Standards of Conduct

Unless otherwise noted, the standards of conduct, policies, procedures and regulations described within the du Lac website apply to all Notre Dame students — undergraduate, graduate, and professional, full or part­time. The University may respond to any report of alleged misconduct or violation of law from a student’s matriculation through graduation.
The University reserves the right to address off­-campus misconduct or violations of law. Judgments about these matters will depend on the facts of an individual case. The following factors are among those that will be considered:
  • whether the conduct occurred at an event sponsored by the University
  • whether the student involved was acting as a representative of the University
  • whether the conduct has a negative impact on the University community or interferes with the pursuit of Notre Dame’s mission
  • whether the conduct has a negative impact on the local community.
In addition to complying with the University’s standards of conduct, policies, procedures and regulations, students are expected to abide by local, state and federal law. Students may be accountable to criminal authorities and to the University for acts that violate local, state or federal laws, and they can be referred to the University Conduct Process concurrent with criminal action.
As a general rule, the University Conduct Process will proceed normally during the pendency of a criminal action. The University operates under different policies, procedures and standards, and therefore it is not necessarily bound by the findings of a court of law.
If a student is charged with a felony, the University, through the Office of Student Affairs or the Office of Community Standards, reserves the right to take summary action and temporarily dismiss the student. Similarly, the University may take summary action to temporarily or permanently dismiss any student convicted of a felony (see Emergency Actions).

University Standards of Conduct

The following actions and behaviors are clearly inconsistent with the University’s expectations for membership in this community. 
  • Abusive or harassing behavior, including unwelcome communication
  • Actions which seemingly affect only the individual(s) involved but which may have a negative or disruptive impact on the University community and/or concern a student’s personal and academic growth
  • Alcohol possession and use [read more]
  • Behavior which causes a serious disturbance of the University community or infringes upon the rights and well-being of others
  • Failure to follow the directive of a University official aimed at protecting life, health or safety, or necessary for the good order and proper functioning of the University community
  • Responsibility for guests [read more]
  • Sexual activity [read more]
  • Undergraduate residence hall visitation (parietals) [read more]
  • Willful damage to the reputation or psychological well­-being of another
Depending upon the circumstances, violations of these behavioral standards will call into question a student’s continued full participation in the University community.  
  • Discriminatory harassment [read more]
  • Dishonesty, forgery or taking advantage of another
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs [read more]
  • Health, safety, and security policies [read more]
  • Initiation and hazing [read more]
  • Non-retaliation [read more]
  • Possession, use, or distribution of illegal drugs [read more]
  • Sexual harassment [read more]
  • Sexual misconduct or assault [read more]
  • Theft, damage or vandalism to property
  • Unauthorized possession of explosives, incendiary devices, firearms or other weapons
  • Violence or the threat of violence against another person, or any action which causes injury to another

Other University Policies and Regulations

In addition to the University Standards of Conduct outlined above, the following codes, policies and regulations are applicable to Notre Dame students.