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The conduct of all persons affiliated with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is governed by Rules and Disciplinary Procedures for Members of the University Community. This code outlines the responsibilities of students, faculty, staff, and administration as well as the rules, sanctions, and hearing procedures in effect on the campus. Additionally, a student conduct code provides standards for student behavior.
Printed copies of these codes are available in the office of Student Conduct, CDC 1 118 (702) 895-2308. For the most recent version of the policy, visit http://studentconduct.unlv.edu/
Student Academic Misconduct Policy
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
UNLV is first and foremost an academic community, with its fundamental purpose the pursuit of learning and student development, and enabling all to reach their highest potential.
UNLV asserts that any instance of academic misconduct hurts the entire community, and that the values of honesty, trust, respect, fairness, responsibility and professionalism are paramount.
UNLV will uphold these standards through fair and objective procedures governing instances of alleged student academic misconduct.
ENTITIES AFFECTED BY THIS POLICY
All academic units, libraries, and/or units with teaching and research faculty.
WHO SHOULD READ THIS POLICY
Administrators, academic faculty, staff and students who would be affected by this policy.
Integrity is a concern for every member of the campus community; all share in upholding the fundamental values of honesty, trust, respect, fairness, responsibility, and professionalism. By choosing to join the UNLV community, students accept the Student Academic Misconduct Policy and are expected to always engage in ethical decision-making. Students enrolling in UNLV assume the obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with UNLV’s function as an educational institution.
Honesty is the foundation of teaching, learning, research and service; and is the prerequisite for full realization of trust, fairness, respect and responsibility. Students and faculty alike must be honest with themselves and others.
The UNLV community fosters a climate of mutual trust, encourages the free exchange of ideas. Only with trust can the public believe in the social value and meaning of an institution’s scholarship and degrees.
We strive to establish clear standards, practices, and procedures and we expect fairness in the interactions of students, faculty and administrators. Important components of fairness are predictability, clear expectations, a predictable and transparent process, as well as consistent and just responses.
As an academic community of integrity, we recognize the participatory nature of the learning process and honor and respect a wide range of opinions and ideas. Students and faculty must respect themselves and each other as individuals. All must show respect for the contribution of others by acknowledging their intellectual debts.
Every member of an academic community—each student, faculty member and administrator—is responsible for upholding the integrity of scholarship and research. Individuals must take responsibility for their own honesty and must tolerate and ignore academic dishonesty on the part of others.
Because students are aspiring professionals, our community expects them to exercise professional conduct during their career as students and uphold the core value of integrity.
II. ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT VIOLATIONS - DEFINITIONS
Academic misconduct is intentional or unintentional occurrence of the following:
- Using the words or ideas of another, from the Internet or any source, without proper citation of the source(s), commonly called plagiarism.
- Receiving unauthorized external assistance during an examination or any academic exercise for credit. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Providing or receiving aid in connection with any academic assignment;
- Use or possession of camera telephones, text messages, computer disks, audio recorders, calculators, solution materials, photocopies, materials from previous classes, commercial research services, notes or other means to copy or photograph materials used or intended for academic evaluation or assignment;
- Communication in any manner with another student;
- Working with others on graded coursework, including in-class, on-line and take-home examinations; or
- Possessing, reading, buying, selling or using any materials intended for an academic evaluation or assignment in advance of its administration.
- Turning in the same work in more than one class (or when repeating a class), unless permission is received in advance from the instructor.
- Falsifying information for inclusion in an assigned paper, project or exercise; including inventing or altering data from a laboratory or field project, or creating fictional citations for a paper.
- Attempting to influence or change any academic evaluation, assignment or academic records for reasons having no relevance to academic achievement. This includes, but is not limited to, bribery, threats and making unauthorized changes to any academic record.
- Falsifying or misrepresenting attendance, hours, or activities in relationship to any class, internship, externship, field experience, clinical activity or similar activity.
- Acting or attempting to act as a substitute for another, or using or attempting to use a substitute, in any academic evaluation or assignment.
- Facilitating, permitting or tolerating any of the above-listed items.
III. PROCEDURES FOR HANDLING STUDENT ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT
These procedures are designed to encourage a fair and appropriate response to allegations of student academic misconduct. They may be modified in individual cases, so long as the student agrees to the proposed modifications, is provided an opportunity to respond to allegations of academic misconduct within a reasonable time after the allegations have been made, and the modifications do not violate fair process.
- Anyone with a good-faith basis for believing a student has violated this policy may report the alleged violation to the responsible instructor, chair/ director, dean or appropriate designee within the academic unit. The person who pursues the allegation may be the responsible instructor or a designee appointed by the supervisor of the academic unit in which the course is located. It is expected that appropriate review and consultation with a supervisor, chair and/or director is a part of this process.
- A faculty member or primary course instructor who suspects that a student has committed an act of academic misconduct:
1. Shall notify the student of the nature of the allegation and offer the student an opportunity for an initial meeting to discuss the allegation
and to present any relevant information. When possible, this initial meeting shall occur within five (5) college working days of discovery of
the alleged violation. (or)
2. Shall notify the student of the nature of the allegation and schedule an initial meeting with the student within five (5) college working days of
discovery of the alleged violation. The message shall contain the following:
“This message concerns the _____(paper, report, assignment, etc.) that you submitted in partial fulfillment of the course requirement in
your _______(course number and section) class on ______(date). My initial examination of that (paper, report, assignment) reveals that
you may have violated the UNLV Student Academic Misconduct Policy. I request that you meet with me on ______(date of initial meeting) at
______(time) in _____(location).” (parenthetical material deleted)
- Proceedings in case discussions are informal and non-adversarial. The responsible instructor/designee may make a verbal agreement on, or provide the student with a written or electronic notice of, a scheduled meeting. The responsible instructor/designee may request a witness to be present for this meeting. In compelling circumstances, this initial meeting may also be referred to the appropriate Office of Student Conduct (OSC) officer or designee. This option shall occur only after consultation with OSC.
- The purpose of this initial meeting will be to review and discuss the charges before a decision is reached. The responsible instructor/designee may use documentary evidence, provided the student is allowed to respond to it at the meeting. At the sole discretion of the responsible instructor/designee, a student may bring relevant witnesses and/or an advisor. Neither the responsible instructor/designee nor the student may have legal counsel as their advisor at an initial meeting. An advisor is not permitted to participate directly or speak for the student, but may only be present during initial meetings or any subsequent university hearings.
- At this initial meeting, the following results may occur:
- The allegations are dismissed.
- The student accepts responsibility for the violation and accepts the academic sanction(s).
- The responsible instructor/designee believes a violation occurred with the student not admitting responsibility and requesting a hearing.
- The student accepts responsibility for the violation but does not accept the academic sanction(s) and requests a hearing.
- In any of the above circumstances, the “UNLV Alleged Academic Misconduct Report” form shall be completed, with a signed copy being provided to the student. Authority and jurisdiction for actual determination of academic misconduct and appropriate academic sanctions are with the primary instructor of the class and/or assignment or the approved departmental process in accordance with the academic unit chair’s/director’s/supervisor’s/ dean’s approval. If the responsible instructor/designee facilitating the initial meeting is not the primary instructor, appropriate communication regarding such sanctions is necessary before signing the UNLV Alleged Academic Misconduct Report form.
- Upon completion of this initial meeting/approved departmental process, if the responsible instructor/designee believes academic misconduct has occurred at any level, he or she shall notify the Office of Student Conduct (OSC) for resolution of a UNLV Student Conduct Code violation. Notification to OSC shall include a copy of the signed UNLV Alleged Academic Misconduct Report form and copies of any relevant documentation used in determining the violation. The responsible instructor/designee shall forward the Alleged Academic Misconduct Report and copies of relevant documentation within ten (10) college working days of discovery and/or initial meetings with the student.
- OSC will notify the charged student per notification procedures specified in the UNLV Student Conduct Code, which can be found at http://studentconduct.unlv.edu. The student will be informed of his or her applicable rights and the process(es) for accepting the academic and conduct sanctions and/or appealing the academic decision and sanctions.
- If the student does not attend the initial meeting, the instructor shall forward the charge to the Office of Student Conduct.
