University of Portland Student Handbook

University Policies and Standards of Student Conduct

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Introduction

The University of Portland is a Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. As our mission statement articulates, we strive to develop the whole person through teaching and learning, faith and formation, service and leadership. The result of this mission is graduates who are prepared to respond to the call of Jesus Christ to serve the needs of the world and the whole human family.

As part of our Catholic mission, it is important that we at the University of Portland are people of great character and moral virtue. We are called to live as Jesus did: to show love and respect to all we encounter, to order our actions towards the service of God and others, and to create a community in which all can thrive. Rooted in Gospel values, our community respects the dignity of every person. Our University policies reflect the importance of holding one another accountable to this ideal.

The University of Portland is a mission-based community. What differentiates us from the larger society is our emphasis on community, collaboration, and learning together in the pursuit of truth in the Catholic tradition. For these reasons, our policies hold students to a higher standard and have as their goal educating students and preserving community.

Applicability of Policies and Standards of Student Conduct

The University policies and standards of conduct described below apply to all students, graduate and undergraduate, from enrollment to graduation, part-time students, students taking leave, and students who are enrolled in a study abroad program. The expectations of student conduct listed in Life on the Bluff,apply to individual students as well as groups.  The University reserves the right to take action in, including to investigate and/or resolve through the University Conduct Process and our Title IX formal and informal resolution processes, cases of misconduct or violations of state or federal law that occur on or off University property. Involvement in the University Conduct or Title IX resolution Process may affect a student’s ability to change their student status, including formally withdrawing from the university, taking leave, and degree conferral from the University until the concern is resolved. University of Portland may investigate all alleged misconduct that occurred from the time the student is enrolled to the University until the student completes a program, graduates or is permanently dismissed. If an incident occurred before the individual was enrolled but was unknown during the admissions process and that incident may have impacted a decision to admit that individual, the University may act.

In addition to complying with the expectations of University of Portland, students are expected to follow local, state, and federal laws/emergency directives, including any applicable foreign laws if studying abroad. Students who violate these laws or directives may be subject to the University student conduct process concurrent to criminal proceedings. The University is not bound by the policies, procedures, or findings of a court of law, and may continue its conduct proceedings before, during, and after any criminal action. A student not held responsible in a court of law may still be subject to conduct action at the University.

If a student is charged with or convicted of a felony, the University, through the Division of Student Affairs, reserves the right to take immediate action and suspend or permanently dismiss the student, independent of the student conduct process.

Generally, a student may not withdraw or take a leave of absence from the University after the University receives a report of an alleged violation of Life on the Bluff or other policies or community standards. The University reserves the right to proceed with University processes regardless of a student’s request for a withdrawal or for a leave of absence from the University. At any time, the University may place an administrative or student conduct hold on the student's University academic transcript, make a transcript notification, or withhold the award of a student's degree. In cases where the University permits a student to withdraw from the University after the University receives a report of an alleged violation of Life on the Bluff or other University policies or standards of conduct (including while the University conduct process is pending), this withdrawal may be considered permanent and the student’s academic transcript may be held.  Even if a student withdraws from the University, the University may decide to proceed with the University processes. At the conclusion of University processes, the transcript may be updated with appropriate notation or status of the student.

When a student requests and provides written consent for the University to disclose his or her student conduct record to a person or entity outside the University, such as in connection with an application for employment, graduate school, or professional licensure, the University will disclose information relating to that student’s conduct. Generally, student records are retained for seven (7) years. The University may also report matters that remain unresolved and pending at the time a student left or withdrew from the University, as required or permitted by law and University policy.

Students who have not completed assigned sanctions, have an unresolved allegation of misconduct, or received temporary suspension or permanent dismissal as a sanction will not be considered “in good standing” with University of Portland. 

General Standards of Student Conduct

The following actions or behaviors are inconsistent with the University’s expectations for members of its community. As a result, violations of these expectations may result in a conduct hearing and, if found responsible, might lead to a student’s separation from the university through suspension or dismissal:

1.   Sexual harassment, including sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking (see Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment, Misconduct, and Violence) and and relevant policies regarding Title IX at UP.edu/titleix).

2.   Sexual misconduct (see Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment, Misconduct, and Violence).

4.   Possession, use, sale, distribution, or manufacture of drugs or other controlled substances (see Illegal Drugs, Controlled Substances, and Misuse of Prescribed Medication).

5.   Theft, damage, or vandalism of property.

6.   Dishonesty, forgery, or taking advantage of another.

7.   Violence or the threat of violence against any member of the University community or others, or any action that causes injury to another (see Violence and Threats of Violence).

8.   Abusive or harassing behavior (see Discriminatory Harassment and Bullying).

9.   Unauthorized possession of explosives, incendiary devices, firearms, or other weapons. (see Weapons and Explosives, Fireworks, and other Incendiary Devices)

10. Behavior that disrupts or interferes with the proper functioning of the University community, in both academic and non-academic settings (see Disorderly Conduct).

11. Behavior that infringes upon the well-being and/or rights of any member of the University community or that endangers the safety or life of any member of our community or others (see Disorderly Conduct and Life and Health Safety).

12. Failure to follow the directive of a University official (see University Directives).