Student Accountability and Conflict Response
Welcome to the Office of Student Accountability and Conflict Response. The office supports the University's mission by promoting a just, safe, orderly, and supportive university living and learning environment. Creating a community in which students’ actions reflect the Penn State values is of utmost importance. The office upholds and enforces behavioral standards, administers conduct processes, provides system-wide staff training and educates students through mediation, leadership development, conduct sanctions and other educational intervention efforts.
The Office of Student Accountability and Conflict Response is dedicated to supporting students by maintaining a conduct process that is educational, equitable, expeditious and just. We foster students' learning and growth by administering a process that teaches responsibility by holding students accountable for their behavior, encourages the expression of diverse views and opinions, and validates healthy choices and the concepts of individual and community respect.
Through programs and services, we strive to help students mature and become contributing citizens within Penn State and the local communities. We help to create a University culture that is self-disciplined, where civility is embraced and the community norms and actions validate the essential values of Penn State:
- Personal and academic integrity
- Respect for the dignity of all persons and a willingness to learn from the differences in people, ideas, and opinions
- Respect for the rights, property, and safety of others
- Concern for others and their feelings and their need for conditions that support an environment where they can work, grow, and succeed at Penn State
To report any incident that you believe may be a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, contact the Office of Student Accountability and Conflict Response. If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual violence, hazing and/or other forms of harassment, please visit the Office of Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response website. For information on resources for reporting wrongdoing, including to report bias incidents, please visit the Resources for Reporting Wrongdoing website. If this is an emergency, please contact University Police at 814-863-1111 or call 911.
You may report an incident for any student at Penn State. When a report is received, the Office of Student Accountability and Conflict Response will evaluate the report and determine student status. The Office of Student Accountability and Conflict Response may be in touch with the impacted party to describe next steps and/or to clarify or gather more information. Following that, the Office of Student Accountability and Conflict Response will schedule a time to meet with the respondent; the formal or informal conduct process begins at that point. For incidents involving the Commonwealth Campuses, the Office of Student Accountability and Conflict Response will connect with the campus' Student Conduct designee(s) if necessary for further evaluation and potential management of the case.
To submit a report to the Office of Student Accountability and Conflict Response, please click the following link: