26 | STEVENS STUDENT HANDBOOK STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT All undergraduate and graduate students shall conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the mission of the University. Students are expected to demonstrate integrity by maintaining an ongoing dedication to honesty and responsibility, to demonstrate trustworthiness by acting in a reliable and dependable manner, and to show respect by treating others with civility and decency. Free and open inquiry and discussion is critical to the University’s mission and must be protected even when the views expressed are unpopular or controversial. The following are violations of the Student Code of Conduct: 1. Discrimination, Harassment and Violence (for a complete text of Stevens’ Policy on Discrimination, Harassment and Bias Incidents, please visit this link.) a. Discrimination on the basis of any individual’s race, color, sex, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, religion, creed, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. b. Harassment, which is defined as unwelcome conduct toward a member or members of the Stevens community that occurs on the basis of a protected characteristic. c. Discrimination, harassment, or stalking occurring over electronic communications and social media are banned by the Policy whether or not they utilize Stevens’ electronic equipment, servers or e-mail resources. 2. Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct (for the complete text of Stevens’ Title IX Policy please visit this link.) Stevens Institute of Technology is committed to maintaining a safe and nondiscriminatory learning environment that is free of gender-based and sexual misconduct, including Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking, all of which are prohibited and defined in Stevens’ Title IX Policy. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in the university’s educational programs or activities, including admissions and employment. 3. Intimidation or Bullying Stevens prohibits any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act or any electronic communication, whether it is a single incident or a series of incidents, that is reasonably perceived as being motivated by any actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or a mental, physical or sensory disability, or by any other distinguishing characteristic of a person, that takes place on Stevens property or at any function sponsored by Stevens, and that: a. a reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, will have the effect of physically or emotionally harming a student or damaging the student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm to their person or damage to their property; b. has the effect of insulting or demeaning any student or group of students; or c. creates a hostile educational environment for the student by interfering with a student’s education or by severely or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm to the student. 4. Violence Physical violence or threats of physical violence are prohibited; including, but not limited to, kicking, punching, biting, hitting, or any use of force with intent to cause harm.