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The goal of Oregon State University is to provide students with a general education in order to 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 which assist an individual involved to think out, evaluate and become accountable for personal behavior, establish a personal code of conduct and if need be, 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 fair 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 student groups. Members of the Student Conduct Program are available to consult with and counsel students who believe their individual rights have been violated or who are experiencing behavioral difficulties.