Article 129-A Written Rules

1. Rules for the Maintenance of Public Order. The College, while recognizing the right of an individual to the freedom of speech and peaceful assembly, is committed to defend the right of each member of the College community to carry out his or her assigned duties and responsibilities without interference. Accordingly, the following activities shall not be permitted.

  • Use or threat of force or violence against any person, the damaging or theft of College property or equipment, the prevention of the normal use or occupancy of any College facility, or the disruption of normal College operations;
  • Unauthorized occupation of College facilities or interference with their lawful use including the blocking of access to or from such areas, entering of any private room or area without permission, or presence in or use of any College facility during the hours when such facility is officially closed and special permission has not been granted;
  • Disorderly or indecent conduct on College property or at College events;
  • Engaging in any action or situation that recklessly or intentionally endangers mental or physical health or involves the forced consumption of liquor or drugs;
  • Unauthorized possession or use of firearms of any nature, dangerous weapons, or explosives on campus;
  • Illegal possession, use, or exchange of any illicit drug; and
  • Failure to comply with lawful directives issued by College representatives when they are acting in their official capacities.

The College reserves the right to require evidence of any individual’s qualification to use or be in or on any College facility or grounds and to deny use thereof to anyone who is not a member of the Fei Tian community, or to eject anyone therefrom who is not complying with these rules.

1-1. Enforcement. The above rules shall govern the conduct of students, faculty and instructors, and staff as well as visitors and other licensees and invitees on the College campus. The President or designee shall have the authority and responsibility to take necessary steps to enforce these rules.

The President shall have the authority to restrict the campus activities of any such person if in her determination it is necessary to prevent further violations of these rules.

In case of a violation of these rules by a person not a member of the Fei Tian community, the cognizant officer of the College may refer the matter to local civil authorities for appropriate action including ejection from the campus, prosecution under appropriate state and local laws, or both.

Any student, faculty member or instructor, staff, or officer is asked to immediately report to Security or Operations and Student Affairs any incidents on campus that may constitute a crime, violations of the above rules, physical injury, or an emergency so that they may be handled in a prompt and consistent manner.

In the case that the President of the College determines that the normal College procedures are inadequate for maintaining order on campus, he/she may request local civil authorities to deal with the situation.

1-2. Penalties. Any individual who is found to have violated these rules may be subject to immediate ejection from College property. In addition, any member of the Fei Tian community who is found to have violated these rules may be subject to suspension, expulsion or termination, or such other appropriate disciplinary action in accordance with College policies. Any organization that authorizes any violation of these rules may be subject to the rescission of said organization’s permission to operate on the College campus.

The penalties described herein shall be in addition to any criminal or civil penalty pursuant to any penal or other law to which the violator or organization may be subject.

The College has established complaint and grievance resolution processes.

2. Advisory Committee on Campus Security. While the College is not required to form an advisory committee on campus security due to not receiving state aid at the present time, it requests that representatives from Security and Student Affairs annually review and advise on the following:

  • educating the campus community about sexual misconduct;
  • educating the campus community about personal safety and crime prevention;
  • reporting sexual misconduct and assisting victims during investigations;
  • referring complaints to appropriate authorities;
  • counseling victims; and
  • responding to inquiries from concerned persons.    

3.  Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Stalking Prevention Information. The College is committed to providing an environment that is free from violence and sexual misconduct. Student Affairs prepares annual orientation sessions and materials for students on sexual offense prevention measures and topics including:

  • the applicable laws, ordinances, and regulations relating to such offenses;
  • the penalties for the commission of a sexual offense;
  • the procedures in effect at the College for dealing with such offenses;
  • the availability of counseling and other support services for the victims of such offenses;
  • the nature of and common circumstances relating to sexual offenses, on College property; and
  • the methods the College employs to advise and to update students about security procedures.

4. Campus Crime Reporting and Statistics. The College does not receive state aid or federal aid at the present time, so it has not filed campus crime statistics with the U.S. Department of Education pursuant to Title 20 of the U.S. Code at Section 1092(f). 

5. Investigation of Violent Felony Offenses. Security shall adopt and implement a plan providing for the investigation of any violent felony offense occurring at or on the grounds of the College and providing for the investigation of a report of any missing student. Such plans shall provide for the coordination of the investigation of such crimes and reports with local law enforcement agencies. Such plans may include, but shall not be limited to, written agreements with appropriate local law enforcement agencies providing for the prompt investigation of such crimes and reports. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the following meanings:    

  • “Local law enforcement agencies” means any agency or agencies employing peace officers or police officers for the enforcement of the laws of the state, and which has or have jurisdiction under provisions of the criminal procedure law over offenses occurring at or on the grounds of any institution subject to the provisions of this section.
  • “Missing student” means any student of an institution subject to the provisions of this section, who resides in a facility owned or operated by the College and who is reported to such institution as missing from his or her residence.
  • “Violent felony offense” means a violent felony offense as defined in subdivision one of section 70.02 of the penal law.

6. Appointment of Private College Security Officers. The College utilizes a team of security guards for its campuses.

7. Bias Related Crime Prevention Information. Student Affairs prepares annual orientation sessions and materials for students on bias-related crime prevention measures and information including:  

  • applicable laws on bias-related crime, including the provisions and coverage of the Hate Crimes Act of 2000 codified in Article 485 of the Penal Law;
  • the penalties for commission of bias related crimes;
  • the procedures in effect at the College for dealing with bias-related crime;
  • the availability of counseling and other support services for the victims of bias-related crime;
  • the nature of and common circumstances relating to bias-related crime at the College; and
  • the methods the College employs to advise and to update students about security procedures.

8. Prohibition on the Marketing of Credit Cards. The College prohibits the advertising, marketing, or merchandising of credit cards to students by vendors on College owned, operated, or controlled property and at any College-sponsored event without prior approval.

9. Notification of Fire Safety Standards and Measures in All College-Owned or College-Operated Housing. Operations shall provide written notification to students residing in College-owned or operated housing describing the residential fire safety system. Students are also notified to contact Student Affairs to access the campus fire safety report, pursuant to Title 20 of the U.S. Code at  Section 1092(i).

Reason for This Policy. Article 129-A of the NYS Education Law requires all colleges and universities to develop and administer written rules regarding conduct on campus and other college property.

Related Documents.

  • NYS Education Law §§ 6430 – 6438 (Article 129-A)