Conduct and safety


Campus policies

University safety information

Federal laws require appropriate notice and explanation regarding university safety efforts, procedures and statistics. The following information is made available for your use. If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact the Student Services office at 474-7317, fyses@uaf.edu, or visit www.uaf.edu/ses/, or contact the University Police Department at 474-7721.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks follows all University of Alaska Board of Regents policies and procedures. The university considers university community member safety a primary objective and one that each and every member of that community can take partial responsibility for. Please take the following steps to ensure your personal safety:

Safety and security tips

  • Walk in pairs at night or call 474-7721 for security escort service.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Trust your instincts.
  • Keep your residence door locked at all times.
  • Report suspicious persons or situations.
  • Alert campus police if you will be working late or on weekends.
  • Never leave personal items unattended.
  • Lock your vehicle.
  • Report all incidents of crime or suspected crime to UAF's Police Department, and never hesitate to call for help.

Who can help? (area code 907)

Emergency

  • UAF Police/Fire Department (911 or 474-7721)
  • Alaska State Troopers (451-5100)
  • Fairbanks Police (459-6500)
  • Fairbanks Memorial Hospital (458-5565)
  • Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living -- IAC (452-2293)
  • Crisis Line (452-4357)
  • UAF Student Health and Counseling Center (474-7043)
  • UAF Student Services (474-7317)
  • UAF Residence hall director (474-7247)

Contacting any of these resources doesn't commit you to further legal action and is confidential.

Prevention

  • UAF security escort (474-7721)
  • UAF Student Health and Counseling Center (474-7043)
  • Coordinator, UAF Disability Services (474-7043)
  • UAF Student Services (474-7317)
  • Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living -- IAC (452-2293)

Timely warnings

In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of the chief of police, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus wide "timely warning" will be issued. The warning will be issued through the university electronic mail system to students, staff and faculty.

Depending upon the particular circumstances of the crime, and especially in all situations that could pose an immediate threat to the community and individuals, the University Police Department may also post notices in the vicinity of the crime, to include doors, hallways and parking lot notices.

Call 474-7UAF (7823) for updates on UAF closure and emergency information, or check UAF's online newsroom at www.uafnews.com.

Emergency phones

Emergency phones are marked with blue lights at the following sites:

  • Administrative Services Center
  • Akasofu Building
  • Arctic Health Research Building
  • Ballaine parking lot
  • Bunnell Building
  • Butrovich Building
  • Chapman Building
  • Cutler Apartment Complex parking lot
  • Haida parking lot
  • Harwood Hall
  • Hess Commons
  • Hess Village Recreation Center
  • Moore parking lot
  • Moore-Bartlett-Skarland Complex
  • Museum
  • O'Neill Building
  • Patty Center parking lot
  • Rasmuson Library
  • Reichardt Building
  • Stevens Hall
  • Student Recreation Center
  • University Park parking lot
  • Whitaker Building (intercom located at the front door to the police department)

All house phones and pay phones have 911 access.

UAF Police Department

The University Police Department is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by fully commissioned police officers with complete authority to apprehend and arrest anyone involved in illegal acts on campus and in areas immediately adjacent to the campus. By mutual agreements, university police officers work closely with local, state and federal police agencies and have direct radio contact with both Fairbanks Police and the Alaska State Troopers. University officers routinely back up other local law enforcement agencies; conversely, other local law enforcement agencies will occasionally assist in a university police investigation. The University Police Department is also a part of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Emergency 911 system. Criminal defendants are prosecuted through the Fairbanks District Attorney's Office, 4th Judicial District.

By mutual agreement with state and federal agencies, the University Police Department maintains computer terminals which access NLETS (National Law Enforcement Telecommunications Network), NCIC (National Crime Information Center) and APSIN (Alaska Public Safety Information Network). These databases are used to access criminal history data, nationwide police records, driver/vehicle identification information, as well as other local state and federal law enforcement information.

The commissioned police officers are supported by a staff of professionally trained emergency dispatchers and part time student security officers (community service officers), whose duties include building lock-ups, safety escort services, foot patrols of the campus and other campus safety related duties.

