Student Conduct

The University of North Carolina Asheville is North Carolina’s designated public liberal arts and sciences university and one of the 17 excellent, diverse, and accessible institutions of the UNC System. UNC Asheville’s relationship-driven education prepares students for lives of leadership and service with an emphasis on critical thinking, clear and thoughtful expression, applied research, community engagement, free and open inquiry, and undergraduate and graduate programs that address the most pressing issues of our time. Through small class sizes, close collaboration, and high-impact experiences, we are preparing the next generation of leaders and productive citizens to serve North Carolina and the nation.

In honor of its rich liberal arts tradition, UNC Asheville takes pride in our commitment to learning, creativity, diversity, engaged citizenship, equity, trust, and integrity. All students, as integral members of the UNC Asheville community, are responsible for conducting themselves in a manner which enhances an environment in which the rights, dignity, and freedom of each member of the academic community are respected and valued. To that end, responsible citizenship includes an expectation that members actively participate in behavior that upholds the values and mission of UNC Asheville.  As such, each member of the University community is expected to adhere to the following principles:

  • Commitment to Creativity and Learning: We will protect and promote academic freedom as the heart of the intellectual and learning process and the University’s academic mission. We will engage in the learning process with respect and integrity for authentic learning, teaching, and research.
  • Commitment to Individual Integrity and Engaged Citizenship: Our personal integrity is reflected in responsible actions and the willingness to offer support, referral, or direction to others whose actions may be harmful to themselves, others, or the community with truthfulness and care. We will not engage in behavior that endangers safety, academic well-being, privacy, personal welfare, or professional obligations of ourselves or others.
  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Trust: We are community co-creators who value the individual growth of all members through mutual respect and understanding. The University values and encourages a socially responsible community in which individual freedoms can be practiced without threatening the privileges or freedoms of other individuals or groups. The University is committed to open, honest, and equitable engagement.