For Students

The Code addresses behavioral expectations relating to non-academic conduct. This includes behavior such as consumption or possession of alcohol, drugs or other substances. It also can include harassment, intimidation and physical harm (for a full list of prohibited conduct please review the Code.

Academic misconduct such as plagiarism, or cheating on a test or exam are handled under the rules of the college or school in which the student is enrolled.  These rules are typically codified as an Honor Code.  Emory College of Arts and Sciences, the Goizueta Business School and the Woodruff School of Nursing each have their own Honor Codes which apply to undergraduates enrolled in their programs.

Students are expected to know and abide by the Undergraduate Code of Conduct and their college or school's Honor Code, as well as any other university policies that may apply to them (such as the Residence Life & Housing Standards and Policies for students living in on-campus housing).

Incident reports are reviewed by the Director of Student Conduct. If the Director feels the report alleges misconduct then they may assign it to a conduct administrator or a hearing body for review. If this happens, you will receive an email from the Office of Student Conduct notifying you of the alleged violation and to whom your case has been assigned. The process typically takes 1-2 business days. If it has been longer than that you can call our office to inquire.

Medical amnesty is meant to encourage students to seek help in the event of an alcohol or drug-related emergency. If you are concerned about yourself or a friend, your first priority should be to get help. By doing so, you may be eligible for medical amnesty, which is a process that is separate from conduct.

The Director of Student Conduct determines whether a report is reviewed by a conduct administrator or the Peer Review Board based on several factors, including the nature of the violation and conduct history of the student.

Your conduct administrator will explain the process to you. He or she will want to understand your perspective on what happened. Your conduct administrator will ask you questions and try to understand the incident based both on the written report and your perspective. If the administrator believes you violated the Code, you will have an opportunity to decide whether to accept responsibility or proceed to a formal hearing. For more information on what to expect you can read Understanding the Conduct Process- Preliminary Meetings.

The Peer Review Board is a group of all undergraduate students with a staff advisor from the Office of Student Conduct. You will be asked to give your perspective on the incident, and then the board members will ask you questions. The board then determines if you are responsible for violating the Code and if so, what sanctions to recommend. For more information on what to expect you can read Understanding the Conduct Process - Peer Review Board.

You will be assigned sanctions. Sanctions are primarily educational and may include activities like writing a paper, attending a program, or performing community service. Emory does not have mandatory sanctions - each case is decided based on its own merit. In some serious cases, sanctions may include probation or even suspension.

You have the right to appeal a decision if you believe the process was not followed, the Code was incorrectly interpreted, or the sanctions applied were inappropriate. There is a 7 day time limit to file an appeal. The Code includes specific information on how to appeal.

Your educational record includes any disciplinary violations. Conduct records are kept in the Office of Student Conduct and are maintained in accordance with the University's policy on the confidentiality and release of information about students. Conduct records are generally not released outside of the University without signed, written consent.

 Honesty is the best policy. Any of these programs may request your consent to obtain your disciplinary record. Omitting information that is later discovered during a routine check can have harsh consequences. The final decision about how to use that information is up to the program to which you are applying. You can read more about disciplinary records and post-undergraduate admissions here.

If you would like to report an allegation of misconduct please contact us. You can submit an online report, email us at, or call our office (404.727.3154). If you're unsure how to proceed, please call; we can listen to your concern, explain the conduct process, help you review your options and if necessary assist you with filing a formal complaint.

If you feel a violation of the Undergraduate Code of Conduct has occurred against you, please contact the Office of Student Conduct for assistance. If you feel your immediate safety is in jeopardy contact the Emory Police Department or your local law enforcement by dialing 911.