Guidelines for Student Conduct (CBE)


Academic institutions exist for the advancement of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the development of students, and the general well-being of society. Free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the attainment of these goals. As members of the academic community, students are encouraged to develop a capacity for critical judgment and to engage in a sustained and independent search for truth. Freedom to teach and freedom to learn are inseparable facets of academic freedom. The freedom to learn depends upon appropriate opportunities and conditions in the classroom, on the campus, and in the larger community. Students are expected to exercise their freedom to learn with responsibility and to respect the general conditions conducive to such freedom. Accordingly, the University has developed the following general regulations pertaining to student conduct which provide and safeguard the right of every individual student to exercise fully the freedom to learn without undue interference by others.

The Code of Student Life is applicable whether or not the University is in session and pertains to all persons registered for a University of Iowa course, all persons admitted to any academic program, and all persons attending a University-sponsored program. In addition, conduct violative of the Code of Student Life and engaged in prior to admission or after withdrawal from the University may be taken into account in admissions decisions and may be grounds for filing disciplinary charges after admission or acceptance into a program. For purposes of the conduct regulations and judicial procedures, a student is any person fitting one or more of these descriptions.

In those cases where a complaint for misconduct in violation of the Code of Student Life is filed against an individual not currently registered as a student, the complaint may proceed to adjudication. Formal charges may be brought against a non-enrolled individual named in a complaint under the procedure set forth in II.B below if, in the judgment of the dean of students, the allegations indicate that the accused individual may present a danger to the University. In the event that an individual named in a complaint has satisfied the academic requirements for a graduate or undergraduate degree after the misconduct allegedly took place but before the complaint was resolved, the individual may not receive his or her degree until the complaint is resolved.

It is the duty and responsibility of all students to acquaint themselves with all provisions of the code and particularly with the rules and regulations pertaining to personal conduct, and every student will be conclusively presumed to have knowledge of all rules and regulations contained in the code from the date of his or her initial registration at the University. The code may be amended at any time by authority of the president of the University. Amendments are effective upon approval of the president and publication in the Code of Student Life, provided that if the president deems an amendment of immediate importance, it shall be effective from and after publication in the Daily Iowan, which will be conclusively presumed as adequate notice to all students. A full and complete text of the code and other general University rules and regulations of personal conduct currently in effect, including all amendments, shall be on file in the Office of the Dean of Students at all times and shall be available for inspection by students. The dean of students shall be responsible for making available to students copies of all amendments deemed of immediate importance and for distributing copies of such amendments to all housing units, affected student organizations, and otherwise, as the dean of students deems appropriate, provided that failure to make such distribution shall not affect the effectiveness of such amendments. The General Conduct Regulations outlined by the Student Code of Life can be accessed at:



The College of Engineering endorses the policies and rights of students as printed in the "Policies and Regulations Affecting Students" of The University of Iowa. Under Section I in the Code of Student Life, which appears in the above publication and has been adopted by The College of Engineering Faculty, the College has the authority to handle acts of academic misconduct, which are defined in Section I as:

"Academic dishonesty, including the acquisition of honors, awards, certification or professional endorsements, degrees, academic credits, or grades by means of cheating, plagiarism, or falsification with respect to any examination, paper, project, application, recommendation, transcript, or test, or by any other dishonest means whatsoever, or aiding or abetting another student to do so."

The following regulations provide a procedure for dealing with students who are alleged to have committed an act of academic misconduct:

1. Guidelines for Disciplinary Action by an Instructor

a. Exams: In cases of cheating on hourly or final exams, it is recommended that the instructor reduce the student's grade, including the assignment of the grade of "F" in the course. When a course grade has been reduced to an "F", the student may not drop the course, nor use the Second Grade Option procedure to eliminate the failing grade from semester and cumulative GPA values that appear on the permanent record card (i.e., the grade transcript). It is recommended that cheating on quizzes be considered as serious a violation as on exams and that the penalty be similar. The instructor shall send a written report of any disciplinary action to the Office of the Dean and the report shall be placed in the student's file.

b. Homework, Lab Reports, etc.: Each instructor shall announce at the beginning of each course the acceptable policies on student collaboration in each of the graded course requirements. When the policy is clearly violated, a zero shall be assigned for the total portion of the course grade allocated to the requirement in which the violation occurred (e.g., a zero for all homework assignments if cheating occurred on a homework assignment). A written report of this action shall be sent by the instructor to the Office of the Dean and placed in the student's file.

2. Student Appeal

When a written report of disciplinary action by an instructor is received by the Office of the Dean, the student shall be notified in writing of the action. If the student feels that the finding of cheating is in error or the penalty is unjust, the student may request a hearing by notifying in writing the associate dean of the College, who will in turn appoint a committee to review the incident. If the student is not satisfied with the results of the hearing, the student may request a review by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

3. Disciplinary Action by the Dean

In cases of flagrant or a second offense, the dean of the College may impose the following or other penalties as the offense may warrant: cancellation of the student's registration, disciplinary probation, suspension from the College, or recommendation of expulsion from the University by the President. If the student feels that the penalty imposed by the dean is unjust, the student may request a review by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

4. Record of Disciplinary Action

Reports of academic misconduct received by the Office of the Dean shall be placed in the involved student's file maintained in the Office of the Dean. The Office of the Dean shall notify the student of each report and the right of the student to request a hearing for review of the case. The reports shall be destroyed when the student graduates or within two years after the student leaves the University.

(These regulations are based on the recommendations of the Ad-Hoc Committee on Student Academic Conduct which were approved by the Faculty on April 29, 1980.)