Student Conduct Process

The purpose of the student conduct process at Northwestern University is to promote integrity, civility, respect, and accountability within the University community and to provide an equitable and effective means for resolving situations in which a Northwestern student(s) or student groups/organizations are alleged to have violated a non-academic standard or policy of the University. 

The Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (OSCCR), is responsible for ensuring students honor and respect themselves, their peers, and the Northwestern community. The OSCCR does this by maintaining and enforcing the Student Code of Conduct and the student conduct process known as the University Hearing and Appeals System (UHAS).

The OSCCR is responsible for resolving non-academic student conduct matters, for ensuring student compliance with all non-academic conduct conditions and sanctions assigned through the student conduct process, and for maintaining official non-academic student conduct records. The OSCCR designates individuals or entities to administer the student conduct process, including the appointment of University Conduct Investigator(s), University Hearing Officers, and the University Hearing Panel.

More information about the student conduct process can be found at the links below:

Scope

The Student Code of Conduct applies to the following situations. The University reserves the right to investigate and resolve reports of alleged misconduct in all of these situations.

  • Involves students, a group of students, or a student organization affiliated with any school, department, or the University as a whole (undergraduate or graduate).
  • Occurred from the time of a students’ application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree (even if the conduct is not discovered until after a degree is awarded), including, but not limited to:
    • During the academic year,
    • Before classes begin or after classes end,
    • During time pursuing credit away from the campus (e.g., study abroad, internships, co-ops)
    • During periods between terms of actual enrollment
    • While on leave from the University
  • Occurred either on or off campus

The University reserves the right to investigate and resolve any report or incident in which a student is alleged to violate any of the principles or policies published by the University or local, state, or federal laws or policies, regardless of the location where the incident occurs. Students are also expected to follow the policies and procedures of institutions that they may visit, including during international travel.

University and residence hall guests are expected to follow all University policies. Student hosts are accountable for the conduct of their guests and may be subject to disciplinary action as the responsible party for violations of University policy incurred by their guests. This applies to individuals, groups, and student organizations. 

Participation

The University invites students/groups and expects respondents to participate fully in all aspects of the disciplinary process. If a student/group, including a respondent, elects not to participate in any part of the process, the hearing officer(s)/hearing panel may proceed without benefit of that student’s/group’s input. A respondent will be held accountable for any sanctions issued as a result of the hearing, even if they fail to participate.