Last updated on September 26th, 2021

UNIVERSITY CODE OF CONDUCT

Students attending St.  George’s University are expected to conduct themselves with integrity, dignity, and courtesy, according to a code of conduct that defines the interests, reputation, and stature of the University community.

Learning experiences at St. George’s University are not only meant  to  develop  strong academic  skills,  but  also to cultivate students with positive professional attributes, who are well adjusted to the norms of social graces and good social behavior.

Student comportment refers to the civil and professional behavior that is expected from students at all times in their conduct toward all  individuals that are part of the University community.

The Code of Conduct includes student comportment and the honor code, as well as those actions that warrant disciplinary action.

The University reserves the right to take any action that it sees fit to protect the rights of the student body, as well as the reputation of the University.

Abuses of this Code, outlined in this section, will result in disciplinary action, which may include suspension or dismissal.

It is the responsibility of all students to know the University Code of Conduct.

It is required that all students abide by the terms of the University Code of Conduct.

THE UNIVERSITY CODE OF CONDUCT

As a student at St. George’s University, I am expected to conduct myself with integrity, dignity, and courtesy according to the University Code of Conduct by which I agreed to abide at the time of my enrollment. I must not expose myself to any situation that lends itself even to a suspicion of cheating, such as talking during the examination, looking at another student’s paper, or the unauthorized possession of notes and other materials. I am also not to aid, abet, or acquiesce to an act of cheating by another student. Furthermore, I agree that I have not sought and/or obtained access to unauthorized examination materials prior to this examination;  that I have not impersonated an examinee, nor engaged a proxy to take the examination; that I possess no unauthorized materials, photographic equipment, or recording devices  during  this examination, and that I will not alter or misrepresent examination scores. I understand that for any of these acts I am subject to dismissal from the University.

Enforcement of Code of Conduct

The University, through the Office of the Dean of Students, has the duty and corollary disciplinary power to protect its educational purpose and objectives through the setting of standards of conduct.

The disciplinary systems and procedures are substantially secondary to the use of example, guidance, counseling, and admonition in the development of responsible student conduct. When these preferred means fail to resolve problems of student conduct, procedural safeguards allow for proper action while protecting students from unfair imposition of serious penalties.

VIOLATIONS OF THE UNIVERSITY CODE OF CONDUCT

Examples of misconduct for which students are subject to disciplinary action by the University are:

