Section 501 Student Conduct Code

Effective: 3/72
Last Revised: 5/22/00; 5/22/06; 5/18/09; 11/17/14; 5/18/15; 3/19/18; 7/26/21; 7/11/22
Responsible Office: Student Affairs

Policy Statement:

The purpose of this University of Maine System Student Conduct Policy (this “Policy”) is to promote the intellectual, ethical, and physical development of people within the University of Maine System. This Policy shall be implemented through procedures set forth in the University of Maine System Student Conduct Code (the “Code”). The Code will articulate the expectation that students conduct themselves with proper regard for their rights and responsibilities, and the rights and responsibilities of others including the University. All members of the University community share accountability for maintaining an environment where actions are guided by mutual respect, integrity, and reason. The procedures outlined in the Code seek to promote the safety of persons engaging in those pursuits, the free and peaceful expression of ideas, and the integrity of academic processes. The procedures in the Code will reflect the basic concept of procedural fairness and will make certain that no student is subject to disciplinary action for any misconduct without first being given adequate notice of the charge(s) and the opportunity for a hearing before an impartial body or officer.

In the implementation of this Policy, the University seeks to harmonize its administrative functions in a manner consistent with and grounded in its educational mission with an emphasis on fundamental fairness, due process, personal responsibility, and community relationships.

Governing Law:

All members of the University community are governed by University policies, local ordinances, and state and federal laws. For specific governing documents, students and University organizations may refer to: the Code, other University policies and procedures; University student handbooks; University residence hall agreements and manuals; and other official University notices and publications. Individuals who violate state and federal law are subject to prosecution by appropriate state and federal authorities regardless of whether the activity occurs on or off University Property. In addition, students may be subject to disciplinary action by the University pursuant to this Policy and the University of Maine System Student Conduct Code or other applicable University policies, handbooks, catalogs, or standards.

If applicable law or regulation changes in a way that impacts this Policy, this Policy will be construed to comply with applicable law and regulation.

Administration and interpretation of the University of Maine System Student Conduct Code will be solely within the jurisdiction of the University.

Freedom of Expression:

The UMS Board of Trustees recognizes that students have, within the limits of the law, the right of free expression and advocacy. The UMS Board seeks to encourage and preserve freedom of expression and inquiry within the University.

Non-Discrimination Statement:

In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and pursuing its own goals of diversity, the University of Maine System does not discriminate in employment, education, or any other programs and activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, familial status, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran or military status.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, North Stevens Hall, Orono, ME 04469; voice: (207) 581-1226; TTY 711 (Maine Relay System) email:


The UMS Coordinator of Student Conduct will ensure all persons responsible for the oversight or administration of the Code receive required training relevant to their role and responsibility, as described in the Code, and document participation.

Policy Review:

Pursuant to the authority of the Board of Trustees, the provisions of this Policy are subject to periodic review and amendment and will include representation of students and other key stakeholders.

Student Conduct Code Review:

The Student Conduct Code shall be reviewed a minimum of every two years under the direction of the UMS Coordinator of Student Conduct, and in consultation with the University Conduct Officers, Office of the General Counsel, and including representation from the student body, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders, as appropriate. The UMS Coordinator of Student Conduct will inform the Chair of the Board of Trustees Academic and Student Affairs Committee of any recommendations for major changes.  Final approval of the Student Conduct Code will be the responsibility of the Chancellor, in consultation with the Office of the General Counsel.

Related Documents:

Board of Trustees Policy 212 Free Speech, Academic Freedom, and Civility

Board of Trustees Policy 402 Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, Stalking and Retaliation

Student Conduct Code Procedures – effective July 1, 2023