Northeastern Illinois University exists for the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the development of students, and the general well-being of society. Free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the attainment of these goals. As members of the academic community, students are encouraged to develop the capacity for critical judgment and to engage in a sustained and independent search for truth. 

Freedom to teach and freedom to learn are inseparable facets of academic freedom. The freedom to learn depends upon appropriate opportunities and conditions in the classroom, on the campus and within the larger community. All those involved in the teaching/learning process should exercise their freedom with responsibility. Students have the responsibility to know and act in accordance with the rules, policies and regulations that govern our University. Any student who violates the University’s rules, policies and regulations will be subject to a conduct proceeding. In addition, at all times students are expected to act ethically and in a manner that is appropriate and reflects the core values of Northeastern Illinois University, which include Integrity, Excellence, Access to Opportunity, Diversity, Community, and Empowerment Through Learning. 

All Northeastern students are responsible for reading, understanding, and abiding by the Student Code of Conduct, which begins on Page 41 of the Student Handbook.

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What is the purpose of the Student Code of Conduct?

  • A guide for providing a conducive learning environment
  • Allows student to self-monitor their behavior by providing a measurement tool
  • Establishes University behavioral expectations of all students
  • Holds students accountable for unacceptable behavior
  • Provides developmental avenues for students who violate the code to move forward as productive members of the University community