The Student Integrity Code applies to individual students (both) undergraduate and graduate, student groups, and student organizations.

The Student Integrity Code may be applied to behavior that is in-person, written, or conducted online, via e-mail or through other electronic means. Additionally, students are responsible for the conduct of their non-student guests and should be with their guests at all times when on campus or at university-sponsored events.

The university designates that an “individual student” includes all persons registered for a course or courses at the university, either full-time or part-time, pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies and/or taking classes in an auditing or non-matriculant capacity. A person pursuing studies at Puget Sound is considered a student until such time that all necessary coursework has been completed, final grades have posted, and, for degree-seeking students, the degree has been conferred. Additionally, the following are considered students related to allegations of the Student Integrity Code violations:

  • persons who have accepted offers of admission (i.e., submitted deposits), but have not yet registered for classes;
  • persons residing on campus prior to attending classes or while completing a withdrawal or departure process;
  • persons who are not officially enrolled for a particular term (i.e., on a leave of absence, studying abroad, on suspension, etc.), but who have a continuing relationship with the college; and
  • persons who withdraw after allegedly violating the Student Integrity Code.

A person enrolled in classes that has faculty/staff status with Puget Sound shall retain their faculty/staff status and be referred to the appropriate venue for alleged violations (i.e., Human Resources).

Alleged violations of the Student Integrity Code that happen after admission, but prior to enrollment in classes, and/or prior to a withdrawal, leave of absence, or graduation are not exempt from the conduct process and may be adjudicated. The Student Integrity Code applies to a student’s conduct even if the student withdraws from the university while a conduct matter is pending. If found responsible and sanctioned, a hold may be placed impacting the student’s ability to enroll, re-enroll, obtain official transcripts, and/or graduate. All assigned sanctions must be satisfied prior to the hold being released.

The university may pursue the conduct process for incidents that happen on or off campus. The following criteria will be used to determine if an off-campus incident will initiate the conduct process:

  • When the incident was recognized by others (onlookers, complainants, or witnesses) as being carried out by a student, student group, or student organization;
  • When the incident adversely impacted the mental, emotional, or physical health, safety, and/or security of university community members;
  • When the incident adversely impacted the university mission and/or values; and/or
  • Whether the incident was a violation of federal or state laws or regulations, or local ordinances.

Student Organizations

Student organizations and groups are expected to abide by the Student Integrity Code and all university policies, including those that pertain specifically to groups and organizations. A student organization or group may be held responsible collectively and individually for the actions of its members or guests. There is no minimum number of group or organization members that must be involved in an incident before the conduct process may be initiated with a group or organization. The decision to initiate the conduct process with a student organization or group is made by examining and taking into account whether the actions included:

  • members of the organization or group acting together to violate the Student Integrity Code;
  • one or more members, officers, or leaders of the organization or group, having knowledge of the incident or behavior and failing to take corrective or prohibitive action before such incident or behavior occurred, failing to stop the incident or behavior while it was occurring, failing to report the behavior or incident, or failing to cooperate with university officials;
  • behavior at an event or in connection with an event or activity that was associated with the group or organization;
  • behavior committed by one or more officers/leaders or authorized representatives acting in the scope of their group or organizational capacities;
  • behavior that should have been foreseen by the organization or group or its officers, but for which reasonable precautions against such actions were not taken;
  • behavior or actions that would be attributable to the organization or group under their own policies (including local or national risk-management guidelines);
  • behavior taken by individuals who, but for their affiliation with the organization or group, would not have been involved in the incident; or
  • a pattern of individual violations found to have occurred that negatively reflects upon and compromises the status of the group or organization and continues to occur without proper and appropriate group control, remedy, or sanction.

The Student Integrity Code shall not preclude holding students who are members of a student organization or group responsible for their individual behavior committed in the context of or in association with the student organization or group’s alleged violations. Both the student and the organization or group may be found responsible for violations of the Student Integrity Code in connection with the same behavior. Sanctions assigned to groups or organizations must be completed by all members unless otherwise specified in the decision letter.