Code of Conduct

Behavioral Expectations 
Harris-Stowe students shall conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the University’s educational mission and shall be disciplined for misconduct adversely affecting that mission. Any student who conspires to commit or who participates in an action that results in a violation of this policy and regulation shall be bound by the acts of every person participating in such an action and shall be disciplined. Specifically, students are subject to disciplinary action for the following: 
  • Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to: plagiarism and all forms of academic cheating, and failure to report known violations of the honor pledge
  • Forgery, alteration, or misuse of University or other official documents, records, or identification
  • Knowingly furnishing false information to the University
  • Obstruction or disruption of University operations
  • Obstruction or disruption of University-authorized activities
  • Physical or violent verbal abuse of any person or property owned or controlled by the University or at functions sponsored or supervised by the University
  • Conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person, including oneself, on property owned or controlled by the University or at functions sponsored or supervised by the University
  • Theft or damage to University property
  • Theft of, or intentional damage to, private property on premises owned or controlled by the University
  • Unauthorized entry of University facilities or property
  • Unauthorized access, use or misuse of University property including, but not limited to: attempting to leave the library with library materials (which have not been properly borrowed), unauthorized use or misuse of computer equipment, computer accounts, computer software and hardware, or misuse of University telephones
  • Violations of University regulations or campus policies approved by either the Board of Regents or the president and described in official University publications
  • Use or possession of alcohol, marijuana, narcotics, illicit drugs, or drug paraphernalia on property owned or controlled by the University
  • The sale or distribution of marijuana, narcotics, or dangerous drugs on property owned or controlled by the University or at functions sponsored or supervised by the University
  • Lewd, indecent, or obscene displays or conduct on property owned or controlled by the University or at functions sponsored or supervised by the University or University-related organizations
  • Drunken or disorderly behavior on property owned or controlled by the University or at functions sponsored or supervised by the University or University-related organizations
  • Intimidating behavior directed toward any student, faculty member, staff member or administrator
  • Failure to comply with the directions of a University official acting in the performance of his or her duties
  • Violation of the University’s firearms policy
  • Circulating a report or warning that property under University control or supervision may be subject to a bombing, fire, crime, emergency or other catastrophe, knowing that the report or warning is false
  • Tampering with safety equipment or the inappropriate use or possession of safety equipment on property owned or controlled by the University 
  • Giving false testimony or evidence at any official University hearing or to any University official
  • Conduct deemed unlawful by the criminal statues of the state of Missouri or the United States of America and conduct that endangers or threatens the security of the University community
  • Violations of the conditions of a section imposed through University disciplinary procedures
  • Violations of the University’s sexual assault policy
A student who violates these regulations may be subject to the following sanctions: 
This designation may include payment for damage to property or facilities, payments for damage to property or person of a member of the University community and repayment of misappropriated or misused funds. 
Disciplinary Probation 
Disciplinary probation is for a period of fixed duration during which the fitness of a student to continue at the University is evaluated. Disciplinary probation serves as a warning to the student that future violations of this policy and regulation may result in more serious sanctions, including suspension or dismissal. 
Disciplinary probation may include mandatory conditions such as the following by way of illustration: 
