Student Code of Conduct

The Far Eastern University is committed to maintaining a wholesome, orderly and peaceful campus conducive to personal and intellectual growth. The University sets high standards and expectations for the students who choose to become a part of it by established rules of conduct intended to foster behaviors that are consistent with professional and educational setting. Thus, the need for the students to conduct themselves in ways that support a scholarly environment.  Dedication to study, respect for authority, strict observance of the rules and regulations of the University, and unfailing courtesy are expected at all times of all students.  The Administration, after due process, reserves to itself the right to suspend, dismiss from the University at any time, strike from the list of candidates for graduation and/or withhold the diploma from, or expel any student who violates any of the rules and regulations of the University or fails to satisfy its academic standards.  In this context, students are guided by Far Eastern University (FEU) Student Code of Conduct articulated here.

Articles

Article I

General Behavior

Section 1. Students shall at all times conduct themselves in an appropriate decorum and appearance in accordance with the policies promulgated by the University.

Section 2. Students shall wear their proper school attire and validated school identification cards upon entry and while inside the campus. (Refer to University School Attire and FEU ID Card Policy and Institute Uniform Code)

Section 3. Students shall not bring into the University objects, videos, films, pictures or literature which are morally offensive or subversive. (Refer to Policy on Prohibited Items)

Section 4. Students shall not bring into the premises of the University any alcoholic drink or any prohibited drug or controlled substance, including any prohibited drug or controlled substance paraphernalia. (Refer to Policy on Drugs and Prohibited Substance)

Section 5. Students shall not enter the University premises under the influence of liquor or any prohibited drug or controlled substance, or drink or take liquor or any prohibited drug while inside the University premises. (Refer to Policy on Drugs and Prohibited Substance)

Section 6. Students shall not engage in gambling, lottery or in any other scheme where chance, monetary and/or material considerations are involved while inside the University campus. Such schemes include, with or without the element of chance, the enticement of the students to part with their property in consideration of an empty promise of gain or benefit.  Students shall not bring any gambling paraphernalia, playing cards or any card games inside the University premises.  They shall not play any card games while inside the University premises. (Refer to Policy on Prohibited Items)

Section 7. Students shall not bring into the University premises explosive materials and pyrotechnics, firearms, and deadly weapons which include brass knuckles, stun guns, lead pipes, knives, icepicks, or any other pointed or bladed objects. The use of weapon, or a threat to use one, or threat to use of such weapon shall aggravate the act without prejudice to existing laws.  (Refer to Policy on Prohibited Items)

Section 8. Students shall at all times be respectful and proper in their conduct. They shall refrain from using language and/or committing acts in any form or medium, that are disrespectful or profane, vulgar or indecent, scandalous, or which in any manner may cause anguish or tend to disturb or tarnish the good reputation and integrity of the University and its stakeholders.

Section 9. Students shall not vandalize or damage any property of the University or of other students, faculty members, employees, or officials of the Administration of the University. The students shall not post announcements, posters, or streamers in the school premises without first having secured written permission from proper authority, i.e., school officials and the Student Development.

Section 10. Students shall not commit any form of littering or unsanitary acts (e.g. improper disposal of chewing gums) within the University premises.

Section 11. Students shall not, in any manner, disturb classes and academic functions. Neither shall the students display unruly behavior while inside the campus.

Section 12. Students shall not commit any form of dishonesty, including but not limited to:

  1. Violation of test-taking protocol (Refer to Policy on Violation of Test-Taking Protocol)
  2. Falsification of or forgery in documents
  3. Misrepresentation of any kind including lending/borrowing of IDs, Certificate of Registration, and school attire
  4. Plagiarism (Refer to Policy on Plagiarism)
  5. Concealment or omission to state material facts
  6. Unjust enrichment, theft, robbery, pilferage
  7. Credit card fraud
  8. Computer hacking and/ or identity theft (Refer to Policy on Computer Security Breach).

