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Purpose & Principles

Purpose and Principles

 A college or university has the obligation to seek, disseminate, and use knowledge in pursuing truth. This pursuit is a sensitive undertaking that flourishes only under special conditions and circumstances. To create and sustain these conditions and circumstances, the academic community has found it necessary to set expectations of an academic and nonacademic nature to maintain order and fairness on the campus and within the community. These rules protect students from the improper behavior of anyone who would infringe upon the rights of others. 

Certain principles have been found to have a direct impact on community living within a university setting. Each student strengthens the University when he or she lives by these principles and accepts the responsibility and freedom of self-government. These principles include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • Maintaining academic honesty
  • Respecting University and private property
  • Keeping faith with University regulations
  • Showing respect for others, to include restraint from conduct that threatens the health or safety of any person

Honesty and respect for others are indispensable attributes of the members of any well-ordered society, especially a university. Also indispensable is a genuine respect for legally established laws and regulations. 


The scope of these rules and regulations is determined by the announced objectives of the University and the extent to which it has reasonably determined that certain rules are fairly related to the accomplishment and protection of those stated objectives. The submission of an application for admission to the University represents a personal and voluntary decision on the part of a prospective student. The University’s approval of that application represents the extension of privilege to join the academic community and to remain a part of it, as long as the student maintains the academic and behavioral expectations set forth in the policies and regulations of the University (the Student Handbook, Undergraduate and Graduate catalogs, and the Law School Student Handbook). In addition, the University subscribes to all federal, state, and local laws, including those governing the possession and use of controlled substances, and requires its students to obey those laws.