Franklin University Community Standards

Franklin University’s mission is to provide high quality, relevant education enabling the broadest possible community of learners to achieve their goals and enrich the world.  

To achieve this Franklin University provides educational experiences that enhance intellectual abilities and career development. Franklin University’s Community Standards are designed to promote the educational mission of the University and to encourage respect for the rights of others.  

All students have responsibilities as a member of the Franklin University community and are expected to uphold and abide by certain standards of conduct embodied within a set of core values that include honesty and integrity, respect for others, and respect for campus community. The general principles stated below identify University expectations regarding personal conduct and are the principles that shape the regulations and practices outlined in these Community Standards.

  1. Honesty and Integrity: Personal integrity is expected of all community members in all aspects of community life, both in and outside of the classroom. Franklin University students are expected to exemplify honesty, integrity and a respect for truth in all of their interactions.
  2. Respect for Others: Community members are encouraged to treat all people with respect without regard to age, religion, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, immigration status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or familial status, disability, or veteran or military status. Such respect for one another promotes free and open inquiry, independent thought and mutual understanding.
  3. Respect for Campus Community: It is in the common interest to protect both University property and the private property of all members of the community.

The Community Standards process at Franklin University is not intended to be a punitive process for students.  The focus of the Community Standards is to protect students and the campus community.  By a student’s voluntary attendance at Franklin University, they agree to comply with University regulations. As responsible adults and representatives of the University, students are accountable for their actions both on and off campus. Membership in the Franklin University community does not provide immunity from the laws and standards of local, state or national jurisdictions. The University may advise appropriate officials of violations of civil or criminal law committed on campus.

Updated: June 3, 2015

As members of an academic community, students share responsibility with the faculty and administration of Franklin University for creating and maintaining an atmosphere that is conducive to learning and personal growth and respectful of the rights of others. By their attendance at Franklin University, students are obligated to comply with its regulations and procedures, which they are expected to read and understand.  Potential students or individuals who have applied for admission to Franklin University are also obligated to comply with Franklin University’s Community Standards. 

Franklin University Community Standards apply and are not limited to all actions, events, and functions on or near the university premises. The Community Standards also apply to off-campus conduct of students and registered student organizations in direct connection with:

  • Academic course requirements or any credit-bearing experiences, such as internships or field trips;
  • Any activity sponsored, conducted, or authorized by the University or by registered student organizations; or
  • Any activity that causes substantial destruction of property belonging to the University or members of the University community or causes serious harm to the health or safety of members of the University community.

Students continue to be subject to city, state, and federal laws while at the University, and violations of those laws may also constitute violations of the code. In such instances, the University may proceed with University disciplinary action under the code independently of any criminal proceeding involving the same conduct and may impose sanctions for violation of the code even if such criminal proceeding is not yet resolved or is resolved in the student's favor.

The University may take disciplinary action, independent of civil authorities, for activities that take place off-campus when the interests of the University are adversely affected.  Examples of Franklin University’s interests being adversely affected include and are not limited to:

  • An allegation, arrest, charge or conviction of a criminal offense as defined by law, including repeat violations of any local, state or federal law.
  • Any situation where the student presents a danger or threat to the health or safety of him/herself, to the extent that it has an impact on others, or others.
  • Any situation that significantly impinges upon the rights, property or achievements of self, to the extent that it has an impact on others, or others.

The University reserves the right to administer the code and proceed with the hearing process even if the student withdraws from the University, is no longer enrolled in classes, or subsequently fails to meet the definition of a student while a disciplinary matter is pending.

Franklin University requires that a review shall be conducted by the Admissions Review Committee prior to admissions to the University for all applicants who meet one or more of the following conditions:

  • The University has information that an applicant has a violent felony conviction (prior or current offense)
  • The Applicant voluntarily disclosed a violent felony conviction (prior or current offense)
  • The Applicant has been dismissed, placed on probation, or has pending judicial actions by another institution of higher education

Franklin University reserves the right to deny admittance, continuous enrollment, or re-admittance of any student whose presence at the University would endanger the health, safety, or welfare of themselves or the Franklin University community members.

  • To protect its character and standards of scholarship, Franklin University reserves the right, and the applicant concedes to the University the right, to deny admission to any student at any time for any reason the University deems sufficient.
  • Readmission to the university is not guaranteed and is subject to a satisfactory record of conduct. Re-enrolling students may be required to provide additional information upon the request of Franklin University’s Admission Review Committee.  Regardless a student’s qualifications, if any student has experienced major or continuing difficulties while enrolled at another institution or other with other authorities since their last enrollment at Franklin University their application for re-admission may be denied.

The Community Standards apply to guests of community members, whose student hosts may be held accountable for the misconduct of their guests. Visitors to and guests of Franklin University are also protected by the Community Standards, and may initiate grievances for violations of the Community Standards committed against them.

Franklin University strives to provide a safe, pleasant, and secure environment for all members of the University community.  A University official may enter and search University premises if there is reason to believe that the premises are being used for an illegal purpose, or a purpose that violates health or safety regulations, or interferes with normal University operation. Evidence found in such a search may be confiscated and used in disciplinary and/or criminal proceedings.

Repeated and aggravated violations of any section of the Community Standards may also result in the imposition of greater penalties, including but not limited to suspension or expulsion. Franklin University reserves the right to suspend for an interim period any student whose presence on the campus is, in the sole judgment of the University, detrimental to the best interests of the University. Attempts to commit acts prohibited by this Community Standards can result in sanctions similar to or to the same extent as completed violations.

Franklin University Community Standards apply to all University members and are necessary to ensure the normal operation of the University. The University reserves the right to make changes to the Community Standards. All changes will be posted online at www.franklin.edu/community-standards under Conduct Rules and Regulations.

