The University of Massachusetts Amherst is a scholarly community united by its engagement in the exchange of ideas and the advancement of knowledge. By establishing expectations for the community, the Code of Student Conduct (Code) serves as an integral part of the university’s educational mission. The processes set forth in the Code involve reflecting on decisions and improving decision-making skills.
The Code describes principles for living and acting responsibly in a community setting, with respect for the rights of all members of that community, and for their property, common resources, and values.
The purpose of the Code is to reinforce and encourage the development of good decision-making as well as personal and group integrity and to teach these skills where lacking.
The Code provides opportunities for restorative responses and educational outcome. These responses and outcomes are intended to meet the needs of those impacted and to facilitate active accountability in order to maintain a campus environment of dignity and respect in which students understand the impact their actions have on the campus community.
It is the university’s goal that, students engaged in the conduct process, will leave that process as better-educated students, better members of the University community, and better global citizens.