Community Standards & Student Code of Conduct

Community Standards

Franklin University strives to maintain a safe and productive environment for students, faculty and employees to further their academic, social and employment goals. In order to achieve these goals, it is the collective responsibility of the entire campus community, including students, faculty, staff, and guests, to treat all individuals with dignity and respect.

As members of Franklin's campus community, all students are expected to uphold and abide by its published standards of conduct, embodied within a set of core values which include honesty and integrity, respect for others, and respect for campus community. The following values identify University expectations regarding personal conduct and are the principles that shape the regulations and practices outlined in the Office of Community Standards' policy:

  1. Honesty and Integrity: Personal integrity is expected of all community members in all aspects of community life, both in and out of the classroom. University students are expected to exemplify honesty, integrity and a respect for truth in all of their interactions.
  2. Respect for Others: Community members are expected to treat all people with respect, regardless of age, religion, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, immigration status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or familial status, disability, or veteran or military status. Mutual respect promotes free and open communication, independent thought and understanding.
  3. Respect for Campus Community: It is in the common interest to protect both University property and the private property of all members of the community.

The focus of the Office of Community Standards is to protect all members of the campus community, including students, staff and faculty.  Community Standards processes are not intended to be solely a punitive process for students, but primarily a learning opportunity for all parties.  A student’s attendance at Franklin obliges them to comply with University regulations, and so are accountable for their actions as responsible representatives of the campus community, both on and off campus.  Membership in the community does not provide immunity from the laws and standards of local, state or national jurisdictions. The University may advise appropriate officials of violations of civil or criminal law committed on campus.

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