IV. HEARING AND APPEAL PROCEDURES FOR ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT
- In any case where a student requests a hearing beyond the initial meeting, it shall occur in the following order:
- If the student wishes to appeal the findings of the chair/director/designee/committee, he/she must file the appeal of the decision and any sanctions to the UNLV Academic Integrity Appeal Board. This appeal must be filed within five (5) college working days of the student’s initial meeting with the Office of Student Conduct. The Academic Integrity Appeal Board will meet and all parties will be notified within fifteen (15) college working days of the outcome of the appeal; sending its decision to the student, instructor, department/unit and Office of Student Conduct. The decision of the Academic Integrity Appeal Board will serve as the final place of appeal.
- The UNLV Academic Integrity Appeal Board shall have the option of inviting the student and responsible instructor or department designee, and allow for witnesses of each party. If the Academic Integrity Appeal Board invites either party of the allegation to the hearing, both parties shall be invited.
- When a student is appealing the academic sanctions given as a result of an allegation of academic misconduct, and when such sanctions are provided in departmental publications and/or in the responsible instructor’s class syllabus, close consideration of materials will be given based on the clarity of the publication.
- In cases involving suspension, the Academic Integrity Appeal Board’s decision shall constitute a recommendation to the Vice President of Student Affairs (VPSA), who shall have final authority. In case involving expulsion, the Academic Integrity Appeal Board’s decision shall constitute a recommendation to the President, who shall have the final authority.
- A student alleged to have committed academic misconduct is not permitted to withdraw from the class in question unless the matter is resolved in the student’s favor, without the responsible instructor’s expressed permission, and may not be permitted to do so if withdrawing from the class would negate the academic sanction.
V. CONFIDENTIALITY OF RECORDS
All records in relation to a student misconduct case will be maintained in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 and the U.S. Department of Education guidelines for implementation. Transcripts of academic records shall contain information about academic status, including disqualification for academic or conduct reasons, and expulsion, suspension and revocation of admission for disciplinary reasons. In accordance with UNLV policy and the U.S. Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), UNLV vigorously protects the privacy of student education records. UNLV’s FERPA policy is located in its entirety at frepa.unlv.edu.
VI. SANCTIONS FOR ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT
Potential sanctions for academic misconduct may include, but are not limited to, any one of the sanctions listed below singularly or in combination with each other:
- Academic Sanctions NOTE: Each of the above may be agreed upon at the initial meeting.
- Resubmitting an assignment
- Reduction of points/letter grade for the assignment
- Dropping a class
- Reduction of points/letter grade for class
- Failing grade for assignment
- Failing grade for class
- Conduct Sanctions
- Reflection letter of understanding
- Skill Remediation
- Academic Integrity Seminar
- Conduct Warning or Probation
- Loss of Privileges*
- Transcript notation (approved by Dean/Academic Unit Equivalent)
- Suspension or removal from program, school or college (approved by Dean/Academic Unite Equivalent)
- Withdrawal of credit for previously accepted course or requirement
- Revocation of a degree or certificate
- Referral to the appropriate legal authorities
*In instances where it is determined that the academic misconduct is of both an intentional and egregious nature, and the resulting academic sanction is a failing grade in the course, the student may lose privilege of evaluating a course instructor.
VI. GENERAL POINTS
- All time limits specified in this policy should be extended for good cause.
- This policy is not intended to address differences of opinion over grades issued by an instructor exercising good faith and professional judgment regarding a student’s work.
- Before any action is taken under this policy that may result in the withdrawal, suspension or expulsion of an international student; both the student and the academic program are advised to consult with the UNLV Office of International Students and Scholars.
VII. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY APPEAL BOARD
- The Academic Integrity Appeal Board members will come from a variety of areas on campus and will serve two-year terms, with the exception of the members from the UNLV Faculty Senate Academic Standards Committee. To create the overall campus-wide pool of Academic Integrity Appeal Board members:
- The faculty of each college/school shall designate:
- Each Dean’s Office/Academic Unit Equivalent shall designate:
- Two (2) administrators/professional staff
- Two (2) undergraduate students
- Two (2) graduate students
- In addition, the following will be members of the pool:
- All members of the UNLV Faculty Senate Academic Standards Committee, during their term on the Committee (See VIII.B. below).
