Online Programming Code of Conduct

Please carefully read the Online Programming Code of Conduct. 

Code of Conduct

As a Catholic university, Notre Dame has a distinctive mission. The University seeks to nurture in its students a love of knowledge and a keenly developed moral sense. We are committed to excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarship as well as the growth and development of each person as the unique creation of a loving God. We encourage the cultivation of those virtues necessary for living a good human life.  The University’s expectations for conduct of Pre-College students go beyond what is minimally required for maintaining public order, as we actively seek what is good and life-giving both for the individual and for the University community.

The following standards of conduct and policies apply to Pre-College students during all online programs. Please note, however, that the standards and expectations described below are not exhaustive.  In additional to abiding by all policies, rules and directions established and communicated by the University, including the Office of Pre-College Programs, its staff and faculty, Pre-College students must also adhere to all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Violation of the University’s standards of conduct or policies may result in disciplinary action including, but not limited to, the student’s removal from the Pre-College Program. If you have any questions regarding these standards and policies, please contact the Office of Pre-College Programs at or 574-631-0990.

Responsible Use of Technological Resources

The use of information technology at Notre Dame is governed by the University’s Responsible Use of Data & Information Technology Resources Policy.  University information technology resources exist to support the educational mission of Notre Dame and must be used appropriately and in accordance with local, state and federal laws.  Students using the University’s technology and technology-related resources must act ethically, with academic honesty, and show restraint in the consumption of shared resources.  Students will be held accountable for any inappropriate use of University information technology resources. 

An online class is an intellectual community formed and sustained by and for our faculty and students. In an online course, the “classroom” includes learning materials of all kinds (including those created by students and instructors), communications and interactions by faculty and students, and recordings of live class meetings. Students are expected to take special care to protect the privacy of this community from unintentional harms as well as external interference.  Moreover, as a general rule, University faculty (or, under certain circumstances, the University itself) retain intellectual property rights in any learning materials (e.g., videos, exams, problem sets, case studies, etc.) shared with or made available to Pre-College students.  Accordingly, Pre-College students should not distribute any such learning materials outside the program, whether such distribution occurs online, electronically, or otherwise, without first obtaining the instructor’s written permission. 

Pre-College students must adhere to the following standards of conduct:

  • Any type of disrespectful, exclusionary, discriminatory, threatening, aggressive, or abusive behavior is strictly prohibited, and may be grounds for dismissal from the Program. This standard applies regardless of whether such conduct occurs online, on social media, through verbal expression, or otherwise.
  • Pre-College students must attend and be on time for all online classes (unless clearly designated as optional). Online course time is dependent upon program and course.
  • Regardless of a student’s age or the location of the Program, Pre-College students may not possess or consume any alcohol, tobacco, e-cigarettes, personal vaporizer/vapor cigarettes, medications not prescribed to the student, or illegal substances or paraphernalia while participating in the Program.
  • The University has the sole discretion, at any time, to cancel a Pre-College student’s participation in the Program, or to withdraw a student from the Program, should the student’s actions or behavior be determined by the University to constitute a risk to the safety and well-being of the student or others in the Program, or to have caused serious disruption to the Program. 
  • Should a Pre-College student’s participation be canceled or withdrawn from a paid online program, the student’s parents/guardians will not receive any refund (pro-rated or otherwise) for any portion of the Program (including costs, tuition or fees) that the child is unable to complete.    

In addition to the foregoing standards, the following actions and behaviors, regardless of whether engaged in online or in-person, or during or outside of an in-person class or one offered online through distance learning, are clearly inconsistent with the University’s expectations for membership in this community and are prohibited: 

  • Abusive or harassing behavior, including unwelcome communication
  • Actions which seemingly affect only the individual(s) involved but which may have a negative or disruptive impact on the University community and/or concern a student’s personal and academic growth
  • Behavior which causes a serious disturbance of the University community or infringes upon the rights and well-being of others
  • Failure to follow the directive of a University official aimed at protecting life, health or safety, or necessary for the good order and proper functioning of the University community
  • Willful damage to the reputation or psychological well-being of another 
  • Dishonesty, forgery or taking advantage of another
  • Initiation and hazing 
  • Retaliation
  • Sexual misconduct 
  • Stalking
  • Conduct that creates a hostile environment
  • Theft of property
  • Vandalism or damage to property
  • Unauthorized possession of explosives, incendiary devices, firearms or other weapons
  • Violence or the threat of violence against another person, or any action which causes injury to another

Pre-College students should be mindful of the following principles and expectations:

  • The classroom, whether physical or virtual, is intended to be a safe and secure environment for learning;
  • Trust and collaboration are keys to integrity;
  • Pay careful attention to your instructors’ rules and guidance regarding the sharing of class learning materials, permitted forms of collaboration, and other behaviors related to remote learning and teaching; 
  • Students are responsible for maintaining the shared privacy of their class for the benefit of their peers and instructors as well as themselves;
  • Students’ instructors may record live class meetings to support classmates that face challenging circumstances and also in order to provide a learning resource for student use. Students may not download or share these recordings with anyone, for any reason, without the explicit consent of the instructor;
  • Remember that students and instructors may be exposed to unwelcome attention, external harassment, and other intrusive conduct as a result of even well-intentioned public sharing of learning materials;
  • The intentional sharing of learning materials or private information with external groups or individuals, without the written permission of the instructor, represents a breach of trust and a violation of the Honor Code; students found responsible for such sharing may be subject to sanctions;
  • The deliberate sharing of private images, communications, learning materials or other depictions of other students or your instructors for the purpose of inviting external commentary, ridicule, or embarrassment, is an especially egregious violation of trust and University policy that may lead to severe sanctions; and
  • Ultimately, our classrooms are communities built on trust and our learning and teaching relies upon a shared sense of respect, integrity, and common purpose.

The University of Notre Dame does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, veteran status, or age in the administration of any of its educational programs, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs, or in employment. Notre Dame is committed to building an inclusive community and welcomes all individuals. The Notre Dame Spirit of Inclusion can be reviewed at The University has designated the Director of its Office of Institutional Equity to handle all inquiries regarding its Notice of Non-Discrimination. You may contact the Director by emailing, by calling 574-631-0444, or by writing to: Director, Office of Institutional Equity, 100 Grace Hall, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN.