Code of Conduct | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Code of Conduct

Academic Dishonesty

Submission of false records of academic achievement; cheating on assignments or examinations; altering, forging or misusing a College academic record, document or funds; taking, acquiring or using test materials without faculty permission; acting alone or in cooperation with another to falsify records to obtain grades, honors, awards or professional endorsement in a dishonest manner; plagiarizing.

  • Plagiarizing: Quoting uncited materials, visual or written; presenting the work of others as your own; using work of other MCAD students without their express permission.
  • Using the Same Work in Different Courses: Students may not submit the same work for more than one class without the knowledge and consent of all faculty.
  • Consequences for plagiarizing and double submissions may include failing the assignment or the course, or academic probation.

College Facilities and Services

Acting to obtain fraudulently-by deceit, by unauthorized procedures, by bad checks, by misrepresentation-goods, quarters, services or funds from college departments or student organizations or individuals acting on their behalf; misuse, alteration or damage of fire-fighting equipment, safety devices or other emergency equipment or interference in the performance of those specifically charged with carrying out emergency services; unauthorized entry into college-owned or leased property; wrongful use of college properties or facilities.

Disorderly Conduct on the Campus

Hazing, threats, intimidation, physical abuse or harassment which threatens or endangers the health, safety or welfare of a member of the college community; breach of the peace; physically assaulting another; fighting; obstructing or disrupting teaching, research, administrative and public service functions; obstructing or disrupting disciplinary procedures or authorized college activities; willful or negligent action; interference with election procedures; vandalism.

Disorderly Conduct Off Campus

Conduct off campus that is detrimental to the good of the college or which discredits the college. Such conduct off campus includes, but is not limited to, hosting house parties and/or student behaviors that are disruptive to the community and/or violate applicable local, state or federal law. Should an act violate both college regulations and public law, the student is subject to dual jurisdiction.

Disruption of College Events

Unauthorized entry upon the playing/performance area or the spectator areas of any contest, exhibition or other event.

Disruptive Demonstrations

Intentional participation in a campus demonstration which disrupts the normal operations of MCAD and infringes on the rights of other members of the college community; leading or inciting others to disrupt scheduled and/or normal activities of any campus building or area; intentional obstruction which unreasonably interferes with freedom of movement, both pedestrian and vehicular, on campus.

Disruptive Noise

Making noise or causing noise to be made with objects and instruments which disturbs classes, meetings, office procedures and other authorized college activities.


Willfully providing college offices or other officials with false, misleading or incomplete information; intentionally making a false report of a bomb, fire, natural disaster or other emergency to a college official or an emergency service agency; misusing, altering, forging, falsifying or transferring to another person identification issued by MCAD; forging or altering without proper authorization official college records or documents or conspiring with or inducing others to forge or alter without proper authorization official college records or documents.

Identification and Compliance

Willfully refusing to or falsely identifying one's self; willfully failing to comply with a proper order or summons when requested by an authorized MCAD official.


Possession, making or causing to be made any key to operate locks or locking mechanisms on campus without proper authorization or using or giving to another a key for which there has been no proper authorization.

MCAD Rules

Violating other MCAD, department or housing regulations which have been posted or publicized. Provisions contained in MCAD contracts with students shall be deemed "rules" under this code.

Persistent Violations

Repeated conduct or action in violation of the above code or other college regulation or repeated behavior specifically prohibited is relevant in determining an applicant's or a student's membership in the college.

Sound Amplification

Using sound amplification equipment such as a bullhorn on-campus or in a campus building without written permission of the Dean of Student Affairs or their designee, except when such use is authorized for official college purposes.

Theft and Property Damage

Theft or embezzlement, destruction, damage, vandalism, unauthorized possession or wrongful sale or gift of property belonging to the college, a member of the college community or a campus guest.

Unwarranted Restriction of Freedom of Speech

Violations of Federal, State or Local Laws of Special Relevance to the College:

When the violation of a federal, state or local law, including but not limited to those governing alcoholic beverages, drugs, gambling, sex offenses, indecent conduct or arson, occurs on-campus, the offense will also constitute an offense against the college community.

Weapons On Campus

Possession of fire arms (real or imitation), incendiary devices, explosives, fireworks, articles or substances usable as weapons or means of disruption of legitimate campus functions, activities or assemblies; or using fire arms, incendiary devices, explosives, articles or substances calculated to intimidate, disturb, discomfort or injure a member of the MCAD community, except in those instances when expressly authorized by the Dean of Student Affairs or the Director of Public Safety.


A sense of trust and security helps create an environment conducive to learning and creativity. Consequently, individuals who destroy this healthy environment by stealing will be dealt with severely. Unauthorized removal or attempted removal of student work, equipment, supplies or any college property from any college building, student room or apartment is grounds for severe punishment, including expulsion. Theft from a fellow student, staff or faculty member may also result in expulsion. Theft should be reported immediately to Public Safety.


At a college of art, student work has a special value and importance. One of the most serious offenses against the community is destruction, theft or alteration of any work of art. Anyone who defaces or destroys the work of another student for any reason risks not being allowed to attend or be associated with MCAD in any way. Likewise, anyone who defaces, damages or destroys property such as buildings, materials, walls, facilities or equipment commits a serious offense against the community. Our physical facilities play a role in representing who we are to the public.

Willful destruction or theft of any equipment or artwork, or of any college property or personal property belonging to students, faculty or staff members, is grounds for disciplinary action, including suspension and expulsion. Vandalism should be reported immediately-to Public Safety first, then the Facilities Office, and finally to the appropriate office(s): Student Affairs, Housing, etc.