and unauthorized alteration or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise. Falsification is a matter of altering information, while fabrication is a matter of inventing or counterfeiting information for use in any academic exercise.
C. Multiple Submission. The submission of substantial portions of the same academic work (including oral reports) for credit more than once without authorization.
D. Plagiarism. Intentionally or knowingly presenting the work of another as one's own (i.e., without proper acknowledgment of the source). The sole exception to the requirement of acknowledging sources is when the ideas, information, etc., are common knowledge. (NOTE: For more information regarding plagiarism, see PLAGIARISM Appendix at legal.uncc.edu/policies/up-407#appendix)
E. Abuse of Academic Materials. Intentionally or knowingly destroying, stealing, or making inaccessible library or other academic resource material.
F. Complicity in Academic Dishonesty. Intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to commit an act of academic dishonesty.
G. Group Work. For group work, responsibility for ensuring that academic integrity standards are followed is shared by all members of the group. In cases where an individual student is able to demonstrate that he/she neither knew of nor participated in academic dishonesty, that individual student is not guilty of academic dishonesty.
A full explanation of these definitions, and a description of procedures used in cases where student violations are alleged, is found in the complete text of University Policy 407, The Code of Student Academic Integrity, as it may be modified from time to time. Students are advised to contact the Dean of Students Office or visit legal.uncc.edu/policies/up-407 to ensure they consult the most recent edition.
The Code of Student Responsibility
Philosophy and Purpose
The UNC Charlotte Code of Student Responsibility (the Code) provides that UNC Charlotte strives to assist students in their development by creating a community that values scholarship, integrity, respect, accountability, dignity, honor, compassion, character, and nobility.
The mission of the University student conduct process is to support the goals and objectives of the University and the values of the Noble Niner by (a) encouraging appropriate standards of individual and community responsibility; (b) fostering an environment of personal accountability for decisions; (c) promoting personal, social, and ethical development; and (d) striving to protect the well-being, health, safety, and property of all members of the University community.
In accordance with The University of North Carolina Board of Governors' Policy 700.4.2:
- The University embraces and strives to uphold the freedoms of expression and speech guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the North Carolina Constitution. The University has the right under appropriate circumstances to regulate the time, place, and manner of exercising these and other constitutionally protected rights.
- All students are responsible for conducting themselves in a manner that helps enhance an environment of learning in which the rights, dignity, worth, and freedom of each member of the academic community are respected.
- Violations of University policies, rules or regulations, or federal, state, or local law may result in initiation of the Conduct Procedures and a violation(s) of the Code.
- In determining whether a Student or Student Organization has violated the Code, all relevant facts and circumstances shall be considered. Care must be exercised in order to preserve freedoms of speech and expression, as articulated in current legal standards. Advice should be sought from the Office of Legal Affairs, as appropriate.
Conduct Rules and Regulations (Code Chapter 5)
Chapter 5 of the Code includes a list of behaviors that are prohibited by the Code, including, but not limited to, acts of harm, relationship violence, harassment, weapons violations, disruption of University activities, drug violations, furnishing false information, theft, vandalism, alcohol violations, sexual misconduct, trespassing, disorderly conduct, hazing, and retaliation. For a full explanation of all conduct prohibited under the Code, consult Chapter 5 of the Code at legal.uncc.edu/policies/up-406#ch5.
Chapter 7 of the Code (legal.uncc.edu/policies/up-406#ch7) provides Conduct Procedures applicable for Formal Charge(s) adjudicated by a Hearing Panel or Administrative Hearing Officer under the Code, except that in cases of alleged Sexual and Interpersonal Misconduct, the procedures in Chapter 8 of the Code (legal.uncc.edu/policies/up-406#ch8) also apply.
A full explanation of prohibited conduct, and a description of procedures used in cases where violations are alleged, including appeals processes, are found in the complete text of The Code of Student Responsibility. This Code may be modified from time to time. Students are advised to contact the Dean of Students Office or visit legal.uncc.edu/policies/up-406 to ensure they consult the most recent edition.
A full explanation of prohibited conduct, and a description of procedures used in cases where violations are alleged, is found in the complete text of The Code of Student Responsibility. This Code may be modified from time to time. Students are advised to contact the Dean of Students Office or go to legal.uncc.edu/policiy/up-406 to ensure they consult the most recent edition.
The Program to Prevent Use of Illegal Drugs and Alcohol Abuse
Below is a brief summary of University Policy 711, Program to Prevent Use of Illegal Drugs and Alcohol Abuse. Visit legal.uncc.edu/policies/up-711 for a full version of that policy.
In keeping with efforts to maintain an environment that supports and encourages the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge, it is the policy of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte to consider the use of illegal drugs or alcohol abuse by students, faculty and staff or by others on premises under University control to be unacceptable conduct that adversely affects the educational environment.
To remind students, faculty, and staff of their responsibilities for maintaining a drug-free environment, this Policy will be distributed throughout the University community each year. Further, the University considers a sound awareness, education, and training program indispensable in combating illegal use of drugs and alcohol abuse, both as a preventive measure and as a remedy. The scope of the University program addresses the awareness needs of students, faculty, administrators, and other staff members and includes the following minimum components.
- The health hazards associated with the use of illegal drugs and alcohol abuse.
- The incompatibility of the use of illegal drugs or abuse of alcohol with maximum achievement of personal, social, and educational goals.
- The potential legal consequences (including both criminal law and University discipline) of illegal drug use and alcohol abuse.
- The effective use of available campus and community resources in dealing with illegal drug use and alcohol abuse problems.
