As a Jesuit
institution, USF is committed to being a community that facilitates the
holistic development of its members.
with this commitment, the student conduct code, process and related policies
and procedures have been created to guarantee each student’s freedom to learn
and to protect the fundamental rights of the campus community. The
University has created these policies and procedures to achieve its objectives
as a Catholic, Jesuit University. These policies and procedures are inclusive
of the laws of the nation, the state of California, and the local community.
This commitment encourages the freedom for individual choice and
expression with the expectation that individual members of the community will be
honest; demonstrate respect for self, others, the law and University policies
All members of the USF community are expected to conduct
themselves in a manner that is consistent with the goals of the institution and
demonstrate respect for self, others, and their property. Students living off
campus are members of this community and, as such, are representatives of USF
to the community at large. In this regard, students living off campus maintain
an equal measure of accountability to the values and expectations of all members
of this community as identified in the Student Conduct Code.
Whether living in or passing through the campus neighborhoods,
or parking in the streets around campus, students are expected to adhere to the
same high standards of conduct and behavior that are consistent with the
students' developing role as responsible and accountable citizens and reflect
well upon the USF community.
Student Conduct System
The President delegates general supervision for matters of
student conduct and disciplinary procedures to the Vice Provost for Student
Life. Specific responsibility and authority for the student conduct process is
assigned to the Director of Student Conduct, Rights and Responsibilities. Trained staff members who serve as resolution officers or
investigators can review student conduct matters. The Director or
designee determines which course of action will be taken based on the nature of
The University of San Francisco’s conduct process is designed as
an educational process. Students are expected to cooperate and be
responsible for participating throughout the entire conduct process.
Educational and other developmental sanctions are employed to help students
develop individual responsibility, to encourage self-discipline, to foster respect
for others, and to protect the rights, freedoms and safety of all members of
the campus community.
The student conduct process is different than civil or criminal processes. The procedures and rights of the student conduct process are not identical to the rights afforded the accused in a civil or criminal proceeding, however, they are conducted with fairness to all involved. Formal rules of evidence will not apply, and deviations from the prescribed procedures, or errors in their application, will not in themselves invalidate a decision or proceeding, or constitute grounds to withhold conduct action unless significant prejudice to the accused may result, or the errors were such as to have prevented a fair and just determination of the issues. All time limits imposed or recommended within these procedures may be changed for good cause or reason as determined by the Director or designee.
The communication of student conduct procedures will occur via
the student’s University email account. Students will be held accountable
for retrieving mail from their email account. Failure to do so is not an
acceptable excuse for delaying the student conduct process and may result in a
decision being made in the student’s absence.
Student Conduct Procedures
refer to http://www.usfca.edu/fogcutter/studentconduct/ for a
complete description of the Student Conduct procedures.