Office of Student Life

Student Wellness Center

Policies

OSU Code of Conduct

It is a violation of The Ohio State University Code of Student Conduct to participate in off-campus behavior that causes substantial property damage or serious harm to the health or safety of members of the University community. Some examples would be hosting an out-of-control party, setting fires, setting off fireworks, standing on or rocking cars, throwing glass bottles or other dangerous items, and rioting (4 or more persons engaged in disorderly conduct).

Failure to obey orders to disperse from law enforcement or University authorities is a Code violation. Bystanders and "cheerleaders" at disturbances may be subject to University discipline. In addition to any civil or criminal charges you might face for these behaviors, you will also be subject to University judicial action and could be suspended or dismissed from Ohio State.

It is a violation of The Ohio State University Code of Student Conduct to engage in sexual misconduct. This includes physical contact or other non-physical conduct of a sexual nature in the absence of clear, knowing and voluntary consent. Consent is defined as the act of knowingly and affirmatively agreeing to engage in a sexual activity. An individual cannot consent who is substantially impaired by any drug or intoxicant. Consent may be withdrawn at any time.

For additional information specific to The Ohio State University Sexual Misconduct Policy, check out: go.osu.edu/smpolicy

For more information, contact Student Conduct, at 614-292-0748 or view the full Student Code of Conduct at: studentlife.osu.edu/csc

OSU Alcohol Policy

The university prohibits the illegal use of alcohol and complies fully with federal, state and local regulations regarding the sale, possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages. All members of the University community are held responsible for their behavior and for respecting the rights of others. The University is committed to providing the community with education regarding high-risk alcohol use and to making health-enhancing experiences a priority.

The University's full policy can be found at: go.osu.edu/alcoholpolicy 

Amnesty Policy 

At the university’s discretion, amnesty may be extended to students who may be hesitant to report a violation of the code to university officials because they fear that they themselves may be accused of minor policy violations, including but not limited to underage drinking, at the time of the incident. If a student is granted amnesty, an educational discussion or other informal resolution may be considered, but no university conduct proceedings under this code will result. 

At the university’s discretion, amnesty may also be extended on a case-by-case basis for minor policy violations when students request assistance for others in need, including the person receiving assistance. If a student is granted amnesty, an educational discussion or other informal resolution may be considered, but no university conduct proceedings under this code will result. In cases of academic misconduct, need does not include the inability of a student to complete an assignment without assistance