Student Conduct & Ethics

A message for students from Student Conduct and Ethics:

We know that the COVID-19 response is causing significant change and uncertainty for our community. This is an unprecedented event, and Student Conduct & Ethics is committed to continued engagement and support for student inquiries, incident reporting, and issue resolution as we work remotely. We will be updating this page with additional information and resources as the process unfolds and want to share the following at this time.

  • The offices in Mattin Center are closed and staff are working remotely.
  • Depending on the case, communication will be sent to students with pending conduct cases to discuss video-conference administrative hearing options.
  • If you have questions or concerns, please contact or the hearing officer in which you received your original communication.
  • Connect with us: / 410-516-8208

The Office of the Dean of Student Life’s Student Conduct and Ethics area oversees all student misconduct violations of the Student Conduct Code and the Ethics Board for undergraduate students for the Homewood campus and all non-academic violations for graduate students.

The essential aim is to promote good citizenship among students, reduce harm, and encourage community responsibility. The Student Conduct area promotes individual responsibility and accountability while ensuring the rules and regulations on campus comply with standards for fundamental fairness. When students make choices that are counter to the university’s mission within the university community, the goal is to provide clear consequences for unacceptable behavior and foster responsible decision-making skills among students. Student Conduct seeks to provide opportunities for students to learn from errors in judgment rather than merely punishment. Sanctions are developmental in nature while seeking to challenge students to consider consequences of their behavior as well as the effect on others in the university community. Developmental sanctioning does not eliminate the necessity for severe punishment when warranted. Educational and Administrative sanctions are designed to promote civic responsibility, character development, and ethical reasoning.

Student Conduct is guided by the following principles when seeking to resolve individual and group misconduct:

Transparency; students will have a clear sense of policies, procedures, and expectations.

Learning-centered; students will develop a keen awareness of how to apply what they have learned in other areas of their personal and professional lives.

Values-based; students will reflect on their values and determine if they acted in a manner that is counter to the values they espouse and live by.

Progressive; sanctions are uniquely tailored to support student areas of more development and strength.

Students, staff, and faculty share in this responsibility to ensure responsible decision making in and out of the classroom. All members of the university community are committed to developing the whole student within the Johns Hopkins community.

Dana Broadnax, Director of Student Conduct


For general questions regarding Student Conduct please contact