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Conduct of Students

Enrollment in the University carries with it obligations in regard to conduct not only inside but outside the classroom. Students are expected to conduct themselves in such a manner as to be a credit both to themselves and the University. They are subject to the laws governing the community as well as to the rules and regulations of the University as found at Judicial Affairs - University Policies and Rules for Students.  Students are bound by the University Code of Conduct, a set of standards which governs the behavior of all members of the University. (Also view Student Rights and Responsibilities.)

The Judicial System

The Penn State Judicial System is a means of implementing adjudication procedures for students accused of violations of the University Code of ConductDisciplinary procedures are implemented on the University campus where an infraction has occurred regardless of where the concerned student or students may be attending classes in the University system. It is the responsibility of students visiting any other University campus to be cognizant of the rules and regulations that are pertinent to that campus. Disciplinary action at Penn State Wilkes-Barre is handled by Kathie Flanagan-Herstek, Director of Student Programs and Services, 675-9225, Hayfield House 101A.

Please refer to the document Procedural Guidelines for the University Discipline Process (.pdf file) for a detailed explanation of disciplinary procedures.

Academic Policies

For Penn State University academic policies, see Academic Policies, Rules & Procedures for Students, and view the statement on Academic Integrity.

Smoking/Tobacco Use Policies

View the Penn State Wilkes-Barre campus smoking and tobacco use policy.

Parking Policies

View the Penn State Wilkes-Barre campus parking policies.

Alcohol Policy

Undergraduate student organizations, including fraternities and sororities, are prohibited from serving alcohol at organization functions on campus. The University is not responsible for alcohol violations occurring off campus. Alcohol shall not be served to minors (younger than 21) at University-sponsored functions, which is any event at any location, that is sponsored by an officer, employee, or agent of the University. Minor undergraduate students and under - graduate-registered student organizations shall not serve alcoholic beverages at any function that occurs on the premises of the University. Undergraduate-registered student organizations cannot use University Student Activity Funds for the purpose of alcoholic beverages whether such beverages are possessed or consumed on or off University property. Adult students may possess and consume alcohol in their rooms or the rooms of other adults in the residence halls. Conduct such as disorderly parties resulting from drinking, that interferes with the rights of others shall be prohibited. Students younger than 21 are prohibited from possessing or consuming alcoholic beverages anywhere on the premises of the University specifically in their residence hall rooms.

Damage to University Property

Students are expected to give proper care to the buildings, furniture, and instructional equipment. If a student damages furniture or equipment through neglect or carelessness, or if laboratory equipment assigned to him or her is damaged due to failure to follow the instructor’s directions, the cost of the repair or replacement will be charged against the student’s general deposit. If a student damages furniture, instructional equipment, or other University property inside or outside the buildings, he or she should report the damage immediately to the business office (Hayfield House 112). Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action. It is expected that students on Penn State Wilkes-Barre will continue the exemplary precedent of respect for their campus.

Sexual Assault and Harassment

The Pennsylvania State University does not tolerate sexual harassment of its students, faculty members, and staff. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment where submission to or rejection of such conduct by a student is used as a basis for decisions affecting such student. It is the responsibility of all administrative, supervisory personnel, faculty members, staff, and students to report any conduct that is perceived as sexual harassment. Alleged incidents of sexual harassment in which a student thinks he or she is a victim may be discussed informally and confidentially with a staff member (either male or female), in accordance with the wishes of the student. If appropriate, the staff member will attempt to resolve the problem. If the matter is not resolved to the satisfaction of the student, Procedures for Resolving Student Allegations of Discrimination, as outlined, may be invoked by the student. 

Individuals who wish to report sexual harassment incidents at Penn State Wilkes-Barre should contact Kathie Flanagan-Herstek, Director of Student Programs and Services, (570) 675-9225, Hayfield House Room 101A. You should also submit a Report of Sexual or Gender-Based Harassment or Violence.

Learn about other resources and accommodations available to sexual assault or harassment victims.

Weapons Regulations

Use, possession, or carrying of firearms (including, but not limited to, pistols, rifles, shotguns, or ammunition), hand-billy, dirk knife or other dangerous knives, explosives, or other dangerous weapons while on University-owned or controlled property, or at University-sponsored activities, except by authorized law enforcement officers and other persons specifically authorized by the University is prohibited. Any student or employee who violates this prohibition shall be subject to discipline in accordance with regular University procedure, which may include suspension or dismissal from the University. If possession also appears to be in violation of the law, it will be reported to the civil authorities.