• In a nutshell, University Policy is in place to protect the
rights and responsibilities of students and the institution.
• Resident Advisors will find themselves in situations where
they will need to recognize possible policy violations as
• Although you do not need to memorize the policies, the
more you familiarize yourself with the policies, the easier it
will be to identify and document issues.
• This is where you can find
an electronic copy of the
• Changes to the handbook
are posted here
throughout the year
Alcohol and Other Drugs
The University of New England has adopted a public
health philosophy regarding alcohol and other
The University of New England does not permit, or condone the illicit or unauthorized
possession (including empty alcohol containers), use, manufacturing, consumption,
sale, or distribution of illicit drugs and/or alcohol by students or employees on
University-owned or controlled property or as part of any University sponsored activity.
The University of New England supports Maine State Law and does not condone or tolerate
any acts of hazing. Any such acts, on or off University property or at University affiliates, are
expressly prohibited. In accordance with the Maine Prohibition of Hazing Law, UNE will
impose severe sanctions to those individuals found responsible for being in violation of the
Hazing Policy. Individuals should understand that disciplinary action by the University does
not offer protection from civil or criminal action or penalties.
The University of New England is committed to maintaining a fair and respectful environment for
living, work and study. To that end, and in accordance with federal and state law, and University
policy, the University prohibits any member of the faculty, staff, administration, Trustees, student body,
vendors, volunteers or visitors to campus, whether they be guests, patrons, independent contractors, or
clients, from harassing and/or discriminating against any other member of the University community
because of that person’s race, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, gender identity and
expression, ethnicity or national origin, religion, age, creed, color genetic information, physical or mental
disability, HIV status, or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era. Incidents of
harassment and discrimination will be met with appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including
dismissal from the University.
This policy is enforced by Federal Law under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of
the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. It is also enforced under
Maine law through the Maine Human Rights Act at 5 M.R.S.A. section 4551 et. Seq.
Every member of this University community is expected to uphold this non-
discrimination policy as a matter of mutual respect and fundamental
fairness in human relations. Every student of this institution has a
responsibility to conduct himself/herself in accordance with this policy as a
condition of enrollment. Further, every University employee has an obligation to
observe UNE policies in implementation of federal and state law as a term of
employment. Merit and productivity, free from prohibited bias, will continue to
guide decisions relating to employment and enrollment. No person will be
penalized for good faith utilization of channels available for resolving concerns
dealing with prohibited bias.
Title IX: Sexual Misconduct
Pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972,
“sexual misconduct and sexual harassment” is defined as
Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and
other verbal, non-verbal or physical conduct of a sexual
A. Submission to such conduct is made either implicitly or explicitly a term or condition of an individual’s
employment or status in a course, program or activity;
B.Submission or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or
educational decisions affecting such individual; or
C.Such conduct has the purpose or effect:
o of interfering with the individual’s work or educational performance;
o of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working and/or learning environment; or
o of interfering with or limiting one’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational
program or activity.
Title IX: Examples
Examples of sexual misconduct and sexual harassment may include, but are not limited to the following:
A. Physical assault, and/or physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving
consent due to the use of drugs or alcohol, or due to an intellectual or other disability. This includes rape, sexual assault,
sexual battery and sexual coercion.
B.Direct or implied threats that submission to sexual advances will be a condition of employment, work status,
compensation, promotion, grades, or letters of recommendation.
C.Sexual advances, physical or implied, or direct propositions of a sexual nature. This activity may include
inappropriate/unnecessary touching or rubbing against another, sexually suggestive or degrading jokes or comments,
remarks of a sexual nature about one’s clothing and/or body, preferential treatment in exchange for sexual activity, and
the inappropriate display of sexually explicit pictures, text, printed materials, or objects that do not serve an academic
D.A pattern of conduct, which can be subtle in nature, that has sexual overtones and is intended to create or has the effect
of creating discomfort and/or that humiliates another.
E.Remarks speculating about a person’s sexual activities or sexual history, or remarks about one’s own sexual activities or
sexual history that do not serve a medical or academic purpose.
Sexual misconduct or sexual harassment can occur regardless of the relationship, position or respective sex of the parties.
Same sex harassment violates this policy as does harassment by a student of a faculty member or a subordinate employee
of his/her supervisor
Tobacco and Smoke Free
Effective July 1, 2014, the University of New England will become a tobacco and smoke-free
campus. Smoking of tobacco or other substances and use of all tobacco products, including electronic
cigarettes will not be permitted anywhere or anytime on the University campuses. This includes all
parking lots, (including personal vehicles), buildings, residence halls and their grounds, clinics,
laboratories, classrooms, private offices, balconies, roofs, plazas, vestibules, loading docks, sidewalks,
and on any other campus property, as well as within close proximity to or causing the obstruction of any
building entrance, covered walkway or ventilation system. Please note only FDA approved nicotine
replacement therapy products will be permitted.
Signs will be posted at each building’s entrances and displayed in prominent, visible areas to inform all
individuals entering or occupying UNE property that smoking and tobacco products are prohibited. This
policy applies to all University of New England sites within and outside Maine.
The UNE Community will fully implement this policy related to smoking and tobacco use. All vendors and
contractors retained by UNE will ensure that this policy is implemented when their employees are visiting
or working on UNE property.
Weapons and Fireworks
No person shall possess weapons or any device(s) that, in the opinion of the Director of Safety and
Security present a danger to the community. Examples of weapons include swords, axes, machetes,
martial arts weapons of any kind, knives, slingshots, paint-ball guns, any device that propels an object
including but not limited to pellet guns, “soft pellet guns”, bb guns and the like as well as bows, arrows,
hunting knives and any firearm. Pepper spray and or any other similar product are prohibited from all
University buildings without the express consent of the Director of Safety and Security. Small "pocket
knives" for personal use with blades no longer than 2 ½ inches in length are generally acceptable. No
person shall possess replica or toy firearms that resemble an actual firearm or weapon.
Recognizing that any object could be a potential weapon the Director of Safety and Security shall
evaluate any questionable object and determine if the device shall be prohibited under the terms of this
policy. This policy shall in no way be used to prohibit the possession of kitchen type knives used for food
preparation so long as they remain in the owners "kitchen" area. Any weapon as defined by the policy or
determined to be so by the Director of Safety and Security that is found on campus, including any
Residence Hall space, will be confiscated.