Know Your Rights & Responsibilities: Review the Code of Student Conduct

Posted: September 21, 2023

By: Dean of Students

Dear Redhawks:

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Seattle University for the 2023-24 academic year. As we begin the new academic year, I write to remind you about your responsibilities related to the Redhawk Commitment and Code of Student Conduct, which is available as a PDF on the Office of the Dean of Students website. The Redhawk Commitment and Code of Student Conduct contain standards that have been established to assist in building an inclusive learning community where we prioritize safety, respect, consideration, dignity, and care for one another. In addition to important policies to which all students are accountable, the Code also outlines the Integrity Formation process, which is the University’s process for resolving alleged violations of the Code. 

Please carefully review the information in the Code of Student Conduct, as it is your responsibility to be familiar with all of the University’s standards of conduct and the Integrity Formation process. 

Notice:  Anti-Hazing Policy

Consistent with Washington State law, Seattle University strictly prohibits hazing in all forms. Hazing includes any act committed as part of a person’s recruitment, initiation, pledging, admission into, or affiliation with a student organization, athletic team, or living group, or any pastime or amusement engaged in with respect to such an organization, athletic team, or living group that causes, or is likely to cause, bodily danger or physical harm, or serious psychological or emotional harm, to any student or other person attending a public or private institution of higher education or other postsecondary educational institution, including causing, directing, coercing, or forcing a person to consume any food, liquid, alcohol, drug, or other substance which subjects the person to risk of such harm, regardless of the person's willingness to participate. More information about the university’s anti-hazing policy, including our training and prevention efforts, is available here: 

Additional University Policies

In addition to the policies found in the Code of Student Conduct, the Office of the Dean of Students website lists several additional policies that apply to all Seattle University students.  These policies include the Sexual Misconduct Policy, Sexual Harassment Policy, and other university policies that are important for you to know about. Please take a moment to visit the Office of the Dean of Students website to review these important policies.

Resident Handbook

Residential students should also read the Resident Handbook, as it contains additional policies, information, and resources specific to living in University-sponsored housing. 

Updates to the Code of Student Conduct for 2023-24

The Code of Student Conduct is updated from time-to-time to ensure its alignment with best practices as well as legal and regulatory requirements.  Learn more about the process we use for modifying the Code and review this year’s changes by visiting the Recent Code Updates page.

Thank you for your commitment to upholding and role modeling these expectations. If you have any questions about this information, please visit our website at, call (206) 296-6060, or email

We look forward to supporting your journey at Seattle University. 


James Willette, Ph.D.
Associate Provost & Dean of Students