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The Student Conduct Process


Old Dominion University is committed to fostering an environment that is: safe and secure; inclusive; and conducive to academic inquiry, student engagement and student success.

A community exists on the basis of shared values and principles. At Old Dominion University, student members of the community are expected to uphold and abide by standards of conduct that form the basis of the Code of Student Conduct ("the Code"). These standards are embodied within a set of core values that include integrity, fairness, respect, community, and responsibility.When student members of the community fail to exemplify these values, student conduct proceedings are used to assert and uphold the Code.

All students are expected to assume responsibility for their conduct, and to assume reasonable responsibility for the behavior of others. The student conduct process exists to protect the interests of the community, and to educate and respond to those students whose behavior is not in accordance with our standards.

Information for Respondents

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A respondent is any student or student organization accused of violating the Code of Student Conduct. It is essential for respondents to fully understand the conduct process.

Information for Witnesses

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If you have been identified as someone with knowledge of a specific incident, you will be asked to attend the hearing.

Conduct Advisors

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A conduct advisor is a trained member of the ODU community who can assist and support a student through the student conduct process.



Following a hearing, respondents may appeal the decision in some circumstances. Conduct conferences do not have an appeal process.


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Sanctions are developmental tools that enable conduct officers to respond to student's documented misconduct in developmentally appropriate ways.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Frequently asked questions resource for students and a list of common terminology used during the student conduct process.

Code of Student Conduct

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The Code of Student Conduct is a University policy that outlines appropriate student behavior and the consequences for students failing to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the University’s educational mission.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Student Conduct & Academic Integrity at 757-683-3431 or oscai@odu.edu

Code of Student Conduct

  1. Basis and Rationale for a Student Code of Conduct

  2. Objectives of the Student Conduct System

  3. Authority

  4. Definitions

  5. Standards of Classroom Behavior

  6. Applicability of the Code of Student Conduct

  7. Violations of Law

  8. General Provisions

  9. Prohibited Conduct

  10. Violations of Housing & Residence Life Conduct Policies

  11. Sanctions

  12. Procedures

  13. Record Maintenance

Download the Full Policy

Code of Student Conduct

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