7.1 Introduction Students are encouraged to think and act for themselves, as that is the purpose of higher education. However, they must also understand that the University has non-negotiable values in which it believes strongly. These values include integrity, respect, diligence, excellence, inclusiveness and diversity. The purpose of the Code of Student Conduct is to communicate these values to the University community, and promote an environment conducive to student success and engagement. The Office of Student Conduct administers and helps enforce the policies of the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The primary focus is on helping students learn from the consequences of their actions and become a positive influence within the UAH community and beyond. Every student and student organization at the University shall be required to act lawfully and in such a way as not to affect adversely the educational processes of the University or the rights of members of the University community and others. Violation of this general standard of behavior shall be considered misconduct under this Code. Conduct off-campus as well as that taking place on University property is fully within the scope of this Code. The types of misconduct set forth below specifically prohibited, and individuals or student organizations found responsible for any such misconduct by the procedures set forth in this Code shall be subject to a University sanction. If a student breaks a law that also violates the University standards of conduct, that student may be held accountable by both civil authorities and the University. The University may, at its sole discretion, elect to pursue disciplinary action against the student prior to, at the same time as, or following criminal proceedings, even if criminal charges involving the same incident are pending, have been dismissed, or were reduced. The standard of evidence used to determine responsibility is a “preponderance” of evidence. This determination is based on the greater weight of the evidence and does not require a standard beyond a reasonable doubt. In certain situations, students may also be referred to the Behavior Evaluation and Threat Assessment team (BETA). Interventions by BETA will not circumvent the Student Code of Conduct process and may occur concurrently.