The Code

History of the Code

Prior to 1969, all disciplinary issues at Indiana University were handled directly by the various campus deans. Then, on the heels of the American Civil Rights Movement, IU students began to demand that their rights as well as their obligations be codified in a single document to which all could refer. On the Bloomington campus, this led directly to the publication and distribution of the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities by the Division of Student Affairs. In the 1980s, this document was inserted into the Ins & Outs, a popular campus guide published by the Office of the Dean of Students. Finally, in 1990, the Trustees of Indiana University approved a university-wide Code of Student Ethics, which later was named the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct. Each campus now is responsible for establishing its own set of procedures for implementation of this Code.

On this Web site, you will find the most recent version of the Code, which has been amended several times since its adoption and continues to evolve to this day. Students who would like to suggest revisions of the Code should contact the Dean of Students of their campus. Faculty and staff should submit their proposed changes to their campus’s faculty council for consideration.