By becoming a member of the Bowling Green State University, a student agrees to adhere to the Code of Student Conduct. Students acting as individuals or as members of Student Organizations are expected to follow all applicable Laws and Policies. University policies and regulations have been designed to promote the safety of people and the campus community, to create an environment conducive to learning, and to achieve the mission of the institution.

Promoting justice, fairness, student development and success through care, education and the enforcement of student rights and responsibilities.

The Bowling Green State University Student Conduct Program within the Office of the Dean of Students supports the University’s mission of preparing students for lives of engaged citizenship and leadership in a global society through advocacy, education and accountability.  Grounded in a student-centered approach, the Student Conduct Program encourages the holistic development of students through teaching while fostering a safe and inclusive campus community.


  1. To ensure fairness and justice through adjudication of student conduct in consideration of due process, federal and state laws and regulations, and campus policies and procedures.
  2. To create sanctions that address student behavior while teaching students responsible citizenship skills.
  3. To promote student success through proactive education that addresses student behavior within the community.
  4. To contribute to the campus community through student advocacy, engagement and care.
  5. Actively facilitate student development by helping students understand responsibility and decision-making.
  6. To proactively work with students by connecting current behavior to future career and life implications.

Prior Conduct Information
Students and alumni who are applying to academic institutions or for employment which requires a disclosure of prior conduct information are encouraged to answer the question that was asked truthfully for that individual’s circumstances. As different institutions and employers phrase their questions differently, there is not one set answer that our staff can provide regarding completing your form accurately other than the previous statement.

The Office of the Dean of Students does not release prior conduct information over the phone. If you are unsure of your prior conduct history, please contact our office emailing your inquiry to, calling us at 419-372-2843, or stopping by 303 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Any document requiring academic and conduct verification can be dropped off or mailed to the Office of Registration and Records located in the Administration Building.

Office of Registration and Records
1851 North Research Drive
Bowling Green, OH 43403

Any document requiring conduct verification only can be dropped off or mailed directly to the Office of the Dean of Students located in 303 University Hall.

Office of the Dean of Students
303 University Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403

Please make sure you have:

  • Signed and dated your certification(s).
  • Enclosed a stamped and addressed envelope for each certification for mail.
  • Left a phone number so that we may call and let you know your document has completed and ready for you to pick up from the Office of the Dean of Students.
  • Left a fax number for the institution requesting the certification. If the institution requesting the certification accepts faxes, you may indicate that on the form and we will fax the completed certification.
  • Taken any document requiring a character evaluation to a professor, TA, or Dean of your College and ask them to fill out the evaluation portion of the document only.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is a federal law that prohibits educational institutions from releasing information about a student’s educational record to third parties, including parents, without the consent of the student. Records related to student conduct or student discipline are classified as “educational records”. Some exceptions in the law do exist. Students are generally notified when parents will be contacted.

Bowling Green State University reserves the right to notify the parents/guardians of dependent student regarding any conduct situation, particularly alcohol or other drug violations. The University may also notify parents/guardians of non-dependent students who are under the age of 21 of alcohol or other drug violations. Parental notification may also be utilized discretionarily by administrators when permitted by FERPA or the consent of the student.

If a student wants a staff member in the Office of the Dean of Students staff to be able to discuss their student conduct or discipline records with a parent or parents, the student can send the Office of the Dean of Students a written statement granting such permission.

Student Rights
One of the concerns of Bowling Green State University is to provide each student with the opportunity to learn. Therefore, some personal freedoms and rights of students include, but are not limited to:

  1. Freedom of inquiry, speech and assembly.
  2. Freedom from threats.
  3. Freedom from acts of violence.
  4. Freedom from unfair or obscene treatment from others.
  5. Freedom from interference from others in an unreasonable and unauthorized manner while in class, activities and public events.
  6. Freedom from theft and willful destruction of personal property.
  7. Right to study and to learn in an atmosphere of academic freedom.
  8. Right to procedural due process in University conduct action.
  9. Right to be governed by justifiable academic regulations.
  10. Right to be informed of the regulations for academic and social conduct, and graduation requirements of the University.
  11. Right to petition for redress of grievances, academic and nonacademic.
  12. Right to be informed in writing of alleged violations of the Code of Student Conduct.

Student Responsibilities
Each student has the responsibility:

  1. To respect the rights and property of others.
  2. To be fully acquainted and comply with the published rules and regulations of the University.
  3. To comply with all local, state and federal laws
  4. To recognize that student actions reflect upon the individuals involved as well as upon the entire University community.
  5. To recognize the University’s obligation to provide an environment conducive for learning and academic inquiry.
  6. To adhere to the academic requirements determined by individual instructors.

Updated: 08/30/2023 01:55PM