Section 13. Students shall not form and maintain any unauthorized barricade, make or maintain any form of obstruction to any entrance to or exit from the University campus or prevent, coerce or threaten any other student, faculty member, official or personnel of the University from entering into or going out of the campus.

Section 14. Students shall not be involved in any form of hazing, or any activity, including, but not limited to, coercion, threats which may result in actual or threatened infliction of harm and physical injury upon the person of their fellow students, faculty members or employees of the University. Students shall neither be members nor recruit others to become members of organizations not recognized by the University. (Refer to Policy on Fraternities)

Section 15. FEU is a non-smoking campus.  Students shall not smoke at all times while inside the campus. They shall not bring into FEU premises cigars, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vapes and lighters. Smoking zone is twenty meters from the gates. (Refer to Policy on Prohibited Items)

Section 16. Students shall refrain from publicly displaying acts of intimacy such as but not limited to kissing, necking, petting, and all similar acts which are malicious, vulgar or indecent.

Section 17. Students shall maintain peace and order inside the campus. They shall submit themselves and/or their belongings for lawful inspection and/or search when requested by proper authorities. They shall not engage in unauthorized use of school facilities. They shall refrain from playing ball in the FEU Plaza and other prohibited places.

Section 18. Students shall refrain from engaging in all forms of bullying, harassment or acts of lasciviousness.

Section 19. Students shall not participate in any subversive and/or concerted activities or rallies inside the campus.

Article II

Behavior in the Classroom

Section 1. Students, as a sign of respect, shall rise when called upon to recite or when propounding questions to the professor.

Section 2. Students shall enter and leave the classroom quietly and in an orderly manner.

Section 3. Students waiting to occupy a classroom shall enter only after the outgoing class and the professor have left the room.

Section 4. Students shall leave the classroom only upon permission of the professor.

Section 5. Students shall not eat in the classroom and in all other restricted areas.

Section 6. Students shall keep the classroom and campus clean and free from litter.

Section 7. Students shall not be allowed to communicate with fellow students or disseminate information inside the classroom during class hours without approval from the proper authority.

Section 8. Students shall put their mobile phones and other electronic devices in silent mode while inside the classroom and shall not be allowed to use the same while class is going on unless permitted by the faculty.  In no instance shall the students use their mobile phones and other electronic devices during examinations and or quizzes.

Section 9. Students shall not be allowed to sit in and or join any class where they are not officially enrolled without securing prior approval from the faculty concerned.

Section 10. Students shall be liable for any damage to University property as a result of either willful/ intentional or negligent acts.

Article III

Behavior in CAD and Internet Laboratories

Section 1. Students shall not use or possess any unauthorized software related to the assigned machine works inside the Computer Laboratory.

Section 2. Students shall not intentionally upload within the Computer Systems Department any program, software or virus that may cause the Computer System Department to stall or crash, or which may otherwise affect its normal function.

Section 3. Students shall not eat or bring any food or beverage in the CAD and internet laboratories.

Article IV

Behavior in Libraries

Section 1. Students and library users shall, at all times, observe proper conduct. Smoking, eating, making unnecessary noise, loud conversation and mutilation of library materials, furniture and equipment in the library premises are strictly prohibited.

Section 2. Students shall wear the proper school attire to avail of library services.

Article V

Behavior in Corridors, Passageways, and Elevators

Section 1. Students shall not loiter or create any disturbance in the corridors during class hours.

Section 2. Students shall keep all stairways and corridors clear for passage.

Section 3. Students shall maintain order and observe proper conduct in using the elevator.

Article VI

Behavior in Academic and Social Functions

Section 1. Students shall attend social functions in clothing appropriate for the occasion.

Section 2. Students shall behave properly during social functions and observe rules and regulations of the venue.

