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This contextual framework for student conduct is derived from the university’s mission, vision, values and principles, providing the basis for specific institutional and program policies and procedures governing student behavior and interactions. 
An education at Union Institute & University is based upon the concept of a mutually beneficial learning community. Students attending UI&U are members of a diverse and dispersed community of scholars; as such, they are expected to abide by two key principles. Disregard or contempt for these principles can be found at the root of academic crimes, such as plagiarism, forgery, intellectual dishonesty, or falsification of records; socially destructive behaviors, such as discriminatory or harassing conduct; and even criminal acts, such as assault, destruction of property, theft, hate crimes, and even murder.
The principle of academic freedom is the underlying principle of a learning community. Academic freedom results in protection of the rights of participants in the learning enterprise, as well as duties correlative to those rights. Students, as members of the UI&U learning community, are expected to conduct themselves in such a way as to allow others to pursue studies unimpeded by restrictive personal behavior or coercive institutional action. Under this principle, differing viewpoints may not be permitted to interfere with those studies, or the advancement of scholarship. Freedom in research and publication of results is a right, as long as the dignity, health, privacy, and other rights of human and animal subjects are protected, and university and program policies are followed. Under the principle of academic freedom…
The second key principle of the UI&U learning community is the university’s commitment to respect for the individual. Members of the UI&U learning community are expected to honor this principle by striving to treat one another with positive regard, learning from one another while acknowledging their differences.
These two principles–academic freedom and respect for the individual—carry with them the following rights, responsibilities, and challenges:
Students, as members of the UI&U learning community have the right to:
Students, as members of the UI&U learning community have the responsibility to:
Students, as members of the UI&U learning community are challenged to:
From these principles, rights, responsibilities and challenges stem the standards of conduct stipulated in a wide range of institutional policies and procedures, including :
 This contextual framework is under review by Leaner Council, so should be considered as an interim documents.
 Institutional policies listed may be revised or added to at any time, and may be supplemented by program-specific policies.