Student Code of Conduct

Mission: The Student Conduct Process at Concordia University Chicago is meant to be developmental in nature, supportive of a stronger community and an environment conducive to successful academic endeavors. To this end, it is student-centered, reflective, and learning based. Through our process we aim to promote individual growth, enhance ethical development and decision making, and develop responsible citizenship.

Philosophy: Because Concordia University exists for the purpose of providing a Christian education, the Student Code of Conduct is designed to set for students the level of conduct acceptable for young men and women being educated within the framework of Christian freedom and responsibility. By voluntarily joining the Concordia community, a student assumes the obligation of abiding by the standards that the University has instituted relevant to its missions, processes, functions, and goals. The University, at the same time, assumes the task of educating the students in assuming responsibility for their behavior, thus preparing them for responsible citizenship outside of the University community.

The Student Conduct Process is meant to promote stronger community and a supportive academic environment for the university as a whole. While we work ultimately to enhance the learning experience of students involved, it is also important to keep in mind how a student’s actions affect the greater community. By voluntarily joining the Concordia University Chicago Community all Concordia students assume the obligation of abiding by the standards that the university has instituted relevant to it’s mission, core values, processes, functions, and goals. As such, all students are expected to willingly co-operate with and submit to the regulations of the Student Code of Conduct. As all adults are responsible for the positive and negative consequences of their actions, those students found responsible for violations of the code are also expected to adhere to the sanctioning they receive or jeopardize their affiliation as a member of the community. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of known violations of the student code of conduct are not neutral acts; they also may be viewed as violations of the code.

Concordia University Chicago is not a sanctuary from the law. Criminal and civil laws still apply within the academic community. Students who violate criminal codes put themselves at risk of criminal prosecution. In addition they take on additional responsibilities.  The Student Code of Conduct is also applicable to off-campus student actions and the university reserves the right to hold responsible students for their off-campus behavior if their actions: affect their academic performance, demonstrate disregard for the rights of others, or cast a negative light on the reputation of the Concordia community. Students are not exempt from proceedings which occur in both the criminal arena and the University’s discipline system as clearly defined in the student code. The Student Code of Conduct is based upon the principles contained in the “Student and Faculty Statement on Rights and Responsibilities of Students.” The Code of Conduct contains the rules and regulations of the University relative to personal conduct. It further contains step-by-step procedures for the adjudication of conduct violations, appeal, and sanctioning.

Learning Objectives: Learning from one’s choices is an important process in the development of a college student. As such, the disciplinary process is designed to be educational. A student’s participation in the process might result in one or more of the following learning outcomes:

1.  Students will identify the consequences of personal actions.

2.  Students will understand and personalize the purpose of the Student Code of Conduct.

3.  Students will consider the concepts of respect and rights for others when making decisions.

4.  Students will consider the impact of current decisions on their academic and future professional endeavors.

5.  Students will articulate personal ethics and values in relationship to a framework of Christian Freedom and Responsibility.

6.  Students will learn to choose actions that are reflective of personal ethics and values.

7.  Students will articulate rationale for personal behavior.

8.  Students will learn the impact of individual choices in a community setting.

9.  Students will understand their rights and responsibilities prior to an official hearing.