Student Conduct

Overview

NEW! A quick overview of the undergraduate disciplinary system is available here.

The purpose of the undergraduate disciplinary system is to promote honesty, fairness, respect, and accountability within the university community and to provide a fair and effective mechanism for resolving cases in which an undergraduate student (or group) is alleged to have violated the standards or policies of the university.

Reports regarding student or group behavior may be filed with the Office of Student Conduct. Duke Police, the Office for Institutional Equity, academic deans, and offices within Student Affairs offer additional resources for students to address concerns. These offices work together in order to determine the most appropriate venue for resolution. (Resolution may include mediation, arbitration, informal resolution, or disciplinary action). In any situation where a party is unsure of whom to call, he/she may contact the Office of Student Conduct at 919-684-6938 or conduct@duke.edu.

Any alleged violation of university policy, including academic dishonesty, is within the scope of the Office of Student Conduct. If the Office of Student Conduct determines that another office is more appropriate to handle the situation, the case may be referred to that office. (Violations that occur within residential areas will often be referred to Housing, Dining, and Residence Life [HDRL].)

The Office of Student Conduct coordinates a mediation program, which may be accessed upon referral or at the request of a student to resolve disputes between students.

In general, residence life staff will handle complaints of conduct within residential areas unless the alleged behavior is of a serious nature or the student has had prior violations, in which case the  case may be referred for disciplinary action through the Office of Student Conduct, 200 Crowell Hall (East Campus); 919-684-6938; conduct@duke.edu.

Organization

  • The Office of Student Conduct is designated to oversee the undergraduate disciplinary system.
  • Hearing officers are designated to resolve disciplinary matters through informal or formal disciplinary resolution.
  • The Undergraduate Conduct Board (UCB) is designated to resolve formal disciplinary matters that involve complicated circumstances, serious infractions of university policy, and/or repeated misconduct. The UCB is comprised of students, faculty and staff. At all times, consideration shall be given to the appointment of a board reflective of the population of the university community. Rising juniors and seniors are selected each spring semester to serve as student members.  (Once selected, student members will serve for the remainder of their undergraduate careers, as long as they meet expectations.) Student co-chairs are elected by the board. Faculty members are appointed/approved by the dean of Arts and Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering. Staff members are appointed/approved by the vice president for Student Affairs.
  • The Appellate Board considers appeals of students/groups found responsible and sanctioned through a formal disciplinary hearing, and/or of complainants in discrimination and/or harassment-related cases. The Appellate Board is currently chaired by the dean and vice provost for undergraduate education or designee and includes the vice president for Student Affairs or designee, the senior associate dean from Trinity College or designee, the associate dean from the Pratt School of Engineering or designee, and two undergraduates.
  • Disciplinary advisors are available to assist students/groups through the disciplinary process. Advisors include students and staff who have been trained and are familiar with the disciplinary system. A list of advisors is available from the Office of Student Conduct.

Scope

  • The university may respond to any complaint of behavior that occurred within a student’s undergraduate career, from application to graduation. 
  • Any undergraduate student is subject to disciplinary action. This includes students who have matriculated to, are currently enrolled in, are on leave from, or have been readmitted (following a dismissal) to programs of the university.
  • With the agreement of the vice president for Student Affairs and the dean of the college or school, disciplinary action may be taken against a student who has graduated and is alleged to have committed a violation during his or her undergraduate career.
  • The accused may also be a cohesive unit of the university, such as a living group, athletic team or other recognized organization.
  • The university reserves the right to respond to any report of alleged misconduct on or off campus.
  • Student group leaders most directly responsible may be held accountable for acting as an accomplice through action or negligence to the commission of prohibited acts at a group-identified event.
  • In cases of alleged policy violations by a student enrolled in a joint degree program or interdisciplinary coursework within Duke, each school or unit (the home unit and the host unit) may have a stake in the adjudication. Thus, an ad hoc process shall be developed and an ad hoc panel may be formed with representatives from both institutions/units to handle the case. The sanctions may be different for each school or unit.
  • For students doing inter-institutional coursework at other institutions, whether domestic or international, or for visiting students enrolled in classes at Duke, the home and the host institutions should confer and decide the process to be followed, which may include combined or separate elements. The sanctions may be different for each institution.