Vandalism is defined as any intentional behavior which causes damage, when that behavior violates policy, or is reckless or negligent, in that a reasonable person would know that engaging in that behavior could cause damage.

Students are expected to refrain from behavior which can damage their residence or the belongings of others, including Rutgers University property. In addition, students should choose their guests carefully, as they are responsible for the behavior of their guests in their residence.

Students will be billed for the costs of any vandalism which they cause, or may be caused by their guests. In addition, students responsible for vandalism are subject to residence hall discipline which can include mandatory service to their community. Behavior coupled with substance use will also include mandatory substance counseling. Large scale, bias-motivated, or dangerous vandalism is antithetical to community and will result in eviction and referral to the University Conduct office.

FACILITY VANDALISM

  • If similar damage occurs a second time in the same building, floor meetings will be held to discuss the issue with residents in an attempt to get the behavior to stop and/or find out who is responsible.
  • If damage occurs a third time in the same building, the Assistant Director will work with the appropriate RLC/E to develop a plan of action for the community.

VENDING MACHINE VANDALISM

Damage to vending machines in residence affects all residents. Students found responsible for vandalizing a vending machine will be held financially responsible and referred to Student Conduct for discipline.

Continued vending vandalism will also be responded to by Dining Services, who manages RU vending.
Second time damage to the same machine and/or another machine in the same building, the following will occur:

  • The machine will not be refilled for two weeks from the date of the vandalism. A poster explaining why the machine has not been refilled will be posted on the machine to inform the community.
  • Floor meetings will be held to discuss the issue with residents in an attempt to get the behavior to stop and/or fin d out who is responsible.
  • If damage occurs a third time to the same machine and/or another machine in the same building, the machines will be removed/ emptied for the remainder of the semester.

UNIVERSITY DISCIPLINE IN CASES OF VIOLATION OF LAW

Rutgers University students may be held accountable through the University judicial conduct process as well as the local New Brunswick/Piscataway criminal justice system. The University judicial process may be carried out before, simultaneously with, or following any related civil or criminal proceedings. If civil or criminal charges are dropped, or if the student is found not guilty via the criminal justice process, University discipline decisions and/or sanctions will not be subject to alteration or amendment.