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What is Non-Academic Misconduct?

The Code of Student Conduct was created to ensure the safety and security of the university community. The Office of Student Conduct seeks to balance the rights and responsibilities of all individuals within the community, while upholding the integrity and values of the university community. The Code outlines behaviors that are inconsistent with University standards and expectations and sets forth applicable procedures and potential Sanctions governing Code violations.

Prohibited Conduct

A complete list of conduct considered prohibited as well as procedures for resolving allegations of misconduct may be found in part IV of the Code of Student Conduct. This list of prohibited conduct is provided to inform Student, Student Group, or Student Organization of behaviors that are not permitted. The list should be read broadly and is not designed to define Prohibited Conduct in exhaustive terms.

These offenses relate to violations that directly or indirectly impact another individual in nature.

This may include, but is not limited to:

  • Causing physical harm or apprehension of harm
  • Interfering with the freedom of expression of other individuals
  • Engaging in hazing activities


These offenses cover violations related to possessing, using/consuming, selling, manufacturing and/or distributing “controlled substances” and “illegal drugs”  which are defined by Maryland and federal law.

Go to Cannabis Law Change webpage to learn more information and the impact at UMD.

This may include, but is not limited to:

  • Distribution or possession for purposes of unauthorized distribution of any illegal drug (including cannabis)
  • Use or possession of any illegal drug or controlled substances (including cannabis)
  • Use or possession of alcohol under the legal age of consumption
  • Providing or distribution of alcohol to persons under the legal age of consumption

These offenses apply to actions that impact spaces or items rather than directly threatening a person.  

This may include, but is not limited to:

  • Theft
  • Destruction or damage to property
  • Trespassing

These offenses establish boundaries for being a member of the UMD community. This category includes concerns that would impact the community at large. 

This may include, but is not limited to:

  • Disorderly and disruptive actions
  • Use, possession, or storage of any weapon
  • misusing or damaging fire safety equipment.
  • Public urination or defecation.
  • Initiating or causing any false report, or other emergencies

These offense threaten specifically the operation of the University

This may include, but is not limited to:

  • Failing to comply with individuals working on behalf of the University 
  • Falsifying any documents submitted to the University

These offenses relate to policies or other state or federal ordinances that impact what is acceptable within the UMD community

This may include, but is not limited to:

  • Use or possession of false identification
  • Conviction in state or federal court for a crime
  • Violation of published University regulations or policies linked below
In accordance to Part VII section f of the Code of Student Conduct, there are other policies that students enrolled at UMD are expected to be aware of, and to abide by while enrolled at UMD.  

These policies include but are not limited to:

Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources

Campus Parking Regulations

Driving Rules for University of Maryland Vehicles

Fraternity & Sorority Life

Event and Guest Services Policies

Identification Card Guidelines

Micromobility Policies and Procedures

Non-Discrimination Policy and Procedures

Policy on Demonstrations and Leafleting

RecWell Policies

Residence Hall Rules

Responsible Action Policy

Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures

Student Organization Registration Guidelines


Students found responsible for any misconduct are subject to Sanctions. Sanctions aim to protect the community, deter future offenses, promote accountability, and enhance ethical development and decision-making.

For more information on the varying Sanctions, see Part VIII of the Code of Student Conduct.

Non-Academic Sanctions

Administrative sanctions for violations in accordance with the Code of Student Conduct are as follows:

Written notice to the Responding Party that further Prohibited Conduct may result in more severe disciplinary action. 

A designated period of time in which the student may be prohibited from representing the University in any extracurricular activity or from running for or holding office in any Student Organization or University organization, or a Student Group or Student Organization may face restrictions. Additional restrictions or conditions may also be imposed. 

Separation of the Student from the University for a specified period of time. A permanent notification will appear on the Student's transcript. The student shall not participate in any University-sponsored activity and may be barred from University premises during the period of Suspension. Suspended time will not count against any time limits required by the Graduate School for completion of a degree. (Suspension requires administrative review and approval by the Dean of Students and may alter, defer, or withhold the suspension). The hearing board will recommend whether a transcript notation is appropriate.

Permanent separation of the Student from the University. Notification will appear on the Student's transcript. The Student also will be barred from University premises. (Expulsion requires administrative review and approval by the Dean of Students who may alter, defer, or withhold the Expulsion.)

A Sanction that may be imposed in addition to those specified above with the intent of providing the Responding Party with learning, assistive, or growth opportunities, as well as restoring any harm caused to the community. Alcohol or other drug education, research or reflective assignments, community service, values/ethics-based activities, or other Sanctions may be assigned. 

Other outcomes may be imposed in addition to those specified above.

Examples are, but are not limited to:

  • Students may be subject to University housing termination for Prohibited Conduct that occurs in the residence halls.
  • Responding Parties may be subject to restrictions upon or denial of driving privileges for Prohibited Conduct involving the use or registration of motor vehicles.
  • Responding Parties may be required to pay fines or to make payments to the University or to other persons, groups, or organizations as restitution for damages incurred as a result of a violation of this Code.
  • Student Groups or Student Organizations may be subject to social moratorium (prohibited from hosting, sponsoring, or attending events where alcohol is present), or other relevant restrictions and Sanctions as determined by the Director of Student Conduct.
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