Core Values and Behavioral Expectations

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Sacred Heart University students are expected to model behaviors on and off campus that reflect the following core values that include integrity, social justice, respect, community, and responsibility.

Core Values and Behavioral Expectations

Sacred Heart University considers the behavior described in the following sub-sections as inappropriate for the University community and in opposition to the core values set forth in this document. These expectations and rules apply to all students, whether undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, or professional. The University encourages community members to report to University officials all incidents that involve the following actions. Any student found to have committed or to have attempted to commit the following misconduct is subject to the sanctions outlined in Section 7: Student Conduct Procedures.


Sacred Heart University students exemplify honesty, honor and a respect for the truth in all of their dealings. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:

Knowingly furnishing or possessing false, falsified or forged materials, documents, accounts, records, identification or financial instruments, furnishing of false information to the University, false reporting of emergencies, knowingly making false accusations or giving false testimony during the student conduct process;

Academic Dishonesty
Acts of academic dishonesty as outlined in the Academic Policies, all violations of the Educational Mission will be referred to the Dean of the College in which the student is enrolled. The Dean, in consultation with faculty involved and with the Department/Program Chair, will decide upon appropriate action. These include, but are not limited to: plagiarism, inappropriate use of sources, cheating, and theft of exams or library resumes, and falsifying records;

Unauthorized Access
Unauthorized access to any University building (i.e. keys, cards, etc.) or unauthorized possession, duplication or use of means of access to any University building or failing to timely report a lost University identification card or key;

Unauthorized Acquisition of Property
Intentional and unauthorized taking of Sacred Heart University property or the personal property of another, including goods, services and other valuables, knowingly taking or maintaining possession of stolen property;


Sacred Heart University students build and enhance their community. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:

Inappropriate/Disruptive Behavior
Substantial disruption of University operations including obstruction of teaching, research, administration, campus life, other University activities, and/or other authorized non-Sacred Heart University activities which occur on campus;

Causing, inciting or participating in any disturbance that presents a clear and present danger to self or others, causes physical harm to others, or damage and/or destruction of property;

Trespass or Unauthorized Presence
The unauthorized entry, attempt into to gain entrance, or usage of University facility and/or property or unauthorized premises is prohibited. This includes unauthorized solicitation and/or distribution of marketing materials.

Unauthorized use (including misuse) of Sacred Heart University or organizational names and images;

Damage and Destruction
Intentional, reckless and/or unauthorized damage to or destruction of Sacred Heart University property or the personal property of another, tampering with emergency buttons, elevators, fire protective devices, locks, and doors is prohibited, throwing, launching or propelling objects is prohibited;

Violations of Information Technology Department Policies (refer to the Student Handbook)
Unauthorized access to or abuse of University network and computing systems, or any other violations of the University computer use policy, unauthorized entry into a file, to use, read or change the contents, or for any other purpose, unauthorized transfer of a file or file sharing, Use of computing facilities and resources in violation of copyright laws;

Gambling as prohibited by the laws of the State of Connecticut. (Gambling may include raffles, lotteries, sports pools and online betting activities); 

Possession, use, or distribution of explosives (including fireworks and ammunition), guns (including air, BB, paintball, facsimile weapons and pellet guns), or other weapons or dangerous objects such as arrows, axes, machetes, nun chucks, throwing stars, knives other than eating or cooking utensils capable of being used as weapons, including the storage of any item that falls within the category of a weapon in a vehicle parked on Sacred Heart University property;

Fire Safety
Violation of local, state, federal or campus fire policies including, but not limited to:

  • Intentionally or recklessly causing a fire which damages Sacred Heart University or personal property or which causes injury.
  • Failure to evacuate a Sacred Heart University-controlled building during a fire alarm;
  • Improper use of Sacred Heart University fire safety equipment (e.g., fire extinguishers, smoke/heat sensors, etc.), signage, or emergency warning equipment is prohibited.; or
  • Tampering with or improperly engaging a fire alarm or fire detection/protective equipment while on Sacred Heart University property. Such action may result in a local fine in addition to Sacred Heart University sanctions;

Ineligible Pledging or Association
Pledging or associating with a student organization without having met eligibility requirements established by the University.

Motor Vehicle Guidelines
Motor vehicle guidelines and University parking regulations and are intended to foster the safe and orderly movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic, reduce the potential for accidents, injuries and property damage and to enforce Traffic Regulations and University policies. (Please refer to the Department of Public Safety section in this handbook for further clarification.)

Social Justice

Students recognize that respecting the dignity of every person is essential for creating and sustaining a flourishing university community. They understand and appreciate how their decisions and actions impact others and are just and equitable in their treatment of all members of the community. They act to discourage and challenge those whose actions may be harmful to and/or diminish the worth of others. Conduct that violates this value includes, but is not limited to: 

Any act or failure to act that is based upon an individual or group’s actual or perceived status (sex, gender, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy status, religion, or sexual orientation, or other protected status) that is sufficiently severe that it limits or denies the ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s educational program or activities.

Any unwelcome conduct based on actual or perceived status including: [sex, gender, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy status, religion, sexual orientation or other protected status]. Any unwelcome conduct should be reported to campus officials, who will act to remedy and resolve reported incidents on behalf of the victim and community.

Hostile Environment
Sanctions can and will be imposed for the creation of a hostile environment only when [unwelcome] harassment is sufficiently severe, pervasive (or persistent) and objectively offensive that it unreasonably interferes with, limits or denies the ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s educational or employment program or activities.

