The Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities at Ball State is designed to inform the community of the general behavioral expectations that the university has for all students. It is a living document and is reviewed and modified as needed to ensure fundamental fairness, to ensure student and community safety and to maximize the opportunity for student learning.
The Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities outlines behaviors expected of students at Ball State University and methods used to judge student behavior fairly according to these standards. The standards of conduct apply to students while on the campus or off campus, when attending university-sponsored events or when such conduct involves the security or integrity of the university community.
The student code includes many different subdivisions, including the Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, the actual Code of Conduct and Equitable Procedures, which states all students at Ball State University have a right to fair and equitable procedures for determining the validity of charges of violation of University regulations. It includes who is in authority at Ball State and the different disciplinary procedures. These include the Housing and Residence Life disciplinary procedures, the Recreation Services disciplinary procedures, Student Organizations disciplinary procedures and the Office of Student Rights and Community Standards disciplinary procedures. There is a section on how to appeal a final grade and sections on different policies under the Student Academic Ethics. There are policies on alcohol, drugs, harassment, hazing, information technology users, involuntary withdrawal, pets, records, self harming, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, smoking, student funeral and bereavement, use of property for expressive activities and weapons.
The purpose of this code is, in part, to provide an educational framework for students so that they may make responsible choices regarding their behavior in this academic community.
The full document can be found on Ball State’s website.