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Mission, Philosophy, Goals

Mission Statement

The Florida State University Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (SRR) mission is to facilitate student learning and development regarding community standards by balancing individual and community rights. SRR supports a safe and inclusive environment that enhances academic pursuits and student success. Institutional core values of the Seminole Creed and Responsible Freedom guide our conduct and inform policy and decisions.

Florida State University Civility Statement: Uphold the Garnet & Gold

Respect, Responsibility, Reflect

  • Demonstrating respect for ourselves and others
  • Taking responsibility for yourself and those around you
  • Reflecting the values of Florida State

Florida State University is a diverse community with a longstanding tradition of respect for the dignity and worth of each person. We recognize the importance of disagreement and informed debate for a dynamic learning environment, we also expect each member of our community to embrace the values of civility and ethical conduct and share in the responsibility to promote these values. Uphold the Garnet and Gold by demonstrating respect for ourselves and others, taking responsibility for yourself and those around you, and reflecting the values of Florida State.


The goals of SRR include:

  • developing, informing, and enforcing campus policies and procedures as it relates to student conduct
  • protecting the rights of students and individuals in the community
  • providing fundamental fairness and objective review of student behavior
  • promoting and encouraging student involvement in and respect for campus governance through student conduct boards
  • fostering learning opportunities through student conduct procedures and educational sanctions
  • creating a respectful atmosphere which encourages open communication of values and ethical behavior
  • initiating educational programs that strive to minimize conduct policy violations

Philosophy of Discipline

A humanistic approach to discipline is used whenever possible. The University Student Conduct system and appeals processes are designed to provide and help maintain an atmosphere within the University community that is conducive to academic pursuits. Serious disciplinary action against a student, such as separation, is considered and invoked only when other options fail to meet the needs of the University’s mission.

Learning Outcomes

As part of its continuing mission to promote a guiding ethical norm through responsible behavior and The Seminole Creed, the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities has identified intended learning outcomes of the student conduct process. Throughout the process, charged students will obtain these learning outcomes during their interactions with staff and students and through the use of facilitated learning experiences.
During the hearing, the hearing body will identify which learning outcome(s) are most appropriate for a student to gain from the conduct process. After identifying the learning outcome(s), the hearing body will communicate the intended learning outcomes through the decision letter.

Sanctions are viewed as a facilitated learning process to help provide tools and resources to students, so students are equipped to make better decisions in the future. With the help of the learning assessment tools, our goal is to provide an operational assessment of learning attained for students as they interact with our office.

Listed below are the learning outcomes for Florida State University’s student conduct process.

Learning Outcomes

The Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities seeks to facilitate learning for students who are involved in the student conduct process at Florida State University. As such, the office has adopted three learning outcomes:

  • Cause: The charged student will identify and evaluate the violation(s) and the personal/external factors that motivated his/her/hir decision making in the moment of the violation(s).
  • Effect: The charged student will identify and evaluate the effect (or potential effect) of his/her/hir decision making in the moment of the violation.
  • Application: The charged student will identify and evaluate the action(s) that he/she/ze needs to take to minimize the likelihood of making similar decisions in the future.