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Student Responsibility

Guide to Residence Hall Life

The Guide to Residence Hall Life outlines behavioral expectations.

Computer Use and File Sharing

File sharing programs are popular among students as they are seen as a way to get movies, music, games and software for free. However, many of the things that students download and share are copyright protected, which means that downloading this material without permission is illegal.

The university takes copyright violations very seriously and students referred for these violations will have their university network access disabled. Repeat violations will also result in university disciplinary action. Students may also be subject to legal action.

Parents can help students by talking to them about what is on their computer before they come to college. Encourage your student not to use file sharing programs to download music, movies and other things for free.

Alcohol and Other Drugs

Alcohol is not allowed in the residence halls for students under 21. Illegal drugs, including medical marijuana, are not allowed under any circumstance.

Many students believe alcohol use is a vital part of the college experience, and some will experiment with drug use. Often, students engage in behavior because they believe it is expected of them and that “everyone is doing it.” However, a large number of students choose not to use alcohol and drugs.

Parents and families are crucial in helping students make good decisions about the use of alcohol and drugs, and can encourage students to find a social group that makes healthy choices regarding these substances. Peer pressure is usually associated with negative behavior, but peer pressure can also support positive behavior, reinforcing responsible attitudes towards alcohol and other drugs!

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The Conduct Process

Students sometimes find it difficult to abide by the rules that govern living in a residence hall or apartment community. Parents and families can help students understand their choices and responsibilities as residents. Policies are located in the Guide to Residence Hall Life and Guide to Student Housing Apartments.

Students who violate Student Housing polices will find themselves in our student conduct process. The goal is to educate students about our expectations and the impact their actions have on their community.

Parents and families can assist by encouraging students to be responsible and responsive in a student conduct meeting. Some students make the process difficult because they either ignore email messages from the department or don’t understand how serious the sanctions are. Encourage your student to deal with these issues quickly and directly.

Find more about the Conduct Process on The Conduct Process webpage.

Student Judicial Affairs

At UC Davis, students, faculty, and SJA share responsibility for maintaining academic integrity under our Code of Academic Conduct. Adopted in 1976, the Code builds upon a prior student-run honor system. Under the Code, students must behave honestly, fairly, and with respect for others in all their academic endeavors.

Student Judicial Affairs (SJA) administers the student discipline system, enforcing standards of conduct that support and provide a fair opportunity to learn and work in a fair and safe environment.

In the context of Student Housing, policy violations that extend beyond the scope of Student Housing policy may be referred to SJA for further investigation and action. Examples of violations that may be referred to SJA include academic trespasses, including cheating.