NOTICE OF PROPOSED REGULATION
Date: July 30, 2008
REGULATION TITLE: REGULATION NO.:
Student Honor Code and Student Conduct Code: Philosophy, 6C1-4.040
Definitions and Scope
SUMMARY: The philosophy and general principles of the Student Conduct Code and Student
Honor Code are set forth. The regulation defines the terms: University campus (broadly defined
to include any locations owned or controlled by the university), University groups and
organizations (including student organizations), University activity or program, faculty member,
University officials, students, business days, and members of the University community as these
terms are used in Regulations 6C1-4.040-6C1-4.051. The scope of the codes are clarified.
Disciplinary actions may be imposed for violations of the codes on the University campus,
housing of University organizations, University activities, activities conducted by University
groups, and other off-campus activities under the conditions set forth in the regulation.
AUTHORITY: BOG Resolution dated January 7, 2003.
COMMENTS CONCERNING THE PROPOSED REGULATION SHOULD BE
SUBMITTED WITHIN 14 DAYS OF THE DATE OF THIS NOTICE TO THE
CONTACT PERSON IDENTIFIED BELOW. The comments must identify the regulation
you are commenting on.
THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED REGULATION
IS: Rebecca J. Holt, Administrative Assistant, 123 Tigert Hall, Post Office Box 113125,
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611, 352-392-1358 office, 352-392-4387 facsimile,
NAME OF PERSON WHO APPROVED THE PROPOSED REGULATION: Patricia
Telles-Irvin, Vice President for Student Affairs.
THE FULL TEXT OF THE PROPOSED REGULATION IS ATTACHED TO THIS
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
6C1-4.040 Student Honor Code and Student Conduct Code: Philosophy, Definitions and
(1) Philosophy. The University of Florida is an institution which encourages the
intellectual and personal growth of its students as scholars and citizens. As an educational
institution, the University recognizes that the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, and
the development of individuals require the free exchange of ideas on any subject whether or not
controversial, self-expression, and the challenging of beliefs and customs. The University also
endeavors to teach students to communicate effectively in all aspects of their lives and on all
manners of subjects. This often (although not always requires) respectful speech and conduct.
In order to maintain an environment where these goals that are critical for the University's
educational mission can be achieved safely and equitably, the University requires civility,
respect, and integrity in the curricular program and encourages these behaviors in other activities
among all members of the student community. Students are taught to exhibit high standards of
behavior and concern for others and are encouraged to live up to these standards.
The University strives to protect and guide the educational community by establishing
and requires students to adhere to a Student Honor Code, a Student Conduct Code and a student
conduct system that promote individual and social responsibility and are enforced through
University regulations. Choosing to join the University of Florida community obligates each
member to a code of responsible behavior. Individuals and student organizations are expected to
observe the policies, rules, regulations, law and requirements of the University of Florida,
municipalities and counties, the State of Florida, the United States and, when in another country,
that country. University regulations have been designed to protect individuals and the campus
community and create an environment conducive to achieving the academic mission of the
(a) Student Honor Code: Adoption and General Principles.
Preamble: In adopting this Honor Code, the students of the University of Florida
recognize that academic honesty and integrity are fundamental values of the University
community. Students who enroll at the University commit to holding themselves and their peers
to the high standard of honor required by the Honor Code. Any individual who becomes aware
of a violation of the Honor Code is bound by honor to take corrective action. Student and
faculty support are crucial to the success of the Honor Code. The quality of a University of
Florida education is dependent upon the community acceptance and enforcement of the Honor
The Honor Pledge:
We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers
to the highest standards of honesty and integrity by abiding by the Honor Code.
On all work submitted for credit by students at the University of Florida, the following
pledge is either required or implied:
"On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this
(b) Student Conduct Code: General Principles.
The purpose of the Student Conduct Code is to set forth the specific authority and
responsibility of the University in maintaining social discipline, to establish guidelines which
facilitate an open, just, civil and safe campus community where the academic curricular program
can flourish for all students and where freedom of speech, safety, and University work and
operations are protected in those events and areas open to the public that constitute open public
fora. The purpose is also to outline the educational process for determining student and student
organization responsibility for alleged violations of University regulations. The conduct process
will follow established procedures for insuring fundamental fairness and an educational
experience that facilitates the development of the individual and of the organization.
