Code of Community Standards

Code of Community Standards

The Student Experience team works to promote a safe and inclusive campus through partnerships, connections, direct support, policy development, and educational initiatives. The Code of Community Standards sets behavioral expectations for students as they navigate life on campus and beyond.

The Hartwick College community is committed to fostering a campus environment that is conducive to academic inquiry, a productive campus life and thoughtful study and discourse.

The community standards program within the Office of Student Experience is committed to an educational and developmental process that balances the interests of students, groups and organizations with the interests of the Hartwick community.


A community exists on the basis of shared values and principles. At Hartwick College, students, groups, and organizations are expected to uphold and abide by certain community standards that form the basis of the Code. These standards are embodied within a set of learning outcomes to be achieved by all students in their interaction with the community standards process.

Each member of the Hartwick community bears responsibility for their  conduct and to assume reasonable responsibility for the behavior of others. When  members of the Hartwick community engage in a violation of the rules or  expectations, campus proceedings are used to assert and uphold the Code and expectations of the community.


CODE of Community Standards

The Community Standards Process

The Community Standards process at Hartwick College is not intended to punish students; rather, it exists to protect the interests of the community and to challenge those whose behavior is not in accordance with our policies. Sanctions are intended to challenge students’ decision-making and to help them bring their behavior into accord with our community expectations. When a student is unable to conform their behavior to community expectations, the Community Standards process may assist us in determining if the student should continue to share in the privilege(s) afforded to those participating in this community.

Students should be aware that the Community Standards process is quite different from criminal and civil court proceedings. Procedures and rights in Community Standards procedures are managed with fairness to all, but do not include the same protections of due process afforded by the courts. Due process, as defined within these procedures, assures written notice and a hearing before an objective decision-maker. No student will be found in violation of Hartwick College policy without information showing that it is more likely than not that a policy violation occurred, and any sanctions will be proportionate to the severity of the violation and to the cumulative Community Standards history of the student.

Office of Community Standards

4th Floor, Dewar Union