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Shared Values and Philosophy

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Boise State University is, first and foremost, a community of learners. By establishing behavioral standards of this community, the Student Code of Conduct:

  • Serves not just as a disciplinary system, but also as part of the educational system
  • Sets forth the standards and procedures necessary for maintaining and protecting an environment conducive to learning in and out of the classroom
  • Is designed to teach students to live and act responsibly, with respect for the rights of other students and members of that community, and for the property and common resources associated with that community
  • Encourages the development of good decision-making and personal integrity

The Student Code of Conduct, and the processes of its administration and enforcement, serves to maintain the standards of the university community. The university may impose disciplinary sanctions against students or student organizations when their conduct significantly interferes with the educational objectives of Boise State and its members.

Students residing in Boise State University Housing are required to adhere to Housing & Residence Life’s Community Standards. When appropriate, Community Standards violations may rise to the level of Student Code of Conduct violations when there are repeated offenses, or when an alleged violation falls under the Student Code of Conduct.


The Goals of the Student Conduct Process are to:

  • Educate students about the core values of academic excellence, respect and civility by upholding the University’s Statement of Shared Values
  • Promote individual insight and growth
  • Support a safe, inclusive and affirming campus environment
  • Teach skills of self-control, responsible decision-making, compromise and ethical reasoning
  • Hold students accountable for their actions, making them aware of behavioral consequences
  • Help students understand their role and responsibility in creating an environment where learning and civic engagement can occur
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