14 Nova Southeastern University Student Handbook their final academic semester, and must do so no later than one calendar year from the date all program requirements are successfully completed. Absent exigent circumstances, as determined at the discretion of NSU, the failure to timely submit a degree/diploma application will constitute an abandonment of the degree and the student will be withdrawn from the student’s academic program. Code of Student Conduct and Academic Responsibility The university is a community of scholars in which the ideals of freedom of inquiry, freedom of thought, freedom of expression, and freedom of the individual are sustained. However, the exercise and preservation of these freedoms and rights require a respect for the rights of all in the community to enjoy them to the same extent. It is clear that in a community of learning, willful disruption of the educational process, destruction of property, and interference with the orderly process of the university as defined by the university administration or with the rights of other members of the university cannot be tolerated. Students enrolling in the university assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the university’s function as an educational institution. To fulfill its functions of imparting and gaining knowledge, the university retains the power to maintain order within the university and to exclude those who are disruptive to the educational process. In support of the Code of Student Conduct and Academic Responsibility, any violations of the Code of Student Conduct and Academic Responsibility and/or university policies and procedures may result in disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution. Violations of academic and/or supplementary standards will be handled through the student’s academic college or center. Student violations of conduct standards, university policies, and/or procedures will be handled by the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs or through the individual college, when appropriate. An academic unit, as a result of professional education standards/requirements, may have additional procedures to address student misconduct. Reports of student sexual misconduct are subject to the Title IX/Sexual Misconduct Policy and related procedures, which may ultimately result in sanctions as described in the Code of Student Conduct and Academic Responsibility. When a report of student sexual misconduct falls outside of the jurisdiction of Title IX, it will be referred for adjudication in accordance with the Code of Student Conduct and Academic Responsibility. Changes to the Code of Student Conduct and Academic Responsibility will be posted on the Student Affairs website. Students are required to be familiar with the rules, policies, and Code of Student Conduct and Academic Responsibility. All student organizations are subject to university rules and regulations concerning conduct as set forth in this handbook, whether an incident occurs on campus or anywhere off campus. Procedures for investigating and adjudicating each kind of incident are provided later in this handbook. In circumstances where this handbook defines a violation more stringently or differently than local or state law, the handbook’s definition shall supersede. The university is not limited to or bound by the definitions contained in local or state statutes or case law in addressing code of conduct violations.