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The George Washington University community is composed, in part, of more than 23,000 students, all of whom are responsible for abiding by the "Code of Student Conduct" and the "Code of Academic Integrity," two of the components of the Guide to Student Rights and Responsibilities.

The University Charter, approved by Congress in 1821, grants authority for student discipline to the University Trustees.  The "Code of Student Conduct," which was created in 1992 and is approved by the Trustees, establishes the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities and the Office of Civility & Community Standards and is the primary document governing non-academic student behavior. The "Code of Student Conduct" defines prohibited conduct for members of the university community and sets up a disciplinary system to address non-academic violations of its provisions while preserving the rights granted to students by the University Trustees.  The “Code of Academic Integrity" was established in the 1996-1997 academic year and was written and designed by students, faculty, librarians, and administration with the approval of the President of the University and the Board of Trustees.  The “Code of Academic Integrity” was established as the university community believes that academic honesty is central to the mission of the university and commitment to academic honesty upholds the mutual respect and moral integrity that our community values and nurtures.

With this charge, the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities and the Office of Academic Integrity strive to:

  • Educate students about their rights and responsibilities as a member of the university community
  • Educate students about how their behavior affects the university community and our neighbors
  • Offer guidance to students about their personal decision-making and how their individual choices can have significant effects upon their future aspirations.

 

Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities

The Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities directs the efforts of students and staff members in matters involving academic and non-academic student discipline and supports the University’s mission of guiding students to become more responsible citizens.  The Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities typically addresses instances of significant or recidivistic student misconduct and oversees the Office of Academic Integrity and the Office of Civility & Community Standards. The office is responsible for administration of the following:

 

Office of Civility & Community Standards

The Office of Civility & Community Standards works in conjunction with the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities to fulfill its responsibilities to the university community. The Office of Civility & Community Standards typically addresses incidents of minor or moderate student misconduct, which may result in a non-academic administrative record or a disciplinary record.  The office also facilitates:

 

Office of Academic Integrity

The Office of Academic Integrity works in conjunction with the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities to fulfill its responsibilities to the university community.  The Office of Academic Integrity addresses academic student misconduct, which may result in an academic disciplinary record.  The office facilitates disciplinary proceedings associated with the “Code of Academic Integrity.”

 

Learn more about the university's disciplinary policies and processes, including:

Refer to our FAQs to ensure your questions are answered and feel free to contact the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities at (202) 994-6727 or by email.