The student conduct system of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is designed to encourage the ideal of student self-governance and student self-discipline. Its purpose is to provide due process and to ensure that any student or University affiliated student organization, accused of a violation for which discipline has been recommended, is afforded the opportunity to have the matter reviewed and the right to appeal the outcome. Individual students and student organizations are expected to know and comply with the policies set forth in the Student Code of Conduct.
The conduct process for students of UMass Dartmouth exists within the legal framework of the University that gives to the Board of Trustees the ultimate and final authority to govern the University. Authority possessed by the various student conduct entities set forth in this document comes from the power of the Board of Trustees to so delegate such authority.