Custodian of Policy: Director of Student Conduct & Resolution
Relevant Minnesota State System Policy: Board Policy 3.6
Relevant Procedures: Board Policy 3.6.1
Effective Date: July 1, 2010
Last Review: Spring 2010
Next Review: Fall 2017
The University views the student conduct process as a learning experience that promotes growth
and personal understanding of one's responsibilities and privileges within the University
community. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the student who has been accused of misconduct
to participate conscientiously in the discipline process. Students are responsible for becoming
familiar with University policies and procedures. Failure to be informed does not excuse
MSUM standards of conduct are published here as the Code of Conduct. In all conduct
proceedings it is recognized that MSUM is an educational institution and not a court of law. This
code does not replace or reduce the requirements of civil or criminal laws. All criminal activity
may be referred to local law enforcement as well as investigated internally. Members of the
University community also have responsibilities as citizens. Violations that constitute crimes and
the annual crime report can be found on the web page of the Department of Public Safety.
Being under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs does not in any way excuse or mitigate
responsibility for a student's behavior. The excessive, illegal, unprescribed or otherwise socially
irresponsible use of alcohol or other drugs infringes upon one's ability to preserve personal·
integrity and civility.
Disciplinary action is cumulative resulting in more serious consequences if the student engages
in repeat violations or fails to follow through with sanctions from a previous hearing.
University means Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Director of Student Conduct and Resolution means that person designated by the University
President to be responsible for the administration of the Student Code.
Cheating includes, but is not limited to:
Expulsion means permanent denial of the privilege of enrollment at the University.
Hazing means an act which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a person,
subjects a person to public humiliation or ridicule, or which destroys or removes public or
private property for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition
for continued membership in a student group, organization, or athletic team.
Policy means the written regulations of the University and the Minnesota State system as found in, but not limited to, the Student Conduct Code, Residential
Life Handbook, the MSUM and Minnesota State system web pages, Minnesota State system Policy and Procedure 5 .18 and
5.18.1 on Alcoholic Beverages and Controlled Substances on Campus, Minnesota State system Policy and
Procedure 5.22 and 5.22. l on Acceptable Use of Computers and Information Technology
Resources, and the University Catalog.
Preponderance of Evidence means a standard of responsibility that it is more likely than not
that the code has been violated.
Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the
published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also
includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in
the selling of term papers or other academic materials.
Student includes all persons who:
Student Organization means any number of persons who have complied with the formal
requirements for University recognition.
Summary Suspension means a suspension imposed without a formal hearing to ensure the
safety and well-being of members of the University community.
Suspension means denial of the privilege of enrollment for a specified period of time after
which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for re-enrollment may be specified.
The campus is not a sanctuary from the general law. University community members violating
civil or criminal law may be subject to University conduct procedures for the same conduct when
the conduct occurs on campus or when it occurs off campus. The Director of Student Conduct
and Resolution, or his/her designee, shall decide whether the Student Code shall be applied to
conduct occurring off campus, on a case by case basis, in his/her sole discretion.
Notwithstanding any provision herein, the University may suspend, expel, or trespass any
student whose presence poses a threat to persons or property.
All students, regardless of the location of their residence, are members of the University
community. The University will address all violations that occur on campus. Students, faculty,
staff, and individuals not associated with the University may submit complaints regarding
alleged violations that may have occurred either on campus or off-campus for review and
possible action by the University. Not all off campus behavior is subject to adjudication. The
University shall initiate conduct proceedings for off-campus incidents when:
A decision reached by the Student Conduct Panel or a sanction imposed by the Director of
Student Conduct and Resolution may be appealed by the accused student(s) or complainant(s) to
the Provost and Senior Vice-President of Academic Affairs or his/her designee(s) within five (5)
school days of the decision. Such appeals shall be in writing and shall be delivered to the
Director of Student Conduct and Resolution or his or her designee.
Except as required to explain the basis of new information, an appeal shall be limited to a
review for one or more of the following purposes:
If an appeal is upheld by the Provost, the Provost may take any appropriate action. If an appeal
is not upheld, the matter shall be considered final and binding upon all involved except that in
cases involving sanctions of suspension for 10 days or longer, students shall be informed of their
rights to a contested case hearing under Minnesota State Statute 14. However, the sanction of
suspension for 10 days or longer will go into effect upon the decision of the Provost.
As required by Minnesota State system, each college and university shall establish a code of student conduct
that states its student conduct policies and its procedures for the administration of student