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Student Conduct Information - Frequently Asked Questions

What information do I need to report?

If you have ever been expelled from, suspended from, or placed on probation at any high school or college for academic dishonesty or for sexual misconduct, you must answer ‘Yes’ to that question and provide a description of the incident(s) and the outcome(s) or anticipated outcome(s).

If, either as an adult or as a juvenile, you have been found legally responsible for a sexual offense, or if you have sexual offense charges pending against you at this time, you must answer ‘Yes’ to that question and provide a description of the incident(s) and outcome(s) or anticipated outcome(s).

Why do I need to report this information?

The University of Minnesota is committed to maintaining a scholarly, educational environment characterized by safety, respect, and integrity. As part of this commitment, the University requires undergraduate applicants to supply information about their conduct.

How are responses to these questions considered?

We believe that selecting students for admission to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities requires a very careful, individual, overall assessment of each student's application materials. Each application is reviewed holistically, based on primary and secondary review factors, to determine whether a student is admissible. After the admissions committee has reviewed the application materials and determined that an applicant is academically admissible, only then does the admissions committee consider any responses regarding student conduct or sexual offense charges and convictions. More information about how those responses factor into an admission decision is in the next question.

How do these responses factor into an admission decision?

The following factors—which were developed, reviewed and approved by representatives from the following University of Minnesota departments and offices including the Office for Community Standards, the Office of the General Counsel, Housing and Residential Life, the Police Department, the Office for Student Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Education, University Counseling, and the Office for Equity and Diversity—are considered in our review of any “Yes” answer to the conduct questions. These factors are tied to the University of Minnesota’s commitment to maintaining a scholarly, educational environment characterized by safety, respect, and integrity.

  • Pattern of repeated behavior
  • Recency of conduct
  • Evidence of responsibility
  • Severity of incident or crime (serious/minor harm)
  • Nature of incident or crime (person/property; intentional/negligent/reckless; violent/nonviolent; sexual offense)
  • Age at time of offense (juvenile/adult)
  • Punishment served (fully served, probation, etc.)
  • Conditions on probation or parole (order for protection, no contact with minors, etc.)
  • Evidence of rehabilitation (work, treatment, school, community service)
  • Particular incompatibility with University program where seeking enrollment

When do you review the answers that I provided to these questions?

Answers provided to these questions are considered only if a student is first determined to be academically admissible; then, only after an applicant is determined to be otherwise academically admissible, will scholastic dishonesty issues or reported sexual offense convictions or pending charges be reviewed. If an applicant is not academically admissible, the applicant is denied admission, and the conduct information is not considered.

The description of the circumstances will be reviewed by the committee. If the description is sufficient and the circumstances around the conduct are clear, an admission decision will be made. If the description is not clear or additional information is needed for the committee to complete its review, a follow-up questionnaire is sent to the applicant. The completed and signed questionnaire is required before a complete review of the application can be made. A representative from the Office of Admissions may contact an applicant’s former institution or a background check may be performed to verify information provided by the applicant, or to obtain further information.

The student’s application for admission will be holistically reviewed by the admissions committee to determine if the student is academically admissible to the University of Minnesota.

Student conduct responses will not be considered in this review.

Learn more about our holistic review process

If it is determined that a student is academically admissible based upon our holistic review of primary and secondary review factors, the student’s conduct responses will be reviewed to determine if the potential impact on academic integrity or campus safety requires further review before a final decision is made.

If the student is not academically admissible, based upon a holistic review of primary and secondary factors, the student will receive a deny decision and the student conduct responses are not reviewed or considered.

If additional details or context are needed to make this determination, we will request the necessary information from the applicant.

Reported offenses that require further review will be considered by a campus-wide committee to determine admissibility.

View a list of the factors that will be considered in this review.

If it is determined that the reported offenses do not need additional review, the student’s application will continue with the admissions review process.

Learn more about freshman admissions decisions.

University officials will make a final admission decision based upon the committee’s review and recommendation.

Student is notified of the decision.

What if I have charges pending against me that haven’t been resolved?

We may defer a decision until after the charges have been resolved. Please contact our office to discuss your individual situation. You can reach Mr. Bill Cleveland, associate director of holistic review, at 612-625-0082 or clev0069@umn.edu.

Will student conduct incidents, sexual offenses or convictions prevent admission to the University of Minnesota?

Applicants reporting scholastic dishonesty, prior sexual offense convictions, or pending sexual offense charges, are never automatically barred from admission to the University. The case details are reviewed by a campus-wide committee, based on the factors listed above. This committee is composed of representatives from the following University departments and offices; the Office for Community Standards, the Office of the General Counsel, Housing and Residential Life, the Police Department, the Office for Student Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Education, University Counseling, and Office of Equity and Diversity, and the Office of Admissions.

In rare cases when the circumstances raise concern about academic integrity or the overall safety of the campus community, it may be determined that admission cannot be granted.

Reported offenses and incidents that require further review are referred to the campus-wide committee, which meets on an as-needed basis to review these cases. This committee carefully reviews all the application materials provided by the applicant, and will make a recommendation based on review of the factors listed above. A determination is then made by University officials as to whether admission is granted. The decision is then communicated to the student.

If I am denied admission because of conduct reasons, can I appeal the decision?

Due process is provided to any student denied admission. A student may appeal the deny decision. An appeal of a decision is a request for a different decision, on the basis of new information that was not initially included in a student’s application.

Appeals should include:

  1. New information that was not previously shared at the point of application AND
  2. Compelling information that an additional review and new decision is warranted.

Please contact us to request an Appeal Form that needs to be submitted along with the new and compelling information.

A separate, campus-wide appeals committee will review the application, supporting materials and appeal information to determine whether an appeal should be approved and admission granted. The student will be notified in writing of the decision. The appeals committee may include members from the Office for Community Standards, the Police Department, Housing and Residential Life, Student Counseling Services, the college to which the student is seeking admission, the Office of the General Counsel, the College of Continuing and Professional Studies, the Office for Equity and Diversity, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, and the Office of Admissions.

If you have questions about our process or would like assistance in completing your application responses, please contact Mr. Bill Cleveland, associate director of holistic review, at 612-625-0082 or clev0069@umn.edu. He will be pleased to assist you and answer any questions you may have.

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