About Mason Student Conduct
Purpose of the Student Conduct System
As a public institution of higher education, George Mason University has as its primary mission the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, and the development of its students into productive citizens who contribute to the well-being of society. The purpose of the University conduct system is to foster a supportive climate of protecting the community from conduct that is disruptive to the community and ensuring conduct that is supportive of the teaching and learning environment.
Statement of Values
Underlying the University’s mission are basic values that must be respected if these goals are to be achieved. These indispensable community values include:
- The importance of personal integrity,
- The opportunity for every student and University employee to be treated with respect and dignity,
- The freedom of intellectual inquiry in the pursuit of truth,
- The freedom of speech and open exchange of ideas,
- The acceptance and appreciation of diversity,
- The freedom from discrimination on the basis of gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, ethnicity, and political views, and
- The eradication of violence that limits freedom or interferes with University activities.
Statement on Freedom of Expression
George Mason University believes that through active participation in an intellectually and culturally diverse learning community, students are better prepared to deal with the issues they encounter in a rapidly changing and diverse society. In the presentation of ideas, the University encourages a balanced approach and respect for contrary points of view. Being open to the ideas and opinions of other members of the community leads to discussion that is characterized by courtesy, mutual respect, and charity.
Congruent with these ideas is the principle that all members of the George Mason University community enjoy the right to freedom of speech and expression. The right to free speech and expression does not include unlawful activity or activity that endangers or threatens to endanger the safety or well-being of any member of the community. Further, it does not include any activity that materially interferes with the education or well-being of other students or the mission of the institution.
Members of the community are encouraged to actively participate in programs and activities of the University that support the identified values of the community. Additionally, all members of the community are expected to abide by local, state, federal, and international laws.
Scope of Authority
The University conduct system has authority in all non-academic disciplinary matters. Academic discipline is adjudicated by the Office of Academic Integrity. This office is responsible for the management of the University Honor Code. The University reserves the right to discipline students and/or recognized student organizations for acts of misconduct wherever they occur. All members of the community are expected to abide by local, state, federal, and international laws. The University, at its discretion, may pursue disciplinary action against a student while the student is also subject to criminal proceedings. The University reserves this right, even if criminal charges are pending, reduced, or dismissed.
The Code of Student Conduct and all applicable processes apply to undergraduate, graduate and professional students. The Code of Student Conduct applies to individuals who are not officially enrolled for a particular term, but who have a continuing relationship with the University. Graduate and professional students may be subject to an additional procedures or codes relating to non-academic behavior. Such students are encouraged to consult with the appropriate chairperson or dean of their academic program to see if any additional expectations or procedures apply.
Students will also be held accountable for their conduct, which includes behavior that may have occurred before classes began, after classes ended, or if discovered after the student graduates. Additionally, violations of the Code of Student Conduct during the academic year, between academic terms, during times of non-enrollment, or during periods of suspension or dismissal will be addressed. All policies, processes, and procedures outlined in the Code shall also apply to a student’s conduct, even if the student withdraws from school while a disciplinary matter is pending.
The Code of Student Conduct and all applicable processes apply to recognized student organizations. Student organizations shall be responsible for the conduct of members in relation to the organization from the time of application for recognition until such time as they are no longer recognized by the University. Violations of the Code of Student Conduct during the academic year, between academic terms, or during periods of suspension or dismissal will be addressed. The Code shall apply to an organization, even if the organization disbands while a disciplinary matter is pending.
For any questions or concerns, please feel free to talk directly to:
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
For more information about Mason’s conduct system, please visit the Office of Student Conduct website here.
Click here to view the full George Mason University 2016-17 Code of Student Conduct.