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 misconduct.
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 at: http://www.mnstate.edu/publicsafety/crimereports.aspx
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:
Any student found to have committed or to have attempted to commit the following misconduct is subject to the disciplinary sanctions outlined in the next section.
Failure to show integrity in meeting academic obligations includes but is not limited to: cheating, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty.
Any violation of the University Computer Use Policy or MnSCU Policy and Procedure 5.22 and 5.22.1 on Acceptable Use of Computers and Information Technology Resources.
Participating in an on-campus or off-campus demonstration, riot or activity that disrupts the normal operations of the University and/or infringes on the rights of other members of the University community; leading or inciting others to disrupt scheduled and/or normal activities on University premises.
Conduct that is disorderly, lewd, or indecent; breach of peace; or
aiding, abetting, or procuring another person to breach the peace on
University premises or at functions sponsored by, or participated in by,
the University or members of the academic community. Disorderly Conduct
includes but is not limited to: Any unauthorized use of electronic or
other devices to make an audio or video record of any person while on
University premises without his/her prior knowledge, or without his/her
effective consent when such a recording is likely to cause injury or
distress. This includes, but is not limited to, knowingly taking
pictures of another person in a gym, locker room, or restroom.
Unreasonably interfering, obstructing, or preventing the regular and
essential operation of the University, which includes but is not limited
to: studying, teaching, research, programs, services, and the
administration of fire, police or emergency services.
Failure to comply with the directions of University officials including, but not limited to, campus security, residence hall staff, faculty or administrators acting in the performance of their duties, refusal to identify oneself or providing false identification; failure to present identification upon request to University personnel in the performance of their duties. Failure to complete a specified student conduct sanction or violating the terms of a disciplinary probation.
Illegal or unauthorized possession of firearms, explosives, other weapons, or dangerous chemicals on University premises or use of any such item, even if legally possessed, in a manner that harms, threatens or causes fear to others.
In accordance with MnSCU Possession or Carry of Firearm Policy 5.21, which can be found at http://www.mnscu.edu/board/policy/521.html, students are prohibited from possession or carrying a firearm while on university property, regardless of whether the student has a permit to carry a firearm. Exceptions to this policy do not prohibit the lawful carry or possession of firearms in parking facilities or parking areas. Violations of this policy by students are subject to discipline up to and including removal from the university.
(As defined above in "Definitions")
Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person, to include oneself.
See MSUM Sexual Violence Policy & Procedure.
Enticing, inciting others, abetting, conspiring, being an accessory, or participating in any act prohibited by this code.
Attempted or actual theft of and/or damage to property of the MSUM or
property of a member of the MSUM community or other personal or public
property, on or off campus.
Violation of any MSUM or MnSCU policy, rule, or regulation published in hard copy (some contained in under the Policies and Procedures Section of the handbook) or available electronically on the MSUM or MnSCU website.
Violation of any federal, state or local law.
In addition to following the Student Conduct Code outlined in the
Prohibited Conduct, students are responsible for knowing and following
residence hall policies.
Air conditioners (including window and floor units) may be permitted if a
medical necessity is verified based on medical documentation and
approval is granted by the Department of Housing and Residential Life.
Air conditioner units must be provided by the student and may be
installed only by the University staff. A fee may be charged for such
In addition to the University Alcohol and Other Drug Policy found in
the University’s Policies and Procedures in the Student Handbook, the
following are specific to behaviors that occur in the residence halls:
Pets are not permitted in the residence halls, with the exception of
fish. Fish tanks may be no larger than 10-gallon total capacity per
room. University staff will require immediate removal of unauthorized animals and
pets. For more information regarding the University’s policy on
animals on campus, please refer to the Animals on Campus policy. Service and assistance animals may be permitted if determined a reasonable and appropriate accommodation by Disability Services.
Only one individual may use a stall or single-user bathroom at a time. Refrain from using bathrooms during posted cleaning times.
Any violation of the University Computer Use Policy or MnSCU Policy
and Procedure 5.22 and 5.22.1 on Acceptable Use of Computers and
Information Technology Resources is prohibited.
In addition, students are responsible for abiding by the following Midcontinent (MC) policies:
Additional information on Midcontinent’s Acceptable Use Policy can be found here:
Disruptive behavior in and around the residence halls is prohibited.
This includes conducting oneself in a manner so as to disturb,
intimidate, or threaten other members of the university community,
engaging in inappropriate behavior that necessitates additional response
from university or city personnel, or individual or group activities
that may result in damage or destruction to self or property.
