Student Conduct

Oregon State University's student conduct code applies to all students who take classes through Oregon State University regardless of location, either on-campus or online. Whether you're enrolled in an Ecampus online degree program or an on-campus student taking one online class, you are held accountable to the same student conduct regulations.

The most common violations for Ecampus students are classroom disruption and academic dishonesty.

Classroom disruption

Classroom disruption in the form of disrespectful, rude and threatening communications will not be tolerated, whether face-to-face or online. Refer to OAR 576-015-0015(1) and OSU's computer use and misuse policy. Online communications adhere to the same standard as what you would reasonably say in a classroom on campus.

Classroom disruption is a violation of the student conduct regulations, and this includes disruptive behavior due to alcohol use. An instructor may report disruptive behavior, and the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards will initiate the review process.

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Academic or scholarly dishonesty

Academic or scholarly dishonesty is defined as an intentional act of deception in which a student seeks to claim credit for the work of another person or uses unauthorized materials or fabricated information in any academic work. Students are expected to be honest and ethical in their academic work. When in doubt, always ask your instructor.

Academic dishonesty includes:

  • cheating – the use or attempted use of unauthorized materials, information or study aids or an act of deceit by which a student attempts to misrepresent mastery of academic effort or information.
  • fabrication – the falsification or invention of any information.
  • assisting – helping another commit an act of academic dishonesty.
  • tampering – altering or interfering with evaluation instruments and documents.
  • plagiarism – representing the word or ideas of another person as one's own OR presenting someone else's words, ideas, artistry or data as one's own.

Evidence of academic dishonesty in an OSU course may result in a grade of F on the examination/assignment that involved cheating and/or an F in the course. Your instructor will notify the office the student conduct office of any suspected academic dishonesty by sending an academic dishonesty report form.

Learn more about and find examples of academic or scholarly dishonesty on the OSU website.

Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards

The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards supports the mission of the university by providing programs and services designed to meet the educational and developmental needs of students in relation to community standards, civility, accountability, diversity, respect and truth.

Specifically, the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards:

  • serves as the central coordinating office for violations of OSU's student conduct code.
  • may initiate the conduct review process with students in response to information received indicating the student may be responsible for violation of student conduct regulations.follows due process procedures.
  • strives to assist students with management of their relationships with the institution.
  • maintains student conduct disciplinary and academic dishonesty records.
  • compiles conduct related statistics for reporting purposes.
  • explains and enforces student conduct regulations, policies and procedures.
  • participates fully with the university's Critical Incident Response Team and the Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Alliance.
  • serves with and supports the Student Conduct Committee.

Learn your rights and responsibilities by visiting the website for the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.