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Behavior that violates common standards of decency, fails to comply with community laws or statutes, or demonstrates contempt for the generally accepted values of the intellectual community is prohibited.

Respect for the Institute’s Educational Function

Any disruption of the Institute’ educational function is prohibited.

Respect for Persons

The Institute expects all members of the community to respect the dignity, freedom, and rights of others. Violence in word or deed against another; incitement or provocation to violence; negligent or reckless use of physical force; conduct that may reasonably be expected to exploit or coerce; prevention of another's ability to communicate or move freely; defamation; violation of another's privacy; unauthorized entry and/or uninvited or unwanted presence in another’s office, are prohibited.

Respect for Property

The Institute strives to create a community of trust, safety, and respect for others and for our shared resources. Theft or vandalism of or damage to Institute property or the property of others is therefore prohibited; fines may be imposed. The minimum sanction for damage or vandalism, in an Institute facility, is payment of the cost of repair or replacement. Other sanctions may be imposed as well. Theft or destruction of property may also constitute a criminal offense, and may be reported to appropriate law enforcement authorities.

Additionally, unauthorized access to Institute property or that of others, or undermining authorized access to Institute property or the property of others, is prohibited. This includes but is not limited to unauthorized use of services and disposition of property to another under the pretense that it is one's own.

Respect for the Authority of Officials

The Institute vests many employees, students, and outside service providers with specific duties and authority to affect the purposes of the institution. These include but are not limited to faculty members; deans; staff, security, and facilities. All students are expected to respect the authority of these individuals when they are executing their responsibilities, and failure to do so is prohibited. Students are expected to identify themselves by showing their Institute identification card upon request of Institute officials.

Communicating with Honesty and Integrity

We expect students to manifest integrity and honesty in all decisions and actions. Therefore, providing information to any member of the Institute staff or faculty that an individual knows or reasonably should know is false or misleading is prohibited.


Retaliating directly or indirectly against a person who in has good faith supported or participated in an Institute investigation of a policy violation of any type is prohibited. Retaliation includes but is not limited to ostracizing the person, pressuring the person to drop or not support a complaint or to provide false or misleading information, or otherwise engaging in conduct that may reasonably be perceived to affect adversely that person's educational, living, or work environment. Depending on the circumstances, retaliation may also be unlawful, whether or not the complaint is ultimately found to have merit.