The University Police Department's jurisdiction is bounded by the following roads: Farmer's Loop Road to University Avenue on the East side, Geist Road on the South side, the Parks Highway, Sheep Creek Road Extension, Sheep Creek Road, and Miller Hill on the West side, and Yankovich Road (excepting the private property just south of Yankovich Road) on the north side.

Reporting a crime or other emergency

Despite the best efforts of the university, crime does occur. If you believe a crime has occurred, or even if you do not know but would like to ask someone, you are strongly encouraged to contact the University Police Department as soon as possible. Dispatchers, police officers and student security officers are available around the clock. If you are on the main campus, dial x7721 (from a university phone), 474-7721 from any other phone, 911 for emergencies, or pick up any of the emergency blue light phones located around campus (see listing above). Any suspicious activity or person seen in the parking lots or loitering around vehicles, inside buildings or around the residence halls should be reported to the University Police Department.

After your call is received, a police or security officer will be dispatched to investigate the incident. If the investigation warrants, persons suspected of criminal activity will be arrested or cited to appear in criminal court. Students and other persons who are affiliated with the university will be brought to the attention of the director of judicial services for university discipline and sanctions. (See section on Student Code of Conduct for types of discipline which can result from criminal activity.) Any university administrative action is separate from those penalties and fines levied by the criminal justice system.

If you are in one of the university's satellite facilities, dial either Fairbanks Police Department at 459-6500 or Alaska State Troopers at 451-5100 for non-emergency police issues, or 911 for emergencies. Dispatchers are available at these respective telephone numbers 24 hours a day to answer your call. In response to a call, the appropriate police agency will take the required action, dispatching an officer or asking the victim to report to the police or trooper post to file an incident report.

Confidential reporting procedures

If you are the victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action within the university system or the criminal justice system, you may still want to consider making a confidential report. With your permission, the University Police Department and/or UAF Judicial Services can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing your identity. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with your desire to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others. With such information, the university can keep an accurate record of the number of incidents involving students, determine where there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method or assailant, and alert the campus community to potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crime statistics for the university.

Reporting an incident to a pastoral counselor or a professional counselor will not cause that incident to be counted in the university's annual crime statistics, since counselors are not required to report crimes to the appropriate university authorities. Counselors are encouraged, if and when they deem it appropriate, to inform persons being counseled of the procedures to report crimes on either a confidential or non-confidential basis for inclusion in the annual crime statistics.

Annual disclosure of crime statistics

The director of judicial services prepares a report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. This report is prepared in cooperation with the University Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies surrounding our campus and satellite sites, Residence Life and Student Services. Each entity provides updated information and statistics to comply with the Act.

Campus crime, arrest and referral statistics include those reported to the University Police Department, designated campus officials (including, but not limited to directors, deans, department heads, advisors to students and student organizations and athletic coaches), and local law enforcement agencies.

Each year, the UAF class schedule and the University Police Department web site (www.uaf.edu/police/) are updated with current crime statistics. Copies of the statistics may also be obtained at the University Police Department, 612 Yukon Drive, or by calling 907-474-7721.

The most recent crime statistics are available online.

Security awareness and crime prevention programs

During the first week of school and periodically throughout the semester, students are made aware of crimes on campus and methods to counteract criminal activity. This is accomplished through a variety of means, primarily static displays and presentations, usually in conjunction with Residence Life, the Student Health and Counseling Center and Student Services.

A common theme of all awareness and crime prevention programs is to encourage students and employees to be aware of their responsibility for their own security and the security of others.

In addition to seminars, information is disseminated to students and employees through crime prevention awareness brochures, security alert posters, displays and articles in the student newspaper.

Access policy

During business hours, the University of Alaska Fairbanks is open to students, parents, employees, contractors, guests and invitees. During non business hours, access to all UAF facilities is by key or key card, if issued, or by admittance via the University Police Department or Residence Life staff. The University Police Department will only allow access into a building or office if the person requesting access has presented a valid picture ID, and their office is listed in the UAF Directory, or else special permission has been granted by the authorizing department and that special authorization is on file with the University Police Department.

