Office of Academic and Community Conduct

Conduct Policies and Procedures

You may download The Student Code of Community Conduct or click on the individual subheadings below to learn about specific areas of the Code.




Standards of Conduct

The purpose of publishing conduct rules is to give students, student groups, and/or student organizations general notice of prohibited conduct. The University considers these behaviors inappropriate, as they are in opposition to the University's core values. These expectations and rules apply to all students, student groups, and/or student organizations. The University’s rules are not written with the specificity of a criminal statute. Students, student groups, and/or student organizations are responsible for choices they make about their actions and accepting the consequences of those choices. Attempts to commit acts prohibited by these rules may be sanctioned to the same extent as completed violations. Repeated or aggravated acts of prohibited conduct may result in progressively more severe sanctions. 

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What happens when there's a Code violation?

When violations of the Code happen, there are a number of ways the situation may be handled. We call these Conduct Pathways. Anyone can report a possible Code violation by making a written complaint to the Office of Academic and Community Conduct. The University will investigate and decide what pathway, if any, to take. Complaints of Sexual Misconduct can also be reported to the Title IX OfficeDepartment of Public Safety and Police Services, or Houghton Police Department.

Informal Conduct Pathways

Formal Conduct Pathways


What are the consequences?

When the University finds that a student, student group, or student organization is responsible for violating the Code, they will be sanctioned and tasked with educational conditions. These are possible sanctions and educational conditions


What if I'm not satisfied with the outcome?

Either the reporting party or the responding party may appeal within seven business days of the conduct decision transmission. There are specific appeal procedures that must be followed and there must also be adequate grounds based on three specific criteria.

Grounds for Appeal

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University Policies Relevant to Student Conduct