Students and registered student organizations (RSOs) are subject to University Student Code of Conduct proceedings for participating in academic and non-academic misconduct while on campus as well as during off-campus functions sanctioned, sponsored or supervised by the University. Below is a brief description of types of misconduct. See the Student Code of Conduct for comprehensive descriptions of misconduct.

Academic Misconduct 

Academic misconduct is a violation of the University Student Code of Conduct and is reported using the Academic Misconduct Reporting Form.

Acts of academic misconduct include, but are not limited to:

  • Cheating
  • Encouraging Academic Dishonesty
  • Fabrication
  • Plagiarism
  • Misrepresentation to Avoid Academic Work

Note to Northeastern faculty: Only Northeastern faculty may report academic misconduct. Faculty, the Dean of Students, and Student Affairs staff are solely responsible for facilitating the academic misconduct process. 

Northeastern faculty have the discretion to:

  1. facilitate an academic misconduct process within the academic department in accordance with the departmental academic misconduct process.
  2. formally refer students to the Dean of Students for an academic misconduct process facilitated by the Student Affairs staff.
  3. formally or informally report results of an inter-departmental academic misconduct process.

Please note, formally reported academic misconduct process results will reflected on the student’s conduct record. Informally reported results will not be reflected on the student’s conduct record. Instead, Student Affairs will only track the student’s conduct to determine patterns of recidivism (in other classes) and for data assessment purposes. If a student, again, violates the academic Student Code of Conduct, informally reported academic misconduct may be added to the subsequent formal academic misconduct process. 

All faculty are strongly encouraged to formally or informally report academic misconduct because this allows the Dean of Students to be aware of misconduct trends and flag students who may be in need of more educational awareness of academic integrity. The goal of the Dean of Students and Student Affairs is to educate students and provide resources to avoid the negative impact academic misconduct may have on their Northeastern education.

Non-Academic Misconduct

Non-academic misconduct is an act that violates the University’s rules, policies, and regulations while on campus, as well as during off-campus functions sponsored or supervised by the University and is reported using the Non-Academic Misconduct Reporting Form.

Violations of this type include, but are not limited to: 

  • Furnishing false information
  • Misuse/unauthorized use of technologies
  • Forgery
  • Obstruction or disruption of functions on campus
  • Physical abuse or endangering another
  • Theft
  • Unauthorized entry
  • Drugs, alcohol
  • Disruptive behavior
  • Lewd/obscene behavior
  • All forms of harassment
  • Sexual assault
  • Unauthorized possession of weapons
  • Failure to comply with University officials
  • Hazing
  • Intimidation and threats
  • Extreme and disruptive behavior

Note to the University community: Faculty, students and staff may report non-academic misconduct by submitting the Non-Academic Misconduct Reporting form. The Dean of Students and Student Affairs staff are solely responsible for facilitating the non-academic misconduct process. 


NEIU students have the right to appeal their case. Students are able to do so within 10 business days of the communicated decision on the original case. To submit an appeal, students may complete the Appeal Form. Appeals are reviewed by Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students, who serves as Appeals Administrator. The following are points that would be contended in the appeal request:

  1. The fairness of the decision
  2. The fairness of the sanction
  3. The fairness of the process

Appeals will be taken into consideration when new information involving the case is provided that was not included in the original case. The narrative should provide detailed and specific information that would have been useful in the original case. Any materials related to the case, such as screenshots, audio files, or emails, may be attached to the form. The appeal will be reviewed to determine whether it will be granted or denied. To learn more about the appeal process, please review the NEIU Student Handbook.