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Section B: College Code of Conduct

The following activities constitute violations of the College Code of Conduct. Violations are addressed by sanctions which are imposed consistent with the policies and procedures established by the College and set forth in this Student Conduct Process.

  • Alcohol

    Use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of alcoholic beverages (except as expressly permitted by Iona College regulations). Alcoholic beverages may not, in any circumstance, be used by, possessed by or distributed to any person under the legal drinking age, currently twenty- one (21) years of age in New York. This includes suspicion of being intoxicated on Iona premises. Students are expected to abide by all international, federal and state laws regarding alcohol and must be familiar with the College policy on a Drug-Free Community that is contained in the Student Handbook.

    In rooms/suites/apartments where all residents are over 21, individuals of legal drinking age may possess and/or consume alcohol in their rooms, provided all roommates and suitemates, present or absent, are of legal drinking age. All guests and students under the legal drinking age may not be in the presence of alcohol in the residence hall. The purchase, sale, distribution, consumption, association with, being in presence of, or possession of alcoholic beverages by any residents or guests, regardless of age, is prohibited in apartments where any resident is under 21.

    Students of legal drinking age may possess what College officials determine to be a reasonable quantity of alcohol for their personal consumption only. Residents may not have more than a reasonable amount of alcohol per person assigned to the room. College officials may consider empty alcohol containers in determining whether this standard has been violated or if they suspect underage drinking and/or excessive alcohol consumption has occurred. Residential Life and Campus Safety and Security staff may consider empty alcohol containers when documenting quantity limit violations if they suspect underage drinking and/or excessive alcohol consumption has occurred.

    The College prohibits the possession of items used for common distribution of alcohol. Such items include, but are not limited to, kegs, party balls, punch bowls or trash can punch. Regardless of size, kegs or beer balls, full or empty, along with all associated hardware are prohibited in every residence hall and will be permanently confiscated. Drinking games and rapid consumption techniques and devices (e.g. funnels, beer bongs, shot glasses, beer pong tables, bars, bar signs, etc.) by their nature promote abusive consumption of alcohol and thus violate the alcohol policy. The College prohibits organizing or participating in activities that encourage excessive drinking (e.g., beer pong, drinking games or contests), or charging a fee when hosting parties. Possession of empty alcohol containers, even for decorative purposes, is prohibited.

    Students are prohibited from possessing open containers of alcoholic beverages in common areas of the College, including, but not limited to hallways, lounges, bathrooms, campus grounds, classrooms and stoops/ front steps, etc. A container is any bottle, can, glass, cup or similar receptacle designed to hold or capable of holding a liquid.

    Prohibited gatherings are events where there are 15 more people present than the room, suite, or apartment occupancy allows.

  • Assault

    Inflicting or attempting to inflict harm upon any person.
  • Bias

    Engaging in conduct that is deemed to show bias against any individuals, groups, or entities based on perceived identity.
  • Censorship

    Engaging in or inciting others to engage in conduct which interferes with or disrupts any College function, or which prevents or limits the free expression of ideas by others, or which physically obstructs or threatens to obstruct or restrain other persons on College premises.
  • Civil/Criminal Law

    Engaging in conduct on or off campus that constitutes a violation or crime pursuant to the civil or criminal law of the municipality, state or federal government. This includes, but is not limited to, interfering with the New Rochelle police or other law enforcement agencies in the performance of their duties.
  • College Facilities

    Unauthorized entry into and use or occupation of College premises or facilities.
  • College Identification

    All members of the Iona community are required to have the College Identification Card in their possession while on campus. Misuse or transfer of the College Identification Card is prohibited.
  • Compliance

    Failing to comply with the requests or directions of a member of the Iona community acting in the performance of their assigned duties. This includes, but is not limited to, failure to surrender the College Identification Card upon request by any member of the Iona community (including campus security personnel) or with the computer lab facilities guidelines as set forth in the Student Handbook.
  • Complicity

    Attempts to commit acts prohibited by the College Code of Conduct or encouraging others to commit acts prohibited by the College Code of Conduct may be addressed to the same extent as completed violations. A student may be found complicit if he or she is aware of a violation of the College Code of Conduct and has the ability to report the violation, but fails to do so or fails to remove oneself from reasonable proximity of the violation.
  • Damage to Property

    Damaging College property or the property of a member of the Iona community, a campus visitor while on Iona premises, or the property of a local resident.
  • Disorderly Conduct

    Engaging in behavior that is destructive, dangerous, harmful, obstructive or disorderly. This includes conduct that is deemed unreasonable in the time, place or manner in which it occurs, or taking reckless action that results in harm to any person.
  • Drugs

    The unauthorized sale, purchase, production, possession, distribution or use of illegal, controlled, or prohibited substances. This includes, but is not limited to, suspicion of being under the influence of illegal drugs, prohibited substances, and possession of drug-related paraphernalia on Iona premises. Prohibited is the inappropriate use, or misuse, of legally obtained over the counter medications or other substances including but not limited to synthetic cannabinoids, salvia, spice, bath salts, K2. Students are expected to abide by all federal and state laws regarding illegal or controlled substances and must be familiar with the College policy on a Drug-Free Community that is contained in the Student Handbook.

