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Student Accountability 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 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. Academic Misconduct, Academic Performance, or Professional Misconduct processes are included in different sections of the Code. Reports of Discrimination or Sexual Misconduct are handled through the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action  in accordance with Policy and Procedures 5-210


  • Allegations: A claim that there has been a possible violation(s) of the student code.
  • Complaining Party: An individual who filed an allegation of a policy violation/misbehavior.
  • Conduct Hearing Officer: The person(s) from Office of the Dean of Students who will investigate and determine an initial outcome for the complaint.
  • Due Process: The right of students involved in the conduct process to have notice of accusations, an opportunity to respond, and an unbiased review and decision made on the issue. 
  • Informal Agreement: When a responding party is found responsible for violating policy, they may choose to accept the proposed sanctions without the case going before the Student Behavior Committee.
  • Office of Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action: The office which will investigate and determine an initial outcome for reports of sexual misconduct and discrimination.
  • Preponderance of the Evidence: The University’s standard of determining if someone is responsible which is "more likely than not."
  • Responding Party: Student who is accused of a violation of the student code.
  • Rules/Regulations/Polices: The policies used at the University found in the Regulations Library.
  • Sanctions: Educational measures that may be taken to help a student who is found responsible for violating University policy examine and reflect on their behavior and encourage positive behavior in the future.
  • Student Behavior Committee: The committee which conducts behavioral hearings and makes recommendations to the vice president for student affairs.
  • Violations: The act of doing something that is not allowed by a law or policy.

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Complaint Sources

  • Title IX Coordinator / OEO/AA
  • Student / Student Groups
  • Staff/Dept. 
  • Faculty / Academic Dept.
  • Police / Dept. of Public Safety
  • Athletics
  • Advisor
  • Other


Last Updated: 11/12/21