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Group Accountability Policy

University of the Pacific emphasizes the importance of individual responsibility and accountability in the lives of its students. Additionally, the rights and duties of recognized student organizations also carry with them an obligation on the part of their members, collectively, to uphold the policies and community standards set forth in Tiger Lore. This statement of group accountability acknowledges that unacceptable behaviors by individuals functioning as members or officers of a student organization may have consequences for those individuals as well as for the organization.

Also, the privilege of being an officer of a student organization carries with it particular responsibility for the reasonable anticipation and prevention of foreseeable violations of University policies, resulting from either deliberate or negligent behavior of the organizations’ members or guests.

In general, a recognized student organization may be held accountable for the behavior of its members and guests on its premises, at events sponsored or co-sponsored by the organization, or when a group including significant numbers of members or guests violate University policies. Organizations that violate University policies and the Student Code of Conduct are subject to sanctions. It is the responsibility of organizational officers or those in charge of an event to identify foreseeable problems that may arise and to take timely corrective action.

Reported organizational violations of University policies and standards should be addressed, and appropriate sanctions imposed, by the University office with administrative oversight of the organization. Possible violations of Pacific Honor Code/Code of Conduct should be reported to the Judicial Affairs Office for disciplinary action.