What is required by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Student Code of Conduct?
By enrolling as a scholar at Nebraska, you have chosen to:
- Uphold the standards of civilized behavior.
- Promote a campus environment that supports its educational, research, and outreach missions.
- Protect the members of the community and its resources from disruption or harm.
- Exemplify ethical standards and civic virtues through having appropriate individual and group behavior.
The Student Code of Conduct defines the procedures for resolving student violations. The Code is grounded in the principles set forth by the by the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska (ASUN) Student Government and the Faculty Senate; and has been agreed upon by the Board of Regents. The Code is intended to create standards consistent with the values of the highest order to which students hold themselves and their peers.
We want you to have a positive student experience throughout your time at the university. You are expected to follow the Student Code of Conduct as it applies to all University of Nebraska-Lincoln students. The following is a quick reference guide to portions of the Code that frequently impact students:
Academic integrity is of the utmost importance at Nebraska. Be sure you understand expectations of you and your academic work. View the complete list of academic dishonesty violations in the Student Code of Conduct.
For more information review the International Student Guide to Academic Success which includes detailed definitions and examples.
Violation of Any Federal, State or Local Law
This includes, but is not limited to, the use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of drugs (illicit, controlled, prescription, etc.) except as expressly permitted by law; fake IDs; disorderly house; driving under the influence (DUI); indecent exposure; and public urination.
View laws in the State of Nebraska.
View procedures for what happens when a student is charged by federal, state or local authorities with a violation of the law.
Student Legal Services (SLS) is a free resource to all students. SLS employs three lawyers who work for the ASUN student government and offer free legal advice to students.
The use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of alcoholic beverages on university premises (except as expressly permitted by the university), or public intoxication is subject to disciplinary action. Alcoholic beverages may not, in any circumstance, be used by, possessed by, or distributed to any person under twenty-one (21) years of age.
Diversion Policy: Never fear to take responsible action. The Student Code of Conduct is set aside to protect students who call for help in most situations where a student looks to be in need of medical attention due to alcohol poisoning, drug overdose, or is at risk for self-harm or harm to others.
Hazing is a dangerous and criminal behavior, not a rite of passage. Hazing is a Class II misdemeanor in Nebraska. In addition to criminal charges through the state, individuals and organizations can be held responsible by the university through the Student Code of Conduct.
Review the policies to become informed and get involved to help create a safe environment for all students. Counseling resources are available from the Women’s Center and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).
The Student Code of Conduct applies to all University of Nebraska-Lincoln students and extends to wherever students are, including both on and off campus.
On Campus Housing
Students are expected to be mature and responsible and will be held accountable for their behavior and the choices they make. Review the University Housing Rules & Expectations and Student Code of Conduct for more information.
Keep in mind, this is only a summary of some of the violations, behaviors and processes from the Student Code of Conduct. The code also provides help in case you feel you have not been treated respectfully or fairly by any member of the university. We suggest that you review the entire code to become an informed Husker.
Frequently Asked Questions
For students who received an email from the Student Conduct & Community Standards or the Dean of Students Office
I received an email from Student Conduct & Community Standards and it sounds serious, what do I do?
The communication should be taken seriously. Student Conduct & Community Standards received a report regarding an incident in which you may be involved. The conduct officer will review your class schedule and arrange an informal meeting. The informal meeting does not mean that you have admitted to any wrongdoing or that you are a bad student. It simply allows you and the conduct officer to discuss the matter. Student Conduct & Community Standards serves as a campus resource to investigate violations of the Student Code of Conduct and to help students think through situations
What if I have a scheduling conflict with the meeting time?
Conduct officers review class schedules when scheduling informal meetings. However, they are not able to view your other time commitments. When you receive an informal meeting request from a conduct officer, you have three days to call Student Conduct & Community Standards to reschedule. If there is a scheduling conflict, call Student Conduct & Community Standards at (402) 472-2021 as soon as possible to reschedule. If you fail to show up for/reschedule an informal meeting, the conduct officer may proceed with making a decision in the case in your absence.
The meeting is set... now what?
When you come to meet with the conduct officer, you will have an opportunity to discuss the details of the incident that occurred from your perspective. The conduct officer will meet with you and spend some time getting to know you as a person and student. The conduct officer may want to know your goals and your purpose for being at the university. They may ask about your wellbeing, as well as your involvement both on- and off-campus before discussing the incident.
