Organizational Rules of Conduct


(a)  Malicious or unwarranted damage or destruction of another's property;

(b)  Taking, attempting to take, or keeping in its possession property or services not belonging to the registered student organization.

(c)  Misuse or mishandling of organizational funds by any officer, member, or other individual.

(a)  Withholding related information, or furnishing false, misleading, incomplete, or incorrect information (oral or written).

(b)  Possession, use or attempted use of any form of fraudulent identification.

(c)  Forgery, alteration or misuse of any University document, material, file, record or instrument of identification.

(d)  Deliberately and purposefully providing false or misleading verbal or written information about another person.

(e)  Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information during an investigation, the student conduct review process, including knowingly initiating a false complaint

(a)  Any act that impairs, interferes with, or obstructs the orderly conduct, processes, and functions of the University or any part thereof or the rights of one or more individuals.

(b)  Obstructing the free movement of other students around the campus, interfering with the use of University facilities, preventing the normal operation of the University; or conducting any event that interferes with the normal progress of academic events on campus.

(c)  Engaging in obscene or indecent conduct.

(d)  Failure to comply with the administrative policies as enacted by the University.

(e)  Failure to comply with the directions of University officials or authorized agents acting in the performance of their duties. Registered student organization officers and members shall comply with all directions or requests of University officials, University police officers or authorized agents in a timely manner.

(f)  Hindering or interfering with the Organizational Conduct Review Process by failing to obey the notice from a university official to appear for a student conduct meeting or hearing and/or attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participating in, or use of, the Organizational Conduct Review Process.

(g)  Participating in any event with a registered student organization that is currently on Organizational Disciplinary Probation (with restrictive conditions), or Organizational Deferred Suspension (with restrictive conditions), is currently suspended, or that has had their UCF registration revoked.

(i) Failure to comply with any other University regulation or policy as described in the UCF Regulations, UCF Policies and Procedures, or University department publicized policy.

(a)  Physical violence towards another person or group.

(b)  Discriminatory Harassment: Defined as verbal, physical, electronic, or other conduct based on a protected category (such as race, color, religion, national origin, et al.) which, due to the severity and pervasiveness of the conduct and its targeted nature on the basis of a protected category, (i) has the purpose or effect of creating an objectively intimidating, hostile or offensive educational or work environment; and (ii) has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s schooling or employment with the University. Harassment under this provision is conduct that would constitute harassment under federal or state civil rights laws,  University Regulation UCF-3.001, or University Policy 2-004.1 Prohibition of Discrimination, Harassment and Related Interpersonal Violence Policy.

(c) Bullying: Defined as behavior of any sort (including communicative behavior) directed at another, that is severe, pervasive, or persistent, and is of a nature that would cause a reasonable person or group in the target’s position substantial emotional distress and undermine his or her ability to work, study, or participate in University life or regular activities, or which would place a reasonable person in fear of injury or death.

(d)  Verbal, digital, or written abuse, threats, intimidation, coercion and/or other conduct that endangers the health, safety or well-being of another person or group, or which would place a reasonable person in fear of bodily injury or death. This definition, however, shall not be interpreted to abridge the rights of the University community to freedom of expression protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and any other applicable law.

(e)  Failure to respect the privacy of other individuals.

(f)  Retaliation against or harassment of Complainant(s), other person(s) alleging misconduct, or anyone who participates in an investigation of harassment.

(g)  Condoning or encouraging acts of harmful behavior as defined above or failing to intervene on an act of harmful behavior while it is occurring.

(a)  Sexual Contact without Consent.

(b)  Sexual Harassment: Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or other unwanted conduct of a sexual nature, whether verbal, non-verbal, graphic, physical, or otherwise, when the conditions for Discriminatory Harassment as defined in 5.012(4)(b) are present. This is conduct that would constitute sexual harassment under federal or state civil rights laws or under University Regulation UCF-3.001. Sexual Harassment may include inappropriate touching, acts of sexual violence, suggestive comments and public display of pornographic or suggestive calendars, posters, or signs where such images are not connected to any academic purpose. A single incident of nonconsensual sexual contact (as defined above) may be sufficiently severe to constitute sexual harassment.

