Student Handbook 2020-2021

Administrative Policies

 

Policy on Alcohol Use

In order to ensure the safety of students, to comply with New York state law, which prohibits access to, possession, and consumption of alcoholic beverages for persons under 21 years of age, the College does not allow alcohol use/possession for those individuals under the age of 21.

Individuals 21 years and older are permitted to possess and consume alcoholic beverages on College property subject to the following restrictions:

  1. The use of alcohol at Keuka College is at all times subject to New York State Alcoholic Beverage Control Laws and to certain provisions of New York state penal law, and as such, public drunkenness is prohibited.
  2. Under New York state law, it is not permissible to sell, deliver, or give alcohol to persons under the age of 21. Persons under the age of 21 are not permitted to consume, possess, or acquire alcoholic beverages on Keuka College property OR to be present in a residence hall room where alcohol is being consumed, or in the presence of alcohol on College property. Violations result in disciplinary sanctions against the user and the provider. Should a minor’s roommate be 21 years of age or older, however, the minor may be present in his/her room if his/her roommate is consuming alcohol.
  3. Common containers, including kegs, tap systems, wine boxes, etc. are not permitted in the residence halls (empty or full). Such items are confiscated.
  4. Alcohol is not allowed in public view on the Keuka College campus (to include all College buildings and grounds) except within designated locations at approved College events.
  5. Empty alcohol containers are prohibited from all residence hall rooms, regardless of the age of the occupants of the room. In addition, empty alcohol containers may not be used for decorative or any other purposes. If empty alcohol containers are found in a student's residence hall room, the student will be required to dispose of such items, which may be used as evidence of consumption.
  6. Drinking games and contests are not permitted. Paraphernalia associated with drinking games (funnels, hoses, beer pong tables, etc.) is also prohibited and will be confiscated.
  7. College officials may terminate events during which behavior is deemed inappropriate. College officials may also confiscate alcohol from student rooms and individuals if behavior is disruptive. Alcohol will also be confiscated from those individuals under the age of 21.
  8. The consumption and possession of alcohol on the Keuka College campus is a privilege which individuals are expected to respect. Those persons unable to comply with New York state law or Keuka College alcohol usage regulations will be asked to leave an event and sponsorship and/or party privileges will be revoked. Referrals also may be made to the College judicial system or to the appropriate city/state law enforcement agency.

Outcomes for violations to the alcohol policy include but are not limited to: a required alcohol education project, fines, campus/community service, parental notification, required assessment and/or treatment, suspension from activities, residence halls, and/or College.

Alcohol Policy Sanction Guidelines

The following outcomes for violations of the alcohol policy are guidelines; outcomes may vary on a case-by-case basis.

First Violation:

  • Alcohol education requirement (e-Chug Survey & Substance Workshop) - (It is important for students to bring the e-Chug summary sheet to the workshop, if e-Chug has been assigned)
  • $35 fine
  • Two hours community service*
  • Optional parental notification at discretion of hearing officer

Second Violation:

  • Alcohol education requirement (e-Chug Survey & Substance Workshop) - (It is important for students to bring the e-Chug summary sheet to the workshop, if e-Chug has been assigned)
  • $50 fine
  • Five hours community service*
  • Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Counseling Assessment (one-hour session)
  • Parental notification
  • Weekend suspension

Third Violation:

  • Referral to Finger Lakes Addictions Counseling and Referral Agency (FLACRA) for assessment/education and/or treatment at student's own expense. Student must comply with any recommendations made for further assessment or treatment
  • $75 fine
  • Parental notification
  • Campus suspension

Fourth Violation:

  • Parental notification
  • Suspension from residence halls or the College, assessment and/or treatment

* Any student who does not complete the assigned community service hours by the required deadline will be fined for noncompliance at a rate of $20 per community service hour due. Fine(s) will be posted to the student’s account. Any exceptions regarding community service requirements will be at the discretion of the conduct officer hearing the incident.

Anti-Hazing Policy

Keuka College prohibits conduct by any individual, organization, or group affiliated with the College which is in violation of the New York state law on hazing or any hazing activity which threatens a person’s rights or self-respect, which disrupts community life, or which encourages the violation of civil, state, or federal law or the Keuka College Code of Ethics.

Individuals and campus organizations, including classes and athletic teams, which plan to engage in initiation activities for new members or newly enrolled members of the student body must discuss their plans fully with and obtain approval from the director of student activities no less than 72 hours in advance of such events. Initiation activities may not last for more than five consecutive days. Such activities must meet the guidelines listed below and must comply with Section 6450 (amended) of the Education Law of the State of New York. Deviation from approved activities, failure to comply with procedures, or violations of the following guidelines result in disciplinary actions against organization officers and/or individual members of said organization.

Anti-hazing regulations apply to all members of the College community and all persons on campus, whether visitors, licensees, or invitees. The regulations prohibit specific activities, including those conducted in the name of “tradition,” “rites,” or other annual events.

The State of New York considers any initiation rite illegal if it exposes a person to danger. Activities that result in injuries are considered first-degree hazing. The offense is classified as a Class A misdemeanor and is punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of $1,000. The charge of second-degree hazing can be brought against those exposing people to danger as part of initiation rituals when there are no injuries. Those found guilty face up to 15 days in jail and up to $250 in fines.

Persons organizing, condoning, or promoting such illegal acts are held responsible for their actions under state law and face automatic separation from the College community.

Specific Regulations Regarding Initiation Activities

  1. All persons participating in approved initiation activities must do so voluntarily. Coercion, active recruitment, or herding of residence hall students or others to approved activities is not permitted. Those who choose not to participate may not be harassed or otherwise intimidated in any manner.
  2. The following activities which threaten a person’s physical, emotional, or academic well-being are prohibited:
    1. Rides.
    2. Paddling.
    3. Eating, drinking, spraying, throwing, or covering the body with distasteful or foreign substances.
  3. Forced consumption of drugs, alcohol, or any other liquid or solid substance, either by command or by implied pressure.
  4. Forced exercise and/or endurance activities that create unreasonable fatigue.
  5. Late night activities the night before classes.
  6. The following activities that disrupt community life and/or violate the rights of others are prohibited:
    1. Disruptive activities in the library and/or classroom buildings.
    2. Loud, disturbing activities in close proximity to the residence halls, residential homes, or within residence halls.
  7. Activities which encourage violation of law and/or Keuka College policies, as well as conduct, which recklessly or intentionally endangers or threatens the health, safety, or welfare of any individual is expressly prohibited.

Note: The above list is not intended to be complete or exhaustive. The Office of Student Affairs makes the final decision as to whether a given act is a violation

Implementation of Anti-Hazing Policy

  1. Individuals, organizations, and groups affected by the anti-hazing policy are expected to take primary responsibility for implementing the policy and for periodically reviewing their activities with respect to compliance with it. Officers of the organization may be held individually responsible for violations.
  2. The Office of Student Affairs is responsible for periodically reviewing the implementation of this policy in order ensure that it is being effectively implemented.
  3. Alleged violations are to be reported to the director of student activities or the dean of students.
  4. All violations are handled in accordance with established disciplinary procedures.
  5. Violations by non-Keuka College community members will result in removal from the campus and/or prosecution by civil authorities.

Complaint Policy

The full Keuka College Policy on Student Complaints can be found here

COVID19 Policy Addendum - Fall 2020

Please be advised that the severity and frequency of a violation and a student’s prior conduct history will be taken into consideration when determining any sanctioning.


We will document and address conduct violations internally at the College, but at any point in time the College feels the community’s safety is being jeopardized by a student’s actions or behaviors, they may be turned over to New York State for punitive measures.


