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Conduct Program

Student Conduct Program Procedure

  • Introduction

    Boise State University is, first and foremost, a community of learners. By establishing behavioral standards of this community, the Student Code of Conduct:

    • Serves not just as a disciplinary system, but also as part of the educational system
    • Sets forth the standards and procedures necessary for maintaining and protecting an environment conducive to learning in and out of the classroom
    • Is designed to teach students to live and act responsibly, with respect for the rights of other students and members of that community, and for the property and common resources associated with that community
    • Encourages the development of good decision-making and personal integrity

    The Student Code of Conduct, and the processes of its administration and enforcement, serves to maintain the standards of the university community. The university may impose disciplinary sanctions against students or student organizations when their conduct significantly interferes with the educational objectives of Boise State and its members.


    The Goals of the Student Conduct Program are to:

    • Educate students about the core values of academic excellence, respect and civility by upholding the University’s Statement of Shared Values
    • Promote individual insight and growth
    • Support a safe, inclusive and affirming campus environment
    • Teach skills of self-control, responsible decision-making, compromise and ethical reasoning
    • Hold students accountable for their actions, making them aware of behavioral consequences
    • Help students understand their role and responsibility in creating an environment where learning and civil engagement can occur

  • File A Complaint

    Any member of the University community may file charges against any student for alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct. In addition, the University may initiate charges against a student when there is no other individual to act as Complainant. Any allegation should be submitted as soon as possible after the event takes place.

    If you feel that someone you know has violated the Student Code of Conduct, please take the following steps:

    1. Review Article 4 of the Student Code of Conduct. Identify the violation in question.
    2. Download and fill out the Conduct Report Form.
    3. Provide a typed description of the violating incident in question. Include all relevant information such as names, dates, time, places, evidence, etc. Be as thorough as possible. Hand written complaints will not be accepted.
    4. Send all original documents, including materials pertinent to this incident to:
      Office of the Dean of Students
      Norco Building, Room 116
      1910 University Drive
      Boise, ID 83725-1370
      Fax: (208) 426-1556
      Phone: (208) 426-1527
    5. The Office of the Dean of Students will determine further action based on the submitted materials.

    A packet of all relevant materials will be made available to be picked up for review 72 hours prior to any scheduled formal conduct hearings for both Complainants and Respondents. If you wish to review any submitted materials prior to that time, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at (208) 426-1527 to schedule an appointment.

    Important Note

    Upon review of the Complainant(s) statement, the University reserves the right to identify the sections of the Student Code of Conduct (and/or any University policy) that may have been violated based solely off of the written report. Please keep in mind that a completed Conduct Report Form, in and of itself, does not necessarily infer that a violation has occurred.

  • File An Appeal

    Appeals on decisions made by the conduct body for either academic or nonacademic conduct violations will be made to the Appellate Board via the Office of the Dean of Students.

      1. Read Article 8 of the Student Code of Conduct. Preview Article 8 in the toggle below.
      2. Download and fill out the Conduct Appeal Form
      3. Appeals will be considered only when it is clearly established by the respondent or the
        complainant, in a concise 1-2 page typed statement, that one of the following occurred:
        1. A substantive procedural error occurred that significantly impacted the outcome of the
        2. New evidence is available (that was unavailable at the original hearing or investigation) that
          could substantially impact the original finding or sanctions.
        3. The sanctions imposed are substantially disproportionate to the severity of the violation.

    1. The appeal form and typed statement should be submitted by the date stated in the original decision letter.  Send all appeal materials to or
      Office of the Dean of Students
      Norco Building, Room 116
      1910 University Drive
      Boise, ID 83725-1370
      Fax: (208) 426-1556
      Phone: (208) 426-1527
    2. Please note the Appellate Board convenes in closed session, neither the complainant nor the respondent is allowed to be present during the appeal review.

    Important Note

    With the exception of appeals involving new information, the board will limit itself to reviewing the written appeal, hearing documents, and the recording of the hearing.


    The following are frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) about the Student Conduct Program at Boise State University and what happens when a complaint is received that alleges a student may have violated the Student Code of Conduct.

    As a student, can I file a charge against another student?

    The answer to this often-asked question is a resounding YES!!! Any student that is being harassed, threatened or intimidated in any way may fill out a Conduct Report Form with Dean of Students Office. If a student has a question about whether to file a charge or not, he/she should make an appointment with the Dean of Students Office at 426-1527.

    What happens if I am referred to the Dean of Students Office for a violation of the Student Code of Conduct?

    You will receive a letter from our office instructing you to call and make an appointment with us. It is important that you follow-up with this request, make the appointment and keep it. Ignoring the situation will not make it go away.

    What can I expect from my first conduct meeting?

