Henderson Rules to Maintain Public Order
The tradition of the university as a sanctuary of academic freedom and center of informed
discussion is an honored one, to be guarded vigilantly. The basic significance of
that sanctuary lies in the protection of intellectual freedoms; the rights of professors
to teach, of scholars to engage in the advancement of knowledge, of students to learn
and to express their views, free from external pressures or interference. These freedoms
can flourish only in an atmosphere of mutual respect, civility and trust among teachers
and students, only when members of the College community are willing to accept self-restraint
and reciprocity as the condition upon which they share in its intellectual autonomy.
Academic freedom and the sanctuary of the university campus extend to all who share
these aims and responsibilities. They cannot be invoked by those who would subordinate
intellectual freedom to political ends, or who violate the norms of conduct established
to protect that freedom. Against such offenders Kingsborough Community College has
the right, and indeed the obligation, to defend itself. We accordingly announce the
following rules and regulations to be in effect on Kingsborough's campus which are
to be administered in accordance with the requirements of due process as provided
in the bylaws of The City University of New York.
With respect to enforcement of these rules and regulations we note that the bylaws
of the CUNY Board provide that the President, with respect to his or her educational
- Have the affirmative responsibility of conserving and enhancing the educational standards
of the college and schools under his or her jurisdiction;
- Be the advisor and executive agent to the board and of his or her respective College
Committee and as such shall have the immediate supervision with full discretionary
power in carrying into effect the bylaws, resolutions and policies of the board, the
lawful resolutions of any of its committees and the policies, programs and lawful
resolutions of the several faculties;
- Exercise general superintendence over the concerns, officers, employees, and students
of his or her educational unit.
Kingsborough Community College functions under The City University of New York system
and follows the Henderson Rules to Maintain Public Order. The Board of Trustees,
in compliance with Chapter 191 of the Laws of 1969 (Henderson Act) adopts the following
rules and regulations for the maintenance of public order on college campuses and
other college property used for educational purposes:
- A member of the academic community shall not intentionally obstruct and/or forcibly
prevent others from the exercise of their rights. Nor shall he interfere with the
institution's educational processes or facilities, or the rights of those who wish
to avail themselves of any of the institution's instructional, personal, administrative,
recreational, and community services.
- Individuals are liable for failure to comply with lawful directions issued by representatives
of the University/College when they are acting in their official capacities. Members
of the academic community are required to show their identification cards when requested
to do so by an official of the college.
- Unauthorized occupancy of University/College facilities or blocking access to or from
such areas is prohibited. Permission from appropriate college authorities must be
obtained for removal, relocation, and use of University/College equipment and/or supplies.
- Theft from, or damage to University/College premises or property, or theft of or damage
to property of any person on University/College premises is prohibited.
- Each member of the academic community or an invited guest has the right to advocate
his position without having to fear abuse, physical, verbal, or otherwise, from others
supporting conflicting points of view. Members of the academic community and other
persons on the college grounds shall not use language or take actions reasonably likely
to provoke or encourage physical violence by demonstrators, those demonstrated against,
- Action may be taken against any and all persons who have no legitimate reason for
their presence on any campus within the University/College, or whose presence on any
such campus obstructs and/or forcibly prevents others from the exercise of the rights
or interferes with the institution's educational processes or facilities, or the rights
of those who wish to avail themselves of any of the institution's instructional, personal,
administrative, recreational, and community services.
- Disorderly or indecent conduct on University/College-owned or controlled property
- No individual shall have in his possession a rifle, shotgun, or firearm or knowingly
have in his possession any other dangerous instruments or material that can be used
to inflict bodily harm on an individual or damage upon a building or the grounds of
the University/College without the written authorization of such educational institution.
Nor shall any individual have in his possession any other instrument or material which
can be used and is intended to inflict bodily harm on any individual or damage upon
a building or the grounds of the University/College.
- Any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers mental or physical
health or involves the forced consumption of liquor or drugs for the purpose of initiation
into or affiliation with any organization is prohibited.
- The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of illegal
drugs or other controlled substances by University students or employees on University/College
premises, or as part of any University/College activities is prohibited. Employees
of the University must also notify the College Personnel Director of any criminal
drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace no later than five
(5) days after such conviction.
- The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol by students or employees
on University/college premises or as part of any University/college activities is
Kingsborough Community College students are required to abide by all federal, state
and city laws. Other conduct not addressed in the Henderson Rules to Maintain Public
Order may still be deemed unacceptable and may be addressed by Kingsborough Community
College and the Office of Student Conduct.
