Student Affairs

Office of the Vice Chancellor
Carolina Leadership Development Program
North Carolina Fellows Program
ACC Leadership Symposium
Carolina United
Leadershape Institute
Leadership Foundations
Carolina Leadership Development
Accessibility Resources & Service
Campus Health Services
Counseling and Psychological Services
Student Wellness Services
Campus Recreation
Campus Y
Carolina Union
Office of the Dean of Students
Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Community Involvement
Department of Housing and Residential Education
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Center
Office of New Student and Carolina Parent Programs
University Career Services
Cocurricular Involvement
Recognition of Cocurricular Student Organizations
Office of Student Conduct
Honor Code
Student Government

Winston B. Crisp, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Christopher Payne, Associate Vice Chancellor and Senior Operating Officer

Bettina C. Shuford, Associate Vice Chancellor

Jonathan Sauls, Dean of Students

Vision Statement

Student Affairs at UNC–Chapel Hill believes that every student can achieve success through full access to and inclusion in a wide range of academic, student life, and campus learning experiences.

Mission Statement

Student Affairs serves the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in collaboration with academic programs by providing transformational opportunities for students in the areas of student life, health and wellness, leadership and service, and diversity.

We promote student success, access, and inclusion by cultivating and leveraging partnerships with faculty, staff, and families as well as local, state, national, and global organizations. We challenge and enable our students to become compassionate and responsible citizens and leaders by fostering an accessible, inclusive, culturally diverse living and learning campus environment.

Statement on Excellence: Excellence is embedded in the Carolina experience. Through excellence in student service, support, and engagement, we foster excellence in our Carolina students. To support the success of students at Carolina, Student Affairs has identified Areas of Excellence that will serve to guide planning efforts into the foreseeable future.

Student Affairs will achieve excellence by

The importance of the learning process is paramount at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Student Affairs provides many services and programs that encourage and support the learning that takes place beyond the classroom. These departments and programs aim to assist students in integrating the various aspects of their lives so as to promote learning, self-awareness, self-determination, and broadened perspectives on the world. Student Affairs departments and programs afford students the opportunity to gain knowledge and develop skills to improve performance inside and outside the classroom; to enhance leadership potential; to find opportunities to serve fellow students and the community; to explore, plan, and prepare for a career; to plan for an active and rewarding life; to develop citizenship; and to improve interpersonal and life skills.

The Office of the Vice Chancellor, located at the north end, first floor of Carr Building, coordinates Student Affairs programs and provides guidance and leadership for its departments. The office also acts in a consulting role for faculty, administrators, and students who wish to raise issues that concern the University community, with a particular focus on student needs. Members of the Office of the Vice Chancellor also serve on many University committees to represent various constituencies. Contact the office at (919) 966-4045, CB# 5000, e-mail dsa@unc.edu, or visit the Web site at studentaffairs.unc.edu.

Information on the departments and programs in Student Affairs is presented below.

Programs and Services

Carolina Leadership Development's vision for Carolina students is a campus thriving in a "culture of leadership," meaning that all students have access to opportunities actively to explore and develop their own unique leadership potential; seek to recognize multiple forms and manifestations of leadership in themselves, their peers, and their community; and experience leadership through both academic and cocurricular endeavors.

The North Carolina Fellows Program, founded in 1968, is a three-and-a-half-year, cohort leadership development program designed to support and accelerate the development of undergraduate students. One of two such programs in the state, it seeks to instill in students a strong sense of responsibility toward those whom they serve and a greater degree of ethical congruence. Students participate in educational retreats, an academic course, monthly seminars with community leaders, internships, and community service projects. Each fall semester, all first-year undergraduates at Carolina are invited to apply to the program.

Shortly after selection in the spring semester of their first year, participants engage in a weekend-long retreat. During the following fall semester, members partake in the Sophomore Seminar, a three hour-credit course. Classes organize weekend-long retreats during their junior and senior years in order to revisit themes addressed in the Sophomore Seminar and reflect on group and individual self-development. Seniors also take a one-credit capstone course during their spring semester.Throughout their sophomore, junior, and senior years, program members are expected to participate in several other activities: Summer Entertainment Discussions, held in the first weeks of the fall semester, and Monthly Seminars, held several times during each semester.

