Student Rights and Responsibilities

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Article 1: Personal Integrity
Article 2: University Records or Documents
Article 3: Financial Obligations
Article 4: Compliance with Directives
Article 5: Identification
Article 6: Sexual Misconduct
Article 7: Personal Abuse
Article 8: Hazing
Article 9: Alcoholic Beverages
Article 10: Drugs
Article 11: Fire and Safety
Article 12: Weapons and Fireworks
Article 13: Restricted Areas
Article 14: Illegal Entry
Article 15: Property
Article 16: Vandalism
Article 17: Assemblies
Article 18: Visitors
Article 19: Dress Code
Article 20: Pets
Article 21: Selling, Posting or Distributing Materials
Article 22: Computer Misuse
Article 23: Community Welfare
Article 24: Violation of Other University Policy
Article 25: Interpretation and Amendments

Special Sanctions  

All students are to conduct themselves with integrity and in accordance with the obligations of membership in the University community. Students and any officially registered student organization at the University, as a condition of admission, agree to abide by all University policies contained in the University catalog, this student handbook, other University publications and notices placed on official University bulletin boards. Use of alcohol or other drugs cannot and will not be considered an excuse for a violation of University policies or local, state or federal statutes. Students are also expected to abide by local, state and federal laws.

The University of Tampa has established only those policies that are considered necessary to preserve and maintain an environment conducive to learning, to ensure the safety and welfare of members of the University community, to encourage students in the development and practice of good citizenship and self-discipline, and to protect property and the environment of the University. Only with the full cooperation of all concerned can the aims, purpose and goals of the University be fully realized.

The University assumes its students will conduct themselves as responsible citizens and will comply with all policies. The University, therefore, reserves the right to discipline or dismiss any student whose conduct on or off campus is unbecoming of a University of Tampa student or reflects poorly on the institution.

Sanctions may be imposed against a student or student organization for the violation of any student policies that occur on campus. Sanctions also may be imposed against a student or student organization for violation of any policies that occur off campus when the alleged conduct would impair, interfere with or obstruct the missions, processes or functions of the University, or when the alleged conduct would, if true, endanger the health, safety or welfare of the student or others, or would endanger any University property or adversely affect the University’s integrity.

The University recognizes that all violations of University policies documented in a student’s conduct file are part of that student’s educational record. As such, the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 that provides for confidentiality of students’ educational records protects these files and their contents. This confidentiality allows only persons who meet appropriate disclosure policies to have access to these records. For more information regarding FERPA as it relates to conduct documents, contact the Office of Student Conduct and Orientation.

Annual Security Report

The University of Tampa’s Annual Security Report includes reported crimes that occurred on campus in the previous three years. It also includes reported crimes that occurred in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by the University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from campus. You can obtain a copy of this report by contacting the dean of Students Office, Campus Safety and Security or by downloading the document online at www.ut.edu/safety/securityreport/.

The University conduct system, administered through the dean of students, was established to enable students to assume the primary responsibility for self-governance in the area of student conduct. The goals of this system are to educate students, to ensure the safety and welfare of members of the University community, to assist in creating a campus environment conducive to academic pursuits and to protect University property and interests.

The constitution of the conduct system is available in printed form from the Office of Student Conduct and Orientation, in room 210 of the Vaughn Center.

Obligations of Membership in the University Community

The trustees, faculty and administration of The University of Tampa are determined that this campus community be a place of shared responsibility, personal freedom and collective safety and harmony. They are committed to the fact that every effort be made to ensure the best possible quality of life for everyone at the University. It is important that the University be able to remove from the campus any person, student organization or any circumstance that is detrimental to the University community.

Therefore, on Dec. 15, 1977, the executive committee of the Board of Trustees approved the following policy statement:

The University of Tampa is a community of scholars devoted to higher learning. Members of the community — faculty, staff and students — have an obligation, both to themselves and to each other, to foster an atmosphere of mutual respect and high regard for the life and property of the University. 

It is expected that all members of the community will share respect for the law, and adhere to the exemplary standards of conduct consistent with a community of scholars. It is further assumed these high standards will be self-enforced and that in the event they are not, the University may take action to protect its interests as a community.

Student conduct is expected to be supportive of these interests. By vote of the Student Government, residence hall councils and in meetings of individual residence-hall floors and wings, students may participate in determining specific standards of conduct that support the obligations of their membership in the University community.

In the enforcement of these standards, the following should be understood:

  • In exceptional circumstances, the president of the University, or his or her representative, may suspend any student whose presence is believed to be contrary to the best interests of the University community.
  • The trustees have reaffirmed that members of this community have rights and responsibilities. Students and others have the right to participate in the determination of the standards of conduct by which they will be guided, as well as the responsibility to honor these standards and expect others to do so.
  • Fair procedures as described in this handbook will be exercised in all conduct situations, although this may follow, rather than precede, administrative action in exceptional circumstances. Students have the responsibility to cooperate fully with these conduct procedures.
  • Students have the right to a supportive and positive educational environment, with the accompanying responsibility to pursue their academic and related interests with integrity and diligence.
In the enforcement of these standards, the following should be understood:

In exceptional circumstances, the president of the University, or his or her representative, may suspend any student whose presence is believed to be contrary to the best interests of the University community. 

  • The trustees have reaffirmed that members of this community have rights and responsibilities. Students and others have the right to participate in the determination of the standards of conduct by which they will be guided, as well as the responsibility to honor these standards and expect others to do so. 
  • Fair procedures as described in this handbook will be exercised in all conduct situations, although this may follow, rather than precede, administrative action in exceptional circumstances. Students have the responsibility to cooperate fully with these conduct procedures. 
  • Students have the right to a supportive and positive educational environment, with the accompanying responsibility to pursue their academic and related interests with integrity and diligence.

    University Policies

    Spartan Code  
ARTICLE 1 - PERSONAL INTEGRITY | Back to top.

In the spirit of mutual respect for all members of the University community, the Spartan Code has been created to outline the expectations of what it means to be a Spartan. All members of the community are expected to uphold the Spartan Code at all times.

ARTICLE 2 - FALSIFICATION OF UNIVERSITY RECORDS OR DOCUMENTS | Back to top.

Students are prohibited from falsifying or being party to the falsification, actively or passively, of any official University record or document.

ARTICLE 3 - FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS | Back to top.