The University's program emphasizes collaboration with local resources, including the Center for Prevention Services, Dilworth Center for Chemical Dependency, Anuvia Prevention and Recovery Center, McLeod Addictive Disease Center, Carolinas Medical Center Behavioral Health Services, Eastover Psychological and Psychiatric Group, The Insight Program, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Al-Anon, and Nar-Anon. To this end, the University shall participate in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Drug Free Coalition and will work with local advisory boards to further collaborate between the University and the Charlotte community.
The University's awareness, education, and training efforts stress prevention. The goal of these efforts is (1) to encourage non-users of illegal drugs and alcohol to continue to be non-users, (2) to encourage users of alcohol to do so safely and responsibly, and (3) to encourage users of illegal drugs to stop such use.
The use of illegal drugs and the abuse of alcohol are considered by the University to be problems that can be overcome. Therefore, the educational and rehabilitative services cited above are available on a confidential basis. However, the possession, sale, delivery, or manufacture of illegal drugs will not be tolerated on campus or off campus in the event that the interests of the University may be affected.
The University will cooperate fully with law enforcement agencies and will apply appropriate disciplinary procedures should a student violate criminal statutes with regard to illegal drugs or alcohol abuse. Violations may subject a student to prosecution and punishment by civil authorities and to disciplinary action by the University.
Upon receiving notice of a student's violation of this Policy, the University will initiate disciplinary procedures under the Code of Student Responsibility.
Smoking and Use of Tobacco Products on University Property
Below is a brief summary of University Policy 707, Smoking and Use of Tobacco Products on University Property. Visit legal.uncc.edu/policies/up-707 for a full version of that policy.
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte has a vital interest in maintaining a healthy and safe environment for its students, faculty, staff and visitors while respecting individual choice about smoking and use of tobacco products. Consistent with these concerns and with North Carolina law, the following Policy establishes restrictions on smoking and use of tobacco products on University Property and provides procedures for accommodating the preferences of both smokers and non-smokers.
For the purposes of this Policy:
- "Smoking" is defined as the use or possession of a lighted cigarette, lighted cigar, lighted pipe, or any other lighted tobacco product, or the use of an electronic inhaler that employs a mechanical heating element, battery, or electronic circuit to heat a liquid nicotine solution contained in a vapor cartridge, such as an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo, or an electronic pipe.
- "Tobacco product" means a cigarette, a cigar, chewing tobacco, vapor product, or any other product that contains tobacco and is intended for inhalation, oral use, or nasal use. The term does not include nicotine patches, nicotine gum, nicotine lozenges, or other tobacco cessation products.
- A "Building" is defined as any permanent or temporary structure utilized for the support, shelter or enclosure of people, animals, or property. "Buildings" include, but are not limited to: residence halls; classroom and office buildings; workshops; shuttle, light rail, and bus stops; all recreational and athletic facilities, including athletic fields, gymnasiums, and stadiums; parking decks; stairwells; inside and outside dining areas; vending areas; breezeways; and connectors.
- A "University Building" is defined as any Building owned, leased as lessor, or the area leased as lessee and occupied by UNC Charlotte.
- "University Property" means University Buildings and grounds owned, leased, operated, controlled, or supervised by UNC Charlotte.
- A "University Vehicle" is defined as a vehicle owned or leased by UNC Charlotte.
- A "Designated Smoking Area" is defined as an exterior area on the UNC Charlotte campus designated by the Chancellor or the Chancellor's designee as a place for smoking. Designated Smoking Areas will be marked by proper signage, and are subject to the provisions in Section III of this Policy.
The following restrictions apply to smoking and use of tobacco products on University Property:
- Smoking and use of tobacco products is prohibited within all University Buildings.
- Smoking is prohibited within 100 linear feet of any University Building unless otherwise allowed under subsection III. D.
- Smoking and use of tobacco products is prohibited in University Vehicles.
- Smoking is permitted on University Property in Designated Smoking Areas.
Additional restrictions on smoking or use of tobacco products required for safety reasons may be imposed by the University on a case-by-case basis. Areas with such restrictions will be identified by signage.
Cooperation and consideration between smokers and non-smokers, and between users and non-users of tobacco products is necessary to ensure the successful implementation of this Policy. Effective implementation of this Policy depends upon the courtesy, respect, and cooperation of all members of the University community.
Violation of this Policy may subject a student to disciplinary action under the Code of Student Responsibility.
Noble Niner Code
The Noble Niner Code was authored by the Student Government Association and describes the ideals which every Charlotte 49er student can ideally reach as he or she becomes a fully actualized individual.
It was approved by the UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees on April 20, 2007, and is now adopted as an official document of the University.
A Niner shall strive for academic excellence in and out of the classroom while maintaining academic honesty and ethical values.
A Niner shall act to uphold and improve one's self, the community, and the high standards of the institution.
A Niner shall welcome all aspects of individuality and self-worth while embracing the learning opportunities that diversity provides.
A Niner shall hold others responsible for their actions while accepting responsibility for one's own.
A Niner shall appreciate the intrinsic value of the institution and work to preserve the 49er environment.
A Niner shall appreciate students, faculty, administration, and staff as contributing members of the University community.
A Niner shall demonstrate genuine consideration and concern for the needs, feelings, ideas, and well-being of others.
A Niner shall exemplify all qualities and traits that promote fellowship and camaraderie among the student body, faculty, staff, and administration.
A Niner shall exhibit the virtues and values listed above which befit all members of our Niner Nation.