Community Standards

Student Conduct Code

The Student Conduct Code (INTERIM) 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. An interim version of the Student Conduct Code will take effect on August 1, 2021.

 If you wish to report an incident, please fill out the form below:
https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?UnivofMontana&layout_id=1

Face-Coverings/Masks Directive

The University of Montana is continuing to monitor the realities of the pandemic and have mitigation strategies to mitigate the spread of SARS-CoV-2, including the more contagious Delta variant. Unfortunately, we have seen a significant uptick in COVID-19 cases in Missoula County over the past few weeks, placing us in a “high risk” category as defined by the CDC. In light of recent MCCHD news regarding COVID-19 cases, as well as the strain COVID-19 is causing in our local hospitals and throughout the greater medical community, UM will temporarily expand our mask requirement to indoor spaces on campus, including the following:

  • Academic buildings, including Missoula College and the West Campus.
  • Research facilities.
  • Administrative buildings.
  • The Mansfield Library.
  • Common areas of residence halls.
  • UM dining facilities (except when actively eating or drinking).
  • Public areas such as the University Center, Adams Center, Schreiber Gym and Lommasson Building.
  • Facilities and maintenance buildings.
  • Galleries, performance venues and lounges.
  • The Campus Fitness and Recreation Center.

The mask requirement applies to public spaces (both public facing and open areas). It does not include private offices, residence hall rooms and apartments in UM Housing.

What is considered an effective face covering:

Based on CDC guidance, the most effective face coverings should:

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face;
  • securely stay in place, covering the nose and mouth;
  • include multiple layers of fabric;

While not ideal, disposable, single-use paper masks are also acceptable when another face-covering option is not available.

Face shields are not considered a face covering.

How do I report noncompliance to the Office of Community Standards?

Faculty and staff can report incidents of noncompliance to the Office of Community Standards via this online reporting form: https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?UnivofMontana&layout_id=17

Contact Information

For general questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Community Standards at communitystandards@mso.umt.edu

Pamela Altmaier
Assistant Director, UM Housing and Community Standards
(406) 243-2611
pamela.altmaier@mso.umt.edu

John Nugent
Director, Residential Education and Community Standards
(406) 243-2611
john.nugent@mso.umt.edu

Sandy Curtis
Executive Director, UM Housing and Community Standards
(406) 243-2611
sandra.curtis@umontana.edu

Nathan Lindsay (academic misconduct only)
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
(406) 243-4251
nathan.lindsay@umontana.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

Check your UM student email account on a regular basis. You may be receiving an emailed letter to schedule a meeting about the documentation.
UM Housing will also process, investigate and adjudicate conduct code violations.
In most cases, no. The University of Montana has adopted a Medical Amnesty policy that protects 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. 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.

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. 

To begin, the first meeting with students is called the preliminary meeting and students will be provided information about the process for community standards and the expectations that fall to every student attending UM. Students will be informed of their rights, alleged violations of the student conduct code, and the overall process. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.
You can submit your sanctions to tinyurl.com/umsanction. If that link doesn’t work or you are having trouble with it, you may also email your sanction to your hearing officer. If all else fails, sanctions can be submitted to Pamela Altmaier via email.
A hold will be placed on your student account, which prevents you from registering for classes, ordering transcripts, or conducting other business with the University.
There are a few reasons a hold may be placed on your account. You will know what type of hold by the Hold Description:
  • 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.
Yes. Once you receive your outcome letter you will have the option to accept or appeal the sanctions being imposed. There will be instructions in your outcome letter instructing you depending on the option you choose.
Your student conduct record generally contains the applicable incident report(s), meeting and decision letters, and other documents related to student conduct incidents you have been involved in while a University of Montana student.
Yes. Only certain University staff, including UM Housing and Community Standards, or those with a legitimate right to know, as defined by the Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act, have access to your student conduct records. You may choose to sign an authorization to allow us to release your student conduct records to another person or organization such as a parent or guardian, study abroad program, or advisor.
In accordance with University policy and Montana State Law, we keep and maintain student conduct records for seven years from the academic year in which the incident was resolved. Records involving suspensions and expulsions from the University are kept indefinitely.

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