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Introduction

Updated 7/22/2014

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) encourages the development of independence, maturity, and ethical sensitivity of students. The college must establish standards of conduct essential to its effective and orderly function as an educational institution. The following codes of conduct were prepared to guide all members of our student body. All who become members of our community have an obligation to support and obey college regulations, and all local, state, and federal laws. Those who cannot or do not comply will be subject to disciplinary action both from the college as well as local, state, and federal authorities, as subsequently set forth, and the privilege of continued attendance at FIT may be withdrawn.

Jurisdiction

These codes of conduct and college policies apply to all Fashion Institute of Technology students. The term “student” means a person registered for, or auditing, credit or non-credit FIT courses, on either a full- or part-time basis. Persons who are not officially enrolled for a particular semester but who have a continuing relationship with the college shall also be responsible for abiding by the codes of conduct. Any registered person is considered a student if he/she enrolls in such courses or programs on a physical campus or site or via distance learning, the internet, or any other means of course-delivery technology. Students who withdraw after allegedly violating the code are considered students for the purposes of this process.

The codes primarily prohibit misconduct on FIT property, but may also address off-campus conduct when the behavior or the continued presence of the individual, in the college’s sole judgment, impairs, obstructs, or interferes with the mission, processes, or functions of the Fashion Institute of Technology. Students should be aware that FIT reserves the right to review and take disciplinary actions based on conduct occurring off campus and/or between academic periods.

Failure to Comply

Students are expected to be cooperative and respectful to college officials who are acting in the performance of their duties. This includes, but is not limited to, college administrators, faculty and staff such as residential staff, resident assistants, buildings and grounds personnel, campus security officers, and others. Further, students are expected to comply with instructions, requests, or orders of a college official, a college official’s designee, or college document. Failure to comply during the adjudication process may result in adjudication in the student’s absence and/or further disciplinary sanctions such as monetary fines and a college hold.

Specific violations of this standard include, but are not limited to:

  • Failing to comply with the directive of any college official or faculty member
  • Failing to comply with the terms of any policy, procedure or agreement between a student and a college official or department
  • Failing to comply with any applicable federal, state, or local law
  • Failing to comply with campus security and federal, state, or local law enforcement
  • Failing to comply with identification requirements
  • Failing to comply with a sanction issued by the Dean of Students, Academic Affairs or the Campus Judicial Board
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