The College Code of Conduct: Public University Examples
To better understand what college codes of conduct require of students, it is useful to look at a few examples from public institutions around the United States. In the event a student is accused of violating the code of conduct, these documents usually describe punishments and how students can appeal decisions.
University of Washington Student Code of Conduct
In addition to defining standards of conduct for students, the code also discusses off-campus activity, the appeals process and how decisions are made when the code is violated. The University of Washington Code also prohibits hazing, damaging university property, restricts the possession of firearms on campus, and a requirement that students conduct themselves in an honest and professional manner. Interestingly, the Code of Conduct for the university is actually issued by the Washington State Legislature.
Georgia State University Student Code of Conduct and Policies
The requirements of Georgia State are comparable to U.W. in some respects. For example, the code of conduct defines how students will be judged when they violate the code and how they can appeal decisions they disagree with. The Georgia State Code also singles out several types of problematic student behavior that can result in disciplinary action such as alcohol use, drug use, hazing and sexual misconduct. Beyond these common requirements, the Georgia State Code also governs freedom of expression on campus and student organizations.
Florida State University Student Conduct Code
As with the University of Washington example above, the Florida State Conduct code is part of the state's law. The document sets out rules regarding harassment, hazing, weapons (firearms and other kinds), use of illegal drugs and alcohol, gambling and use of university computers. Many university's have IT policies and standards that define how students can use their college's technology but not all place those requirements directly into the college code of conduct. The Florida Code also defines student rights and the process students go through if they are accused of violating the code.