Residential facilities are secured 24 hours a day and are accessible by card swipe access (residents only). During the evening hours, the residence hall doors are staffed by desk attendants, who will authorize the entry of non-residents upon sign-in by residents of the building and valid picture ID.

The safety and security of the UAF campus is regularly checked by both full and part time staff. This includes checks of all emergency phones and (during periods of darkness) exterior lights, and if deficiencies are noted, Facilities Services personnel are contacted for repairs. Building and parking lot security is checked frequently, with security surveys conducted when necessary.

Sexual misconduct

The term sexual assault, as used by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, encompasses the legal definitions of sexual assault contained in the Alaska state statutes. This definition includes, but is not limited to, rape, acquaintance or date rape, as well as rape by a stranger. Sexual assault is defined as sexual contact or penetration that is forced or coerced against the will of the victim. The same definition applies regardless of whether the assailant is a stranger, friend or a casual acquaintance.

Sexual harassment as defined by University of Alaska Board of Regents policy as "unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors by a member of the campus community when the assailant uses, threatens to use or implies that submission to or rejection of such conduct will have an impact on employment or academic decisions affecting the victim." Student to student sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and/or other verbal and physical conduct of a sexual nature which has the effect of interfering with an individual's living/working environment and creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive living or academic environment.

Harassment, sexual harassment, assault, sexual assault, stalking and hate crimes are of critical concern to the university community. If you believe that you are a victim of any of these prohibited behaviors, or want to report knowledge of such conduct, you may contact any of the following resources:

University resources (area code 907)

  • Dean of Students 474-7317
  • Police Department 474-7721
  • Residence Hall Director 474-7247
  • Director of Human Resources 474-7700
  • University EEO Officer 474-6600
  • Student Health and Counseling Center 474-7043

Community resources

  • Interior Alaska Center for Non-violent Living 452-2293
  • Fairbanks Memorial Hospital 458-5565
  • Crisis Line 452-4357

At any time in an emergency please call the university police at 911.

The university will follow-up on all reports of sexual misconduct, and strongly encourages potential victims to report their experience to the university police. The criminal court system and the university judicial system are two separate entities, and both may take action regarding any type of sexual assault. The university will, to the extent possible, keep the identity of individuals involved confidential. The university system may take disciplinary action even if a case is dismissed in court, or if an alleged victim chooses not to pursue the matter through the criminal court system.

In the event of a charge of sexual misconduct, the issue may be reviewed through formal university hearing procedures. If this occurs, the accused and accuser will be afforded the opportunity to present relevant information, be accompanied by a support person and be apprised of the final results of the disciplinary review. Upon request, as reasonably available, assistance will be provided in changing academic schedules and living arrangements.

If an accused student is found to be responsible for violation of the sexual misconduct policy, the entire range of sanctions as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct may be considered. These include, but are not limited to, eviction, disciplinary probation, suspension or expulsion from the university. Should the sexual misconduct charge be made against an employee, sanctions will be determined under applicable employment contracts and agreements.

Individuals who report a sexual assault to a university official will be assisted in reporting the incident to University Police, if they so desire. At that time, a police officer will determine the next course of action, usually a forensic medical examination done at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital for the purpose of collecting evidence which may be necessary to provide proof for criminal prosecution. Victims should avoid destroying potential evidence by showering or douching prior to this examination. Victims are encouraged to seek counseling services, and to make use of any other appropriate university resources. Reports made solely to the Student Health and Counseling Center staff and/or pastoral counselors will not be included in campus crime statistics, unless the victim would like to make a confidential report of crime for statistical purposes, and not for criminal prosecution or administrative discipline.

