Student Code of Conduct

Student Code of Conduct (pdf)


St. Cloud State University aspires to foster an academic community that promotes the intellectual, personal, social and ethical development of its students. To achieve this, the University expects all members of the educational community to create safe environments conducive for the learning, growth and success of everyone.

The St. Cloud State University Student Code of Conduct documents our commitment to upholding these standards and expectations. It ensures a fair and educational process for determining responsibility when student behavior may have deviated from these expectations and provides appropriate educational sanctions when a student and/or student organization has not met the standards set forth in the Student Code of Conduct. Every effort will be made to balance the needs and rights of the individual and/or the student organization with the welfare of the community as a whole.

General Policy

St. Cloud State University has developed regulations and policies pertaining to students and student organizations. Students and student organizations are expected to be familiar with St. Cloud State University policies. Any student or student organization alleged to have violated an established policy or regulation of the University, no matter when discovered, is subject to the student conduct process according to the provisions outlined in the St. Cloud State University Student Code of Conduct. The regulations and policies should be interpreted broadly and are not designed to define misconduct in exhaustive terms. Additionally, charges of violations of local ordinances, state or federal laws may subject a student and/or student organization to the University conduct process. The Student Code of Conduct does not replace or reduce the requirements of civil or criminal laws.

Personal conduct on University-owned or University-controlled property or at University activities is subject to University jurisdiction. The University also may enforce its student conduct policy and procedures, regardless of where misconduct occurs, when personal or organizational conduct directly, seriously, or adversely interferes with or disrupts the educational mission, programs, or other functions of the University. The University reserves the right to take necessary action to protect the safety and welfare of the University community.

Examples of when St. Cloud State University may hold students and/or student organizations accountable for a violation of the Student Code of Conduct committed off campus include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Hazing; or
  • Sexual and other violence; or
  • The violation is committed when participating in a University affiliated, sanctioned or sponsored activity; or
  • The victim and/or perpetrator of the violation is a member of the University community; or
  • Underage consumption, open container, hosting underage drinking, and sale or providing of alcohol to underage students; or
  • Possessing, selling or distributing illicit drugs; or
  • The violation adversely affects the educational, research, or service functions of the University; or
  • Violating city ordinances, state or federal laws.
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