Along with rights come certain responsibilities.  Students and registered student organizations at the University are expected to act consistently with the values of the University community and to obey local, state, and federal laws.

  1. Offenses Against the University Community
  1. Acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to the following:

    1. Furnishing false information to the University or any University official.
    2. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any University or government document, record, or instrument of identification.
    3. Tampering with the election of any organization.
    4. Assuming another person’s identity or role through deception or without proper authorization.  Communicating or acting under the guise, name, identification, email address, signature, or indicia of another person without proper authorization, or communicating under the rubric of an organization, entity, or unit that you do not have the authority to represent.
  2. Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, conduct proceedings, or other University activities, including its public service functions, whether on or off campus, and other authorized non-University activities, which occur on University premises (except for behavior that is protected by the University’s policy on Freedom of Speech and Artistic Expression – UM Standard Practice Guide 601.01 -
  3. Failure to comply with directions of University officials and law enforcement officers acting in performance of their duties, including but not limited to:
    1. Failure to identify oneself to when requested to do so.
    2. Failing to leave University-controlled premises when told to do so.
  4. Violations of other published University policies, rules or regulations. Such policies, rules or regulations include but are not limited to Residential Life Community Living Guide, Information Technology Policies, parking and traffic regulations, policies governing student organizations and other published policies.
  5. Faculty have the right to control the classroom environment and to permit or deny permission, at their discretion, for a student to record a lecture or classroom interaction. The only exception is if a student has a current and documented accommodation for such a recording on file with Disability & Accessibility Services.
  6. It is prohibited to use electronic or other means to make a video, audio, or photographic record of any person in a location where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy without the person’s prior knowledge or permission in each instance, when such a recording is likely to cause injury, distress, or damage to reputation. The storing, sharing, and/or distributing of such unauthorized records by any means is also prohibited.
  7. Littering on University premises.
  8. Commission of any crime on University premises or at University-sponsored activities.
  9. Smoking on University property.


  1. Offenses Against Persons
  1. These behaviors include but are not limited to any contact or communication that is intended to threaten, harass or injure a person(s):

    1. Causing or threatening to cause physical harm to another person including acts such as killing, assaulting, or battering;
    2. Threats, intimidation, bullying, or coercion;
    3. Harassment – any severe or pervasive verbal, written, or electronic communication or action that causes a reasonable person to feel emotionally or mentally distressed or frightened.  Harassment also includes communication or action that interferes with an individual’s participation in an educational, work, or University activity or environment;
    4. Sexual misconduct – any action or behavior that violates the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy is in violation of the Code of Student Conduct.  Violations outlined in the Policy include sexual misconduct, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, and intimate partner violence.  Information on the Student Sexual Misconduct policy is located at
    5. Other conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.
  2. Retaliation – a student or organization shall not retaliate against any member of the UM-Flint community who files an Incident Report or who brings forward a complaint or concern. Retaliation may result in a separate charge under the Code of Student Conduct.
  3. Any action or behavior that violates Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, is a violation of the Code of Conduct. Information on Title IX is located at:
  4. Hazing – any mental or physical action, requirement, request of, or obligation placed upon any person (including but not limited to a pledge, associate member, affiliate, prospective member, guest, initiate or team member) which could be harmful to the health, welfare or academic progress of the person; or which is personally degrading to the individual involved, or which has an adverse effect on the academic progress of the person; or which destroys or removes public or private property; or which violates any federal, state, or local laws, or University policy, whether on or off-campus. No member of the University community shall fail to report hazing.  A person’s consent to hazing is not an excuse under this section.



  1. Offenses Against Property

    1. Attempted or actual theft of property or funds; possession of stolen property.
    2. Attempted or actual damage or vandalism to property.
    3. Destroying, defacing, damaging, or misusing any University funds, equipment, materials, services or the funds, equipment, materials, services or property of others.
    4. Unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of keys and other entry codes or devices to any University premises or unauthorized entry to or use of University premises.
    5. Any violation of University of Michigan-Flint’s Information Technology Policies.  ITS Policies are located at
    6. Intentionally setting fire to property.


  1. Offenses Disrupting Order or Disregarding Health and Safety
  1. Drugs - Use, possession, distribution, sale or manufacture of illegal drugs including drug-related paraphernalia containing illegal residue; or prescription medications that are unmarked or not for the person in possession of them; or using materials for the purpose of an intoxicant except as expressly permitted (e.g., whip-its, huffing).
  2. Alcohol - Use, possession or distribution of alcoholic beverages except as expressly permitted by the law and University regulations.
  3. Weapons - Possession of firearms, explosives, incendiary devices, or illegal or unauthorized possession of weapons, or dangerous chemicals on University-controlled property or at University events or programs (unless approved by the Department of Public Safety; such approval will be given only in extraordinary circumstances).
  4. Fire Safety – On University premises or at University sponsored events, entering false fire alarms, bomb threats, or other emergency report or tampering with fire extinguishers, alarms, smoke detectors or other safety equipment.
  5. Gambling - Illegal gambling or wagering. Promoting, wagering, receiving monies for wagering, or gambling for money or property in any form on University premises or University-sponsored activities that is in violation of applicable laws.
  6. Disorderly Conduct – Engaging in disorderly conduct that causes alarm, concern, or nuisance in which the conduct:
    1. disrupts the normal operations of the University including, but not limited to, classes, research projects, activities, programs, and/or events;
    2. causes or provokes a disturbance within a community;
    3. causes harm or has the potential to harm others or one’s self.


  1. Violation of State, Federal or Local Laws and University Policies
  1. Any act or omission that constitutes a violation of federal, state or local laws and University policy, which is not otherwise covered in this Code.
  2. Conviction, a plea of no contest, acceptance of responsibility or acceptance of sanctions for a crime or civil infraction (other than a minor traffic offense) in state or federal court if the underlying behavior impacts the University community.
  3. Any act or behavior that violates the Regents’ Ordinance is in violation of the Code of Student Conduct.  Information on the Regents’ Ordinance is located at  


  1. Interfering with the Conduct Process, Including but not Limited to:
  1. Failure to appear at a conduct meeting or hearing when directed to do so.
  2. Falsifying, distorting or misrepresenting information at a conduct meeting or hearing, or knowingly initiating a false complaint.
  3. Attempting to discourage a person’s proper participation in, or use of, the conduct process including retaliation or intimidation of individuals who participate, or choose to not participate, in the conduct process.
  4. Harassment, retaliation or intimidation of a University official or member of a conduct committee.
  5. Failure to comply with sanction(s) imposed under the Code.


  1. Shared Responsibility for Infractions
  1. Presence during any violation of University policies or rules in such a way as to incite, aid or abet the violation.
  2. Students and student organizations may be held responsible for the conduct of their guests while on University premises, at University-sponsored or supervised activities, and at functions sponsored by any registered student organization.