Student Handbook

Student Code of Conduct

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 all.

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

General Policy

St. Cloud State University has developed regulations and policies pertaining to students, student organizations, and clubs. Students, student organizations, clubs, faculty, staff, and administrators are expected to be familiar with St. Cloud State University policies and procedures.

Any student, student organization, or club alleged to have violated an established University policy, 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. Regulations and policies should be interpreted broadly and are not designed to define misconduct in exhaustive terms. Additionally, allegations of violations of local ordinances, state, or federal laws may subject a student, student organization, or club to the University student conduct process. The Student Code of Conduct does not replace or reduce the requirements of civil or criminal laws.

Personal conduct on University premises or at University activities is subject to University jurisdiction. The University also may enforce the Student Code of Conduct, regardless of where misconduct occurs, when conduct by a student, student organization, or student club 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, student organizations, or clubs accountable for a violation of the Student Code of Conduct committed off campus include, but are not limited to:

  1. Hazing;

  2. Sexual and other violence;

  3. Underage consumption, open container, hosting underage drinking, and sale or providing of alcohol to underage students;

  4. Possessing, selling, or distributing illicit drugs;

  5. Harassment and/or stalking;

  6. The violation is committed when participating in a University affiliated, sanctioned, or sponsored activity;

  7. The victim and/or perpetrator of the violation is a member of the University community;

  8. The violation adversely affects the educational, research, or service functions of the University;

  9. Violations of city ordinances, criminal acts, state, or federal laws.

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