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Standards of Conduct

Penn State Berks accepts its obligation to provide for its students an atmosphere that protects and promotes its educational mission and which guarantees its orderly and effective operation. Therefore, certain standards of conduct, practices, and rules and regulations have been established and are expected to be followed. These  guidelines are found in either the Student Guide to University Policies and Rules or the Berks Student Handbook that is issued to new students at New Student Orientation. A copy of the Berks Student Handbook can also be picked up at the office of Student Affairs,14 Perkins Student Center at Penn State Berks.

More information about the Penn State Student Code of Conduct can be found at the University's Student Affairs website »

Students are advised to keep their individual copies of the Student Guide to University Policies and Rules for reference throughout their enrollment at Penn State. 

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Expectations

The Pennsylvania State University is dedicated to maintaining a scholarly community that promotes intellectual inquiry and encourages the expression of diverse views and opinions. When students accept admission to Penn State, they accept the rights and responsibilities of membership in the academic and social environment of that community. Students are expected to support its essential values and to maintain a high standard of conduct that may exceed federal, state, or local requirements. These values include the following:

  • Personal and academic integrity;
  • Respect for the dignity of all persons and a willingness to learn from the differences in people, ideas, and opinions;
  • Respect for the rights, property, and safety of others;
  • Concern for others and their feelings and their need for conditions that support an environment in which they can work, grow, and succeed at Penn State.
  • In order to foster these values, the Code of Conduct is based on the following principles:
  1. The University has an obligation to exercise oversight in  
    • Matters that impinge upon academic achievement and integrity;
    • Conduct that breaches the peace, causes disorder, and substantially interferes with the rights of others;
    • Behavior that threatens the physical and mental health and safety of members of the University community;
    • Behavior that threatens its property, or the property of members of its community, through theft, damage, destruction, or misuse;
    • Behavior that is repugnant to or inconsistent with an educational climate.
  2. The University has a commitment to enforce its contractual agreements
  3. The University has an obligation to support and be guided by the laws of the land.

Additional Resources

For more information regarding the Judicial Process at Penn State, consult the University Park Office of Student Conduct, or pick up a copy of the Policies and Rules for Students from the office of Student Affairs, 14 Perkins Student Center, at Penn State Berks.