For more information, contact John Mendoza Brodeur at brodeur@email.unc.edu.

The ACC Leadership Symposium is a three-day leadership conference aimed at engaging students with peers across the Atlantic Coast Conference. For more information about the 2016 conference, contact Carolina Leadership Development, CB# 5210, 3505 Frank Porter Graham Student Union, (919) 962-7724, brodeur@email.unc.edu.

Carolina United is a five-day summer program that takes place the week before classes start in August. The purpose of the program is to create a safe environment for students to candidly discuss issues of diversity and multiculturalism, and some of the issues that inhere in society.  Carolina United also addresses the broader definitions of diversity–the "diversity of viewpoints," determined by students' unique experiences, personalities, and perspectives. Students attend sessions on topics such as affirmative action, interfaith dialogue, conflict resolution, and more. Students also learn how to create and implement programs that will continue the mission of Carolina United once they get back to campus. Interspersed between the sessions are small group meetings in which students have time to break into their discussion groups to go deeper into the issues and share their experiences.

Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors looking to challenge themselves and pursue growth through dynamic dialogue are encouraged to apply. Carolina United takes place a week and a half before the first day of classes in the fall semester and is free for UNC students.

The LeaderShape Institute is a six-day experience that is offered during spring break. Students focus on leading with integrity and solidifying a vision and passion for the future while maintaining a healthy disregard for the impossible. For more information, contact Kate Kryder at kryder@email.unc.edu.

Carolina Leadership Development staff also work with student organizations and individuals seeking to increase their insight into leadership-related issues. An important focus of the department is an expansion of services to a wider cross-section of students, with an emphasis on leadership as a mechanism for positive social change.

Additionally, two academic courses are offered: EDUC 317 Dynamics of Effective Leadership (one credit, Pass/Fail) and EDUC 316 Advanced Leadership Development Seminar (three credits, graded). For more information about any of these programs or courses, please contact Carolina Leadership Development, CB# 5210, 3505 Frank Porter Graham Student Union, (919) 962-7724, brodeur@email.unc.edu, or visit the Web site at carolinaunion.unc.edu/leadership.

Accessibility Resources & Service (formerly Department of Disability Services) supports the University's commitment to an accessible environment. In consultation with faculty members, staff, and students, the department works to identify and eliminate barriers that limit a student's ability independently to meet the numerous demands of University life.

Individual needs are addressed on a case-by-case basis through the provision of reasonable accommodations that allow the University to maintain the integrity of its programs and services. The following are examples of services available to students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional, full- and part-time):

Academics

Campus Life

With the goal of creating an accessible environment, Accessibility Resources & Service works closely with programs, offices, and departments throughout the University, including Housing and Residential Education, Parking and Transportation, Facilities Services, Athletics, and Academic Affairs.

Eligibility

To address individual needs effectively, in most instances documentation describing current functional abilities will be required. The department is also prepared to assist individuals with temporary injuries or medical conditions that limit access to the University environment.

For more information about Accessibility Resources & Service, please visit the Web site at accessibility.unc.edu. The office is located in the Student Academic Services Building (Suite 2126) between the Rams Head Center and Morrison Residence Hall. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The staff can be contacted by telephone at (919) 962-8300 (V) (TTY-711 [NC RELAY]) or by e-mail at accessibility@unc.edu.

Campus Health Services (CHS), located next to Kenan Stadium in the James A. Taylor Building, provides a broad range of health care services including primary care, orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology, nutrition services, dermatology, travel information and immunization, and allergy management. For convenience, in-house laboratory, radiology, pharmacy, and physical therapy services also are available. CHS also provides counseling and psychological services; please see the Counseling and Psychological Services section for greater detail about services offered.

Eligibility. Any student who has paid the campus health fee for the current semester or summer session is eligible for health care at CHS.

