Dean of Students

Student Conduct & COVID-19

To sustain the health and safety of our campus in the 2020-2021 academic year, all members of the UNI community will be required to engage in safety precautions including, but not limited to wearing a face covering and engaging in social distancing. Each member of our community will need to embrace these changes not only through individual action, but also through the kindness and grace we display in encouraging and reminding others to adhere to these expectations. Concerns with UNI staff failing to adhere to campus COVID-19 related expectations can be referred to Toni Babcock, Employee Relations Manager (toni.babcock@uni.edu). Concerns with UNI faculty failing to adhere to campus COVID-19 expectations can be referred to John Vallentine, Associate Provost for Faculty (john.vallentine@uni.edu).

Student conduct process overview, specifically related to COVID-19:
In general, the Student Conduct Code and the subsequent student conduct process are intended to be educational while balancing the health and safety of the UNI community. As our campus takes additional safety precautions during unknown times, the Student Conduct Code may be used to reinforce our core values of Respect, Responsibility, and Honesty, in the actions and behaviors of our students. 

Under what circumstances should a student be referred to the student conduct process? Students who fail to:

  • adhere to the reasonable requests of faculty, staff, or peers to wear a face covering, 
  • responsibly engage in social distancing, 
  • follow isolation or quarantine requirements; and/or, 
  • uphold the Student Commitment and Acknowledgement of Risk,

may be referred to the student conduct process for an alleged violation of the Student Conduct Code, within 24 hours. 

General Sanctioning Guidelines:

Students referred to the student conduct process for failing to comply with campus requirements related to COVID-19 should be prepared that if found responsible, sanctions may include, but are not limited to: 

  • A written warning reiterating campus requirements.
  • Monetary fines ranging between $25.00 and $250.00.
  • Loss of privileges including, but not limited to, the inability to participate in a student organization or serve in a student leadership capacity for incidents related to student organization misconduct. 
  • Behavioral requirements or educational requirements. 
  • Housing expulsion for residents currently residing in on campus housing. 
  • Prohibited visitation from a specific location. 
  • Withdrawal from classroom environments and courses. 
  • Suspension from the institution. 

Sanctioning takes into account intention in the incident, responsiveness to reasonable requests for change in behavior, engagement in the student conduct process and the cumulative conduct history of the individual. Subsequently, students with a prior conduct history may be sanctioned differently. 

Fines collected from students as a result of this process will be directed to purchasing cloth face masks for students as needed or to the Student Emergency Fund.