Section I.  Student Code of Conduct Authority

Authority

NSHE Code 6.1.1 authorizes the University of Nevada, Reno, to establish this Code of Conduct.  The President of the University of Nevada, Reno, through the Vice President for Student Services, will designate appropriate individuals or entities to administer the University student disciplinary system.  The Director of Student Conduct has been designated to represent the University in student disciplinary matters for undergraduate and graduate students in all campus degree programs with the exception of those students enrolled in the University of Nevada School of Medicine, which has authority for providing student conduct standards and disciplinary procedures for its students.  The Director of Student Conduct will be responsible for the coordination of the activities of the University student discipline system for the remainder of the University of Nevada, Reno, campus and will report to the Vice President for Student Services or his/her designee.  The administrative faculty members in the Office of Student Conduct and of the Office of Housing, Residential Life and Food Services shall be responsible for monitoring student compliance with all discipline conditions and sanctions imposed through the disciplinary process and shall maintain all official student disciplinary records. 

The scope of authority of the University extends to persons identified as students because of their status as enrolled in the institution on a part-time, full-time, or auditing basis.  This scope of authority also extends to persons with a continued intent to pursue an education at the University of Nevada, Reno, which includes, but is not limited to the following: persons participating in orientation programs, persons participating in early-start programs, and incidents involving current students that occur between terms and during vacation periods.  Every student shall be responsible for his or her conduct from the time of application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree, even when conduct occurs before classes begin or after classes end, such as during periods between terms. The Student Code of Conduct shall apply to a student’s conduct even if the student withdraws from school while a disciplinary case is pending.  When a student leaves the University, any unresolved complaints of alleged student misconduct will be reviewed and addressed upon the student’s return. If there were circumstances involving a student graduate of the University who is found to have been involved in action, which directly affects the status of his or her degree and/or the University community, then the   University would invoke its authority to resolve the incident through a review of, and possible action to modify, the student’s status and record.

The authority of the University to address student conduct concerns involves all students while they are: present on premises owned by the University, in off-campus buildings used by students through their association with a student organization recognized by the university, or at another site for an academic or extracurricular University-related experience.  This authority extends to off-campus conduct that adversely affects the University community and /or the pursuit of its objectives, and where it adversely affects the health, safety, or security of any member of the University.

Under this Student Code of Conduct, when an incident occurs off-campus that is not at a college or university sponsored event, it will be the responsibility of the Director of Student Conduct) to determine whether University authority will be asserted in that incident. The Director of Student Conduct will review each incident referred to the Office of Student Conduct on a case-by-case basis to allow the institution to consider the unique facts of each situation involving student behavior.  

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