Union Institute and University

Student Conduct Policy

Framework – Student Conduct Policies

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. [1]

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…

  • Students are required to contribute to an environment in which there is freedom to learn.
  • Students are encouraged to develop the capacity for truth and to exercise their rights to free inquiry and free speech in a reasonable manner.

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:

  • be treated as individuals;
  • be listened to;
  • the ownership, acknowledgement of our original ideas, creations and expressions, within the guidelines and limitations of the university’s Intellectual Property policy;
  • a learning and working environment that is free of discrimination and harassment;
  • fair, just, equitable, and professional treatment by other members of the UI&U  community.

Students, as members of the UI&U learning community have the responsibility to:

  • respect one another’s cultural, intellectual and personal differences;
  • refrain from harassment or discrimination;
  • acknowledge properly the intellectual or artistic work of others, especially when it may have contributed to one’s own work;
  • honor the principles of person-centered learning and the educational process that the university has developed to embody them;
  • treat one another with professional dignity, courtesy and respect;
  • view lack of knowledge as an opportunity, honoring the capacity to learn;
  • protect the rights of humans or animal subjects used in research;
  • avoid conflicts of interest and dual relationships that might compromise the educational process.


Students, as members of the UI&U learning community are challenged to:

  • learn from one another’s differences;
  • treat conflict as an opportunity for growth and learning;
  • refrain from spreading rumor, slander or misinformation;
  • respect all persons in the UI&U learning community.

From these principles, rights, responsibilities and challenges stem the standards of conduct stipulated in a wide range of institutional policies and procedures, including [2]:

  • Academic Integrity Policy
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Policy and Prevention Program
  • Americans with Disability Act Grievance Procedure
  • Appeals/Grievance Policy and Procedure
  • Discriminatory and Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedure
  • Email Use Policy
  • Facilities Use Policy – Reporting Criminal Incidents
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Student Complaints and Appeals Policy and Procedure
  • Institutional Review Board Policies (research with Human Subjects)
  • Intellectual Property Policy
  • Tampering with Educational Records
  • Technology Resources Acceptable Use Policy

[1] This contextual framework is under review by Leaner Council, so should be considered as an interim documents.

[2] Institutional policies listed may be revised or added to at any time, and may be supplemented by program-specific policies.