Sexual offender registration

The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act (CSCPA) of 2000 is a federal law that provides for the tracking of convicted sex offenders enrolled at, or employed by, institutions of higher education. The CSCPA is an amendment to the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Act. The federal law requires state law enforcement agencies (in Alaska, the Department of Public Safety) to provide the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a list of registered sex offenders who have indicated that they are either enrolled, employed or carrying on a vocation at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

A list of all registered sex offenders in Alaska is available from the Alaska Department of Public Safety web site at www.dps.state.ak.us/sorweb/Search.aspx. You can also search for all registered sex offenders associated with UAF (students, staff or faculty) by typing in "All Types" under address and "99775" for UAF's zip code.

This statement is provided in compliance with the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000.

Drug-free Schools and Communities Act amendments

The Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 require that each college and university receiving federal financial assistance provide annually the following information in writing to all students and employees:

  • Standards of conduct that clearly prohibit, at a minimum, the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on its property or as part of its activities.
  • A description of the applicable legal sanctions under local, state or federal law for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol.
  • A description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol.
  • A description of any drug or alcohol counseling, treatment or rehabilitation or reentry programs that are available to employees or students.
  • A clear statement that the institution will impose disciplinary sanctions on students and employees (consistent with local, state and federal law), and a description of those sanctions, up to and including expulsion or termination of employment and referral for prosecution, for violations of the standards of conduct. A disciplinary sanction may include the completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program.

In accordance with these laws the information below is presented for your knowledge.

A. Standards of Conduct

1. Students: The unauthorized use, distribution or possession of illicit drugs or alcohol in violation of Alaska Statutes or federal law on university premises or at activities sponsored by or affiliated with the university is in violation of the university Code of Conduct and is prohibited.

Unlawful Use of Alcoholic Beverages: It is unlawful to consume alcoholic beverages in the State of Alaska and on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus if you are under 21 years of age. It is also unlawful to supply alcoholic beverages to persons under 21 years of age. Consumption, possession or display of beer, wine or other alcoholic beverages is prohibited in university public places except for licensed areas such as Wood Center Pub, or at approved events.

Use of Illicit Drugs: Possession, use or sale of marijuana and other controlled substances, such as, but not limited to, cocaine, heroin or LSD is a crime under federal and state law. The possession, distribution, or use of such substances is prohibited.

2. Employees: The sale, purchase, transfer, use or possession of illegal drugs by employees on university premises or while on university business is prohibited. Further, the use of any legally obtained drug, including alcohol, to the point where such use adversely affects the employee's job performance, is prohibited.

B. Applicable Sanctions Under Alaska Statutes

The following description is a summary only and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone wishing further clarification may wish to consult a lawyer.

1. Drug Offenses

Classification of Common Controlled Substances (AS 11.71.140-180)

Schedule IA -- opium, codeine, heroin, methadone, morphine, dilaudid, percodan, demerol

Schedule IIA -- cocaine, amphetamines, LSD, mescaline, peyote, PCP, methaqualone (quaaludes), pentobarbital, psilocybine

Schedule IIIA -- hashish, barbiturates

Schedule IVA -- tranquilizers such as valium and librium, darvon

Schedule VA -- small amount of codeine or opium in non-narcotic mixtures such as cough medicine

Schedule VIA -- marijuana

Alaska State Law, as well as policies of the University of Alaska Board of Regents, prohibits the possession, use, delivery or manufacture of those controlled substances listed above. The category of the substance as well as varying amounts determines the magnitude of the offense, which includes Unclassified Felony, Class A, B or C Felony, Class A or B Misdemeanor or violation.

Alaska State Marijuana Penalties:

(a) Less than 1 oz. for personal possession -- Class B Misdemeanor

(b) 1 oz. to 1/4 lb. for personal possession -- Class A Misdemeanor

(c) Manufactures, delivers or possesses with intent to manufacture or deliver one ounce or more --Class C Felony

2. Alcohol Offenses

Alaska Statutes relating to unlawful possession or distribution of alcoholic beverages:

AS 04.16.050 -- Possession by Persons Under 21 -- Violation (1st or 2nd offense) or Class B Misdemeanor (3rd and additional offenses)

Persons under 21 may not knowingly consume or possess alcoholic beverages, except as allowed under AS 04.16.051 (b)

AS 04.16.051 -- Furnishing Alcoholic Beverages to Persons Under 21 -- A Misdemeanor

(a) May not furnish or deliver alcoholic beverages to person under 21,
(b) Except: (1) by the parent of a child, guardian of a ward or to a legal spouse, not on licensed premises; or (2) by doctor or nurse as part of medical treatment.