A. Students are to conduct financial transactions lawfully and with integrity.

B. Students are to meet their financial obligations with respect to University funds.

ARTICLE 4 - COMPLIANCE WITH DIRECTIVES | Back to top.

Students are to comply with immediate directives issued by an identified Campus Safety staff member or Officer Student must also comply with immediate directives related to health and safety of an individual or the community when issued by a University official. A University official includes, but is not limited to, Campus Safety, faculty members, staff members, student residence hall staff, Vaughn Center information desk staff, C.A.R.E. Monitors and L.A.S.E.R. Team members. A directive may be considered any written or verbal instruction.

Please refer to the Academic Disruption Policy.

ARTICLE 5 - IDENTIFICATION | Back to top.

A. All students are expected to correctly identify themselves at all times and present this information courteously upon request by a Campus Safety staff member or Officer, University official or by a law enforcement officer. Members of The University of Tampa community should have their University issued identification card available to them at all times.

B. A University identification card is to be used only by its owner. This card may not be loaned, sold, fabricated, altered or transferred.

C. Students are cautioned that the possession of any identification issued to someone else can be considered a violation of the identification policy.

D. The possession, use, manufacture or sale of falsified government issued or altered identification cards are strictly prohibited. The State of Florida considers the possession and use of fake identification cards as felony offenses.

ARTICLE 6 – SEXUAL MISCONDUCT | Back to top.

Any sexual act that occurs without the consent* of the victim or that occurs when the victim is unable to give consent is considered sexual misconduct.

A. Sexual Harassment: Unwanted and unsolicited sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other deliberate or repeated communication of a sexual nature, whether spoken, written, physical or pictorial, that creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive campus, educational or working environment for another person.

B. Public Indecency: Exposing one's body in such a manner that it may be seen by someone who could be offended.

C. Voyeurism: Trespassing, spying, recording, taking photos or video,or eavesdropping for sexual arousal.

D. Sexual Battery: Sexual conduct when the victim does not consent*,when there is force or the threat of force, or when the victim's judgment is impaired**.

* Consent is defined as intelligent, knowing and voluntary agreement.
**Impaired is defined as temporary incapacity to evaluate or control conduct, because the person is unconscious, asleep, intoxicated or under the influence of other drugs or for any other reason physically unable to communicate consent.


Amnesty Policy: To remove barriers to reporting, the University will not pursue potential policy violations of the victim/survivor which occurred in the context of the sexual assault.

See Appendix I for information regarding Title IX

ARTICLE 7 - PERSONAL ABUSE | Back to top. 

Personal Abuse is defined as but not limited to:

A. Abuse

  • physical violence towards another person or group;
  • action that endangers the health, safety or well-being of another person or group;
  • action that serves the purpose of endangering one's own health or safety; and
  • interference with the freedom of another person to move about in a lawful manner.
B. Harassment
  • conduct (not of a sexual nature) that creates an intimidating, hostile, threatening, or offensive campus, educational or working environment for another person;
  • action or statement including electronic that threatens harm or intimidates another. Act that invades the privacy of another person;
  • stalking, defined as following or otherwise contacting another person repeatedly so as to put that person in fear for his or her life or personal safety or interfere with his or her working or educational environment;
  • an attempt to influence or intimidate a University community member with regard to a student conduct matter is prohibited; and
  • publications of offensive material (e.g., explicit and/or offensive photos or recordings) without the subject's consent.

C. Hate Motivated Abuse
Conduct (harassment or physical acts) directed at an individual(s) on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion or disability with intention to intimidate or injure an individual(s) physically, mentally or emotionally is considered hate motivated abuse.

Members of The University of Tampa community affected by hate-motivated offenses are strongly encouraged to report the incident. Reporting hate motivated offenses does not in itself constitute a formal complaint nor compel one to file a formal complaint of misconduct. Such offenses can be reported (formally/informally) to a variety of offices on campus including, but not limited to: the dean of students, Campus Safety, Health and Counseling Center, Residence Life and the Office of Student Conduct.

Retaliation is not permitted under Article 7, students are expected to uphold the Spartan Code in incidents of personal abuse. Incidents of self-defense will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

ARTICLE 8 - HAZING | Back to top. 

It is violation for students, faculty, staff or alumni to engage in any activity that may be construed as hazing. Hazing is defined as:

  • the performing of an act or subjecting another to a situation or action that causes undue mental or physical discomfort or danger to oneself to others;
  • behavior that is morally degrading or ethically unsound;
  • activities that cause an individual public humiliation;
  • behavior that damages public or personal property;
  • behaviors that interfere with educational activities of another person; and
  • activities or behavior that does not keep with the stated educational mission of The University of Tampa as a condition of inclusion or acceptance in a group or organization.

The expressed or implied consent of the victim will not be a defense. Apathy or non-action in the presence of hazing is not a neutral act; it is a violation of this article.

Examples include, but are not limited to, paddling; forced ingestion of any substance; deprivation of at least six consecutive hours of sleep in a 24-hour period; branding or other permanent markings; physical or psychological shock; tampering with the property of others; acts that could cause discomfort, pain, fright, disgrace, injury or degradation; or expecting participation in any activity in which full members will not or do not participate. This policy also applies to trips off campus that involve hazing as defined above.

See Appendix I for information regarding the Chad Meredith Act as well as the Florida statue covering hazing.

ARTICLE 9 - ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES* | Back to top.

To promote responsible alcohol use, all students, regardless of any individual student’s age and time spent in the presence of alcohol, will be held responsible for the following policies:

A. The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus is permitted only in the following areas: the Rathskeller, designated residence hall rooms (David A. Straz Jr. Hall, Frank P. Urso Hall, ResCom, and West Kennedy Hall) and any other place on campus providing alcohol according to The University of Tampa organizational alcohol policy. Any exceptions must be approved by the appropriate associate.

B. Possession: The University considers students in possession of alcohol if items are located including but not limited to their assigned residence hall room, personal vehicle, assigned common space, person, or personal property where the students have knowledge of the presence of alcohol and access to consume the alcohol.

C. Students are expected to observe campus policies, which prohibit:

  • any person under 21 years of age from possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages;
  • any person from selling, distributing, or serving alcoholic beverages to persons under 21 years of age;
  • any person from misrepresenting his or her age or the age of any other person for the purpose of inducing any licensee, his or her agent or employee, to see, give, serve or deliver any alcoholic beverages to any person under 21 years of age; and drinking outside of residence hall rooms. This means no outdoor drinking is allowed on the campus at any time, regardless of age.