These expectations are a supplement to existing college policies, not a replacement. The policies, along with recommended sanctioning guidelines, are presented to help you understand the potential consequences for violating them. Where there are conflicts between this addendum and the posted Student Code of Conduct, the addendum will serve as the official policy. 


Guest/Visitation Policy 

  • Only Residents* are allowed in on-campus housing.

  • Non-Residents** are prohibited from entering on-campus housing.

  • Residents will be allowed one resident guest each during non-quiet hours. When quiet hours are in effect, no visitors should remain in residence halls. Quiet Hours:

    • Sunday-Thursday, 10 p.m. - 9 a.m.

    • Friday & Saturday, 2 a.m. - Noon 

    • No overnight guests will be permitted.


* Residents are defined as individuals with signed Housing Agreements who are currently living in college housing.

** Non-Residents are defined as individuals without signed Housing Agreements who are currently not living in college housing.


Non-Resident Guest Policy Violation (i.e. includes commuter students and family members)

  • Recommended 1std Violation – Educational Conversation & Written Warning

  • Recommended 2nd Violation – Housing Probation - End of Agreement, Parental Notification

  • Recommended 3rd Violation - Loss of Housing/Removal from Campus (Without Refund)

 

Resident Guest Policy Violations (i.e. hosting more than one resident guest each, hosting guests overnight or past quiet hours)

  • Recommended 1st Violation – Educational Conversation & Written Warning

  • Recommended 2nd Violation – Housing Probation - End of Agreement, Parental Notification

  • Recommended 3rd Violation - Loss of Housing/Removal from Campus (Without Refund)

 

Social Gathering in Common Areas (includes Lounges, Kitchens, and Study Rooms)

  • Parties or non-sponsored social gatherings are limited to 50% of the maximum occupancy of that space. We strongly encourage students to socialize in outdoor or open spaces with adequate ventilation and ability to physically distance.

  • Recommended 1st Violation – Educational Conversation & Written Warning

  • Recommended 2nd Violation – Housing Probation - End of Agreement, Parental Notification

  • Recommended 3rd Violation - Loss of Housing/Removal from Campus (Without Refund)


Noncompliance

Defined as failure to cooperate promptly and in a respectable fashion with the directions of a college official acting within their official capacity. A college official may be a Resident Assistant, Campus Safety Officer, or other staff or faculty member at Keuka College.

  • Recommended 1st Violation – Educational Conversation

  • Recommended 2nd Violation – Written Warning

  • Recommended 3rd Violation – Housing Probation and/or Disciplinary Probation, Parental Notification

  • Recommended 4th Violation - Loss of Housing/Removal from Campus (Without Refund)

 

Face Covering Requirements

In accordance with stated guidelines, students are expected to have immediate access to proper face coverings at all times. Wearing a face covering is required in all indoor and outdoor spaces. Exceptions include the following areas:

  • In an office alone with the door closed.

  • In your residence hall room, apartment, suite when you are alone or only your roommate(s)/suitemate(s) are present.

  • In residential hall bathrooms. Please physically distance yourself from others in common area bathrooms.

  • While eating or drinking. Please physically distance yourself from others.

  • In the gyms or fitness areas if participants are at least 6’ apart and other protective measures are in place. Note that student-athletes will follow all procedures in place during formal team activities.

  • Recommended 1st Violation – Educational Conversation

  • Recommended 2nd Violation – Written Warning

  • Recommended 3rd Violation – Housing Probation and/or Disciplinary Probation, Parental Notification

  • Recommended 4th Violation - Loss of Housing/Removal from Campus (Without Refund)


Students Leaving the Community for Extended Periods of Time and Returning

Some students may need to leave campus because they have jobs they need to maintain in order to pay for college expenses. Others need medicine, food, and other necessary provisions. However, students are expected to remain on campus as much as possible and should not take extended or unnecessary trips away from campus. 


Anytime a student leaves campus, it is expected they will take appropriate precautions (i.e. physical distancing and use of a face covering). It is expected that residents will remain on campus and that commuter students will limit their travel between their off-campus residence and campus.

 

A student requesting any irregular travel, must request to do so from Health & Counseling Services by emailing health@keuka.edu


Students that exhibit recurring or intentional negligence of these expectations are subject to disciplinary action and may include:

  • Recommended 1st Violation – Educational Conversation & Written Warning

  • Recommended 2nd Violation – Housing Probation - End of Agreement, Parental Notification

  • Recommended 3rd Violation - Loss of Housing/Removal from Campus (Without Refund)


Definitions:

  • Educational Conversation – The Conduct Officer will have a conversation with the student about the policy violations, how it impacts the remaining on-campus community, and the consequences of repeated violations.

  • Educational Sanction – A paper or project that involves the student conducting research related to the policy violation, and then being able to demonstrate knowledge of the potential negative impacts of violating that policy, typically via a written paper or project.

  • Housing Probation - End of Agreement – The student is placed on a probationary status in the residence halls until the current Housing Agreement ends, which is generally going to be until the end of the Spring semester.  It carries with it the understanding that further violations may lead to more severe sanctions, such as a temporary or permanent loss of housing.

  • Housing Probation - Extended – The student’s probationary status will be extended past the end of the Housing Agreement and could include not being welcomed back onto campus in future years.

  • Parental Notification – Parents may be notified of the behavior and the progression of the behavior based on the severity and circumstances of the violation.  The intent is to let parents know the resident is moving toward being removed from campus if further violations occur.  The implications are that if you are removed from campus for behavioral issues, you are still accountable for the cost of your entire Housing Agreement and Keuka College believes parents have a right to know that possibility exists and to step in or work with the college in remediation measures to contribute to the resident’s success as a student at Keuka.

  • Fine $200 – The college will impose a monetary fine of $200 on the student’s account.  This is a standard fee for the administrative costs generally accumulated during extensive conduct violations attributed to a lack of adherence to stated conduct requirements.

  • Loss of Housing – The student must immediately vacate their on-campus housing. Depending on the severity of the violation, the length of this loss of housing may range from one semester to a permanent loss of housing.

  • Disciplinary Probation: A warning period, during which further violations of the Student Code of Conduct will result in more severe sanctions and additional restrictions. Appropriate staff and faculty will be notified of the student’s warning period. This sanction may limit student participation in other college activities or programs, as determined by the aforementioned staff and faculty.

COVID19 Policy Addendum - Spring 2021

Policy: Uniform Sanctioning in Response to COVID-19 Student Violations 

In accordance with the COVID-19 public health directives issued by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health relating to the reopening of college campuses, this comprehensive emergency policy addresses violations of COVID-19 safety protocols occurring at Keuka College in the Spring of 2021. 

This COVID-19 sanctioning policy, intentionally narrowly tailored to the current public health emergency, seeks to create uniformity of sanction to help balance the need to protect the public health of students, faculty, staff, and community members with students’ rights to remain within the educational environment.

This directive does not supersede the definitions of violations of COVID-19 requirements, as defined by our campus Code of Conduct or other policy, but assigns standardized sanctions for such violations, dependent upon gravity and intentionality. All students maintain the due process rights guaranteed to them by the federal and New York State Constitutions, New York State law, and College-wide and campus policies.

Without exception or excuse, students must follow the reasonable requirements of wearing masks/coverings, socially distancing, avoiding crowds, presenting for COVID-19 testing, filling  out daily digital health forms, reporting positive test results, and following all directives of campus, local, and state health officials.  

Unlike most policy violations that impact just the accused or a small group of people, a  violation of mandatory COVID-19 safety protocols can have broad impact upon direct, secondary, tertiary, and other parties and can result in their illness, injury, and/or death. Further, violations of mandatory COVID-19 protocols can aid in the spread of the virus, which can result in the partial or complete closure of a campus, loss of academic opportunity, and significant economic damage on and off campus. This is an unprecedented time in the history of Keuka College.
To effectuate a fair and consistent approach to policy violations by students, faculty, and staff at Keuka College, we are establishing this COVID-19 sanctioning policy. 