Student Identification Card
The student photo identification card is the property of Kingsborough Community College.
The card is not transferable and is not authorized for any use other than for college
administrative purposes. It must be carried with you on campus at all times, and
be presented, upon request, to any college official, including security officers.
Use of the card by any person other than the individual to whom the card is issued,
or tampering with the card in any way, will subject the user to appropriate disciplinary
Policy on Drugs and Alcohol
Federal law requires that CUNY adopt and implement a program to prevent the use of
illicit drugs and abuse of alcohol by students and employees. The unlawful manufacture,
distribution, dispensation, possession or use of drugs or alcohol by anyone, on CUNY
property, in CUNY buses or vans or at CUNY-sponsored activities, is prohibited.
Students are expected to comply with the CUNY and college policies with respect to
drugs and alcohol. Any student found in violation may be subject to disciplinary
action under Article 15 of the Bylaws of the Board of Trustees, which may result in
sanctions up to and including expulsion from the University. In lieu of formal disciplinary
action, CUNY may, in appropriate cases, seek to resolve the matter through an agreement
pursuant to which the student must see a counselor or successfully participate in
a drug and alcohol treatment program.
In accordance with the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act, CUNY may choose,
when appropriate, to contact parents or legal guardians of students who have violated
the CUNY policy on drugs or alcohol.
For more information regarding CUNY's policy on Drugs and Alcohol please visit:
Policy on Alcohol and Drugs
Medical Amnesty and Good Samaritan Policy
Tobacco-Free CUNY Policy
As of September 4, 2012 Kingsborough Community College as well as all other CUNY campus
prohibit the following: (i) the use of tobacco on all grounds and facilities under
CUNY jurisdiction, including indoor locations and outdoor locations such as playing
fields; entrances and exits to buildings; and parking lots; (ii) tobacco industry
promotions, advertising, marketing, and distribution of marketing materials on campus
properties; and (iii) tobacco industry sponsorship of athletic events and athletes.
This policy applies to all tobacco and tobacco products including chew tobacco and
For more information regarding CUNY's Tobacco-Free Policy please visit Healthy CUNY.
Policy on File Sharing and Copyright Infringement
CUNY's Computer Use Policy requires users of CUNY computer resources to comply with
copyright law. If you use a P2P (peer-to-peer) file sharing program on a CUNY computer,
network or other resources to upload or download copyrighted material without permission,
you may be in breach of the Policy. According to the Policy, Users of CUNY computer
resources should generally assume that material is copyrighted unless they know otherwise,
and not copy, download, or distribute copyrighted material without permission unless
the use does not exceed fair use as defined by the federal Copyright Act of 1976.
The Policy also requires users of CUNY computer resources to engage in safe computing
practices. P2P and file-sharing programs can introduce a serious security risk to
your computer and other computers connected to the same network (e.g., CUNY)since
they may result in files infected with computer viruses and spy-ware being downloaded
to your computer and the network.
Violation of the Computer Use Policy may result in suspension or termination of your
right of access to CUNY computer resources, disciplinary action by appropriate CUNY
authorities, referral to law enforcement authorities for criminal prosecution, or
other legal action, including action to recover civil damages and penalties. Student
violations will normally be handled through the Office of Student Conduct.
For more information regarding CUNY's policy on File Sharing and Copyright information
please visit the June 2010 Notice to the CUNY Community.
Student organizations may post information and notices concerning their organizations
and activities in areas provided by the College, including designated kiosks, bulletin
boards, and walls. Guidelines for posting by student groups include the following:
- All posters, flyers and table tents must be approved for posting by the Office of
Student Life. Organizations can bring flyers and table tents to C-123 during normal
business hours to be stamped. The Office of Student Life reserves the right to remove
any posters that are not stamped.
- Flyers must include the name of the club/organization.
- Date, time and location must be confirmed prior to approval.
- Information printed in any language other than English must have an English translation.
- Flyers size cannot exceed 11 x 17 .
- Advertisements of solicitation of alcohol will not be approved.
- Credit card advertisements will not be approved.
- Flyers must only be posted to bulletin boards with staples and on walls with dots
provided by C-123. Flyers are not to be attached in any way to glass surfaces, doors,
floors, traffic signs, light poles, sidewalks or trees.
- Only one notice per event may be posted per kiosk, wall, and pole or board surface.
- Posted materials should not cover or obstruct other notices.
- Table tents must be in text format only. Not picture graphics will be approved for
- Be mindful and respectful of other groups/organizations when determining the number
of copies you will post.
