Misconduct Charges and Student Conduct Procedures
The IU Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct identifies the basic rights, responsibilities, and expectations of all IU students and student groups. When you fail to uphold the standards of the Code, you may be charged with misconduct.
Indiana University takes any allegation of misconduct very seriously. The Dean of Students is responsible for upholding the university policies and procedures for investigating allegation and resolving any charges of misconduct. The Office of Student Ethics functions as a designee of the Dean of Students in most cases of misconduct.
Other designees of the Dean of Students are:
- Office of Student Ethics Staff
- Residential Programs & Services Staff
- Residence Center Campus Conduct Boards
- Residence Hall Association Campus Conduct Board
- Student Organization Ethics Board (Click here to view the list of student organizations on disciplinary status.)
- Student Ethics Campus Conduct Board
Types of Misconduct
There are two broad types of misconduct: academic and personal. Incidents involving drugs, alcohol, theft, illegal downloading/file sharing, sexual violence, and assault are considered acts of personal misconduct.
How Can I Avoid Being Charged with Misconduct?
The best way to avoid being charged with misconduct is to understand the university’s expectations for your personal and academic behavior while studying at Indiana University. We recommend that you:
- Read and understand the IU Code of Conduct
- Read and understand both the Residence Halls Rules and Regulations and RPS Guide for Apartment Living
- Read and understand each course syllabus you are given while attending classes at IU
What Can I Expect If I Am Charged with Misconduct?
The Office of Student Ethics uses an educational process in helping students overcoming allegations of misconduct. We ask students to “meet us in the middle” to learn from a poor decision. We expect students to accept responsibility for their actions and to recommit to the values of Indiana University. We work with students to create and implement action plans to help each Hoosier avoid future errors and move each Hoosier one step closer to graduation.
What Should I Do If I Am Charged with Misconduct?
The best thing you can do if you are charged with misconduct is to take it seriously.
- Read all the information you are provided – including this website.
- Read your notification letter.
- Prepare for your judicial conference. It is your opportunity to share your perspective of the incident.
- Understand your rights.
- Ask for help if you need it.
- Communicate clearly and honestly with your student conduct officer or hearing board.
The Office of Student Ethics is here to work with you in resolving any charge of misconduct. Together, we can help you succeed and move forward.