Office of Student Conduct

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Student Code of Conduct

An educational institution’s atmosphere is important in fostering learning and personal growth. The Office of Student Conduct, under the Associate Dean for Student Conduct, is responsible for dealing with incidents, both on- and off-campus, that disrupt this environment at Cal U. The office is part of the Division of Student Affairs. The University’s Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities, or Student Code of Conduct, outlines behavioral expectations for all students to encourage an appropriate environment and applies to on- and off-campus behavior. The Student Code of Conduct is based on the University’s Bill of Rights & Responsibilities and inspired by the University's core values of Integrity, Civility and Responsibility. The Student Code of Conduct is separate and independent from any criminal or civil complaints that may come out of an incident.

The Office of Student Conduct’s mission is to promote an educationally appropriate environment for the Cal U community by encouraging students to make responsible decisions that reflect the University’s Bill of Rights & Responsibilities. Demonstration of respect for others and property and maintaining the safety of the community are of primary importance. The student code of conduct provides a framework for acceptable behavior that respects individual rights and outlines administrative, formal and alternative resolution processes that encourage reflection and personal growth by addressing inappropriate actions.

The Office of Student Conduct implements this mission by:

  • Maintaining up-to-date policies and procedures that reflect best practices and respect individual rights.
  • Providing the same opportunities to all students and treating each with respect.
  • Promoting students’ personal growth and development through the conduct process.
  • Encouraging students to give their best to achieve their immediate and long-term goals including career success.
  • Promoting awareness of the Office of Student Conduct and the code of conduct.

The Student Code of Conduct is intended to provide guidance and structure for students in their relations with others, use of University and other's property and development of appropriate decision-making abilities. Students learn from each situation they are involved in to refine decision-making and problem-solving skills and reflect on actions and decisions. In addition, students come to understand how their actions impact others and their future career goals.

The Office of Student Conduct utilizes University email as the main source of communication with students. Students should be checking their University email accounts on a regular basis.

All students should review the Student Code of Conduct and the University's methods of handling alleged violations. In addition, students should read our University’s policies.

Allegations of Violations

California University utilizes a variety of means to resolve allegations of violations including administrative and board hearings along with alternative conflict resolution.

  • Alternative methods of conflict resolution include mediation, conflict coaching, restorative justice conferences, facilitated dialogues and no contact directives to assist in resolving conflicts or disputes. Mediation is a voluntary process in which a neutral mediator assists students in developing a resolution to a conflict or dispute. These methods are not appropriate for all situations.
  • Administrative Hearing, conducted by a University administrator designated as a hearing officer, allows some alleged violations to be adjudicated informally between the administrator and student by mutual agreement.
  • University Conduct Board, composed of faculty, staff and students and usually chaired by the Associate Dean for Student Conduct, deals with alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct as a formal hearing option.

Role of Hearing Officers

Hearing officers are responsible for investigating complaints, conducting preliminary meetings with students, explaining the conduct process, informing students of their rights and responsibilities, and resolving complaints through administrative hearings or referrals to conduct board hearings.

The Associate Dean for Student Conduct acts as the primary hearing office while other University administrators may be designated as hearing officers by the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Filing Complaints

Under the Student Code of Conduct, any member of the University community or interested person may file a complaint of a possible violation of the University's behavioral expectations set in the code of conduct. Read more about how to file a complaint, what to do if a complaint is filed against you, possible sanctions, and when parents are notified.  Complaints will be assigned to a designated hearing officer at the University's discretion which may change as the complaint moves through the conduct process.

Assistance or Accommodations

Students needing any assistance in participating in any part of the conduct process should contact the Office for Students with Disabilities. 

Important Links

Student Handbook


Review the Student Handbook for more information on regulations governing student life and conduct.



If you have questions about the Student Code of Conduct, the conduct process or mediation/conflict resolution, contact:

Jim Pflugh
Associate Dean for Student Conduct
311 Natali Student Center