Mercyhurst University, as a community of learning dedicated to the lifelong development of the whole person, is where students gather knowledge, insights, skills, and vision necessary to attain fulfillment of the goals they have set for themselves. It is within this community that every member of the University is encouraged and aided to meet the standards set by the University. These standards establish a base upon which the student builds a quality of life reflecting good citizenship, vigilance, and concern for the less fortunate. It is from these ideals that we have developed the conduct code at Mercyhurst University. Excessive regulation, tedious debate, and contentious challenges are not the aim of this conduct code. The focus of the conduct code is personal responsibility, good judgment, responsible stewardship, and concern for an improved quality of life for the whole community. Conduct violations are typically adjudicated by a professional staff member in the Residence Life and Student Conduct department. All decisions may be reviewed through an appeal process.