D. Constructive Possession: Students are cautioned that the possession of alcoholic beverages can be constructive. “Constructive”  possession exists if:

  • students have knowledge and access to alcohol found in rooms, vehicle or public areas; and
  • there is enough open alcohol for them to consume (over a one-to-one alcohol to legal drinker ratio). Students can be constructively possessing alcohol even if they have not actually consumed any alcohol themselves. Open alcohol includes, but is not limited to, cups, open beer cans or bottles, uncorked wine bottles, unsealed wine or liquor bottles, tapped kegs, pitchers, decanters and punch bowls.

E. Common source containers of alcohol, including but not limited to, kegs, pony kegs and mixed alcoholic punch are prohibited in any residential facility, whether the containers are empty or full.

F. Devices/activities designed for the rapid, high-risk consumption of alcohol are not permitted. These include but are not limited to, funnels, beer bongs and drinking games that result in the rapid consumption of alcohol.

G. Social Hosting: Students of any age are cautioned that hosting underage consumption of alcohol within their contracted residence hall spaces constitutes a social host violation. If alcohol is being consumed in a residence hall space, residents of that space are advised to check ages of all students present and make sure all underage students are not consuming alcohol. If a student is unwilling to monitor underage students in his/her contracted space, they must remove underage students from that area. Students can be responsible for the presence or consumption of alcohol whether or not they are present in the room at the time of the violation.

H. Intoxication by any student, regardless of age, whether in public or in private, is prohibited. Symptoms of intoxication include a combination of slurred speech, impaired motor coordination and balance, loss of good judgment and/or nausea.

Symptoms of severe intoxication include the inability to walk or stand, vomiting and/or loss of consciousness. Students who violate this policy who are under the age of 21 will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. Students who violate this policy who are 21 or over will not be referred to the Office of Student Conduct if no other policy violations have occurred while intoxicated. Instead, they will be referred for an educational meeting with the appropriate associate dean, which will not be placed on their conduct record.

I. Conduct that is disruptive to the residential, campus or Tampa community while a student is intoxicated will be considered a violation of the University’s alcohol policy. This policy will be applied to all students, regardless of age. This conduct may include, but is not limited to, excessive noise, vandalism, abusive or suggestive speech, vomiting, urinating in inappropriate places and inappropriate gestures.

J. Operating a motor vehicle on or off University property while impaired by alcohol or other drugs is prohibited. The University of Tampa considers operation of a motor vehicle while intoxicated or impaired contrary to the common good; any person doing so exhibits wanton disregard for the rights and safety of others.

K. Medical Amnesty: It is in the best interest of students’ welfare that persons who overdose or become intoxicated be brought to the attention of medical personnel. For that reason, and other University policies notwithstanding,  it is University policy that no student seeking medical attention for intoxication or alcohol poisoning shall be formally charged for use or underage possession of alcohol, provided that the sole reason the student’s intoxication or alcohol poisoning was discovered by University officials arose from the seeking of medical care (by the affected student or by friends of the affected student). Students who seek amnesty may be held responsible for other policy violations that occurred while intoxicated. Amnesty from disciplinary action for alcohol violations extends to individuals seeking help for the intoxicated or alcohol poisoned student, but does not relieve a group of responsibility for violation of policy; however, the fact that an organization sought help for an intoxicated or alcohol poisoned student will be considered in determining any sanction for policy violations. Affected students receiving amnesty from disciplinary action will be required to complete a course of evaluation counseling and, where indicated, treatment. Failure to complete the prescribed course may result in disciplinary action.

*All confiscated alcohol will be disposed of by the owners or Campus Safety at the time the incident occurs.

Please see Appendix II for sanctions related to Article 9 violations.

ARTICLE 10 - DRUGS | Back to top.

A. Drugs are defined as but not limited to any:

  • stimulant;
  • intoxicant (other than alcohol),
  • nervous system depressant;
  • hallucinogen;
  • other chemical substance, compound or combination when used to induce an altered state; including any otherwise lawfully available product (such as over the counter or prescription drugs) used for any purpose other than its intended use.

B. Drug paraphernalia is defined as but not limited to:

  • material;
  • product;
  • instrument or item used to create;
  • manufacture;
  • distribute;
  • use or otherwise manipulate any drug and includes, but is not limited to; hypodermic needles, syringes, bongs or pipes.

C. No student or guest shall possess or use drugs as defined in section A or drug paraphernalia as defined in section B except as medically necessary and prescribed by a physician with a prescription that does not violate federal or state law.

D. No student or guest shall manufacture, provide or sell illegal, prescription drugs or drug paraphernalia to another individual. Students can be responsible for the presence of drugs in their room whether or not they are present at the time of the violation.

E. The operation of a motor vehicle while impaired by any drugs is prohibited and may result in criminal penalties. The University of Tampa considers operation of a motor vehicle while impaired contrary to the common good; any person doing so exhibits wanton disregard for the rights and safety of others.

F. Coercion of an individual to possess, manufacture, consume, provide and/or sale of drugs or drug paraphernalia, other than those prescribed specifically to the possessing student by a physician and used according to his or her direction, is specifically prohibited by the University.

G. Possession: The University considers students in possession of drugs if drugs or drug paraphernalia are located in any of the following: their assigned residence hall room, personal vehicles, assigned common spaces, person, or personal property where the students have both knowledge of the presence of drugs or drug paraphernalia and access to consume the drug(s).

H. Constructive Possession: Students are considered to be in constructive possession if they are anywhere outside of their assigned living space where they have both knowledge of the presence of drugs or drug paraphernalia and access to consume the drug(s). Students can be constructively possessing drugs even if they have not actually consumed any drugs themselves. Furthermore, students are considered to be in constructive possession if they admit to consuming drugs however, are not in possession of drugs at the time of the documented incident as defined in section A.

I. Medical Amnesty: It is in the best interest of students’ welfare that persons who overdose on drugs be brought to the immediate attention of medical personnel. For that reason, and other University policies notwithstanding,  it is University policy that no student seeking medical attention for overdose shall be formally charged for use or possession of illegal drugs, provided that the sole reason the student’s overdose was discovered by University officials arose from the seeking of medical care (by the affected student or by friends of the affected student). Students who seek amnesty may be held responsible for other policy violations that occurred previous to the medical emergency. Amnesty from disciplinary action for drug violations extends to individuals seeking help for the overdosed student, but does not relieve a group of responsibility for violation of policy; however, the fact that an organization sought help for an overdosed student will be considered in determining any sanction for policy violations. Affected students receiving amnesty from disciplinary action will be required to complete a course of evaluation counseling and, where indicated, treatment. Failure to complete the prescribed course may result in disciplinary action.

