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Campus Disciplinary Procedures

Oregon State
University

Philosophy on
Student Conduct

The goal of Oregon
State University
is to provide students with a general education so that they will acquire
knowledge, skills, and wisdom to deal with and contribute to contemporary
society in constructive ways.

The State Board of Higher Education and the University, through the Student
Conduct Committee (5 faculty and 5 students), have established regulations and
policies deemed necessary to achieve the University's objective as an
educational institution. All members of the University community have a strong
responsibility to protect and maintain an academic climate in which the freedom
to learn can be enjoyed by all.

If an individual's conduct does not meet University standards, the possibility
of disciplinary action arises. The Student Conduct Program attempts to
emphasize those kinds of experiences that assist the individual involved to
think out, evaluate, and become accountable for personal behavior; to establish
a personal code of conduct; and if need be, to redirect behavior in order to
meet University expectations.

In enforcing student conduct regulations, the University follows due process
procedures. Great emphasis is placed on the consideration of each individual
case rather than attempting to have matching "penalties" or actions
for specific incidents. The ultimate objective of the Student Conduct
Program is treatment in their relationships with the institution.
Through a
fair consideration of all factors in each case, an attempt is made to prevent
arbitrary and authoritarian action by an administrator or by student groups.
Members of the staff of the Student Conduct Program are available to consult
with and counsel students who believe that their individual rights have been
violated or who are experiencing behavioral difficulties.