The Office of Community Standards, Rights, and Responsibilities is a department operating within the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Maine. The Office of Community Standards assists in maintaining the general welfare of the University community by promoting individual responsibility and personal development. The conduct process is designed to supplement the educational mission of the University by encouraging learning outcomes and responsible decision-making through its process, practices, and educational interventions.
The University Of Maine System Board of Trustees has developed a Student Conduct Code. The Office of Community Standards is authorized to establish and administer the Student Conduct Code for the flagship campus at Orono. The purpose of the Student Conduct Code is to maintain the general welfare of the University community. The University of Maine System Student Code of Conduct and other important policies can be found on our Policies and Forms page.
The University strives to make the campus community a place of study, work, and residence where people are treated, and treat one another, with respect and courtesy. The University views the student conduct process as a learning experience with goals of personal and academic growth, personal responsibility, and understanding and appreciation of the students enrolled in the University community and the greater community.
All students must follow these standards. Students who violate these standards will be subject to the actions described herein. These procedures are designed to provide fairness to all who are involved in the conduct process.
What We Do
While a large portion of the Office of Community Standards, Rights, and Responsibilities is tied to the Student Conduct Code and the Student Conduct Process, our office does have other responsibilities, including, but not limited to:
Student Behavior Review Team (SBRT)
Staff in the Office of Community Standards, Rights, and Responsibilities assist in reviewing cases of students in distress. More information and resources concerning the SBRT can be found on the SBRT webpage.
Classroom and Student Organization Training/Presentations
These presentations are offered through the Office of Community Standards, Rights, and Responsibilities or our campus partners. Links to more information are included as well as the hosting office contact information.
First Amendment/Free Speech: A presentation over the first amendment and free speech on a college campus given by staff in the Office of Community Standards, Rights, and Responsibilities. The presentation covers what is allowed, what is not allowed, and resources for making sure students know their rights when it comes to free speech.
Student Conduct Code Hearing Board Training: The University of Maine System conduct officers present this training once every fall and spring semester and it is intended for those students, staff, or faculty who have an interest in the Student Conduct Code process. By participating in this training, individuals are able to sit on hearing boards, appeals committees, and assist in reviewing student conduct cases.
Hazing Awareness and Prevention: This training is given by staff in the Division of Student Life annually to student groups and Greek organizations. It is intended to bring awareness to hazing, how to spot the signs of hazing, and resources for those who may have experienced hazing.
Bystander Intervention Training: This training is offered through the Student Wellness Resource Center and encompasses general guidance on how to assist as a bystander when you come across an individual in distress or emergency situation.
For more information regarding these trainings please email us at email@example.com or call us at 207.581.1406.
Our staff work closely with the Deputy Title IX Coordinator and other staff members in our Title IX Student Services Office on matters related to, and covered under, Title IX (sexual assault, dating violence, interpersonal violence, pregnancy and parenting, and more). If you have a concern related to Title IX please reach out to their staff directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website for more resources.
The Office of Community Standards, Rights, and Responsibilities collaborates with faculty in implementing and upholding the University of Maine System Academic Integrity Policy. More information and resources for Academic Integrity can be found on our Academic Integrity webpage.