  1. Dishonesty, such as cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to the University (subject to the Honor Code; see previous section). Violations of the Honor Code that will result in disciplinary action include, but are not limited to:
    • impersonation during an examination.
    • possession of pertinent examination information, such as lecture notes and/or texts, during an examination.
    • possession and/or distribution of examination questions in advance.
    • copying from another student or making information available to another student during an examination.
    • submission of work done wholly or in part by someone else
    • fabricating or falsifying laboratory data.
    • preparation of an essay or assignment for submission by another student.
    • alteration of transcripts or other official documents relating to student records.
    • misrepresentation of one’s credentials.
    • alteration of official Letters of reference.
  2. Forgery, alteration, possession, duplication, or mis-use of University documents, keys, records, or identification without consent or authorization.
  3. Theft of and/or damage to property of the University, of a member of the University community, or of a visitor to the University.
  4. Unauthorized entry to, or use of, University facilities that are locked, closed to student activities, or otherwise restricted in use.
  5. Tampering with fire equipment, exit lights, fire alarms, or any other safety equipment or structure. Leaving a cooking area unattended while stove is in use.
  6. Disorderly, lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct or expression on any property or site utilized by the University for official University-sponsored or supervised activities
  7. Abusive Behavior: Any action or situation which produces mental or physical discomfort for any member of the University community, or which places the individual or group in danger of physical or mental discomfort. This behavior includes, but is not limited to:
    • Sexual Harassment: as defined herein under the Sexual Harassment section.
    • Harassment: conduct (not of sexual nature) that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment that affects the education or working environment for another This includes verbal, written, and electronic communications.
    • Physical Harassment: use of, or threatened use of, physical force or violence.
    • Stalking: to follow or otherwise contact another person repeatedly, so as to put that person in fear for his/her life or personal safety.
  8. Misuse of electronic networks, platforms or forums, including social media, where such misuse is targeted at any member of the university community. Such actions include but are not limited to:
    • Online Harassment
    • Electronic impersonation
    • Cyberbullying
  9. Incurring financial obligations on behalf of a person, organization, or the University without consent or authority.
  10. Acting in a way that might bring dishonor or disrepute to the University community.
  11. Students in a professional degree program are expected to act in the manner appropriate to the profession, within the ethical standards defined for that profession.
  12. Failure to comply with directions or a legitimate request of a University Official acting in the performance of his/her duties or obstructing assigned responsibilities of appropriate officials. This shall include failure to show University identification card.
  13. Failure to comply with a disciplinary sanction. This includes the violation of specific probationary status.
  14. Purporting to be or representing another person, an organization, or the University improperly without consent or authority.
  15. Lying or perjuring self to University Officials including the Disciplinary Panel.
  16. Being present during the commission of an act, which violates University policy, and failing to take steps to prevent or promptly report the act.
  17. Violating terms of University housing contracts, policies and procedures.
  18. Failing to take an active role in assuring proper behavior of guests, on University premises including, but not limited to, residence halls.
  19. Refusing to properly evacuate a University facility or moving from specified University grounds during a fire alarm or emergency situation, whether a drill or an actual emergency.
  20. Possessing, consuming, dispensing, or being under the influence of alcoholic beverages in violation of the laws of Grenada, the United Kingdom, or of a specific state in the United States where a student may be enrolled in a specific program (See University Drug and Alcohol Policy).
  21. Violating the University policy on tobacco use in specified facilities.
  22. Soliciting/Selling for personal or organizational profit without proper consent of University Officials.
  23. Violating University motor vehicle policies.
  24. Disruption of the normal activities of the Institution, including physical violence or abuse of any person, or conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of persons, acts of self-harm, the deliberate interference with academic freedom and freedom of speech, and forcible interference with the freedom of movement of any member or guest of the University.
  25. On-campus possession or use of firearms, explosives, other weapons, dangerous articles, or substances, including non-lethal weapons, such as pellet guns.
  26. Violation of University policies or regulations governing student behavior and life on the campus, and failure to inform personal guests of said policies and/or regulations.
  27. Illegal Drugs: possession or use of illegal drugs and/or narcotics; distribution, delivery, or sale of illegal drugs and/or narcotics; and the possession or use of drug paraphernalia in violation of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Use policy.
  28. Violation of any local civil and criminal laws.
  29. Violation of other published University policies, rules, or regulations including, but not limited to:
  30. Violation of published policies, rules, or regulations of other institutions:
    • Violation of hospital policies during medical clinical training
    • Violation of affiliate university policies during veterinary clinical training
    • Violation of policies at other sites during placement opportunities
    • Violation of policies at other institutions or sites during research opportunities
  31. *During their time as an enrolled student at SGU, students are not permitted as either individuals, an organization and/or company to charge, request, require and/or accept any financial renumerations and/or equivalent services in return for tutoring, training, instructing or otherwise assisting other students at SGU, or who are enrolled at other academic institutions.
  32. Students are not permitted to advertise their services and cannot financially charge or require renumeration of any form, for the provision of any of the following services or materials or equivalents thereof:
    • Academic content tutoring, instruction and/or training including clinical skills
    • Exam preparation including question-taking skills
    • Study advice, whether general or specific
    • NBME standardized examination or USMLE Step examination preparation (whether advice or in the form of the provision of questions and/or question banks).
  33. All SGU resources, including but not limited to online resources such as PowerPoints, handouts, lab or training manuals, videos, recordings, multiple choice questions or any other similar educational materials are the intellectual property of SGU and cannot be distributed or shared.
  34. Students or student organizations who are contracted by, receive financial renumeration, promotional materials and/or any payment in kind from any USMLE Step, NBME preparation companies to promote, recommend and/or advertise said companies’ service or products must notify SGU in writing.
  35. Any SGU student identified as doing such, or who financially contracts the services of another SGU student to perform such activities, may be subject to disciplinary action.