Please see Appendix II for sanctions related to Article 10 violations.

For information regarding students convicted of violating any federal or state drug possession or sale law, see Appendix IV.

ARTICLE 11 - FIRE AND SAFETY | Back to top.

A. The unauthorized or improper handling of or tampering with any fire, safety or emergency equipment or fixtures is strictly prohibited.

B. Smoking or vaporizing in any University controlled, operated or leased building is prohibited.

C. Negligence and carelessness in matters of fire safety will not be tolerated.

D. It is the responsibility of all students to notify the proper officials:

  • in case of damaged fire safety equipment or emergency equipment;
  • if a fire is occurring;
  • if arson has occurred.

E. The riding of bicycles or skateboards, the throwing, kicking or bouncing of objects, the use of roller skates or inline skates and the use of water guns is prohibited in University buildings including but are not limited to, breezeways, hallways and balconies. Appropriate Athletic and/or Campus Recreational officials make exceptions to this policy for designated campus recreation facilities.

ARTICLE 12 - WEAPONS AND FIREWORKS | Back to top. 

No student or guest, while on any property owned or controlled by The University of Tampa, shall possess, store or carry a weapon or firearm on their person or in any motor vehicle.

Exemptions:

  • Chemical agents designed to be used as a personal protective device are permitted, but may be used only as a defensive weapon.
  • Certified law enforcement officers may wear a service firearm in accordance with their department policy and federal, state and local laws.
  • UT Campus Safety officers.
  • Reserve Officer Training Corps or University recognized ROTC drill team members, to the extent they are legally permitted to possess firearms or weapons, may do so when training or performing official duties.

Reporting Violations:

  • Potential or suspected weapons policy violations should be reported immediately to Campus Safety officials. Nonemergency reports may be submitted via the silent witness program at www.ut.edu/silentwitness or silentwitness@ut.edu.
  • Individuals violating the weapons policy or making a false report of any kind, with the intent to deceive, mislead or otherwise misinform, may result in University disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution.

Enforcement:

  • University officials will seize any unauthorized firearms or weapons. Seized items may be secured in the Campus Safety office or turned over to the appropriate law enforcement agency. If the owner is legally permitted to possess the firearm or weapon, and it is returned, it must immediately be taken off campus.

Definitions/Clarifications:

Firearms:

Any pistol, rifle, antique firearm, starter pistol, BB gun, paintball gun, simulated firearm toy gun, or any item that is designed in appearance to resemble a firearm. Concealed Carry Weapons Permit (CCW) holders are not exempt.

Weapons:
Knives used to invoke fear or intimidation, brass knuckles, swords, slingshots or any item than may cause bodily injury or harm.

Electrical Weapons:
Any non-lethal device that is designed to deliver an electrical current whether by impact and/or by the firing of a dart or projectile that, upon contact, will deliver a specified electrical current to its target.

Ammunition:
Any item designed to be fired from a firearm or device for the purpose of propelling a projectile.

Chemical Weapons:  
Any device that has the ability to disperse a chemical agent, either through aerosol or foam spray, is permitted as long as it complies with Florida Law (790.001 (b) FSS) in its size, chemical solution and delivery mechanism.

Fireworks or Other Explosives:
Any material that will render an explosion.

Firearms and Weapons Possession:
The University considers persons in possession of firearms or weapons if such items are in a residence hall room, vehicle or common space.

ARTICLE 13 - RESTRICTED AREAS | Back to top.

Students are prohibited from the roofs of University buildings, fire escapes, ledges, minarets, service elevators, balconies, fountains, athletic fields and other areas that are designated closed.

ARTICLE 14 - ILLEGAL ENTRY | Back to top.

A. Breaking into or entering an office, residence hall building/room, meeting space or other University facility without authorization or permission of the rightful occupant is prohibited.

B. Tampering with, forcing entry or, gaining entry without permission or damaging mailboxes in the University Post Office is prohibited. This may also be cause for arrest and prosecution by the U.S. Postal Service.

ARTICLE 15 - PROPERTY | Back to top.

Students are prohibited from the unauthorized use/possession, theft and/or misappropriation of property belonging to others or The University of Tampa.

ARTICLE 16 - VANDALISM | Back to top.

A. Students are prohibited from malicious, unwarranted or negligent defacement, damage or destruction of property belonging to others or to the University.

B. Offending students are responsible for restitution for damages incurred to property, facilities or grounds owned by the University.

C. Littering is prohibited on University property.

ARTICLE 17 - ASSEMBLIES | Back to top.

A. The University of Tampa is an institution of higher learning that is dedicated to thorough and reasoned search for knowledge. As such, peaceful demonstrations and academic gatherings may not be disturbed or threatened.

B. Students may not gather in such a manner as to disturb the peace or interrupt the proper functioning of the institution.

ARTICLE 18 - VISITORS | Back to top.

Students are responsible for the conduct of their guests. Visitors or guests are expected to honor all University policies while they are on campus.

ARTICLE 19 - DRESS CODE | Back to top.

A. All students must wear upper and lower garments and shoes or sandals at all times in the following places: all academic buildings, University offices, Plant Hall, Vaughn Center, Frank and Carol Morsani Hall , Macdonald-Kelce Library and Falk Theatre. Nudity is not permitted outside of private residence hall rooms or locker rooms, unless academically required.

B. Appropriate attire is required for formal convocations, formal receptions and other formal occasions of a ceremonial nature.

ARTICLE 20 - PETS | Back to top.

A. No pets or animals are allowed in University buildings or pool area, with the exception of animals used to aid students with disabilities and as specified in the Residence Life Agreement and service animals accompanying visitors or guests of students. Any exceptions must be approved by the appropriate associate dean.

B. Any pets or animals on campus should be properly restrained.

ARTICLE 21 - SELLING, POSTING OR DISTRIBUTING MATERIALS | Back to top.

Because of limited bulletin board space, posting of materials is limited to UT students, student organizations and University offices. Any person or organization wishing to sell, post or distribute materials on campus must obtain permission from the appropriate University office and follow all guidelines for the area where the selling, posting or distributing is taking place.

