Student code of conduct

The Student Code of Conduct sets out the standards of conduct expected of students. It holds individuals and groups responsible for the consequences of their actions. Failure to fulfill these responsibilities may result in the withdrawal of privileges or the imposition of sanctions.

The University is a community of students, faculty and staff involved in learning, teaching, research and other activities. In accordance with the UBC Respectful Environment Statement, all members of this community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that contributes positively to an environment in which respect, civility, diversity, opportunity and inclusiveness are valued, so as to assure the success of both the individual and the community. The Student Code of Conduct reflects a concern for these values and tries to ensure that members of the University and the public can make use of and enjoy the activities, facilities and benefits of the University without undue interference from others.

The information provided on this website is an overview of the Student Code of Conduct. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for the Code itself or the University’s full policies and regulations regarding non-academic student misconduct. Students are responsible for reading, understanding and abiding by the Code. The entire Student Code of Conduct is available in the Policies and Regulations section of the UBC Vancouver Academic Calendar under Student Conduct and Discipline.

When does the code apply?

The Student Code of Conduct applies to any student enrolled in a credit course at the University, and including co-op and exchange students.

The Code applies to conduct that occurs on or near the premises of the University of British Columbia. It also applies to conduct that occurs elsewhere if it is related to University sponsored programs or activities, (such as travelling athletic teams) or if it occurs in the context of a relationship between the student and a third party that involves the student’s standing, status or academic record at the University.

It does not apply to conduct that is assigned to another disciplinary body at the University, allegations regarding a student’s failure to meet standards of professional conduct, or conduct committed by a student solely in his or her capacity as an employee of the University.

Students living in residence may also be subject to a separate residence policy for conduct that occurs in any buildings managed by Student Housing and Hospitality Services or the property surrounding these residences. For further information, please review the applicable Residence Contract/Residential Agreement.

Prohibited conduct

Prohibited conduct under the Code includes but is not limited to*: 

  • Assaulting, harassing, intimidating, or threatening another individual or group
  • Endangering the health or safety of others
  • Stealing, misusing, destroying, defacing or damaging University property or property belonging to someone else
  • Disrupting University activities
  • Using University facilities, equipment, services or computers without authorization
  • Making false accusations against any member of the University
  • Supplying false information to the University or forging, altering or misusing any University document or record
  • Storing, possessing or using real or replica firearms or other weapons, explosives (including fireworks), ammunition, or toxic or otherwise dangerous materials on University premises
  • Using, possessing or distributing illegal drugs
  • Violating provincial liquor laws or University alcohol policies
  • Hazing
  • Encouraging, aiding, or conspiring in any prohibited conduct
  • Failing to comply with a disciplinary measure or disciplinary measures imposed under the procedures of this Code

*Remember, all Municipal, Provincial and Federal Laws apply on campus.

Disciplinary measures

Disciplinary Measures that may be imposed under the Code include but are not limited to: 

  • Written warning or reprimand
  • Probation, during which certain conditions must be fulfilled and good behaviour must be demonstrated
  • Payment of costs or compensation for any loss, damage or injury caused by the conduct
  • Issuance of an apology, made publicly or privately
  • Loss of certain privileges
  • Restriction or prohibition of access to, or use of, University facilities, services, activities or programs
  • Fines or loss of fees
  • Relocation or exclusion from residence
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion

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