  • Exclusion from privileged or extracurricular activities at the University
  • Mandatory participation in classes and or other lawful activities deemed appropriate as a means of rehabilitating the student found in violation of this policy and regulation
  • In cases where misconduct is the result of abuse of alcohol or other drugs, mandatory alcohol or drug education may be a required condition for the probation
Disciplinary Suspension 
Disciplinary suspension is the temporary separation of a student from the University. 
Disciplinary Dismissal 
Disciplinary dismissal is the permanent separation of a student from the University. 
Summary Disciplinary Dismissal 
Summary disciplinary dismissal is the immediate separation of a student from the University and is authorized by the President/designee when the continued presence of the student at the University constitutes a danger to the health, safety or welfare of the University community. At the time a student is summarily dismissed, the student shall be informed of his or her right to a hearing. Such hearing shall be held without undue delay, and the student shall remain dismissed until the hearing determines the student’s status. 
Sanctions of suspension, dismissal and any sanction resulting from an act of academic dishonesty will be recorded on the student’s official University transcript. Other sanctions will be recorded in the student’s discipline file, which will be retained by the hearing officer for a period of five years. With the exception of cases of academic dishonesty, records of disciplinary probation will be retained for one year after the conclusion of the probationary period. 
Drug-Free Policy 
One of the certifications now required for the receipt of federal grants and funds is a formal statement from the grantee that it has adopted a policy and implemented a program that prevents the illicit possession, use or distribution of drugs and alcohol by students and employees of the institution. Further, the grantee must maintain evidence that it is in compliance with all sections of the relevant federal regulations.
Annual Distribution 
In compliance with this federal requirement, Harris-Stowe State University has established the written drug/alcohol prevention program described herein. This written program will be distributed at least annually to each employee of the University and to each student who is taking one or more classes for any type of academic credit, regardless of the length of the student’s program of study. 
Standards of Conduct 
The following is the University’s official statement of the Standards of Conduct expected of its students and employees and the University’s commitment to, and action toward, ensuring a drug-free and alcohol-free and campus. 
  • The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of a controlled substance or alcohol on the campus of Harris-Stowe State University or, at any location at which the University is conducting programs or events, is strictly prohibited
  • All students and employees of Harris-Stowe State University are required, as a condition of admission or employment, to comply with this strict rule
  • Employees, as a condition of continued employment, must notify the Office of Human Resources of any criminal drug status/conviction occurring in the workplace, no later than five days after such conviction
Description of Legal Sanctions under Local, State and Federal Law 
Below are summaries of sanctions provided in local, state and federal laws against the unlawful possession, use and distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. 
Sanctions imposed by local laws consist of ordinances of the City of St. Louis, which prohibit the sale of alcohol to minors, the operation of an automobile while under the influence of alcohol, public drunkenness and similar offenses. These offenses are misdemeanors, punishable by fines and imprisonment. Fines may be as high as $500, and imprisonment may be for as long as one year. 
Sanctions imposed by state law are more extensive and include the following: 
  • Possession of a controlled substance (depending on the quantity of controlled substances in possession, penalties can range from one to seven years)
  • Trafficking of drugs (penalties can range from five to 30 years in prison and may be served without probation or parole)
  • Unlawful use of drug paraphernalia 
  • Unlawful distribution of a controlled substance to a minor (penalty from five to 15 years imprisonment)
  • Distribution of a controlled substance near schools (penalty can range from 10 to 30 years life imprisonment)