Health Fee. Currently, the fee covers the cost of most professional services (there is no charge for office visits) provided by CHS physicians, nurse practitioners, physician's assistants, nurses, physical therapists, and registered dieticians. The health fee also provides reduced charges for prescription drugs, miscellaneous supplies, laboratory tests, X-rays, medical procedures, and specialty services. Spouses of students are eligible to receive the same services as students by paying the campus health fee at CHS and demonstrating appropriate insurance coverage.

Hours. Hours of operation vary according to the academic calendar. Hours of operation during the academic year are 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students are typically seen on an appointment basis from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Acute care services are provided between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday during the fall and spring semesters. Weekend acute care services are considered premium services and there is an associated visit charge. Hours of operation in the summer are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. If CHS is closed, students have access to a nurse advice line through UNC Healthlink, and there is always a CHS physician on call. Call (919) 966-2281 to verify hours of operation, schedule an appointment, or to speak with the Healthlink nurse when CHS is closed.

Immunizations. North Carolina law mandates that all new students at the University document the completion of immunization requirements. Failure to comply may result in cancellation of registration 30 days after classes begin. Vaccines are offered at Campus Health Services at reasonable rates for students who need to complete their immunization requirement.

Mandatory Health Insurance. The University requires proof of health insurance as a condition of enrollment. The University offers a group health insurance plan, including major medical benefits to single and married students, their spouses/partners, and children.

For additional information about CHS, visit campushealth.unc.edu.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), a department of Campus Health Services, is located on the third floor of the James A. Taylor Building.

The CAPS staff is strongly committed to addressing the mental health needs of a diverse student body through timely access to consultation and connection to clinically appropriate services. CAPS affirms that people of every background are to be treated with respect and dignity. The professional ethics and standards of the multidisciplinary staff at CAPS set a framework for understanding how facets of identity (e.g., gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, physical and mental abilities, religious beliefs, and socioeconomic background) impact life experience. The CAPS approach to mental health integrates physical, emotional, academic, spiritual, social, and cultural well-being. Counseling and Psychological Services include individual, couples, and group therapy, urgent consultation and crisis intervention, and medication evaluation/management. The CAPS staff consists of licensed psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, psychology practicum students, interns, and administrative support personnel.

Counseling and Psychological Services can be reached Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (919) 966-3658. CAPS invites initial evaluations without an appointment Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Students who have a psychological crisis should call (919) 966-3658 immediately. If the crisis occurs after hours, call Campus Health Services at (919) 966-2281. For more information, please visit campushealth.unc.edu/caps.

Student Wellness seeks to enhance the individual and collective health of the community through a wide range of programs, services, and resources. Through partnerships with other campus departments, community agencies, student organizations, and peer mentors, we work to develop and advocate for a campus and community environment that creates, emphasizes, and supports healthy choices and positive decision making regarding health, safety, and wellness.

Student Wellness promotes wellness as a journey rather than an outcome, and believes that students' health choices, as well as the culture of the community around them, involve a dynamic and multifaceted integration of eight dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, spiritual, social, cultural, environmental, intellectual, and financial. Using these dimensions, Student Wellness provides integrative programs and services related to a variety of health topic areas, including healthy relationships and sexual health; stress management; sleep hygiene; alcohol and other substance education, interventions, and recovery supports; and violence prevention.

Student Wellness provides these programs and services on an individual, group, and larger campus community level.

Student Wellness Services is located on the second floor of the Taylor Campus Health Services Building and can be reached Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (919) 962-WELL. For more information, please visit studentwellness.unc.edu.

Campus Recreation offers amenities for all fitness and recreation wants, needs, and desires of the UNC population. It provides a diverse and intentional recreational program in a safe, inclusive, and accessible environment which enhances the social, mental, and physical well-being of the entire University community. Campus Recreation enjoys a unique dual reporting relationship with the Department of Exercise and Sport Science (EXSS) and its rich history and commitment to a healthy and active lifestyle, and with Student Affairs, which represents the Carolina spirit of student development and learning outside the classroom.