    At this meeting, the conduct process will be explained to you and a method of resolving the allegations will be determined. You will also have your rights and responsibilities explained to you as they are outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.

    What will take place during the Conduct Hearing?

    If you are the Respondent, you will have a formal presentation of the charges against you and have the opportunity to respond to the allegations. You will be given time to share your side of the story before any final decisions are made. You will be able to bring witnesses to share relevant information, provided you notify the office 5 days (120 hours) prior to the hearing. You may also have people submit witness statements if they are unable to attend.

    If you are the Complainant (or person filing the charges) will have the same opportunity. You will each be given the opportunity to question the other person’s witnesses through the Student Conduct Board Chair. The Conduct Body will then determine if any section of the Student Code of Conduct has been violated and assign appropriate sanctions if applicable.

    If I really did do it, I could lie and deny my involvement in the incident, couldn’t I?

    Yes, you could. But that would be a bad idea. People almost always are caught in their lies. One lie leads to another and another. Eventually, everything comes crashing down, and what was a single violation at the start is compounded by additional dishonest acts, with potentially more severe sanctions. It is highly recommended that you accept personal responsibility for your behavior and speak openly and honestly about what you did and why.

    If I am found responsible, will this violation go on my record?

    A disciplinary file is kept with the University. Usually, no permanent records are retained, except in the cases of Suspension or Expulsion. No documentation is attached to the student’s academic transcript regarding the disciplinary action. Furthermore, disciplinary records are confidential and generally cannot be released to others without the student’s consent. Those with a “need to know” on campus are notified of hearing outcomes.

    What happens if I get reported for an act of Academic Dishonesty?

    Your instructor is responsible for determining if any academic dishonesty occurred. S/he also determines what the appropriate sanction should be if you are found responsible. The Office of the Dean of Students will then be notified by the faculty member via the submission of an Academic Report Form. The form includes a summary of the incident and your response to the accusations. It also outlines the instructor’s action or recommendations for sanctions.  Upon receipt of the form, the incident is recorded with our office and kept on file. The Office of the Dean of Students will send you a notification outlining the sanction imposed by the faculty member. You may contact The Office of the Dean of Students regarding your right to appeal if your situation meets any of the criteria for appeal outlined on the “File an Appeal” tab.

    What are some of the typical sanctions for academic dishonesty?

    Sanctions may include, but are not limited to:
    A. Resubmitting the original assignment
    B. An additional educational essay or workshop
    C. Academic penalty (usually an F) on the assignment
    B. Academic penalty for the course (lowering of the entire course grade anaywhere from a single letter grade to a failing grade)

    What if I am found responsible for violating the Student Code of Conduct?

    If you are found responsible, you will be assigned sanctions or consequences which could include educational activities, probation, restitution, restrictions, university service, etc. See the Student Code of Conduct for more information on the various sanctions.

    What if I disagree with the decision?

    You may appeal a decision made as a result of a Conduct Hearing to the Student Conduct Appeal Board. The appeals procedures will be explained at the conclusion of the Conduct Hearing and in your decision letter. The Office of the Dean of Students may also advise you of the steps for making an appeal.

    If the violation occurred off campus can the university take action?

    Yes. The University reserves the right to address student behavior on and off campus, when such behavior runs contrary to the mission of the University and contrary to the Student Code of Conduct. Any student who violates any provision of  law is subject to disciplinary action, including expulsion, notwithstanding action taken by civil authorities on account of the violation.

    If the violation involves an alleged crime, can I be prosecuted criminally?

    Yes. Students retain the responsibilities of citizenship upon enrollment to the university and may be prosecuted criminally for any illegal activity. Criminal hearings and University Conduct Hearings may even occur at the same time.

    But I was not aware of the Student Code of Conduct…I did not mean to do anything wrong!

    Ignorance of University policies and procedures is not an excuse for inappropriate behavior. Students are responsible for knowing the rules and what is expected of them both on and off campus, in the classrooms, in the residence halls, and as a member of the university community.

    My parents pay a lot of money for me to attend the University. I’m going to have them talk to the University about this!

    Students are always encouraged to utilize the support systems they have in place whenever they have to deal with difficult issues. However, please understand that the University views you as an adult and thus will treat you as one accordingly. Confidential student information will not be disclosed to anyone, including your parents, without a signed release of information form. If you wish for your parents or anyone else to be involved, you must first provide the university with this release. Even with this release, the University’s primary responsibility is to you, the student, and thus may choose to limit the amount of information that is shared directly with your parents and/or other family members.

    But I did not do anything wrong!

    Then relax. Just be honest about your involvement. The primary goal of student conduct processes is to be educational and provide students with opportunities to reflect on their behavior and how it affects the university community.

For questions regarding the Student Code of Conduct Program contact the Office of the Dean of Students
at 426-1527 or email us at