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Introduction

The College of New Jersey, as a community dedicated to learning and the advancement of knowledge, expects and requires the behavior of students to be compatible with its high standards of scholarship and conduct. Acceptance of admission to the College carries with it an obligation to uphold the College’s standards and promote the welfare of the community. Students are responsible for upholding non-academic standards of behavior set forth in this policy as well as the expectations for academic conduct outlined in the Academic Integrity Policy [link].
Academic communities differ from other communities in several ways. For the purpose of this code, two differences are particularly worthy of emphasis. First, the primary mission of colleges and universities is the pursuit of knowledge and the development of the whole person. The environment must be conducive to teaching, learning, research, and personal growth. Second, campus living and learning environments are unique. On a residential campus such as The College of New Jersey, undergraduate students live in close proximity to one another and interact continuously in their day-to-day living. Freedom to learn can be preserved only through respect for the rights of others, for the free expression of ideas, and for the law.
In order to fulfill its mission and function, the College has the authority and responsibility to maintain order and to exclude those who are disruptive of the educational process. The Student Conduct Code aims to protect the community and the rights of its members, to cultivate and sustain a positive living and learning environment, to educate students regarding responsibility and accountability for their actions, to encourage and foster self-insight and self-initiated change of behavior, to uphold the procedural rights of students accused of violating the College’s rules and regulations, and to encourage the application of ethical decision-making in the daily life of undergraduates.

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