AS 04.16.040 -- Drunken Persons on Licensed Premises -- A Misdemeanor

Drunken person may not knowingly enter or remain on licensed premises.

AS 04.16.052 -- Furnishing Alcoholic Beverages to Persons Under 21 by Licensees -- A Misdemeanor

Licensee or employee may not, with criminal negligence,
(1) sell, barter, or give alcoholic beverage to person under 21 within licensed premises;
(2) allow person under 21 to enter and remain on premises, except as states in AS 04.16.049;
(3) allow person under 21 to consume alcoholic beverages on premises; or
(4) allow person under 21 to sell or serve alcoholic beverages.

AS 14.16.060 -- Purchase by Person Under 21 -- A Misdemeanor

(a) Person under 21 may not purchase alcoholic beverages or solicit another to purchase for him.
(b) Person may not influence sale of alcoholic beverages to person under 21 by misrepresenting age of that person.
(c) Person may not order alcoholic beverages from licensee to sell or give to person under 21.
(d) Person under 21 may not enter licensed premises and misrepresent age to induce licensee to sell or give alcoholic beverage to him.
(e) Person under 21 may not misrepresent facts required under AS 04.16.049(a)(2) or (3).

C. Federal Penalties and Sanctions for Illegal Possession of a Controlled Substance

21 U.S. C. 844 (a)

First conviction: Up to 1 year imprisonment and fined at least $1,000 but not more than $100,000, or both.

After one prior drug conviction: At least 15 days in prison, not to exceed two years and fined at least $2,500 but not more than $250,000, or both.

After two or more prior drug convictions: At least 90 days in prison, not to exceed three years and fined at least $5,000 but not more than $250,000, or both.

Special sentencing provisions for possession of crack cocaine: Mandatory at least five years in prison, not to exceed 20 years and fined up to $250,000, or both, if:

(a) First conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds 5 grams.
(b) Second crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds 3 grams.
(c) Third or subsequent crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds 1 gram.

21 U.S.C. 853 (a)(2) and 881 (a)(7)

Forfeiture of personal and real property used to possess or to facilitate possession of a controlled substance if that offense is punishable by more than 1 year imprisonment (see special sentencing provisions re: crack).

21 U.S.C. 881(a)(4)

Forfeiture of vehicles, boats, aircraft or any other conveyance used to transport or conceal a controlled substance.

21 U.S.C. 884(a)

Civil fine of up to $10,000 (pending adoption of final regulations).

21 U.S.C. 862

Denial of federal benefits, such as student loans, grants, contracts, and professional and commercial licenses, up to one year for first offense, up to five years for second and subsequent offenses.

18 U.S.C. 922 (g)

Ineligible to receive or purchase a firearm.

Miscellaneous

Revocation of certain federal licenses and benefits, e.g. pilot licenses, public housing tenancy, etc., are vested within the authorities of individual Federal agencies.

1. Alcohol Effects

Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low doses significantly impair the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely, increasing the likelihood that the driver will be involved in an accident. Low to moderate doses of alcohol also increase the incidence of a variety of aggressive acts, including spouse and child abuse. Moderate to high doses of alcohol cause marked impairments in higher mental functions, severely altering a person's ability to learn and remember information. Very high doses cause respiratory depression and death. If combined with other depressants of the central nervous system, much lower doses of alcohol will produce the effects just described.

Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence. Sudden cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms, including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations, and convulsions.

Alcohol withdrawal can be life-threatening. Long-term consumption of large quantities of alcohol, particularly when combined with poor nutrition, can also lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and the liver.

Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome. These infants have irreversible physical abnormalities and mental retardation. In addition, research indicates that children of alcoholic parents are at greater risk than other youngsters of becoming alcoholics.

D. Drug and Alcohol Counseling

Treatment for Students: On-campus programs available to students include the Student Health and Counseling Center and various support groups.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Student Health and Counseling Center is located on the second floor of the Whitaker Building. All students who pay the health center fee are eligible for services. Individual counseling is available for free or for a minimal charge. Students may seek information, counseling and/or referral for their own use or for concerns about a friend or relative's use. Group counseling is available for students whose alcohol use has caused some problem in their lives. In general, students seeking counseling need to schedule an appointment. In an emergency, however, every effort is made to see a student as soon as possible.

The student health insurance program contains benefits for some inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment. Call the insurance coordinator at 474-7043, for more information.

Depending on student interest, a number of support groups related to substance abuse meet on campus. Included are Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA), Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) groups. Information about time and location of these meetings can be obtained by calling the UAF Student Health and Counseling Center at 474-7043.

The university dedicates staff time at the Student Health and Counseling Center to do alcohol assessments and make appropriate referrals. Students may be directed to this service through judicial sanction, or may access this resource through self referral. Further information on this program can be obtained by contacting the Student Health and Counseling Center at 474-7043, or Student Services at 474-7317.

Treatment for Employees: Employees with substance abuse problems are strongly encouraged to seek assistance through one of the agencies in the Fairbanks area. Information about local agencies may be obtained by calling the UAF Student Health and Counseling Center at 474-7043 or by calling the agencies directly. Local agencies providing substance abuse treatment and assistance include:

  • Al-Anon 456-6458
  • Alcoholics Anonymous 456-7501
  • Family Recovery Center
  • (Fairbanks Memorial Hospital) 458-5540
  • Narcotics Anonymous 452-7372
  • Ralph Perdue Center 452-6251
  • Tanana Chiefs Conference Counseling Center 459-3800

The University of Alaska employee health insurance program contains benefits for some in-patient and out-patient treatment. For further information contact Human Resources at 474-7700.

E. University Sanctions

The university will impose appropriate sanctions on those individuals in violation of standards of conduct as set forth in Section A1 and 2 above.

Students: Violation of standards of conduct in Section A1 above will result in disciplinary action. Sanctions may include, but are not limited to, the following actions: warning, probation, trespass, suspension, expulsion, referral for prosecution, and referral for treatment/rehabilitation. Procedures for disciplinary action are detailed here.

Employees: Violations of standards of conduct in A2 above will result in disciplinary action. Sanctions may include, but are not limited to the following actions: suspension of work with or without pay during an investigation, a period of provisional employment (which may result in termination), referral for prosecution and referral for treatment/rehabilitation.

Sanctions imposed under law
OffenseMaximum
Prison Term
Maximum Fine
Unclassified Felony99 years$75,000
Class A Felony20 years50,000
Class B Felony10 years50,000
Class C Felony5 years50,000
Class A Misdemeanor1 year5,000
Class B Misdemeanor90 days1,000
Violation---300

Penalties for driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and refusal to take a breath test

AS 28.35.030 and AS 28.35.032 — Class A Misdemeanor or Class C Felony

 FinesImprisonmentDriver's License RevocationPossible Loss of Vehicle
 MinimumMaximumMinimumMaximum  
First Offense$1,500$5,00072 hrsOne year90 days (minimum)No
Second Offense$3,000$5,00020 daysOne yearOne yearNo
Third Offense$4,000$5,00030 daysOne year3 yearsYes
Felony Offense$10,000$50,000120 daysOne yearPermanentYes

* A person commits the crime of driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, inhalant or controlled substance if the person operates or drives a motor vehicle, aircraft or watercraft while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage (.08 percent or higher), intoxicating liquor, inhalant, or any controlled substance, singly or in combination. A person is guilty of refusal to submit to a chemical test if a person under arrest for DUI refuses the request of a law enforcement officer to submit to a chemical test to measure that person’s breath alcohol. The penalties for refusal are exactly those of a conviction for DUI. A person is guilty of a Class C Felony if the person is convicted two or more times of DUI (or similar statutes in other jurisdictions) since January 1, 1996 and within 10 years preceding the date of the present offense.

Student Code of Conduct (BOR POLICY 09.02.02)

A. As with all members of the university community, the university requires students to conduct themselves honestly and responsibly, and to respect the rights of others. Conduct that unreasonably interferes with the learning environment or that violates the rights of others is prohibited by the standards and guidelines described in this section and in university regulation and MAU rules and procedures, collectively referred to as the Student Code of Conduct, or code. Students and student organizations will be responsible for ensuring that they and their guests comply with the code while on property owned or controlled by the university or at activities authorized by the university.

B. Disciplinary action may be initiated by the university and disciplinary sanctions imposed against any student or student organization found responsible for committing, attempting to commit, or intentionally assisting in the commission of any of the following prohibited forms of conduct:

  1. cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty;
  2. forgery, falsification, alteration, or misuse of documents, funds, or property;
  3. damage or destruction of property;
  4. theft of property or services;
  5. harassment;
  6. endangerment, assault, or infliction of physical harm;
  7. disruptive or obstructive actions;
  8. misuse of firearms, explosives, weapons, dangerous devices, or dangerous chemicals;
  9. failure to comply with university directives;
  10. misuse of alcohol or other intoxicants or drugs;
  11. violation of published regents' policy, university regulation, rules, or procedures; or
  12. any other actions that result in unreasonable interference with the learning environment or the rights of others.

C. Examples of actions that constitute these prohibitions will be described in the university regulation and MAU rules and procedures.

D. This policy and university regulation and MAU rules and procedures are not intended to define prohibited conduct in exhaustive terms, but rather to set forth examples to serve as guidelines for acceptable and unacceptable behavior.

The university judicial system and the criminal court system are two separate entities, and may come to separate and different conclusions regarding the same issue. Students are expected to abide by university decisions, and can expect to be afforded due process through university proceedings.

As a result of disciplinary action, the university may impose one or more of the following sanctions. In determining appropriate sanctions a student's present and past disciplinary record, the nature of the offense, the severity of any damage, injury, or harm resulting from the prohibited behavior and other factors relevant to the matter will be considered. The following list of sanctions is illustrative rather than exhaustive. The university reserves the right to create other reasonable sanctions or combine sanctions as it deems appropriate.

  1. Warning -- A warning is notice that the student is violating or has violated the code, and that further misconduct may result in more severe disciplinary action.
  2. Probation -- Probation is a written warning which includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the student is found to be violating the code during a specified period of time (the probationary period).
  3. Denial of Benefits -- Specific benefits may be denied a student for a designated period of time.
  4. Restitution -- A student may be required to reimburse the university or other victims related to the misconduct for damage to or misappropriation of property, or for reasonable expenses incurred.
  5. Discretionary Sanction -- Discretionary sanctions include community service work or other uncompensated labor, educational classes, counseling, or other sanctions that may be seen as appropriate to the circumstances of a given matter. Costs incurred by the student in fulfilling a discretionary sanction will be the responsibility of the student.
  6. Restricted Access -- A student may be restricted from entering certain designated areas and/or facilities or from using specific equipment for a specified period of time.
  7. Suspension -- Suspension is the separation of the student from the university for a specified period of time, after which the student may be eligible to return. Conditions under which the suspension may be removed and for re-enrollment will be included in the notification of suspension. During the period of suspension, the student may be prohibited from participation in any activity authorized by the university and may be barred from all property owned or controlled by the university, except as stated on the notification.

    The authority to suspend a student is, by this regulation, delegated to the chancellors. Chancellors may not re-delegate this authority.
  8. Expulsion -- Expulsion is considered to be the permanent separation of the student from the university. The student may be prohibited from participation in any activity authorized by the university and may be barred from property owned or controlled by the university except as stated on the notice of expulsion. The authority to expel a student is, by this regulation, delegated to the chancellors. Chancellors may not re-delegate this authority.
  9. Revocation of a Degree -- Any degree previously conferred by the university may be revoked if the student is found to have committed academic misconduct in pursuit of that degree. The authority to revoke a degree is, by this regulation, delegated to the chancellors. Chancellors may not re-delegate this authority.

The university has established procedures for enforcing the UA code of conduct. Each student at the university shall be afforded due process in all disciplinary matters. For a complete guide to these procedures, please refer to Board of Regents Policy and University Regulation 09.02 at the following website: www.alaska.edu/bor/policy/09-02.doc.

Education records, information release and FERPA

The UAF Office of Admissions and the Registrar is responsible for keeping student education records. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended, protects the privacy of education records, establishes the right of students to inspect and review their education records, and provides guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings.

FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the university receives a request for access. Students should submit a written (letter or FAX) request to the Office of Admissions and the Registrar that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The registrar will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the Office of Admissions and the Registrar, registrar-designated staff will refer the student to the appropriate personnel or office to access the record.
  2. The right to request the amendment of a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. A student may ask the university to amend the student's education records if he/she believes they are inaccurate or misleading or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy or other rights. If the university decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the university will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. If the university denies the amendment request after the hearing, the student is given the right to insert a statement in the education record.
  3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. The university may release, without consent, certain directory information.

The university discloses education records without a student's written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person designated by the university to perform an assigned function on behalf of the university, including an individual employed by the university as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or administrative staff member (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff) or a volunteer; a person or company with whom the institution has contracted to perform a service instead of using university employees (such as an auditor, attorney, or other third party); a member of the Board of Regents; a governmental entity or any other entity with which a student is placed as part of his or her education; or a student serving on an official committee (such as a judicial or academic review committee or scholarship committee), or assisting another university official in performing his or her tasks. A university official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs the student's education record in order to perform work appropriate to his or her position.

Upon request, the university also discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or where the student is already enrolled.
The following information is designated as directory information by the university:

a. Names of students
b. Dates of attendance at the university
c. Program/major field(s) of study
d. Degrees and certificates received including dates
e. Participation in officially recognized university activities
f. Academic and co-curricular awards, honors, and scholarships received and dates received
g. Weight and height of students on athletic teams
h. Students' electronic mail addresses
i. Hometown; city and state

A student may inform the Office of Admissions and the Registrar in writing that he/she does not give permission for the university to release his/her directory information or may submit the request through UAOnline. The request is valid until a subsequent request to release directory information is received in writing or through UAOnline.

Names of students receiving awards, scholarships or appearing on deans' lists or the chancellor's list are released to the media unless a student has either requested that directory information not be released or has submitted a written request to UAF Marketing and Communications not to release honors information by five working days after the end of the semester in which the honors have been earned.

Students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the university to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-5920

The University of Alaska Board of Regents' Policy and University Regulation (09.04.) regarding education records can be reviewed at www.alaska.edu/bor/policy-regulations/.

Additional information on FERPA can be found at www.uaf.edu/reg/ferpa/, www.alaska.edu/studentservices/ferpa/ or in the UAF catalog.

Student complaints, grievances and appeals

The university has established procedures for reviewing various types of student complaints, grievances and appeals. For a complete guide to these procedures, please refer to regents policy and university regulation as described below. Copies of these procedures are available on the university website at www.alaska.edu/bor/policy-regulations/. If you are unsure about how to proceed with your concern, please contact the Student Services office, Gruening 514, or call 474-7317.

Academic: See regents policy and university regulation 09.03, Student Dispute Resolution. 

Employment: See regents policy and university regulation 09.05, Student Employment; 09.03, Student Dispute Resolution; and 04.08, Dispute Resolution (in human resources section).

Disciplinary: See regents policy and university regulation 09.02, Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Administrative: See regents policy and university regulation 09.03, Student Dispute Resolution.

Services for students with disabilities: See regents policy and university regulation 09.06, Services for Students with Disabilities.

Family educational rights to privacy act: See regents policy and university regulation 09.04, Educational Records.

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