Written permission must be obtained from the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement for any student organization to sell, distribute, solicit or advertise any outside commercial or noncommercial product or material.

Please refer to the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement Posting Policy.

ARTICLE 22 - COMPUTER MISUSE | Back to top.

Students are expected to fully uphold the University's computer use policy. Please review the Informational Technology Acceptable Use Policy.

ARTICLE 23 - COMMUNITY WELFARE | Back to top.

On occasion, situations may arise that are not specifically covered by University policies, but are contrary to the welfare of the University community or are inconsistent with the conduct expected of its community members. With these incidents, interpretation of the students’ behavior will be made by a representative of the University, and appropriate action will be taken. If this article is invoked, complete explanation for its use will be explained during the incident review.

ARTICLE 24 - VIOLATION OF OTHER UNIVERSITY POLICIES | Back to top.

Students are expected to uphold all University policies applicable to their student status, including published policies that address use of residence hall, academic, athletic, and other University spaces. The above policies may be adjudicated with the Office of Student Conduct only in cases that the student also violates articles found in this Student Rights and Responsibilities document.

ARTICLE 25 - INTERPRETATION AND AMENDMENTS | Back to top.

Any question of interpretation or application of the Students Rights and Responsibilities shall be referred to the appropriate associate dean or designee for final determination.

Review of these regulations shall occur at least every two years. Any proposed amendments to the regulations from the University community must be submitted before the first meeting of the Conduct Review Committee. If the review committee approves the updates, they are then submitted to Student Government Executive Board and must be passed by a two-thirds majority vote. The president of the University or his or her designee has final approval.

Appendix I

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects individuals from discrimination based on sex in any educational program or activity operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.

The University of Tampa is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination based on sex and provides a number of resources and services to assist students, faculty and staff in addressing issues involving sex discrimination, including sexual violence.
While it is often thought of as a law that applies to athletics programs, Title IX is much broader than Athletics and applies to many programs at The University of Tampa. While compliance with the law is everyone’s responsibility at The University of Tampa, listed below are the staff members who have primary responsibility for Title IX compliance.

Title IX Coordinator
Donna Popovich, Executive Director
Human Resources
RIVC 202
Phone: 813.253.6237
dpopovich@ut.edu

Duties and Responsibilities: Monitoring and oversight of overall implementation of Title IX compliance at the university, including coordination of training, education, communications and administration of grievance procedures for faculty, staff, students and other members of the university community.

Title IX Deputy Coordinator for Students
Tim Harding, Associate Dean of Career Development and Engagement
Office of Student Affairs
VC 215
Phone 813.253.6236
tharding@ut.edu

Duties and Responsibilities: Title IX compliance for matters involving students, including training, education, communication, monitoring and oversight of the grievance procedure for all complaints by or against The University of Tampa students.

Chad Meredith Act

The Chad Meredith Act makes dangerous hazing a crime in Florida. The bill, named for a University of Miami freshman who drowned in a campus lake while trying to join a fraternity in 2001, makes hazing, which results in serious injury or death, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison, even if the victim consents (1006.63 (2)).

Florida Statute on Hazing

In accordance with Section 1006.63 (1)*, F.S., "Hazing" includes, but is not limited to, pressuring or coercing the student into violating state or federal law, any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, exposure to the elements, forced consumption of any food, liquor, drug, or other substance, or other forced physical activity that could adversely affect the physical health or safety of the student, and also includes any activity that would subject the student to extreme mental stress, such as sleep deprivation, forced exclusion from social contact, forced conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment, or other forced activity that could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the student. Hazing does not include customary athletic events or other similar contests or competitions or any activity or conduct that furthers a legal and legitimate objective. Any activity as described above upon which the initiation or admission into or affiliation with a University organization is directly or indirectly conditioned shall be presumed to be "forced" activity, the willingness of an individual to participate in such activity notwithstanding. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing is not a neutral act; it is a violation of this article.

Possible Sanctions for Hazing Violations

Students found responsible for hazing maybe subject to the withholding of diplomas or transcripts pending compliance with the rules or pending payment of fines, and the imposition of reprimand, probation, suspension or expulsion. Registered student organizations which authorize hazing in blatant disregard of these rules may be subject to denial of permission for the organization to be registered, to meet on campus and to use campus facilities, and, in the case of fraternities and sororities, the right to exist at The University of Tampa.

*For more information regarding hazing and specifically Florida Statue 1006.63 (1), visit: www.flsenate.gov/statutes. 

Appendix II

Special Sanctions | Back to top.

Students who are assigned pending suspension, suspension, expulsion and/or termination of residency may also be ineligible for co-curricular activities, including study abroad, at The University of Tampa. Please address any and all concerns with the Office of Student Conduct.

ARTICLE 6 – SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

As required by the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act of 1992, possible sanctions to be imposed following the final determination of an on-campus disciplinary procedure for sexual battery will range from pending suspension with termination of residency through tenure to expulsion.

Alcohol and Drug Related Sanctions

Certain offenses require by law that the University disclose possible sanctioning practices. In response to the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, the following possible sanctions are in place for alcohol and other drug violations:

ARTICLE 9 – ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES VIOLATIONS

Depending on the amount of alcohol involved, the student may be suspended or expelled from the University and also may be prosecuted. It is recommended* that a student will be sanctioned as follows:

First Violation**

A. Student is required to complete a full alcohol/other drug assessment from a licensed alcohol and other drug counselor and comply with all recommendations. Student is responsible for any costs associated with these sessions.

B. If student is financially dependent or under the age of 21, parents or guardians are notified.

C. Residential student is placed on "pending termination of residency status."

D. Student will be charged a $100 prevention fee.

Second Violation**

(within pending termination of residency period)

A. Student is required to complete a full alcohol/other drug assessment from a licensed alcohol and other drug counselor and comply with all recommendations. Student is responsible for any costs associated with these sessions.

B. If student is financially dependent or under the age of 21, parents or guardians are notified.

C. Residential student is terminated from campus housing and restricted from entering all residential areas. Off campus students will receive restricted access from all residential areas.

D. Student is placed on "pending suspension" status.

E. Student will be charged a $200 prevention fee.

Third Violation**

(within pending suspension period)
Student is suspended from the University.

