Definition of Violations

Abuse/Bullying 

Verbal, non-verbal, written or physical abuse of another person, including intimate partner violence, stalking, or cyber-harassment. Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated or has the potential to be repeated over time. Examples may be making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, or ostracism. 

 

Aggressive Behavior 

Any conduct which involves or interferes with the person of another including, but not limited to, fighting, physical assault, unlawful detention, interference with another’s freedom of movement, pushing or shoving, dating violence, domestic violence or threats to do physical harm. 

Alcohol. (See Substance Use - Alcohol and Other Drugs below) 

Bias-Motivated Incident 

An act of bigotry, harassment, or intimidation involving a member of the Guilford community that a reasonable person would conclude is directed at a member or group within the Guilford community based on sex/gender, age, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, military status, veteran status, or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law, ordinance or regulation. A bias incident can occur whether the act is intentional or unintentional. 

Disruptive Conduct   

Examples of disruptive conduct include but are not limited to any behavior that disrupts the academic, social, residential or job-related pursuits of members of the College community. This includes but is not limited to: outbursts during an academic class; verbal insults directed at a College official; nudity during public events such as athletic events and admissions functions; behavior that poses a direct threat to the health and safety of self or others; misuse of bathroom facilities or public urination; conduct which adversely and seriously affects the suitability of the student as a member of the Guilford community; refusal to intervene in a situation where harm of whatever nature is being enacted (bystander); and stalking.  

Disorderly Assembly 

Guilford, as an academic institution, is committed to free and open inquiry into matters of social, political and economic concern and encourages the presentation of all views and dissent by orderly means. A group will not be allowed to assemble if that group’s conduct is riotous and/or impedes the normal operations of the College as determined by the President or the appropriate administrative official. 

 

Drugs   

(See Substance Use - Alcohol and Other Drugs below)  
 

Endangering Health and/or Safety

Behaviors which create a risk of danger or direct threat to the health or safety of self or others include, but are not limited to: propping residence hall doors open; tampering with residence hall access systems; throwing objects from or hanging from windows or balconies; misuse of restroom facilities; camping anywhere on campus grounds; using skateboards for anything other than transportation; misuse of slacklines.  

 

Failure to Comply 

Students are required to comply with the reasonable request of College faculty and staff or agents of the College in the performance of their duties or any college policies, including disrupting any aspect of the student conduct system, failure to attend a student conduct hearing or incompletion of required sanctions. 

 

Falsification of Information 

Such falsification might include, but is not limited to, forged signatures and inaccurately recorded or reported information on course registration materials, admissions applications, work-study forms, College records, student ID card documentation, notes from medical personnel, misrepresenting oneself or others through the use of College property or resources (including email, the Internet, telephone or verbally. 

Fire Safety 

Regulations must be strictly observed to protect the health and safety of members of the Guilford community. Any violation of this fire safety code may, by law, be reported to the Greensboro Fire Department for possible prosecution of the perpetrator(s) under North Carolina General Statute 14-286. ($250-500 fines) 

Examples:

  • Accidental or intentional fires (2-10 points)
  • Failure to leave a building during a fire alarm (2 points) 
  • Failure to report a fire safety hazard or violation (2-10 points)
  • Over occupancy limits (2-10 points) 
  • Misuse or tampering with emergency equipment such as (2-10 points, $150 fine):
    • covering or disabling smoke detectors
    • x2909 campus emergency number 
    • “Code Blue” telephones
    • whistles 
    • college vehicles and their contents 
    • fire alarm pull boxes
    • fire extinguishers

Fire Safety officials have established occupancy limits for all residence hall spaces based on size and egress. Failure to adhere to these limits will result in student conduct charges.

  • Bryan Hall suites - 16 person maximum
  • Apartments East – 14 person maximum
  • Apartments North - 14 person maximum
  • Apartments North, porches - 15 person maximum
  • Apartments South - 18 person maximum
  • Binford, English and Shore rooms - 7 person maximum
  • Milner and Mary Hobbs rooms - 6 person maximum
  • Theme Houses
    • double rooms - 4 person maximum
    • small single rooms - 3 person maximum
    • Cobb House - 34 person maximum
    • Pope House - 41 person maximum
    • Pines House - 39 personal maximum

The following will result in fines. Any subsequent violation will result in initiation of the student conduct process:

Possession ($25 fine) or use ($50 fine and judicial charges) of any of the following:

  • Open-coiled appliances: hot plates, toasters, toaster ovens, electric frying pans and heaters
  • Induction cooktops
  • Sun lamps
  • Refrigerators and air-conditioners not approved and/or installed by the College (See Residence Hall Contract)
  • Extension cords 
  • Alterations of the electrical circuits and equipment in the rooms
  • Turning off lights in bathrooms and corridors
  • Storing personal possessions in hallways and basements
  • Fresh cut or live Christmas trees
  • Candles in any residence hall room or common area (even if for religious purposes)
  • Using fire escapes in non-emergency situations
  • Halogen lights
  • Grills - charcoal or gas (exemption: small George Foreman grills)
  • Covered light fixtures or electrical outlets with cloth or papers (or any material considered flammable)
  • Butane torches, lighter fluids, gasoline, kerosene or any other flammable liquids
  • Decorative string lighting of any type (i.e. Christmas or running lights, battery powered, LED)

Harassment

Verbal, written, physical or non-physical action in violation of the Guilford College Harassment Policy and/or Nondiscriminatory Policy.

Hate Crime  

(See Bias-motivated Incident above)

Hazing  

Under North Carolina law, it is unlawful for any student in any College or school to engage in hazing or to aid or abet any other student to physical injury as part of an initiation, or as a prerequisite to membership, into any organized school group, including any society, athletic team, fraternity or sorority, or other similar group.” Any violation of this section shall constitute a Class 2 misdemeanor according to North Carolina General Statute 14-25. 

Host Responsibility

Guilford students are responsible for their guests. Students will be charged with Host Responsibility for any violations of the Student Code of Conduct committed by their guests. Host Responsibility includes violations that may occur in a student’s living space (room, suite or apartment) or vehicle when they are not physically present in the space/vehicle.  

Littering

The public disposal of any substance or item in an area other than a trash receptacle is prohibited. This includes excessive personal trash in residence hall or academic building restrooms. 

Misuse of Student Identification

The Quaker Card serves as your campus identification, library card, meal ticket or residence hall access key and is non-transferable. Guilford ID cards may not be used for fraudulent purposes. The following demonstrates typical improper uses of student identification: failure to carry student ID card, gaining access to the College’s facilities and/or activities by use of another student’s ID card or by the fraudulent use of an ID card is prohibited. All parties are held accountable, assuming they had knowledge of the improper use, loaning one’s card to another for any purpose or obtaining additional cards under false pretense.

Noise

Causing noise on campus grounds or in any College building, which disrupts an atmosphere conducive to work, study and rest or which is in violation of the quiet hours policy is prohibited. This includes use of amplified instruments, drum sets, and subwoofers. 

Pets

Because of North Carolina and Greensboro Public Health Regulations and the College's concern for the health and well-being of all, ALL pets, except for fish in a 10 gallon or less tank, are prohibited by students or their guests in residence halls, theme housing, and/or apartments. Service animals and emotional support animals are permitted and approved on a case-by-case basis under the ADAAA regulations and restrictions. For more information, please contact the Director of the Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) at 316.2837. It is the expectation that individuals with pets on campus be in control of their pet at all times (dogs on a leash, animals being transported in a crate, etc.) and that owners will clean up after their pets. 

Property Damage

Damage to another’s belongings or to College property (beyond that incurred through normal use) is prohibited. Students who are found responsible for any damage to College property will be billed for the actual repair damage. 

Sexual Misconduct

(See Sexual Misconduct definitions in Title IX Policy)

Smoking($25 fine)

For the promotion of wellness of the Guilford community, smoking (including e-cigarettes and hookahs) on campus property is prohibited in any area that is not specifically designated as an approved smoking area. The only designated approved smoking areas on campus are located:

  • on the north side of Hege Library facing King Hall
  • behind the Mail & Print Services Building
  • between the Community Center and North Apartments, in the space east of the walkway and stairs
  • the picnic table at the north end of the East Apartments parking lot

Note: In designated smoking areas where a smoking shelter such as a bench or picnic table is provided, the approved smoking area is within that shelter.

Any smoking outside of these permitted areas is considered a violation of College policy and subject to action as outlined in the Faculty, Staff and Student Handbooks. Waste from smoking (cigarette bus) must be completely snuffed out and disposed of in appropriate waste or ash receptacles.

Responsible students will incur an automatic $25 fine for either smoking or possession or use of the items listed above. The student will receive email notification and the fine will be applied to the student’s account. Appeals to fines may be submitted in an email to studentaffairs@guilford.edu within five (5) class days of the email notification. A third violation and subsequent fine will also result in student conduct charges.

Substance Use - (Alcohol and Other Drug) Violations

The following constitute violations of the College’s alcohol policies. Whenever Guilford College staff respond to an incident involving students under the age limit, of age students in violation of the policies, or there is a medical or safety concern, all alcohol present will be disposed of by the staff. All first-year student living spaces are considered dry areas of campus. 

