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 standards of behavior and procedures for responding when behavior which appears to violate these standards are reported. Individual students and student organizations are expected to know and comply with the policies in the Code of Conduct. When behavior is reported that appears to violate these policies, a variety of actions may be taken, which include both formal and informal processes. Decisions on which course of action to take will be made after considering the nature of the behavior, the impact on the community and its members and the needs of the participants.

As stated in the Faculty Handbook, "Academic freedom is indispensable to effective teaching [and] excellent research/creative activities." The spirit of this freedom applies to students as well. The freedom of students to share opinions, discuss differing viewpoints and speak freely, even when these activities may be unpopular or contrary to public opinion, contribute to a robust learning environment and an enhanced campus experience. This freedom does not, however, permit students to engage in behavior that violates the policies and expectations contained in this Student Guide under the guise of "academic freedom."

Students are not only members of the University community (which also consists of faculty, staff, guests and visitors to campus) but also of the Newark community (which also consists of residents in the surrounding neighborhoods and businesses within the city), and the state of Delaware and serve as representatives of all these communities. Therefore, students are expected to comply with all the policies within this Student Guide, as well as all applicable laws, in all settings and locations. Students who violate, attempt to violate, or aid others in violating policies may face may 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 and community partners and constituencies. At any time a member of University or surrounding 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 to 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, both on and off campus. Policies are listed alphabetically and establish 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 and graduate students.

dotted Sanctions
The Sanctions section describes the range of sanctions that may be applied for violations of the Code of Conduct. These include both educational sanctions (to help students learn from their incident and make positive changes in the future) and administrative (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


Related University Policies
The related policies section contains information regarding multiple other policies and procedures that support student success on campus.

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