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Code of Conduct Policy


    PRIDE Museum is committed to ensuring a safe, civil, learning and working environment in which the dignity of every individual is respected. All members of the PRIDE Museum community—staff, youth and volunteers—share responsibility for its growth and continued welfare. Choosing to join the PRIDE Museum community obligates each student to abide by this code of conduct and accept the responsibility of its rules. PRIDE Museum expects students to maintain standards of personal integrity that are in harmony with the educational goals; to respect the rights, privileges, and property of others; and to observe national, state, and local laws.


  1. Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, other PRIDE Museum activities, including its public service functions on or off the premises, or of other authorized non PRIDE Museum activities when the conduct occurs on PRIDE Museum premises. Creating noise or other disturbances sufficient to disrupt the normal functioning of learning activities including excursion instruction.

  2. Any conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person including but not limited to, physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, or stalking.

  3. Sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other behavior of a sexual nature that is unwelcome and sufficiently severe or pervasive that it interferes with a person's academic or professional performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment. The behavior can be verbal, non-verbal or physical. Examples include sexual innuendo, spreading sexual rumors, sexual put-downs and jokes, remarks of a sexual nature about a person's clothing or body, offensive written notes or emails, sexual propositions, insults or threats, leering, whistling, suggestive or insulting sounds and gestures, and touching someone's body when unwelcome.

  4. Discrimination against any person.

  5. Attempted or actual theft of and/or damage to property of the PRIDE Museum or property of a member of the PRIDE Museum community or other personal or public property, on or off the premises.

  6. Hazing, defined as an act which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or which destroys or removes public or private property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for the continued membership in, a group or organization. The express or implied consent of the victim will not be a defense. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing is not a neutral act; both are violations of this rule.

  7. Violation of any federal, state or local law.

  8. Use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of narcotics, or other controlled substances except as expressly permitted by law.

  9. Public intoxication is expressly prohibited. Use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of alcoholic beverages by any person under twenty-one (21) years of age is expressly prohibited.

  10. Illegal or unauthorized possession of firearms, explosives, other weapons, or dangerous chemicals on PRIDE Museum premises or use of any such item, even if legally possessed, in a manner that harms, threatens or causes fear to others.

  11. When a student is charged by federal, state, or local authorities with a violation of law, PRIDE Museum will not request or agree to special consideration for that individual because of his or her status as a member.

  12. Theft or other abuse of computer and other electronic facilities and resources, including but not limited to:

  • Unauthorized entry into a file, to use, read, or change the contents, or for any other purpose.
  • Unauthorized transfer of a file.
  • Use of another individual's identification and/or password.
  • Use of computing facilities and resources to interfere with the work of another student, member or PRIDE Museum Official.
  • Use of computing facilities and resources to send obscene or abusive messages.
  • On-line harassment of members of the PRIDE Museum community.
  • Use of computing facilities and resources to interfere with normal operation of the PRIDE Museum computing system.
  • Use of computer facilities and resources in violation of copyright laws.
  • Any violation of any PRIDE Museum computer use policy.