Code of Conduct

Introduction

USFSP Connect and the Digital Media Team of the USFSP University Student Center is guided by the principles creativity, thus we strive to be an organization that exemplifies acceptance, free expression, empathy, and listening intently to others. Rather, we set forth this code to model the behavior we wish for all of our USFSP Connect community to exemplify, and provide steps for rectifying potential conduct issues which may arise. We define “community” as any person who interacts with USFSP Connect, including employees, contributors, audiences, and the USFSP general community.

The University of South Florida System (USF System) values a community based on the principles of integrity, civility, and respect.  As such, the USF System community expects students to behave in a manner that supports these principles.  The Student Code of Conduct is a document which describes behavior that is counteractive to these principles and how the USF System will hold students accountable for those inappropriate behaviors.

Students are responsible for compliance with all public laws as well as USF System rules, policies and regulations.  Students accused of a crime may be prosecuted under the appropriate jurisdiction and also disciplined under the Student Code of Conduct.  The USF System may pursue disciplinary action even if criminal justice authorities choose not to prosecute, and it may also act independently of the criminal justice process.

All of USF’s student codes of conduct are set in place, despite USFSP Connect being a separate entity.

Scope

The contents of this code of conduct apply to our interactions in various areas of our shared lives, including the USFSP Connect space, work, our social media and email exchanges, and other interactions not specified.

Our Guiding Principles and Policies

USFSP Connect community members are expected to give each other, on website and in community interaction, the best experience possible in any given situation. Striving to make the experience of others as enjoyable as possible greatly contributes to a healthy environment where everyone may succeed.

USFSP Connect supports the free, unrestricted artistic expression of its contributors and staff, and does not willingly censor or pass judgment on the content generated through its digital online application. That being said, as USFSP Connect is an environment of acceptance and empathy, we do not condone intimidating, abusive, or harassment-based action from any member of the community.

These aforementioned actions undermine USFSP Connect’s core beliefs and are not tolerated under any circumstance. These actions are inherently destructive in nature and require decisive, immediate responses. These behaviors may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Discrimination, harassment, or intimidation of any kind based on:
    1. an individual’s gender expression or identity
    2. race, ethnicity, national origin, or ancestry
    3. religion
    4. age
    5. genetic information
    6. sexual orientation
    7. education status, socioeconomic background, or military status
    8. disability, use of a guide or support animal for disability, or relationship to a person with a disability
  2. Assaultive or otherwise violent conduct (verbal or physical) directed toward another community member.
  3. Inappropriate or unwanted sexual harassment, conduct, or advances (written, verbal, or pictorial) made toward another community member or audience member.
  4. Wanton and deliberate destruction of University property, USFSP Connect property, or another community member’s personal property.

The listed actions above demand swift and forceful discipline, up to and including dismissal from USFSP Connect and the University Student Center. Disciplinary actions may include:

  1. Staff
    1. Written and verbal warnings
    2. Dismissal from USFSP Connect and the University Student Center
    3. Further actions taken with Student Affairs and the Dean of Students
  2. Contributors
    1. Dismissal from contributing
    2. Banned from all interactions with USFSP Connect
    3. Further actions taken with Student Affairs and the Dean of Students

Inappropriate conduct will not be tolerated and will result in corrective action. Violations of this nature are typically addressed by the following individuals:

  • Digital Media Team Supervisor
  • USFSP Connect & DMT team leads
  • University Student Center Associate Director

***USFSP Connect has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for these aforementioned offenses.***

Reporting Procedures

If any of our employees, volunteers, contributors, clients or anyone associated with the USF system community believes that they have been subjected to discrimination, harassment or offensive conduct, either directly or in their presence, and whether committed by otheremployees, volunteers, contributors, clients or anyone associated with the USF system community, that person has the right to report such conduct. This may be done in writing. The following people may be contacted at the following email addresses:

Warren Buchholz
Multimedia Coordinator / Digital Media Team Supervisor
wbuchholz@mail.usf.edu
Haley Jordan
USFSP Connect Editor in Chief
haleyjordan1@mail.usf.edu
Gavin Jones
Digital Media Team Lead
gcjones@mail.usf.edu
James Greene
Associate Director University Student Center
greenej@mail.usf.edu
Aileen Carey
USC Operations Coordinator
aileencarey@mail.usf.edu
 

Any member of the USF System community may refer a student for an alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct by filing a referral in an email with the Office of Student Conduct at studentconduct@usfsp.edu.  The Office of Student Conduct also reserves the right to initiate or follow up any investigative leads where there is reasonable belief of possible violations of the Student Code of Conduct.

Definitions

The term “harassment” means unwelcome conduct, whether verbal, physical or visual, that is so severe or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with an individual’s participation in Spitfire Theater programs, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational or working environment.

“Sexual harassment” means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually-motivated physical contact or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature where:

  • submission to that conduct or communication is made a term or condition of employment or status as a contributor or status/opportunities as a student of USFSP either explicitly or implicitly; or
  • Submission to or rejection of that conduct or communication by an individual is used as a factor in decisions affecting that individual’s employment or status as a student of USFSP; or
  • Such conduct or communication unreasonably interferes with an individual’s job or theatrical performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.

Sexual harassment also includes sexual assault. No one involved with USFSP Connect or the USC Digital Media Team may request or require an employee, applicant, contributor, audience, or student to submit to sexual harassment as a condition of receiving any benefit or avoiding any detriment.

Conclusion

USFSP Connect sets forth these guidelines to hold our community to high standards of communication, collaboration, and artistry. We do not anticipate bad behavior on the part of any member of our community; rather, we implement this code to detail explicitly the principles we wish to model and exemplify in our mission, vision, values and everyday practice. This code outlines the major steps and processes for disciplinary action should the need arise, but it does not contain every answer for all of the complex and nuanced matters which may require attention. This document is meant to be reviewed, critiqued, and amended periodically to reflect the ever-changing and growing landscape of USFSP Connect.