The University of Reston strongly values personal and professional honor in word and deed consistently expressed and so strives to permeate all aspects of the school’s academic and student life with such excellence.

Matriculated students are consequently expected to conduct themselves according to high US societal standards of considerate and ethical behavior on or off campus so as not to discredit or harm themselves, the University as a whole, or any other individual within or outside of the University.

By enrolling in a graduate degree program at the University, all students agree to obey the school’s stated academic and non-academic regulations – and other accepted practices as well as any additional specific rules established by the University’s separate graduate schools, until such time as these may be officially changed in part or whole. Such behavioral expectations include compliance with the University of Reston’s Academic Honor Code, the details of which are provided in the Student Handbook.

The relationship between the University of Reston and each student is based on the University’s policies, procedures and practices and is non-custodial; no special relationship, such as an in loco parentis status, exists by virtue of his or her status as a student, regardless of the student’s age.

Any student violation of local, state or federal laws, whether occurring on campus or off campus, is subject to the authority of the police and the courts. University of Reston students engaged in any form of illegal activity may face additional disciplinary action by the school’s administration.

The University of Reston reserves the right to withdraw any matriculated student who fails to accept his or her responsibilities, as evidenced by inadequate scholastic achievement, or conduct that violates University rules or policies, or which are not consistent with the student’s obligations and responsibilities to their fellow community members. Such action is taken only after in-depth discussion with the student concerned and deliberation by appropriate University of Reston administrators.

Privileges Include:

Freedom from harassment

As the University of Reston provides equal educational opportunities to all its students without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status, all members of the community are entitled to pursue their education free from all forms of harassment, including physical abuse, threats or intimidation. The University prohibits discrimination on any of these bases and will promptly take steps necessary to remedy any instances of such discrimination.

Freedom of action, speech and thought

Students may express their beliefs, feelings and opinions so long as their manner of expression does not violate another community member’s rights. Specific examples of such violations include, but are not limited to, disrupting University functions and impeding access to any part of the campus along with other violations of the Code of Student Conduct. The University reserves the right to impose “reasonable regulations” as to the time and place when some activities may take place and, in certain circumstances, to require written permission before these activities may be undertaken.

Within these limits, members of the community may engage in such specific activities as demonstrating, picketing and other public expressions of beliefs, feelings or opinions, as well as other activities which are not specified here, but which are consistent with their obligations and responsibilities to their fellow community members.

In both non-academic and academic matters, the University of Reston is committed to creating and maintaining a positive and equitable campus climate facilitating the highest levels of intellectual, personal and professional growth for all students. To that end, the following section outlines the non-academic privileges and responsibilities for all members of the University of Reston student community.

Responsibilities include:

All members of the community are subject to local, state and federal laws. Specific University rules governing student life are given elsewhere in this University Catalog and also in the Student Handbook.

Additionally, members of the community have the following general responsibilities:

  • Each student, while a member of the greater university community, is ultimately responsible for his or her own actions. This means they should not only refrain from deliberately violating the privileges of other community members, but carefully consider their actions generally to ensure that they do not unintentionally violate the privileges of others. This responsibility is not diminished by: their participation in a group engaging in prohibited behaviors, the influence alcohol or drugs may have upon them, or their “acting without thinking.”
  • When encountering one or more persons whose conduct deliberately or inadvertently violates the privileges of others, University of Reston students are to remind, counsel and/or educate those persons about the unacceptable nature of their actions and the possible consequences they may face.
  • In situations where the unacceptable conduct towards others continues over time (such as in extended harassment, etc.) and/or violates public laws due to its severity (such as in physical assault, etc.), the student should immediately report the matter to the proper authorities that may include but are not limited to: University Deans or Assistant Deans, Campus Security Officer(s), and/or the Local Police Department.