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Student Group Conduct

Overview

Student Unions & Activities is responsible for holding groups accountable to student group and University policies, the Student Conduct Code (including hazing), and their own established procedures outlined in the group constitution or related materials. If it is believed that a student group has violated a policy, the group’s internal procedures, or otherwise acted unethically, any individual may submit an Incident Report Form to report the policy or procedure violation to Student Unions & Activities.

How to report an alleged student group conduct violation:  If it is believed that a student group has violated a policy, violated the group’s internal procedures, or otherwise acted inappropriately, any individual may submit an Incident Report Form to report the alleged violation to SUA.

Submit an Incident Report Form.

The incident report must include the name and contact information of the reporting party as the reporting party will be contacted during the review process for Student Unions & Activities to learn more about the reported incident or violation. Anonymous reports can be filed through the University's confidential reporting service, EthicsPoint, however, these are not submitted directly to Student Unions & Activities and are not specific to Student Group violations.  

Who can make a report? Anyone may file a report on possible student group conduct violations including staff, faculty, students, and individuals external to the University. A report should be filed to make SUA aware of an incident and to initiate the student group conduct process.  The Incident Report Form is the primary form of communication regarding student group conduct violations. An individual student (or individual students) involved in a reported student group activity may be referred to the OCS for an individual student disciplinary investigation.

How to determine if the incident is individual or student group conduct?  The following questions provide a guideline for determining group vs. individual responsibility. The determination regarding whether an alleged policy violation was committed by a student group or by an individual(s) will be made on a case-by-case basis. OCS and SUA will together make this determination.  The following factors will be considered when making this determination:

  1. How many of the members of the student group were involved in the incident?
  2. Did the incident occur at a sponsored event of the student group?
  3. Did a member(s) of the student group violate University regulations at an event sponsored by the group or in the course of the group’s affairs, and did the group fail to exercise reasonable preventive measures?
  4. Did the student group’s leadership have knowledge or notice that the conduct was going to occur?
  5. What was the nature of the incident?

How are student group violations reviewed and resolved? SUA and OCS will follow the outlined Student Group Conduct Code Procedure. The purpose of the student group disciplinary process is to provide a framework for resolving complaints about violations of Board of Regents Policy: Student Conduct Code, so that:

  • Informal resolution is encouraged. The disciplinary process encourages informal resolution of complaints where appropriate.

  • Student development is emphasized. The disciplinary process emphasizes the educational purpose in student group discipline, including helping students understand and accept responsibility for their own behavior.

  • Community interests are met. While the emphasis of the disciplinary process is on responsible student group self-development, the nature of the offense may require, in fairness to the community, the imposition of disciplinary sanctions.

  • Student groups receive fair treatment. Most disciplinary matters are resolved informally, with the agreement of the student group. When the people involved are unable to reach agreement, however, Board of Regents Policy: Student Conduct Code requires that student groups have the opportunity to receive a fundamentally fair hearing and a campus-wide appeal.

Please visit this link to find the full Student Group Conduct Code Procedure.

Questions on allegations of student group conduct violations can be directed to Student Activities at sao@umn.edu or 612-626-6919.