Article VII

Behavior outside the Campus

Section 1. Students, while in school attire, shall at all times refrain from committing acts that may embarrass the University or bring dishonor upon it. Such acts include, but not limited to:

  1. Public display of intimacy
  2. Drunkenness
  3. Disturbance of public peace
  4. Smoking
  5. Gambling
  6. Engaging in physical fights or verbal tussle
  7. Dishonesty

Section 2. All provisions on students’ behavior shall also apply when students are on approved off-campus activities.

Article VIII

Penalties

Section 1. General Provisions

  1. All cases involving discipline of students shall be under the jurisdiction of the Office of Student Discipline.
  2. Complaints for academic dishonesty (plagiarism and violation of test-taking protocol) are handled by the University Academic Integrity Committee (UAIC) and are referred to the Office of Student Discipline for implementation of intervention. Any appeal must be addressed to the UAIC.
  3. The Office of Student Discipline handles complaints for behavioral (social) violations. The University’s disciplinary process encourages the informal resolution of complaints with the agreement of the student. The resolution process is used to determine if a student engaged in behavior that violates the Student Code of Conduct understands and accepts responsibility for his or her own behavior.
  4. The Office of Student Discipline, after due process, shall determine, recommend to the Student Conduct Committee for its approval the proposed intervention/s, and implement the proper intervention/s for the behavioral violation, taking into account the following:
    1. Nature of and the circumstances surrounding the violation
    2. Respondent’s prior disciplinary record
    3. Character and position of the complainant or aggrieved person
    4. Precedent cases
    5. Safety concerns of the University
    6. Pertinent and applicable aggravating and mitigating circumstances.
  5. The intervention/s to be implemented by the Office of Student Discipline shall be discussed to the student during the conference called for the purpose, and with notice to the parent or guardian.
  6. Any appeal on the intervention/s to be implemented shall be made to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (SVPAA) who shall decide on the appeal.
  7. A student who is certified as undesirable by the Student Conduct Committee shall be dropped from the rolls of the University, in addition to such intervention as may be implemented by the Office of Student Discipline.
  8. Prohibited items and or those items which are not allowed to be brought by students inside the campus shall be confiscated, and will not be returned to the student. Students who insist on bringing these items inside the campus will be charged a major offense.

Section 2. An act is considered as an offense under the Student Code of Conduct if it: a. shows stubbornness or disrespect, if not utter disregard of University policy; b. brings shame to the University; c. constitutes violence, or may cause harm to or endangers the FEU community; d. constitutes dishonesty; e. is against academic integrity; or f. is considered as constituting computer security breach.

Section 3. Categories of Offenses

The following headings regarding the categories of offenses under the FEU Student Code of Conduct serve only as guides and are not to be treated as restrictions to the interpretation of the spirit and nature of actual offenses.

Minor violations are those that do not involve serious injury or harm, lack evidence of malicious intent, or with little or no serious negative implications for the University or the members of the FEU community.

Offenses are considered as either major or grave if any of the following conditions are present:  act is against Philippine laws, act endangers the life and safety of the FEU community, act is habitual, or act is against fundamental values of honesty, fairness, and integrity, and more particularly, the University core value of Uprightness.

List of Offenses

Section 4.   Social (Behavioral) Violations

  1. Intervention
    1. Minor social (behavioral) offenses, upon due process:
      • First offense: Warning
      • Second offense: Reprimand with counseling and conference with parents
      • Third offense: Suspension
    2. Major Offenses, depending on their seriousness and gravity, after due process and with prior notice to the parents:
      • First offense: Suspension
      • Second offense: Dismissal or Exclusion
    3. Grave offenses, after due process and with prior notice to the parents:
      • First offense:  Dismissal
    4. Depending on the assessed needs and the nature of the violation, other interventions may be imposed such as, but not limited to, student and parents’ undertaking, mandatory participation/ attendance in educational programs and seminars/ learning sessions, community outreach programs, academic or administrative service, letter of apology, suspension of library privileges, loss of scholarships, and mandatory referral for psychological or psychiatric assessment and compliance with any resulting treatment plan.
  2. When the behavioral violation is perpetrated by a non-FEU student within the University or during University approved activities with the cooperation or participation of an FEU student, the latter shall be liable for the acts of the former.
  3. The imposition of the disciplinary interventions for violation of any rule or rules under this Code shall not preclude the University from endorsing the case to the proper government authorities when the same may involve violations of penal laws.
  4. Any appeal or request for reconsideration of interventions imposed for behavioral violations must be addressed to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (SVPAA) who shall decide on the merit of the request and make final decision on the case.