Due Process Prior to Conduct and Interim Actions

Keuka College students receive due process before imposition of a sanction or reduction of access to the College, with the process concomitant to the gravity of the potential deprivation. This policy does not modify or reduce access to Constitutional due process, but simply sets standard sanctions for violations, consistent with due process. Sanctions shall be applied following a process dictated by the institution’s Code of Conduct. Consistent with Keuka College policy, the standard of evidence shall be preponderance of the evidence. Students are presumed not responsible until the institution makes a finding based upon the evidence. Furthermore, the College has the authority to consider a student’s financial and other exigent circumstances in resolving a violation.

Keuka College may use interim suspension or other interim action for students who commit a  COVID-19-related violation during the pendency of the investigation and adjudication process  as may be provided by its Code of Conduct.

Due to the continuing health threat presented by a student under investigation enrolling in  another institution without such institution’s knowledge, during the pendency of such an investigation and adjudication, a hold shall be placed on a student’s transcript and release thereof. 

Amnesty and Good Samaritan policies and principles that are already in campus policy to  encourage disclosure of violations of federal, state, or local law or campus policy, or  participation in an investigation or adjudication of such a violation, may be expanded to apply those principles to potential violations of the provisions of this policy. 

This policy shall apply only during the emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and  shall end upon order of the Executive Cabinet and as affirmed by the President. This policy shall not be precedential for any time outside of this emergency.

Generally, and as it relates to this policy, students shall retain all rights to expression as  protected under the First Amendment. This policy shall apply equally to all students,  regardless of membership in a protected class. 

This policy shall take effect immediately. 

Previous history and multiple findings of responsibility may result in graduated levels of sanction, up to and including permanent dismissal. Additionally, findings of violations during periods when the campus is partially or completely closed (or on pause), under the standards established by the New York State Department of Health and Keuka College, may result in elevated levels of sanction. All sanctions established in this policy serve as the minimum, and given the gravity of the pandemic context Keuka College has the discretion to enact higher sanctions where merited. 
A finding of responsibility and applied sanction of dismissal or suspension shall, consistent  with Keuka College policy, leave the respondent ineligible for refund of tuition, room, board, or fees, and the student will be responsible for all amounts owed. 

I(A)- COVID-Positive Intentional Violations: For students who know that they have tested  positive for COVID-19, from one or more positive tests, or students who know they have had  close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or been treated or are  symptomatic for COVID-19, and then intentionally expose other students by any means— including, but not limited to, visiting with the COVID-19-positive tested person in an enclosed  area or inviting that person to the student’s room, apartment, or other enclosed space; sharing food or other personal items; or hosting a gathering of any size—the available sanctions shall be permanent dismissal or suspension from academic access (including distance learning) and housing for no less than the remainder of the Spring 2021 semester.

I(B)- Failure to Self-Isolate: For students who have been directed by Keuka College or the  state or local Department of Health to self-isolate (because they have tested positive for  COVID-19) on or off campus, and then engage in any conduct that would violate such isolation order—including, but not limited to, intentionally leaving isolation; exposing other individuals, including students (whether in isolation or not) by visiting with them in an enclosed area, by inviting them to the student’s room, apartment, or other enclosed space; by sharing food or other personal items, or by hosting a gathering of any size—the available sanctions shall be permanent dismissal or suspension from academic access (including distance learning) and housing for no less than the remainder of the Spring 2021 semester.

Failure to follow the directions of state or local health departments or the provisions of Executive Orders (including but not limited to New York State on Pause) may also result in fines, criminal prosecution, or referral to relevant government agencies. 

I(C)- Failure to Quarantine: For students who have been directed by the institution or the  state or local Department of Health to complete a quarantine period (mandatory or precautionary), on or off campus, and then engage in any conduct that would violate such  quarantine order, the available sanctions shall be permanent dismissal or suspension from academic access (including distance learning) and housing for no less than the remainder of the Spring 2021 semester. 

For non-residential students who fail to quarantine, the available sanctions shall be permanent dismissal or suspension from academic access (including distance learning) and housing for no less than the remainder of the Spring 2021 semester.

Failure to follow the directions of state or local health departments or the provisions of Executive Orders (including but not limited to New York State on Pause) may also result in fines, criminal prosecution, or referral to relevant government agencies. 

II(A)- Prohibited On-Campus Gathering (Hosts): For students who host an on-campus  gathering of any size, whether indoor or outdoor, that violates or exceeds campus housing  policy and/or the current limitation published by the College, Executive Order, or the state or local Department of Health, the available sanctions shall be permanent dismissal or suspension from academic access (including distance learning) and housing for no less than the remainder of the Spring 2021 semester.

For covered gatherings, all individuals who are listed on a housing agreement for the identified space or otherwise assisted in organizing the event shall be considered a host unless it can be shown that they were not present and played no part in organizing, hosting, promoting, or advertising the event.

II(B)- Prohibited On-Campus Gathering (Attendee): For students who attend a gathering of  any size (but not as host), whether indoor or outdoor, that violates or exceeds campus  housing policy and/or the current limitation published by the institution, Executive Order, or  the state or local Department of Health, the available sanctions shall be permanent dismissal or suspension from academic access (including distance learning) and housing for no less than the remainder of the Spring 2021 semester.

For non-residential students, the available sanctions shall be permanent dismissal or suspension from academic access (including distance learning) and housing for no less than the remainder of the Spring 2021 semester.

II(C)- Prohibited Guest/Visitation in the Residence Halls (Hosts): For any resident who hosts a non-approved person in their room that is not a residence hall student, defined as having a signed Housing Agreement with Keuka College, the available sanctions shall be permanent dismissal or suspension from academic access (including distance learning) and housing for no less than the remainder of the Spring 2021 semester.

For non-residential students, the available sanctions shall be permanent dismissal or suspension from academic access (including distance learning) and housing for no less than the remainder of the Spring 2021 semester.

Guest/Visitation Policy 

Only Residents* are allowed in on-campus housing.
Non-Residents** are prohibited from entering on-campus housing.
No overnight guests will be permitted.

* Residents are defined as individuals with signed Housing Agreements who are currently living in College housing.
** Non-Residents are defined as individuals without signed Housing Agreements who are currently not living in College housing.

III(A)- Prohibited Off-Campus Gathering (Hosts): Acts that occur off campus in violation of social distancing requirements under law, regulation, order, or campus policy present  significant health and safety threats on campus and have a nexus to continued functioning of  the College. For students who host an off-campus gathering of any size, indoor or outdoor,  that exceeds the current limitation published by the institution, Executive Order, or the state or local Department of Health, the available sanctions shall be permanent dismissal or suspension from academic access (including distance learning) and housing for no less than the remainder of the Spring 2021 semester.

For non-residential students, the available sanctions shall be permanent dismissal or suspension from academic access (including distance learning) and housing for no less than the remainder of the Spring 2021 semester.

For gatherings covered under this policy, all individuals who are on the lease (or have a member of their family on the lease), pay rent, or live at the location shall be considered a host unless it can be shown that they were not present and played no part in organizing, hosting, promoting, or advertising the event.

III(B)- Prohibited Off-Campus Gathering (Attendee): Acts that occur off campus in violation of social distancing requirements under law, regulation, order, or campus policy present  significant health and safety threats on campus and have a nexus to the continued functioning  of the campus. For students who attend a gathering of any size (but not as host), whether  indoor or outdoor, that exceeds the current limitation published by the institution, Executive  Order, or the state or local Department of Health, the available sanctions shall be permanent dismissal or suspension from academic access (including distance learning) and housing for no less than the remainder of the Spring 2021 semester.

