Committees

Guiding the Princeton Community

The primary purposes of regulations and discipline in a university are to protect the well-being of the community and to advance its educational mission by defining and establishing certain norms of behavior. At Princeton, disciplinary proceedings have a role that is subordinate to positive guidance, rational admonition, and reasonable appeal to members of the University to observe its stated norms.  The disciplinary system establishes procedures for a fair hearing, including advising individuals fully of the charges against them, affording them ample time to speak on their behalf, and requiring a clear explanation of their rights of appeal. 

Committee on Discipline

Violations of rules and regulations pertaining to any academic work that is not performed in class, including essays, term papers, problem sets, homework, laboratory reports and independent work, fall under the jurisdiction of the Faculty-Student Committee on Discipline. Composed of students, faculty members and administrators, the Committee on Discipline is responsible for administering the stated rules and regulations governing both academic integrity matters and serious non-academic misconduct; for assessing reported violations; and, when necessary, for assigning appropriate penalties.  For more information about the Committee, see Rights, Rules, Responsibilities and these Frequently Asked Questions.

2018-19 Faculty-Student Committee on Discipline

Dean Bryant Blount (Assistant Secretary)
Daniel Che '20
Dean Elizabeth Colagiuri (ODOC)
Dean Kathleen Deignan (Chair)
Professor Molly Greene (HIS)
Tait Helgaas '20
Professor Jessica Irving (GEO)
Professor Zachary Kincaid (COS)
Professor Federico Marcon (EAS/HIS)
Allegra Martschenko '20
Professor Anne McCauley (ART)
Jivahn Moradian '20
Virginia Murphy '21
Camille Price '19
Dean Joyce Shueh (Secretary)
Abbey Van Soest '19
Caleb South '19
Professor Jeff Thompson (ENG)
Dean Mellisa Thompson (Assistant Secretary)


Suspected violations of rules and regulations regarding in-class examinations, tests and quizzes are the concern of the Undergraduate Honor Committee.

Residential College Disciplinary Board

Normally, if a student is alleged to have committed an infraction, other than sex discrimination or sexual misconduct, for which precedents are available and for which the penalty will not interrupt the student's academic career, the matter will be resolved by the Residential College Disciplinary Board (RCDB), comprising associate deans of undergraduate students responsible for discipline and the six directors of student life. General procedures are as follows:

The student will first be asked to meet with the appropriate director of student life. All complaints will be investigated promptly. The student may read all statements, reports, or other information relevant to the allegation. The facts of the case will be discussed and the student given ample opportunity to present the student's own account of the incident in question, including a written account, witnesses, or other relevant information, or to request clarification of any relevant information submitted by other parties. The student will be notified of the specific violation the student is alleged to have committed prior to the conclusion of the investigation.

The director of student life will then bring the case, with a recommendation regarding the student's responsibility for the alleged infraction, to the RCDB. The RCDB will determine the appropriate action, up to and including disciplinary probation (including housing and/or campus service sanctions or other restrictions on access to space, resources, or activities).

Other representatives of the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students may assist in the investigation and/or resolution of minor infractions.

(Rights, Rules, Responsibilities 2.5.3)

Honor Committee

All undergraduate written examinations, tests and quizzes that take place in class are conducted under the honor code. All violations of the honor code are the concern of the Undergraduate Honor Committee.

Violations by undergraduates of rules and regulations pertaining to all other academic work, including essays, term papers, laboratory reports and independent work, fall under the jurisdiction of the Faculty-Student Committee on Discipline.

Faculty Room in Nassau Hall

Annual Discipline Reports

At the end of each academic year, information on disciplinary action involving undergraduate students during the preceding 12 months is published in the annual Discipline Report. 
View past Disciplinary Reports >

Rights, Rules, Responsibilities

Disciplinary proceedings are instituted only for violations of standards of conduct defined in advance and published, or for actions that can be reasonably deduced as violations in light of those specifically defined as such.  Regulations governing the conduct of members of the University community will be revised only after deliberations in which representatives of the appropriate groups are invited to participate (Rights, Rules, Responsibilities 1.1.1.)

The University has several adjudicative bodies responsible for the administration of stated rules and regulations governing undergraduate student conduct, for assessing reported violations, and, when necessary, for assigning appropriate penalties.  Those committees supported by ODUS are listed here.  For further information, please see Rights, Rules, Responsibilities 2.5.1.