After you have shared your perspective, the conduct officer will make a decision based on a preponderance of evidence—is it more likely than not that you are responsible for a violation? If you are found responsible, the conduct officer will send an administrative disposition via email (your huskers.unl.edu account) which you will be asked to complete electronically and return within 3 school days. Failure to return the signed disposition may result in the assumption that the disposition has been declined and will be referred to the University Conduct Board or a subordinate conduct board as provided in Article IV 4.3.
What is the administrative disposition?
This document lists the Student Code of Conduct violations that the student has been found responsible for, along with the steps needed to fulfill any sanctions (requirements) in order to close your case. You can accept the disposition and agree to the sanction(s) set forth by the conduct officer, or you can choose to not accept the disposition. When choosing to not accept the administrative disposition, the case is referred to the University Conduct Board.
What if I decline the administrative disposition?
There are many reasons why you may decide to decline the disposition set forth by the conduct officer:
- The sanctions do not fit the violations.
- The conduct officer failed to follow correct procedures.
- The information presented to and received by the conduct officer was not sufficient to support his or her decision.
It is within your right to appeal your administrative disposition if any of the above-mentioned reasons occurred. Please view Article IV section 11 for in-depth information on appeals.
If you have declined the administrative disposition, the case may be heard before a University Conduct Board or Subordinate Board. Refer to Article IV section 5 for a description of the role the University Conduct Board when the administrative disposition has been declined.
Is the outcome of my meeting pre-determined?
No. The conduct officer wants to hear your perspective. Upon hearing your viewpoint, they will make a decision on whether or not you are responsible for violating the Student Code of Conduct.
Are sanctions pre-determined?
The sanctions imposed for violations depend upon the student’s prior disciplinary history and the nature of the violation. Sanctions are determined on a case by case basis while attempting to be consistent. The potential sanctions that may be imposed are outlined in Article IV of the Student Code of Conduct.
What rights do I have during the meeting with the conduct officer?
You have the right to:
- Not say anything at all. (You are not obligated to participate in the process; however, a binding decision will be made in your absence.)
- Meet with the conduct officer to share your perspective.
- Submit documents and other relevant information.
- Bring an adviser (attorney, parent, advocate, or other support person) to the meeting with the hearing officer.
For a full list of rights please refer to the Student Code of Conduct Article IV section 2.5.
What situations may result in a University suspension?
- If the student is a danger to the safety of the campus community or university property.
- Repeated violations of the Student Code of Conduct.
- Other situations as determined by the Student Conduct & Community Standards or the University Conduct Board.
If I am found responsible for violating University policy, what will appear on my transcripts?
Nothing. University of Nebraska-Lincoln transcripts only track academic progress. Student disciplinary records are maintained separately, and are governed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). In the event you have been dismissed from the University, your transcript will reflect that you have been dismissed from the institution.
What is FERPA?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.
Will the process be over once I meet with the conduct officer?
That depends. There are several directions that your case may follow.
a. The conduct officer may conclude the investigation with the following outcomes:
- You are responsible for violating University Policy(ies) and sanction(s) are imposed. [You must complete the sanction(s) before the case is closed.]
- You are not responsible for violating University Policy(ies)and no sanctions are imposed.
b. If you reject the disposition, you may appeal your decision to the University Conduct Board; the Hearing Officer may not conclude their investigation after one meeting if new information is found. The conduct officer may postpone their decision until additional information is gathered and you may have a second meeting. The process is not over until a final decision is issued from the conduct officer, even then, you and/or the complaining party has the right to appeal the conduct officer’s decision.
c. If there is not enough information for the conduct officer to make a decision, they may not conclude the investigation until more information is given.
Can my lawyer or parents attend the meeting?
Yes, as outlined in Article IV, Section 6.3, as long as you are present and give them permission to attend. The attorney, adviser, or parent may be present at the hearing solely to advise, and may not directly participate in the hearing. You are responsible for any expenses. You will need to inform the conduct officer in advance of your meeting whether anyone will attend the meeting with you. During the meeting, you will be required to sign an information release form so they can discuss your case.
Why do I have to meet with the University when I’m resolving the issue in the court system?
The court charge and the Student Code of Conduct charge are two different matters even though they arose from the same incident(s). The court system will work to resolve any criminal or civil violation of the laws. However, because you also are a student, you are responsible for complying with the Student Code of Conduct. Student Conduct & Community Standards wants to help you become a successful student; and we take an educational approach to guiding you through learning to make the best decisions in the future.
Thank you to the Dean of Students Office at the University of Iowa and the Office of Student Conduct at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.