For residential or non-residential students, the available sanctions shall be permanent dismissal or suspension from academic access (including distance learning) and housing for no less than the remainder of the Spring 2021 semester.

IV- Face Mask and Social Distancing Requirements: For students found to have committed  intentional violations of face mask/covering or social distancing requirements  of the institution, Executive Order, or the state or local Department of Health, the available sanctions shall be permanent dismissal or suspension from academic access (including distance learning) and housing for no less than the remainder of the Spring 2021 semester.

V- Contact Tracing: For students who fail to comply, whether intentionally or  unintentionally (unless it can be shown that the student was genuinely not reached by contact  tracers through no failure on their part), with COVID-19 contact tracing efforts conducted by  the institution or the state or local Department of Health, the available sanctions shall be permanent dismissal or suspension from academic access (including distance learning) and housing for no less than the remainder of the Spring 2021 semester.

VI- Failure to Comply with Campus Health Protocols: For students who fail to attend their scheduled appointments, without sufficient excuse, to obtain diagnostic or surveillance COVID-19 testing under the institution’s published protocol, the institution shall undertake disciplinary action to enforce compliance, which may include:

-Administrative measures to electronically deactivate ID card access (or equivalent) and restrict access to any buildings with the exception of access required to obtain health care services pursuant to campus policy.
-Parking privileges on campus may be temporarily revoked such that their car may be ticketed or towed if parked on campus. Restricting access to the campus and revoking parking privileges are administrative actions that are not disciplinary in nature, and the affected student may revive full access by obtaining a diagnostic or surveillance test or by submitting negative results of a diagnostic or surveillance test, as applicable.
-Interim suspension.

The institution shall notify the student of their reduction of access. Coming to campus or seeking access to a campus building or course without curing this deficiency shall be considered trespassing and may result in investigation and discipline.

For students who fail to submit their daily health screening via the institution’s supplied portal  the institution shall undertake identical disciplinary action to enforce compliance.

VII- Student Athletes: For student athletes, in addition to the other provisions of this policy,  a finding of responsibility for any violation detailed above, may also include temporary or permanent loss of the  privilege of competing in intercollegiate athletics at the institution in the current academic year or longer, and temporary or permanent removal of leadership roles. Such consequences may also impact NCAA or other conference or association eligibility (pursuant to applicable rules). 

VIII- Student Organizations: Where applicable, for recognized or registered student  organizations, whether on or off campus, academic, social, athletic, or of any other nature,  that have one or more members who know that they have tested positive for COVID-19, from  one or more positive tests; or members who know they have had close contact to someone  who has tested positive for COVID-19 or been treated or is symptomatic for COVID-19; and are  found to have hosted a gathering of any size, indoor or outdoor, on campus or off campus, that exceeds the current limitation published by the institution, Executive Order, or the state  or local Department of Health; the available sanctions shall include de-registration or de-recognition and a report to a national organizing body (if applicable), or may also include  permanent ineligibility for recognition or registration. 

Where applicable, for recognized or registered student organizations, whether on or off  campus, academic, social, or of any other nature, that are found to have hosted a gathering of  any size, indoor or outdoor, that exceeds the current limitation published by the institution,  Executive Order, or the state or local Department of Health, the available sanctions shall  include a de-registration or de-recognition, a report to a national organizing body (if applicable), organizational suspension of at least one year, or permanent ineligibility for  recognition or registration.  

Student members of an organization found to have engaged in conduct described in either  paragraph of this Section, who themselves individually organized or participated in such a  gathering shall, in addition to the sanctions described above, be subject to loss of their  membership and/or officer status (where applicable) in an organization found to have so  violated. 

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Drone Policy

Drone Policy

Keuka College prohibits the use of drones on its property unless special permission has been granted by a Cabinet Member and/or the Dean of Students. Permission must also be granted by the Penn Yan Airport and a flight plan filed with them.

Drug Policy

The purchase, possession, use, sale, or distribution of narcotics or illegal drugs is prohibited. It is the College’s firm belief that the illegal use of drugs is inconsistent with the educational process.

Any person using or dealing in illegal drugs is considered to be conducting an activity which endangers the health and safety of the campus community. Persons who use or traffic in illegal drugs on the Keuka College campus will be adjudicated through the Keuka College Student Code of Conduct and face separation from the Keuka College community and legal action from the civil authorities. Any drug-related paraphernalia found in a student’s room or personal possession is also considered a violation of the Keuka College drug policy and will result in a student conduct hearing and sanctions. In addition, any student present in a residence hall room, or other location while drugs are being used or are present, may be held accountable for a drug policy violation.

Sanctions for violations of the drug policy include but are not limited to: arrest, fines, parental notification, campus or community service hours, mandatory treatment, suspension from activities, residence halls, and/or the College. Under most circumstances, sanctions for a first drug offense will include: arrest, $50 fine, educational course, assessment and/or treatment, community/campus service hours, parental notification, and suspension from activities and/or weekend suspension.

The following outcomes for violations of the drug policy are guidelines; outcomes may vary on a case-by-case basis.

First Violation:

  • Drug education requirement (Substance Workshop)
  • $50 fine
  • Four hours community service*
  • Parental notification at discretion of hearing officer
  • Disciplinary Probation (equivalent of one semester) at discretion of hearing Officer
  • Weekend suspension
  • Other sanctions as deemed appropriate by the hearing officer

Drug education requirement (Substance Workshop)

  • Drug education requirement (Substance Workshop)
  • $75 fine
  • Five hours community service*
  • Parental notification
  • Referral to Finger Lakes Addictions Counseling and Referral Agency (FLACRA) for assessment/education and/or treatment at student's own expense. Student must comply with any recommendations made for further assessment or treatment
  • Campus suspension from residence halls
  • Suspension from the College
  • Others sanctions as deemed appropriate

Third Violation:

  • Campus suspension from residence halls, assessment and/or treatment, parental notification -- or;
  • Suspension from the College, assessment and/or treatment, parental notification -- or
  • Expulsion, parental notification

Entry and Search of Student Rooms

The occupant of a room in a residence hall is offered privacy, qualified only by legitimate supervisory needs in the interest of sound management and maintenance of discipline and an educational atmosphere.

Confiscation Policy

Items that are prohibited on campus will be confiscated by Keuka College staff. 

Select confiscated items may be returned to students at the discretion of the Coordinator of Student Conduct & Community Standards and will be returned only at the end of the semester or at the immediate onset of a designated break period. Students may collect confiscated items by signing a release form at the campus safety office. 

Confiscated items that cannot be returned or are not claimed by the end of the academic year in which they were confiscated will be disposed of. 

Illegal items or items that pose severe potential harm (items such as controlled substances, drug paraphernalia, hazardous chemicals or materials, and weapons) will be confiscated and will not be returned to students. Alcohol that is possessed or is being consumed outside of Keuka College standards and regulations will be confiscated or disposed of immediately under staff supervision. 

If an item is confiscated from a student’s room and the student is not present, an evidence log receipt will be left by staff to notify the student. If an item is confiscated from a common area, students living near the common area will be notified by email. Inquiries to confiscated items can be made through the campus safety office.

