The University considers students as citizens of the community and expects them to abide by its laws. While it is not the University's desire to assume the regulatory and police functions of public government, the University is duly authorized to adjudicate cases when a student is charged with a violation of a city, county, state or federal law which would tend to have a negative effect on the University's standing in the community. The University is neither bound to wait for civil or criminal procedures to be completed nor bound by decisions rendered by the judicial agency. A student offender may be charged by both the University and a county or state law enforcement agency for the same offense. The University reserves the right to bring charges which it deems appropriate, and it will do so whenever the student's continued enrollment is considered a threat to persons or property, and/or it adversely affects established procedures of discipline and decorum.
Normally, criminal cases and parking infractions are processed through local, state and federal courts of law. However such criminal cases may be referred to Judicial Affairs for Administrative Action. On‑campus appeals of traffic infractions, however, will be handled through the Department of Student Activities. The University may summarily suspend any student, pending a hearing, convicted of a felony which adversely reflects upon his/her character and fitness as a member of the student body or which negatively reflects upon the University's mission.
Felonious convictions of any type, including the illegal use, possession, distribution or intent to use, possess, or distribute controlled substances (i.e. drugs), shall be cause for expulsion.
The University does not assume liability, directly or indirectly, for personal items belonging to a student. Personal items include, but are not limited to, clothing, books, musical equipment, televisions, radios, watches, rings, automobiles or any other items that are leased or owned by the student. Students are encouraged to contract for their own insurance coverage.
The University is not a collection agency for private businesses, nor will the University assume this role, directly or indirectly. Any and all bills, cashing of checks, and contracts created or entered into are the sole responsibility of the student and the private business in questions.
If a student is arrested, the University is in no way responsible for providing bond, directly or indirectly. However, all students are required to report immediately or as soon as practical all infractions of public law, which they are involved or charged to the Vice President for Student Affairs. Failure to do so may result in immediate suspension.
Violation of or being formally charged with the violation of a public law in a legal jurisdiction outside the campus environment of Virginia State University is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. This does not apply to traffic infractions.
Disciplinary action may be taken when a student is on property other than the University campus where such student's conduct violates federal, state or local laws, and which materially and adversely affects the student's suitability as a member of the University's community and/or which adversely affects the University's educational mission.