Code of Conduct Purpose

Ohio University has a clear responsibility in the area of student conduct to protect and promote the pursuit of the Ohio University goals.  In keeping with Ohio University's committment to the intellectual and personal growth within a learning-centered community, students and student organizations are expected to be responsible members of the community by complying with federal, state, and local laws, and in addition, must abide by the rules and regulations of Ohio University. 

The Ohio University Student Code of Conduct sets forth community expectations for Ohio University students and student organizations, as well as those behaviors, occuring both on or off-campus, which constitute unacceptable conduct for graduate and undergraduate students of Ohio University.  Students and student organizations are responsible for conducting themselves in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct at all times.  Ohio University does, in addition, reserve the right, for educational purposes, to review any action taken by civil authorities regarding students' or student organization behavior.  All alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct may result in referral to the Director of the Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility. 

The Student Code of Conduct is rooted in the philosophy of educational discipline.  The conduct process is a learning experience that spans a continuum beginning with understanding community expectations, to being confronted for behaviors not in keeping with these expectations, through formal adjudication of alleged violations, and, finally, through delivery and completion of sanctions as warranted.  Ohio University makes an effort to educate students and student organizations found in violation of the Student Code of Conduct through a sanction while remaining at Ohio University.  However, when a student or student organization is assessed to be a danger to the Ohio University community or Ohio University's reputation, or when a repetition of misconduct has or is likely to occur, the student or student organization will be treated the same as one who failed academically and may be separated from Ohio University. 

Although Ohio University will make every reasonable effort to make the published Student Code of Conduct available to students and student organizations, students and student organizations are equally responsible for becoming familiar with the expectations, policies, and procedures contained in the Student Code of Conduct.  Questions regarding the Student Code of Conduct may be addressed to the Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility, 349 Baker University Center, 740-593-2629.