Entry Policy

Entry into student living quarters may be conducted by the following persons for the purposes described below:

  1. College personnel to maintain discipline and an educational atmosphere.
  2. Law enforcement officers in performance of statutory duties and in accordance with legally defined procedures governing search and seizure.
  3. College personnel to perform routine custodial services which may be provided as a part of the student housing agreement; to make improvements and repairs, and to provide routine maintenance services; to make emergency repairs to prevent damage to the property of students or the College.
  4. Authorized College personnel to ensure that health, fire, and safety regulations are maintained. The College gives at least 24 hours prior notice that inspection is being made unless conditions do not permit prior notification.
  5. Authorized College personnel in emergency situations to protect the health and welfare of students.
  6. Authorized College personnel when there is evidence of unauthorized College furniture, pet, or other unauthorized property in the student room.
  7. Authorized College personnel for security and maintenance purposes and for inventory and safety inspections during recesses and other periods when halls are unoccupied.

Inspection Policy

Health and safety inspections occur at intervals throughout the academic year. Inspections may be carried out by the senior director of student affairs, resident directors, resident assistants, campus safety officers, and/or their designees. Inspections are done with at least two staff members present. When possible, searches and inspections are done with at least one of the occupants in the room. Exceptions would be at break when students may have left and residence life staff is doing inspections for safety reasons. Also, in order to ensure the safety of students and to meet health and sanitation standards, the College reserves the right to inspect residence hall rooms. This may be done on a regular basis or when theft of personal or College property is presumed to have occurred or when violations of health, safety, or sanitation standards are suspected. Room inspections are generally announced in advance or made when the occupant is present. Exceptions would occur in emergency cases or in situations when delay would be self-defeating.

Search Policy

The College reserves its legal right to search any residence hall room when such an action is deemed necessary in aid of the College’s basic responsibilities. Search of a resident student’s personal property is authorized after a thorough review by the Office of Student Affairs or other executive officers of the College, and only when ample cause has been firmly established. Authorization to search is issued by the president of the College, or dean of students office staff. Visible evidence may be seized without a written statement of authorization to search. Permission to search a room is given by the president of the College, dean of students, or his/her designee when occupants of a room cannot be present, or are non-compliant and justifiable cause is evident. Search is defined as a thorough physical examination of a student’s belongings (i.e., closets, footlockers, drawers, desks, computer and its files, etc.). Searches are carried out by Campus Safety Officers. Residence Life staff may be present to observe the search and to assist as necessary. These searches are done with two professional staff members present.

Exception to Residency Policy

Living in the residence halls at Keuka College is both a requirement and a privilege. The residence hall experience is an important part of a student’s total education. Living, studying, dining, and socializing in proximity with other students enables the development of interdependence, respect for others, and social and interpersonal skills. Being a part of the Keuka College residential community is such an important part of the Keuka College experience, that the college requires it. All full-time students (enrolled in 12 credits or more in a given semester), are required to live in a residence hall on campus. Requests may be granted for exception to the residency requirement under the following circumstances

1. Living with parents or legal guardian within 30 miles of the college [at the address indicated on the student’s financial aid form (FAFSA) or scholarship package]

2. 23 years or older;

3. Married (Copy of marriage certificate required);

4. Dependent(s) under 18 years of age living with him/her;

5. Internship/practicum which requires site residency and/or is more than 30 miles from the Keuka College campus and the student wishes to secure residency in close proximity to the site (This information will be checked with student’s academic advisor);

6. Special medical accommodation needed (Medical Exception Form must be completed and attached to the exception to residency application.)

If an application is being requested for one of the first five circumstances listed above, students should use the back of the exception to residency form to provide a brief, but thorough statement regarding the request for exemption from the residency requirement. Any supporting documentation, such as change of address forms, marriage certificate, internship confirmation from academic advisor, etc. should be stapled to the exception to residency form. All information should be returned to Office of Housing and Residence Life (Keuka College, Office of Housing and Residence Life, 141 Central Avenue, Keuka Park, NY 14478) via mail or fax (315)279-5650. If the application is being requested as a special medical accommodation (#6 above), the separate Medical Exception Form must be completed and attached to the exception to residency application.

Please be advised that submission of an Exception to Residency Requirement/Off-campus Request form does not guarantee approval to move off campus. Students will receive written notification from the Office of Housing and Residence Life regarding verification of their status. If approved, exception to residency is only valid for academic year noted on the form. The exception to residency from must be resubmitted every academic year.


Fire Safety Policy

Regulations

All members of the College community are expected to observe campus fire regulations. College policy prohibits smoking in any College building. Fire doors in all buildings must remain closed. Compliance with regularly scheduled fire drills is required, which includes but is not limited to the complete evacuation of the building in which there is a drill. Failure to cooperate with evacuation procedures will result in severe disciplinary sanctions. Tampering with firefighting or fire safety equipment is a crime. Persons who initiate the inappropriate use of such equipment are subject to severe disciplinary action by the College and local law enforcement agencies.

Fire Alarms and Safety

  1. Constant vigilance is required to minimize the possibility of fire or hazardous conditions. Flammable liquids for cleaning or heating are not to be used in the residence halls. The burning of candles and incense is prohibited in residence halls. In addition, lofts are not permitted in student rooms. Tapestries and all decorations hung on the walls or ceilings must not interfere with sprinkler heads or any fire-safety equipment.
  2. Fire alarm systems, fire extinguishers and exit signs installed in residence halls are required by the state and are for the protection of all residents. Become acquainted with the locations of the fire extinguishers and fire alarm pull stations. Tampering with fire safety equipment is a criminal offense. The College does not tolerate under any circumstances the inappropriate use of such equipment. Persons initiating a false alarm, interfering with the operation of the alarm systems, damaging or removing any part of the alarm system, fire extinguishers, or exit signs, unnecessarily discharging a fire extinguisher or starting a fire in any part of a residence hall are subject to sever disciplinary action by the College and will be turned over to the civil authorities. The residence life staff has been directed to strictly enforce all polices pertaining to fire and life safety.

Hoverboard Policy

Hoverboard Policy

Keuka College has banned hoverboards and like devices on campus. Hoverboards, also known as self-balancing motorized scooters and hands-free Segways, are not permitted on campus or in any property owned by Keuka College, or at College-sponsored events. Hoverboards will not be allowed in college housing, residential facilities, classrooms, or any Keuka College property, or at College-sponsored events. Hoverboards cannot be charged in or outside of any Keuka College owned buildings.

Information Technology & User/Network Policy

Rules, Regulations and Responsibilities

Policies will be strictly enforced by IT Services

Overview

Keuka College provides access to modern information technology in support of its mission to promote excellence and achievement across its mission areas of instruction, research, and service. We seek to protect the privilege of using the College’s computing systems and software, including its internal and external data networks, for all members of the College community, by safeguarding the institution’s information technology resources against harm and illegal actions. Consequently, it is important for users to behave in a responsible, ethical, and legal manner.

Information Technology Services’ intentions for publishing an Acceptable Use Policy are not to impose restrictions that are contrary to Keuka College’s established culture of openness, trust and integrity. Information Technology Services is committed to protecting Keuka College's employees, partners and the College from illegal or damaging actions by individuals, either knowingly or unknowingly.

Internet/Intranet/Extranet-related systems, including but not limited to computer equipment, software, operating systems, storage media, network accounts providing electronic mail, WWW browsing, and FTP, are the property of Keuka College. These systems are to be used in serving the interests of the College—its students, faculty, staff, and community members—in the course of normal operations.

Effective security is a team effort involving the participation and support of every Keuka College employee and affiliate who deals with information and/or information systems. It is the responsibility of every computer user to know these guidelines, and to conduct their activities in an ethical, courteous, and legal manner.

Keuka College reserves the right to add, delete or modify any provision of this Acceptable Use Policy at any time without notice, effective upon posting of the modified Policy on the College web site.

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to outline the acceptable use of computer equipment at Keuka College. These rules are in place to protect the employees and students of Keuka College and to promote the ethical and appropriate use of Keuka’s computing facilities and resources. Inappropriate use exposes Keuka College to risks including virus attacks, compromise of network systems and services, and legal issues.

