Student Behavioral Misconduct Process

Students are expected to uphold the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities, Regulations Library Policy 6-400, also known as the Student Code while attending the University of Utah. We understand that the Student Code may be difficult to read and complicated to understand. Our intention of writing the Student Code is to be as thorough as possible by outlining all details of the behavioral misconduct process. However, we also wanted to break down the Student Code in plain language to help you better understand the process if you are considering filing a complaint or if you are accused of a violation.

This is the process that is outlined in Section III, Standards of Behavior, of the Student Code. (NOT for Academic Conduct, Academic Performance, or Professional Behavior.) 


Conduct Hearing Officer: The person(s) from Office of the Dean of Student who will investigate and determine an initial outcome for your case

Responding Party: Student who is accused of a possible violation Due Process: Allowing students to meet with a Student Conduct hearing officer to tell their side of what happened

Allegations: A claim that there has been a possible violation(s) of the student code

Preponderance of the Evidence: The University’s standard of determining if someone is responsible (think: are we 51% confident this incident happened?)

Eviction from community: Removed or not allow to enter a specific area of campus or the entire campus

Violations: The act of doing something that is not allowed by a law or policy

Rules/Regulations/Polices:The guidelines used at the University found at 

Complaining Student: Student who filled an allegation

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Complaint Sources

  • T. IX Cord. / OEO/AA
  • Student / Student Groups
  • Staff / Office (Greeks, HRE)
  • Faculty / Academic Dept.
  • Police / Dept. of Public Safety
  • Athletics
  • Advisor
  • Other
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Informal Resolution / Case Closed left arrow  Receive and Evaluate Complaints right-arrow Insufficient Information / Case Closed
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    Alleged Charges and Investigation    
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    Outcomes (Prepoderance of Evidence) right-arrow Not Responsible / Case Closed
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Agree left arrow Informal Agreement / Negotiation with Mutual Consent    
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Completion of Sanctions   Disagree    
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  Student Behavior Committee Hearing    
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left arrow Vice President for Student Affairs Determination right-arrow Not Responsible / Case Closed
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  Appeal to the University President    
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left arrow University President make final decision to uphold or overturn decision right-arrow Not Responsible / Case Closed
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Case Closed