  • Failure to Complete or Comply with a Conduct Sanction

    The failure to complete a sanction or to carry out behavior according to a sanction is a violation of Residential Life policy and may result in being removed from housing.
  • Failure to Comply with College Official

    In matters where a Residential Life or College official is acting in the performance of their assigned duties, if a resident or guest fails to cooperate, refuses to comply with directions, fails to provide proper identification upon request or provides false or misleading information, Residential Life policy is being violated. Interference with the investigation of a violation, assisting in violations, or being aware of violations without reporting are also violations of Residential Life policy. Such behavior may result in dismissal from Residential Life.
  • False Information

    Knowingly furnishing false information in any form to a member of the Iona community.
  • Fire Safety

    Tampering with, disabling, or misusing fire alarms, fire- fighting equipment or safety equipment or remaining in a building during a fire alarm. Fire alarms, extinguishers, smoke/heat sensors, emergency phones, fire doors, fire escapes and/or exit signs are placed in the residence halls and on campus buildings to protect life and property. It is a violation of fire codes and a misdemeanor to misuse or tamper with these protective devices. Students may not place any items in a room within 18 inches of the ceiling in order to ensure the proper operation of the fire sprinkler system. Anyone starting or causing a fire, failing to evacuate during a fire alarm or tampering with a fire alarm or extinguisher for purposes other than an emergency will be subject to severe disciplinary action, including at least a $500 fine and dismissal from Residential Life.
  • Forgery

    Forgery, alteration or misuse of Iona College documents, records or identification.
  • Gambling

    Participating in any form of gambling on College premises.
  • Guest Policy

    The purpose of the guest policy is to allow residents to host guests in a responsible manner. The rights and property of individuals, including roommates, suitemates and the College must be protected from unwanted intrusions and potential vandalism. For the purposes of this policy, guest can be defined in two ways. The term “guest” refers to any non-student, faculty or staff member or anyone not affiliated with Iona College.

    The term “guest” may also refer to any student (commuter or resident) who, an Iona student assumes responsibility for in their living space (i.e., if an Iona student has other Iona students as guests in their living space and those students violate college policy, then the Iona host may be responsible for the actions of those guests even though they are also Iona students).

    The College reserves the right to deny access to any “guest.”

    Guests must comply with all Residential Life and Iona College rules and regulations. The resident host is responsible for the actions of their guest(s) and will be held accountable for any damages or inappropriate behavior while the guest is in the residence hall or on the campus.

    Resident students are not allowed to have unauthorized persons staying in their residence hall room on a continuous basis. Cohabitation, regardless of gender, is not permitted. This includes Iona commuter/resident students and other guests.

    Guest Hours

    Guest hours are from 8 a.m. - 2 a.m., seven days a week. Residential students may only host a maximum of two (2) guests, day or night.

    Roommates should always confer about all visitors and guests (especially overnight guests) in advance of a visit and agree that a visitor or guest is not an imposition.

    Overnight guests must be registered and have an overnight guest pass on file at the respective residence hall front desk before 10 p.m. on the date of visit. Overnight guest passes can be obtained from the front desk of each residence hall and must be completed with the guest name(s) and all roommate signatures (if applicable). No exceptions will be made and no overnight guest passes will be accepted after 10 p.m.

    As such, a guest may not stay overnight in the Apartments at Eastchester for more than three nights within a seven-day period. While providing for this interaction, the policy is also sensitive to every resident’s need for a level of privacy in a community environment, the balancing of rights among resident students, and the need for safety and security.

    All Students Please Note: Overnight guest visitation is not permitted during periods where the College is closed for breaks or holidays. Overnight guest passes will not be issued.

    Guest Registration & Identification Requirements Iona College Residential Students

    All Residents must show their Iona College ID card upon entering the building. All residents must make sure they have the proper semester resident sticker on their card. If not, they must see the RHD of their building to obtain a resident sticker.

