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As an institution of higher learning and a community of persons with a special purpose, Bloomsburg University accepts its obligation to provide its members with an atmosphere which protects and promotes its educational mission and that guarantees its orderly and effective operation.

To accomplish these goals, the University must require certain standards of conduct, both on and off campus, which are then expressed through the Student Code of Conduct and conduct process. In addition, Bloomsburg University students aspire to follow and promote integrity, community, social justice, respect, and responsibility.

  • Integrity - Huskies exemplify honesty, honor, and respect for the truth in all of their actions.
  • Community - Huskies build and enhance their community; understand and appreciate how decisions and actions affect others and are just and equitable in the treatment of all members of the community.
  • Social Justice - Huskies respect the dignity of every person and act to discourage and challenge those whose actions may be harmful to or diminish the worth of others.
  • Respect - Huskies show positive regard for each other and for the community.
  • Responsibility - Huskies accept responsibility for learning, personal behavior, and future success, and appropriately challenge others to do the same. Huskies use good judgment, are trustworthy, and take personal responsibility for actions.

General Help

When students face challenges and obstacles that may prevent them from their academic pursuits, the Office of the Dean of Students can help! When unexpected life events occur and you are in need of some assistance, support, someone to talk to, or just someone to listen, contact Office of the Dean of Students. The office assists students with a wide range of situations, issues, or concerns that may have the potential to adversely affect their academic success or holistic growth as a student at BU.

Student Code of Conduct

Bloomsburg University is committed to providing a sound educational environment for intellectual pursuits. In addition, the University is engaged in developing socially responsible citizens, ensuring the welfare and freedom of all members of the University community, and protecting individual rights. Students at Bloomsburg University are expected to abide by the rules and regulations of the University as well as international, federal, state, and local laws and ordinances. Additionally the rules and regulations of other institutions will also be applied when students are engaged in academic pursuits at those institutions. The Student Code of Conduct identifies those actions which constitute unacceptable behavior for students and student organizations of the University.

Download the Student Code of Conduct

Additional Policies, Procedures and Guidelines

To view all officially sanctioned policies of Bloomsburg University visit the Policies, Procedures and Guidelines section.

Hazing at Bloomsburg University is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. Hazing ruins people’s lives, brutalizes everyone involved, and jeopardizes the very existence of campus groups and organizations.

Hazing is defined by any action or situation created, whether on or off campus, that results in mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, fright, humiliation, or ridicule.

To report incidents of hazing to the university, use the Online Reporting Form. You can remain anonymous by submitting the form in an incognito web browser. You can also call the Hazing Hotline at 1-866-755-4293.

Once a report has been submitted, the student(s) or student organization(s) will be contacted by a staff member, and you and any witness(es) listed may be asked to meet with a staff member to provide additional information. 

While you may choose to submit a report anonymously, please understand that doing so may impact the University's ability to follow-up if limited information is available. (Sexual Misconduct reports may remain anonymous). If you have already made a report on this webpage before, your Husky login credentials may be automatically saved. Therefore, to make your report anonymous, please open a new browser in incognito mode for your report submission.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 570-389-4734. 

More information on hazing:

In accordance with Bloomsburg University's mission of being an inclusive comprehensive public university that prepares students for personal and professional success in an increasingly complex global environment, the university is issuing a preferred name policy.

Bloomsburg University is committed to creating and maintaining a campus environment where safety, health, and well-being are priorities for all. Sexual misconduct includes a range of acts that are perpetrated against an individual without consent or when an individual is unable to freely give consent. The University will not tolerate any form of sexual misconduct. All forms of sexual misconduct are serious offenses with serious consequences that violate the Student Code of Conduct and conduct process.

Sexual misconduct complaints against students may be processed by the Office of the Dean of Students via the Student Code of Conduct and conduct process.

Sexual misconduct complaints against employees and third parties will be processed by the Title IX Coordinator via the Harassment and Discrimination Policy.

Student Assistance

Bloomsburg University has many different resources for students.

The Office of the Dean of Students provides assistance and support to students who miss class for extended periods due to illness, personal or family emergencies, or other crisis which limits their ability to communicate for themselves. If possible, we advise the student to begin by reaching out to their professors and advisors directly for guidance related to any missed work during the absence. The Office of the Dean of Students is also available to discuss options, connect to resources, and assist students as they navigate their return to campus. More information regarding absences can be found here.

The CARE Team convenes when students of concern are referred by members of the university community who either observes, interacts or is made aware of a student who has shown significant changes in behavior and/or attitude, who is having a difficult time adjusting to college life, adapting to the changes they are experiencing, struggling with mental health or stability issues, in distress as a result of a personal crisis, or has made references to harm oneself or attempted to harm themselves. The CARE Team reviews all available information regarding the student of concern in a proactive manner to provide students with appropriate intervention and resources and assist the student in the development of a plan for wellness.

Our CARE Team is comprised of various individuals from the University working collaboratively to provide students with assistance and support services. The team consists of:

  • Dean of Students, Team Leader
  • Director of Residence Education and Student Engagement
  • Associate Director of Athletics
  • Counselor, Center for Counseling and Human Development
  • Nurse Supervisor, Student Health Center
  • Assistant Dean of Students
  • Assistant Director of University Police
  • Faculty Member

Referrals to the CARE Team are made to the Office of the Dean of Students at 570-389-4734.

  • For concerns that you feel are urgent and need immediate attention, contact the University Police at 570-389-2211 or call 911.
  • For campus, counseling services our Center for Counseling and Human Development is located at 240 Student Services Center 570-389-4255.

Bloomsburg University's Center for Counseling and Human Development helps students develop human relations skills and personal growth. Typical counseling concerns may include study skills, depression, relationship issues, stress management, assertiveness and effective communications, racism, sexism, and homophobia, human sexuality, anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, survivors of rape, incest and sexual assault, depression, ACOA and family issues, self-esteem.

Bloomsburg University can provide students who are experiencing financial hardships with food assistance. Students who do not have the resources or means to obtain food for meals may utilize the Food Assistance website for more information and instruction on receiving these services.

Healthy Husky is Bloomsburg University's Health and Wellness initiative that provides programs, services, and events that educate and motivate students to adopt healthy behaviors. The Healthy Husky initiative supports the well-rounded health of BU students via the collaboration of services provided by Bloomsburg University’s Student Health Center, Center for Counseling & Human Development, the Health and Wellness Educator, AOD (Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention and Intervention Services), and Husky PAWS (Peer Assisted Wellness Services). For more information, visit the Healthy Husky website.

A lawyer is on campus each semester for two hour sessions to discuss student legal concerns. Contact the Community Activities Office at 570-389-4462 for more information about specific dates, times and location. This service is provided by the Community Government Association.

Information regarding our University's Annual Security Report along with Personal Property Insurance, a welcome letter from the Town of Bloomsburg and information from our University Police Department can all be found online. If you have any questions regarding any of the information, please feel free to contact us at the Office of the Dean of Students, 570-389-4734 or our University Police Department, 570-389-2211 or 570-389-4168. Additionally, if you would prefer any of this information in document copy form, just let us know and we will mail it to you.

The Office of the Dean of Students is here to assist all students in their journey towards mental wellness. Whether you need assistance finding resources, navigating the resources you are currently utilizing, or need support during a mental health crisis; the Office of the Dean of Students is one of the many campus resources available to assist you. Here is a quick reference guide for ways we are able to support students should you or someone you know need help.

In order to provide students with opportunities to express and share concerns, file complaints or lodge grievances, we provide a listing of available student resources regarding methods for reporting purposes.

Personal Development Workshops

In order to help students become more positive members of the community, and develop character and life skills, the Office of the Dean of Students requires most students who are responsible of violating a policy in the Student Code of Conduct to complete Personal Development Workshops. Some students are required to complete specific workshops in the list. Please refer to the discipline letter that you received for your requirements.

What happens if I violate the University Student Code of Conduct regarding Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) use?

Any student who violates the Bloomsburg University AOD policy is required to participate in an Intervention, which is based on their violation:

  1. Alcohol Workshop (2 hours) and one Individual Follow Up Session (50 min).
  2. Cannabis and Other Drug Workshop (2 hours) and Individual Follow Up Session (50 min)

Workshops are interactive and focus on cognizance and reflection of alcohol/cannabis/other drug consumption and its significances.

An alternative to the workshop is attending BASICS or CASICS, which consists of three individual sessions, including Assessment, with the director of AOD Services. It is recommended for students in the High-Risk category (high level of BAC, repeated AOD violations, endangerment to self and others, etc.)

BASICS stands for Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students.CASICS stands for Cannabis Screening and Intervention for College Students. Based on the need of the students, additional sessions might be recommended.

The goal of these programs is to reduce risky behaviors and harmful consequences of AOD abuse.

Alcohol, Cannabis/other Drug Workshops BASICS and CASICS explore drinking and other substance use habits and its impact on different aspects of a student’s life. It allows for personalized feedback regarding the need to use mind-altering substances.

