Student Affairs

Administration Policies

Clemson University Student Code of Conduct

 I. Purpose

Academic institutions exist for the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the development of students and the general well-being of society. Free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the attainment of these goals. A Clemson student is expected at all times to show respect for civility, community and the rights of others and to exemplify the Clemson University Core Values of Integrity, Honesty and Respect.

Clemson University supports the concept of education. When a student is not a danger to the University community or when the repetition of misconduct is unlikely, the University will make an effort to educate the student through a sanction; but should the student demonstrate an unwillingness to obey the rules governing conduct, he/she may be separated from the University.

II. Board of Trustees Policy

The Board of Trustees recognizes that there is a valid function performed by faculty, staff and the student body alike in considering and supporting any and all issues, controversial or noncontroversial, within the framework of orderly, peaceful and lawful decorum, demeanor and processes. The Board encourages freedom of speech, including constructive criticism, expression of grievances or petition for redress of wrongs, real or fancied, so long as those rights are exercised in a lawful and peaceful manner.

The Board of Trustees is charged by law with the responsibility of making rules and regulations for the University and establishing policy governing the conduct of the University, its employees and its student body. The president of the University is elected by the Board of Trustees to serve at its pleasure. The president is the chief executive officer entrusted by the Board of Trustees with the execution of its policies and the internal government and administration of the University. The Board of Trustees orders and directs the president of the University to administer and enforce its policies as herein announced. In carrying out this responsibility, the president is vested with authority to take such disciplinary action as in his/her judgment the circumstances warrant. The president has delegated this function to the vice president for Student Affairs.

III. Responsibilities of the Administration

The Board of Trustees reserves for the administration the right to retain any case from the jurisdiction of the student body in which the following exist:

  1. There is an alleged violation of a student regulation where University property has been damaged or destroyed.
  2. There is an alleged violation of a student regulation where the action in question may threaten the safety of any member of the University community or any University property.
  3. There is an alleged violation of a student regulation where the action in question would disrupt the educational process and/or orderly operation of the University.
  4. There is an alleged violation of a student regulation where a federal, state or local law may have been violated.

IV. Responsibilities of the Student Body

The Board of Trustees delegates the following responsibilities regarding Community and Ethical Standards to the student body of Clemson University:

  1. To recommend rules that regulate, control and dictate conduct of students attending Clemson University.
  2. To create student peer review boards to hear cases, not retained by the administration, of alleged violations of student regulations by Clemson University students and to interpret student regulations.
  3. To enact procedural rules for student judicial and governmental activities.
  4. To enact rules of evidence for the student judicial boards.
  5. To recommend to the administration sanctions for students who violate student regulations.

V. Jurisdiction Statement

Sanctions may be imposed against a student or student organization for the violation of any student regulations that occur on or off campus when the alleged conduct would, if true, impair, interfere with or obstruct the missions, processes or functions of the University or when the alleged conduct would, if true, endanger the health, safety or welfare of the student or others or would endanger any University property. Student conduct associated with computer networks and online environments are included in this jurisdiction.

 VI. Referrals

Anyone may initiate a complaint against any student or student organization for misconduct. The complaint shall be submitted in writing and directed to the Office of Community and Ethical Standards. In cases alleging a violation of a Student Housing regulation or occurring in the residence halls or apartment areas, the initial incident report shall be submitted to a Residential Life staff member, who in turn, will submit the completed case to the Office of Community and Ethical Standards.

VII. Pending Criminal or Civil Action

For the protection of the University’s interest as an academic community, the University must act promptly to address an issue of misconduct. Therefore, student discipline proceedings and actions are not subject to challenge or postponement on the grounds that criminal or civil charges involving the same incident have been dismissed, reduced or are pending in civil or criminal court.

VIII. Standard of Proof

Student and student organization disciplinary cases will be decided on the standard of a preponderance of the evidence. In other words, the determination shall be made on the basis of whether it is more likely than not that the referred student violated the Student Code of Conduct.

Approved by Board of Trustees 10/19/12