*Constructive violations may not be subject to the recommended sanctions.
**The prehearing officer and conduct board have the right to assign sanctions appropriate to the individual student that may be unique to the individual nature of the incident and may vary from the recommended sanctions.

Social Host Violations**

There exists a specific set of sanctions for those students who are found responsible for social host violations. A social host violator is any student in whose contracted residence hall space an alcohol violation has occurred. It is recommended that a student will be sanctioned as follows:

A. Student is required to complete a full alcohol/other drug assessment from a licensed alcohol and other drug counselor and comply with all recommendations. Student is responsible for any costs associated with these sessions.

B. If student is financially dependent or under the age of 21, parents or guardians are notified.

C. Student is terminated from campus housing and restricted from entering all residential areas.

D. Student is placed on "pending suspension" status. If student violates an alcohol violation again in the future, the student will be suspended from the University.

E. Student will be charged a $200 prevention fee.

**The pre-hearing officer and conduct board have the right to assign sanctions appropriate to the individual student that may be unique to the individual nature of the incident and may vary from the recommended sanctions.

ARTICLE 10 – DRUG VIOLATIONS*

Depending on the amount of illegal substance involved, the student may be suspended or expelled from the University and also may be prosecuted. For any students found responsible for engaging in the selling, distributing, items used to create and/or manufacturing of drugs will be suspended. At the minimum*, a student will be sanctioned as follows:

First Violation

A. Residential student is terminated from campus housing and restricted from entering all residential areas. Off-campus students will receive restricted access from all residential areas.

B. Student is placed on "pending suspension" status.

C. Student is required to complete a full alcohol/other drug assessment from a licensed alcohol and other drug counselor and comply with all
recommendations. Student is responsible for any costs associated with these sessions.

D. If student is financially dependent or under the age of 21, parents or guardians are notified.

E. Student will be charged a $200 prevention fee.

Second Violation
Student is suspended from the University.

*Constructive and drug paraphernalia violations may not be subject to the minimum sanctions.

Appendix III

Procedures and Sanctioning Practices  

For information regarding the student organization conduct process, please visit www.ut.edu/studentorgs/ and review the Student Organization Conduct Policies and/or Student Organization Handbook

Charges and Hearing

1. Any member of the University community may file charges against any student for misconduct. Charges shall be prepared in writing and directed to the student conduct coordinator, who is responsible for the administration of the student conduct system. Charges must be submitted in a timely manner.

2. The student conduct coordinator may conduct an investigation to determine if the charges should be submitted to a hearing absent a resolution by mutual consent of the parties. In addition, charges can be disposed of administratively by mutual consent of the parties involved on a basis acceptable to the student conduct coordinator. Such disposition shall be final and there shall be no subsequent proceedings. If the charges cannot be disposed of by mutual consent, the student conduct coordinator may later serve in the same matter as the conduct board or a member thereof. The student conduct coordinator will determine whether the case is best heard by a student board or administrative board or will explore with the students involved the option of mediation.

3. All charges shall be presented to the accused student in written form. A reasonable time shall be set for a hearing after the incident review meeting (with the exception of summary suspension situations).

4. Any student receiving notice of charges should attend the mandatory incident review session with the student conduct coordinator or designee. For a student charged with a violation of the code of conduct, the incident review is normally a one on one meeting with the incident reviewer at the discretion of the student conduct coordinator. At the incident review meeting:

A. The student will be advised of the hearing procedures.

B. The student may admit responsibility and request the incident reviewer to hear the case; however, the incident reviewer may elect not to do so if she/he deems a sanction only board hearing to be more appropriate. If a student admits responsibility and accepts sanctions assigned, she/he is not eligible for appeal.

C. The student may admit responsibility in a incident review and request sanctions to be assigned by a sanctions only hearing board.

D. The incident reviewer will explain fully the specific conduct article(s) noted and possible sanctions involved in the case. The student conduct board may recommend sanctions that differ from the possible sanctions outlined by the incident reviewer.

E. The incident reviewer will counsel the student about what subsequent steps should be taken. The incident reviewer will encourage the student to raise any questions or problems related to the case.

F. The incident reviewer will encourage the student to notify his/her parents/ guardians of possible disciplinary action, especially if the student’s housing or continuance at the University may be in jeopardy.

G. If a student does not attend a incident review session, she/he can be automatically found responsible for all charges, sanctioned appropriately and fined $50.

5. At the discretion of the student conduct coordinator, a single large group incident review can be scheduled for multiple students involved in the same reported incident. Students involved in the large group process will still have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with an incident reviewer should that student wish to meet privately. The large group incident review will be limited to the accused students and the incident reviewers assisting the meeting. Should a student wish not to participate with the large group incident review, the accused student will need to make the request known 24 hours prior to the scheduled meeting. The student conduct coordinator will review the request to see if accommodations could be made to support the student’s request.

6. Hearings shall be conducted by a conduct board according to the following guidelines:

A. Hearings normally shall be conducted in private. At the request of the accused student and subject to the discretion of the student conduct coordinator and the permission of all other parties involved, members of the University community may be permitted to attend but shall not have the privilege of participating in the hearing.

B. In hearings involving more than one student, the student conduct coordinator, at his or her discretion, may permit the hearings concerning each student to be conducted separately.

C. The accused student and the party bringing charges may be assisted by a member of the University community (i.e., student, faculty or staff). The person providing assistance is not permitted to take part in the hearing but may communicate with the person or group he/she has been asked to support.

D. The party bringing charges and the accused shall have the privilege of presenting up to three (3) witnesses, which may be questioned by the conduct board. In addition, accused students who are found responsible for conduct violations may present up to three (3) character witnesses statements during the sanctioning phase of the hearing in writing.

E. Pertinent records, exhibits and written statements may be accepted as information for consideration by a conduct board at the discretion of the chairperson.

F. All procedural questions are subject to the final decision by the chairperson of the conduct board.

G. After the presentations from all parties, the conduct board shall determine by a simple majority vote whether the student has violated each article of the student code that the student is charged with violating. The conduct board’s determination shall be made on the basis of whether it is more likely than not that the accused student violated the student rights and responsibilities.

H. There shall be a single verbatim record, such as an electronic audio recording, of all hearings before a conduct board. This record shall be the property of the University and should only be available through the appeal process.

I. The conduct board reserves the right to make any inference from students who choose not to answer questions directed to them during the hearing. Inference is defined as drawing a conclusion from a student’s refusal to answer a question.