Abusive Use/Misconduct Under the Influence of Alcohol

Behavior that is considered disruptive; inappropriate; leads to medical consequences or police reports; harmful to self or others in any way will be considered for this violation. 

Common Containers

Kegs and other common containers along with beer “bongs” and funnels are not permitted on campus or at College-sponsored events off campus.      

Drinking Games

Drinking games of any type are considered dangerous and are considered to be a violation of the alcohol policies of the College. 

Drugs

The College does not tolerate and strictly prohibits the possession, use, and/or distribution of illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia (purchased or homemade), other controlled substances or illegal sale/distribution of prescribed medication by any member of the Guilford community. Examples of prohibited and illegal items include, but are not limited to, any amount of an illicit drug (including seeds), bongs, pot pipes (bowls), scales (electronic and hand-held), blow tubes, etc. Further substances which appear to be illegal or controlled (by virtue of sight, smell, and other contextual factors) will be treated as such and are prohibited under this policy. 

1st violation:   Possession of paraphernalia ONLY (2 points)
                              Possession/use of substance and paraphernalia (2-4 points)
2nd violation:  Possession of paraphernalia and/or substance (5-6 points)

Note: A second drug violation in a single academic year (Fall to Spring or Spring to Fall) may result in suspension regardless of the number of accrued points, student academic year, or time in the semester.

Selling, making and/or distributing illegal drugs or other controlled substances will likely be suspended from the College.

Note: The College reserves the right to notify appropriate authorities for any level of drug violation that involves a violation of local, state, or federal laws.

Medical Amnesty Policy

In cases where a student reports an incident of a medical emergency to Residential Education and Housing staff, Public Safety, or 911 personnel while under the influence themselves, an amnesty will be granted to the reporting student. The student making the report may be required to meet with a Student Affairs staff member and may be required to meet with someone from the counseling staff, but will retain no formal student conduct record with the College. Students may be required to notify their parents depending on the severity of the incident. Students for whom the report is made will go through the normal student conduct process as outlined in the student handbook. 

Public Display

Consumption or possession of alcohol is prohibited in all communal or open access areas, such as hallways, balconies, the Bryan Quad, basements, bathrooms, lounges, campus grounds, administrative or classroom buildings. Alcohol being transported onto campus or between buildings by students of legal drinking age must be placed in a bag or other concealing container. 

Purchase of Alcohol with College Funds

Neither the College nor any group which owes its existence to Guilford, whether officially or unofficially, formally or informally, will be permitted to use any organizational funds derived from or held by the institution for the purchase of any kind of alcoholic beverage. 

Underage Possession/Use

The laws of the State of North Carolina pertaining to the possession and use of alcoholic beverages shall be followed specifically. It is illegal for persons under the age of 21 to consume or possess alcohol. It is also illegal for persons under or over 21 to supply alcohol to a student who has not reached the age of 21. The laws of North Carolina will apply to all students and visitors of Guilford College. In addition, the presence of empty alcohol containers (bottles, boxes, caps etc.) in the living space of a student under the age of 21 will constitute a violation of the Underage Use policy. 

Note: It is not a policy violation for an individual under the age of 21, but not consuming alcohol, to be in the presence of someone over 21 who is consuming alcohol.

Theft

Theft of property and possession of stolen items are prohibited and considered intolerable. 

Note: The College is not liable for any theft or loss due to fire, water, etc., in campus buildings either during the semester or during the vacation periods. Students are urged to carry insurance coverage on their personal property through their families’ homeowners policies or purchase their own policy. Students are expected to take the reasonable precautions of locking their room doors, carrying their keys with them, and avoiding keeping large sums of money in their rooms or apartments. Any student who has lost property should contact the Department of Public Safety immediately at 336.316.2909. 

Unauthorized Entry, Use, or Possession

This includes, but is not limited to, unauthorized use, possession or duplication of College keys and unauthorized entry into or use of College facilities. Violators may be subject to student conduct charges and will be billed the actual repair cost of any damage.

  • Buildings. Entry into public buildings after regular closing hours without permission of College authorities is prohibited. Students are not permitted on the rooftops of buildings for any reason. Violators may be subject to student conduct charges and will be billed the actual repair cost of any damage.
  • Unoccupied student rooms. Entry into any unoccupied rooms without permission of College authorities is prohibited.
  • Offices. Entry into any faculty or staff office at any time without permission of that faculty or staff member is prohibited. Students are prohibited from using College telephones and office equipment without prior permission.