    Any Iona resident living in Loftus, Conese, East, Hales, North Ave, Rice Halls, the Apartments, an On Campus House or in Montgomery House can enter any residence hall during regular guest hours (8 a.m. - 2 a.m.) without needing a host. However, the front desk attendant still needs to record the room number and name of the resident being visited.

    A photo ID must be left at the front desk upon entering the building and can be retrieved upon exit.

    Residential students wishing to stay overnight in another residence hall that is not their own must be registered as an overnight guest, with a host, before 10 p.m.

    Non Residential Students & Non-Iona Affiliated Guests

    The resident and guest(s) must each register at the front desk. The guest must submit a valid photo ID. Only photo IDs will be accepted and all ID cards will be held at the front desk until the guest(s) departs. Passports will not be accepted at the front desk.

    Parents and families of residents will need to leave their ID at the front desk.

    The resident host must also escort their guest to the desk to retrieve the ID.

    Residents are responsible for their signed-in guest(s) and must be with their guest(s) when entering and exiting the residence hall. Guests need to be escorted throughout the hall at all times and any damages or policy violations caused by guests will remain the responsibility of the resident.

    If a guest arrives without a resident host, they must use the lobby campus phone to call the resident. The resident must report to the lobby to identify and escort their guest. If the resident cannot be reached, the guest will NOT be permitted to enter the residence hall.

    Under 18 Day & Overnight Guests

    Daytime guests under 12-years-of-age and overnight guests under 18-years- of-age require authorization of the guests’ parent(s)/guardian(s).

    The Parent/Guardian Consent Form for Under 18 Guest Visitation must be completed by the parent/guardian and submitted to the front desk upon entrance to the residence hall. The form can be found online and printed from the “Guest Policy Information” webpage.

    Guest(s) under 18 –years-of age- will not be admitted into any Iona College residence without the official Office of Residential Life parent/guardian consent form.

    Please have this form printed and complete upon submission.

    Anyone requesting to have an overnight guest under the age of 16 must request and receive advance permission from the RHD of their building.

  • Harassment

    Any behavior (verbal, written, virtual, or physical) that abuses, assails, intimidates, demeans, victimizes, or has the effect of creating a hostile environment for any person. This includes, but is not limited to, threatening by any means of transmission the use of force to harm or injure any person.
  • Hazing

    Any action that may endanger the mental or physical health or safety of a student for purposes including, but not limited to, affiliation with any student organization. Individuals who witness hazing while not actively participating may still be held accountable for their actions or inactions. Hazing includes, but is not limited to:

    • behavior could be seen by a reasonable person as pressuring or coercing the student into violating state or federal law.
    • any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, exposure to the elements, forced consumption of any food, alcohol, liquor, drug, or other substance, or any other forced physical activity that could adversely affect the physical health or safety of the student.
    • any activity that would subject the student to extreme mental stress, such as sleep deprivation, forced exclusion from social contact, forced conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment, or other forced activity that could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the student.

    Iona will not accept as a defense of a Hazing allegation when the accused student or student organization claims that (1) any or all participants consented to the documented conduct; (2) the conduct was not part of an official organizational event or otherwise sanctioned or approved by the student organization; or (3) the documented conduct or activity was not an explicit condition of membership to or affiliation with a student organization.

  • Hygiene

    For the health and comfort of all students and residents, students are expected to maintain acceptable standards of personal hygiene and cleanliness of their belongings and environment. While every effort will be made to respect personal differences, failure to maintain hygiene standards may result in dismissal from the residence halls.
  • Prohibited Furniture/Theft/Unauthorized Acquisition of Property

    The following items are prohibited in all residence hall rooms: waterbeds, constructed lofts, and College furniture from common area lounges. Any furniture, equipment, materials or signs obtained from the College or community are in violation of Residential Life policy. In addition, unauthorized use or theft of a Personal Security Code for computers, calling cards, phones or bankcards, etc. are in violation of Residential Life policy.
  • Prohibited and Restricted Items

    The following items are prohibited in all residence halls: electric blankets, air conditioning units, space heaters, sun and heat lamps, halogen lamps, lamps with paper shades or covers, heating coils, candles, incense, charcoal grills, open-flame devices, hot plates, dart boards, lava lamps, plug extenders, and extension cords (only power strips with surge protection are permitted). The following items are prohibited in Loftus, Rice, Conese, Hales, and East Residence Halls: microwaves, oil popcorn poppers, toaster ovens, George Foreman Grills, toasters, hot pots, Keurig machines, and coffeepots. Skateboards, bikes and scooters may not be ridden inside any of the residence halls. All kitchen items which are allowed must be kept in the kitchen area of the suite. In Hales Hall, Conese Hall, North Avenue, and the Apartments at Eastchester Residence Halls, the following items are allowed, provided they remain on counter space in the common area: Keurig machines, coffeepots, toasters, and toaster ovens. In the individual residential life houses on Hubert Place, President Street and Halcyon Terrace, coffee makers are permitted only in the kitchen counter top area and hot plates are not permitted.
  • Unauthorized Room Changes

