Student Conduct Code
Like other American universities, UMSL is authorized to establish reasonable expectations with regard to student behavior, and to enforce related rules and regulations for the general welfare of the campus community. The Collected Rules & Regulations of the University of Missouri concerning student conduct are reprinted below. Students who are charged with violating any provisions of the Standard of Conduct will also be provided with a copy of the Rules of Procedures in Student Conduct Matters, available in the office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs and reprinted in the UM-St. Louis Bulletin.
Students who are found to be in violation of the Standard of Conduct are subject to the following Sanctions: Warning, Probation, Loss of Privileges, Restitution, Discretionary Sanctions, Residence Hall Suspension, Residence Hall Expulsion, University Dismissal, University Suspension, or University Expulsion.
U.M. Collected Rules & Regulations, 200.010 - Standard of Conduct (Amended Bd. Min. 3-20-81; Bd. Min. 8-3-90, Bd. Min 5-19-94; Bd. Min. 5-24-01, Bd. Min. 7-27-12.)
A student enrolling in the University assumes an obligation to behave in a manner compatible with the University's function as an educational institution and voluntarily enters into a community of high achieving scholars. Consequently, students assume new privileges along with new responsibilities in accordance with the University’s mission and expectations.
These expectations have been established in order to protect a specialized environment conducive to learning which fosters integrity, academic success, personal and professional growth, and responsible citizenship.
- Jurisdiction of the University of Missouri generally shall be limited to conduct which occurs on the University of Missouri premises or at University-sponsored or University-supervised functions. However, nothing restrains the administration of the University of Missouri from taking appropriate action, including, but not limited to, the imposition of sanctions under Section 200.020(C), against students for conduct on or off University premises in order to protect the physical safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
- Conduct for which students are subject to sanctions falls into the following categories:
- Academic dishonesty, such as cheating, plagiarism, or sabotage. The Board of Curators recognizes that academic honesty is essential for the intellectual life of the University. Faculty members have a special obligation to expect high standards of academic honesty in all student work. Students have a special obligation to adhere to such standards. In all cases of academic dishonesty, the instructor shall make an academic judgment about the student's grade on that work and in that course. The instructor shall report the alleged academic dishonesty to the Primary Administrative Officer.
- The term cheating includes but is not limited to: (i) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (ii) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; (iii) acquisition or possession without permission of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the University faculty or staff; or (iv) knowingly providing any unauthorized assistance to another student on quizzes, tests, or examinations.
- The term plagiarism includes, but is not limited to: (i) use by paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without fully and properly crediting the author with footnotes, citations or bibliographical reference; (ii) unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials; or (iii) unacknowledged use of original work/material that has been produced through collaboration with others without release in writing from collaborators.
- The term sabotage includes, but is not limited to, the unauthorized interference with, modification of, or destruction of the work or intellectual property of another member of the University community.
- Forgery, alteration, or misuse of University documents, records or identification, or knowingly furnishing false information to the University.
- Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, conduct proceedings, or other University activities, including its public service functions on or off campus.
- Physical abuse, threats of violence, or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.
- Nonconsensual sexual behavior including but not limited to rape; sexual assault; nonconsensual sexual touching of the genitals, breast or anus of another person or the touching of another with one’s own genitals whether directly or through the clothing; or exposing one’s genitals to another under circumstances in which he or she should reasonably know that his or her conduct is likely to cause affront or alarm, or sexual harassment.
- Stalking another by following or engaging in a course of conduct with no legitimate purpose that puts another person reasonably in fear for his or her safety or would cause a reasonable person under the circumstances to be frightened, intimidated or emotionally distressed.
- Harassment by engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that serves no legitimate purpose that would cause a reasonable person under the circumstances to be frightened, intimidated, or emotionally distressed.
- Invasion of privacy by photographing or recording (using electronic or other means) another person in a state of full or partial nudity in a place where one would have a reasonable expectation of privacy without that person’s consent, and distributing or transmitting that image without that person’s consent.
- Participating in attempted or actual theft of, damage to, or possession without permission of property of the University or of a member of the University community or of a campus visitor.
- Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys to any University facilities or unauthorized entry to or use of University facilities.
- Violation of University policies, rules or regulations or of campus regulations including, but not limited to, those governing residence in University-provided housing, or the use of University facilities, or the time, place and manner of public expression.
- Manufacture, use, possession, sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages or any controlled substance without proper prescription or required license or as expressly permitted by law or University regulations, including operating a vehicle on University property, or on streets or roadways adjacent to and abutting a campus, under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance as prohibited by law of the state of Missouri.
- Disruptive or disorderly conduct or lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct or expression.
- Failure to comply with directions of University officials acting in the performance of their duties.
- The illegal or unauthorized possession or use of firearms, explosives, other weapons, or hazardous chemicals.
- Misuse in accordance with University policy of computing resources, including but not limited to:
- Actual or attempted theft or other abuse.
- Unauthorized entry into a file to use, read, or change the contents, or for any other purpose.
- Unauthorized transfer of a file.
- Unauthorized use of another individual's identification and password.
- Use of computing facilities to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member, or University official.
- Use of computing facilities to interfere with normal operation of the University computing system.
- Knowingly causing a computer virus to become installed in a computer system or file.