In addition to addressing on-campus conduct, the University Code of Student Conduct applies to off-campus student conduct that adversely affects the University community and/or the pursuit of its objectives. One of these objectives is
to preserve the integrity of our stewardship and maintain the University’s good standing within our host communities.
Consequently, the University can respond to off-campus student conduct that breaches this objective through nondisciplinary or administrative interventions.A complaint must be filed in order for the Office of Student Conduct to respond to off campus student behavior. Complaints may be filed through our incident reporting form.
Examples of off-campus conduct violations that subject a student to formal disciplinary action include:
  • Student behavior that violates the Code of Student Conduct.
  • Student behavior that presents a danger or threat to the health or safety of others.
  • Student behavior that significantly infringes upon the rights, property, or achievements of others or significantly breaches the peace and/or causes social disorder.

Examples of off-campus incidents that can warrant an informal intervention by the Office of Student Conduct include:

  • Student behavior that violates laws related to disorderly conduct, noise, trespass, public urination, and littering.
  • Student behavior that impacts property maintenance.
  • Student behavior that adversely affects the quality of life for other community members.
  • Irresolvable conflicts with other community members (e.g. neighbors or roommates).

Students can obtain information about non-disciplinary and administrative interventions below. Information about the disciplinary process is available at Disciplinary Processes.

Protocols and Consequences

The Office of Student Conduct (OSC) responds to all complaints referred to the office for resolution. Students can typically expect the following response from the Office of Student Conduct:

1. Tier I – Complaints regarding roommates, noise, trash, and minor local liquor law violations
The student or the address receives a letter from the office, providing information to the student regarding the complaint and providing the student information to correct the behavior. The student is also given the opportunity to speak with a staff member if he or she believes the complaint is a mistake. If the complaint involves a roommate situation, both students involved in the situation are given information regarding dispute resolution options. If the complaint involves a neighbor dispute, all parties involved are given information regarding dispute resolution options.

2. Tier II – Minor violations of the Code of Student Conduct, those found to be hosting large parties and/or serving minors, or repeated complaints regarding the same individuals
Students are invited to come in and meet with a staff member from the Office of Student Conduct. Those involved are offered options for dispute resolution. Those violating the Code of Student Conduct are given educational sanctions, which could also include the Social Host Liability Program, educational service in community, or other program opportunities that will restore the harm committed.

3. Tier III – Violations of the Code of Student Conduct addressed through the formal conduct process.
The student is sent a letter, asking him or her to come to the Office of Student Conduct for a Preliminary Review. The incident will be investigated to determine whether or not Code charges will be filed. If the student is charged with a Code of Student Conduct violation, and denies the allegations, he or she will be given either a Disciplinary Conference (administrative hearing) or a hearing before the University Hearing Board.