    Residents are not permitted to change rooms (including bedrooms within a suite) without authorization from a member of the Residential Life Professional Staff.
  • Inappropriate Behavior

    Any behavior that is not consistent with the Mission or expectations of the College.
  • Intimate Partner Violence

    Intimate partner violence refers to any physical, sexual or psychological harm against an individual by a current or former partner or spouse of the individual. In addition, this policy includes any willful intimidation, battery or sexual assault committed by a family member, household member, domestic partner, or intimate partner and is prohibited. This policy also includes harm against individuals in heterosexual and same-sex relationships but does not require sexual intimacy between the individual and such partner/spouse.
  • Keys

    Unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of keys or ID access cards to College facilities.
  • Misconduct

    Engaging in behavior that may adversely affect the security of the Iona community, the integrity of the educational or developmental process or the good name of Iona College.
  • Noise Policy

    There is a 24-hour courtesy policy in effect at all times. Quiet hours are 8 p.m. – 10 a.m., Sunday – Thursday, and 10 p.m. – 10 a.m., Friday and Saturday. Sound carries very easily throughout the residence halls. Voices, stereos, televisions, speakers, and excessive noise can often be heard in other rooms or on a floor above or below. This is especially the case when students utilize a system with high-level bass. It is important to remember that other residents have the right to sleep or study without being disturbed. Noise should not be heard outside of your room. Roommates must be courteous of each other’s study and sleep needs. Please be aware of the volume of sound and be considerate and cooperative with your neighbors and the RA staff.
  • Online Harassment

    Using information and communication technologies as means of intimidation, harassment or unwarranted interruption. This includes, but is not limited to, email, social media, the Internet, phone or tablet applications, cellular phones and video recorders. The procurement and/or transmission of videos or photographs of another individual without his or her expressed permission are prohibited.
  • Parking

    All Iona College resident freshmen and sophomores are prohibited from bringing motor vehicles to the Iona community. This prohibition includes parking vehicles on city streets and in the surrounding community. Requests for waivers to this policy will only be granted under special circumstances. The Director of Campus Safety and Security will make final determination for a policy waiver in conjunction with the Vice Provost for Student Life. All resident juniors and seniors may have a vehicle on campus and their vehicles are required to park ON CAMPUS ONLY. These vehicles must display a resident parking permit issued and affixed by Campus Safety and Security and vehicles may not be parked on any city streets within the surrounding New Rochelle community of the college at any time. Resident permits are not interchangeable with other vehicles and void if removed from the vehicle. First time violators will be fined a $250.00 administrative hearing fee and shall be put on disciplinary probation. Second time violators will be suspended from the Residential Life Program for the relevant semester. In the case of second time offenders, no portion of their room and board fees will be refunded. Any further violation shall result in a permanent ban from the Residential Life Program with no portion of the room and board fees being refunded.
  • Pet Policy

    For health and safety reasons, no animals or pets of any kind are permitted, except for tropical fish in a 10-gallon or smaller tank.
  • Policies

    Failure to abide by other policies and regulations established by the College.
  • Residential Life Policies

    Failing to abide by the policies and regulations established by the Office of Residential Life.
  • Sexual Misconduct

    Sexual misconduct involves a range of behaviors including sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, sexually inappropriate behavior and any other conduct of a sexual nature that is nonconsensual, or has the effect of threatening, intimidating or coercing a person. Sexual misconduct can be committed by individuals of any gender, and it can occur between individuals of the same gender or different genders. It can occur between strangers or acquaintances, as well as people currently involved in intimate or sexual relationships. The consumption of alcohol or the use of illegal substances does not constitute a mitigating circumstance when it contributes to a violation regarding sexual misconduct.

