University Values and Codes of Conduct

University Values

Student Conduct Code: Guiding Principles

The University seeks a community that is free from violence, threats, and intimidation; that is respectful of the rights, opportunities, and welfare of students, faculty, staff, and guests of the University; and that does not threaten the physical or mental health or safety of members of the University community.

The University seeks an environment that promotes academic achievement and integrity, that is protective of free inquiry, and that serves the educational mission of the University.

University Code of Conduct

Guiding Principles

In carrying out the institution’s research, teaching, and public service mission, members of the University community (community members) are dedicated to advancing the University’s core values. These values embrace commitment to:

  • excellence and innovation
  • discovery and the search for the truth
  • diversity of community and ideas
  • integrity
  • academic freedom
  • stewardship and accountability for resources and relationships
  • sharing knowledge in a learning environment
  • application of knowledge and discovery to advance the quality of life and economy of the region and the world
  • service as a land-grant institution to Minnesota, the nation, and the world

University Code of Conduct: Standards of Conduct

Be Fair and Respectful to Others

The University is committed to tolerance, diversity, and respect for differences. When dealing with others, community members are expected to:

  • be respectful, fair, and civil;
  • speak candidly and truthfully;
  • avoid all forms of harassment, illegal discrimination, threats, or violence;
  • provide equal access to programs, facilities, and employment; and
  • promote conflict resolution.

Preserve Academic Freedom and Meet Academic Responsibilities

Academic freedom is essential to achieving the University’s mission. Community members are expected to:

  • promote academic freedom, including the freedom to discuss all relevant matters in the classroom, explore all avenues of scholarship, research, and creative expression, and speak or write as a public citizen without institutional restraint or discipline; and
  • meet academic responsibilities: to seek and state the truth as they see it; to develop and maintain their scholarly competence; to foster and defend intellectual honesty, freedom of inquiry and instruction; to respect those with differing views; to submit their knowledge and claims to peer review; to work together to foster the education of students; and to acknowledge when they are not speaking for the institution.