Preamble

The Valdosta State University Student Code of Conduct contains the University's official statement of the rights and responsibilities of students, both as individuals and as members of the community as a whole. The Valdosta State University Student Code of Conduct is also the official record of conduct policies affecting student organizations and group activities, as well as student conduct oriented administrative policies and procedures.

The Student Code of Conduct represents the expectations of student and organizational behavior at Valdosta State University. When a student or organization becomes a part of the university community, they are agreeing to abide by the Code of Conduct. This code is based on the principles and beliefs that students and or organizations are responsible adult learners, capable of making informed decisions and are accountable for their behavior and the consequences of their decisions. Students and organizations are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the policies and regulations set forth by Valdosta State University.

As expressed in the Blazer Creed, the primary expectations of Valdosta State University students are integrity, civility, and citizenship. Students at Valdosta State University are expected to read, understand, and follow the Student Code of Conduct. Unfamiliarity with the code is not a valid excuse for infractions of the regulations. Knowledge of these regulations will help the student and or an organization in exercising their rights and avoid infringement on the rights of others.

All students are members of the larger community of the city, state, and nation and, as such, enjoy the rights of citizenship. Valdosta State University cannot, however, assume the role of a supervisor when students are involved in private activities. Student status does not protect a student from arrest and prosecution for violations of local, state or federal laws.

Students accused of violations of local, state, or federal laws that adversely affect the interests of the University, may also be subject to the appropriate Valdosta State University disciplinary process. Pending civil or criminal matters shall not prevent Valdosta State University, at its discretion, from initiating appropriate disciplinary action.

Additional policies and regulations may be developed, under established procedures (Appendix D. Section III), during the academic year as required for the general well-being of Valdosta State University. This statement and any additional policies and regulations are binding on both the student and Valdosta State University administration.

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