    Affirmative consent is a knowing, voluntary and mutual decision among all participants to engage in sexual activity. Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create clear permission regarding willingness to engage in the sexual activity. Silence or lack of resistance, in and of itself, does not demonstrate consent. The definition of consent does not vary based upon a participant's sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

    Consent to any sexual act or prior consensual sexual activity between or with any party does not necessarily constitute consent to any other sexual act. Consent is required regardless of whether the person initiating the act is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Consent may be initially given but withdrawn at any time. Consent cannot be given when a person is incapacitated, which occurs when the individual lacks ability to knowingly choose to participate in sexual activity. Incapacitation may be caused by the lack of consciousness or being asleep, being involuntarily restrained, or if the individual otherwise cannot consent. Depending on the degree of intoxication, someone who is under the influence of alcohol, drugs or other intoxicants may be incapacitated and therefore unable to consent. Consent cannot be given when it is the result of any coercion, intimidation, force or threat of harm. When consent is withdrawn or can no longer be given, sexual activity must stop.

    Sexually Inappropriate Conduct

    Unwelcome conduct that is sexual in nature. This includes, but is not limited to, posting or displaying sexually explicit or offensive material; an isolated occurrence of obscene or sexually offensive gestures and comments; lewdness; exposure of one’s self to another person without that person’s consent.

    Sexual Exploitation

    Any act whereby one person violates the sexual privacy of another or takes sexual advantage of another who has not provided consent. Sexual exploitation also includes recording, photographing, transmitting, viewing or distributing intimate or sexual images or sexual information without the knowledge and consent of all parties involved, or observing others who are engaged in intimate or sexual situations without permission.

    Sexual Harassment

    Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other gender-based verbal or physical conduct that is severe, persistent or pervasive enough to unreasonably interfere with an individual’s educational experience or living conditions. Sexual harassment also occurs when submission to or rejection of such conduct denies or limits someone’s ability to participate in or benefit from any College educational program or activity; or by creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment for another person.

    Nonconsensual Sexual Contact

    Any intentional sexual contact with another person, however slight, that occurs without that person’s consent. This includes oral or genital contact not involving penetration; forceful use of an object not involving penetration; contact with the breasts, buttocks or genital area, (including over a person’s clothing); removing the clothing of another person without consent; or kissing without consent. Sexually touching another individual by the threat of force, or intentional contact of a sexual nature with a person who is incapacitated at the time, is also considered nonconsensual sexual contact. This also includes other intentional actions that may be construed has having a sexual nature.

    Nonconsensual Sexual Penetration

    Any act of oral, vaginal or anal penetration by a person’s penis, finger, body part, or an object without consent. Any such act involving force or duress, or that occurs with an incapacitated individual, will be deemed especially egregious.

    Additional information in the College’s Sexual Misconduct Policies & Procedures for Students.

  • Smoking

    Failing to comply with the smoking guidelines of the College.

    In compliance with the New York Clean Indoor Air Act, smoking is not permitted in any part of the residence halls including common areas, stairwells, and individual rooms. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of smoking devices such as cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookahs, electronic cigarettes, or vaporizers. Smoking is permitted 20 feet outside the entrance of each residence hall.

  • Stalking

    Means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to: (1) fear for his or her safety or the safety of others; or (2) suffer substantial emotional distress.

    For purpose of this definition:

    • “Course of conduct” means two or more acts, including, but not limited to, acts in which the stalker directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about a person, or interferes with a person's property.
    • “Substantial emotional distress” means significant mental suffering or anguish that may, but does not necessarily, require medical or other professional treatment or counseling.
    • “Reasonable person” means a person under similar circumstances and with similar identities to the victim.
  • Theft

    Theft of College property and/or theft from a member of the Iona community. Knowingly possessing or disposing of the lost or mislaid property of a member of the Iona community or of the College itself without returning such property to its rightful owner.
  • Trespass/Unauthorized Presence on Property/Inappropriate Use of Property

    The following activities are prohibited:
    a) Throwing or suspending anything from windows, balconies, fire escapes or roofs;
    b) Entering restricted areas, including rooftops, offices and storage/ maintenance rooms, balconies;
    c) Climbing out of or into windows, onto ledges, balconies, fire escapes or onto walls of buildings;
    d) Removing College furniture or property from its designated area (i.e., floor or common area lounges), including window screens;
    e) Vandalism, misuse, misappropriation, abuse, theft or damage to any individual’s or College property;
    f) Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys;
    g) Changing or adding locks to doors, windows or furniture; and
    h) Any situation that is in violation of the health, fire, safety, maintenance codes or of another individual’s or the College’s rights and property, or of the mission of Iona College.
  • Violations of State or Federal Law

    Any conduct that is a violation or crime according to the criminal laws of the state of New York or the United States of America is a violation of Residential Life policy.

  • Weapons/Explosives

    The unauthorized sale, purchase, production and/or possession of lethal weapons, explosives or incendiary devices.