Student Conduct Code
The Student Conduct Code at the University of Montana embodies and promotes honesty, integrity, accountability, rights, and responsibilities associated with constructive citizenship in our academic community. This Code describes expected standards of behavior for all students, including academic conduct and general conduct, and it outlines students' rights, responsibilities, and the campus processes for adjudicating alleged violations. The updated version of the Code takes effect on August 1, 2020.
Questions regarding general conduct or concerns about student misconduct may be directed to the UM Housing Office at (406) 243-2611, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you wish to report an incident, please fill out the form below:
Questions regarding academic conduct can also be directed to the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at (406) 243-4689.
The University of Montana strongly encourages students and organizations to immediately contact University staff, emergency medical services, and/or law enforcement when they have reason to believe that a student’s health or safety is at risk. Therefore, a Medical Amnesty [INTERIM] policy was created and is effective immediately. This policy will be incorporated into the Student Conduct Code in its next revision, but is currently adopted as an interim stand-alone policy to support the health and safety of the community in the meantime.
What is a Medical Amnesty policy?
To mitigate barriers to requesting medical aid that may be caused by consumption or use of alcohol or drugs, a Medical Amnesty policy shall apply to:
- Students who request aid for themselves;
- Students who request aid for another student(s);
- Students for whom aid is rendered; and
- Students whose violations of alcohol or drug policies were discovered because of a call for medical assistance.
In the situation where a student needs medical assistance, the student(s) who requests and/or receives emergency medical aid and fully complies with University, medical, and/or law enforcement personnel will not be issued disciplinary sanctions nor have conduct files created for any violation of the University’s drug or alcohol policies that occurred in connection with the reported incident.
If the University of Montana becomes aware of students who violated the drug or alcohol policies because of a call for medical assistance, then these students will also be covered by the Medical Amnesty policy.
In order for amnesty policies to apply, the University of Montana may require students involved to participate in an alcohol/drug education program or seek medical treatment for alcohol and/or drug abuse, but these requirements will not be recorded as disciplinary sanctions.
For more information and specific language of this policy, please visit the Medical Amnesty Policy page..
Assistant Director, UM Housing and Community Standards
Executive Director, UM Housing and Community Standards
Frequently Asked Questions
I was just documented for violating the conduct code, what should I do?
Besides the Office of Community Standards, who else can process student conduct on the UM campus?
If I call for help because I am worried that my friend is too intoxicated, will I get in trouble?
I received a letter to attend a preliminary meeting. What should I do next?
You should attend this meeting to provide information about what you know on the situation. If the meeting time that is set does not work for you, you should immediately call the number in the letter to reschedule.
What will happen at the preliminary meeting?
The next step in this process is the findings meeting where the behavior reported is discussed and student have an opportunity to present any information or evidence at this time. A student can have the findings meeting following the preliminary meeting or they can schedule the findings meeting within 5 days of the preliminary meeting.
Can I have an advisor at the meeting with me?
Yes, you may have an advisor accompany you to the meeting. However, the advisor cannot speak for you in the meeting. If you are bringing an attorney, you must notify the hearing officer of the administrative meeting so the University’s legal office can also have representation in the meeting.
What if I don't want to accept responsibility for one or more alleged violations?
You have the right to appeal the decision of the hearing officer based on any of the following criteria:
- The conduct process was not followed or adhered to by the process outlined in the UM Student conduct code.
- New evidence has been discovered since the initial hearing; or
- The sanction(s) issued are excessive.
What are possible sanctions?
Sanctions are outcomes assigned by the hearing officer. Sanctioning is progressive and takes into consideration the violation(s), your cumulative student conduct record and any mitigating/aggravating factors. Possible sanctions include, but are not limited to: formal warning, educational programs, restitution, probation, suspension, and/or dismissal from the University.The conduct process is intended to be educational and create outcomes so students learn from previous experience and minimize violating the conduct code in the future.
What is Disciplinary Probation?
Probation is an administrative sanction that may be assigned as part of a student conduct resolution. It is considered more serious than a formal warning, but less serious than a suspension. While it will not appear on your transcript, it is part of your student conduct record and may be reported on student conduct record checks.
Additionally, if you are documented for a new incident while on probation, you have violated your probationary status and may be assigned more significant sanctions for the new incident.Disciplinary probation is related to behavior, whereas academic probation is related to grades.
I completed my sanction, but don’t know where to submit it.
If I don't complete my sanctions, what will happen to me?
I have a registration hold on my account, why?
- Residence Halls or Community Standards– Please contact UM Housing and Community Standards at 406-243-2611.
- Admission Review –Please contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Success at 406-243-5225.
- Behavioral Health Options –Please contact the BHO program directly at 406-243-2290.
Can I appeal the decision of my administrative hearing outcome?
What is my student conduct record?
Are student conduct records confidential?
How long are student conduct records kept and maintained?
I have a student conduct record. How will this affect my job prospects after graduation or applying for graduate school?
Most future employers will not inquire about your student conduct record. However, relevant organizations will require you to release your records for review by an affiliated investigator (e.g. if you are sitting for the bar exam, or the job you're applying to involves security clearance). The investigator will provide us with a copy of your signed release form and request a copy of your student conduct records. We will not release your confidential records without a release form from you.
Typically, graduate schools will inquire about your student conduct record during the application process. Please consult with the Office of Community Standards to determine if you have a student conduct record and if so, what will be reported to a prospective graduate program or professional school