(c) Gender-Based Harassment: Discriminatory harassment that is based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, which may include acts of aggression, intimidation, or hostility, whether verbal or non-verbal, graphic, physical, or otherwise, even if the acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature, when the conditions for Discriminatory Harassment as defined in UCF- 5.012(4)(b) are present.

(d)  Obscene or Indecent Behavior - Exposure of one’s body in such a manner that another party reasonably could be offended or to display sexual behavior which another person reasonably finds offensive.

(e)  Voyeurism - Trespass, spying, or eavesdropping for the purpose of sexual gratification.

(f)  Solicitation of a Minor – soliciting sexual acts from a minor by oral, written, or electronic means.

(g)  Child Pornography – possessing, producing or the dissemination of child pornography

(h)  Stalking occurs when there is a coordinated course of conduct directed at a specific person under circumstances that would cause a reasonable person to fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others, or to experience substantial emotional distress. A “course of conduct” is two or more acts, including but not limited to acts in which a person directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about another person, or interferes with another person’s property. Stalking includes “cyber-stalking,” a particular form of stalking in which a person uses electronic media, such as the internet, social networks, blogs, phones, texts, or other similar devices or forms of contact. Stalking may include, but is not limited to: non-consensual communications (face to face, telephone, e-mail); threatening or obscene gestures; surveillance/following/pursuit; showing up outside the targeted individual’s classroom or workplace; sending gifts and/or notes (romantic, bizarre, sinister, or perverted); and/or making threats.

(i)  Sexual Exploitation: Sexual Exploitation is purposely or knowingly doing or attempting to do any of the following:

    1. Recording or photographing private sexual activity and/or a person’s intimate parts (including genitalia, groin, breasts or buttocks) without consent;
    2. Disseminating or posting images of private sexual activity and/or a person’s intimate parts (including genitalia, groin, breasts or buttocks) without consent;
    3. Allowing third parties to observe private sexual activity from a hidden location (e.g., closet) or through electronic means (e.g., Skype or live streaming of images);
    4. Subjecting another person to human trafficking; or

(k) Any attempted acts of Sex-Based Misconduct are also violations of this policy.

(a)  Use and/or possession of alcoholic beverages, except as expressly permitted by law and University regulations/policies.

(b)  Sale and/or distribution of alcoholic beverages, except as expressly permitted by the law and University regulations/policies.

(c)  Furnishing or causing to be furnished any alcoholic beverage to any person under the legal drinking age.

(d)  Behavior under the influence of alcohol.

(e)  Furnishing or causing to be furnished any alcoholic beverage to any person in a state of noticeable intoxication.

(f)  Failure of a registered student organization to take all necessary steps to see that no person under the legal drinking age possesses alcoholic beverages at functions it sponsors or within any property or transportation it owns, operates, and/or rents.

NOTE: Registered student organizations may be eligible for exemptions from disciplinary action when a representative of an organization at a registered student organizational event calls for emergency assistance on behalf of a person experiencing an alcohol related emergency. Information regarding exemptions under this rule for alcohol related emergencies can be found in University Regulation UCF–5.011 and the Student Conduct & Academic Integrity website: http://osc.sdes.ucf.edu/medicalemergencies.

(a)  Unlawful use and/or possession of any narcotic or other controlled substances, and possession and/or use of drug paraphernalia.

(b)  Sale and/or distribution of any narcotic or other controlled substances.

(c)  Cultivation and/or manufacture of any narcotic or other controlled substances.

(d)  Attempt to obtain any narcotic or other controlled substances, except as expressly permitted by law.

NOTE: Registered student organizations may be eligible for exemptions from disciplinary action when a representative of an organization at a registered student organizational event calls for emergency assistance on behalf of a person experiencing a drug related emergency. Information regarding exemptions under this rule for drug related emergencies can be found in University Regulation UCF – 5.011 and the Student Conduct & Academic Integrity website: http://osc.sdes.ucf.edu/medicalemergencies.

Unauthorized entry, attempted entry, or loitering in private or restricted areas that are owned and/or operated by the University.

(a) Play or sponsor of an unlawful game of chance for money or for anything of value on University premises or at any affair sponsored by a registered student organization.

