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Student Conduct

120 Boucke Building
814-863-0342

The Office of Student Conduct is dedicated to supporting students by maintaining a system that is just, equitable, effective, educational and expeditious; a system that promotes student growth through individual responsibility; and a system in which the success of its educational endeavors is characterized by increased civility. Student Conduct encourages the expression of diverse views and opinions, validates healthy life choices, and supports the concept of community respect. Programs and services help students become responsible and contributing citizens within Penn State and the local communities. Incoming students should visit our website and click on the “know the code” icon to learn more about what is expected of them as members of the Penn State Community. Student Conduct also provides a number of workshops during the course of the year on a variety of topics, including the Code of Conduct, decision making, and academic integrity.

Penn State, as an institution of learning and a community with a special purpose, accepts its obligation to provide an environment that protects and promotes its educational mission and guarantees its orderly and effective operation for your student.

The Code of Conduct outlines 17 behaviors that students need to avoid as they are inconsistent with the essential values of Penn State. The Office of Student Conduct is responsible for interpreting and enforcing the Student Code of Conduct, ultimately determining whether or not a student has violated that code.

All members of the University community, including students, share the obligation to respect the fundamental rights of others as citizens, the rights of others based upon the nature of the educational process, the rights of the institution, and the rights of individuals to fair and equitable procedures regarding violations of University regulations. The goal is to support the University’s educational mission by promoting a safe, orderly, and positive University climate through enforcing behavioral standards, managing disciplinary proceedings, mentoring students, developing leadership skills, and fostering peer education.

The Code of Conduct fosters a University culture that is self-disciplined, where civility is embraced, and the norms and foundational beliefs validate the essential values of Penn State, which are:

• Personal and academic integrity,

• Respect for the dignity of all persons and a willingness to learn from the differences in people, ideas, and opinions,

• Respect for the rights, property, and safety of others, and

• Concern for others and their feelings and their need for conditions that support an environment where they can work, grow, and succeed at Penn State.

Student Conduct encourages the expression of diverse views and opinions, validates healthy life choices, and supports the concept of community respect. Through programs and services, students become responsible and contributing citizens within Penn State and the local communities.

In addition to the Code of Conduct and the University’s discipline process, students are also held accountable to local, state, and federal laws through traditional criminal procedures. Any off-campus student behavior that violates the Code of Conduct is subject to disciplinary action following standard University procedures.

 

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