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Policies and Expectations

By voluntarily joining the university community, students assume the responsibility for abiding by the standards that have been instituted by DePaul University. It is important that all members of the community are aware of expectations of life in the DePaul community.

Academic Integrity

DePaul University is a learning community that fosters the pursuit of knowledge and the transmission of ideas within a context that emphasizes a sense of responsibility for oneself, for others and for society at large. Violations of academic integrity, in any of their forms, are detrimental to the values of DePaul, to the students’ own development as responsible members of society and to the pursuit of knowledge and the transmission of ideas. All members of the university community share the responsibility for creating conditions where violations of academic integrity are curtailed.

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The university respects and adheres to state laws governing the sale, use, possession and transportation of alcohol. The following regulations govern alcohol use on university premises:

  1. The State of Illinois prohibits the sale, use or possession of all forms of alcoholic beverages by persons under 21 years of age.
  2. All casual possession or consumption of alcohol in designated common or non-reserved areas on university premises is prohibited by any person regardless of age. For specific policies regarding alcoholic beverages in the residence halls, please see the Code of Student Responsibility.

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Code of Student Responsibility

The Code of Student Responsibility was developed by the Division of Student Affairs to give formal recognition to the rights and responsibilities of students at DePaul.

The code provides necessary guidelines to support and advance the educational and religious aims of the university without unduly restricting or diminishing the university experience. Students are advised to read this code carefully so they are aware of the policies which guide the university in its dealings with students.

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FERPA: Student Privacy at DePaul

DePaul is committed to maintaining student records privacy, in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). Students are responsible for setting and maintaining their FERPA directory release preferences in Campus Connect. Students have access to all of their records maintained by the university except those considered to be confidential under the act. Students have access to view and print information from their academic record through Campus Connect. The university does not release this information to anyone other than the student.

Students are encouraged to maintain open communication with their parents and/or family members regarding academic progress and other important issues. For additional information, please visit DePaul's FERPA website or the federal government website at Any questions concerning FERPA should be directed to DePaul Central at or (312) 362-8610.

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The hazing of students at DePaul University is strictly prohibited. Hazing is defined as any action taken or situation created to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, ridicule or endangerment of a student or group of students. Such activities include, but are not limited to, use/abuse of alcohol, paddling in any form, creation of excess fatigue, physical and psychological shock, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips or other similar activities, wearing of public apparel that is conspicuous and normally not in good taste and morally degrading or humiliating games and activities.

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Illegal Use or Possession of Controlled Substances

Students, faculty and staff are not to illegally use, sell, possess or distribute any state or federally controlled drug, narcotic, barbiturate, hallucinogen, marijuana or amphetamine on university-owned or controlled property.

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Sexual and Relationship Violence

DePaul University strictly prohibits sexual and relationship violence and threats of sexual and relationship violence, which includes sexual assault, sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking.

DePaul University is concerned about the safety and well-being of its faculty, staff and students, and about incidents of sexual misconduct, harassment or violence, whether on- or off-campus. If you experience any type of sexual or relationship violence, please know that you have rights, you have options, and support is available for you. Read DePaul's entire institutional policy regarding Sexual & Relationship Violence Prevention and Response here.

Any individual who is experiencing any type of sexual and/or relationship violence is encouraged to consult this policy. This document is intended as an overview of various policies, procedures, resources, and supports. Survivors are encouraged to speak directly with DePaul's Title IX Coordinator or Survivor Support Advocates in DePaul's Office of Health Promotion and Wellness, or other resources, for more information.

Consent, or lack thereof, is critical to the definition of sexual assault. Learn more about consent.

The office of Health Promotion and Wellness's website for Sexual and Relationship Violence also contains more information. ​

Student Handbook

The handbook describes university policies that support and enforce expectations for student behavior and academic performance. Each student is responsible for reviewing and understanding the handbook.

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