Policy on Expressive Activity
The College supports the right of individual students, faculty, staff and student
organizations to engage in expressive activities, including the carrying or displaying
of signs or placards, leafleting, marches, rallies, demonstrations, protests, speeches,
and circulation of petitions. The College will take whatever steps necessary to protect
the rights of any member of the College community to publicly proclaim any view, however
unpopular, and protect the freedom of speech and assembly of any individual or group.
However, all expressive activities must comply with the College's rules regarding
the time, place, and manner for such expressive activities; to ensure that the College's
educational activities are not disrupted when members of the College community wish
to exercise their First Amendment rights.
For more information regarding Expressive Activity, please refer to Kingsborough Community College's Student Handbook.
Policies and Procedures on Non-discrimination and Sexual Harassment
Policy on Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination
The City University of New York ("University" or "CUNY"), located in a historically
diverse municipality, is committed to a policy of equal employment and equal access
in its educational programs and activities. Diversity, inclusion, and an environment
free from discrimination are central to the mission of the University.
It is the policy of the University applicable to all colleges and units to recruit,
employ, retain, promote, and provide benefits to employees (including paid and unpaid
interns) and to admit and provide services for students without regard to race, color,
creed, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, age, sex (including pregnancy,
childbirth and related conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, marital
status, partnership status, disability, genetic information, alienage, citizenship,
military or veteran status, status as a victim of domestic violence/stalking/sex offenses,
unemployment status, or any other legally prohibited basis in accordance with federal,
state and city laws.
As a public university system, CUNY adheres to federal, state and city laws and regulations
regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Should any federal, state or
city law or regulation be adopted that prohibits discrimination based on grounds or
characteristics not included in this Policy, discrimination on those additional bases
will also be prohibited by this Policy.
It is also the University's policy to provide reasonable accommodations when appropriate
to individuals with disabilities, individuals observing religious practices, employees
who have pregnancy or childbirth-related medical conditions, or employees who are
victims of domestic violence/stalking/sex offenses.
This Policy also prohibits retaliation for reporting or opposing discrimination, or
cooperating with an investigation of a discrimination complaint.
Policy on Sexual Misconduct
Every member of The City University of New York community, including students, employees
and visitors, deserves the opportunity to live, learn and work free from sexual harassment,
gender-based harassment and sexual violence. Accordingly, CUNY is committed to:
1) Defining conduct that constitutes prohibited sexual harassment, gender-based harassment
and sexual violence;
2) Providing clear guidelines for students, employees and visitors on how to report
incidents of sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and sexual violence and a
commitment that any complaints will be handled respectfully;
3) Promptly responding to and investigating allegations of sexual harassment, gender-based
harassment and sexual violence, pursuing disciplinary action when appropriate, referring
the incident to local law enforcement when appropriate, and taking action to investigate
and address any allegations of retaliation;
4) Providing ongoing assistance and support to students and employees who make allegations
of sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and sexual violence;
5) Providing awareness and prevention information on sexual harassment, gender-based
harassment and sexual violence, including widely disseminating this policy, and implementing
training and educational programs on sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and
sexual violence to college constituencies; and
6) Gathering and analyzing information and data that will be reviewed in order to
improve safety, reporting, responsiveness and the resolution of incidents.
This is the sole policy at CUNY addressing sexual harassment, gender-based harassment
and sexual violence and is applicable at all college and units at the University.
The CUNY community should also be aware of the following policies that apply to other
forms of sex discrimination, as well as to other types of workplace violence and domestic
violence that affect the workplace.
For more information, please visit the Policy on Sexual Misconduct and the Sexual Misconduct Complainants Bill of Rights.
Policy regarding the Submission of Fraudulent Documents and on the Omission of Information
in Support of an Application for Admission
The submission of documents in support of applications for admission such as transcripts,
diplomas, test scores, references, or the applications themselves, that are forged,
fraudulent, altered from the original, materially incomplete, obtained under false
pretenses, or otherwise deceptive (collectively referred to as fraudulent documents)
is prohibited by CUNY and may be punishable by: a bar on applying for admission, suspension
and/or explosion. The term applications for admission includes transfer applications.
Materially incomplete applications include applications that fail to include all prior
post-high school college level courses, regardless of whether:
- The courses were taken at a post-secondary institution in the United States or outside
the United States
- The applicant received a degree at the post-secondary institution
- The application is seeking credit for such courses, or
- The applicant is changing majors/careers
For more information regarding the submission of fraudulent documents and the Omission
of Information in Support of an Application for Admission please click here.
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