Facilities

Campus Recreation offers a variety of facilities to satisfy the wants and needs of all UNC students, faculty members, and staff. The two fitness centers, the Student Recreation Center and Rams Head Recreation Center, offer cardiovascular and weight training equipment, as well as an indoor track, locker rooms, and group fitness studios. Basketball, squash, and racquetball courts, along with equipment for check-out, can be found throughout Fetzer Hall and Woollen Gym. These facilities also feature a cycle studio, climbing walls, and multipurpose rooms that can function for practice and instruction of a variety of fitness types. Both an indoor and an outdoor pool are located near the heart of campus. North and South Campus feature recreation complexes and fields for playing basketball, volleyball, tennis, and any other sport. The Outdoor Education Center, located off Country Club Road, is also a great facility for experiencing how recreation and the outdoors can go hand-in-hand.

Intramural Sports

Intramural Sports offers opportunities for students to compete against their peers in a friendly and structured environment.

Sport Clubs

A sport club is a University-recognized student organization formed by individuals with a common interest in a sport. Its primary goal is to promote and develop interest in a particular sport and recruit new members. Clubs may be instructional, recreational, and/or competitive.

Fitness

Fitness is housed in the Student Recreation Center (SRC) and Rams Head Recreation Center (RHRC). Both facilities offer a wide variety of cardiovascular equipment, including many stationary bikes, stair climbers, treadmills, and cross-trainers/elliptical machines.

Over the years, Fitness and Counseling and Wellness Services (of Campus Health Services) have teamed together to enhance student wellness through greater collaborative programming, such as Powerfully Pink (a breast cancer awareness program), Women's Health and Fitness Day, the Farmer's Market, Fit Wellness into Your Day, and the Get Fit from Head to Heel Challenge.

The Campus Y is an extraordinarily vibrant, student-driven organization, promoting social justice and social innovation locally, nationally, and internationally. Over more than a century and a half of service, it has incubated such essential campus institutions as Student Stores, Career Services, Intramural Athletics, and New Student Orientation. It has also provided the incubation space and resources for launching fully independent nonprofit organizations such as Nourish International, the Student Environmental Action Coalition, and the Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education. Over the course of a typical year, approximately 2,000 UNC-Chapel Hill students channel their idealism, passion, and sweat equity into a diverse array of service and advocacy initiatives, including but not limited to public health, youth development, education, human rights, micro-finance, food security, and environmental advocacy. The Campus Y is led by the student executive board and the chairs of all 30 committees and is supported by a professional staff of three full-time employees. Students are encouraged to visit the Campus Y offices in the YMCA Building, adjacent to South Building, to learn about these opportunities and campus, community, youth, and global social justice issues.

Carolina Union is the term used for both the Frank Porter Graham Student Union Building and the University department that serves students in many areas of their cocurricular lives. Governed by a board of directors consisting of students and faculty, the Carolina Union's role is to unify the campus community by providing programs, services, and facilities.

Cultural, educational, and social programs are planned and implemented by the Carolina Union Activities Board (CUAB). CUAB provides valuable leadership experiences for those involved, selecting a president and committee leaders each spring. Students are encouraged to stop by the CUAB office in Suite 3109 of the Union to find out how they can join the committees that plan a wide variety of events (e.g., films, lectures, forums, art exhibits, and concerts) presented throughout the year.

The Frank Porter Graham Student Union Building houses several student media organizations, including Blue and White, Yackety Yack, WXYC, and STV. The offices of officially recognized student organizations such as Student Government, the Graduate and Professional Student Federation, the Black Student Movement, the Carolina Athletic Association, and the Residence Hall Association are also located in the Union.

Official University recognition for student organizations is provided through the Student Activities and Student Organizations, located in Suite 2501 of the Union. The Office of Events Management, Suite 3105, schedules meeting rooms and event spaces in the Union, as well as in other campus facilities for activities of officially recognized student organizations and University departments.

The Union is an important gathering place for the University community. It offers event spaces, collaborative work spaces, and meeting rooms as well as comfortable lounges and an art gallery. Many activities take place in the Great Hall for large gatherings. There are also big-screen TVs, Alpine Bagels, Wendy's, and vending machines for food and entertainment. The Carolina Union provides information services, marketing and design, production services, and the box office. Wireless online access is available throughout most areas of the building. The Carolina Union is where the campus community comes together–the place to meet friends, to relax, to learn, to have fun, and to get involved.