A guest is defined as anyone not assigned to the room/apartment.
Guests must use the unisex/gender neutral or designated gendered
bathroom. Residents are responsible for the actions of their guests,
and are responsible for making sure their guests adhere to all
Students are prohibited from harassing any other person by making
repeated and/or unwelcome sex-related comments, sexual overtures, verbal
threats, or physical behavior, including rape. (See also MSUM
Nondiscrimination in Education and Employment Opportunity policy and
procedure and the MSUM Sexual Violence policy and procedure in the
Student Handbook.) It is a violation for persons to use the telephone
or electronic means to harass or threaten others. Please report obscene
or nuisance telephone calls or electronic messages to Public Safety. You
should also report it to your RA immediately.
Situations or items such as piled, soiled clothing, exposed food items,
vomit or bodily fluids, and the noxious odors emanating from such pose
serious health hazards in the community and are prohibited.
All residents are issued a specific room key, mailbox key (if applicable), and exterior door key upon check-in. Residents should keep their room locked and carry their keys whenever they leave their room. If a resident misplaces their keys, spare keys can be checked out at the front desk for up to 48 hours. If the key(s) is not returned within that 48 hour period or if a resident fails to return a key upon checkout of their room, a work order will be placed to replace the lock core. Residents will be then billed $50.00 ($60.00 in suites or apartments) per missing room key, $35 per missing exterior door key, and $50 per missing Neumaier apartment mailbox key, regardless of whether the key(s) is later found and returned. If a resident believes that their keys have been stolen, they may request that a work order be placed to replace the lock core immediately. The resident will then be billed for the cost to re-core the door, replacement for exterior door key, and any applicable overtime charges. When residents move out or change rooms, they must return all keys issued to them, including any keys that were once thought to be missing but were later found. In addition, the following behaviors are considered a misuse of keys and are prohibited:
Abuse of another's possessions or damage to equipment in the laundry
room is not permitted. Any use of the equipment by or for a non-resident
of that building is not permitted.
Only university provided lofts or those rented from CSI Lofts are permitted. Rental information is available at: www.csilofts.com.
Be sure to check with Housing and Residential Life prior to renting a
loft, as rooms in some halls are not conducive to lofting.
A student assigned to a double room only has claim for one-half the room
and its furnishings. Each roommate has an equal right to access the
room and the privacy within it. A student in a double room without a
roommate, must always be ready to accommodate a second resident. An
attempt will be made to send notice of any new roommate assignment, but
prior notice may not be possible. Students without roommates may be
consolidated (i.e. moved to another room) in order to accommodate
double-as-single room requests.
The painting of residence hall rooms is not permitted. Similarly,
students are not permitted to decorate walls, ceilings or furniture with
paint, highlighter, pencils, pens, washable paints, acrylics, laundry
detergent, or any other substances.
Campaigning on behalf of candidates for local, county, state and
national offices is permitted in the residence halls under the following
Possession or use as decoration of stolen property including city,
county, or state government property, such as road signs, is not
permitted. Possession of stolen property is a violation of state law and
University policy. Stolen or unauthorized property is subject to
Students are responsible for abiding by any MnSCU, MSUM (including the
Student Conduct Code), or Housing and Residential Life policy, rule, or
regulation published in hard copy or available electronically.
Residents have the right to sleep and study in their rooms at any time.
When asked by someone to respect this right, residents are expected to
demonstrate courtesy and consideration by complying with the request.
This policy applies to noise that can be heard from both inside and
outside a residence hall.
Quiet hours are in effect from 10:00 PM until 9:00 AM Sunday to
Thursday, 12:00 AM until 9:00 AM weekends (Friday and Saturday).
Individual floors may choose to extend these hours. Quiet hours means
that sound must not be audible beyond the limits of any individual room,
hallway, or lounge. During finals week, 24-hour quiet hours will be in
effect. Any student removing a loft at the end of a semester or academic
year must do so before 24-hour quiet hours begin or wait until final
examinations are completed.
Courtesy hours are in effect 24 hours
a day, 7 days a week. As a general rule, at no time should noise be
heard from a resident's room more than 2 doors away, or from another
The use of state property including resources, residence hall rooms,
internet connectivity, and/or phone service for purpose of running a
business is prohibited. This includes providing child care, selling
goods or services online or on a floor, or other revenue generating
The University or designees reserves the right to enter the premises for repair, preservation of health, safety, quietude, placement and/or recovery of University-owned property, or when staff has reason to believe a violation of law or policy is being committed.
