Office of Student Conduct
Academic Integrity and Classroom Civility
The following statement has been prepared to inform you of University disciplinary policies and practices and to acquaint you with your options in regard to the disposition of the complaint that has been made against you.
Alleged violations of the Student Conduct Code (no matter how minor or severe) are matters of concern to the University. Allegations of such individual or group misconduct may be reported from the University police, Duluth police, departments, individual students, faculty, staff, or campus guests. All allegations of conduct code violations are forwarded to the director of the Office of Student Conduct to determine (1) if the alleged misconduct appears, as judged by available evidence, to violate the Student Conduct Code and (2) which item(s) in the code may have been violated. The Student Conduct Code is available on the web at:
You may also obtain a hard copy of the Student Conduct Code by calling Cat Riley at (218) 726-7255 or stopping by 250 Darland Administration Building.
The director is interested in making a fair determination of the truth or falsity of the reported complaint. Emphasis will be placed on assisting students to understand and accept responsibility for their behavior within recognized limits. While the thrust of this emphasis is toward responsible self-development, the nature of the offense often will require, in fairness to the community, the imposition of sanctions. The sanctions could include probation, restitution, compliance with rules and regulations, University service, counseling, suspension, expulsion, and other responses appropriate to the alleged violation. After you have met with the director, you will be sent a sanction letter containing a summary of your discussion.
If you feel that you have been treated unfairly or that the actions required or sanctions imposed are inappropriate, you may choose to not accept the director's decision. You must inform the director of the Office of Student Conduct within ten weekdays of receipt of the sanction letter if you decide to not accept the decision. The Student Behavior Judiciary Committee (SBJC) would be convened to hear the case to determine if you are responsible or not responsible. If you are found to be responsible, the SBJC imposes the sanction. Unless you have grounds for appealing this sanction, you must fulfill the SBJC's sanction and cannot revert to the sanction that had been imposed by the director.
If the SBJC finds you responsible and you appeal the decision, the UMD Campus Assembly Committee on Student Affairs is convened to determine if a full appellate review is warranted. If the appeal request is denied, the student must fulfill the sanction imposed by the SBJC. If the appeal is warranted, an appeal review hearing will be scheduled. The Student Affairs Committee has been designated by the chancellor to hear appeals and be the final appeal source on this campus. A formal appeal process, therefore, exists. You must inform the director of the Office of Student Conduct within ten weekdays of receipt of the SBJC's sanction letter if you decide to exercise the appeal process.