Students are expected to be good citizens and to engage in responsible behaviors consistent with community values reflected in the Student Code of Conduct, and which positively contribute to student and university life. This includes upholding all published university policies, rules, regulations, or presidential orders.

The Student Code of Conduct relates to individual student behavior in the following settings:

  • On the campuses of San Diego State University, including the San Diego, Imperial Valley, Mission Valley, and Georgia locations, and within microsite degree-completion programs, including Mesa College, San Diego City College,and Southwestern College. 
  • Online and via telephone, including email, social media, text messages, online learning platforms, video conferencing sites, etc. 
  • Off campus at university-related activities. 
  • Certain campus-adjacent locations, including Chabad House and SDSU Hillel. 
  • Surrounding neighborhoods as related to behaviors concerning alcohol and other drugs. 
  • Any location in which behavior is related, but not limited to, physical assault, sexual assault, stalking, harassment, discrimination, hazing, failing to follow directives of University officials, or behavior directed towards members of the campus community.
  • Surrounding neighborhoods, as related to noise, when SDSU students in off-campus residences have received prior directives from SDSU administrators or public safety officers to stop noise disruptions to the community and did not comply with that directive.

Student behavior that is not consistent with the Student Conduct Code is addressed through an educational process designed to promote safety and good citizenship and, when necessary, impose appropriate consequences. Sanctions can be imposed on applicants, enrolled students, students between academic terms, graduates awaiting degrees, and students who withdraw from school while a disciplinary matter is pending. The goal of this outreach is to reduce behavior that threatens the health or safety of our students, disrupts the educational process and/or negatively affects the university’s relationship with the community. It also aims to help develop citizenship as part of the university’s commitment to the education of the whole person.