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Standards of Student Conduct

Every student is expected to observe the highest standards of conduct, both on and off campus and while participating in an Oklahoma City University sponsored International Education Program. The administration of student discipline is a necessary part of the total educational process to assist the student in personal development and to protect the academic community. Not only must disciplinary procedures be reasonable and fair, they must also be effective. Effectiveness is particularly dependent on the overall attitude of the University community itself.  In addition to assuming a widely shared commitment to the principle of institutional self-governance, such effectiveness requires that violations of the Student Code of Conduct be reported; that complaints be filed by those who have the responsibility to do so; that witnesses will report if called; that findings of responsibility be made when the information so warrants; that appropriate sanctions be imposed when responsibility is found; that disciplinary proceedings will be conducted without fear of intimidation or of retaliation against those who participate; and that students must be willing to participate in the proceedings and to respect the finality of their results.

In a university, a strong sense of mutual responsibility, respect, trust, and fairness must exist among all members of the campus community: students, faculty, staff, and administration. In this framework of cooperation, while the emphasis is on personal freedom, each student is charged with the responsibility of self-control and self-reliance. To that end, those living in the University’s residence halls must respect the rights of others and live according to approved social principles. Although personal freedom and self-control are stressed, violation of the above standards of behavior may be handled, as appropriate, by the Dean of Students Office, the Student Conduct Board, the SGA Student Court or the Law School Disciplinary Tribunal.  Students who violate these rules may be subject to sanctions up to and including dismissal from the University. 

Since its beginning, the University has emphasized the important role it plays in Christian higher education. This emphasis has led to an increasing awareness on the part of the University of the importance of the development of certain basic values. Accordingly, the University holds its students to the highest standards of ethical conduct. The University cannot accept responsibility for the education of any student who does not endorse its purposes and regulations, and reserves the right to dismiss any undergraduate, graduate, or law student whose conduct or academic standing it regards as unacceptable. In such cases, any fees due or paid to the University will not be refunded in whole or in part, and neither the University nor its officers shall be under any liability whatsoever for such dismissal.

Off-Campus Behavior

When unacceptable behavior occurs off campus, whether at a University event or whenever such behavior may reflect adversely on the University, or affect the safety and security of persons on campus or the orderliness of the educational process, the University may implement the procedures provided for in this Code.

Violating Civil or Criminal Laws

When students are charged with violating civil or criminal laws, the University will neither request nor agree to special consideration because of their student status. The University will cooperate with any government authority or agency in connection with such charges. Further, the University reserves the right to impose the provisions of this Code and to apply sanctions before or after courts and other government agencies have imposed penalties or otherwise disposed of a case.