Local Bylaws and Student Conduct

Arcadia University students are subject to the Code of Conduct both on and off campus. Arcadia University works hard to maintain a positive relationship with Abington and Cheltenham Police. Keep in mind that you, your housemates, and guests can be subject to legal liability, fines, and university sanctions for violations that occur.

Examples of Important Pennsylvania Laws and Abington and Cheltenham Township Bylaws include:

  • Noise: Excessive noise that disturbs others is illegal. This includes loud music, yelling, and barking dogs and can result in a fine.
  • Open Containers: Open containers of alcohol on public property are against the law; this includes streets and sidewalks.
  • Nuisance House: Throwing a rowdy off-campus party can cost you your housing and fines.
  • Public Urination: Urinate in public, and you can be charged with indecent exposure.
  • Minor in Possession of Alcohol: Under 21, you can be arrested, jailed, and fined.
  • Underage Driver Transporting Alcohol: Under 21 & driving a vehicle carrying alcohol means you can lose your license and be fined.
  • Failure To Disperse:  If police order you to leave, do it immediately or you can be arrested.
  • Providing To Minors: Selling or providing alcohol to someone under 21.
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI): If arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, your license will be suspended. A conviction means losing your license, paying big fines, and higher insurance rates.

Students are reminded that graduate schools and some employers (particularly governmental agencies and schools) can legally request information regarding your disciplinary record or a background check. An alcohol or other drug violation noted on a disciplinary record or discovered during a background check can negatively affect your chances to be admitted to some graduate programs and/or to be hired for certain jobs.