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Organizational Cases

Organizational Cases chart

In determining whether a group may be held collectively responsible for the individual actions of its members, all of the factors and circumstances surrounding the specific incident will be reviewed and evaluated. As a guiding principle, groups will be held responsible for the acts of their members when those acts grow out of, or are in any way related to group life. Isolated violations of individuals should not be chargeable to the group, but evidence of group conduct exists where:

  • Members of the group act in concert and violate University standards of conduct.
  • A violation arises out of a group-sponsored, financed, or endorsed event.
  • A group leader (s) has knowledge of the incident before it occurs and fails to take corrective action.
  • The incident occurs on the premises owned or operated by the group.
  • A pattern of individual violations is found to have existed without proper and appropriate group control, remedy, or sanction.
  • Members of a group act in concert, or the organization provides the impetus for violation of University rules and regulations.