J. If the conduct board fails to meet quorum, the accused student and the party bringing the charges before the board may agree to continue with the hearing. If both parties agree to continue with the hearing, quorum is considered met. This is subject to the approval of the student conduct coordinator.

K. If the accused is not present for the hearing, the board has the right to postpone the hearing or hear the case in his/her absence. Failure to attend the hearing will result in a $50 fine. This is subject to the approval of the student conduct coordinator.

L. A written statement of the conduct board's decision shall be provided to the accused following the conclusion of the hearing. The statement will be provided to the student electronically through the Spartan email, usually within 3-5 school days.

Definition of Hearing Board  

  • Administrative Board – consists of three to five current members of faculty and staff. This board can hear cases involving parties who have been summarily suspended from the institution. While classes are in session, this board originally hears any cases refereed at the discretion of the student conduct coordinator. This board can also meet as necessary as an appeal committee to hear referred appeal requests. This board has the authority to recommend any sanctions up to and including pending termination of residency, termination of residency, and pending suspension and to recommend to the appropriate Associate Dean of Students Coordinator sanctions of suspension or expulsion. All decisions are rendered on the basis of a simple majority.
  • Student Conduct Board* – consist of enrolled full-time students, minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5. This board has the authority to recommend any sanctions up to and including pending termination of residency, pending suspension, and termination of residency. The student conduct board may recommend suspension or expulsion to the appropriate Association Dean of Students or designee. All decisions are rendered on the basis of simple majority.
    *executive board members of the Student Government, Student Productions or Resident Assistants are not permitted to serve on the student conduct board
  • Appeal Board – can consist of the original board, a new student conduct board or a new administrative board. This board has the authority to uphold the original decision, recommend new sanctions or change the determination of responsibility. All decisions are rendered on the basis of a simple majority. 

Appeals 

1. The accused student may appeal a decision reached by the conduct board to the appropriate associate dean’s designee within two (2) business days of delivery of the written decision. Such appeals shall be in writing and shall be delivered to the student conduct coordinator.

2. Except as required to explain the basis of new information, an appeal shall be limited to review of the verbatim record of the initial hearing and supporting documents for one or more of the following purposes:
a. To determine whether the original hearing was conducted fairly in light of the charges and information presented, and in conformity with prescribed procedures.
b. To consider new information, sufficient to alter a decision or other relevant facts not available at the time of the original hearing, because such information and/or facts were not known to the person appealing at the time of the original hearing.

3. Before any type of appeal is heard, the appropriate associate dean’s designee will review it to determine if the appeal meets the outlined requirements. If the appeal is valid, it will then pass to the selected hearing body as determined by the appropriate associate dean’s designee.

The appropriate associate dean’s designee can hear the case his/herself or pass the appeal to an appellate board.

4. The accusing party also has the right to file an appeal following the outcome of a hearing using the outlined criteria. If the appeal is valid, it will then pass to the suitable hearing body as determined by the appropriate associate dean’s designee.

The appropriate associate dean’s designee can hear the case his/herself or pass the appeal to an appellate board.

5. The appellate body has the authority to uphold the original decision, recommend new sanctions or change the determination of responsibility. All decisions are rendered on the basis of a simple majority.

All appeal decisions are final, with the exception of cases that affect a student’s continuance at the University (suspension/expulsion), which may be appealed to the appropriate associate dean of students. New information not available during the first hearing must be presented at this time for the appeal to be heard.

The student is to be notified within one business day of the results of the appeal hearing via phone call or email, and by mail within a reasonable time period.

End of Year Cases

Modification of procedures for cases that cannot be adjudicated in a fall/spring semester or if the current/former student is unavailable to attend a conduct board hearing.

Any incidents that are reported near the end of the spring semester and are unable to be heard by the traditional hearing body may be referred to summer board. This board will consist of five members of the University community and operate according to the established conduct board format and procedures. The accused student will be asked to submit a statement in writing regarding the incident that may include statements by any witnesses by a prescribed date. The board, in conjunction with the incident report form, will consider this statement. The accused student will be notified of the board's decision by his/her Spartan email. This board will also handle incidents that occur during summer sessions conducted at the University. If the accused student wishes to appeal the decision of this board, he/she must do so within five business days following the issued outcome by the summer board. The student conduct coordinator has the prerogative to suspend adjudication of any cases to the following fall semester. This process will also be used for former students who wish to return to The University and withdrew/dismissed before the case was reviewed by a traditional hearing board.

Sanctioning Practices

The various components of The University of Tampa student conduct system have the authority to impose sanctions for the violation of University regulations. Such sanctions shall be imposed with regard to the severity and circumstances of the case in conjunction with the educational mission of the University.

A sanction may be imposed separately or in combination with other sanctions at the recommended discretion of the board of hearing. 

Students are cautioned that the breach of any policy, given the appropriate circumstances, may result in the imposition of any of the following sanctions, including expulsion. The severity of the sanction imposed will depend in each instance on the violation.

Repeated violations and/or combination of violations will result in more severe disciplinary action than if only one violation occurred.

A copy of the results of each hearing will be placed in the file of the student who has been charged. A release form is required in order for any hearing material or information to be released to any outside agency or individual.

Standard Disciplinary Practices

All sanctions are progressive and are mutually exclusive. Additional sanctions may be imposed in conjunction with a standard disciplinary sanction.

Disciplinary Reprimand is a written expression of disapproval to the student for violation of a specified regulation or regulations. It includes a warning that further violations of University regulations may result in more severe sanctions.

Pending Termination of Residency is the residence hall probationary status accorded a student before he/she has residential privileges terminated at The University of Tampa. During this period, any further violations of policy may result in a recommendation for termination of residency to the student conduct coordinator. The student may also be ineligible for co-curricular activities. This status will also restrict a student from study abroad opportunities.


Termination of Residency is the removal of a student from University housing after a specific date and for a specified period of time. Through the time of termination, the student will be restricted from entering all residential facilities. Students who are removed from University housing for disciplinary reasons will receive no refund. In addition, a student may not run for, hold or receive a key campus elected or appointed office as noted in OSLE data file for that organization or receive a co-curricular honor. This status will also restrict a student from study abroad opportunities.

Pending Suspension is the disciplinary probation status accorded a student before she/he is suspended. During this period, any further violations of policy may result in a recommendation for suspension to the 
student conduct coordinator. In addition, a student may not run for, hold or receive a key campus elected or appointed office as noted in OLSE data file for that organization or receive a co-curricular honor. This status will also restrict a student from study abroad opportunities.

