66 NSU STUDENT HANDBOOK 2023-24 1.1. Purpose of the Student Code of Conduct The purpose of the Student Code is to educate students about their civic and social responsibilities as members of the institutional community. The primary focus of the student conduct process is on educational and corrective outcomes; however, conduct sanctions such as suspension or expulsion from an Institution may be necessary to uphold community standards and to protect the campus community. Extensive, organized, serious, or repeated violations of this Student Code are taken into account when determining conduct sanctions. 1.2. Standards of Behavior Attendance at an institution is optional and voluntary. When students enroll at an institution, they voluntarily accept obligations of performance and behavior that are consistent with the institution’s lawful mission, processes, and functions. In general, these obligations are considered much higher than the obligations imposed by civil and criminal law for all citizens. By enrolling at an institution, students voluntarily accept responsibility for compliance with all Board of Regents and Institutional Policies, including but not limited to this Student Code. 1.3. Authority of an Institution over its Students and Organizations 1.3.1. Student conduct proceedings may be initiated in response to conduct prohibited by the Student Code: That occurs on institutional premises That occurs at events official sponsored by an institution That arises out of membership in the Institutional community: or That occurs elsewhere and that adversely affects an Institution, any Organizations, members or the Institutional community, or the pursuit of their lawful objectives. 1.3.2. Notwithstanding this Student Code, an institution reserves the right to take necessary and appropriate action to protect the safety and well-being of the campus community. The institution also reserves the right to extend any deadline contained in this Student Code for good cause with written notice to the parties of the delay and the reason for the delay. 1.3.3. For purposes of the Student Code, the default authority over the student for student conduct purposes will be determined as follows: For alleged misconduct that occurs on institutional premises, the institution where the alleged misconduct occurred; For alleged misconduct that occurs at events officially sponsored by an institution, the institution that sponsored the event; For alleged misconduct that occurs elsewhere and that adversely affects an institution, the institution adversely affected; For alleged instances of Academic Misconduct, the institution that offered the course. 1.3.4. For instances where multiple Institutions have a reasonable claim to authority over the student for student conduct purposes, the Senior Student Affairs Officer at the institutions with a reasonable claim to authority shall determine the appropriate institution to proceed with the Student conduct process. The decision should consider the location of the alleged incident, complainant, respondent, witnesses, and the practicality of conducting the student conduct process at the different Institutions having a reasonable claim to authority. If the Senior Student Affairs Officers cannot agree, the System Director of Student Affairs will make a final decision.