Penalties can include forfeiture of vehicles, vessels or aircraft, or disqualification from voting and jury service

Sanctions imposed by federal law:

  • First conviction: up to one year imprisonment and fine of at least $100,000 or both
  • After one prior drug conviction: at least 15 days in prison must be served, not to exceed one year and a fine of at least $2,500 but not more than $250,000 or both.
  • Special sentencing provisions are in effect for possession of crack cocaine: Mandatory minimum sentence of at least five years in prison, not to exceed 10 years and fine of up to $250,000 or both, if: 
    • First conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds five grams 
    • Second crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds three grams 
    • Third or subsequent crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds one gram
  • Forfeiture of personal and real property used to possess or to facilitate possession of a controlled substance, if that offense is punishable by more than one year imprisonment
  • Forfeiture of vehicles, boats, aircraft or any other conveyance used to transport or conceal a controlled substance 
  • Civil fine of up to $10,000 
  • Denial of federal benefits, such as student loans and licenses; up to one year for the first offense, up to five years for the second and subsequent offenses
  • Ineligible to receive or purchase firearms 
  • Revocation of certain federal licenses and benefits, e.g., pilot licenses, public housing tenancy, etc., as vested within the authorities of individual federal agencies 
Disciplinary Sanctions That the University Will Impose for Violations of the Standards of Conduct by Employees or Students 
All members of the University community are urged to report to the Office of Human Resources any firsthand knowledge of the (a) possession, (b) use, or (c) distribution of a controlled substance on campus or at any location at which the University is conducting a program or event. 
These reports should be in writing and to the fullest extent possible:
  • Identify the alleged violator
  • Identify the controlled substance
  • Pinpoint the time and place of the violation
  • Upon receipt of such a report, the Director of Human Resources will forward the report to the appropriate vice president to handle the situation
The University will vigorously enforce the Standards of Conduct established herein in a fair and consistent manner. Penalties for violation of these Standards of Conduct are listed below.
Employees of Harris-Stowe State University, full-time, part-time and student workers who have been determined by the University to have violated the Standards of Conduct will be disciplined in accordance with the procedures set forth in the University’s current personnel policies and procedures manuals and other documents. The penalties include: 
  • Verbal reprimands
  • Mandatory attendance in a rehabilitation program
  • Written reprimands which will be in the personal file of the employee
  • Dismissal
Students of Harris-Stowe State University who have been determined by the University to have violated the Standards of Conduct will be disciplined. The penalties include: 
  • Verbal warning
  • Written warning which will be filed in the student’s file maintained at the University
  • Mandatory attendance in a rehabilitation program
  • Suspension not to exceed one semester
  • Referral to appropriate authorities for prosecution
Harris-Stowe State University will conduct a biennial review of its program to provide a drug-free and alcohol abuse-free environment on its campus and at campus-sponsored activities. The purpose of this review is: 
  • To determine the effectiveness of the program and to implement changes, if warranted
  • To ensure that all disciplinary sanctions are consistently, fairly, and vigorously enforced
  • To ensure that the University will maintain appropriate records to establish its compliance with this program
Drug and or Alcohol Counseling, Treatment or Rehabilitation or Re-entry Programs Available to Employees and Students 
Each semester, Harris-Stowe State University offers a drug-free awareness program, which is conducted by the University’s Office of Counseling Services in conjunction with the Office of Health Services. This program, open to both students and employees, will include the dissemination of printed materials and also include periodic meetings and or conferences designed to inform all students and employees regarding: 
  • The dangers of drug abuse and its effect on academic and personal success
  • The University’s policy of maintaining a drug-free campus
  • The availability of drug counseling, rehabilitation, and other assistance programs
  • The penalties that may be imposed upon students and employees for drug and alcohol abuse violations occurring on campus

The Office of Counseling Services will provide referral services and programs offered through that office and also through various community agencies. Persons who successfully complete rehabilitation programs are eligible for consideration for re-employment on the University campus. 

