Intent of the Proposed Change

  • To provide a definition of this category to help individuals have a clear understanding of what “endangerment, assault or infliction of physical harm” is.
  • To define examples of this category to help individuals recognize physical abuse, unsportsmanlike conduct that causes physical injury, relationship violence, dangerous behaviors and other acts that jeopardize the safety of the community, as types of endangerment, assault or infliction of physical harm.
  • To comply with revisions to Title II regulations.
  • Note:  The example “hazing” has become a new category.

Current Policy

R09.02.020 – F

Examples include:

  1. physical assault;
  2. sexual misconduct and assault;
  3. terrorist threats;
  4. hazing or coercion that endangers or threatens the health or safety of any person, including oneself; or
  5. conduct which causes personal injury.

Proposed Revision

Endangerment, assault, or infliction of physical harm is defined as conduct which threatens the health and safety of another person, or conduct which threatens or causes physical harm to another person, or threatening or causing physical harm to another person.

    Examples include:

  1. physical abuse, defined as threatening or causing injury or physical pain to another person.  Also threatening or causing physical contact with another person when the person knows or should reasonably believe that the other will regard the contact as offensive or provocative.
  2. unreasonable or unsportsmanlike behavior within the natural confines of an athletic event, contest, competition, or activity that intentionally causes physical injury to a player, coach, referee, or other attendee;
  3. relationship violence, defined as violence or abuse by a person in an intimate relationship to each other. An intimate relationship is defined as a relationship related to marriage, cohabitation, dating or within a family and can occur in opposite-sex and same-sex relationships, irregardless of whether it is a current or past relationship;
  4. dangerous behaviors, defined as actions that pose a risk of physical harm to another, which cause apprehension of physical harm, and/or create hazardous conditions; or
  5. acts that jeopardize the safety or security of the University, the University community, or any University facilities, buildings, or premises, including but not limited to:
  1. starting a fire or creating a fire hazard on University property without University authorization
  2. tampering with, damaging, disabling or misusing fire safety equipment including fire extinguishers, fire sprinklers, fire hoses, fire alarms, and fire doors
  3. misuse of medical equipment such as automated external defibrillator
  4. disabling safety equipment such as security cameras, door locks, key card readers, and alarms

 If you have feedback about the proposed revision, please contact a member of the Student Code of Conduct Review Team.