Suspension* is the termination of registration as a student at the University after a specific date and for a specified time not to exceed two years.

Summary Suspension*
is the immediate separation of a student from the University (pending a hearing), by the student conduct coordinator, the dean of students or his/her representative. Summary suspension will be imposed only in exceptional circumstances to ensure the health, safety or welfare of members of the University or University property or to ensure the student's own physical or emotional safety and welfare. Students who have been summarily suspended from the University must have a conduct hearing within ten days of the summary suspension.

Expulsion* is the permanent separation from the University without the opportunity for reinstatement.

*These sanctions may be recommended by the student conduct coordinator/director of student conduct or the hearing board but require approval by the appropriate associate dean of students. Students who are suspended or expelled from the University will receive no refund.

Other Sanctions

The office of Student Conduct strives to create reasonable and fair sanctions that are consistent with the educational mission of the University. These sanctions will allow the individual to preform a service that will benefit himself/herself as well as the University community. The sanctions are designed to contribute to a student's awareness of his/her responsibilities as a citizen within the academic community. These sanctions may be imposed separately or in conjunction with other sanctions at the discretion of the hearing board and the student conduct coordinator.

These measures may involve compensation, a correlation to the violation and/or particular significance to the person charged.

The following sanctions serve as examples:

Restitution
Restitution is a written directive to replace, repair or make specific compensation for property of the University that was damaged, destroyed or misused, or for losses incurred as a result of the actions of the accused during the commission of a violation. The board of hearing shall set the amount and form of restitution, which shall not exceed the amount of damage, loss or destruction incurred.

Written Apology
A student is directed to forward a written apology approved by the 
student conduct coordinator to such person or persons offended by the student's actions.

Restriction or Revocation of Privileges
One or more of a student's privileges may be restricted or revoked for a specified period of time. The board of hearing will apply restrictions or revocations as are appropriate to the offense.

Hold
A stop order is placed on a student who has unfinished business with a University official or department. A stop order prohibits a student from registering for classes. The stop order is lifted when the student attends to the matter that initiated the stop order.

Conduct Fines
A conduct fine will be between $50 and $200 inclusively, depending on the severity and circumstances of the offense.

A $50 fine will be imposed when a student fails to attend a scheduled incident review.

A $50 fine will be imposed when a student fails to schedule a hearing or attend a scheduled hearing without making any prior effort to contact the 
student conduct coordinator.

A $50 fine for contempt may be imposed by the chairperson of the conduct board when, after fair warning, a student continues to be disruptive or abusive during a hearing.

Campus Service
A student is directed to complete a specified service task or number of service hours for the University community. The board of hearing will make such assignments as are appropriate to the offense.

Letter to Parents/Guardians
A letter may be sent to the parents or guardian of a student who is: (1) under 18 years of age or (2) financially dependent on his/her parents or guardian, depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident. Parents may also be notified of alcohol and other drug incidents for students under 21 years of age, regardless of financial dependency or resulting sanction. Notification, will be mailed to the student’s address listed in SpartanWeb following a decision of responsibility.

Workshops
The Office of Student Conduct has designated workshops on various topics relevant student life. The original board of hearing will make assignments to these workshops as appropriate. All workshops are designed to assist students in understanding the effects of these topics and to promote thoughtful consideration of how they apply in their lives.

Appendix IV

Apprehension of Students

University disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with violation of a law that is also a violation of this policy on Student Rights and Responsibilities, (e.g.., if both violations result from the same factual situation, without regard to the civil litigation in court or criminal arrest and prosecution). Proceedings under this Student Rights and Responsibilities may be carried out before, simultaneously with or following a civil or criminal proceeding off campus.

Privacy and Search and Seizure

Realizing the need for privacy, the University shall make every effort to guarantee such privacy to the occupants of the residence halls. It is hoped that entry into residence hall rooms, except for routine inspection and maintenance, will not be necessary. This guarantee of privacy depends on the cooperation and willingness of each occupant to respect the rights of others and the rights of the University.

Except by invitation, students' rooms may be entered by a staff member only for the purpose of routine inspection, when it is reasonably believed that a violation of University regulations or local, state or federal laws is occurring or when it is feared there is an imminent danger to life, safety, health or property.

All Other Inspections

A. If anyone has reason to believe that University regulations or local, state or federal laws are being violated, or that there is an imminent danger to life, safety, health or property, he/she will immediately inform a residence life staff member of all relevant facts and circumstances.

B. If a residence life staff member or other administrative official has reason to believe the allegations or concerns, she/he will enter the room and conduct a search of the premises immediately with the assistance of another University staff member. During this search, the staff members are authorized to open desks, bureaus and closets and to examine the personal effects of residents of the room. Appropriate steps will be taken to alleviate any emergency situation. Any contraband* found will be impounded. When possible, the resident(s) will be notified and present.

C. University staff members will deliver all impounded items, with the exception of household appliances and pets, to Campus Safety immediately upon completing the search. Campus Safety will then send a written report of the findings to the 
student conduct coordinator. The University staff member will write and /or review the incident report and forward this form to the student conduct coordinator.

*Contraband is defined as any property that is unauthorized and/or illegal under the rules and regulations of the residence halls, University of Tampa regulations and the ordinances of the city of Tampa, the laws of the state of Florida or the laws of the United States.  

Students convicted of violating any federal or state drug possession or sale law

Students convicted of violating any federal or state drug possession or sale law will become ineligible for Title IV* federal financial aid under the following circumstances:

For a student convicted of drug possession, federal aid eligibility is suspended for:
  • one year for the first offense;
  • two years for the second offense; and 
  • indefinitely for the third offense.
For a student convicted of a drug sale, federal aid eligibility is suspended for:
  • two years for the first offense, and 
  • indefinitely for the second offense.
A person's Title IV* federal financial aid eligibility may be resumed before the end of the ineligibility period if:
  • the student satisfactorily completes a drug rehabilitation program that complies with criteria established by the Department of Education and such program includes two unannounced drug tests, or
  • the conviction is reversed, set aside or otherwise rendered nugatory (i.e., invalid or without force).

*Title IV federal financial aid includes the Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG Grant, Federal Direct Loans, Federal Perkins Loan and Federal Work-Study programs.

Appendix V

Click here for the conduct process flow chart.