Bucknell has made continued changes to its Student Handbook and Student Code of Conduct. Please become familiar with these changes so that you can be sure to comply with them and use them as a guide as you become the best version of yourself at Bucknell.

What are the biggest changes in the Code of Conduct?

  • The Community Responsibility Statement and will be featured prominently across campus.
  • The Code of Conduct is written in an affirmative tone. We have outlined the conduct we expect from you as a member of our campus community.
  • If you accept responsibility for violating the Code of Conduct, you will have the opportunity to address the violation without a hearing in a process called a "community standards meeting."
  • Many sanctions have an educational focus and are determined by the conduct administrator or hearing board based on the specific details of the incident. When appropriate, students can also be given an educational resolution that although they will be in the student's file, are not part of a student's official conduct record.

Is anything missing? Was anything added?

  • The code is organized into categories of expected conduct. You will see academic integrity in the code. Although academic integrity is covered in academic policies, in the course catalog, on the website and on many course syllabi, it has not been in the Student Code of Conduct. In the spirit of integrating academic and student life, it is in there. The process for adjudicating academic honesty has not changed.

To whom does the code apply?

  • The Code of Conduct and related policies apply to all student members of the Bucknell Community.

Who will be administering the Student Code of Conduct and conduct process?

  • Assistant Dean of Students Chip Marrara is the Student Conduct Administrator and has direct responsibility for administering the Student Code of Conduct. He and members of our Residential Education Office (Community Directors) will handle all cases for which a community standards meeting is an option, including when the student accepts responsibility for engaging in prohibited conduct.
  • Administrative Hearing Officer will hear all cases involving alcohol and other drugs that are not subject to a community standards meeting.
  • All other cases will be heard by a Community Conduct Board hearing panel.

Why so many conduct officers?

  • By having more trained conduct officers on staff, Bucknell can provide more individualized attention to students efficiently and effectively implementing the Code and assisting students to make necessary changes.

Why are drinking games prohibited in the new code?

  • Drinking games typically involve the rapid consumption of alcohol, which has been shown to have significant negative consequences, including heavy intoxication and alcohol poisoning.

What is the drug policy?

  • Although we have a separate alcohol policy, the sanctions for prohibited conduct related to alcohol and other drugs are similar. Our goal is to provide assessment, education and intervention. We have not changed how seriously we take drug-related violations.  Suspension and expulsion are possible sanction for serious drug-related conduct violations.

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