- When an appeal of an academic misconduct case is forwarded to the Academic Integrity Appeal Board, the hearing panel for each case will consist of the following, drawn from the pool:
- One (1) academic faculty member
- One (1) student
- One (1) administrative faculty or Academic Standards Committee Member.
- Any member of the Academic Integrity Appeal Board pool may serve on a hearing panel unless there are compelling academic discipline issues to be addressed at such hearing. In such cases, specifically designated pool members may be assigned from the college/school in which the alleged academic misconduct occurred. All efforts to eliminate or avoid conflict of interest and bias will be given in each case.
- Before serving on an Academic Integrity Appeal Board hearing, members shall receive an orientation and training on academic integrity and misconduct.
- Recruitment, training and facilitation of the Academic Integrity Appeal Board will be the responsibility of the Office of Student Conduct, in collaboration with the UNLV Faculty Senate; and with appropriate authority and jurisdiction being afforded to university designees as dictated in the NSHE and UNLV Student Conduct Codes.
VIII. TRANSCRIPT NOTATION FOR ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT
- In instances where it is determined that the academic misconduct is of both an intentional and egregious nature, the conduct sanction shall be recorded on the student’s official and unofficial transcript with a transcript notation. The transcript of the student shall be marked “Disciplinary Notation due to Academic Dishonesty in (class) during (semester).” The transcript notation shall occur only upon completion of the student conduct proceedings. The conduct sanction notation shall not affect the grade point average, course repeatability or determination of academic standing. This conduct sanction notation is intended to denote a failure to accept and exhibit the fundamental value of academic honesty.
- Once a conduct sanction notation is made, the student may file a written petition to the Academic Integrity Appeal Board to have the notation removed. The decision to remove the conduct sanction notation shall rest in the discretion and judgment of a majority of a quorum of the Board; provided that:
- At the time the petition is received, at least 180 calendar days shall have elapsed since the conduct sanction notation was recorded; and,
- At the time the petition is received, the student shall have successfully completed the designated non-credit Academic Integrity Seminar, as administered by the Office of Student Conduct; or, for the person no longer enrolled at the University, an equivalent activity as determined by the Office of Student Conduct; and,
- The Office of Student Conduct certifies that to the best of its knowledge the student has not been found responsible for any other act of academic misconduct or similar disciplinary offense at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas or another institution.
- Prior to deciding a petition, the Academic Integrity Appeal Board will review the record of the case and consult with the Office of Student Conduct and responsible instructor or appropriate chair/director/supervisor. The decision of the Appeal Board shall not be subject to subsequent Appeal Board reconsideration for at least 180 calendar days, unless the Appeal Board specifies an earlier date on which the petition may be reconsidered. Subsequent Appeal Board determinations pertaining to the removal of the conduct sanction notation may be appealed to the Vice President for Student Life. If the Vice President removes the conduct sanction notation from the student’s transcript, the Vice President shall provide a written rationale to the appeal board.
- No student with a student conduct notation on the student’s transcript shall be permitted to represent the University in any extracurricular activity, or run for or hold an executive office in any student organization which is allowed to use University facilities, or which receives University funds.
Sexual Harassment Policy and Complaint Procedure
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681) is an all-encompassing federal mandate prohibiting discrimination based on the gender of students and employees of educational institutions receiving federal financial assistance. Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual violence. Educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance are covered by Title IX. If only one of the institution’s programs or activities receives federal funding, all of the programs within the institution must comply with Title IX regulations. In compliance with Title IX, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas prohibits discrimination in employment as well as in all programs and activities on the basis of sex.
When sexual harassment exists on the university campus, both the integrity and the learning environment are threatened. Students, community members, and employees should feel safe and comfortable here. The university environment is a place for learning and growing—sexual harassment interferes with that process.
UNLV strives to create and maintain a safe environment where everyone can enjoy freedom from sexual harassment and intimidation.
