Student FAQs

Student Code of Conduct

Exemplary communities have mutual goals, expectations, and understanding of what it means to live in community. The Student Code of Conduct educates students about their responsibilities as community members. 
The Student Code of Conduct informs students about the standards of behavior expected, student rights, and processes the University uses to resolve alleged violations of policy.

Student Conduct Process

Conduct processes provide an opportunity to discuss and resolve alleged violations of university policy. Our processes are educational in nature and provide an opportunity for students to take ownership for their actions.
The letter outlines everything you need to do which might include scheduling a meeting or coming to a meeting that has been prescheduled for you. Please read carefully so you will be prepared. It is also a good idea to review the Student Code of Conduct to find out more about the alleged policy violations listed in your letter or read more about the conduct process. If you have any questions, just contact our office or ask your conduct officer.

During any Student Code of Conduct process, students will be provided with the following:

  • Notice of the allegation(s) being made.
  • Notice of the date of hearing or other process.
  • The opportunity to be heard.
  • The opportunity to have an advisor of their choice present during any stage of the conduct proceedings.
  • Notice of the outcome as permitted by FERPA and any other applicable privacy laws.
  • The opportunity to have the outcome reviewed through the appropriate appeals process.
The meeting is an opportunity for you to engage in dialogue with the conduct officer(s) and share information about what happened. The conduct officer will review all of the information before making a decision about responsibility for policy violations and the assignment of any conduct outcomes.
Sometimes, students are not present when a documentation takes place but the nature of the incident means a student may have some responsibility for what happened. Additionally, during the resolution process, the Resolution Center for Student Conduct and Conflict may obtain information that initiates a conduct process for a student not listed in an incident report.
You may also receive notice from the Resolution Center for Student Conduct and Conflict to participate in an investigative meeting.
We hope you choose to participate because we want to hear your version of what happened. If you do not participate, the conduct officer(s) may make a decision in your absence.
You will receive notice of the outcome via a letter sent to you email account. It includes information about whether or not you are responsible for policy violations and any assigned conduct outcomes and deadlines.

If you are responsible for a violation of policy, your conduct officer(s) will assign outcomes. The nature and circumstance of the violation, your prior conduct history (if any), the impact of the misconduct on the community, and conduct outcomes assigned to previous findings for such violations, will be among the factors your conduct office will consider. 
Outcomes may include reflection assignments, workshops and classes, administrative outcomes such as fines and warnings, restrictions, or outcomes related to academic degree progress such as suspension or expulsion. 

We hope you choose to complete action-oriented outcomes designed and assigned to provide opportunities for growth and community engagement. We want to help you avoid additional actions for not completing outcomes. Please contact our office or your conduct officer to request an extension if you are not able to complete an outcome in the time-frame given. When outcomes become overdue, the Resolution Center for Student Conduct and Conflict may assign administrative charges, initiate a conduct process for Abuse of the Student Conduct System, and/or place a registration hold on your account until the outcome(s) are complete.
All fines are charged through the Student Accounts Office. Fines can be paid during business hours at the Student Accounts Office or through CASHNet. For more information, visit the Billing & Payment Policies section of the Student Accounts Office website.

Yes. For more information about the grounds for an appeal, the appeals process, or the form to submit an appeal, visit the Appeals section of the Student Code of Conduct.


Student Conduct Records

Possibly. While we want to empower you to proactively talk to you family about your college experience, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act permits a college or university to inform parents of students under the age of 21 if the student has violated any law or policy concerning the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance. Our staff is available to help you identify ways you can talk with your family about what happened.


For more information, review Gonzaga University’s Student Conduct Records Policy.


Other Questions

The answer is yes and yes. When a student accepts Gonzaga’s offer of admission, they agree to conduct themselves in accordance with University standards, which includes on and off-campus. Gonzaga receives reports from outside law enforcement agencies, other universities, and third parties and may implement conduct processes as described in the Student Code of Conduct.
The Student Code of Conduct does not operate within a criminal or civil judicial system and a conduct process may take place prior to, simultaneously with, or following any criminal or civil proceedings.