Satellite dishes, antennas, or similar devices are not permitted in the residence halls.
Smoking, tobacco use, and tobacco sales (including the use or sales of
smokeless tobacco products) are prohibited on University-owned,
-operated, -or leased property.
Running, hacky sack, Frisbee throwing, hockey, in-line skating, skate
boarding, rip-sticking, bouncing balls, riding bikes, and other
athletic/sport-type activities are prohibited in the residence halls. No
remote control toys are to be operated in the hallways. Staff members
reserve the right to confiscate equipment used in violation of this
policy. Those causing damage to university property due to use of this
type of equipment will be held financially responsible.
Students are responsible for taking out their own trash. Trash must be
taken to and deposited in the nearest designated trash areas. All trash
must be removed from all rooms during break periods.
Public area (lobby, study room, lounge) furniture is not permitted in
student rooms. University furniture may not be removed from its
designated location, including student rooms, except by authorized
Waterbeds are not permitted.
Students may not use or possess firearms, fireworks, explosives, or
other dangerous weapons or materials in the residence halls. Firearms
include any gun, rifle, pistol, or handgun designed to fire bullets,
BBs, pellets, or other projectiles by means of explosive gas, compressed
air, or other propellant. Weapons include, but are not limited to,
knives, switchblades, razors, metal knuckles, bow and arrows, nunchukus,
foils, or any instrument used to threaten or inflict injury upon
another person. Dangerous materials include lighter fluid, propane, or
other dangerous chemicals.
For safety purposes, window screens may not be opened (i.e. cutting the
screen) or removed at any time. Removing or opening a window screen for
other than emergency purposes may result in a fine. Throwing any object
from a residence hall window or using a window as an entry or
non-emergency exit is a serious safety concern.
University disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with conduct that potentially violates both the criminal law and this Student Code (that is, if both possible violations result from the same factual situation) without regard to the pendency of civil or criminal litigation in court or criminal arrest and prosecution. Proceedings under this Student Code may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off campus at the discretion of the Judicial Affairs Officer. Determinations made or sanctions imposed under this Student Code shall not be subject to change because criminal charges arising out of the same facts giving rise to violation of University rules were dismissed, reduced, or resolved in favor of or against the criminal law defendant.
The Director of Student Conduct and Resolution determines the
composition of the Student Conduct Panel. Students serving on the
Student Conduct Panel shall be elected by the student body or appointed
by Student Senate. Student Conduct Panel Hearings shall be conducted by
a Student Conduct Panel according to the following guidelines:
At times, others may be included in the hearing procedures. This could include witnesses or support persons.
The following is information for those who may act as witnesses in student disciplinary hearings:
The following is information for those who may act as a support person in student disciplinary hearings:
A sanction is a consequence placed upon a student for violation of
specified University rule and/ or regulation, including a notice that
further violations may lead to more severe disciplinary sanctions.
Failure to complete a specified sanction will be considered an
additional violation under “Failure to Comply.” In recommending a
conduct sanction(s) for student misconduct, the hearing officer will
One or more sanctions will be selected from the following list, based
on the criteria listed above. Students should note that even though
they are of legal age to consume or possess alcohol, MSUM and MnSCU
policies prohibit the use or possession of alcohol or illegal drugs on
In certain circumstances, the Director of Student Conduct and
Resolution, or his/her designee, may impose a summary suspension prior
to the informal or formal proceedings described in the previous
articles. A summary suspension may be imposed only when, in the
judgment of the Director of Student Conduct and Resolution, the accused
student’s presence on the University campus would constitute a threat to
the safety and well-being of members of the campus community. To the
greatest extent possible before implementing the summary suspension, the
accused student shall be given oral or written notice of the intent to
impose summary suspension and shall be given an opportunity to present
oral or written arguments against the imposition of the summary
suspension. However, the refusal of a student to accept or acknowledge
this notice shall not prevent the implementation of a summary
suspension. Notice of the summary suspension shall be provided in
writing to the student. After the student has been summarily suspended,
the student shall be provided an opportunity for a formal or informal
hearing within the shortest reasonable time period, not to exceed nine
(9) school or business days. During the summary suspension, the student
may not enter the campus without obtaining prior permission from the
Director of Student Conduct and Resolution.
For additional information regarding discipline process or
procedures, contact the Director of Student Conduct and Resolution,
Minnesota State University Moorhead, Box 124, 1104 7th Ave S, Moorhead,
MN 56563. 218.477.2174.