Scope

This policy applies to students, employees, contractors, consultants, temporaries, and other workers at Keuka College, including all personnel affiliated with third parties. This policy applies to all equipment that is owned or leased by Keuka College.

Policy

General Use and Ownership

  1. The use of Keuka’s resources is a privilege, not a right, and is granted under the conditions of appropriate usage as stated in this policy. While Keuka College’s network administration respects legitimate privacy interests for students, faculty and staff, within appropriate limits for education for ethical and legal reasons, users should be aware that the data they create on the College systems remains the property of Keuka College. In exceptional circumstances, and to assist in troubleshooting and resolving system problems, Keuka reserves the right to search, inspect, and review any and all communications transmitted through the College’s communications systems, including communications records of any kind the College stores with a third party storage vendor.
  2. Faculty and staff are responsible for exercising good judgment regarding the reasonableness of personal use. If there is any uncertainty, employees should consult their supervisor or manager.
  3. Information Technology Services recommends that any information that users consider sensitive or vulnerable be encrypted. Please consult with ITS as needed to determine appropriate encryption methods.
  4. Students, faculty, and staff are prohibited from revealing any Keuka College confidential or proprietary information, trade secrets, or any other material covered by Keuka College’s Confidential Information Policy.
  5. While Keuka College's network administration desires to provide a reasonable level of privacy, users should be aware that the data they create on the corporate systems remains the property of Keuka College. Because of the need to protect Keuka College's network, management cannot guarantee the confidentiality of information stored on any network device belonging to Keuka College.
  6. For security and network maintenance purposes, authorized individuals within Keuka College may monitor equipment, systems and network traffic at any time.
  7. Keuka College reserves the right to audit networks and systems on a periodic basis to ensure compliance with this policy.

Security and Proprietary Information

The user interface for information contained on Internet/Intranet/Extranet-related systems should be classified as either confidential or not confidential, as defined by College confidentiality guidelines, details of which can be found in human resources policies. Examples of confidential information include but are not limited to: College private or College strategies, competitor sensitive, trade secrets, specifications, employee and student information, and research data. Employees should take all necessary steps to prevent unauthorized access to this information.

User Responsibilities

  1. Keep passwords secure and do not share accounts. Authorized users are responsible for the security of their passwords and accounts. System level passwords should be changed quarterly; user level passwords should be changed every six months.
  2. All PCs, laptops and workstations should be secured with a password-protected screensaver with the automatic activation feature set at 10 minutes or less, or by logging-off (control-alt-delete for Win2K users) when the host will be unattended.
  3. Use encryption of information in compliance with Information Technology Service's Acceptable Encryption Use policy.
  4. Postings by employees from a Keuka College email address to newsgroups should contain a disclaimer stating the opinions expressed are strictly their own and not necessarily those of Keuka College, unless posting is in the course of duties.
  5. All hosts used by the employee that are connected to the Keuka College Internet/Intranet/Extranet, whether owned by the employee or Keuka College, shall be continually executing approved virus-scanning software with a current virus database unless overridden by departmental or group policy.
  6. Students, faculty or staff shall not engage in any activities that may harm or tarnish the image, reputation, and/or goodwill of Keuka College and/or any of its employees. Students, faculty, and staff are also prohibited from making any discriminatory, disparaging, defamatory, or harassing comments or otherwise engaging in any conduct prohibited by Keuka College’s Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment policy.
  7. Students, faculty, and staff may also not attribute personal statements, opinions, or beliefs to Keuka College. If a students, faculty or staff member is expressing his or her beliefs and/or opinions, they may not, expressly or implicitly, represent themselves as a representative of Keuka College.
  8. Students, faculty and staff must use extreme caution when opening email attachments received from unknown senders, which may contain viruses, email bombs, or Trojan horse codes.

Unacceptable Use

The following activities are, in general, prohibited. Students, faculty and staff may be exempted from these restrictions during the course of their legitimate job responsibilities (e.g., systems administration staff may have a need to disable the network access of a host if that host is disrupting production services).

Under no circumstances is an employee of Keuka College authorized to engage in any activity that is illegal under local, state, federal or international law while utilizing Keuka College-owned resources.

The lists below are by no means exhaustive, but attempt to provide a framework for activities which fall into the category of unacceptable use.

System and Network Activities

The following activities are strictly prohibited, with no exceptions:

  1. Violations of the rights of any person or College protected by copyright, trade secret, patent or other intellectual property, or similar laws or regulations, including, but not limited to, the installation or distribution of "pirated" or other software products that are not appropriately licensed for use by Keuka College.
  2. Unauthorized copying of copyrighted material including, but not limited to, digitization and distribution of photographs from magazines, books or other copyrighted sources, copyrighted music, and the installation of any copyrighted software for which Keuka College or the end user does not have an active license is strictly prohibited.
  3. Exporting software, technical information, encryption software or technology, in violation of international or regional export control laws, is illegal. The appropriate management should be consulted prior to export of any material that is in question.
  4. Use of Keuka College computers or networks for any illegal purpose, including, but not limited to the use of computers or the network in violation of federal, state or local laws regarding such subjects as obscenity, pornography, child pornography, hate communications, discriminatory harassment, or criminal activity.
  5. Introduction of malicious programs into the network or server (e.g., viruses, worms, Trojan horses, email bombs, etc.).
  6. Revealing your account password to others or allowing use of your account by others. This includes family and other household members when work is being done at home.
  7. Using a Keuka College computing asset to actively engage in procuring or transmitting material that is in violation of sexual harassment or hostile workplace laws in the user's local jurisdiction.
  8. Making fraudulent offers of products, items, or services originating from any Keuka College account.
  9. Making statements about warranty, expressly or implied, unless it is a part of normal job duties.
  10. Using the network for commercial activity.
  11. Effecting security breaches or disruptions of network communication. Security breaches include, but are not limited to, accessing data of which the employee is not an intended recipient or logging into a server or account that the employee is not expressly authorized to access, unless these duties are within the scope of regular duties. For purposes of this section, "disruption" includes, but is not limited to, network sniffing, pinged floods, packet spoofing, denial of service, and forged routing information for malicious purposes.
  12. Port scanning or security scanning is expressly prohibited unless prior notification to Information Technology Services is made.
  13. Executing any form of network monitoring which will intercept data not intended for the employee's host, unless this activity is a part of the employee's normal job/duty.
  14. Circumventing user authentication or security of any host, network or account.
  15. Interfering with or denying service to any user other than the employee's host (for example, denial of service attack).
  16. Using any program/script/command, or sending messages of any kind, with the intent to interfere with, or disable, a user's terminal session, via any means, locally or via the Internet/Intranet/Extranet.
  17. Providing information about, or lists of, Keuka College employees to parties outside Keuka College.

Email and Communications Activities

  1. Sending unsolicited email messages, including the sending of "junk mail" or other advertising material to individuals who did not specifically request such material (email spam).
  2. Any form of harassment via email, telephone or paging, whether through language, frequency, or size of messages.
  3. Unauthorized use, or forging, of email header information.
  4. Solicitation of email for any other email address, other than that of the poster's account, with the intent to harass or to collect replies.
  5. Creating or forwarding "chain letters," "Ponzi" or other "pyramid" schemes of any type.
  6. Use of unsolicited email originating from within Keuka College's networks of other Internet/Intranet/Extranet service providers on behalf of, or to advertise, any service hosted by Keuka College or connected via Keuka College's network.
  7. Posting the same or similar non-business-related messages to large numbers of Usenet newsgroups (newsgroup spam).