Hazing is an intentional action taken toward any student on or off campus by a student organization or any of its members to produce public humiliation, physical discomfort, bodily injury or public ridicule. Hazing also constitutes as creating a situation where public humiliation, physical discomfort, bodily injury or public ridicule occurs. 
The following are examples of actions that might constitute hazing. As it is impossible to anticipate every situation that could involve hazing, this list should not be considered all-inclusive: 
  • Paddling
  • All forms of physical activity that are used to harass or that are not a part of an organized athletic contest and not specifically directed toward constructive work
  • Road trips (involuntary excursions)
  • Confinement in any room or compartment
  • Spraying, painting or pelting with a substance
  • Burying in any substance
  • Requiring or compelling activities creating unnecessary work, duties, detention, or any duties which impair academic efforts
  • Requiring or compelling exposure to uncomfortable elements
  • Verbal harassment
  • Requiring or compelling the wearing in pubic of apparel which is not considered in good taste
  • Requiring or compelling the forced consumption of any liquid or solid substance
  • Depriving students of sufficient sleep (six consecutive hours per day is normally considered to be a minimum)
  • Burning, branding or tattooing any part of the body, or any other activity, whether voluntary or involuntary, which may cause physical injury or endanger the life of the individual being hazed
  • Psychological hazing, which is defined as any act which is likely to (a) compromise the dignity of a member or pledge, (b) cause embarrassment or shame to a member or pledge, (c) cause a member or pledge to be the object of malicious amusement or ridicule or (d) cause psychological harm or substantial emotional strain.
Institution of Disciplinary Proceedings 
Disciplinary charges brought against a student or a recognized student organization shall be resolved in the following manner: 
1. Upon written notice of an alleged violation of this policy and regulation, disciplinary proceedings shall be instituted by a hearing officer by the issuance of notice of charges. The written notice of complaint may be initiated by faculty, staff and students or through a campus police summons. 
2. The notice of charges and all other written notices shall be delivered by the method deemed most effective by the hearing officer to the student’s or organization’s address, as it then appears on the official records of the University. If the address is not current, other reasonable attempts will be made to deliver the notice. The notice shall include the portion of the policy and regulation allegedly violated, the reported circumstances of the alleged violation and a request that the student appear at a specified time, date and place for a hearing. A copy of the notice of charges may be sent to the student’s parents/guardians if the student is a dependent as defined in Section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954. 
3. If the notice of charges requests an appearance at a hearing and if a student fails or refuses to appear, the hearing officer may, after such investigation that is deemed sufficient, dismiss the charges, take administrative action or impose a disciplinary penalty. Requests for continuance must be timely and made by the student in writing to the hearing officer who may reschedule the hearing if the request is timely and for good cause. If the hearing officer takes administrative action, the accused student or organization shall be notified in writing of such action and such action shall not be subject to further hearing or appeal. If the hearing officer imposes a disciplinary sanction, the student or organization representative shall be notified in writing of such action. Appeals of disciplinary sanctions imposed at a hearing, held in the absence of the accused student or organizational representative, shall follow the procedures outlined in these regulations. 
4. When an accused student or organizational representative appears in response to the notice of charges, the hearing officer shall review the facts of the alleged violations and of the names of witnesses then known. The student or organizational representative shall be advised that no response is required and that any statement made shall become a part of the official evidence of the case. The accused may advise the hearing officer of any witnesses or evidence supporting the student’s position. The hearing officer shall also advise the accused that if any new evidence is discovered during an investigation subsequent to the hearing, it will be shared with the accused. The accused will have an opportunity to respond to the evidence. 
5. After the hearing with the student or organizational representative and such further investigation as the hearing officer deems necessary, the hearing officer shall proceed as follows: 
  • If the hearing officer determines that the alleged violation is not supported by the evidence, the charges shall be dismissed and the accused student so notified. 
  • If the hearing officer is satisfied that the violation occurred as alleged, but that no disciplinary sanction should be imposed, the hearing officer may levy administrative action and notify the student accordingly. 
  • If the hearing officer is satisfied that the violation occurred as alleged and that a disciplinary penalty should be imposed, the hearing officer shall so notify the accused student or organizational representative, describing the sanction which the hearing officer will impose. 
6. The accused may accept the decision and sanction(s) proposed by the hearing officer and waive his or her right to any further hearing or appeal. Or, the accused may reject the decision of the hearing officer and request an appeal hearing .
An accused student or organization appealing the decision of the hearing officer should file a notice of appeal to the Division of Student Affairs. Such an appeal must be emailed to StudentAffairs@hssu.edu within 5 business days from the date of the letter containing the findings in the case. The appeal must include the specific grounds for the appeal and must be personally signed by the student or an organization officer. The notice of appeal shall contain, at a minimum, a statement of grounds for appeal and a summary statement of the facts supporting such grounds. 