The Office of the Dean of Students provides support and assistance to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill community, empowering students to succeed in navigating the University environment. Its four pillars–Care, Collaborate, Celebrate, and Empower–inform its programs, services, and initiatives. The office often serves as a beginning point of contact for students, faculty members, staff, families, and community constituencies regarding various student concerns. It supports student academic, personal, and professional development through a combination of individual initiatives, innovative outreach programs, and cocurricular opportunities, as well as policy development and oversight. The Office of the Dean of Students is located in the Student Academic Services Building North (SASB North), 450 Ridge Road, Suite 1106, and can be reached by telephone at (919) 966-4042.

Fraternity and Sorority Life and Community Involvement (OFSL-CI) provides services, programs, and assistance to the 56 fraternities and sororities that make up the Chapel Hill Greek community as well as students who are transitioning or who have transitioned to off-campus living. The office's mission is to enhance the academic experience, holistic development, and civic contribution of students by providing effective services and developmental opportunities that enrich the Carolina experience. OFSL-CI advocates for the fraternal movement by educating, advising, and empowering fraternities and sororities and their members to live according to their organizational values and contribute to the University and greater community. The groups reach these goals by maintaining above-average grades, participating in community service, raising funds for charities, being involved in other student organizations, and nurturing a small-group, supportive environment that makes all of this possible. Being Greek at Carolina is a popular option, as 18 percent of undergraduate students are members of fraternities and sororities. The office promotes authentic relationships between students and their neighbors by encouraging them to be active and responsible members of the communities in which they live. For more information, call the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Community Involvement, located at 2100 Granville Towers South, (919) 962-8298, e-mail greeks@unc.edu, or visit the Web site at ofslci.unc.edu.

Housing and Residential Education strives for student success, self-awareness, and satisfaction in the residential experience by creating inclusive communities that enhance the intellectual climate, promote student learning and citizenship, and provide students opportunities for involvement and leadership. Students are encouraged to embrace the "Carolina Way" and work towards leaving their "Heel Print" on the larger University by connecting with resources, modeling the way, and making a difference while they are Carolina students. By getting involved, students develop an identity with the larger University community, quickly develop social networks, and find opportunities for intellectual, spiritual, physical, and occupational growth.

Housing and Residential Education is an integral part of the academic and social community at UNC–Chapel Hill. It is committed to providing an environment conducive to the educational, psychological, and social development of residents. It strives to build a community that balances respect for the individual as well as the rights and interests of the whole community. All members of the residence hall and apartment community–residents, staff, and visitors–are expected to act in a manner that demonstrates respect and consideration for those around them.

Housing and Residential Education offers a variety of academic success and engagement initiatives to help student staff and on-campus residents develop healthy academic habits and support systems that lead to student success. These initiatives include living-learning communities, academic advising in the residence halls, transitional programming for first-year students, faculty engagement programs such as Meals with Heels and Scholar in Residence, individual community programming on academic success, and an experiential education course, EDUC 318 Peer Leadership in the University Environment.

This holistic approach complements classroom experiences and lays the foundation for students to become better prepared to succeed in life beyond college.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Center works to foster a safe, inclusive environment for UNC–Chapel Hill community members of all sexualities, gender identities, and gender expressions.

The LGBTQ Center, located in the Student Academic Services North Building, Suite 3226, offers social and educational programs, confidential peer support and discussion groups, drop-in support hours, and a resource library with more than 1,000 holdings. The center also coordinates the Safe Zone program and has a wealth of information about local organizations and resources. Web site: lgbtq.unc.edu.

New Student and Carolina Parent Programs' mission is to provide new undergraduate students the information and activities needed to transition smoothly to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and to promote an ongoing relationship between the University and the parents and families of all Carolina students in support of their success at Carolina. The core values are

To fulfill this mission, several programs and services are offered, such as New Student Orientation programs (first-year students, transfer students, and their families), Summer Send-Offs, Week of Welcome, Tar Heel Beginnings, New Student Convocation, Carolina Summer Reading Program, Tar Heel Transfers student organization, Tau Sigma honor society, T-LINKS mentoring, new student and parent monthly e-mails, new student and parent Web site, Family Weekend, Carolina Parent and Family Handbook, Parent Clubs, Carolina Parents Association, and Carolina Parents Council. For more information, call (919) 962-8304, e-mail newstudents@unc.edu, or visit nscpp.unc.edu.

