Conduct Policies & Process

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Student Guide to University Policies

The Student Guide to University Policies explains expectations for behavior for all students, the process used to determine if policies have been violated, and consequences if these expectations are not met. The Student Guide is divided into four sections; each is described below briefly. To link to the specific section, simply click on the section title.

Code of Conduct

This section lists the policies alphabetically. Each entry includes a statement of policy plus examples of behavior that would constitute a violation of that policy. All policies are in place to ensure that behavior of students and student organizations contributes to a safe and academically-focused environment and does not cause disruption or harm to the University community.

Student Conduct Process

This section explains the processes in place to investigate and resolve possible violations of the Code of Conduct. This includes the case intake, hearing and appeal process, as well as rights of students who are involved in the student conduct process.


This section describes the consequences applied when a student has violated the Code of Conduct. Types of sanctions include both educational and disciplinary actions.

Related University Policies

This section lists policies administered by other units within the University which are pertinent to students’ overall experience and success.

Student Conduct Process Overview

Incident Occurs

Student who are charged with violating University policy are entitled to certain rights within the student conduct process.

Rights of Charged StudentsVictims' RightsNon-Discrimination, Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Policy

Case Intake Meetings

A case intake meeting provides an opportunity to learn more about a pending conduct case. Case intake meetings typically last 30 to 45 minutes.

The student will meet with a case manager and discuss the following:

  • The student conduct process in general.
  • Student rights within the student conduct process.
  • The specific case pending, including the policies associated with the case.
  • Sanctions which would be applied if responsible for the pending charges.
  • Options for resolving the case.

Learn More About Case Intake MeetingsSchedule a Case Intake Meeting

Administrative Hearings

Administrative hearings are an opportunity for charged students and the presenting party to share information regarding an incident with a hearing officer. It also provides a setting where direct witnesses to an incident can share their information.

Participating in the hearing are:

  • Charged student(s)
  • Presenting party
  • Student conduct advisor (if so requested by a charged student)
  • Witnesses (only for the time they are sharing information)
  • Administrative hearing officer

Learn More About Administrative Hearings Learn More About Witnesses


An appeal may be submitted by the charged student(s) or the victim within five business days of when the decision is sent. 


Suspension and Return

A suspension holds a student accountable for their behavior but will also, hopefully, serve as a catalyst for the student to re-evaluate their priorities and return to the University following suspension committed to contributing positively to the University community.

Re-Application Timeline

If your suspension is effective through:

Contact Community Standards & Conflict Resolution:

Fall semester (December 31) December 1 (all students)
Winter Session (January 31) December 1 (international students only)
January 2 (all other students)
Spring semester (May 31) May 1 (all students)
Summer Session (August 31) July 1 (international students only)
August 1 (all other students)

Learn More About Re-entry Criteria

Submit a Re-Entry Portfolio

Release of Records

Based on an initiative from the Student Government Association, the Student Guide to University Policies was updated in Summer 2017 to allow students, in certain circumstances, to have conduct records protected and not released to entities outside the University, such as graduate schools or potential employers. This policy, known as a Limited Release of Records, was instituted in recognition that students make mistakes and a small error in judgment early on in a student’s academic career should not have significant negative impact on their future endeavors.

Request a Limited Release of Records

Community Standards & Conflict Resolution is part of the Division of Student Life, which advances equity and inclusion, deepens student learning and drives holistic development through education, experiences and communities.