Respect for Individuals

All students are required to conduct themselves in a manner that acknowledges and demonstrates respect for other individuals. Any actions that harass, demean, or subject others to any form of physical threat, psychological stress, or humiliation are unacceptable. Basic honesty is expected at all times, both within academic pursuits and in all other interactions that take place in the campus residences, elsewhere on campus, and in the Bethlehem community. While exercising respect for all individuals, all students also carry a direct responsibility to assert their own rights and to communicate feelings and concerns to others through responsible means.

All members of the resident community have a right to individual privacy and are expected to respect the privacy of all other members of the community. Respect for privacy of members of the resident community also guides the conduct of College administration and staff members. For this reason, premises occupied by students will not be entered or searched unless proper authorization has been obtained. Entry into a room for the purpose of maintenance or repairs is restricted to authorized agents of the Office of Facilities Management, Planning and Construction and the Center for Information Technology. Provisions regulating search of institutional property do not preclude inspection for health, fire, safety, and maintenance or inspection by officers such as the fire marshal when accompanied by institutional representatives. Searches by institutional, local, state, or federal law enforcement officials are permitted when accompanied by appropriate warrants or authorizations.

Failure to respect an individual includes but is not limited to:

  • Using violence or threat of violence against others. This generally includes, but is not limited to, harassment, physical assault, physical or mental intimidation, and sexual offenses.
  • Hazing.
  • Exhibiting inappropriate or disruptive behavior in an institutional facility, on institutional property, or at an institution-sponsored or institution-endorsed event off campus.
  • Hindering freedom of expression or of movement of any member of the institutional community or guest of the institution.
  • Making anonymous, prank, or harassing communications to other members of the community by telephone, in writing, by electronic means, or by any other method.
  • Trespassing or making unauthorized entry into institutional buildings or others' rooms.
  • Failing to respect the privacy of others.
  • Interfering with the rights of others to enter, use, or leave any institutional facility, service, or activity to which they have been accorded access.
  • Making excessive noise.