As a matter of course, the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, have established policies regarding sexual harassment/discrimination and consensual relations within the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Sexual Harassment Policy and Complaint procedure. It is available on the Human Resources web page at http://hr.unlv.edu.
The consensual relations policy and other valuable information about the federal laws and policies governing sexual harassment are available on the web page for the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at http://diversity.unlv.edu.
ACCEPTABLE USE OF COMPUTING AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES POLICY
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The purpose of this policy is to:
- Ensure that use of computing and information technology resources is consistent with the principles and values of the university including academic freedom, privacy, and security.
- Ensure that computing and information technology resources are used for their intended purposes and meet compliance requirements.
- Ensure the confidentiality, integrity, availability, reliability and proper performance of computing and information technology resources.
ENTITIES AFFECTED BY THIS POLICY
Entities affected by this policy include UNLV students and employees and anyone who accesses UNLV computing and/or information technology resources.
WHO SHOULD READ THIS POLICY
UNLV students and employees and anyone who accesses UNLV computing and information technology resources should read this policy.
UNLV’s computing and information technology resources are dedicated to the support of the university’s mission and its core themes to promote student learning and success, advance and support research scholarship, and creative activity, and foster inclusion and community engagement. While advancing the mission and core themes, UNLV respects, upholds, and endeavors to safeguard the principles of academic freedom, freedom of expression, and freedom of inquiry. UNLV’s commitment to the principles of academic freedom and freedom of expression includes electronic information.
The use of computing and information technology resources in a manner consistent with the mission and ideals of the university and with the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Computing Resources Policy requires adherence to legal statutes, approved policies, and responsible behavior, including:
- using only assigned account(s) or account information
- respecting the privacy and rights of other computer users
- protecting the integrity of the physical environments in which information technology equipment resides
- complying with all pertinent software license and contractual agreements, and
- obeying all UNLV and NSHE regulations, state and federal laws.
UNLV seeks to create an atmosphere of privacy with respect to information and UNLV information technology resources. UNLV acknowledges its responsibilities to respect and advance free academic inquiry, free expression, reasonable expectations of privacy, due process, equal protection of the law, and legitimate claims of ownership of intellectual property. Such responsibilities are balanced with the acknowledgment that users should be aware that they should have no expectation of privacy in connection with the use of UNLV resources beyond the explicit provisions of university policy and applicable federal and state law (e.g., NRS Chapter 239, Public Records). UNLV is a public institution, and because the university must be able to respond to lawful requests and ensure the integrity and continuity of its operations, use of the university’s information resources cannot be completely private.
Information on university computers and equipment may be subject to legal discovery and disclosed:
- In response to lawfully executed court-ordered warrants or subpoenas
- As a result of the Nevada Public Records Act (i.e. public records request)
- In response to federal “Freedom of Information Act” requests
- In litigation involving the university and/or university employees
- In criminal investigations or investigations of student or employee misconduct
- In university investigations in accordance with NSHE or university policy.
When warranted, university staff are asked to assist in investigations and discovery and have direct responsibility for investigating and responding to some alleged offenses and incidents involving computing resources.
1. Each person may use only those computing and information technology resources for which he or she has authorization.
Examples of violations include, but are not limited to:
a) asking another person for individual account passwords or attempting to obtain such passwords by any means
b) using resources without authorization
c) sharing university accounts with other persons without authorization
d) accessing files, databases, data or processes without authorization
e) using former system and access privileges without authorization after association with the university has ended.
2. Computing and information technology resources must be used in a manner that respects the privacy and rights of others.
Examples of violations include, but are not limited to:
a) accessing, attempting to access, or copying someone else’s electronic mail, data, programs, or other files without authorization
b) divulging sensitive, personal information without a valid business or academic reason
c) developing or using programs that may cause problems or disrupt services for other users d) misrepresenting another user’s identity in any electronic communication (e.g., forging an e-mail address)
e) using electronic resources for deceiving, harassing or stalking other individuals
f) sending threats, “hoax” messages, chain letters, or phishing
g) intercepting, monitoring, or retrieving any network communication without authorization.
