Code of Conduct

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Section One: Attitude

All students at Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia must always: 

(A) behave appropriately.  Be kind, sincere, honest, and truthful;

(B) be accountable for their actions;

(C) willingly cooperate with staff and faculty members to maintain a clean and safe environment that is

conducive to learning;

(D) treat others with respect and dignity; and

(E) adhere to the student Code of Conduct.    

Section Two: Dress Code

(A) Appropriate dress is required.  Students should be groomed and attired in a manner that is clean, neat and not distracting. 

(B) For both female and male students, skirts, pants above the knees, fancy T-shirts, fancy jeans, revealing skirts, pants or shirts and plastic sandals…are strictly prohibited in the classroom and in the university premises all time.

Section Three: Prohibitions

(A) Consumption, possession, and sale of alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and illicit drugs are forbidden on University premises and at all University events. Being under the influence of any of these substances while attending University classes or events is likewise prohibited.

(B) Students are prohibited from assaulting anyone on University premises or on their way to and from the University.  An assault is defined as: 

    1. Intentionally and/or knowingly, or recklessly causing emotional and/or bodily injury to another person
    2. Intentionally and/or knowingly causing physical contact with imminent bodily injury to another person
    3. Intentionally and/or knowingly causing physical contact with another person when the student should reasonably believe that the other person will regard the contact as offensive or provocative.
    4. Weapons are not permitted on the University premises. Weapons include but are not limited to the following: firearms, machine guns, short-barrel firearms, pistols, swords, knives including pocketknives and switchblades, explosive devices, metallic or    brass knuckles and knuckle dusters, ammunition, chemical dispensing devices such as mace and tear gas, fireworks, razors, chains, clubs, nightsticks, toy guns, replicas of any of the preceding, and any other objects that can be used to inflict bodily injury, or the threat of bodily injury, on another person.  The use of masks and other objects designed to conceal one's identity is forbidden. 

(C) All political rallies and manifestations of any kind are prohibited on the University premises.  Only those    meetings authorized, in advance, by the General Administration Office will be allowed. 

(D) Distribution of literature, pamphlets and other materials without proper authorization and solicitation of any kind are prohibited on the University premises. 

(E) Student organizations and publications organized under the name of the University must be authorized by the University Authority. 

(F) Profanity, vulgar language, sexual harassment, and obscene gestures directed against students, teachers, staff, and any other persons in classrooms or other University premises or on their way to and from University premises are strictly prohibited.

(G) Disruptive behavior in class sessions or meetings is strictly prohibited. 

(H) Telephones, beepers, IPods and pagers are not allowed in classrooms. 

(I) Acts of robbery, theft, vandalism, graffiti, damage to University’s or student’s property and other acts against the peace, security and safety of the people and laws of the Kingdom of Cambodia committed by any student may be subject to criminal penalties under the laws of the Kingdom of Cambodia. 

Section Four: Disciplinary Sanctions

One or more of the following sanctions may be imposed for any violation of the University Code of Conduct. The failure to perform a sanction, as directed, can lead to the imposition of more severe sanctions, including suspension or expulsion.

A.  Disciplinary Warning Or Reprimand
A disciplinary warning or reprimand is an official written statement of censure. It is used when a student’s behavior is unacceptable but is considered to be minor and/or unintended. It includes a warning that any other violation of the University’s Code for which the student is found guilty will result in more severe disciplinary action. The written statement shall be delivered to the student and classified in the student personal file.

B.  Restitution
Restitution is reimbursement to compensate for personal injury, property damage, or misappropriation of University or other personal property. It may be in the form of money or services, subject to the discretion of the Disciplinary Committee.

C.  Disciplinary Probation
Disciplinary probation may be imposed for a specified period of time. A student who is under disciplinary probation will not be permitted to participate in intramural, inter-faculty or club sports, or student clubs and organizations. Such a student may not represent the University in any public function, competition, or performance, hold office in a student organization.
Students receiving scholarships for any activities enumerated above may have that scholarship suspended or terminated. Decisions regarding scholarships will be made by the Vice President for Student Affairs in consultation with the Disciplinary Committee.

D.   Limited Term Suspension
Suspension is appropriate in cases of serious misconduct or in cases when a student has violated a condition of disciplinary probation, or has failed to meet the stipulations of lesser sanctions.  A student may be suspended from the University for the remainder of the semester in which the sanction is applied, or any portion thereof, for the next semester, or for any other additional periods determined appropriate by the University.

E. Indefinite Suspension
Indefinite suspension provides for all conditions described in Limited Term Suspensions but does not give a specific date for the consideration of readmission of the suspended student. This sanction is used in cases of extremely serious misconduct when evidence of rehabilitation must be presented by the student and accepted by the Vice President for Student Affairs before the student is readmitted.

F. Expulsion
Expulsion is the most severe sanction that the University may impose. Expulsion is permanent dismissal from the University. In addition, the student is not eligible for readmission to the University and permanently barred from the University owned or operated property and from all University sponsored events. Expulsions are recorded on the student’s permanent record (official transcript).

  1. Students expelled from the University are required to return any student identification cards, library borrowed books, room keys and other University property and must leave the campus immediately upon notification of being expelled.
  2. An expelled student may not return to the campus and is permanently barred from the University owned and operated buildings or property and from all University sponsored events.
  3. If an expelled student returns to the campus, he or she will be charged with unlawful entry and may be arrested. An expelled student’s relationship with the University is severed permanently.

Section Five: Other provisions

  1. Other provisions, as deemed necessary by the University, may be added to this code. 
  2. The University reserves the right to report to the appropriate civil authorities any offenses or violations occurring on University premises.

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