Please keep in mind that the duty of the Rights and Responsibilities Committee is not to review the facts of the case, but to ensure procedural fairness. Thus, your appeal should be based on one of the following: 
1. Procedural Error – The decision of the Rights and Responsibilities Committee was reached through substantial procedural errors which denied the student a fair hearing. 
Note: The procedural error must have been grave enough to deny the student a fair hearing. 
2. Arbitrary or Capricious Conclusion – The decision of the Rights and Responsibilities Committee was not supported by evidence or the decision was inconsistent with the information presented. 
Note: This does not imply a disagreement with the decision of the committee only, but proof that the weight of the evidence is against the decision made by the committee. 
3. Disproportionate Sanction – The decision of the Rights and Responsibilities Committee was greatly disproportionate to the offense.
New evidence, not available in a previous hearing, which could exonerate the accused student. 
Rules of Procedure in Hearings 
In cases involving more than one student, the hearing officer may consolidate the cases for hearing, but shall make separate recommendations for each accused student. The following rules apply: 
  • The accused student may have an advisor of the student’s choice present during the hearing for student organizations. Generally, the advisor shall be present for consultation purposes only and shall not be permitted to speak on the student’s behalf. However, an advisor may be permitted to address the committee at the discretion of the hearing officer. If an accused student elects to be represented by a third party advisor, the accused must provide a signed letter designating that person as his or her official representative before the University can communicate otherwise privileged information to the advisor.
  • Rules of common courtesy and decency shall be observed. 
  • The questions of any person appearing before the hearing committee by an individual participating in a hearing shall not be in a badgering, unduly repetitious or irrelevant manner. It shall be at the discretion of the Rights and Responsibilities Chair Pearson to curtail a participant’s further opportunity for questioning if such behavior occurs. 
  • Any person may be dismissed from the hearing who interferes with or obstructs the hearing or who fails to abide by the rulings of the hearing officer. 
  • The hearing officer shall have the right to call additional witnesses, require the presentation of additional evidence and require additional investigation. Witnesses must be submitted 48 hours in advance and approved. 
  • A taped or stenographic record of a hearing shall be maintained. The notice, exhibits, and taped or stenographic records shall become the record of the case and shall be filed in the Office of Public Safety. This hearing record shall be retained for a period of no more than five years. 
  • The President/designee shall examine the record of the case and any additional evidence provided. President/designee may interview witnesses to the case or engage in whatever investigation he or she deems appropriate to fully hear the student’s appeal. The President/designee shall consider the recommendations of the hearing committee and may accept or reverse the finding by reducing or increasing the sanctions imposed by the hearing officer. Within seven working days after receiving the recommendation of the hearing committee, the President/designee will advise the accused student of his or her recommendation concerning the final disposition of the case. 
  • The decision of the President is final. 
Every student enrolled at Harris-Stowe State University is obligated at all times to assume responsibility for his or her actions, to respect constituted authority, to be truthful, to respect the rights of others and to respect private and public property. This code of obligations, together with specific rules and regulations, always applies to conduct occurring on property owned or controlled by the University and at University-sanctioned events. On-campus misconduct that involves possible violations of federal, state or local laws may result in prosecution by appropriate civil authority in addition to University disciplinary action. Off-campus acts constituting violation of law, when that conduct has substantially interfered with the University’s functions or mission, prompts University disciplinary action. No special consideration will be requested by the University when a student has been apprehended elsewhere for a violation of public law because of his or her status as a student. When students are prosecuted for violations of public laws, institutional authority will not be used to merely duplicate the functions of those laws and may include dismissal from the University. 
The policies and procedures contained herein are established under the authority granted by law to the Board of Regents to establish policies and procedures for the governance and management of Harris-Stowe State University. The overall responsibility for the enforcement of these regulations rests with the President of Harris-Stowe State University or his designees. All alleged violations are adjudicated in accordance with the established procedures of the judicial system. Every student is expected to observe the principles underlying University policies for student life. 
In order to maximize the freedom and enjoyment of University life for all persons, the personal conduct of each student is expected to reflect a high consideration for the rights of others. As citizens and members of the University community, students enrolled at Harris-Stowe State University have specific rights. 
Those rights common to all citizens under federal and state constitutions, and through pertinent laws are retained by students. These rights include, but are not limited to, the right of privacy, equal opportunity, non-discrimination and freedom of speech, assembly, and association. The application of these rights in the University setting includes the following: 
In order to promote their common interests, students have the right to: 
  • Join organizations which meet the standards of acceptability adopted by the University
  • Engage in discussions to exchange thoughts and opinions
  • Speak freely and write or print on any subject in accordance with established law