Section 5. Scholastic (Academic) Dishonesty

  1. Intervention for Plagiarism

    First case: No recorded violation but the student must attend a whole day seminar-workshop on academic integrity at the FEU Language Learning Center (LLC)

    Second case: Up to a maximum of five days suspension and student must report to LLC for a whole day academic citation exercises.

    Third case: Suspension for a period not exceeding one semester to take effect immediately

  2. Intervention for Violation of Test-taking Protocol

    First case:  No recorded violation but the student must attend a whole day seminar-workshop on honesty, integrity and uprightness at the Guidance and Counseling (G&C)

    Second case: Up to a maximum of five days suspension and student must attend two (2) special TALES sessions

    Third case: Suspension for a period not exceeding one semester to take effect immediately

    1. Students who have more than one case of academic dishonesty will be automatically disqualified from Latin honors and from scholarships.
    2. A second case of academic dishonesty plus commission of a major behavioral violation under the Student Code of Conduct will merit a Dismissal.
    3. Any appeal involving academic dishonesty must be addressed to the University Academic Integrity Committee (UAIC).

Article IX

Student Conduct Committee

Section 1. Cases which cannot readily be resolved by the Office of Student Discipline by reason of conflicting claims between the parties, or those cases where informal resolution process fails, or those cases where the violation committed is classified as major or grave offense or where the intervention to be imposed for the offense is suspension or dismissal, shall be referred to the Student Conduct Committee.

Section 2.  The Student Conduct Committee is in-charge of reviewing all major discipline cases that carry with it a potential for suspension or dismissal. It is responsible for forwarding recommendations to the SVPAA who decides on cases of suspension or recommends to the President in cases of dismissal. All materials necessary for the deliberations of the Student Conduct Committee shall emanate from the Office of Student Discipline.

Section 3.  The Student Conduct Committee is a committee of seven (7) chaired by a member of the Deans and Directors Council appointed by the SVPAA with the Director of the Office of Student Discipline as an ex officio member plus five other members who are either faculty or academic officials and with at least one student.

Section 4.  Whenever warranted, the Student Conduct Committee shall conduct a fact-finding investigation of the case and receive evidence that shall form the basis of their findings and recommendations to the SVPAA.

Section 5.  Any appeal may be addressed to the SVPAA who shall decide on the merit of the appeal (based on new information not available at the time of the investigation, significant procedural error, or other equally reasonable cause), review the findings of the Student Conduct Committee and make final decision on the case.

Article X

Conferences, Seminars, Educational Tours, Picnics, Outings, etc.

Extra-curricular activities may be allowed with the approval of the President or the Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs, upon the favorable recommendation of the Director of Student Development.

Article XI

Posters

Only posters or similar literature bearing the signature of the Director of Student Development shall be allowed to be posted on designated areas.

Article XII

Use of the University Seal

No student shall be allowed to use the University seal or to reproduce the same in any printed form, engraving or by any manner of reproduction without the written approval of the University.

Article XIII

Institute Policies

Necessary behavior policies inherent to the courses that their students are enrolled may be imposed by the Institutes. Such behavior policies form part of the Student Code of Conduct, violation of which are to be classified as minor offenses.

SY 2020-2021

First Semester

The Student Code of Conduct 2020- 2021 is a product of separate consultation among the student leaders, parents, faculty, and other stake holders; it is effective starting the First Semester, SY 2020-2021 until further revised.

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