3. The access to and integrity of computing and information technology resources must be protected.
Examples of violations include, but are not limited to:
a) sharing passwords
b) purposefully propagating computer malware such as computer viruses, worms or Trojan Horses, except under secure conditions for research or teaching purposes
c) preventing others from accessing an authorized service
d) degrading or attempting to degrade performance or deny service
e) corrupting information
f) altering or destroying information without authorization
g) making university systems and resources available to those not affiliated with the university
h) installing hacking or vulnerability tools in university systems without authorization
i) circumventing or attempting to circumvent security mechanisms without authorization.
4. Applicable laws and university policies must be followed.
Examples of violations include, but are not limited to:
a) uploading, downloading, distributing or possessing material deemed illegal under US and state laws, such as child pornography or classified information
b) using university computing or network resources for advertising, partisan political activities or commercial purposes (see the exception for “UNLV Student elections, which are governed by CSUN policy” in Section II.1. “Partisan Political Activity” and the definition of political activity from the NAC 284.770, both referenced in the Related Documents section)
c) making unauthorized copies of licensed software
d) downloading, using or distributing illegally obtained media (e.g., software, music, movies) using the campus network, whether on a UNLV-issued computer or not
e) accessing, storing or transmitting sensitive, personal information without a valid business or academic reason, or outside the parameters of limited personal use
f) transmitting sensitive, personal information without using appropriate security protocols
5. Limited personal or non-university use of UNLV computing and information technology resources is allowable only if ALL of the following conditions are met:
a) the use does not interfere with an employee’s duties
b) the cost and value related to use is nominal
c) the use does not create the appearance of impropriety or UNLV endorsement
d) the use is otherwise consistent with this policy. Refer to the Office of Information Technology’s Policies and Procedures web page at http://oit.unlv.edu/about-oit/policies for additional information, including how to request an exception to this policy.
Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Computing Resources Policy. NSHE Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 22
Guidelines for Scheduling University Facilities, Section II, A1 Partisan Political Activity http://www.unlv.edu/visit/visitingcampus/reserve-space/guidelines#partisan
Nevada Administrative Code, 284.770 – Political activities http://www.leg.state.nv.us/nac/NAC-284.html#NAC284Sec770
Nevada Revised Statutes, Chapter 603A – Security of Personal Information http://www.leg.state.nv.us/NRs/NRS-603A.html
Nevada Revised Statutes, Chapter 239, State of Nevada Public Records Law http://www.leg.state.nv.us/nrs/nrs-239.html
Refer to the Office of Information Technology’s Policies and Procedures web page
at http://oit.unlv.edu/about-oit/policies for a list of individuals who can answer questions about the policy.
These definitions apply to these terms as they are used in this policy.
Authorization - Permission to engage in activities otherwise deemed unacceptable only if required by existing policies, procedures, documented approval, assigned responsibility, or research or teaching purposes with adequate protections and in accordance with federal, state, and local laws.
Phishing - A scam by which an e-mail user is duped into revealing sensitive, personal or confidential information, which the scammer can use illicitly.
Sensitive, personal information - Any information about the individual maintained by the university, including the following: (a) Education, financial transactions, medical history, and criminal or employment history; and, (b) Information that can be used to distinguish or trace the individual’s identity, including name, social security number, date and place of birth, mother’s maiden name, or biometric records.
Student - Currently admitted to UNLV - or - enrolled in at least one course at UNLV - or - has completed at least one course at UNLV within the previous six academic semesters (spring, summer, and fall).
Systems - Devices and applications accessed via the network.
OIT COMPUTER LAB RULES
The UNLV computer labs are provided to support the academic computer needs of all currently enrolled UNLV students. Use of the labs for other purposes, commercial or otherwise, is prohibited. The rules below are intended to maintain an environment in the labs where all students can work effectively.
- Students must have their UNLV identification card with them to use any UNLV computer lab.
- An account that allows access to the UNLV computer labs can be obtained by currently enrolled UNLV students. However, this account is to be used only by the student to whom it is given. Students may not share their account with anyone else.
- Lab patrons may not duplicate or use copyrighted materials without appropriate licenses and/or permission.
- All users must respect the privacy of others, and courteous behavior is expected in the facilities.