(b)  Unlawful sale, barter, or disposition of a voucher or any item for participation in a scheme of chance by whatever name on University premises or at any activity sponsored by a registered student organization

(c)  Wagering on a University team or organization in a competition, with or without intent to have a direct influence in the success of the competition

(a) Hazing is any action or situation that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health and/or safety of a student for purposes including but not limited to initiation or admission into, or association or affiliation with, any registered student organization or other group whether or not officially recognized by the University. Hazing which violates Florida Statutes may result in felony charges. A student may commit an act of hazing whether the student is a prospective, current, or former member of the organization or group. The actions of active, associate, new and/or prospective members, former members, or alumni of a registered student organization or other student group may be considered hazing under this rule.

(b)  Hazing includes brutality of a physical nature such as whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the elements; forced consumption of any food, liquor, liquid, drug, or other substances; or other forced elements; or other forced activity which could adversely affect the mental or physical health or safety of the individual.

(c)  Hazing includes any activity that could subject the individual to extreme mental or physical stress such as sleep deprivation, forced exclusion from social contact, forced conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment, or any other activity that could adversely affect the mental or physical health or dignity of the individual.

(d)  Hazing includes forcing, pressuring, coercing, or requiring the violation of University policies, federal, state, or local law.

(e)  Hazing includes soliciting a person to commit or being actively involved in the planning of any act of hazing as defined above where the act of hazing creates a substantial risk of physical injury or death to the person(s) hazed.

(f)  It is not a defense to an allegation of hazing that:

  1. the consent of the victim had been obtained;
  2. the conduct or activity that resulted in the death or injury of a person was not part of any official organizational event or otherwise sanctioned or approved by the student organization or group; or
  3. the conduct or activity that resulted in the death or injury of a person was not done as a condition of membership into a student organization.

(g)  Hazing does not include customary athletic events or other similar contests or competitions or any activity or conduct that furthers a legal and legitimate objective.

(h)  All student groups, whether or not registered with the University and whether or not officially recognized by the University are subject to the same hazing prohibitions set out in this section (10). With regard to student groups that are not registered students organizations, and against which there is an allegation of hazing, the principles of group responsibility and scope provisions of University Regulation 5.011(1)(b), (1)(c), and (4) shall apply, as well as the conduct proceeding procedures of University Regulation 5.013.

Failure to pay on and off campus vendors in a timely manner. Groups shall not knowingly enter into purchase or rental agreements that are beyond the resources of the organization’s ability to pay. The University will not cover outstanding debts of registered student organizations.

Failure to comply with University regulations and procedures for campus events and/or use of campus facilities or grounds. Those individuals acting on behalf of an organization that reserve facilities should check with the University department or office responsible for the facility to guarantee that all procedures have been followed.

(a)  Tampering with or damage to fire safety equipment.

(b)  Causing, condoning, or encouraging the creation of any situation involving incendiary or other chemicals or substances, explosives, or fire that reasonably may result in danger to another’s person or property.

(c)  Possession or use of illegal fireworks, incendiary devices, or dangerous explosives.

(d) Failure to properly maintain a registered student organization's facilities or property (or surrounding property) such that a potential danger to the health and safety of the occupants or members of the University and surrounding community is created.

(a)  Origination or circulation of any advertising media that contains matter that violates federal, state and/or local laws.

(b)  Origination or circulation of any advertising media containing false or misleading information.

Failure to comply with applicable law and University regulations and procedures for solicitation and fundraising activities on campus.

Unauthorized use of the University's name, abbreviation, trademarks or wordmarks, including the Pegasus, monograms, seal, or other graphic identity symbols. The phrases "UCF" or "University of Central Florida" (or some form thereof) cannot precede the title of the organization. This section refers to but is not limited to, the registered student organization’s: domain name, web address, promotional materials, and uniforms/shirts.

(a)  Unauthorized academic assistance: Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information or study aids in any academic exercise unless specifically authorized by the instructor of record.

(b)  The unauthorized possession of examination or course related material.

(c)  Commercial Use of Academic Material: Selling of course material to another person, student, and/or uploading course material to a third party vendor without authorization or without the express written permission of the University and the Instructor. Course materials include but are not limited to class notes, Instructor’s power points, tests, quizzes, labs, instruction sheets, homework, study guides, handouts, etc.

(d)  Knowingly helping any student violate academic behavior standards.

Violation of any local, state and/or federal law that may result in a felony or misdemeanor.