Student Conduct at PSU

The mission of the Portland State University Conduct & Community Standards Program is to promote a culture of integrity and respect, as articulated in the Student Code of Conduct. The Office of Dean of Student Life administers the University's Student Code of Conduct, which provides a process for addressing student misconduct.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Conduct Information

In order to promote social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Student Conduct department within the Dean of Student Life Office is currently operating remotely. Our commitment to serving our students and the greater university community continues. We will update this information as our circumstances change. If you have additional questions after reading this page, please contact Student Conduct at conduct@pdx.edu and one of our staff members will do their best to assist you.

Is the Dean of Student Life Office still open?

Although staff may be working remotely, our work continues. Staff members are available as usual during normal business hours, but reachable only by email or by phone.

My conduct case is still open and unresolved. What will happen?

Conduct work is continuing remotely. We are conducting meetings by phone and Zoom. We appreciate your understanding as we adjust our processes to meet these ever-changing circumstances. 

I had a conduct hearing scheduled. What happens now?

We are currently conducting all conduct hearings via Zoom or phone. Check your “@pdx.edu” email address for a Zoom calendar invitation and expectations for participating in a virtual conduct hearing. If you need to schedule a phone conference, or have other concerns about a virtual conduct hearing, please contact your case manager directly.

I have a Zoom hearing scheduled, but don’t have a computer or a webcam. What do I do?

The Portland State University Library is currently checking out laptops for the duration of the spring term. Additionally, there are directions to call into your virtual conduct hearing in every Zoom calendar invite. If you would like to participate in your hearing in an alternative fashion (written statement, phone, Zoom), please let us know at conduct@pdx.edu at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled hearing time. 

I have sanctions due soon. What should I do?

We understand that other circumstance may be affecting our students’ ability to complete their sanctions on time. Your hearing officer will work with you to develop a plan to complete your sanctions. Please email your hearing officer directly or email conduct@pdx.edu to request an extension or modification of your sanctions. If you can, continue to work diligently to complete your sanctions on time.

I have a student conduct related hold on my student account. What should I do?

You should email conduct@pdx.edu directly for assistance with student conduct related holds. Please check your “@pdx.edu” email address for your original decision letter to reference sanctions that you may have outstanding. If you still need assistance, please email conduct@pdx.edu  with your full name, your student ID number, and a screenshot of your “View Holds” screen in Banweb.

I need to report an incident or make a complaint. What should I do?

As always, we ask you to submit an incident report or complaint through our online form: Student Conduct Complaint Form. You may use this form to report an incident or alleged violation of the Portland State University Student Code of Conduct. Our first concern is the safety and well-being of our students. Please be aware, these forms are not monitored outside of university business hours. If you are reporting an immediate danger to the health and safety of yourself and/or others, please call Campus Public Safety Office at (503) 725-5911 or dial 911.

I need to request my student conduct records. What should I do?

Our office can process your request virtually. We will not be able to respond to faxed or physically mailed requests or to send responses via fax or physical mail until further notice. 

If ordering by mail or e-mail, please include a letter from you which includes:

  • Your full name while attending Portland State University
  • PSU ID # and date of birth
  • Phone number and e-mail address
  • Name(s) and contact information of the institution(s) requesting the information
  • Indicate if the records should be e-mailed, mailed, faxed, or held for in-person pickup.
  • Your letter must also include the statement: "I authorize the Dean of Student Life Office and Student Conduct at Portland State University to release the information necessary to complete this records request.”

Government agencies interested in having a conduct/disciplinary check completed for security clearance should email conduct@pdx.edu

I called the main telephone number (503-725-4422), but no one answered. What should I do?

The best way to contact our office is via email at conduct@pdx.edu. While we are monitoring the main phone number, staff may not be able to answer when you call. We’ve found that students are often hesitant to leave a voicemail and instead prefer to call back frequently until a staff member is able to answer the phone. A better strategy is leaving a voicemail message with the following information: (1) your full name, (2) your student ID number, (3) a callback number, and, (4) the reason for your call.
 



Student Conduct Process

The goals of the Student Conduct Process are:

  • To promote a campus environment that supports the overall educational mission of the University;
  • To protect the University community from disruption and harm;
  • To encourage appropriate standards of individual and group behavior; and
  • To foster ethical standards and engaged citizens.

The PSU Conduct & Community Standards Program fulfills this mission by providing programs and services that:

  • Develop, disseminate, interpret, and enforce campus regulations;
  • Teach students about appropriate behavior and community membership;
  • Foster students' intellectual, ethical and cultural development;
  • Intervene and effectively address behavior that violates the Code of Conduct; and
  • Offer educational and leadership opportunities for students who participate in the conduct process.



Submit a Complaint

To submit a conduct complaint simply click on the "Student Conduct Complaint Form" link to the left. If you have supporting documentation that you would like to submit along with a complaint, please help us in our quest for sustainability by scanning documents and attaching them to the online form.

Title IX

If you have any questions about Title IX, please contact PSU’s Title IX Coordinator, Julie Caron at titleixccordinator@pdx.edu or 503-725-4410. Julie's office is located at 1600 SW 4th Ave, In the Richard and Maureen Neuberger Center RMNC - Suite 830. Title IX pertains to any form of sex/gender discrimination, discriminatory harassment, sexual harassment or sexual violence.