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Student Conduct

As members of the University community, students willfully consent to following policies and procedures as outlined by Trinity University.


The Trinity University Student Conduct Program (SCP) aims to hold students accountable for their actions and provide them an opportunity to reflect upon their impact on the Trinity community through a fair, equitable, and education-based process. The SCP’s mission is to encourage student learning and development while preserving the safety and integrity of Trinity University's academic and social communities. 

By establishing student conduct policies and discipline procedures, the University fulfills an obligation set forth in the statement on Student Rights and Responsibilities. 

Standards of Conduct: General Information 

Expectations of Students 

Trinity University strives to preserve the rights and dignity of individuals and to create an environment in which civility, decency, and respect are honored. Students are expected to take responsibility for their actions and show respect for self, others, the University community, and property. In this community of scholars, respect and acceptance of differing points of view is fundamental to creating the quality of life that encourages growth and development. The diversity of this community places upon all its citizens an obligation to respect the perspectives of others who are different from themselves. These differences include, but are not limited to, gender, ethnicity, politics, religion, sexual orientation, geography, and class. Matriculation at Trinity University implies understanding and support by the student of University standards. Failure to observe these standards and other regulations will subject the student to University action through established procedures for the administration of student conduct standards.

Community Input for Procedures and Policies

The Dean of Students office will seek input from the campus community in determining and developing procedural guidelines and policies which will ultimately be approved by the President. 

Application of Student Standards 

The following policies and the consequences of their violation are applicable to the conduct of a student on campus, at University-sponsored events, or at any other location or time when the conduct (1) has an adverse impact on the reputation of the University, (2) negatively affects the safety or welfare of University students, employees, or neighbors, or (3) interferes with or obstructs the mission or operations of the University.

Violations of local, state, or federal law are not condoned by the University, and alleged violators may be referred to the campus judicial process without regard to whether civil officials have also acted in the case. Likewise, some of the offenses described below are violations of local, state, or federal laws and may be prosecuted independent of any disciplinary action taken by Trinity University. Status as a student does not exempt one from either the rights or responsibilities of citizens.

In addition to the major standards of conduct, students are expected to abide by additional University policies that exist to further the orderly functioning of the University’s departments and their resources. Such additional policies relate to and include, but are not limited to, academics, library operations, copyright, information technology/computing, parking, traffic control, intercollegiate athletics, intramural sports, campus publications, dining facilities, and residential life, including the “Board and Residential Agreement.” These policies may be found on department Web pages or publications. Violations of these policies will subject the organization and/or individuals involved to appropriate action.

If a student withdraws from the University pending disciplinary charges that may result in the student becoming ineligible to reenroll for a reason other than an academic or financial reason, the University will not end the disciplinary process until the University makes a final decision of responsibility.

Complaint Process

Any person may file a complaint with the Dean of Students Office alleging a violation of the University’s published standards of student conduct. 


Official Order 

An Official Order is an emergency directive from a University official. Official Orders are primarily used in response to situations of great urgency. Official Orders require immediate and unquestioning compliance. They remain in effect only as long as the situation that prompted their issuance. Official Orders include, but are not limited to, an order to identify oneself by display of a University ID or an order to evacuate a building in case of a fire and not reenter it until official permission has been given. University officials authorized to issue Official Orders include faculty, staff, Residential Life student staff, and University police when in performance of their official responsibilities. Challenges to the reasonableness of an Official Order should be made in writing to the associate vice president for Student Life within five class days from the date the order was issued, but not at the time the Official Order is given. Failure to comply with Administrative or Official Orders may result in referral for judicial action.

Administrative Order 

An Administrative Order is used to require or prohibit specific behaviors for a specified period of time and is issued from a University administrator (president, vice president, dean, or director). Compared to Official Orders, Administrative Orders are used to address situations of less urgency than Official Orders and are longer term in nature. Examples of Administrative Orders include: barring a student from athletic events or a residence hall as a result of misbehavior or requiring one student to stay away from another in order to avoid conflict. Appeals of any Administrative Order can be made in writing to the appropriate vice president within ten days of the order. A vice president’s order or appellate decision can be appealed in writing within five days of receipt of the decision to the president of the University.

Last reviewed:  August 2019