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Students and registered student organizations (RSO’s) 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 is a violation of the University Student Code of Conduct. Access the academic misconduct form.

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

  • Cheating
  • Encouraging Academic Dishonesty
  • Fabrication
  • Plagiarism

Note to Northeastern Faculty: Only Northeastern faculty may report academic misconduct. Faculty and the SRR Office 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 (DOS) Office for an academic misconduct process facilitated by the DOS Office  
  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, the DOS Office 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 DOS 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 DOS Office is to educate students and provide resources to avoid the negative impact academic misconduct may have on their Northeastern education.  


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. Access the non-academic misconduct 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 submitted the Non-Academic Misconduct Reporting form to the DOS Office. The DOS Office is solely responsible for facilitating the non-academic misconduct process. 

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