University Career Services (UCS) provides information, career counseling and advising, interest assessment, and career-related programs and services to help students learn about various careers and how to prepare for them, make career decisions, acquire job/internship search skills, interact with potential employers, and apply for graduate and professional schools.

Services include workshops on career planning, résumé writing, interviewing, networking, internship and job seeking; résumé mailing to employers; individual career counseling; on-campus interviewing; career assessments; full- and part-time job and internship vacancies online (Careerolina); a Web-based alumni networking database (Alumni Advisor Network); a reference file service (Interfolio); preprofessional advising; and many print and electronic resources. Additional resources and programs include occupational and employer information, career panels and fairs, networking nights, and law school exploration day. Some services are limited to students in a UNC–Chapel Hill degree or certification program who are within two semesters of graduation. University Career Services is located in 219 Hanes Hall. Telephone (919) 962-6507; e-mail ucs@unc.edu; Web site: careers.unc.edu.

Cocurricular Involvement

Undergraduate students encounter many experiences outside the classroom that contribute to personal and skills development. Involvement in cocurricular activities is one such experience. Through meeting and working with others in cocurricular activities, students gain self-understanding, develop relationships, establish personal values and beliefs, and further enhance their abilities and intellect. Each year the University extends official recognition to approximately 600 cocurricular organizations formed by students. These organizations include but are not limited to academic/preprofessional, cultural, international, honorary societies and service groups, music and performance groups, publications and media, religious groups, fraternities and sororities, sports and recreation clubs, student government, and special interest groups. This variety allows each student to select areas of particular interest, yet there are no limitations, as students may create new organizations if they have additional interests.

Opportunities exist to gain leadership experience and skills by serving as officers of these organizations. Training in leadership development is offered to members of recognized organizations through the Carolina Union's Office of Carolina Leadership Development, Suite 3505, Frank Porter Graham Student Union. Teaching of program planning, event management, and organizational development is available through the Carolina Union's Office of Student Activities and Student Organizations, Suite 2501, Frank Porter Graham Student Union. There are also opportunities for involvement in community service and related organizations on the campus, such as the Campus Y, APPLES, and the Carolina Union Activities Board. Involvement in these organizations provides students with the potential for personal and professional skills development.

Students interested in learning more about how to get involved and about the opportunities available are encouraged to visit the Associate Director for Student Activities and Student Organizations, 2501 Frank Porter Graham Student Union, e-mail activities_organizations@email.unc.edu.

Recognition of Cocurricular Student Organizations

The University requires that cocurricular student organizations complete the official University recognition process each academic year. This process is designed to ensure that student organizations affiliated with the University comply with University policies, including the University's Official Recognition of Student Organizations Nondiscrimination Policy (see policies.unc.edu/policies/student-org-dondiscrim). Official recognition provides student groups access to the following benefits: the privilege of applying for use (through reservation) of specified University facilities, property, services, or equipment pursuant to the Policy on Use of University Facilities; use of the University's name in the organization's title, so long as University sponsorship or endorsement is not implied or stated; the privilege of applying for funding from the student activity fee, which is legislatively apportioned by the Student Congress; and the assistance of University staff. Applying each year additionally ensures that active students are aware of University policies and provides the University community with current information concerning University-recognized student organizations.

Official University Recognition Agreement forms are available from the Student Organization Resource Center, 2501 Frank Porter Graham Student Union. Once the agreement form has been read and signed by the student who serves as the primary contact and by the organization's advisor, the application process is completed in a meeting with the associate director for student activities and student organizations.

All information in and attached to the application is considered public information upon the granting of recognition.

The Office of Student Conduct

This office works with the undergraduate and graduate and professional school student-led honor systems. The office works together with students, faculty members, and staff to promote community expectations, personal responsibility, and accountability, supporting the student leadership as they adjudicate alleged violations of the University's Honor Code.

