Conduct Resources

Statement of Purpose     

The Dean of Students Office oversees programs and services that support students' education and development both inside and outside the classroom. Members of the Dean's staff guide, support, and challenge students in taking full advantage of a Gustavus education. They also provide advice, support and assistance to students and student groups and respond to inquiries from students, parents, and others about college policies and procedures.


Student: Includes all persons taking courses at the Institution, both full-time and part-time.

Organization: A number of Students who have complied with the formal requirements of Institutional recognition as provided in the Gustie Guide.

Group: A number of Students who have not complied with the formal requirements for becoming an Organization. 

Appropriate Student Conduct Authority: Any or all of the following: the Dean of Students, the Provost, the Associate Provosts, the Associate and Assistant Deans of Students, designated administrators, the College Student Conduct Board, the College Appeals Board, and the President of the College.

Hearing: An opportunity, before an Appropriate Student Conduct Authority, for the presentation by both the complainant and the respondent of information relevant to the charges being adjudicated; for questions by the complainant, the respondent, or the Appropriate Student Conduct Authority; for the presentation of witnesses and for the further presentation and review of other relevant information. 

Appeal: A written request made by either the complainant or the respondent for the review of a conduct decision.

Business Day: A day when the administrative offices of the College are open for business. 

Adviser: an individual who has agreed to assist the respondent or a complainant during a conduct hearing. The adviser can be recommended and provided by the College or a student can seek out his or her own adviser from on or off campus. The role of the adviser shall be limited to advising the respondent or complainant. The adviser may not appear in lieu of the respondent or complainant or speak on his/her behalf, nor may the adviser address the hearing board/officer. 

Dean of Students: the College's senior student affairs officer or his/her designee.

All other terms shall be interpreted by the Appropriate Student Conduct Authority. 

Rights, Responsibilities, What to Expect

Statement of Student Responsibilities

Every community has certain regulations and traditions, which each member is expected to abide by and uphold. A college community, even more than others, depends upon the integrity, self-discipline, and mature judgment of each of its members. Only in such a community of responsible citizens can an atmosphere be established which will support liberal arts education. As a community of faith and learning, a college of the church strives to meet the highest claims of truth and commitment.

By accepting admission to Gustavus Adolphus College, each Student agrees to live by the standards of this community, found in the College Catalog and the Gustavus Guide. The College reserves the right to dismiss any Student whose conduct is detrimental to its welfare or whose attitude is antagonistic to the spirit of its ideals. The Student who fails to support the standards of the College loses his or her right to continue in attendance and may forfeit fees paid, according to established refund policies.

Gustavus Students, Groups, and Organizations agree:
  1. to be honest and truthful in their dealings with other members of the Gustavus community. Dishonesty such as intentionally providing false information to the College or alteration of College documents constitutes grounds for charges within the College student conduct system.
  2. to protect the rights of self and others, and to promote the well-being of all members of the community. Misconduct such as infringement on the rights of others; actions which endanger the health or safety of others; self-imperiling behavior; hazing; racial, religious, ethnic or other forms of harassment; sexual violence (including but not limited to unwanted or forced sexual intimacy, intimate partner violence, domestic violence, and stalking); and physical assault constitutes grounds for charges within the College student conduct system. Harassment complaints are addressed according to the College’s “Policy against Harassment” outlined separately in the Gustavus Guide. Sexual misconduct complaints are addressed according to the College’s “Student Sexual Misconduct Policy” outlined separately in the Gustavus Guide.
  3. to respect College property and the property of others. Failure to respect property, such as misuse, damage, or theft, constitutes grounds for charges within the College student conduct system.
  4. to abstain from the possession and use of illegal substances and to use legal substances responsibly.
  5. to promote an orderly community life which supports teaching and learning in all its aspects. Disorderly conduct; interference with instruction, research, administration, or residential life; or continuing disruptive or inconsiderate behavior constitutes grounds for charges within the College student conduct system.
  6. to preserve the security and/or privacy of areas to which they are not permitted access. Misconduct such as unlawful entry or trespass and unauthorized use or possession of keys to College facilities constitutes grounds for charges within the College student conduct system. Refusal of a fellow Student or visitor to leave a Student’s room shall constitute trespass.
  7. to comply with rules, procedures, and policies established by the College or which the College is obligated to uphold.
  8. to comply with College officials carrying out their duties and with disciplinary measures administered by the College.
  9. to be responsible for their guests.

Who to Contact

Megan Ruble: Megan is the Assistant Dean of Students. While she is a key player in the Conduct process, she does not make decisions or sit on boards, so she is a knowledgable non-biased source. Phone: 507-933-7526;  Email:

To be determined: Joshua Hopkins is the Substance Use Educator. You can contact him about personal substance use concerns and questions, concerns for a friend or family member on use, questions on how to support a friend or family member struggling with addiction. Josh meets individually with many students who have been found responsible for an alcohol or drug violation and she teaches most of the sanction classes.  Phone: 507-933-6106; Email: