Student Guide to University Policies
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The Student Guide to University Policies contains the following sections. It also exists in a PDF version for printing (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).


In order to promote the finest educational experience possible, the University of Delaware has established high standards of conduct for its students and student organizations. This Student Guide to University Policies explains University standards of behavior and procedures for responding when behavior which appear to violate these standards are reported. Individual students and student organizations are expected to know and comply with the policies detailed in the Code of Conduct. When behavior which appears to violate these policies are reported, a variety of actions may be taken, which may include both informal and formal processes. Decisions on which course of action to take will be made after considering the nature of the behavior, the impact on the University community and its members and the needs of the participants. Students who violate, attempt to violate, or aid others in violating the policies within the Student Guide may face sanctions for their actions.

The University conducts regular reviews and updates to this Student Guide to University Policies. This is done on an annual basis, with input solicited from various campus partners and constituencies. At any time, a member of the University community may contact the Director of the Office of Student Conduct if they have feedback or concerns. The University may, due to legal or institutional need, make changes to the Student Guide at any time as deemed appropriate by University officials. The Student Guide posted online at is the current and active version.

It may be useful for students to know how several commonly used terms used in the Student Guide are officially defined.


Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct describes the behavior expected of all students. It is arranged alphabetically by category and establishes standards of behavior for students and student organizations at the University.


Student Conduct Process
The Student Conduct Process section describes the University's procedures for addressing and resolving reports of possible violations of the Code of Conduct. Separate sections describe the process for undergraduate as well as graduate students.

dotted Sanctions
The Sanctions section describes the range of actions that may be applied for violations of the Code of Conduct. The include both educational sanctions (to help students learn from their incident and make positive changes in the future) and administrative sanctions (to hold students accountable for their actions in the incident.) The University administration reserves the absolute discretion to determine appropriate sanctions to be applied for any infraction of the Code of Conduct.


Grievance Procedures and Special Problems
The Grievance Procedures and Special Problems section describes the process by which students may bring certain grievances to the attention of the University. It also provides students with information about assistance with special problems, such as medical leaves of absence, military service and missing students.

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