Honor Code

The Honor Code is the heart of integrity at Carolina. In brief, the Honor Code states that all students shall "refrain from lying, cheating, or stealing," but the Honor Code imparts much more. It is the guiding force behind the responsible exercise of freedom, the foundation of student self-governance at UNC–Chapel Hill. By abiding by the Honor Code, students can be assured that their individual rights and academic work will be respected.

Each student's acceptance of enrollment in the University presupposes his or her commitment to the Honor Code and to the principles of self-regulation on which their continued viability rests.

Mutual Responsibilities of the Faculty and Students

Academic work is a joint enterprise involving faculty and students. Both have a fundamental investment in the enterprise and both must share responsibility for ensuring its integrity. In relation to the Honor Code, therefore, specific responsibilities of the faculty which parallel the responsibilities of the students have been formally adopted by the Faculty Council.

Responsibilities of the Faculty

  1. Awareness: To assure that communitywide expectations regarding academic integrity are understood and communicated, and that students are held accountable for conforming their conduct to such expectations.

  2. Communicating Expectations and Administering Examinations: To assist students in complying with their responsibilities relating to academic integrity, faculty members, teaching assistants, and other instructional personnel should

    1. use good judgment in setting and communicating clear ground rules for academic work conducted under their supervision.

    2. Require students to sign the honor pledge as a condition of submitting academic assignments.

    3. Take steps to prevent unauthorized access to examinations during development, duplication, and administration.

    4. Avoid reusing prior examinations in whole or in part to the extent possible.

    5. Take all reasonable steps consistent with physical classroom conditions to reduce the risk of cheating during the administration of examinations.

    6. Maintain proper security during the administration of examinations, including as appropriate overseeing distribution and collection of examinations and proctoring the examination session.

  1. Oversight: In the event of student misconduct that appears to violate the requirements of the Honor Code, faculty members, teaching assistants, and other instructional personnel should

    1. Report to the appropriate Student Attorney General any instance in which the instructor has reasonable basis to conclude that a student under the faculty member's supervision has engaged in academic dishonesty or substantially assisted another to do so in connection with academically related work.

    2. In the instructor's discretion, notify the student of the instructor's intention to report the suspected academic dishonesty and permit the student to provide relevant further information if the student chooses to do so.

    3. Refrain from taking unilateral punitive action as to a student rather than reporting conduct in suspected violation of the Honor Code.

    4. Cooperate with representatives of the Honor System in conducting necessary investigation, providing testimony or other evidence, recommending appropriate sanctions, or otherwise bringing the matter to prompt conclusion.

  2. Involvement: To bring to bear requisite faculty judgment regarding the nature and importance of academic integrity, and to nourish a strong campuswide understanding and commitment to associated intellectual and personal values, faculty members, teaching assistants, and other instructional personnel should

    1. Explore issues of integrity in connection with instructional activities where relevant and appropriate.

    2. Encourage their academic units to take matters of academic integrity seriously, become informed regarding related problems and advisable means of preventing problems from arising, and provide requisite training and support to instructional personnel.

    3. Participate upon request as part of educational initiatives, faculty advisory panels, and University Hearing Boards designed to create, nurture, and enforce high standards of academic integrity within the University community.

Responsibilities of Students

In order to ensure effective functioning of an Honor System worthy of respect in this institution, students are expected to

  1. Conduct all academic work within the letter and spirit of the Honor Code, which prohibits the giving or receiving of unauthorized aid in all academic processes.

  2. Consult with faculty and other sources to clarify the meaning of plagiarism, to learn the recognized techniques of proper attribution of sources used in the preparation of written work, and to identify allowable resource materials or aids to be used during examination or in completion of any graded work.

  3. Sign a pledge on all graded academic work certifying that no unauthorized assistance has been received or given in the completion of the work.

  4. Comply with faculty regulations designed to reduce the possibility of cheating–such as removing unauthorized materials or aids from the room and protecting one's own examination paper from the view of others.

  5. Maintain the confidentiality of examinations by divulging no information concerning an examination, directly or indirectly, to another student yet to write that same examination.

