The Student Conduct and Community Standards Philosophy
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 and Community Standards (SCCS) Committee, which is composed of students, faculty and staff, 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. Conduct staff attempt 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 the Student Conduct Code, 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 in response to specific violations. The ultimate objective of this office is educational and restorative. Through a fair consideration of all factors in each case, a concerted effort is made to prevent arbitrary and authoritarian action by an administrator or by student groups. Members of the Conduct staff are available to consult with and counsel students who believe that their individual rights have been violated or who are experiencing behavioral difficulties.