Mass Gatherings

Misconduct that Occurs at a Mass Gathering

The University takes mass gatherings of students very seriously because these gatherings have the potential to inflict great harm on students, law enforcement officials, and the community at large. In past gatherings, students and University officials have been injured and the University, Durham community members, and local businesses have suffered substantial property damage.

The University has gone to great lengths to work with and educate students on the dangers of committing misconduct while at a mass gathering. As part of that effort, the University wants to make it clear to students what the consequences for such misconduct will be.

Possible Interim Suspension/Campus Ban

During a mass gathering, if a student fails to comply with a lawful order to disperse – issued by a police officer or University official acting in the performance of their duties – and the student is arrested for failure to disperse, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, riot, vandalism, or assault, that student will be immediately interim suspended and banned from campus until any formal student conduct charges against the student have been adjudicated by the University.

Significant Sanctions

In order to promote consistent disposition of these cases, the following sanctions should be considered and imposed by hearing panels and hearing officers if students who were interim suspended due to alleged misconduct at a mass gathering are ultimately found responsible for the following:

  • Failure to disperse/disorderly conduct at an unruly disturbance: Suspension (1 sem. - 1 yr.)
  • Failure to disperse/disorderly conduct that also included resisting arrest and/or rioting: Suspension (1-2 yrs.)
  • Failure to disperse/disorderly conduct that also included resisting arrest and/or rioting and also included vandalism and/or assault: Suspension (2 yrs.) - University Dismissal

Important to Note:

  • The sanction for disorderly conduct may be elevated beyond a 1 yr. suspension (up to University Dismissal) based on the facts of the case.
  • The sanction for resisting arrest and/or rioting may be elevated beyond a 2 yrs suspension (up to University Dismissal) based on the facts of the case.
  • Students who are suspended or dismissed are also banned from all campus property. For suspended students it is for the length of the suspension.