Student Life



Social Misconduct
at the University of Oregon

"Social Misconduct" encompases a broad range of behaviors. This is why it is important to Know Your Code!

Some examples of Social Misconduct

Alcohol-under 21: Those under the age of 21 may not posses, consume, or furnish alcohol to those under 21. Possession of alcohol includes possession by consumption. Example: Appearing intoxicated at a University basketball game. 

Alcohol-21 or older: Those age 21 or older may not consume alcohol on University property or activities except when authorized by the University. They also may not furnish alcohol to those under 21. Example: Drinking a beer at an EMU student group office when it has not been approved by University administration. 

Computer Use: Violating the University’s Acceptable Use of Computer Resources policy ( acceptable_use.shtml), which includes commercial or illegal use of computer resources and violation of copyright law. Example: Your computer has BitTorrent, a peer-to-peer file sharing program, and it uploads or downloads copyrighted material, even if this is done without your intent or knowledge. 

Disorderly Conduct: Unreasonable noise or conduct that results in unreasonable annoyance. Example: Yelling while walking through campus at 2 a.m. 

Disrupting University: Engaging in behavior that disrupts University function. Example: Going to class under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. 

Drug Distribution: Selling or distributing an illegal drug or legal drug without a prescription. Example: Giving a friend a joint at no charge, or more likely than not selling marijuana, as evidenced by the possession of a drug, a scale, plastic bags, etc. 

Drug Possession/Use: Possessing or using an illegal drug like marijuana or legal medication without a prescription. Example: More likely than not to be smoking marijuana in a residence hall room, evidenced by the smell of marijuana, an open window, a fan blowing, and a towel under the door. 

Failure to Comply: Failure to comply with the reasonable directions of public officials. Examples: Failing to stop when a Department of Public Safety officer asks you to stop or violating the terms of a University contract, such as the University Housing residence hall contract. 

False Information: Intentionally furnishing false information to a University Official. Example: Telling a Department of Public Safety officer one is older than 21 when actually under 21. 

Fire Equipment and Hazard: Tampering with fire-fighting equipment, turning in a false alarm, or engaging in conduct that constitutes a significant fire hazard. Example: Discharging a fire extinguisher when there is no fire. 

Harassment: Unreasonable insults, gestures, or abusive words directed to another person that may reasonably cause emotional distress. Example: Sending an e-mail to a professor using curse words. 

Hazing: Initiation rites involving any intentional action that a reasonable person would foresee as causing mental or physical discomfort or embarrassment. 

Lewd or Indecent Conduct: Exposing one’s self to others or trying to see and/or record others in private acts. Examples: Urinating in public or taking photos of a person undressing in a bathroom. 

Physical Contact: Physical contact that endangers, threatens, or harms the health or safety of any person, or behavior that causes a reasonable person to fear such contact. Example: Shaking your fist and yelling that you are going to hurt another student. 

Property Use: Damage, destruction, theft, or unauthorized entry or use of University property. Examples: Taking chairs from the EMU or being in Gerlinger Hall when it has been closed to the public. 

University Documents (and other related property): Forgery, alteration, or unauthorized use of University documents, records, keys, student identification, keycards, or services. Example: Using another student’s ID to enter a football game. 

Unwanted Contact: Repeated or persistent contact or attempts to contact another person when the contacting person knows or should know that the contact is unwanted by other persons. Example: Asking others to contact a person for you when the person has asked you not to contact him/her anymore.

Weapons: Possession, use, or threatened use of a weapon, ammunition, or any object or substance used as a weapon. A concealed weapons permit does not constitute authorization. Example: Shooting a toy gun on campus. 

The full text of the University of Oregon’s Student Conduct Code, including procedures for handling student conduct cases, is contained in Oregon Administrative Rules 571-021-0100 – 571-021-025 

To report Social Misconduct:

Submit a report of Social Misconduct

In the "I am reporting" selection box, select "Social Misconduct." Fill out the Incedent Report form, and click the "Submit" button at the bottom of the page.