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Office of Student Conduct

HOW OFF-CAMPUS JURISDICTION MAY AFFECT FACULTY AND STAFF MEMBERS

Overview:

While most interactions we have with students occur in the classroom or a University building, there are many occasions where we  interact with students outside the classroom: 
  • On shuttles around campus or in neighboring communities
  • Education Abroad programs
  • Alternative Break programs
  • Community Service events
  • Sporting events (varsity or club)
  • Internship or class-related trips
  • Club/Organization retreats or activities
  • Spontaneous encounters off-campus
While many these and other University-related programs educate students on how to conduct themselves in accordance with the Code of Student Conduct and the Code of Academic Integrity as conditions to their programs, students may believe that when they are not doing program-related or class-related work, they are "off the clock" and can therefore act incongruently with University policies. 

It is important to dispel this myth. Students must understand that the Code of Student Conduct no longer has geographical limits. Wherever a student is, the Code will apply to their behavior. University staff members have a responsibility to refer matters relating to student behavior (academic, non-academic, or students of concern) by using the resources on our website here

Recommendations

  • Educate students about the change in the Code! Refer them to our website for more information. Informing them that their actions off-campus may affect their disciplinary status, including having a disciplinary record with the University, will make them think twice. 
  • Familiarize yourself with the Code of Student Conduct and the Code of Academic Integrity. Contact us with any questions you have. 
  • If you feel comfortable, engage in conversations with students you see off-campus.

Reporting

Any person may report an incident to the Office of Student Conduct at the University. You may do it one of two ways:

  • If you are affiliated with UMD (have a UMD ID Card), please use the online referral form here and click on the report form.
  • You may email the Office of Student Conduct. Please provide as many details about the incident(s) as you can including
    • ​Your name and contact information
    • Date(s) and location(s) of the incident(s)
    • As much information about the student(s) as you can provide (names, descriptions, contact information)
    • A detailed account of the incident(s) including how you or others were affected
    • Your desired outcome. How do you want this to be resolved?
    • Any supporting information (photographs, correspondence, etc.) may be attached to the email. 
  • ​Please remember that if this is a criminal matter, you should notify the police about the incident first, and then the Office of Student Conduct if you feel it is necessary.