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Code of Student Conduct

Students at Colgate University accept membership in an academic community dedicated to the pursuit of intellectual and personal growth. As a liberal arts college, Colgate seeks to provide opportunities for students, both in and outside the classroom, to develop critical thinking, integrity, judgment, a common experience of learning, and appreciation of cultural and ethnic diversity, as well as the social and ethical values necessary for community life.

Colgate expects its students to conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with the institutional community’s pursuit of its educational objectives. The integrity of the Colgate community depends upon each member’s acceptance of individual responsibility and respect for the rights of others. Colgate expects that its students will not lie, steal, cheat, or engage in dishonest or unlawful behavior or any other behavior intended to inflict physical or emotional harm on another person. Colgate students must abide by University policies and comply with directions of University officials acting in performance of their duties.

Student Discipline The System of University Standards and Student Conduct resolves possible violations of the Code of Student Conduct by matriculated or enrolled Colgate students on or off campus. The disciplinary system seeks to educate students about both personal freedoms and the limits of belonging to and living in a diverse academic community. To this end, students play a central role in the administration of Colgate’s System of University Standards and Student Conduct. Students participate in shaping the rules that govern the communities in which they live, and bear personal responsibility for upholding and enforcing the standards for student conduct.

The Disciplinary Officer, appointed by the Dean of the College, oversees the University Standards and Student Conduct system. In addition to the Disciplinary Officer and his/her administrative staff, the system consists of Community Councils, and the University Student Conduct Board.

The University’s disciplinary system is not a substitute for civil or criminal court proceedings. Students on campus as well as off campus are subject to federal, state and local laws.