- Lab patrons are expected to maintain the decorum of a library at all times. No user may engage in behavior that will disturb or distract other students. The use of cell phones in the facilities is restricted. Phones should be taken outside when receiving a call, and ringers should be turned to vibrate when possible.
- Changing the current hardware and software configuration is prohibited. To make specific or unusual hardware or software requests, contact the Facilities Supervisor for the lab.
- Students may not use their own paper in the facilities, and must use the paper provided by the labs. The reprographics department can accommodate special paper and printing needs.
- The use of any tobacco product in computer facilities is prohibited.
- Users may not leave their personal belongings unattended or leave their workstation unattended without logging off for any extended period (i.e., more than 20 minutes). UNLV is not responsible for any items left unattended in the facilities.
- The repeated violation of lab rules may result in lab privileges being suspended.
- Users may not engage in behavior that creates a hostile atmosphere for other students wishing to use the lab. For further explanation of this rule see below:
Procedures Regarding Offensive Behavior in Computer Facilities
- The computer facilities at UNLV are solely intended to support the academic computer needs of all students. Offensive behavior by some can create an environment that detracts from the ability of others to fully utilize the facilities. Loudness or otherwise creating a disturbance is behavior incompatible with the proper function of the facilities. People persisting in engaging in such impermissible behavior will be asked to leave.
- The computer facilities at UNLV exist to assist students in their academic work. This includes both formal assignments and informal supplemental learning and research. The use of the computer facilities for non-academic purposes is prohibited.
While offensive behavior is impermissible, using material, for academic purposes, that others might find offensive is protected by both the First Amendment and the NSHE Computing Resources Policy. However, as UNLV is a university community, the spirit of civility requires that all computer facilities users show respect and consideration for the sensibilities of others.
- Students who are planning to work with material that others might find offensive or that may violateTitle IX, including but not limited to vulgar language, explicit sexual material or material from hate groups – should attempt, whenever possible, to use computers whose screens are least likely to be viewed by passersby. If a student is offended by material displayed prominently on a computer screen, he or she should inform the facilities staff who will resolve the problem based on procedures established by the Computer Facilities Office. We all share the goal of keeping the UNLV computer facilities an environment where all students feel free to work. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
Student Email Policy
- Official email communications are intended to meet student, faculty, and staff academic and administrative needs within the campus community. Unless otherwise prohibited by law, the university and its faculty may communicate with students officially by email and will expect that such email messages will be received and read in a timely manner. Official UNLV email accounts are created for all admitted students. The addresses are all in the form of [name]@unlv.nevada.edu. These accounts must be activated by the students through the Office ofInformation Technology Help Desk or online.
- If a student wishes to have email redirected from their UNL V official email to another email address, they may do so but at their own risk. The university is not responsible for the handling of email by outside vendors or departmental/unit servers, none of which are considered official student email accounts. Having email redirected does not absolve a student from the responsibilities associated with official communication sent to his or her [name]@unlv.nevada.edu account. Students are expected to check their email on a frequent basis in order to stay current with UNL V related administrative and course communications and to recognize that certain communications may be time-critical. Students must ensure that there is sufficient space in their accounts to allow for delivery of official email communications. It is a violation of the UNL V Code of Student Conduct to use email to impersonate a university office, faculty/staff member, another student or any other person. Email users should exercise extreme caution in using email to communicate confidential or sensitive matters, and should not assume that email is private or secure. It is also important that users are careful to send messages only to the intended recipients. Faculty will determine how electronic forms of communication will be used in their classes, and will specify their requirements in the course syllabus. Such use by students and faculty shall be consistent with this policy. The Student Email Policy is available at: http://www.unlv.edu/assets/provost/policies-forms/Student-email-policy.pdf
Dangerous Weapon Policy
It shall be the policy of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas that dangerous weapons will not be permitted on campus without the express written approval of the President of UNLV or his/her designee. Currently, the Director of Police Services serves as the President’s designee. This policy shall apply to all persons on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, except law-enforcement officers in the performance of their duties.
Dangerous weapons include, but are not limited to, all weapons named in Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 202.265. For purposes of this policy, facsimile weapons are also banned.
Any person found carrying such weapons upon their person may be prosecuted for carrying concealed weapons. If the weapons are found on the campus, they shall be seized by the University Police. If the weapon, by its nature, is not illegal, it shall be returned to its owner when the owner has made arrangements for its removal from campus.
The Nevada Revised Statutes empower the university to establish regulations for the health, safety, and welfare of all. In this interest, the university will restrict the presence of animals on campus by enforcing the following two guidelines:*
- Any animal permitted on campus must be controlled by the owner or responsible person on a walking leash at all times except for Service Animals.
- If the animal creates solid waste, it is the responsibility of the owner or person responsible to gather and properly dispose of it. Failure to comply with these guidelines subjects the responsible party to a fine, or to the university withdrawing permission for access through the campus.
*Exception: Animals used for scientific purposes, in designated museums, service animals, or animals indigenous to an arboretum.
Neither the storage, possession, nor use of alcoholic beverages is allowed on the university campus or other university property unless prior approval has been obtained in writing from the university president. The only exception is in the case of a student over the age of 21 in his or her own residence hall room. Student-sponsored events at which alcoholic beverages will be served may be held in the Student Union, on the Student Union courtyard or on the north field by those recognized student organizations that accept the responsibilities outlined in the UNLV Alcohol Events Policy. Copies of the UNLV Alcohol Use Policy may be obtained from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, FDH-330.
Use of Automobiles and Parking
University parking and traffic regulations, administered by university parking enforcement and by a student-faculty committee, govern all vehicles operated on the campus, and violators are subject to a fine. The regulations, adopted by the Board of Regents and filed with the secretary of state under the provisions of Nevada Revised Statute 396.435, are enforceable in the civil courts as well as through the internal processes of the university. Each student must complete an automobile registration card and obtain a parking permit during registration. Students should obtain a copy of the regulations booklet at that time. Stickers and information also can be obtained from the Department of Parking Enforcement office at times other than the registration period.
Use of University Facilities
University facilities including campus grounds, are provided primarily for the support of the regular educational functions of the university and the activities necessary for the support of these functions. The university’s functions take precedence over any other activities in the use of university facilities.
Freedom to speak and to hear will be maintained for students, faculty, and staff, and university policies and procedures will be used to provide a full and frank exchange of ideas. An effort will be made to allow a balanced program of speakers and ideas. An invitation to speak at the university does not imply that the university endorses the philosophy or ideas presented by the speaker.
No individual or organization may sell, solicit, or peddle on university property without permission nor may funds be solicited from alumni of the university without initial permission of the Vice President for University and Community Relations and final approval of the president.
Any fund-raising efforts by student organizations off campus must be approved by the Vice President for Student Life.
University facilities may not be used for the purpose of raising monies to aid projects not related to some authorized activity of the university or of university groups, and no efforts at conversion and solicitation by uninvited non-campus groups or individuals will be permitted on campus.
Handbills and Posters
The university campus is maintained for the orderly operation of the school. Other uses are permitted only when they will not interfere with the normal functions of the university. The campus is governed by a university sign policy regarding distribution and posting of handbills and other printed materials. The Student Union has separate signage policies involving its spaces and functions.
The Nevada Revised Statutes empower the university to establish regulations for the health, safety, and welfare of all. In order for those who use sidewalks and walkways safely, the university bans the use of skateboards. The recreational use of skateboards is prohibited on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus.
Violation will result in the university withdrawing permission for access through the campus and/or disciplinary actions. If any damage has occurred, the parties responsible will make restitution. If the situation involves a minor, the parents will be notified of their financial responsibility. Such a violation may result in confiscation of the skateboard.
The Nevada Revised Statutes place certain restrictions on the smoking of tobacco in state and public buildings. In the interest of human health and safety, the university prohibits the smoking of tobacco in university buildings. Smoking may be permitted only when so designated in areas identified by the facilities management department. Failure to comply with these guidelines subjects the responsible party to administrative action.
Student Use of Hazardous Materials
Certain courses may require students to work with potentially hazardous materials in the laboratory, darkroom, or workshop as part of the course work. Instructors will provide instructions regarding the safe handling of all materials. Questions regarding the use of these materials should be directed to the specific academic department