The Code

Who Is Affected by the Code


Students are obviously the group most directly affected by the Code, as it spells out their special rights as Indiana University students and establishes a set of rules for governing their conduct while they remain in this role. The Code and appropriate campus procedures together tell them how to proceed if they suspect that their rights have been infringed as well as what to expect if they are alleged to have violated university policy.


Each student right enumerated in the Code also establishes a corresponding duty on the part of university faculty, staff, and administrative personnel to see that it is protected. Moreover, the sections on student conduct let all university employees know what they can and should expect from any students with whom they interact, be it in the classroom, an office, or an on-campus residential facility.

The Trustees of Indiana University

As the governing body of Indiana University, the Board of Trustees is responsible for the content of the Code. Any amendments proposed by the University Faculty Council must ultimately be approved by the trustees.


As our students transition from adolescence to full adulthood, their parents and guardians often continue to play a direct role in looking out for their rights and guiding their behavior. By stating Indiana University’s expectations explicitly, the Code can assist parents and guardians as they help to make their daughter’s, son’s, or ward’s time at IU both safe and rewarding.

Local Community

Indiana University students are also members of their campus’s local community. Thus, even those not affiliated with IU are still likely to interact with individuals bound by the Code, the jurisdiction of which extends well beyond the campus itself. The high standards set therein help to make these interactions pleasant and respectful.