Some students voluntarily participate in these programs due to an interest in examining their own drinking behaviors or learning strategies for moderating Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) consumption and reducing harmful consequences. At the conclusion of these session, goals are selected.

There is a $20 charge for all students who are mandated to attend the workshops, BASICS or CASICS. No charge for students who participate of their own accord.

Cannabis - What's the Big Deal? – a 2 hour group session for students who are suspected to have some connection with cannabis use: smell in the room or on clothing, altered sensation, etc.

Contact Margarete Hahn at aod@bloomu.edu to schedule the workshop and one individual session or three individual BASICS/CASICS sessions.

AOD Fall 2021 Schedule

Service work is an important component of Bloomsburg University’s relationship with our larger town community. From the annual Breast Cancer Walk to the Big Event, Huskies are great at lending a help hand and raising awareness about topics that affect our communities, large and small.

Not only does service work improve our campus and town, it helps us grow our individual perspectives and experiences, and makes a great addition to any resume. We encourage students to choose projects that excite them, or that they would like to learn more about.

Mandated community service hours must be completed either on campus or in the Bloomsburg Town Community.

Additional Community Service Details

You may satisfy a Personal Development Workshop by attending any program, presentation, and/or workshop sponsored by the Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Affairs (International Education Services, Military and Veterans Resources, Cultural Affairs and Support Services, the Multicultural Center, LGBTQA Resource Center, and the Women’s Resource Center). If you choose to attend one of these programs, presentations, and/or workshops for one of your Personal Development Workshops, you must complete this reflection paper.

Workshops are meant to help students develop essential life skills, such as good relationships with their neighbors, healthy sleep habits, and essential organization and study skills. The Office of the Dean of Students offers these programs each semester.

The sanctioned items below may be specifically assigned by a staff member in the Office of the Dean of Students, and they are applicable ONLY to those students who are mandated to complete them. All others may NOT use these to complete Personal Development Workshops.

  • Core Values Workshop
  • Alcohol Webquest
  • Fire Safety Workshop
  • Choices and Decision Making
    • Choices and Decision Making is a group workshop. Students participating in this program must come prepared to interact. The overall purpose is to help students define and evaluate their values and ethics and understand the decision making process. This program is offered several times throughout each semester. Since space is limited, students are required to call and schedule themselves for the day they would like to participate. To register for this workshop, please call the Office of the Dean of Students at 570-389-4734.

Faculty and Staff Resources

The updated Academic Integrity Policy (PRP 3512) form includes all of the options regarding an academic integrity violation. Please contact our office if you have any questions.

The CARE Team convenes when students of concern are referred by members of the university community who either observes, interacts or is made aware of a student who has shown significant changes in behavior and/or attitude, who is having a difficult time adjusting to college life, adapting to the changes they are experiencing, struggling with mental health or stability issues, in distress as a result of a personal crisis, or has made references to harm oneself or attempted to harm themselves. The CARE Team reviews all available information regarding the student of concern in a proactive manner to provide students with appropriate intervention and resources and assist the student in the development of a plan for wellness.

Our CARE Team is comprised of various individuals from the University working collaboratively to provide students with assistance and support services. The team consists of:

  • Dean of Students, Team Leader
  • Director of Residence Education and Student Engagement
  • Associate Director of Athletics
  • Counselor, Center for Counseling and Human Development
  • Nurse Supervisor, Student Health Center
  • Assistant Dean of Students
  • Assistant Director of University Police
  • Faculty Member

Referrals to the CARE Team are made to the Office of the Dean of Students at 570-389-4734.

  • For concerns that you feel are urgent and need immediate attention, contact the University Police at 570-389-2211 or call 911.
  • For campus, counseling services our Center for Counseling and Human Development is located at 240 Student Services Center 570-389-4255.

A formal hearing is facilitated by a formal hearing chairperson and is held in front of a board made up of a three-member combination of Bloomsburg University students, faculty, or staff, selected by the Dean of Students or designee (students are not on sexual misconduct boards). Formal hearing boards convene to review complaints against students or organizations for alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct, discuss whether or not a student or organization is responsible, and determines sanctions, where applicable. The chairperson of the formal hearing forwards the board’s recommendation to the Dean of Students for final review.

Learn more about the Formal Hearing Process

You are not mandated to report mental health concerns. However, you may not want to take on the role of the main support network or that level of liability for a student. So, you can encourage a student to seek out other appropriate resources. Here is a quick reference guide for how to manage a situation with a student of concern.

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Ben Staub

  • Assistant Director of Residential Education & Student Conduct