(Student Handbook 2.0/Graduate Student Handbook 1.6)
The Code of Student Conduct at Miami University is intended to foster and protect the central purpose of the University: the free and open exchange of ideas. This Code applies to Miami’s undergraduate and graduate students, and student organizations, including Greek organizations. Students are subject to this Code of Student Conduct beginning at summer orientation, during academic terms for which they are enrolled, during breaks between terms, during University holidays and vacations, and during periods of suspension. The Code of Student Conduct outlines the rights and responsibilities of students, behaviors prohibited on and off campus, possible sanctions, and the procedural rights of students and student organizations.
The Code embraces several important values: the rights of free speech and peaceable assembly; the freedom of inquiry and the right to make constructive criticism; the central importance of honesty to this community; and the desire that all students participate on campus in an environment that respects differences of culture, gender, religion, race, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin and ability.
The University is deeply committed to maintaining a disciplinary process that fully protects the rights of the institution, the complainant (and alleged victim if different from the complainant), and the accused student(s). The University reserves the right to supplement or alter the procedures in this Code at any time the University deems appropriate to protect the constitutional rights of the parties or to comply with state and/or federal law.
We expect every member of our community to conduct their affairs with integrity and high ethical standards. These expectations are best captured by the Miami Values Statement, adopted by the Miami University Board of Trustees in 2002:
“Miami University is a scholarly community whose members believe that a liberal education is grounded in qualities of character as well as of intellect. We respect the dignity of other persons, the rights and property of others, and the right of others to hold and express disparate beliefs. We believe in honesty, integrity, and the importance of moral conduct. We defend the freedom of inquiry that is the heart of learning and combine that freedom with the exercise of judgment and the acceptance of personal responsibility.”
These values are at the very heart of this Student Code of Conduct. When students deviate from these ideals, our primary goal is to assist students in better understanding, internalizing, and acting on these values. In short, this Code assumes that members of our community are of high character and are committed to a life of integrity. In this spirit, we are committed as a community to help those who made poor decisions “get back on track.”
Students who have questions about the Code of Student Conduct should call the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution at (513) 529-1417. All references to University offices are deemed reference to the most closely analogous offices at Miami University Hamilton (Student Services), and Miami University Middletown (Student Affairs), and the Voice of America Learning Center (Director’s Office).
The Code of Student Conduct
This Code applies to Miami’s undergraduate and graduate students, and student organizations, including Greek organizations. The Code of Student Conduct primarily prohibits misconduct on University premises (buildings or grounds owned, leased, operated, controlled, or supervised by the University, including the Oxford campus, Miami University Dolibois European Center [see Appendix B], the Miami University Hamilton campus, the Miami University Middletown campus, and the Voice of America Learning Center); but may address off-campus conduct when the behavior or the presence of the individual, in the University’s sole judgment, impairs, obstructs, or interferes with the mission, processes, or functions of Miami University. Students should be aware that Miami University reserves the right to review and take disciplinary action based on conduct occurring off campus or between academic periods. Additionally, while Miami University does not routinely monitor social networking sites and other electronic media, students should be aware that behavior on such sites when reported to the University may be investigated and adjudicated.
If a student, student organization, fraternity or sorority breaks a law that also violates Miami University Standards of conduct, they may be held accountable by both civil authorities and the University. The University may at its sole discretion elect to pursue disciplinary action in the absence of criminal charges, at the same time as criminal charges are pending or if the criminal charges involving the same incident are not complete, have been reduced or are dismissed.
Any student, student organization, fraternity or sorority that is found responsible for violating the Code will be assessed an administrative fee of $50 per incident.
Student organizations (defined in Part 5, Chapter 1, Section 5.1.A of The Student Handbook) and fraternities and sororities (defined in Part 5, Chapter 3, of The Student Handbook) are subject to the same conduct standards as individual students.
Organizations are subject to this Code of Student Conduct at all times including, but not limited to, breaks between terms, during University holidays and vacations, and during periods of suspension of recognition.
An organization may be held responsible for a violation of University policy or rule when:
- one or more of its officers, members, or authorized representatives acting as a member of the organization commit the violation;
- the misconduct occurs at an event that is sponsored, financed, or endorsed by an organization where it is reasonable to believe that the organization’s members knew or should have known that one or more of the participants engaged in conduct that is in violation of this Code;
- the misconduct occurs on the premises owned, leased, or operated by the organization where it is reasonable to believe that the organization’s members knew or should have known that one or more of the participants engaged in conduct that is in violation of this Code.
Standards of Conduct
In order to promote a safe and civil campus environment, Miami University expects each student, organization, and fraternity and sorority to follow the standards of conduct. The severity of the offense, prior disciplinary history, whether an offense was committed against a person intentionally selected by reason of their sex (including sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking), race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, military status, or veteran status, and other relevant circumstances will be considered in determining the appropriate disciplinary action.
Ohio Revised Code Sections 3345.22 and 3345.23 procedures are commonly referred to as “1219” proceedings. The initiation of a “1219” proceeding against a student does not prohibit the University from taking University disciplinary action against that same student under the Code for the same conduct that gave rise to the “1219” proceeding. A student arrested for any of the defined offenses will automatically be subjected to the “1219” proceedings, which are summarized below.
After a hearing which will be held no more than five days after arrest (continuances may be granted, which may not exceed a total of ten days), students arrested for one of the offenses defined in Ohio Revised Code 3345.23(D) are subject to immediate suspension from the University. Students convicted of any of the offenses enumerated in Ohio Revised Code 3345.23(D) are subject to automatic dismissal from Miami University.
Students suspended or dismissed under these “1219” procedures are not permitted on University property without the express permission of the President or the Board of Trustees. Students dismissed upon conviction may be readmitted or admitted to any other Ohio tax-supported college or university, at the discretion of the college or university’s board of trustees, but only after the lapse of one calendar year following dismissal and only upon terms of strict Disciplinary Probation (see Ohio Revised Code 3345.22 and 3345.23 for full text of the statutes and see Appendix C of the Code of Student Conduct for list of defined offenses of violence).
Student Conduct Regulations
Revised 2015; Revised 2016; Revised 2017