Core Values of Student Conduct

Core Values of Student Conduct at Hartwick College

The values outlined below form the basis for the Hartwick College Code of Student Conduct.

  • Integrity: Hartwick students exemplify honesty, honor and a respect for the truth in all of their dealings.
  • Community: Hartwick students build and enhance their community.
  • Social Justice: Hartwick students are just and equitable in their treatment of all members of the community and act to discourage and/or intervene to prevent unjust and inequitable behaviors.
  • Respect and Civility: Hartwick students show positive regard for each other, for property and for the community. Students will conduct themselves and treat others in a polite, reasonable and respectful manner.
  • Responsibility: Hartwick students are given and accept a high level of responsibility to self, to others and to the community.

Behavior that violates College standards of conduct listed within the Student Code of Conduct and elsewhere will be subject to disciplinary action through the appropriate conduct process. Whether it is determined that an individual or group is responsible for the violation(s), either by direct involvement or by condoning, encouraging, or covering up the violation, appropriate response will occur with respect to the individual(s) and/or group involved.

An important component of the college experience is the willingness to assume and exercise personal responsibility for actions as a member of the Hartwick College academic community. The College expects students to at all times comport themselves in a mature, ethical and honorable manner and to demonstrate a sincere consideration for the other members of this community. The expectation of appropriate student conduct also applies to students in their roles as employees of the institution. Students engaging in unethical, inappropriate, or illegal behavior or actions in violation of established standards set for the area or department in which they are employed may have their employment terminated and/or be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.

The Board of Trustees delegates disciplinary authority to the President of the College, who exercises this authority through designated administrative personnel. At the philosophical core of the College’s disciplinary process is a strong commitment to each student’s development and an understanding of the importance of assuming personal responsibility and accountability for their actions as a member of a community of learners. This is illustrated within our Core Values outlined above. Further, the student disciplinary process is predicated on the assumption that discipline is part of students’ educational development and, where appropriate, the sanctions imposed should be educational and instructive. The process is designed to hold students accountable for their decisions and actions, to establish procedural rights for all parties, and to protect the rights of all members of the community.

In sum, the College believes this process serves to promote positive development of both individual and group integrity while upholding the rules and regulations of the College. The College reserves the right to make changes in the rules and regulations as it deems appropriate.