Franklin University does not discriminate on the basis of age, religion, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, immigration status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or familial status, disability, or veteran or military status.

Behavior that violates University standards of conduct listed here and elsewhere will be subject to disciplinary action through the appropriate judicial process. If it is determined that a group is responsible for a violation, either by direct involvement or by condoning, encouraging or covering up the violation, appropriate action will be taken with respect to the group as well as to the individuals involved.  

A. Honesty and Integrity

Behavior that demonstrates a lapse of honesty and integrity includes, but is not limited to:

     1. Abuse of the Judicial Process

Abuse of the Judicial Process, including but not limited to harassment and/or intimidation of a member of a judicial body or any participant prior to, during and/or after a judicial proceeding; obstruction of an investigation; falsification, misrepresentation or distortion of information before a judicial body; failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed through the judicial process.
 

     2. Academic Dishonesty   

Violations in course rules or department policy contained in the syllabus and or provided to the student are subject to a charge of academic dishonesty.  Forms of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to:

  • Plagiarism: Submitting all or part of another’s work as one’s own in an academic exercise, such as an examination, computer program, or written assignment. Some examples of plagiarism include but are not limited to:
    • Failure to use APA standards to properly cite the work of others
    • Cutting and pasting from other sources without citation.
    • Submitting a purchased term paper, in whole or in part.
  • Recycling Assignments: Submitting one’s own work, which was submitted and graded for an earlier course or section, unless submission of that work has been pre-approved by the current instructor.
  • Cheating: Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials (e.g., books, notes, wireless devices) on an examination or assignment, improperly obtaining, or attempting to obtain, copies of an examination or answers to an examination, or using a false name or email address on a test or assignment.
  • Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: Helping another commit an act of academic dishonesty, such as substitution for an examination or completing an assignment for someone else or making assignments available for another student to copy.
  • Fabrication: Altering or transmitting, without authorization, academic information or records

The complete Academic Integrity Policy, including the reporting of a charge of academic dishonesty, penalties of academic dishonesty, and the appeal processes, can be located in the Academic Bulletin.

Any action deemed to be misconduct and disruptive to academic matters is subject to disciplinary action.
 

     3. Copyright Infringement Policy

Students and employees are to be responsible consumers of copyrighted materials.  No student or employee may reproduce any copyrighted work in print, video, audio or digital form, including from the internet, without express permission of the author of the work.  Use of copyrighted material requires permission from the originator of the material unless it is in the public domain or subject to “fair use” standards.  Violations of copyright laws include illegally copying, distributing, downloading or uploading information from the internet or any electronic source.  Works are considered protected even if they are not registered with the U.S. Copyright Office and even if they do not carry the copyright symbol (©).  

Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copywritten work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copywritten work without authority constitutes an infringement.

Copyrighted works include, but are not limited to: printed articles from publications, TV and radio programs, movies, videotapes, music performances, photographs, video games, audio materials, video games, images, software programs, databases and World Wide Web pages. In general, the laws that apply to printed materials also apply to visual, audio and digital formats such as diskettes, CD-ROMs and Internet pages.  Therefore, it is against the law to copy software without the permission of the copyright holder or which is not distributed as “freeware”.

For more information, please see the Web site of the U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov, particularly their FAQ page at www.copyright.gov/help/faq.

Copying or making use of materials other than in accordance with this policy, even if unintentional, may lead to disciplinary action and may subject students to civil and criminal liabilities.
 

     4. Deception or Fraud

Misrepresenting oneself or furnishing false information about oneself to and Franklin University officials is prohibited.  

Knowingly attempting to settle a debit or account with Franklin University with a worthless check, forging a money order, or making a payment with an unauthorized or stolen credit card is strictly prohibited and will be subject to disciplinary action and may be subject to civil and criminal liabilities.
 

     5. Dishonest Conduct

Acts of dishonesty are prohibited. Such conduct may include, but is not limited to;

  • Knowingly reporting a false emergency
  • Knowingly making false accusations of misconduct
  • Knowingly filing a false complaint
  • Misuse or falsification of University documents by actions such as forgery, alteration or improper transfer

     
6. Unauthorized Presence

Unauthorized entrance, or attempted entrance, to or presence in or on University premises is prohibited.
 

     7. Student Contact Information

Students are responsible to keep current address, telephone, e-mail and contact information on file with the University. Students are provided an opportunity to update this information each time they register. Telephone number and e-mail changes must be reported to Student Services either face-to-face or via e-mail through the info@franklin.edu mailbox. Only those requests made through the student's Franklin email address will be accepted. Address changes can be made online via myFranklin site.

 

B. Respect for Others

Behavior that demonstrates a disregard for the respect of others includes, but is not limited to:

     1. Acts of Discrimination

Discrimination is prohibited. Franklin University does not discriminate on the basis of age, religion, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, immigration status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or familial status, disability, or veteran or military status.
 

     2. Assault

Physical assault, or actions, or behavior or threats that, if carried out, which endanger the safety of one’s self or which cause injury to another person are prohibited.  
 

     3. Disruption or Disruptive Behavior

Disciplinary action will be taken when a person engages in conduct that disrupts or prevents University-authorized activities.  Such conduct includes, but is not limited to, speech, communication, or action which the student:

  • jeopardizes the safety and or welfare of student and or others
  • interferes with the teaching process, research, or the administrative process,
  • interferes with the learning activities of other students,
  • impedes the delivery of services,
  • impacts the learning environment,
  • creates an environment that is disrespectful, offensive, and/or threatening,
  • creates an environment that is physically, verbally or psychologically harassing, threatening
  • interferes with the class by acting abusively towards an instructor, staff members, or other students,
  • interferes with the lawful movement on campus,
  • or damages equipment or property.

