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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. Allegations of gender-based misconduct and discrimination will be handled according to University Policy #1065 and these FAQ’s may not apply. For additional information on gender-based misconduct, please contact The Office of Institutional Compliance and Ethics at (208) 426-1258

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

    YES!!! If you are being harassed, threatened or intimidated in any way, you may fill out a Conduct Report Form with Office of the Dean of Students. If you  have a question about whether to file a complaint or not, you should make an appointment with the Office of the Dean of Students 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 with details regarding a future meeting with a hearing officer. As a student at Boise State, it is important to check your email frequently to make sure you are aware of any notices sent to you.

    What can I expect from my first conduct meeting?

    At this meeting, the conduct process will be explained to you (the Respondent) 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?

    As the Respondent, you will be informed of the charges against you, and you will 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 witnesses submit witness statements if they are unable to attend.

    It is your right as a student to have an advisor present for any and all meetings throughout the student conduct process. For more information on advisors, or to locate a trained Respondent Advisor, please visit our Respondent Advisor Page.

    The Complainant (or person filing the charges) will also have the  opportunity to question the Respondent and any witnesses through the Conduct Hearing Board Chairperson. 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 am found responsible, will this violation go on my record?

    A disciplinary file is kept with the University. Student conduct records are destroyed after 7 years with the exception of incidents that involve Suspension or Expulsion. Disciplinary records are confidential and generally cannot be released to others without the your consent. Hearing outcomes are shared with campus partners only on a “need to know” basis, as determined by the Student Conduct Administrator.

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

    If you are found responsible, you will be assigned sanctions (consequences) that are determined to be appropriate for the level of violation you are found responsible for. 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 appeal procedures will be explained at the conclusion of the Conduct Hearing and in a Notice of Decision letter sent to you via email within 10 business days from the hearing. 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, when such behavior runs contrary to the University Shared Values and contrary to the Student Code of Conduct. Any student who violates any provision of those laws is subject to disciplinary action, including expulsion, notwithstanding action taken by civil authorities on account of the violation.

    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. You 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. If you wish for your parents or anyone else to be involved, you must first provide the university with this release. An exception of this policy is that your parent may be notified in the event of underage alcohol and drug violations.

    But I did not do anything wrong!

    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. In your meeting with a Conduct or Student Conduct Administrator, you will be provided an opportunity to share your perspective on the incident. Clearly articulating your perspective will help the Conduct Officer when they are reviewing the incident for policy violations.

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