Students also gain rights through membership in the University community: 

  • Fair and impartial treatment
  • Participation in the formulation of policy directly affecting them through membership on appropriate committees, as determined by the President and his or her representatives
  • Protection afforded under specific policies authorizing inspection, search and seizures on University property
  • Utilization of University facilities in accordance with the guidelines established for the use of those facilities
Each student enrolled at Harris-Stowe State University has the responsibility to reflect, in his or her conduct, the understanding of institutional standards and to refrain from those acts which impose upon the rights of others. The necessary disciplinary action, which may involve dismissal from the University, will be taken as a result of any student or student organization engaging in the following actions: 
  • Theft, accessory to theft and or unauthorized possession of property belonging to the University or a member of the University community
  • Vandalism, arson, damage or destruction to the University or private property while on campus
  • Misappropriation or conversion of University funds, supplies, equipment, labor, material, space, or facilities
  • Trespassing or unauthorized entry on University-owned or controlled property
  • Failure to comply with a proper request of a University official acting in performance of his or her duties or to identify oneself to the official when asked
  • Dishonesty, such as cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to the University
  • Forgery, alteration or misuse of University documents, records, or identification
  • Interference with, or obstruction of, any University-sponsored or approved function or activity
  • Initiation or circulation of a report or warning of a crime, emergency, impending disaster or catastrophe, knowing that the report is false or the transmission of such a report to an official or official agency
  • Failure to observe rules and regulations issued by proper University authority, including all publications and notices pertaining to student life
  • Physical abuse of any person on University-owned or controlled property or at University-sponsored or supervised functions or conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person
  • Any act or threat including profane or abusive language, perpetrated for the purpose of harassing or submitting any member or guest of the University community to pain, discomfort or indignity
  • Disorderly, lewd, indecent or obscene conduct or expression on University-owned or controlled property or at University-sponsored or supervised functions
  • Use, possession, or distribution of narcotics or dangerous and illegal drugs as defined under municipal, state, or federal law
  • Use, possession, or distribution of alcohol on University-controlled property or at University-sponsored or supervised functions
  • Conduct involving violations such as civil or criminal laws when such violations adversely affect the University and or members of the University community
  • Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary procedures, or other University activities, including its public service functions or other authorized activities on University premises
  • Violations of University policies or regulations including University regulations concerning the registration of student organizations, the use of University facilities or the time, place, and manner of public expressions

For a full review of the Student Code of Conduct, please visit http://www.hssu.edu/ae/aefiles/34/Code_of_Conduct.pdf

Use of Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and Other Lethal Weapons

Only authorized security personnel (police officers and public safety officers) are permitted to carry and use firearms and ammunition. "The possession, sale, storage or use of firearms, knives, ammunition and other dangerous weapons is prohibited on all University property. Employees are strictly prohibited from carrying concealed weapons on University property and may not store weapons or ammunition in vehicles located in University parking facilities. All such items are subject to confiscation, disciplinary action, as well as criminal sanctions, will be applied in all cases of violation of these security regulations."

Parking Rules and Regulations

Harris-Stowe State University requires the registration of all motor vehicles that are owned or operated by students, faculty and staff members, when such vehicles are operated or parked on property-owned or controlled by the University. Parking areas are available for the use of University faculty, staff, and students:

  • The lot to the west of the Henry Givens Administration Building (HGA) is reserved for faculty and staff only
  • The lots south, east, and northwest of HGA are for the use of faculty, staff and students

Official University student parking permits are not free and may be obtained during registration. Registration may be done online 24/7 at https://www.permitsales.net/HSSU or in person via paper form from the Office of Public Safety during normal business hours.

All vehicles parked on University property must have the official University parking permit prominently displayed on the lower-left corner of the rear windshield.

Failure to register a vehicle constitutes a violation of the University’s Parking Regulations. A brochure and all other parking information is available on the Office of Public Safety web-page under “Parking Registration” and “Parking Policy & Procedure.” Harris-Stowe State University does not assume any responsibility for damage or theft to cars while using the parking facilities of the University. Vehicles found in violation of the University’s Parking Policy and Procedure may be subject to fines and/or tows. Visitors of the university must request a visitor parking pass via email at Parking@hssu.edu.

Questions concerning the parking rules and regulations should be directed to the Office of Public Safety, Henry Givens Administration Building Room 019 (314)340-3333, Parking Services line (314)340-3602, or by email at Parking@hssu.edu.

Emergency Car Service

Harris-Stowe State University students or staff having problems starting their cars because of deficient batteries may contact the switchboard operator on the first floor of HGA for possible assistance.

Unattended Children

The University reserves the right to protect the safety and welfare of unattended children. Children are not to be left unattended in the halls, offices, annex, dining hall or library. Students are not permitted to bring children to class. The University will institute appropriate action if children are left unattended.