    
     4. Harassment

Harassment is prohibited.  Harassment is any unwelcomed verbal, written, or physical conduct this is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent that creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating, or offensive environment and interferes with, denies, or limits one’s access to or benefits of the employment and/or education environment.
Examples of harassment include: bullying; verbal, written (including via electronic communication), or physical intimidation; persistent unjustified criticism; public humiliation; insults, jokes, and inappropriate comments; threats; displays of objectively offensive materials; and exclusion.
Examples of sexual harassment include:
an attempt to coerce an unwilling person into a sexual relationship; to repeatedly subject a person to egregious, unwelcome sexual attention; to punish a refusal to comply with a sexual based request; to condition a benefit on submitting to sexual advances; and gender-based bullying.
 

     5. Hazing

“Hazing,” which is defined by Section 2903.31 of the Ohio Revised Code  as “doing any act or coercing another, including the victim, to do any act of initiation into any student or other organization that causes or creates a substantial risk of causing mental or physical harm to any person” is prohibited.
 

     6. Inappropriate Communications

Within the broad context of free academic discussion and debate, communications between members of the University community (faculty, staff, and fellow students) are expected to reflect high ethical standards and mutual respect and civility. The medium of communications makes no difference. Whether the communication is through face-to-face exchange, email, electronic bulletin board, chat room, telephone, audio bridge, etc., students must demonstrate respect for faculty, staff, and fellow students in all communications. Inappropriate communications may include, but are not limited to: 

  • obscene, racist/sexist, ethnic, harassing, intimidating, disrespectful or threatening language and/or actions,
  • any communication that threatens the health or safety of any person,
  • use of e-mail or computer networks to send unsolicited junk mail, chain letters, etc., or to further any illegal activity,
  • disrespect of or insubordination to University personnel,
  • use of oral or written profanity.

     7. Infliction of Bodily Harm

Infliction or threat of infliction of bodily harm, whether done intentionally or with reckless disregard, including threat or action in retaliation for making allegations of misconduct, is prohibited.
 

     8. Infringement of Freedom of Speech and or the Freedom of Expression

Intentionally interfering with the freedom of speech and the freedom of expression of others are deemed as violations of the Community Standards and will result in disciplinary action.
 

     9. Lewd or Indecent Conduct

Franklin University strictly prohibits any acts that are lewd or indecent towards others and such acts are deemed as violations of the Community Standards and will result in disciplinary action. These acts include but are not limited to public urination, sexual acts performed in public or on the University premises, taking pictures of another person in the restroom without that person’s consent, disrobing, flashing, or streaking, and or the possession or distribution of any obscene materials.
 

     10. Sexual Misconduct

Sexual misconduct is a broad term encompassing any non-consensual physical contact of a sexual nature that is committed either by force or intimidation or through the use of the victim’s mental or physical incapacity, including through consumption of drugs or alcohol.  Sexual misconduct may vary in its severity, and consists of a range of behavior or attempted behavior including, but not limited to, the following examples of prohibited conduct:

Non-Consensual Sexual Contact
Non-Consensual Sexual Contact is any intentional sexual touching, however slight, with any object by a person upon another person without effective consent or by force.

Sexual contact includes: contact with the breasts, buttock, groin, or genitals, or touching another with any of these body parts, or making another touch you or themselves with or on any of these body parts; any intentional bodily contact in a sexual manner, though not involving contact with/of/by breasts, buttocks, groin, genitals, mouth, or other orifice.

Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse
Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse is any sexual intercourse, however slight by a person upon another person with any object that is without consent and/or by force.

Intercourse includes: oral, vaginal. or anal penetration by a penis, object, tongue or finger and oral copulation (mouth to genital contact or genital to mouth contact) no matter how slight the penetration.

An example of Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse is:  “Unwilling or non-consensual penetration (oral, anal or vaginal) with any object or body part.  This includes, but is not limited to penetration of the above mentioned bodily opening without consent through the use of coercion.

Forced Sexual Intercourse
Forced Sexual Intercourse is sexual intercourse (anal, oral or vaginal) by the use of force or against the will of the victim.  Force includes the use of physical means, violence, threats, intimidation or coercion, however slight, with any object; by a person upon another person

An example would be:  Penetration (oral, anal, or vaginal) with any object or body part that is attained by use of force, violence, threat, or intimidation against the will of the victim.

Sexual Exploitation
Sexual Exploitation occurs when a person takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his/her own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of the other sexual misconduct offenses.

Examples of sexual exploitation include: invasion of sexual privacy; prostituting another person; non-consensual video or audio-taping of sexual activity; going beyond the boundaries of consent (such as letting someone hide in a closet to watch consensual sex); engaging in voyeurism; knowingly transmitting an STI or HIV; exposing one’s genitals in non-consensual circumstances or inducing another to expose their genitals; sexually based stalking and/or bullying may also be forms of sexual exploitation.

Relationship Violence
Relationship Violence is violence between those in an intimate relationship (this includes romantic, dating, or domestic relationships).

Examples include, but are not limited to:
physical assault between two people in a current or prior intimate relationship who do not live together (Dating Violence)
physical assault between two people in an intimate relationship who live together (Domestic Violence)

Stalking
Stalking refers to a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for her, his, or others' safety, or to suffer substantial emotional distress. Franklin University also prohibits cyber stalking which occurs when a person, through a pattern of conduct which includes the use of electronic communication, causes another person physical or mental distress.

