Organizational Misconduct

Student organization accountability procedures

Student organizations are responsible for abiding by university policy, the IU Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct (“Student Code”), and all other agreements between the university and the student organization.

Complaints involving a registered student organization will be addressed using the procedures described here. Complaints against individual members of a student organization may also be addressed under the appropriate university policies and procedures.


  • Advisor: The student organization may, at its own expense, be accompanied by an advisor or support person of its choice during the disciplinary process. An advisor or support person is limited to the role of advising. The advisor or support person may not speak for the student organization, participate in the proceeding, may not question witnesses, and may not make any statements during the proceeding. The unavailability or unwillingness of any specific individual to serve as an advisor is not normally grounds for postponing an administrative conference.
  • Hostile environment: When conduct is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent to limit or deny a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from the university’s educational programs or affects employment.
  • Retaliation: Retaliation includes intimidation, threats, harassment, adverse changes in work or academic environments or other adverse actions threatened or taken against the complainant or a third party, including witnesses, in an attempt to retaliate against, prevent or otherwise obstruct the reporting of violations of the Student Code or incidents of misconduct.
  • Student organization leadership: The president of the student organization as identified on the student organization’s beInvolved site, or an appropriate designee.

Standard of proof

The standard of proof used when determining whether a student organization was responsible for a violation of the Student Code will be the preponderance of evidence, or a ‘more likely than not’ standard.

If it is determined that a violation of the Student Code was more likely than not to have occurred, Educational and Administrative Sanctions (as defined and herein referred to as “sanctions”) will be assigned. If it is determined that it is more likely than not that no violation of the Student Code occurred, the case will be dismissed.

The Office of Student Conduct

The Office of Student Conduct investigates, hears, and makes the decisions for all allegations of misconduct regardless of group involvement or affiliation. The determination of whether a case concerns individual or organizational misconduct will be determined on a case by case basis by the Office of Student Conduct.

Allegations of organizational misconduct may be adjudicated before, at the same time as, or following related cases of individual misconduct. Allegations of organizational misconduct involving sexual misconduct, dating or domestic violence, or stalking will be heard by administrative board members trained in hearing matters of sexual misconduct.

Conduct records

Student organization conduct records will be maintained and managed by the Office of Student Conduct. The record for a particular matter will include at least a gleaned report, a notification of charges, and a decision letter regarding the charges.

Factors used in determining whether an alleged policy violation was committed by an organization may include, but are not limited to:

  • The nature of the alleged misconduct or incident(s)
  • Executive Board/Leadership knowledge of the alleged misconduct or incident(s)
  • Number of members from the student organization present
  • Whether the alleged misconduct or incident(s) occurred at organization-sponsored events or within organization-related affairs, including whether it occurred at a housed organization’s facilities
  • Failure of the student organization to implement preventative measures where it is reasonably foreseeable that a violation would occur
  • Funding used for the event
  • Self-reporting by the organization of the event