Student Conduct

Principles of the Brown University Community

All members of Brown -- who in becoming a part of Brown University accept the rights and responsibilities of membership in the University’s academic and social community -- assume responsibility to uphold the Principles of the Brown University Community.

As a central aim, Brown University promotes intellectual inquiry through vigorous discourse, both oral and written, which requires that all members of the community be dedicated to supporting and maintaining a scholarly community in which all share together in the common enterprise of learning. The fundamental principles that must necessarily undergird this aim include respect for the integrity of the academic process; individual integrity and self-respect; respect for the freedoms and privileges of others; and respect for University resources.

Conflict Resolution

For housing and roommate concerns, we encourage students to start by talking with their residential peer leaders (CA, RC, MPC, or WPC) as the first resource.  Students may also meet with the Community Director (CD) assigned to their area of campus; the Community Director is a professional staff member who lives in the residence halls and has a daytime office in Residential Life.

Students may meet with a dean in Student Life or in the College to discuss a situation that is concerning them. Students with questions or concerns about sexual assault, harassment, and violence may also consult with the Coordinator of Sexual Assault Prevention & Advocacy.

The Brown University Mediation Project (BUMP) is a joint project of the Office of Student Life and the Office of the Chaplains which provides mediation services to members of the Brown University community. BUMP mediators are trained student and staff volunteers who meet with disputing parties to resolve conflict. Mediation can be helpful in resolving a variety of conflicts, including residential disputes, interpersonal and inter-organizational conflict. In any difficult situation, mediation may ease tension and allow the parties involved to work together with civility.

Academic and  Student Conduct Codes

The Brown community has developed procedures to address behaviors that interfere with the educational mission of the University. In conjunction with the Principles of the Brown University Community, the Academic and Student Conduct Codes provide expectations of behavior; define violations of the codes; and describe processes for filing complaints, procedures for review and adjudication of alleged violations, and support available to students involved in disciplinary issues.

Students not only have the responsibility to support the Principles of the Brown University Community but also have an important role to play in addressing behaviors that are inconsistent with the Principles.  Brown students participate in the student conduct procedures by serving on the Peer Community Standards Board and the Student Conduct Board.

The Code of Student Conduct may be found on the website of the Office of Student Life; the Academic Code, on the websites of the Dean of the College and the Dean of the Graduate School. Alleged violations of the Code of Student Conduct are managed by the Office of Student Life; of the Academic Code, by the Dean of the College or the Dean of the Graduate School. Participation in specific programs may require students to comply with additional expectations or restrictions.

Filing Complaints

Students, faculty and staff may file a complaint about non-academic conduct with the Office of Student Life, either in writing or on line. In deciding whether to file a complaint, students may discuss their concerns with a dean in the Office of Student Life. Students with questions or concerns about sexual assault, harassment, and violence may also consult with the Coordinator of Sexual Assault Prevention & Advocacy. Questions about criminal complaints may also be directed to Brown Public Safety.

Complaints about alleged academic misconduct or dishonesty should be directed to the Dean of the College (for undergraduates), the Dean of the Graduate School (for graduate students) or the Dean of Medicine (for medical students).