Romantic/Sexual Consensual Relationship between People with Unequal Power
There are inherent risks in any romantic or sexual relationship between individuals in unequal positions (e.g., faculty and student, supervisor and employee). The unequal power inherent in such relationships, even if consensual, heightens the vulnerability of the person with less power and heightens the potential for coercion and abuse. In addition, these relationships may be less consensual than perceived by the individual whose position confers power. The relationship also may be viewed in different ways by each of the parties, particularly in retrospect. Furthermore, circumstances may change, and conduct that was previously welcome may become unwelcome. Even when both parties have consented at the outset to a romantic or sexual involvement, this past consent may not remove grounds for a later charge of a violation of applicable sections of this policy. Such relationships can also create a hostile learning and work environment for others.

Examples of the kinds of relationships prohibited by this policy include:

  • Faculty and students. The decision to become a faculty member at the university presumes an educational and mentoring relationship with any student and precludes engaging in such a romantic relationship with any student.
  • Staff or volunteers who have mentoring or supervisory relationships with students. The decision to become a staff member or a volunteer in a position that is defined by mentoring or supervision precludes engaging in such a romantic relationship with any student.
  • Supervisors and subordinates. Romantic relationships are not allowed at Franklin University when a supervisory relationship is involved. This applies to all student employees and their supervisors. The power differential makes such relationships open to abuse and to charges of sexual harassment or unprofessional conduct. Such relationships can also create a hostile work environment for others. Should romantic relationships develop, the supervisor should inform his/her supervisor so that appropriate actions can be made to remove the involved supervisor from direct supervision of the employee.

Franklin University strictly prohibits acts of Sexual Misconduct.  Acts of sexual misconduct violates University policy as well as state and federal law and the Office of Community Standards will investigated thoroughly and expeditiously, and appropriate corrective actions will be taken, which may include discipline or dismissal of the responding party. Use of alcohol or other drugs will never function to excuse behavior that violates this policy.

Interim actions to protect students
The Office of Community Standards has the authority take interim action, such as interim suspension, to protect the safety of the university community.  The university similarly has the authority to issue a no-contact order if continued contact between a complaining student, an accused, or witnesses would be prejudicial to any of the parties’ welfare.  The university may also consider other interim action depending on the circumstances, which could include modifying class or work schedules or other arrangements.

Consent
Consent is informed, knowing and voluntary.  Consent is active, not passive.  Silence, in and of itself, cannot be interpreted as consent.  Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create mutually understandable permission regarding the conditions of sexual activity.

Consent to one form of sexual activity cannot imply consent to other forms of sexual activity.
Previous relationships or consent cannot imply consent to future sexual acts.

Consent cannot be procured by use of physical force, compelling threats, intimidating behavior, or coercion.  Coercion is unreasonable pressure for sexual activity.  Coercive behavior differs from seductive behavior based on the type of pressure someone uses to get consent from another.  When someone makes clear to you that he or she does not want sex, that they want to stop, or that they do not want to go past a certain point of sexual interaction, continued pressure beyond that point can be coercive.

In order to give effective consent, one must be of legal age.

If you have sexual activity with someone you know to be--or should know to be—mentally or physically incapacitated (by alcohol or other drug use, unconsciousness or blackout), you are in violation of this policy.  Incapacitation is a state where one cannot make a rational, reasonable decision because they lack the ability to understand the who, what, when, where, why or how of their sexual interaction.

This policy also covers someone whose incapacity results from mental disability, sleep, involuntary physical restraint, or from the taking of a so-called “date-rape” drug.  Possession, use and/or distribution of any of these substances, including Rohypnol, Ketomine, GHB, Burundanga, etc. is prohibited, and administering one of these drugs to another student for the purpose of inducing incapacity is a violation of this policy.  More information on these drugs can be found at www.911rape.org/.

Reporting Sexual Misconduct
A significant benefit to timely reporting is the documentation and preservation of evidence should the victim determine at any point to report the matter for adjudication, either criminally, civilly or through university student code of conduct procedures.  Any student alleging sexual harassment by faculty, staff or another student should advise Blake J. Renner, Ed.D., Title IX Campus Coordinator, at TitleIX@franklin.edu, or at (614) 947-6236. Anonymous reports may be submitted through www.Mysafecampus.com. Complaints will be promptly investigated. Each complaint will be treated privately to the extent practical and consistent with Franklin University’s obligation under the law. If a determination is made that this policy has been violated, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.  The complete procedures to address discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct can be found at www.franklin.edu/antidiscrimination. 

Retaliation and False Reporting
The University prohibits retaliatory action against any person filing a complaint of sexual harassment or against any person cooperating in the investigation of any charge of sexual misconduct.  This includes any form of intimidation, threats or harassment.  Retaliation is any action, statement, or behavior that is designed to punish an individual for filing a report, cooperating with an investigation, seeking guidance regarding a concern or to deter someone from taking such action. Retaliation in any form will not be tolerated by any participant or third-party to a discrimination, harassment or sexual misconduct policy violation or suspected violation.

The university also prohibits an individual knowingly filing false charges of sexual misconduct.  

Acts of retaliation and/or knowingly filing false charges of sexual misconduct constitutes violations of the Community Standards and will result in disciplinary action.

     11. Theft/Unauthorized Use of Property

Theft, or attempted theft, or the unauthorized use or possession of University property or services, or the property of others while on University premises is prohibited.

 

C. Respect for Campus Community

Behavior that demonstrates a disregard for the respect of the campus community includes, but is not limited to:

     1. Animals on Campus

Animals, with the exception of service animals (guide, hearing and service), are prohibited from all buildings on campus unless required for research or class projects.
 

     2. Children on Campus

To ensure that the environment at Franklin University is conducive to learning and free from distractions, children (minors: under the age of 18) are not permitted to attend classes or to be in the University Library, Student Learning Center or computer labs. In addition, children must never be left alone in another classroom, hallway or lounge; nor should they be left anywhere unattended on campus grounds or in the parking lot. If a child is left unattended, the Department of Safety & Security Services will take the necessary steps to eliminate the possibility of child endangerment.
 

     3. Compliance with University Authority

Students must report, as instructed, to any campus office regarding University matters. Failure to comply with directives of or interfering with a University or public official acting in the performance of his duties is prohibited.  This includes failure to respond to an official summons to the office of an administrative officer within the designated time or failure to present identification upon request of any University official.  Failure to identify oneself to a University or public official when requested to do so or knowingly furnishing false information to a University or public official are deemed as violations of the Community Standards and will result in disciplinary action.
 

     4) Computer Abuse

Computer abuse as defined in the University's Information Technology Standards is prohibited.

Franklin University encourages the use of electronic communication, technology and computing resources for the purposes of University instruction, advancement, administration, research and study. The rules and obligations described in this document apply to all users (students and alumni), wherever they may be located. All users must comply with the Computing and Network Resources Agreement when using University resources. The University has the responsibility of securing its computing systems to a reasonable and economically feasible degree against unauthorized access and/or abuse, while making them accessible for authorized and legitimate uses. This responsibility includes informing users of expected standards of conduct and the consequences for not adhering to them. Standards of conduct may include, but is not limited to the following:

Limitations of privacy in electronic communication
Users expressly waive any right of privacy to anything they create, store or send on any University computer or through the University’s network. The University may access and disclose, as circumstances may warrant, faculty, student or staff electronic communications; therefore, privacy and/or confidentiality should never be assumed. Franklin University may use human or automated means to monitor the use of its resources. Users should respect the privacy of others through the application of normal academic ethics and polite conduct in their use of University computing resources.

Ethical, efficient and appropriate use of resources and communication tools
Users have special responsibilities when handling sensitive data (e.g. electronic data containing Social Security numbers, PINs, passwords of any nature, health, medical and psychological records, police records and/or final grades). Hence, users must be considerate of any legal or privacy laws and business ethics when including such critical data in electronic correspondence. While Franklin University aspires to provide the highest quality computing environment, during peak periods (class project times, for example) the demand for computing resources may, at times, exceed the supply of workstations or network connections. Responsible computing requires users be sensitive to the needs of all who seek to use University resources. During such peak periods, users must limit their use of computing technology to performing only the most essential tasks. Users of open labs and user facilities must comply with the posted and published practices with regard to time limits, appropriate academic conduct, etc. Users should be aware that electronic communication has different concerns and behaviors than traditional forms of communication. Electronic information does not carry the same body language or voice inflection of regular verbal, face-to-face communication. In fact, electronic communication often requires more thought and details to ensure the intended meaning is received by the recipient of the communication.

Responsibility for use
Computing tools are shared and often essential to the instructional, research and/or administrative functions of the University. The continued availability of these expensive and sometimes fragile resources requires they be used legitimately and treated with care and good sense. Reasonable care should be exercised when using any University computing resource. Some user recommendations are:

    • Users should follow PC power up and shutdown procedures to reduce maintenance and breakage;
    • Users must not attempt to subvert the restrictions or mechanisms associated with their computer accounts;
    • Users are responsible for the use of the computing accounts assigned to them;
    • Users must use their accounts only for their intended purposes.


Misuse or Unauthorized of University Resources
Users should use computing and network resources efficiently and effectively. Activities which are direct violations of Franklin University's Information Technology Student Computing and Network Resources Standards include:

    • Keeping unnecessarily large files on shared systems and/or storing numerous or large files beyond the scope required for current coursework,
    • Utilizing computer time and/or network services (Internet, e-mail, etc.), for unauthorized commercial or private purposes,
    • Sending unauthorized or unsolicited, frivolous or excessive e-mail, including chain e-mail, scams and pyramid schemes,
    • Surfing inappropriate sites on the Internet which includes the viewing of pornography,
    • Use of inappropriate or unlawful material,
    • Unauthorized deliberate action which damages or disrupts a computing system alters its normal performance or causes it to malfunction,
    • Modification of system files,
    • Downloading of any software application,
    • Unauthorized dissemination of course material and/or software,
    • Propagating e-mail viruses,
    • Attempting to access unauthorized systems,
    • Attempting to hide one’s true identity by changing one’s username or real name,
    • Use of an account not owned by the assigned user,
    • Unauthorized use of computing resources/facilities,
    • Peer-to-peer file sharing,
    • Personal usage,
    • Game playing,
    • Theft of any University property, intellectual or otherwise.


Passwords
Users are responsible for maintaining a secure password and for safeguarding their passwords for access to Franklin University’s resources. Individual passwords should not be printed, stored online or given to others. Users are responsible for all transactions made using their passwords. No user may access University resources with another user’s password or account. Use of passwords does not imply an expectation of privacy.

Using Franklin University’s information technology system to distribute unauthorized copyrighted material, including peer-to-peer file sharing is strictly prohibited.  Violators of this policy are subject to disciplinary action and may also be subject to civil and criminal liabilities.
 

     5) Destruction

Destruction, defacement, or misuse of University property is prohibited. Intentionally or recklessly damaging personal or College property will result in disciplinary action.
 

     6) Emergency Situations

The full cooperation of all students is mandated in emergency situations. Failure to cooperate with the directives of University officials or civil authorities will subject a student to University discipline.

Fire - When a fire alarm sounds, all persons inside a building must move quickly to the nearest building exit or to the exit noted on posted emergency instructions. If no University official is present, the Department of Safety & Security Services should be contacted at Ext. 6902 or (614) 374-6169 from any University phone.

Medical - If a potentially life-threatening medical emergency arises, call 911Emergency Medical Service and notify the Department of Safety & Security Services at Ext. 6902 or (614) 374-6169. Do not attempt treatment unless properly trained.

