Students have the responsibility to conduct themselves in a manner that does not impair the welfare or educational opportunities of others in the Montana Western community. Students must act as responsible members of the academic community; respect the rights, privileges, and dignity of others; and refrain from actions that interfere with normal University functions.
General Misconduct includes all forms of misconduct, except academic misconduct. Some, but not all, of the acts listed below are criminal acts under the laws of Montana. In all cases, Montana Western concerns itself with general, or non-academic, misconduct insofar as it directly affects the Montana Western community. General misconduct is subject to University disciplinary action(s), and includes:
Standards of Conduct
- Forgery, falsification, or fraudulent misuse of University documents, records, or identification cards.
- Furnishing false information to the University or members of the Montana Western community who are performing their official duties.
- Causing false information to be presented before any judicial proceeding of the University or intentionally destroying evidence important to such a proceeding.
- Theft of property or services on University premises or at University-sponsored activities, or knowing possession of stolen property on University premises or at University-sponsored activities.
- Unauthorized use, destruction, or damage of University property or the property of others on University premises or at University-sponsored activities. “Unauthorized” means entry, use, or occupancy to which the student is not authorized by virtue of his/her enrollment, class schedule, and/or legal or Student Conduct Code action.
- Unauthorized or fraudulent use of Montana Western’s facilities, telephone system, mail system, or computers, or use of any of the above for any illegal act.
- Unauthorized entry, use, or occupancy of University facilities.
- Failure to comply with the directions of University officials, including Resident Assistants and Security Officers, acting in the performance of their duties within the scope of their authority.
- Violation of published University regulations or policies. Among such regulations are those pertaining to student housing, entry and use of University facilities, use of amplifying equipment, campus demonstrations, etc. Montana Western regulations and policies may be obtained from various offices (Residence Life, Dean of Students Office, Registrar, Financial Aid, Business Office, and Chancellor’s Office).
- Intentional obstruction or disruption of normal University or University-sponsored activities, including but not limited to studying, teaching, research, administration and disciplinary procedures, or fire, police, or emergency services.
- Use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages on University premises or at University-sponsored activities except as permitted in University policies (Facility Use Policy, and Alcohol Policy). NOTE: According to Montana law, use or abuse of alcohol does not justify abusive or damaging behavior; such use or abuse will not constitute grounds for reduced sanctions for Conduct Code violations.
- Use, possession, or distribution of medical marijuana. Although Montana state law permits the use of medical marijuana, i.e., use by persons possessing lawfully issued medical marijuana cards, federal laws prohibit marijuana use, possession and/or cultivation at educational institutions and on the premises of other recipients of federal funds. The use, possession or cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes is therefore not allowed in any University of Montana Western housing or any other University of Montana Western property; nor is it allowed at any University-sponsored event or activity off campus.
- Disorderly or indecent conduct on University-owned or controlled property or at University-sponsored activities.
- Hazing, defined as an act which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or which destroys or removes public or private property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a group or organization.
- Interfering with the freedom of expression of others on University premises or at University-sponsored activities.
- Malicious intimidation or harassment of another. When a student, with the intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy, bully, or offend, (a) causes bodily injury to another, (b) causes reasonable apprehension of bodily injury in another, (c) damages, destroys, or defaces any property of another or any public property, or (d) makes repeated telephone communications anonymously or at extremely inconvenient hours or in offensively coarse language. Off-campus incidents are subject to procedures in Section I, Jurisdiction, of this Student Handbook.
- Illegal use, possession, or distribution of any controlled substance on University premises or at University-sponsored activities; or illegal distribution of any controlled substance off-campus, subject to procedures in Section I, Jurisdiction.
- Illegal or unauthorized possession or use of firearms, explosives, other weapons, dangerous chemicals, or other noxious substances on University premises.
- Sexual misconduct. See sexual misconduct policy on the web or contact Title IX coordinators, Liane Forrester, 406-683- 7530 or Nicole Hazelbaker, 406-683- 7900.
- Homicide, assault, aggravated or felony assault, or threat of the same, to any person on University-owned or controlled property or at University-sponsored functions, or conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any such person; or off-campus homicide, assault, aggravated or felony assault, or threat of the same.
- Retaliation against a person for filing a complaint, or acts of intimidation directed toward the person to drop a complaint.
- Violation of the terms of any disciplinary sanction imposed in accordance with this Code.
- Attempts and Complicity: Attempts to commit acts prohibited by the Standards of Student Conduct, or knowingly or willfully encouraging or assisting others to commit such acts are prohibited by this Code and may be punished to the same extent as if one had committed the prohibited act.
- Smoking & Tobacco: The use of tobacco (including cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, pipes, bidi, hookah, snus, orb, vape, vapor, vaporizer pens, all forms of smokeless tobacco) by students, faculty, staff, guests, visitors, and contractors is prohibited on all properties owned or leased by The University of Montana Western.
- Dangerous or disruptive student, Montana Western is concerned about the physical, mental, and emotional welfare of its students. The University believes that all students have a responsibility for self-welfare, self-guardianship and self-care. In addition, students are responsible for conducting themselves in a manner that is nor violent or disruptive. Any behavior that may threaten the well being of Montana Western students will be dealt with in a sensitive and appropriate manner. Montana Western strives to promote the health and safety of individual students with those of the broader campus community. When, in the judgment of appropriate University administration, a student’s behavior constitutes a disruption or danger to the living/learning environment which the University seeks to create, the University will intervene.
- Suicide attempts: Montana Western will consider all suicide attempts as serious. The University views any decision to attempt suicide as an indication of problems that are beyond the student’s immediate ability to cope. The counseling office will assist in the identification of resources for students in need of immediate help. In addition, Montana Western recognizes that others in the community are affected by suicide attempts. Upon Notification of a Montana Western student attempting suicide the University will provide crisis intervention. The Counselors, The Residence Life Director, and the Dean of Students are to be notified immediately so that appropriate intervention may be coordinated. If a student requests it, the Dean of Students may arrange for any student who attempts suicide to withdraw from the University, effective immediately, so that the student can give full attention to recovering. Students who would like to re-enroll must follow the University’s re-admission procedures for returning to Montana Western.