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Our Conduct Policies

California State University - Executive Order 1098

Title 5, Article 2, Section 41301 governs student conduct standards at all California State University campuses, including Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo. The full text of the standards are available here

To comply with these standards, we suggest practicing smart decision-making in all of your activities both on- and off-campus while enrolled as a student at Cal Poly. We promote learn by doing in a safe, productive campus environment. 

Policies on the Rights and Responsibilities of Individuals

Cal Poly is committed to creating and maintaining an intellectual community designed to promote educational goals. In this community, students are entitled to a classroom environment where they have the academic freedom to express their ideas and opinions freely, to learn from competent and professional faculty, and to build critical thinking and reasoning skills. Please find the policy here.

Campus Security Information

Cal Poly is committed to providing a safe living and learning environment that fosters a sense of comfort and community during any emergency situation. Learn more here.

Examples of Student Misconduct

We want to ensure that you know what you can and cannot do under the California State standards, so we have compiled a list of basic examples of student misconduct, below. 

  • Alcohol use, possession, or distribution on campus
  • Club and Organization Handbook
  • Controlled substance or illegal drug use, possession, or distribution
  • Violence (or threat of violence) and stalking
  • Sexual assault, including rape
  • Possession, use, or distribution of weapons
  • Forgery, misuse of identification, or providing false information to a University affiliate or community partner
  • Misuse of or unauthorized entry into University property
  • Vandalism
  • Violation of Cal Poly Computer use policies (facilities, resources, or e-mail)
  • Academic dishonesty (e.g., plagiarism or cheating)
  • Obstruction or disruption of University activities (e.g., teaching, research, or administration)
  • Hazing

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