Intimidation, harassment, and assault in all forms are strictly prohibited on the Rutgers University campus and in all residence halls.
Intimidation and harassment: a person acts with the purpose to intimidate and harass another by:
- Making, or causing to be made, a communication or communications (including the use of electronic and/or social media) anonymously or at extremely inconvenient hours, or in offensively coarse language, or any other manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm to another student.
- Subjecting another to striking, kicking, shoving, or other offensive touching, or threatening to do so.
- Engaging in any other course of alarming conduct or of repeatedly committed acts with purpose to alarm or seriously annoy another person, such that the behavior substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the institution or the rights of other students to participate in or benefit from the educational program.
- Use of force against the person or property of any member of the university community or against the person or property of anyone on university premises, or the threat of such physical abuse. (Verbal assault may be prosecuted as a “threat of physical abuse.”)
ASSAULT CAN BE IN THE FORM OF SIMPLE ASSAULT OR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT:
According to New Jersey State Law N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1, simple assault is defined as when a person attempts to cause or purposely, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another; or negligently causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon; or attempts by physical menace to put another in fear of imminent serious bodily injury. Aggravated assault is defined as when a person attempts to cause serious bodily injury to another, or causes such injury purposely or knowingly or under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life recklessly causes such injury; or attempts to cause or purposely or knowingly causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon; or recklessly causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon.
Defamation, which is judicially defined to mean, and here means, the unprivileged oral, written, or electronic publication of a false statement of fact that exposes the person about whom it is made to hatred, contempt, or ridicule, or subjects that person to loss of the good will and confidence of others, or so harms that person’s reputation as to deter others from associating with her or him. Defamation is considered a separation offense under the University Code of Student Conduct as a “heinous act.”
ADDITIONALLY, INVASION OF PRIVACY IS DEFINED IN THE RUTGERS CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT, RUTGERS POLICY 10.2.11, AS:
- Making, attempting to make, transmitting, or attempting to transmit audio, video, or images of any person(s) on University premises in bathrooms, showers, bedrooms, or other premises where there is an explicit expectation of privacy with respect to nudity and/or sexual activity, without the knowledge and consent of all participants subject to such recordings.
- Viewing or spying on a person(s) on University premises in bathrooms, showers, bedrooms, or other premises where there is an explicit expectation of privacy with respect to nudity and/or sexual activity, without the knowledge and consent of all participants.
Students are expected to respect the reasonable expectations of privacy of other individuals within the University community. Accordingly, students are not permitted to make or attempt to make an audio or video recording of private, nonpublic conversations and/or meetings on University premises, without the knowledge and consent of all participants subject to such recordings. In such circumstances the uses of undisclosed hidden recording devices is prohibited, as is the transmission and/or distribution of any such recordings. This provision does not extend to the recording of public events or discussions, or to recordings made for law enforcement purposes.
Students who believe they are victims of verbal assault, intimidation, bullying, harassment or defamation should also report such incidents to the Dean of Students. In addition, the following individuals have been identified to handle complaints:
Director of Student Conduct
115 College Avenue, Rm 104
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(p) (732) 932-9414
Director of Compliance for Student Affairs
83 Somerset Street, Rm 101
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1281
(p) (848) 932-2406
Individuals who wish to discuss any matter with the police or if they feel they are in need of immediate police attention may contact the Rutgers University Police Department at (732) 932 -7111.
Some complaints can be and should be resolved by informal methods, while others will require the implementation of formal procedures. All complaints are treated confidentially; complainants are encouraged to report incidents even if they do not wish to pursue the matter beyond the reporting stage.