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Administrative Policy and Procedures Manual
Section 600: Student Affairs
Subject: Student Conduct
601.3 Student Conduct

Effective: February, 2000
Revised: July 2008; August 2014
Review Date: August 2017
Responsible Party: Dean of Student Engagement

Students and the Law

As a citizen of the larger society, the university student retains those rights, protections and responsibilities held by all citizens. All students of Montana State University Northern are, therefore, subject to federal, state, and local law.

The enforcement of student responsibilities and duties to the larger society is the responsibility of those civil authorities established expressly for that purpose. Representatives of agencies enforcing these laws have the right to be on campus to investigate illegal activities without the knowledge or consent of the University administration. In addition, they have the right to make searches and arrests in campus housing, provided they have the proper warrants. When possible, an administrator in charge may be notified or will accompany the law enforcement officer.

It is the intent of the University community to resolve student conduct violations within the University. However, in the event that a serious violation involves a violation of the law (i.e. sale of drugs, arson, major vandalism, etc.) or violations by non-students, it may be necessary to involve the appropriate law enforcement agencies. Likewise, students charged or convicted of violations under general law may be subject to University sanctions for the same conduct when the act is in violation of campus rules essential to the continued protection of other members of the campus or to the safeguarding of the educational process.

Standards of Student Conduct

Judicial policies, dealing with inappropriate behavior, within an educational institution parallel the institution's academic policies in that they are concerned with promoting an effective academic community, the freedom to learn, and personal responsibility. It is every student's responsibility to help ensure that the University is an orderly and responsible community, one in which each member is assured of personal safety and well-being and has the opportunity to obtain the desired educational experience. For this reason, any member of the University who observes a violation of accepted guidelines or behavior has the responsibility to ensure corrective action is taken. Therefore, any member of the community; student, faculty, or staff may bring a complaint and has a responsibility to do so. Help with preparing a complaint may be obtained from the campus judicial officer or other Student Affairs professionals if the violation concerns general campus policy, or from a Residence Life Staff member if the violation pertains to housing behavior.

Responsibility and authority for the regulation of student behavior is vested in the Chancellor of the University by the Board of Regents. In all disciplinary matters, the Chancellor of the University shall be the final campus authority. The Chancellor has delegated decision-making authority concerning campus discipline with the campus judicial officer. Currently, the Dean of Student Engagement serves as the campus judicial officer. Residence Life Staff members have the authority and responsibility for alleged violations pertaining to housing rules and regulations. Serious violations and/or sanctions may be referred to the campus judicial officer. Residence hall disciplinary policies and procedures are detailed in the Residence Hall Handbook. The University reserves the right to determine what constitutes inappropriate behavior and appropriate sanctions.


The list of sanctions includes but is not limited to the following: verbal warnings; disciplinary warning status; social probation; suspension; expulsion; fines; restitution for damages; exclusion from extra-curricular activities. In the case of suspension, a student may be separated from the University for not less than one term and not more than one academic year. In the case of expulsion, a student's relationship with the University is permanently severed. In addition, a student who is suspended will be given a grade of "W" in cases in which the work or the course has not been completed before the suspension.

Violations and Offenses

The following list is intended to provide examples of inappropriate behavior for which sanctions may be levied and is not intended to be exhaustive:


A member of the university community; student, faculty, or staff may bring about a complaint by filing an Incident Report with the campus judicial officer.

At the hearing,

Appellate Procedures


Grounds for Appellate Review

SDHAC may accept written application of appellant if said appellant is able to assert one or more of the following:


The SDHAC shall keep a record of all actions taken by said committee, and said file shall be placed in the office of the Chancellor of Montana State University Northern.

Appealing SDHAC Decisions

The decision of the SDHAC may be further appealed in writing to the Chancellor of the University. In all disciplinary matters, the Chancellor of the University shall be the final campus authority. Further appeals must be made to the President of Montana State University Bozeman.