The University is a community of scholars in which the ideals of freedom of inquiry and freedom of the individual are sustained. However, the exercise and preservation of these freedoms requires respect for the right of all in the community to enjoy them to the same extent. It is clear that in a community of learning, willful disruption of the educational process, destruction of property, and interference with the orderly process of the University or with the rights of other members of the University cannot be tolerated. Students enrolling in the University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the University's function as an educational institution.
Conduct for which students are subject to sanctions falls into the following categories:
- Obstruction or disruption of teaching; disruption to the educational, administrative, and other activities of the University, including its public service functions on or off campus.
- Physical abuse or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.
- Disruptive or disorderly conduct or lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct.
- Failure to comply with directions of University officials acting in the performance of their duties.
- Harassment and abuse, directed toward individuals or groups, which may include at least the following forms: the use or threat of physical violence, coercion, intimidation, and verbal harassment and abuse.
The jurisdiction of William Woods University shall be limited to conduct that occurs on the William Woods University premises or at University-sponsored or University-supervised functions. However, nothing restrains the administration of William Woods University from taking appropriate action, including but not limited to the imposition of sanctions against students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Students are responsible not only for their conduct, but also for the conduct of any guest they bring on campus.