Tornado - When information regarding tornado warnings affecting the campus area is received, University officials and the Department of Safety & Security Services will cooperate to notify campus community members. The cooperation of all persons in moving to a safe area is required.
 

     7) Fire

Committing acts of arson, creating a fire hazard of any kind, or the use of an open flame is prohibited.
 

     8) Firearms and Weapons

The use, storage, control, or possession of firearms, ammunition, deadly weapons or military ordnance of any kind on the University property or at University functions is expressly forbidden, including storing any said item in vehicles on campus.  Firearms are defined as any gun, rifle, pistol, or handgun designed to fire bullets, BBs, pellets, or shots (including paintballs), regardless of the propellant used.

Sworn Law Enforcement Officers, both plain clothed and uniformed officers, are permitted to carry a firearm on campus, on-duty or off-duty, if permitted by State Law and Law Enforcement Department Policy.

Other weapons are defined as any instrument of combat or any object not designed as an instrument of combat but carried for the purpose of inflicting or threatening bodily injury.  Examples include, but are not limited to, knives with fixed blades or pocket knives with blades longer than three inches, razors, metal knuckles, blackjacks, hatchets, bows and arrows, nun chukkas, foils, or any explosive or incendiary device.

Possession of realistic replicas of weapons is also prohibited.

Illegal or unauthorized possession of explosives, fireworks, dangerous chemicals, or other explosive devices is not prohibited on campus and is a violation of the University’s Community Standards.
 

     9) Inducing Panic

Tampering with fire safety equipment or intentionally activating a false fire alarm is prohibited. Initiating a false report of fire, explosion, bomb threat, or other emergency that causes panic will be subject to disciplinary action and may result in civil and criminal liabilities.
 

     10) Littering

Littering is prohibited on Franklin University premises.
 

     11) Parking Regulations

University parking lots provide free parking for students while attending class or using University facilities. Parking lots are conveniently located on the campus near all University buildings. Handicapped parking is available and enforced. Students using the parking lots must register their vehicles and obtain a parking permit annually at fall trimester. All students must obey parking lot signage. Students using Franklin University parking lots when not attending classes or when not using University facilities will be subject to City of Columbus parking fines. A comprehensive description of the University’s parking policy is distributed with the issuance of each parking permit. Violators of parking rules may have their parking privileges revoked, their vehicles towed, or other sanctions may be imposed.
 

     12) Solicitation

Solicitation by non-affiliated persons or groups is prohibited. Student organizations wishing to participate in fundraising projects must secure approval from the Dean of Students. Off-campus organizations are referred to the Dean of Students to determine on-campus solicitation or representation.
 

     13) Smoking and E-Cigarettes

Smoking and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e.g. e-cigarettes) is prohibited in all University buildings. In accordance with the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 3794.01 which took effect December 7, 2006, students may not smoke near immediate entrances or areas that would allow smoke to enter ventilation systems or building(s).
 

     14)  Usage of Illegal Drugs or Alcohol

The University’s policy is that the unlawful use, purchase, consumption, manufacture, distribution, dispensing and/or possession of any controlled substance (drug) and/or the misuse of a prescription drug is absolutely prohibited on any University property or at any University-sponsored event. The use, purchase, consumption, manufacture, distribution, dispensing or possession of alcohol is prohibited on University property. The use of alcohol at University sponsored off campus events is prohibited unless specifically approved in writing by the University President. This includes University sponsored off-campus events.

Appearing on any University premises while intoxicated and/or while under the influence of an illegal substance is prohibited.

Violation of University policies on possession or use of alcohol and or violation of University policies on possession or use of illegal drugs, controlled substances, or drug paraphernalia is an abuse of the University’s Community Standards and is subject to disciplinary action.

Student Code of Conduct Procedure

When the Office of Community Standards receives notification of an incident of potential non-compliance with the Community Standards, a preliminary review is conducted among the Office of Community Standards staff to determine if the report contains sufficient merit to proceed as an official code of conduct case.  

If the incident requires an investigation, two Resolution Officers are selected to investigate the claims of the report.  The lead officer conducts interviews of all parties (such as faculty, staff and other students) as appropriate, and make a recommendation to the Primary Judicial Officer if a student conduct hearing is warranted.

If a student conduct hearing is warranted, a letter is issued to the student to contact the Office of Community Standards to schedule an appointment for a hearing.  When a student contacts the Office, a time will be scheduled for the Resolution Officers and that student to meet. If the student does not respond, a second request letter is issued, repeating this process.  If the student still does not respond, a judgment will be rendered without the student’s input.

All students involved in the conduct hearing process receive a letter prior to the meeting date, indicating what the student should expect during the hearing.

The student conduct hearing is held on the Franklin downtown campus (phone-based hearings are utilized if the student cannot attend in person), and is limited to the student and both Resolution Officers, the second officer serving as a note taker during the hearing.  

The lead Resolution Officer conducts the Student Code of Conduct Hearings with the student. During this hearing the student is to make additional statements, provide evidence, and ask questions.  Conduct hearing sessions typically lasts one hour or less.

After the conclusion of the hearing, the Resolution Officers reconvene and discuss the results of the hearing and how it impacts the facts of the case.  

Within five business days, the lead officer submits their recommendations to the Office of Community Standards, including degree of responsibility and appropriate sanctions, if any.  

The Primary Judicial Officer reviews the recommendations put forth by the Resolution Officers to determine the outcome.   Once the outcome is determined, the Primary Judicial Officer drafts an outcome letter, which contains the judgment and sanction(s), if any, regarding the student’s involvement in the case.