(2) The Student Conduct Code and Student Honor Code define violations, outline
conduct standards and procedures, and prescribe sanctions for violations. Provisions of the
Codes are contained in Regulations 6C1-4.040 through 6C1-4.051. Alleged violations of
campus traffic and parking regulations by students are handled by a Student Traffic Court, as
provided in Regulation 6C 1-3.015.
(3) Definitions. For the purposes of Regulations 6C1-4.040 through 6C1-4.051, the
following definitions shall apply:
(a) "University campus" or "campus" shall be defined as those lands located in
Alachua County, Florida occupied or controlled by the University of Florida, and bounded
generally by 13th Street on the east, University Avenue on the north, 34th street on the west and
Archer Road on the south, along with any other educational or residential facilities occupied or
controlled by the University within Alachua County, Florida, and any facilities or programs
owned, leased, or operated by the University of Florida in any location in the state of Florida and
elsewhere in the world.
(b) "University facilities" shall be defined as all buildings and other facilities,
including athletic and recreational fields, on the University campus.
(c) "University groups and organizations" shall be defined as:
1. Officially constituted colleges, schools, divisions, departments, agencies and
other corporate or organizational units which are a part of or operate on behalf of the University,
including but not limited to, direct support organizations, other affiliated organizations, and
alumni organizations officially recognized by the University, and
2. Student organizations that are officially registered or recognized by the
University, including but not limited to political groups, sponsored groups, honor societies,
registered student organizations and fraternities and sororities. "Student organization" means a
University group or organization of the type listed in this clause.
(d) "University activity" or "university program" shall be defined as an event,
program or activity that is sponsored or organized by any university group or organization,
including but not limited to student organizations. Such activities or programs include but are
not limited to study abroad, field trips, retreats, social events, philanthropies, and community
service events. For purposes only of student and student organization responsibility under the
Student Honor Code and Student Conduct Code, University activity also includes a social event
or other activity at the home of, hosted by or participated in by a member of the University
community where other members of the University community are in attendance.
(e) "Faculty member" shall be defined for purposes of the Student Honor Code as
any member of the University community who has responsibility for classroom or other teaching
activities. This includes but is not limited to instructors, researchers, teaching assistants,
graduate assistants, lab assistants, course directors and undergraduate teaching students. For
purposes of appointment to conduct committees, "faculty member" shall be defined pursuant to
(f) "University officials" shall be defined as employees of the University, including
faculty members, University Support Personnel System (USPS), Technical, Executive,
Administrative, and Managerial Support (TEAMS) and Other Personnel Services (OPS)
personnel. Student employees may be considered University officials when acting in the
performance of their duties. Examples include but are not limited to event staff, resident
assistants, teaching assistants, and Preview staff.
(g) "Student" shall be defined as any person admitted, enrolled or registered for study
at the University of Florida. Persons not officially registered or enrolled for a particular term but
who are eligible to enroll or have a continuing relationship with the University of Florida are
(h) "Business day" shall be defined as Monday through Friday excluding official
University of Florida holidays.
(i) "Members of the University community" shall be defined as University students,
employees, and, in connection with their participation, other individuals and entities that
participate in any University activity or program.
(4) Scope. Disciplinary action may be imposed for violations of the Student Conduct
Code or Student Honor Code occurring at any of the following locations or activities:
(a) University campus;
(b) Housing of any University of Florida organization or group, including but not
limited to fraternity and sorority property;
(c) Activities officially approved by the University of Florida or which are sponsored
or conducted by university groups and organizations merely notifying the University community
of an activity or opportunity does not make it a University or University group or organization
approved, sponsored or conducted activity); and
(d) Other off-campus conduct as set forth in this subsection (d):
1. When a student violates a municipal or county ordinance or violates state or
federal law or foreign country's law by an offense committed off the university campus and
which is not associated with a university activity or program, the conduct authority of the
University will not be used merely to duplicate the penalty imposed for such an act under
applicable ordinances and laws.
2. The University may take conduct action against a student for such off-campus
conduct if it is required by law to do so, if the conduct arises from University activities or if the
conduct could undermine the safety or security of the University community or the integrity of
the educational process.
Specific Authority: BOG Resolution dated January 7, 2003.
History: New Formerly 6C1-4.015, 6C1-4.017 and 6C1-4.018.