  6. Treat all members of the University community with respect and fairness.

  7. Report any instance in which reasonable grounds exist to believe that a student has given or received unauthorized aid in graded work or in other respects violated the Honor Code. Such report should be made to the Office of the Student Attorney General, the Office of the Dean of Students, or other appropriate officer or official of their college or school.

  8. Cooperate with the Office of the Student Attorney General and the defense counsel in the investigation and hearing of any incident of alleged violation, including the giving of testimony when called upon.

Procedure for Reporting

Members of the University community who wish to report possible violations of the Honor Code should contact the Office of Student Conduct at (919) 962-0805 or fill out the online form found at studentconduct.unc.edu/report-violation. The Office of Student Conduct will review the report and refer it to the appropriate Student Attorney General for action.

Student Government

The by-laws of the Board of Trustees of the University invest in the chancellor of the University "the duty . . . to exercise full authority in the regulation of student conduct and in matters of student discipline" At the same time the chancellor has delegated authority to exercise disciplinary and administrative functions in student life to agencies of student government. Within the context of this delegated authority and responsibility, the student body at the University has been self-governing for decades.

Student government at Carolina is more than 100 years old, and hundreds of students are involved in the various branches every year. From serving on the Board of Trustees to the appropriation, oversight, and authority of student fees, from instituting governmental service to enforcing the Honor Code, student government affects the life of every student every day.

The entire framework of student government's activities rests on its ability to maintain the foundation of administrator-student relations. The University should serve as an advisor, not as a supervisor, to the student body. In order to enjoy this freedom, students at Carolina must be willing to take a certain amount of responsibility to develop their own community and community values. Student government serves to maintain this freedom and the advisory, not supervisory, relationship.

In 1876 the Honor System officially ended all vestiges of the monitorial system; in 1904 a judicial body, the University Council, was established; in 1938 the Student Legislature was established; and in 1946 a written constitution was approved. In 1968 the coeducational Honor Court was formed out of the Men's Court and Women's Court to hear all Honor Code cases. The Instrument of Student Judicial Governance was ratified and put into operation in 1974 and was significantly revised in 2003.

Student government at UNC–Chapel Hill approximates the federal system of government with its three branches: an executive branch, a legislative branch, and a judicial branch.

    The Executive Branch: This group serves as the official voice of the student body to the University and broader community, including the town of Chapel Hill and the state of North Carolina. Heading the executive branch is the student body president, assisted by the vice president, the president of the Graduate and Professional Student Federation, student body treasurer, student body secretary, the chief of staff, and the senior advisor. As determined by and reflective of the needs of the student body, the president structures his/her cabinet and committees and makes appointments to a wide range of University committees that address those needs and other concerns as they arise during the year. These committees usually include hardship parking, elections board, University services, information technology, student life, minority affairs, first-year focus council, and public service.

    Legislative Branch: Student Congress is unicameral, consisting of 41 representatives elected by the student body, with the student body president and the student body treasurer serving as nonvoting ex officio members. The speaker of the Student Congress is elected from among the 41 representatives. Graduate and professional students and on- and off-campus undergraduates are proportionally represented in the Congress.

    Congress handles considerable legislation and, as one of its primary responsibilities, oversees the student activity fees budget and other student fee areas. Established by student and University committees before approval by the Board of Trustees, a predetermined amount of the fees paid by each student provides the source of funds for Student Congress's annual allocation and subsequent appropriations budgets. These funds are allocated to petitioning student organizations that have received official University recognition. The student body can petition for changes in the student activities fee at any time.

    Student Congress representatives are elected in the spring for one-year terms, and each member serves on one of three standing committees: finance, rules and judiciary, and student affairs. A fourth committee, ethics, is composed of senior members of the Congress.

    Judicial Branch: There are two major areas that comprise the judicial branch; the first is responsible for the Instrument of Student Judicial Governance, and the second is responsible for resolving issues related to the Student Code (congress.unc.edu/student-code).

    The Honor Court hears all cases involving potential violations of the Honor Code. There are separate courts for undergraduate students, graduate students, and students in the Schools of Law, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Business. The Honor Court is organized as follows: