Dec 07, 2022  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog

Policies


Student Policies 

UNLV Student Conduct Code

Student Conduct Policy and Processes

Student Conduct Forms

Student Conduct Hearing Board

Policy Against Discrimination and Sexual Harassment and Complaint Procedures

Office of Compliance and Title IX

Title IX Statement

UNLV Student Computer Use Policy

Dangerous Weapon Policy

Animal Policy

Alcoholic Beverages

Controlled Substance Response Policy

Use of Automobiles and Parking

Use of University Facilities

Scheduling University and Facilities and Related Policy Forums and Free Expression

Fundraising

Handbills and Posters

Smoking Policy

Housing and Residential Life

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)

Campus Security Authority Role

Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Code

 

 

Student Policies 

All graduate students at UNLV must adhere to the rules and regulations set forth by the NSHE Board of Regents Handbook, UNLV Student Conduct Code, UNLV Graduate Catalog, and program handbook. Students found in violation of any of the rules and regulations discussed above as well as the laws governing the State of Nevada and the United States of America are subject to disciplinary action.

Please visit and review UNLV Statements and Compliance policies outlined here.

 

UNLV Student Conduct Code

The Office of Student Conduct assists students, faculty, and staff with the conduct code and policy enforcement; serves as a resource to the campus community surrounding student conflict resolution; and also provides an extensive outreach program that includes presentations such as academic integrity and preventing academic misconduct, conflict resolution, and managing disruptive behavior. Our goal is to foster an environment where students have an opportunity to be accountable for their behavior and continue their education in a supportive atmosphere.

 

Student Conduct Policy and Processes

  • The UNLV Student Conduct Code (“Code”): It is designed to promote a safe environment and sets forth standards of conduct expected of students/student organizations who choose to join the university community. When students choose to accept admission to the university, they accept the rights and responsibilities of membership in the university’s academic and social community. Students/student organizations that are found to violate these standards will be subject to conduct sanctions in order to promote their own personal development, to protect the university community, and to maintain order and stability on campus. To view the student code of conduct standards, click here. The Student Conduct FlowChart is the logic sequence used when dealing with a code of conduct incident.
  • Student Academic Misconduct 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. The Student Academic Misconduct Flowchart displays the logic sequence when dealing with academic conduct incidents.
  • Alcohol Response Policy: UNLV has a commitment to its students, the campus community, as well as the local community to be proactive in its educational responsibilities which include responsible standards of behavior relative to alcoholic beverages. As part of this commitment, UNLV includes educating the campus community regarding the responsible consumption and/or distribution of alcoholic beverages, as well as responses for misuse and/or abuse, as one of its responsibilities. 
  • Controlled Substance Response Policy: The Controlled Substance Response Policy & Guidelines (CSRP & G) have been developed to provide guidance for UNLV’s students, staff, and faculty regarding possible outcomes/sanctions that may be used relative to students’ consumption, distribution, possession, and/or sale of controlled substances. It is noted that this policy is a companion to the UNLV Alcohol Response Policy, and is designed to address all controlled substance incidents not involving alcohol. 
  • UNLV’s drug and alcohol abuse prevention program for students is governed by the Student Conduct Code, the Alcohol Response Policy and Guidelines, and the Controlled Substance Response Policy. All three policies are available on the Office of Student Conduct website.

 

Student Conduct Hearing Board

The UNLV Student Conduct Code is designed to promote this environment and sets forth standards of conduct expected of students who choose to join the university community. Students who violate these standards will be subject to conduct sanctions in order to promote their own personal development, to protect the university community, and to maintain order and stability on campus. If you are interested in serving on this board, visit the Office of Student Conduct: Involvement Opportunities website.

 

Policy Against Discrimination and Sexual Harassment and Complaint Procedures: 

This policy is divided into three parts. Section A states the NSHE policy against discrimination. Section B states the NSHE policy against sexual harassment. Section C contains the complaint and investigation procedure for discrimination and sexual harassment complaints. These procedures are in addition to disciplinary complaints brought against professional employees or students under Title 2, Chapter 6 of the NSHE Code (or if applicable, institution student codes of conduct), or against classified employees under the Nevada Administrative Code. However, information gathered as part of the complaint process under this section may be used in connection with disciplinary proceedings. For full policy and complaint procedure information visit unlv.edu/hr/policies/harassment.

 

Office of Compliance and Title IX

The Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act, generally known as Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 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, UNLV 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 NSHE and UNLV have established policies regarding sexual harassment/discrimination and consensual relations within the NSHE Sexual Harassment Policy and Complaint procedure. It is available on the Human Resources web page.

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 diversity.unlv.edu.

UNLV’s Office of Equal Employment and Title IX  has a plethora of resources: 

 

Title IX Statement

UNLV does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities, including admissions, on the basis of sex/gender pursuant to Title IX, or on the basis of any other legally protected category as is set forth in NSHE Handbook Title 4, Chapter 8, Section 13. Reports of discriminatory misconduct, questions regarding Title IX, and/or concerns about noncompliance with Title IX or any other anti-discrimination laws or policies should be directed to UNLV’s Title IX Coordinator Michelle Sposito. The Title IX Coordinator can be reached through the online reporting form, by email at titleixcoordinator@unlv.edu, by phone at 702-895-4055, by mail at 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Box 451062, Las Vegas, NV, 89154-1062, or in person at Frank and Estella Beam Hall (BEH), Room 555.

 

UNLV Student Computer Use Policy

The Office of Information and Technology (OIT) maintains 50 computer labs with some 1,500 computers available for academic use. The labs provide access to technology required by faculty and students in pursuit of teaching, learning, and research.

Open computer laboratories and WiFi internet access are provided as a service to students. Use is a privilege, not a right. Users should be good citizens; they must refrain from doing anything that annoys others or disrupts the educational experiences of their peers. Failure to comply with the regulations below may result in suspension under the NSHE Code, or civil or criminal action under the Nevada Revised Statutes, or federal law. It is a violation of UNLV policy to:

  • Copy any copyrighted software provided by UNLV. It is a criminal offense to copy any software protected by copyright, and UNLV will treat it as such.
  • Use licensed software in a manner inconsistent with the licensing arrangement. Information on licenses is available at the tutor stations or through NSHE Computing Services.
  • Copy, rename, alter, examine, or delete the files or programs of another person or UNLV without permission.
  • Use a computer to annoy others, including, but not limited to, sending offensive messages or knowingly causing a system to malfunction.
  • Create, disseminate or run a self-replicating program (“virus”), whether destructive in nature or not.
  • Use a computer for non-university work, such as for a private business or non-UNLV sanctioned club.
  • Tamper with switch settings or do anything that could damage terminals, computers, printers, or other equipment.
  • Collect, read, or destroy output other than your own work without the permission of the owner.
  • Use the computer account of another with or without permission unless it is designated group work.
  • Access or attempt to access a host computer, either at UNLV or through a network, without the owner’s permission, and/or through use of log-in information belonging to another person.

Computing Policies: For a full list of IT policies and procedures, click here.

 

 

Dangerous Weapon Policy

It is the policy of UNLV that dangerous weapons will not be permitted on campus without the express written approval of the president of UNLV or their 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 UNLVexcept 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.

 

Animal Policy

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.

 

Alcoholic Beverages

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-516. Please view UNLV’s Alcohol Response Policy and Guidelines for UNLV Students.

 

Controlled Substance Response Policy

The Controlled Substance Response Policy and Guidelines have been developed to provide guidance for UNLV students, staff, and faculty regarding possible outcomes/sanctions that may be used relative to students’ consumption, distribution, possession, and/or sale of controlled substances. Please view UNLV’s Controlled Substance Response Policy and Guidelines.

 

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.  

 

Scheduling University and Facilities and Related Policy Forums and Free Expression

The purpose of these policies and regulations is to ensure the effective use and enjoyment of the facilities of the UNLV campus, hereinafter referred to as the university, as an educational institution. In line with this policy, the university and its facilities are deemed to be a “non-public forum,” unless otherwise expressly stated herein, for purposes of expressive conduct under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Policies are applicable to all users and potential users of university facilities. For a list of guidelines or scheduling university facilities: unlv.edu/campuslife/scheduling-guidelines.

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.

 

Fundraising

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 fundraising 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.

 

Smoking Policy

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.

 

Housing and Residential Life

The Office of Housing and Residential Life, in collaboration with the students living in the residence halls, is responsible for the development of a comprehensive housing and food service program. The residence halls are staffed by full-time professionals trained in counseling and college student development and by student peer advisors who undergo extensive training. Residence hall staff and students work together to create an environment that supports student academic achievement, healthy lifestyle choices, responsible behavior, and personal development.

The Office of Housing and Residential Life is located in Tonopah North. Students wishing to live in the residence halls must request a residence and dining hall contract directly from this office or can download the contract by accessing the Internet at housing.unlv.edu. Housing is available on a first come first-served basis to any full-time, regularly enrolled student. Freshman students graduating from high schools outside of Clark County, Nevada, are required to live in the on-campus residence halls unless excused by the Housing and Residential Life Office. For specific information on the freshman on-campus housing regulation, contact the Housing and Residential Life Office in Tonopah North or by telephone at 702-895-3489.

 

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)

UNLV is subject to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). This federal act affords persons who are currently, or who were formerly, in attendance at the university as registered students a right of access to their “educational records,” which contain information directly related to such persons and the right to challenge the accuracy of their records. The act also restricts the persons to whom the university may disclose a student’s educational records without the student’s written permission. The university’s policy is to comply fully with all provisions of the act. Any person who feels the university has failed to comply with FERPA may file a complaint with the Registrar’s Office (registrar@unlv.edu) or with the U.S. Department of Education Family Policy Compliance Office via email at:

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (CLERY)

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) was enacted in the belief that crime awareness can prevent campus victimization. The Clery Act requires colleges and universities receiving federal funding to prepare, publish, and distribute, by October 1 of each year, campus security policies and crime statistics.

All System office staff members are encouraged to contact UNR or UNLV Police Services when they have been the victim of or have witnessed criminal actions. However, under the Clery Act, certain individuals designated as Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) are required to promptly report alleged crimes that occur within the geographic areas for which the campus police are responsible. Pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), CSAs are also required by federal law to promptly notify the Title IX Coordinator of all reported incidents of sexual misconduct including but not limited to sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking involving members of the NSHE community.

If a student, faculty, or staff member tells a CSA about an alleged criminal incident that has not been reported to the campus police, the CSA is required to report the information under federal law. Both UNR and UNLV Police Departments provide forms for CSAs to complete in order to report alleged crimes. The name of the reporting party, victim, or other individuals should not be included in the report if the person making the report requests confidentiality. However, there are some exceptions where disclosure of names may be required:

  • If disclosure is required by law (e.g. abuse or neglect of a minor);
  • If there is an imminent threat of harm to persons or property; or
  • The CSA is given permission to do so.

CSAs should not investigate the alleged crime or attempt to determine if a crime did occur. Campus police personnel may later contact the reporting CSA or others to gather additional information.

 

Campus Security Authority Role

While all universities strive to ensure the safety of their communities, the reality is that crime occurs everywhere. Many faculty and staff serve as CSAs — people who can take anonymous crime reports from victims and refer them to a variety of support services available to them.

CSAs are required to take crime reports whenever they believe that a reported crime is not simply rumor or hearsay. The Jeanne Clery Act requires all campuses to then collect such crime reports from CSAs; accurate statistics based in part on such reports must be included in the Annual Security Report and Daily Crime Log in order to maintain compliance.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding CSAs or any Clery-related matters please click here.

 

Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Code

Nevada System of Higher Education

NSHE, composed of two doctoral-granting universities, a state college, four comprehensive community colleges, and one environmental research institute, serves the educational and job training needs of Nevada.

NSHE provides educational opportunities to more than 107,600 students and is governed by the Nevada Board of Regents.

The Board of Regents’ mission includes to: advance student learning to the highest level; foster the expansion of knowledge through teaching and research; encourage community service; and enrich the lives of our students, our communities, our state, and the nation. In fulfillment of this purpose, we hold the following values at the center of our endeavor:

  • Integrity
  • Excellence
  • Accountability
  • Inclusiveness
  • Creativity
  • Innovation

The Board of Regents handbooks, policies, and procedures can be found here.

 

 

 

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