General Conduct Policy Guidelines

  1. The University does not accept responsibility for loss of personal property due to theft, fire or vandalism. Students are encouraged to research and purchase renter's insurance. Students should also be aware if their property is covered under their parents' or guardians' homeowner's policy. All students are encouraged by the Office of Safety and Security to properly secure their property while on campus.
  2. All students are required to acquire and wear a clearly visible LMU Student ID Card above the waist. All students are required to have a valid form of photo ID on them at all times while on campus (including LMU ID and license). If a faculty member, staff member, security officer, or Resident Director or Resident Assistant asks a student to present an ID, the student must present identification immediately. Failing to provide, or refusal to provide requested identification can result in disciplinary action, including a $25.00 fine and/or removal from campus.
  3. Students may not possess, consume, sell, use or be in the presence of alcoholic beverages or nonprescription narcotics on campus grounds, in University buildings or at University activities (see "Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs").
  4. Use of any tobacco product, including vaping, is prohibited campus wide.
  5. Penalties related to violations of alcohol and narcotic prohibition can result in disciplinary actions including suspension or expulsion from the University (see "Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs").
  6. All types of guns, ammunition, explosives (including firecrackers and other fireworks and other flammable materials) or any other potentially dangerous weapons or paraphernalia, concealed or visible (including bladed items over three inches long), or potentially dangerous and unauthorized recreational equipment (such as archery equipment or paintball guns) are prohibited on campus, and are finable offences. A fine of $500.00 and/or possible arrest will result from the discharge of firearms at any time on LMU property. The potentially dangerous weapons will be removed from LMU property. Anyone wishing to temporarily store weapons on campus must apply for such arrangements for storage with the LMU Chief of Police/Security before these items are brought on campus property. Hunting is not permitted on the campus or surrounding parklands or farmlands owned by the University.
  7. Any form of abuse of any person or property on the campus will result in immediate action including payment of damages, fines, and possible removal from campus housing and/or suspension. Abuse / Harassment / Intimidation / Stalking / Vandalism of any person or property on campus will result in immediate action including but not limited to: prosecution by local authorities, payment of damages, fines, possible removal from campus housing, suspension, or expulsion. Sexual Harassment is addressed within "Sexual Harassment Policy." Definitions: "Harassment," according to Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) 39-170308, occurs when someone "Threatens, by telephone or in writing, to take action known to be unlawful...and knowingly annoys or alarms the recipient," or "Place...telephone calls anonymously, or at...hours known to be inconvenient to the victim, or in an offensively repetitious manner, or without a legitimate purpose of communication, and...Knowingly annoys or alarms the recipient." “Intimidation,” occurs when someone “injures or threatens to injure or coerces another person with the intent to unlawfully intimidate another from the free exercise or enjoyment of any (lawful) right or privilege,” or “damages, destroys or defaces any real or personal property of another person with the intent to unlawfully intimidate another from the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege…” “Stalking,” occurs when someone “intentionally and repeatedly (two or more separate occasions) follows or harasses another person in such a manner as would cause that person to be in reasonable fear for being assaulted, suffering bodily injury or death.” “Vandalism,” occurs when someone “knowingly causes damage to or the destruction of any real or personal property of another…” “Assault,” occurs when someone “Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another…Intentionally or knowingly causes another to reasonably fear imminent bodily injury; or…Intentionally or knowingly causes physical contact with another and a reasonable person would regard the contact as extremely offensive or provocative.” Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to consult current TCA listings for more specific information on these laws and to report all incidents of these crimes immediately.
  8. Falsely reporting fires, bomb threats or other emergencies (either to LMU personnel or local 911 / police force dispatch personnel), falsely setting fire alarms and the non-emergency use of emergency equipment will result in immediate administrative action leading to possible suspension from the University and prosecution through state and federal laws. Tampering or damaging smoke detectors is subject to a $250.00 fine and possible suspension.
  9. Unauthorized entry into another student's room, faculty or staff offices, or any other campus facility is considered a serious violation and will result in immediate disciplinary action. This includes unauthorized entry into any facility outside of regular working hours.
  10. Setting off, dismantling, tampering with, or disarming "Emergency Only" residence hall exits can result in a finable offense (up to $250.00).
  11. Theft of University property or of someone's personal property is against the law. Penalties may include campus sanctions as well as civil prosecution.
  12. Giving false testimony to an investigating staff member or to a member of any of a judicial committee, attempting to intimidate or coerce witnesses, or seeking revenge against anyone due to their role in a disciplinary procedure will result in appropriate disciplinary action.
  13. Giving false names or identification to any inquiring LMU staff person will result in disciplinary sanctions.
  14. Harassment of another person, whether physical or verbal, is not tolerated and will be stopped, including possible removal of the offender from the University (see "Sexual Harassment Policy" and other definitions of harassment).
  15. Littering the campus is offensive to everyone. Anyone found littering is subject to a $25.00 fine and will be assigned appropriate community service.
  16. A student's behavior is not only a reflection of his/her own choices, but is also a strong reflection upon the caliber of students enrolled within the University community. The University reserves the right to discipline students who commit certain off-campus violations of university policies.
  17. The University reserves the right to require the withdrawal of a student due to physical or emotional reasons. The student may be considered for readmission/continued enrollment upon producing documented medical evidence satisfactory to a medical advisor selected by the University which proves that the condition requiring withdrawal has been corrected.
  18. Any student who has not completed registration properly in an appropriate amount of time or who has not paid his/her account according to arrangements made with the Finance Office and Financial Aid Office is subject to administrative withdrawal from classes. A reasonable attempt will be made to contact the student before such action is taken.
  19. The falsification of University documents of any kind is prohibited and subject to disciplinary action.
  20. The University respects an individual's right to express themselves uniquely and strongly, however, when instances of complaints regarding reported or witnessed "foul" or "offensive" language or insinuations are filed with or by University administrators, the Office of Student Services will treat each case individually in order to address the appropriateness of the material in question and whether it contributes to or subtracts from the mission of the University.

All of the above stated offences may be dealt with on a case-by-case basis and according to the determinations of the seriousness of each incident may result with sanctions ranging from a simple warning to dismissal of the student from LMU-DCOM.