Enforcement

Any employee found to have violated this policy may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

Definitions

Email Bomb— In Internet usage, an email bomb is a form of net abuse consisting of sending huge volumes of email to an address in an attempt to overflow the mailbox or overwhelm the server where the email address is hosted in a denial-of-service attack.

Encryption— is the conversion of data into a form, called a ciphertext, that cannot be easily understood by unauthorized people.

Extranet— An extranet is a computer network that allows controlled access from the outside for specific business or educational purposes.

Internet— The Internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks that use the standard Internet Protocol Suite (TCP/IP) to serve billions of users.

Intranet— An intranet is a private network that is contained within an enterprise.

Junk mail— Advertising of one sort or another that arrives in your postal mailbox along with the mail you really want or need.

Network— A computer network is a system in which computers are connected to share information and resources.

Spam— Unauthorized and/or unsolicited electronic mass mailings.

Trojan Horse— A Trojan horse, or Trojan, is malware that appears to perform a desirable function for the user prior to run or install but instead facilitates unauthorized access of the user's computer system

Interim Discipline Measures

Keuka College reserves the right to impose temporary measures on a student’s access to the college to protect the general welfare of the campus community, pending the outcome of a formal disciplinary process. If Keuka College's Chief Discipline Officer or designee judges that a student’s continued presence at Keuka College poses a significant threat to the health, safety, or welfare of the campus community or any individuals therein, they may recommend to the Associate Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students or designee that the student be interim suspended from Keuka College. If approved, the college may impose interim measures up to and including immediate suspension from Keuka College, which may remain in place pending the outcome of the formal disciplinary process.  In order to mitigate academic repercussions, a student may schedule a disciplinary hearing to resolve the matter as expeditiously as possible and is encouraged to do so. Any student subject to an interim suspension may request a review of the interim measures by the Associate Vice President for Student Life or designee.

Responsible Reporting Policy

One of the core values outlined in our current Vision, Mission, and Values statement is integrity. Within the meaning of this value is the need to do the right thing. No one should feel threatened or scared to report any incident that they feel may be wrong. Safety on campus, especially the safety of minors, is everyone’s responsibility. If such incidents are not reported, little can be done to help the victims or to prevent additional members of our College community from becoming victims.

Keuka College’s policies can be found on the shared drive under the human resources folder. These policies cover standards of conduct and response to harassment (sexual and otherwise), and clearly indicate prohibited behaviors such as those chronicled in the news media. The policies also unequivocally state that such acts are not tolerated and are subject to disciplinary action. In addition, the College has a “whistleblower” policy, which is designed to protect those who are reluctant or feel constrained to report matters due to fears of retribution or retaliation.

New York state law requires the report of child abuse and neglect (Soc. Serv. Law § 413). A report is required when there is reasonable cause to suspect that a child has been abused or maltreated. This is mandated for all school officials including, but not limited to, teachers and administrators. Further, Section §414 requires reporting by any other person who has reasonable cause to suspect that a child is being abused or maltreated. There is also legislation before the state legislature to clarify and expand the classifications of people covered by mandated reporting law. The New York state hotline is 1-800-342-3720 and is generally found on the first page/table of contents of the phone directory.

We encourage all members of the campus community to familiarize themselves with these policies and the New York state law. In addition to all New York state reporting mandates, all employees and students of the College who become aware of, or suspect, child abuse and/or neglect should immediately report such abuse or neglect to their supervisors as well as to local law enforcement authorities. These are troubling issues, but with education—and a clear sense of our moral and legal requirements—we can address them head-on. We welcome your participation in this effort.

Search Policy

In order to ensure the safety of the Keuka College community, prevent theft of College and personal property and/or enforce college policies, Keuka College reserves the right to conduct searches of any person, vehicle or object that enters onto college property, only when there is reasonable suspicion that a policy or legal violation has occurred. Searches of vehicles will be conducted only with the approval of the President of Keuka College or the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs or their designees.

Property that is found to be illegal to possess will be either turned over to local law enforcement and/or destroyed. Found property that is against college policy to possess on campus but is legal will be confiscated and held by campus safety until arrangements can be made to remove them from campus. If the property is not removed by the end of the semester then property will be logged into lost and found and held according to lost and found protocols.

Smoking/Vaping Policy

In keeping with Keuka College's commitment to wellness and fire safety, and due to the proven health risks of exposure to environmental smoke and vape emissions, the College has adopted the following policy: All students, employees, and visitors at Keuka College are entitled to a smoke and vaping free environment. All College buildings are smoke and vape free, unless otherwise posted. All students, employees, and visitors are expected to abide by a 50-foot, non-smoking, non-vaping perimeter around all campus buildings. This non-smoking and non-vaping perimeter has been established to minimize exposure to smoke and vape emissions, as well as to limit the amount of smoke/vape emission that enters buildings through doors, windows, vents, etc.

Outside smoking/vaping areas are designated by appropriate campus signage and ashtrays are available at each designated smoking/vaping location. Members of the campus community are asked to discard butts in an appropriate receptacle and not on building entryways/exits or campus grounds. In addition, benches are provided at most designated smoking/vaping locations for the comfort of the campus community and our guests.

Smoking and vaping is not allowed in any College-owned or leased vehicles. All guests at the College-including conference participants are expected to comply with this policy. (Effective September 27, 2017)

Statement on Diversity

Philosophy

Keuka College is committed to the values and ideals of human dignity, equality, autonomy, and ethical conduct. This mission embodies an institutional acceptance and affirmation of diversity as an existent and valued feature of human reality. All members of the College are expected to treat each other in a manner which acknowledges the legitimacy of alternative value systems, approaches to knowledge, and varied cultural and historical backgrounds.

Goal

The goal is to realize this vision of diversity in the day-to-day activities of faculty, students, and staff. Curricular, pedagogical, and scholarly endeavors which exemplify this commitment must be actively acknowledged, encouraged, and supported. Ideas, structures, and practices that deny, restrict, or demean human dignity, equality, autonomy, and ethical conduct are unacceptable.

Definition of Diversity

At Keuka College we believe that diversity is multifaceted and a naturally valuable asset. We acknowledge, respect, and celebrate our differences. We believe that diversity encompasses the awareness and celebration of the many identities that make up our community including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, religious status, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, socio-economic status, age, culture, language, physical or mental ability, gender identity and expression, and region of origin. In a world where the pursuit of safety and well-being are central, we will foster an inclusive environment in which we actively and intentionally work toward understanding, respecting, and appreciating diversity. We will accomplish this by increasing our awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions. In doing so, we will move beyond tolerance to understanding, accepting, and celebrating our differences.

Statement of Principles for Intercollegiate Athletics

This institution is committed to a philosophy of firm institutional control of athletics, to the unquestioned academic and financial integrity of our athletics program, and to the accountability of the athletic department to the values and goals befitting higher education. In support of that commitment, the Board, officers, faculty, and staff of this institution have examined and agreed to the following general principles as a guide to our participation in intercollegiate athletics.

  1. The educational values, practices, and mission of this institution determine the standards by which we conduct our intercollegiate athletics program.
  2. The responsibility and authority for all administration of the athletics department, including all basic policies, personnel, and finances, are vested in the president.
  3. The welfare, health, and safety of student-athletes are primary concerns of athletics administration on this campus. This institution provides student-athletes with the opportunity for academic experiences as close as possible to the experiences of their classmates.
  4. Every student-athlete receives equitable and fair treatment.
  5. Admission of the student-athlete is based on his/her showing reasonable promise of being successful in a course of study leading to an academic degree. Admissions personnel make that judgment.
  6. Continuing eligibility to participate in intercollegiate athletics is based on the student’s ability to meet the academic requirements of the College each academic term.
  7. Student-athletes are graduated in at least the same proportion as non-athletes who have spent comparable time as full-time students.
  8. All funds raised and spent in connection with intercollegiate athletics programs are channeled through the institution’s general treasury, not through independent groups, whether internal or external. The athletics department budget is developed and monitored in accordance with general budgeting procedures on campus.
    1. No one may use the docks or any boats without permission from the Waterfront Director. A waive and temporary docking permit will be issued.
    2. Anyone found at Point Neamo after the operating hours will be asked to leave. Failure to do so can/will result in permanent suspension of privileges and police prosecution for trespassing.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Speech/Expression/Press

Students have the right to express themselves freely on any subject—provided they do so in a manner that does not violate the Keuka College Code of Conduct. Students, in turn, have the responsibility to respect the rights of all members of the College to exercise these freedoms.

