Students: Codes of Conduct


Institutional Code of Conduct

The purpose of this code of conduct is to express STI's expectations for conduct and to identify behaviors outside of the acceptable bounds of behavior. We ask students and faculty members to become familiar with and govern themselves by this code of conduct.

Mature behavior and conduct consistent with the highest professional standards of the information security community are expected of every student while attending a residential educational event, other live educational events, or engaging in Institute-related online activities. STI reserves the right to place on probation, or dismiss, students who engage in unsatisfactory conduct such as disorderly behavior, failure to adhere to rules and regulations, failure to exhibit proper online etiquette, destruction or theft of property, participation in activity that impinges on the rights of others, or the excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages or use of any illegal drugs at any time while participating in an STI sponsored activity.

As educated adults who are leaders and advisors to organizations on compliance with laws and regulations, students are held to a high standard in terms of both knowledge and the application of trust, law and regulation. Violations of city, state, and federal laws while enrolled at STI may also constitute violations of the code of conduct. In such instances, the Institute may proceed with disciplinary action under the code, independent of any criminal proceeding involving the same conduct, and may impose sanctions for violation of the code even if such criminal proceeding has not been resolved or is resolved in the student's favor.

Professional attire is required of all graduate students SANS events.

Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment

STI is committed to maintaining an environment of appropriate conduct among all persons and respect for individual values. The Institute is committed to enforcing non-discrimination and anti-harassment in order to create an environment free from discrimination, harassment, retaliation and/or sexual assault. Discrimination or harassment based on race, gender and/or gender identity or expression, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, ethnicity, disability, veteran or military status, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status, or on any other legally prohibited basis is unlawful and undermines the character and purpose of STI. Such discrimination or harassment will not be tolerated.

The Provost is charged with investigating allegations of discrimination and harassment in the working and learning environments. Please write if you have a concern.

Safety and Security

Students are expected to take reasonable actions in the areas of health and safety. Prohibited or discouraged conducts include:

  • Attending group functions when you are suffering from a serious infectious disease that may be transmitted.
  • Ignoring obvious safety hazards such as blocked exits or accumulation of flammables.
  • Knowingly reporting a false emergency.
  • Any action that puts another person's safety, physical or mental health, or life at risk, whether intentionally or as a result of recklessness or negligence.

Weapons Policy

All members of the STI community, including faculty, staff, students and visitors are prohibited from possessing, discharging, or otherwise using "weapons" on premises where STI functions are taking place whether or not the person has been issued a federal or state license to possess such weapons. Any person violating this policy will be subject to disciplinary action including but not limited to suspension, expulsion, termination, removal from Institute premises or events and/or criminal prosecution. Exceptions to this policy are considered on an individual basis and only in consideration of the student's employment.

A weapon is defined as:

  • Any device that shoots a bullet, pellet, flare or any other projectile, whether loaded or unloaded, including those powered by CO2. This includes but is not limited to rifles, shotguns, handguns or other firearm, BB/pellet gun, flare gun, stun gun or dart gun and any ammunition for any such device. Any replica of the foregoing is also prohibited.
  • Any explosive device including firecrackers and black powder.
  • Any device that is designed or traditionally used to inflict harm including but not limited to any knife with a blade longer than three inches, hunting knife, fixed blade knife, throwing knives, dagger, razor or other cutting instrument the blade of which is exposed.

Visitors and Children at STI Events

Visitors and children are generally not permitted. Exceptions are granted on an individual basis for special events such as graduation and student networking receptions.


Appeal procedures regarding academic matters are described in the academic policies section. Specific processes have been established for grades, academic probation and dismissal. If a student has completed the appeals process and would like to make a formal grievance regarding the decision, process, or file a grievance regarding a violation of the institutional code of conduct, they may do so by contacting the Provost by email providing reasonable details regarding their grievance with appropriate evidence to support their claims. The Provost will review the grievance and take appropriate steps to reconcile the matter. The student will receive an email response within 30 days.

Academic Conduct

STI's expects all students to engage in their activities in a fashion consistent with the very highest standards of academic integrity.

Examples of academic misconduct include, but are not limited to:

  • Subverting the examination process, exchanging, transmitting, or receiving information during examinations, the possession and/or use of unauthorized materials during those examinations, or providing or enlisting assistance for a student taking examinations.
  • Submitting plagiarized work for any assignment. Students should be aware that STI uses Turnitin and other services to detect plagiarism.
  • Dishonest or falsified reporting of research results.
  • Engaging in activities that unfairly place other students at a disadvantage, such as taking, hiding or altering resource material, or manipulating a grading system.
  • Misuse of hacking, malicious code, information warfare or other techniques. In general, the difference between a hacker and a system administrator is permission.

Any action(s) reported or observed by a student, faculty or staff member in violation of the SANS Technology Institute's Code of Conduct policy will be reported to the provost, president or the appropriate staff. A staff member will notify the accused in writing of the violation(s) and the individual will be afforded an opportunity to respond in writing to the accusation. After reviewing the accusation and the response, the appropriate STI staff members will render a decision regarding the violation(s). An appeal may be made to the president of SANS Technology Institute and he will review the staff's decision. The president's decision will be final.