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Student Conduct Code

The Student Conduct Code defines behavior that is expected of students and describes the procedures the University follows and the sanctions that can be imposed if a student violates the code. Through the disciplinary process, UH Hilo promotes personal responsibility and encourages honesty, integrity, civility, and respect among students. The disciplinary process is designed to be an educational one though which students recognize their mistakes, take responsibility for them, and learn from them.

Behavior that violates the Student Conduct Code includes:

  • Academic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarizing)
  • Disrupting University processes, including being disruptive in the classroom
  • Harassing, stalking, and physically or verbally threatening, abusing, or assaulting another person; intimidating, coercing or other conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of another person
  • Using, possessing or distributing illegal drugs
  • Consuming or possessing alcohol by anyone under the age of 21 (alcohol is prohibited on campus with the exception of the Hale ‘Ikena residence hall and at functions receiving permission from the University administration)
  • Stealing, damaging or vandalizing property
  • Abusing computer privileges
  • Participating in a demonstration, riot or activity that disrupts the normal operations of the University and/or infringes on the rights of members of the University community
  • Providing false information; forging, altering or misusing a University document, record or identification
  • Using or possessing a weapon, bomb, explosive, or fireworks on campus
  • Setting a fire on University property
  • Initiating a false bomb or fire alarm or misusing fire safety equipment
  • Initiating a false emergency report or misusing the emergency telephone or security system
  • Entering, occupying or using a facility without authorization
  • Possessing, producing, or manufacturing a key or unlocking device without authorization
  • Disorderly, lewd or indecent conduct
  • Violations of residence hall regulations

Any member of the UH Hilo community (faculty, staff, students) can bring forward an allegation that a student has violated the Student Conduct Code. Allegations should be directed to the Director of Student Conduct, with the exception of incidents of academic dishonesty (which are generally handled by the faculty and only referred to the Director of Student Conduct when a student contests his or her responsibility) or residence hall regulation violations (which are generally handled by Housing Office staff).

A claim that a student has violated the Student Conduct Code will be investigated. Throughout the process, he/she has the right to fair and impartial treatment, and principles of due process (for example, providing an opportunity to respond to the allegations and an opportunity to appeal) will be followed, as described in detail in the full text of the Student Conduct Code. If a student is found responsible for the violation, he/she will be subject to disciplinary sanctions. Depending on the type and severity of the violation, sanctions may include:

  • Warning or Probation
  • Loss of certain privileges
  • Reduced or failing grade for a course or for an assignment, or a requirement to re-do an assignment (in cases of academic dishonesty)
  • Educational sanctions, counseling, or mediation
  • Fines or restitution
  • Rescission of grades or degree
  • Suspension from the University
  • Dismissal from the University

View other University policies pertaining to student rights and responsibilities.

Student Academic Complaint Policy

The Student Academic Complaint Policy outlines students’ academic rights and describes the procedures students should follow if they believe their academic rights have been violated.

The Course Management section of this handbook describes the policy and its application in some detail.

Student Academic Dishonesty

The Student Conduct Code defines plagiarism and cheating and how incidents of academic dishonesty should be handled.

Provisions for working with students who have plagiarized or who are suspected of plagiarism are described in the Course Management section of this handbook.