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What Parents Should Know about Off-Campus Jursidiction

The following is a letter from the Director of the Office of Student Conduct, Dr. Andrea Goodwin: 

Dear Parents and Guardians,
 
In preparation for the Fall 2016 semester, I am writing to notify you of an important policy at the University of Maryland. In May 2013, The University Senate revised the Code of Student Conduct to include misconduct that occurs off-campus. Previously, the Code did not extend to behavior off-campus unless the behavior was a criminal offense or occurred at a University-sponsored activity. However, there was increasing concern over the limitations of the Code to address certain types of misconduct off-campus such as physical assaults, sexual assaults, and acts of hazing.
 
Specifically, the Code now covers conduct that occurs:
 
(a)        on University premises; or
(b)        at University-sponsored activities; or
(c)        not on University premises if the conduct would otherwise constitute a violation of this Code had it occurred on University premises and if in the judgment of the Director of Student Conduct the conduct affects the safety of the University community or the orderly operation of the University.
 
Examples of off-campus misconduct that could be referred to the Office of Student Conduct include, but are not limited to, rioting, hazing, possession/use of weapons, sexual assault, illegal drug use and/or distribution, stalking, cyber-bullying, hosting large parties with excessive noise, and distribution of alcohol to minors. Students found responsible for off-campus misconduct are subject to the same consequences and penalties as misconduct that occurs on campus.   
 
In addition to the expectations set forth in the Code of Student Conduct, all University of Maryland students must abide by city, state and federal laws as well as local ordinances at all times. The University of Maryland Department of Public Safety (UMDPS) is also working toward increasing student safety and reducing crime off-campus. UMDPS has outlined a plan that includes increased jurisdiction off-campus. In partnership with the UMDPS and the Prince George’s County Police Department, the Office of Student Conduct hopes to improve the quality of life off-campus and improve safety for all students.
 
When students accept admission to the University of Maryland, they accept the rights and responsibilities of membership in the University’s academic and social community. Students are expected to uphold our stated values by maintaining a high standard of conduct at all times, regardless of whether they reside on campus, live off-campus, or commute from home. Students who live on-campus and off-campus are being educated about the Code of Student Conduct through an aggressive marketing campaign that utilizes a variety of methods, including email, social media, new student orientation, sessions in residence halls, and “Knock and Talks” with residents throughout the City of College Park. We would greatly appreciate if you would engage in a discussion with your student to remind him/her that the Code of Student Conduct has been extended and that students are expected to maintain high standards of integrity in our community. Together, we can promote the safety and well-being of our students, and encourage responsible behavior and citizenship.
 
Please feel free to visit the Office of Student Conduct website at www.osc.umd.edu for additional information. We look forward to your student’s arrival on campus in the next few weeks.

Sincerely,

Andrea Goodwin, Ph. D. 
Director, Office of Student Conduct