Posting Notices

All information to be posted in the University must first go through the Accuracy Check process. For more information about the Accuracy Check process, contact the Office of University Relations in HGA Room 110 or call (314)340-5754. After going through the Accuracy Check process, the information must be stamped by Student Activities (GRH Room 110A). Information is to be posted only on bulletin boards. Any notices that are placed on walls, doors or bulletin boards which are unstamped by Student Activities will be taken down and discarded.

Hoverboard Policy

Due to safety concerns following reported hoverboard fires, Harris-Stowe State University prohibits the use, possession, or storage of hoverboards and similar devices containing lithium ion batteries on campus.


For reasons of safety, health and sanitation, pets of any type are not allowed on or in any University owned or leased building under any circumstances. This policy includes all University residence units (halls, houses, apartments).

Pets may not be taken into a University building except as listed below:

  • Service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Please see polices on service animals under Office of Disability Services)
  • K9 dogs performing their duties under supervision
  • Animals maintained on campus in non-residential areas for research and/or laboratory purposes, with the approval of teaching, research, and/or service departments

Unmanned or Remote-Control Aircraft (Drone)

Unmanned or remote-control aircraft systems (UAS), including drones, are controlled and regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In light of these regulations and in the interest of the safety and privacy of Harris-Stowe State University establishes the following policy regarding UAS:

Launching, landing, or operating UAS, including drones, is prohibited on and above Harris-Stowe’s campus without written approval from and supervision by Harris-Stowe faculty or staff. UAS use may only be approved for educational or research purposes or for use by a student employee for a specified purpose related to their employment. The individual operating the UAS must be able to operate the UAS in a safe and responsible manner. Approved use must comply with all relevant federal, state, and local laws governing UAS and any other relevant university policies.

UAS may not be used or approved for any of the following uses:

  • Monitoring or recording areas where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy in accordance with accepted social norms. These areas include but are not limited to restrooms, locker rooms, individual residential rooms, changing or dressing rooms, and health treatment rooms
  • Monitoring or recording residential spaces, including rooms, small housing units, campus apartments, lobbies, and hallways
  • Monitoring or recording sensitive institutional or personal information which may be found, for example, on an individual’s work spaces or on computer or other electronic displays

Note: Individuals found in violation of this policy may face disciplinary and/or legal action.

Reporting Crimes and Emergencies

It is Harris-Stowe State University’s policy to protect the rights, safety and welfare of the students, faculty, staff and visitors. Persons are expected to conduct themselves properly, respecting themselves, others and the property of others. It is extremely important to note that each person of the Harris-Stowe State University community has the right to be free from acts of violence and threats of violence.

Students, faculty, staff and visitors are encouraged to report all suspicious persons and activities, crimes witnessed or crimes against themselves occurring on campus and in the surrounding communities to Campus Public Safety. Students are encouraged to report crimes directly to Campus Public Safety. However, they may also report crimes directly to the director of Student Activities, who will then report the information received to Campus Public Safety. Campus personnel are informed of this procedure through new employee/student orientation. Written reports are made and followed up by the appropriate personnel in Campus Public Safety. All criminal incidents and emergencies must be reported immediately by calling Campus Public Safety through the switchboard at (314)340-3366, or 911 for the response of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

Smoking Policy

To limit exposure to tobacco smoke, Harris-Stowe State University has established a NO SMOKING POLICY in all campus interior spaces and all exterior areas including vehicles parked on campus and all University-owned or leased vehicles. It is the responsibility of all administrators, faculty, staff and students to enforce the University’s smoking policy. If an individual has a particular problem, that individual may request the help of Campus Public Safety in enforcing the policy. Electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes will be treated the same as traditional cigarettes in regards to the campus smoking policy.

Extracurricular Use of University Facilities

As would be expected, the first and highest priority in the use of the University plant and facilities is the fulfillment of the institutional mission specified by the state legislature. The central focus of this mission is the education and fullest possible development of students. Within the limitations imposed by such a building usage priority, the University makes available many of its facilities to student organizations, as well as outside agencies. A usage fee may be required in such cases.

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