Retaliatory Discrimination or Harassment
Any intentional, adverse action taken by an responding individual or allied third party, absent legitimate nondiscriminatory purposes, against a participant or supporter of a participant in a civil rights grievance proceeding or other protected activity under this Code.


  • Complicity with or failure of any student to appropriately address known or obvious violations of the Code or law;
  • Complicity with or failure of any organized group to appropriately address known or obvious violations of the Code or law by its members.

Abuse of Conduct Process
Abuse or interference with, or failure to comply in, the University’s processes including conduct and academic integrity hearings including, but not limited to:

  • Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information;
  • Failure to provide, destroying or concealing information during an investigation of an alleged policy violation;
  • Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in, or use of, the campus conduct system;
  • Harassment (verbal or physical) and/or intimidation of a member of a campus conduct body prior to, during, and/or following a campus conduct proceeding;
  • Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed by the campus conduct system;
  • Influencing, or attempting to influence, another person to commit an abuse of the campus conduct system.


Sacred Heart University students show positive regard for each other and for the community. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:

Harm to Persons
Intentionally or recklessly causing physical harm or endangering the health or safety of any person, any attempt or threat to physically strike another, or any other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person or group, any act which unreasonably interferes with impedes or harasses other students in the pursuit of their education or way of life or that of actions that inflict physical harm or physical abuse, assault of a University employee or official;

Threatening Behaviors:

  • Threat
    Written or verbal conduct that causes a reasonable expectation of injury to the health or safety of any person or damage to any property.
  • Intimidation
    Intimidation defined as implied threats or acts that cause a reasonable fear of harm in another.

Bullying and Cyberbullying
Bullying and cyberbullying are repeated and/or severe aggressive behaviors that intimidate or intentionally harm or control another person physically or emotionally, and are not protected by freedom of expression, slanderous, false or malicious statement(s) about a person or defamation of character;

Defined by Connecticut State Law as “any action which recklessly or intentionally endangers the health or safety of a person for the purpose of initiation, admission into or affiliation with, or as a condition for the membership in a student organization.” Participation or cooperation by the person(s) being hazed does not excuse the violation. Knowledge of, apathy toward or acquiescence in the presence of hazing are not neutral acts and will be construed as violations of the Code;

Intimate Partner/Relationship Violence
Violence or abuse by a person in an intimate relationship with another;

Stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that is unwelcome and would cause a reasonable person to feel fear; 

Sexual Misconduct
Includes, but is not limited to, sexual harassment, non-consensual sexual contact, non-consensual sexual intercourse, and/or sexual exploitation (See the Sexual Misconduct Policy contained in the Student Handbook for the complete and detailed policy and procedures);

Public Exposure
Includes deliberately and publicly exposing one’s intimate body parts, public urination, defecation, and public sex acts.


Sacred Heart University students are given and accept a high level of responsibility to self, to others and to the community. Behavior that violates this value includes, but is not limited to:

Alcohol Guidelines
Use, possession, being in the presence of, or distribution of alcoholic beverages or paraphernalia except as expressly permitted by law and Sacred Heart University’s Alcohol and Other Drug Policy Statement, Any student behavior that is the direct result of alcohol consumption and found to be visibly overcome by alcohol consumption and requires staff assistance will be found in violation of the alcohol policy. The possession of any items that provide for the common distribution of alcoholic beverages, drinking paraphernalia, devices and/or games (i.e., beer/water pong, beer-pong tables, funnels, etc.) are prohibited. These items will be confiscated and not returned. Furthermore, empty containers of alcohol (beer cans, beer bottles, wine bottles, distilled spirits, etc.) or packaging of beverages are a violation of the alcohol policy. (Students should please refer to the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy Statement found in this handbook for specific guidelines and further clarification and expectations);

Controlled Substances
Use, possession, being in the presence of, sale and/or distribution of illegal drugs and other controlled substances except as expressly permitted by law and Sacred Heart University’s Alcohol and Other Drug Policy Statement, the possession and/or use of drug paraphernalia including, but not limited to, hookahs, pipes, bongs, bowls, vapes, abuse, misuse, sale, or distribution of prescription or over-the-counter medications;

Failure to Comply
Failure to comply with the reasonable directives of University officials or law enforcement officers during the performance of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so;

Financial Responsibilities
Failure to promptly meet financial responsibilities to the institution, including, but not limited to; knowingly passing a worthless check or money order in payment to the institution or to an official of the institution acting in an official capacity.

Failure of any student to accurately report an off-campus arrest by any law enforcement agency for any crime (including non-custodial or field arrests) to the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards within seventy-two (72) hours of release.

Other Policies
Violating other published Sacred Heart University policies or rules, including Office of Residential and Housing policies;

Health and Safety
Creation of health and/or safety hazards including dangerous pranks, hanging out of or climbing from/on/in windows, balconies, roofs, etc. (Refer to Residential Life section of the Student Handbook);

Residential Life Policies
Violation(s) of policies and procedures outlined by the Office of Residential Life and Housing as stated in the Student Handbook and/or in the Residence Hall Contract. 

Violations of Law
Evidence of violation of local, state or federal laws, when substantiated through Sacred Heart University’s conduct process.

The University prohibits conduct of a student who uses, owns, occupies or leases any building or residence where the behavior or misconduct at that location either disturbs the public peace or violates University policies so that the building, business or residence may be viewed by the community or the University as a nuisance.