Any student has the right to appeal any decision made by the Office of Community Standards.  A student has fifteen days from the date of the letter in which to file an appeal of the outcome.  Appeals must be based on the one of the following reasons:

  • The established procedures were not followed in a significant way and as a result, the factual findings, the sanction, or both, were not correct.
  • The severity of the sanction imposed was not appropriate based on the nature of the violation or the circumstances.
  • New information is revealed, which potentially could have been impactful to the outcome if the information been presented during the administrative review. The new information must be included with the student’s request for appeal to be considered.

If the appeal does not address one or more of the above conditions, it will not be considered for review.

Appeal are to be submitted, with any supporting documentation, to advocate@franklin.edu.  Appeals are reviewed by Franklin University's Dean of Students or by the Dean’s designee.  A complete overview of the Student Appeal process can be found under the Appeals Process heading within the Community Standards document at www.franklin.edu/community-standards.

The Dean of Students (or the Dean’s designee) may take up to 30 calendar days to review and rule on a student appeal, based on the complexity of the case and how many parties are interviewed.  

After the review period, the Dean or designee will issue a final outcome letter, in which they will uphold, reverse or amend the original judgment.  This judgment is final and not subject to further appeal.

The standard of evidence in determining whether a student is in violation is not as high as that of the criminal process.  Franklin University procedures and or outcome decisions, unlike procedures of courts of law, do not require conclusive proof; instead, rely on the “preponderance of evidence”.  No student will be found in violation of Franklin University’s Community Standards without the preponderance of evidence that a policy violation occurred.  Legal rules of evidence do not apply in campus conduct cases.  The Franklin University Resolution Officers will gather and utilize any information that is relevant, including hearsay or third party testimony.

Campus conduct cases are confidential, in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a federal law.  Ohio's public records law (Ohio Revised Code § 149.43) does not permit the university to promise confidentiality to those who report crimes to anyone except counselors, clergy, or under certain circumstances, to a physician or a nurse.  Franklin University understands that reporting a crime may involve disclosing sensitive information. Subject to Ohio public records law, the university will use and disseminate such information consistent with the need to conduct an appropriate investigation, to provide assistance and resources to crime victims, to perform other appropriate university functions, and to comply with the law and university policy. Note that the use and release of personally identifiable information from an education record of a student is governed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and the university will only disclose covered student information in compliance with that law and university policy.

In Franklin University’s sole discretion, sanctions will be proportionate to the severity of the violation. Sanctions are not predetermined, but rather are developed with consideration given to the individual circumstances of the case and any previous disciplinary history.

The follow list includes possible sanctions that may be imposed as a result of violations of Franklin University Community Standards rules and regulations.  The sanctions include, but are not limited to:

  1. Informal word of warning – an oral or written word of caution resulting from the student’s misconduct. No formal charges or notice is required before the issuance of an informal word of warning.
  2. Letter of corrective action – a written letter issued by a hearing officer resulting from the student’s misconduct and subsequent review of the circumstances. This is an official notification of unacceptable behavior and a violation of the student code of conduct
  3. Loss of privileges – this may include privileges such as using book vouchers, computer labs, meeting spaces, parking, Franklin email account, tutoring, proctored tests, etc.
  4. Restitution – reimbursement for costs of damages to a person or property or for a misappropriation of property.  Restitution may take the form of appropriate services to repair or otherwise compensate for damages.  Restitution may be imposed in combination with any other penalty.
  5. Probation – permits continuation of enrollment, but may impose certain requirements on the student for a specified period of time.  Any further violations by the student under probation will likely result in progressively severe sanctions.
  6. Suspension – is the loss of privileges of enrollment at Franklin University for a designated period of time and prohibits a student from being present without permission on any property of Franklin University.
  7. Dismissal – is the permanent loss of privileges of enrollment at Franklin University and prohibits the student from ever being present without permission on any property of Franklin University.
  8. Deny Entry/Deny Re-Enrollment – is the permanent loss of privileges to enroll or re-enroll at Franklin University and prohibits the student from ever being present without permission on any property of Franklin University.
  9. Revocation of a Degree – Any degree previously conferred by the University may be revoked if the student is found to have committed academic misconduct in pursuit of that degree. The University Provost has sole authority to revoke a degree and may not delegate this authority.

 

Non-Academic Appeals 

Students at Franklin University have the right to appeal any outcome decision (Student Conduct and/or Student Grievance).  This appeal is not intended to re-hear the same case and is limited to the specific grounds outlined below.  Any resolution or sanction will remain in force while an appeal is considered and a final decision is determined.  Each student is limited to one appeal per case, and the decision of the appeal is final.

For the appeal to be considered, students must complete the Petition for Appeal Form and submit it to the Office of Community Standards at advocate@franklin.edu within 15 calendar days of receipt of the original outcome decision letter.  This written appeal must state the specific grounds for the appeal and should include any supporting documentation.
 

Grounds for appeal:

  1. The established conduct or grievance processes were not followed in a significant way that resulted in material harm or prejudice to the student.  Deviations from designated procedures will not be a basis for sustaining an appeal unless material harm or prejudice results have occurred.
  2. Discovery of substantial new evidence that was unavailable at the time of the hearing or investigation that reasonably could have affected the decision.  This new information must be included with the student’s Petition for Appeal. 
  3. The sanction imposed was disproportionate to the nature of the violation or circumstances.  In cases in which a charged student has accepted responsibility, such appeals are limited to having the severity of the sanction reviewed.

Dissatisfaction with a decision is not grounds for an appeal.  Non-attendance or non-participation in the outcome decision is not considered new evidence and grounds for an appeal. 

 

Non-Academic Appeal Process

The Appeal Process is facilitated by the Department of Student Affairs.  The Dean of Students takes leadership of the Appeal Process and facilities the initial review and determines the appeal outcome.

