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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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History of College Discipline

The origins of formal student discipline on college campuses traces back to 1822 when University of Virginia students rioted after two popular students were expelled for making noise in chapel.

Thomas Jefferson wrote in response:

“The article of discipline is the most difficult in American education. Premature ideas of independence, too little repressed by parents, beget a spirit of insubordination, which is the greatest obstacle to science with us, and a principal cause of its decay since the revolution. I look to dismay in our institution, as a breaker ahead, which I am far from confident that we will be able to weather.”



Overview of Student Conduct at Minnesota State University, Mankato Since that time, many changes have been made to the student disciplinary process. The 1961 case of Dixon v Alabama State Board of Education was pivotal in establishing the right of students to be given notice of the allegations and an opportunity to be heard prior to expulsion. The court also concluded that students are not entitled to the same degree of due process as afforded in criminal and civil actions.


Overview of Student Conduct at Minnesota State University, Mankato

The student conduct process is based on a philosophy of educational discipline that promotes personal growth and accountability. We strive for fair and consistent policies and practices. For parents this means that we want students to learn from a “teachable moment” to consider the consequences of their actions before acting on impulse or acceding to peer pressure.




Learning from mistakes is an important part of life.

Temper the urge to rush in and fix things. Your intervention sends a message to your student that you don’t trust their ability to handle their own affairs. Helicopter parenting can hinder the development of independence, self esteem and self-confidence. 


The tasks of young adulthood extend beyond acquiring the skills of a profession.

The college experience intentionally provides opportunities for your student to grow as a person in the following areas:

  • Developing an identity separate from parents

  • Developing interdependence and competency

  • Managing emotions

  • Strengthening integrity and personal accountability

  • Establishing meaningful friendships and connections