Non-Discrimination

Students have the right to be free from discrimination by any agent or organization of Keuka College for reasons including, but not limited to: age, ethnic or national origin, gender, physical, mental, or emotional disability, marital status, political or social affiliation, race, religion, sexual preference, or sexual orientation.

Acts found to be discriminatory or bias-related such as racial slurs, hate speech, threatening behavior, or other hateful actions, may result in public apology and/or presentation of an educational program to the community, written reprimand and warning, deferred suspension, community or campus service, parental notification, suspension or expulsion.

Assembly/Protest

Students have the right to assemble in an orderly manner and engage in peaceful protest, demonstration, and picketing. Students have the responsibility not to disrupt the academic mission of the College, threaten the health or safety of any person, or violate the Student Code of Conduct.

Religion/Association

Students have the right to exercise their religious convictions and associate with religious, political, or other organizations of their choice in College facilities designated for such purposes provided they do so in a manner that respects the rights of other members of the community and complies with the Code of Conduct. Students have the responsibility to respect the rights of other members of the College community to free exercise of their religious convictions and to free association with organizations of their choice.

Privacy/Search/Seizure

Students have the right of privacy and to be free from unreasonable searches or unlawful arrest on College property and within their campus residences. Searches will be conducted only with the authorization of the Vice President for Student Development or his/her designee. Students have the responsibility to respect the privacy of other members of the College community in their person, place of residence, and in College facilities

Academic Pursuits

Students have the right to accurate and plainly stated information relating to maintenance of acceptable academic standing, graduation requirements, and individual course objectives and requirements. Students can expect instruction from designated instructors at appointed class times and reasonable access to those instructors. Students have the responsibility to attend class and know their appropriate academic requirements.

Quality Environment

Students have the right to expect a teaching, learning, and living environment supportive of the College’s mission and their own educational goals. Students have the responsibility to protect themselves from hazards to the extent that reasonable behavior and precaution can avoid risk.

Governance/Participation

Students have the right to establish representative governmental bodies and to participate in College governance in accordance with the rules and regulations of the College. Students who accept representative roles in the governance of the College have the obligation to participate responsibly.

Due Process

Students have the right to due process before formal disciplinary sanctions are imposed by the College for violations of the Code of Conduct. Students have the right to written notice and the opportunity for a hearing before any change in status is incurred for disciplinary reasons unless a significant threat to persons or property exists. Students have an absolute right to appeal the decisions of any administrative body or office to the next level of authority, as specified in the Code of Conduct’s judicial procedures.

Confidentiality

Students have the right to access, and to control access to, their educational records as provided in the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, also known as the Buckley Amendment. These include the rights to view and challenge the content of specified records, to control the release of personal and academic information to third parties, and to suppress all or some information categorized as “directory information” by legislation.

Photo Release Policy: As part of the application for admission to Keuka College, students sign a waiver granting the College permission to use students’ names and photographs in literature and for public relations purposes. Students who would like to rescind this waiver should contact the Office of Marketing and Communications at (315) 279-5231.

Students in Crisis Policy

Personal crisis is, unfortunately, a reality experienced at times by college students and their families. In an effort to ensure that all currently-enrolled students have fair opportunity to receive support in times of major crisis, a Students in Crisis policy has been adopted and a Students Helping Students (SHS) team has been initiated.

The team is a select group of students who formulate plans of action to assist students and their families in crisis. The SHS team operates under the supervision and advisement of the College chaplain, the dean of students, and a faculty member.

Examples of major crisis that may be addressed by the SHS Team include: a student becoming critically ill or who experiences life-threatening injuries; a student who experiences a major life-altering event such as a house fire or flood; or if a student dies.

Students who wish to request support or those who would like to refer a fellow student for support, may find a Request/Referral form and a copy of the Students in Crisis policy in the student affairs office and Center for Spiritual Life Office in Dahlstrom Student Center, as well as in the Spiritual Life section of the College’s portal intranet site.

Theft and Damage Policy

The College is not responsible for lost or stolen property. Students are encouraged to insure their own belongings and to report any thefts to campus safety or the Yates County Sheriff’s Office as soon as the loss is discovered. The College expects students who are responsible for damaging College property (either accidentally or with intent) to report that damage to the Office of Student Life. Students who voluntarily report accidental damage for which they are responsible are not penalized in any way, though they are expected to pay for the costs of repair. Students who fail to report damage and who are later shown to be responsible for that damage are referred for disciplinary action.

Vendor Policy

Student Vendors

Keuka College students are allowed the opportunity to create a student vendor contract with the director of student activities for legitimate business opportunities. Students can schedule up to two consecutive days per semester. The student vendor acts as an independent agent and has no affiliation with Keuka College. There is a student vendor fee of $25 per scheduled period, payable upon the creation of Student Vendor Contract.

The Office of Student Activities agrees to make reservations through EMS (Event Management System) for the student vendor. The reservation includes usage of a campus room (lounge, classroom, etc.), one 8-foot table, two chairs, and at least one electrical outlet available on each scheduled date. It is the responsibility of the student vendor to provide any extension cords, surge protectors, or any other special needs for the scheduled dates.

The director of student activities must approve all advance promotional material at least five days prior to the scheduled date and the student vendor must abide by all Keuka College posting policies. The student vendor is not allowed to promote or advertise the vendor opportunity via the Keuka College email system. There is no door-to-door solicitation on the Keuka College campus.

The Office of Student Activities reserves the right to cancel Student Vendor Contracts if any of the following occur: competition with the Keuka College bookstore, failure to comply with Keuka College policy, failure to comply with requests made by Keuka College officials, and misrepresentation of agreed terms presented in the Student Vendor Contract.

Off-Campus Vendors

Off-campus vendors are allowed the opportunity to create a vendor contract with the director of student activities. Off-campus vendors can schedule up to three visits per semester for no more than three consecutive days per visit. The off-campus vendor acts as an independent agent and has no affiliation with Keuka College. The off-campus vendor agrees to provide the Office of Student Activities 20 percent of total profits per scheduled visit, payable on site the last day of the scheduled visit per the vendor contract.

The Office of Student Activities agrees to make reservations with conference services for the off-campus vendor. The reservation includes usage of a campus room (lounge, classroom, etc.), one 8-foot table, two chairs, and at least one electrical outlet available on each scheduled visit. It is the responsibility of the off-campus vendor to provide any extension cords, surge protectors, or any other special needs for the scheduled dates.

The director of student activities must approve all advance promotional material 14 days prior to the scheduled date and vendors must abide by all Keuka College posting policies. The off-campus vendor is not allowed to promote or advertise the vendor opportunity via the Keuka College email system. There is no door-to-door solicitation on the Keuka College campus.

The Office of Student Activities reserves the right to cancel any vendor contracts if any of the following occur: competition with the Keuka College bookstore, failure to comply with Keuka College policy, failure to comply with requests made by Keuka College officials, and misrepresentation of agreed terms presented in the vendor contract.