  1. A Petition for Appeal Form (which can be downloaded here) is submitted to advocate@franklin.edu; petitioner is notified that it has been received.
  2. The Dean of Students or designee reviews the Petition for Appeal Form to determine if the petitioner has sufficient standing to be considered for appeal.  The completion of the review may take up to 15 calendar days, depending on the complexity of the issues involved. 
    • If the Petition for Appeal is denied, the petitioner is notified in writing by email and by U.S. Mail.  This decision is final.
    • If the Petition for Appeal is accepted, the Dean of Students or designee will review an original decision. The Dean of Students or designee may recommend a new review of the outcome decision or uphold the decision of the initial review.
      • If a review of the original outcome is requested, the Office of Community Standards will review the appeal and provide an outcome decision in writing by email and U.S. Mail.  The completion of the review may take up to 15 calendar days, depending on the complexity of the issues involved. This decision is final.
      • If the Dean of Students or designee determines to uphold the original decision, the student is notified in writing by email and U.S. Mail.  This decision is final.

If you need assistance in completing the Petition for Appeal Form, please contact the Office of Community Standards at advocate@franklin.edu.  Intentionally submitting dishonest information is considered a violation of the Franklin University’s Community Standards. The University reserves the right to take immediate interim actions as necessary and appropriate to protect the safety and well-being of the campus and community.

 

Franklin University expects the highest standards of behavior and conduct of each member of the campus community. In some instances, missteps occur that are detrimental to maintaining honesty and integrity, respect of others, and the respect of the campus community. The Franklin University Student Grievance Process is an administrative process designed to provide a way for a member of our campus community to identify any instance that disrupts the academic community and request a formal review.

A grievance is a complaint, accusation, or concern a member of the campus community has about their experiences with one or more individuals in the campus community, or by the University as a whole. It may involve a one-time occurrence, a pattern of experiences that has had a negative impact on a community member's experience with Franklin, or a basic decision made in the normal course of operations that the student believes was made capriciously or has a disparate impact on the student relative to others.

Grievance Process
The Grievance Process is facilitated by the Department of Student Affairs. The Office of Community Standards takes leadership of the Grievance Process and facilitates the initial review and determines the outcome of the investigation.

Informal Resolution
Before an official Grievance is initiated, every effort should be made by the individual(s) to resolve the issue directly. This good faith effort to resolve a problem is encouraged by the Office of Community Standards prior to submitting a formal Grievance Form.

Formal Resolution
Any member of the campus community may initiate the Franklin Grievance Process by submitting a completed Grievance Form with appropriate documentation.

To submit a grievance, please complete the Grievance Form and submit it to advocate@franklin.edu.  

  1. A Grievance Form is submitted to advocate@franklin.edu; petitioner is notified when it has been received. 
  2. The Grievance Form is reviewed by the Primary Judicial Officer (Director of Community Standards or designee) to determine merit, completeness, and if action can be taken if deemed necessary.
  3. The Primary Judicial Officer or designee investigates the grievance.
  4. Outcome of the Grievance is determined and the petitioner is notified by email and certified mail.  The completion of the review may take up to 15 calendar days, depending on the complexity of the issues involved.

If you need assistance in completing the Grievance Form, please contact the Office of Community Standards at advocate@franklin.edu.  Intentionally submitting dishonest information is considered a violation of the Franklin University’s Community Standards. The University reserves the right to take immediate interim actions as necessary and appropriate to protect the safety and well-being of the campus and community.

Appeal of a Grievance
Any member of the campus community has the right to appeal a Grievance decision outcome as provided in Non-Academic Appeal Policy. Submission of any appeal must be submitted in writing within 15-calendar days of receipt of the decision letter.  All appeals must follow the Appeal Process.  The Dean of Students or designee will review the appeal to determine if the petitioner has standing for the appeal and if the result of the appeal could substantially impact the outcome. All appeals of a grievances are completed by the Dean of Students or designee, whose decisions could take up to 15 calendar days, whose outcomes are final.

Franklin University is committed to creating a culture of reporting by encouraging the reporting of Community Standards violations.  Franklin University reserves the right to respond to notice and to initiate conduct proceedings without a formal allegation by the victim or witnesses of misconduct.

Non-Academic Matters
Non-academic concerns dealing with non-compliance under the regulations, cited in Franklin University Community Standards section of the Franklin University Academic Bulletin or www.franklin.edu/community-standards, should be reported in writing to the Office of Community Standards at advocate@franklin.edu. Anonymous reports may be submitted through www.Mysafecampus.com. All matters will be handled privately to the extent practical and consistent with Franklin University’s obligation under the law.

 

Academic Matters
All concerns of an academic nature should be directed to caoappeal@franklin.edu. If the matter is an academic appeal situation, either a final grade appeal or an appeal of a charge of academic dishonesty, the process stated in the Franklin University Academic Bulletin and should be directed to the Provost via email to caoappeal@franklin.edu.  This process must be strictly followed or the right to appeal will be deemed waived.

 

Title IX Matters
Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Campus Coordinator.  Please refer to https://www.franklin.edu/student-services/campus-information/university-policies/title-ix for a complete description of Franklin University’s Title IX procedures.

Blake J. Renner, Ed.D.
Title IX Coordinator
201 South Grant Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215
614-947-6236
TitleIX@franklin.edu

 

ADA/Section 504 Compliance Matters
Inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodations, or questions regarding the rights of individuals under the ADA or Section 504 may be referred to the ADA/Section 504 Compliance Coordinator.

Blake J. Renner, Ed.D.
ADA/Section 504 Compliance Coordinator
201 South Grant Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215
614-947-6236
blake.renner@franklin.edu

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