The Code

How the Code Works

Part I of the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct includes the rights and freedoms to which all students—undergraduate and graduate—are entitled at Indiana University.  The responsibilities of all students are described in Part II. If a student’s rights have been violated by a member of the faculty or administration, procedures are available on each campus to assist the student in getting the problem resolved. When students are believed to have committed any of the behaviors listed in Part II that constitute a violation of the section on responsibilities, all campuses must follow procedural guidelines found in Part III of the Code. Individual campuses also are to publish any procedures that apply specifically to their students. 

Procedures in the campus judicial system that are used in conjunction with the Code are viewed as educational processes and are not the same as legal procedures in a court of law. Students, faculty, and staff serve as judicial hearing officers in the campus judicial system, and the outcomes are designed to both hold students accountable and to educate them, so that the behaviors are unlikely to be repeated. Violations of the Code that may be addressed in the campus judicial system may or may not also be violations of law. For example, cheating on an examination is a violation of the Code, but not of the law. Underage consumption of alcohol is a violation of both the Code and the law, and students who engage in this behavior are at risk of being held accountable in both the campus judicial system and the court system.

Both students’ rights and their responsibilities apply to all activities on campus—both in and outside the classroom. Rights and responsibilities may be addressed by campus authorities in connection with off-campus activities when they are associated with university events, or if they involve student behaviors that potentially “undermine the security of the university community or the integrity of the educational process or pose a serious threat to self or others” (Part II).  For instance, a student studying abroad in Spain who is arrested for illegal drug usage could also face disciplinary action in Bloomington through the campus judicial system.

For the provisions found in the Code to be effective in contributing to a successful academic experience for students, it is important for students to read the document and to become familiar with its contents. Questions about how the Code works can be directed to the Dean of Students on each campus.