Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

Murray State College is an institution that encourages the intellectual and personal growth of its students as scholars and citizens. As an educational institution, the college recognizes that the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, and the development of individuals require the free exchange of ideas, self-expression, and the challenging of beliefs and customs.

To best maintain an environment where these goals can be achieved safely and equitably, the college promotes civility, respect, and integrity among all members of the community. The college strives to guide the educational community by establishing a Student Code of Conduct with policies and procedures that promote individual and social responsibility. Choosing to join the Murray State College community obligates each member to a code of conduct. Individuals and recognized student organizations are expected to observe the policies, rules, and regulations of Murray State College, local, state, and federal laws. College policies have been designed to protect individuals and the campus community and create an environment conducive to achieving the academic mission of the institution.

The purposes of the Student Code of Conduct and associated policies and procedures are to set forth the specific authority and responsibility of the college community toward maintaining an environment conducive to learning and in keeping with the educational objectives of Murray State College. The Student Code of Conduct has established procedures for ensuring fundamental fairness and an educational experience that facilitates the development of the individual and of the recognized student organization.

Murray State College has regulations reflecting the values to which the College is committed and which are designed to help ensure order in the College community.  Students enrolled at MSC are expected to conform to the ordinary rules of polite society, to be truthful, to respect the rights of others, and to have regard for the preservation of state property, as well as the private property of others.  This judicial system has been established to deal with students who are accused of violating College policies and is comprised of students and College employees.  Members of this system are committed to conducting fair hearings and following due process, as well as being concerned with both the education and personal development of individual students and upholding the values to which MSC is committed.

A student disciplinary case is not considered a case for criminal law, nor is a disciplinary hearing considered to be a courtroom procedure.  The procedures used at MSC concerning disciplinary action are directed toward assurance of a fair judgment for the student through complete case information, opportunity to be heard, opportunity for friendly counsel, and such safeguards of rights as may be easily understood by educators, laymen, and students who have mutual confidence in one another.

Scope of Regulations:

  1. All students who are enrolled in the College are subject to the rules and regulations of the institution.
  2. The Executive Director for Student Affairs is responsible for initial investigations concerning any allegations of violations of College disciplinary regulations by any student or group of students.  Based upon the findings of the investigation, the Director may impose a combination of the penalties cited in these disciplinary regulations
  3. The College reserves the right to change and/or add to the policies, procedures, and programs described in the Student Handbook and will make reasonable efforts to inform students of such changes and/or additions as they become necessary.


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