Rights and Responsibilities of Campus Organizations

  1. Organizations, groups and NCAA teams may be established within the institution for any legal purpose. Their recognition will be in accordance with established guidelines.
  2. Membership in all institution-related organizations, within the limits of their facilities, shall be open to any fee-paying member of the institution community who is willing to subscribe to the stated aims and meet the stated obligations of the organization.
  3. Individual members, as well as the organization, group or team itself, can be charged with violations of the Code of Student Conduct, including those actions defined in the “Hazing Policy” section of this document.
  4. Use of university facilities shall be granted to recognized student organizations. Student organizations shall be given priority for use of space as outlined in procedures established by Event and Conference Services and the SGA.
  5. The authority to allocate institutional funds derived from student fees for use by organizations shall be delegated to a body in which student participation in the decision-making process is assured.
  6. Approval of requests for funds is conditional upon submission of budgets to and approval by this body.
  7. Financial accountability, in full accordance with university and state policies, regulations, procedures and practices is required for all allocated funds, including statement of income and expenses on a regular basis.
  8. Otherwise, organizations shall have independent control over the expenditure of allocated funds.
  9. The student press is to be free of censorship. The editors and managers shall not be arbitrarily suspended because of student, faculty, administration, alumni or community disapproval of editorial policy or content. Similar freedom is assured for verbal statements of views on institution-controlled and student-operated radio or television stations. This editorial freedom entails a corollary obligation under the canons of responsible journalism and applicable regulations of the Federal Communications Commission.
  10. All student communications shall explicitly state that the opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the institution or its student body.

Judicial Procedures for Student Organizations, Groups and NCAA Teams

  1. Student organizations, groups and NCAA teams (referred to here collectively as “group”) may be charged with violations of the Towson University Code of Student Conduct.
  2. When one or more members of a group are charged with a violation of the Code of Student Conduct, the university may charge the group as well. A student group and its officers may be held collectively and individually responsible when violations of this code by those associated with the group have received the consent or encouragement of the group or of the group’s leaders or officers.
  3. A position of leadership in a student group entails responsibility. Student officers or leaders cannot knowingly permit, condone or acquiesce any violation of this code by the group. This section of the code is designed, in part, to hold a group and its officers accountable for any act of hazing. The expressed or implied “consent” of the victim or participant is not a defense.
  4. The officers, leaders or any identifiable spokesperson for a student group may be directed by the vice president for Student Affairs or designee, to take appropriate action designed to prevent or end violations of this code by the group. Failure to make reasonable efforts to comply with the vice president for Student Affairs’ directive shall be considered a violation of this code, both by the officers, leaders or spokesperson for the group and by the group itself.
  5. An informal investigation for student groups will be conducted in a manner similar to the procedures listed above. Conferences shall be conducted with one spokesperson representing the group, usually the president. Any sanction listed in the Code of Student Conduct may be imposed on a group and its individual members. If individual members are subject to suspension or expulsion from the university for actions of the group, those individuals will be offered a judicial board hearing.