How the Code Works
Part I of the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct includes the rights and freedoms to which all students—undergraduate and graduate—are entitled at Indiana University. The responsibilities of all students are described in Part II. If a student’s rights have been violated by a member of the faculty or administration, procedures are available on each campus to assist the student in getting the problem resolved. When students are believed to have committed any of the behaviors listed in Part II that constitute a violation of the section on responsibilities, all campuses must follow procedural guidelines found in Part III of the Code. Individual campuses also are to publish any procedures that apply specifically to their students.
Procedures in the campus judicial system that are used in conjunction with the Code are viewed as educational processes and are not the same as legal procedures in a court of law. Students, faculty, and staff serve as judicial hearing officers in the campus judicial system, and the outcomes are designed to both hold students accountable and to educate them, so that the behaviors are unlikely to be repeated. Violations of the Code that may be addressed in the campus judicial system may or may not also be violations of law. For example, cheating on an examination is a violation of the Code, but not of the law. Underage consumption of alcohol is a violation of both the Code and the law, and students who engage in this behavior are at risk of being held accountable in both the campus judicial system and the court system.
Both students’ rights and their responsibilities apply to all activities on campus—both in and outside the classroom. Rights and responsibilities may be addressed by campus authorities in connection with off-campus activities when they are associated with university events, or if they involve student behaviors that potentially “undermine the security of the university community or the integrity of the educational process or pose a serious threat to self or others” (Part II). For instance, a student studying abroad in Spain who is arrested for illegal drug usage could also face disciplinary action in Bloomington through the campus judicial system.
For the provisions found in the Code to be effective in contributing to a successful academic experience for students, it is important for students to read the document and to become familiar with its contents. Questions about how the Code works can be directed to the Dean of Students on each campus.
Who is Affected By the Code?
Students are obviously the group most directly affected by the Code, as it spells out their special rights as Indiana University students and establishes a set of rules for governing their conduct while they remain in this role. The Code and appropriate campus procedures together tell them how to proceed if they suspect that their rights have been infringed as well as what to expect if they are alleged to have violated university policy.
Each student right enumerated in the Code also establishes a corresponding duty on the part of university faculty, staff, and administrative personnel to see that it is protected. Moreover, the sections on student conduct let all university employees know what they can and should expect from any students with whom they interact, be it in the classroom, an office, or an on-campus residential facility.
The Trustees of Indiana University
As the governing body of Indiana University, the Board of Trustees is responsible for the content of the Code. Any amendments proposed by the University Faculty Council must ultimately be approved by the trustees.
As our students transition from adolescence to full adulthood, their parents and guardians often continue to play a direct role in looking out for their rights and guiding their behavior. By stating Indiana University’s expectations explicitly, the Code can assist parents and guardians as they help to make their daughter’s, son’s, or ward’s time at IU both safe and rewarding.
The Local Community
Indiana University students are also members of their campus’s local community. Thus, even those not affiliated with IU are still likely to interact with individuals bound by the Code, the jurisdiction of which extends well beyond the campus itself. The high standards set therein help to make these interactions pleasant and respectful.