Policies & Procedures
The University of Louisville’s Student Handbook informs students of academic matters, opportunities for involvement, and describes programs/services to help improve the quality of each student’s educational experience. The Handbook also provides information about the policies governing students during their tenure at the University. These policies express expectations of behavior and protect the rights of the individual. Each student or student group is held responsible for the policies and procedures of the University currently in effect or put into effect by the appropriate authorities of the University of Louisville.
The Dean of Students Office (DOS) meets with students to assess situations of possible non-academic misconduct as described in the Code of Student Conduct. DOS offers education, challenge, and support to students who may be struggling with behavioral issues in order to protect and preserve a quality educational environment in the campus community. Academic related misconduct of students is not covered by the Code of Student Conduct, but rather falls within the jurisdiction of the individual academic units of the University. The University's Code of Student Conduct is set forth in writing and electronically in order to give students general notice of non-academic prohibited conduct. The Code should be read broadly and is not designed to define non-academic misconduct in exhaustive terms.
The Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities is set forth in writing in order to give students general notice of their rights and responsibilities at the University of Louisville
Students and instructors are encouraged to deal directly with one another concerning all student absences. However, in the event students find they must be away from classes due to a sudden illness, emergency, or death in the family and are unable to make contact with their instructor(s), they may request an Instructor Notification by contacting the Dean of Students Office (DOS).
This policy has been designed to comply with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 for colleges and universities to establish a missing person policy for its on-campus residents.
The Student Sexual Misconduct Policy outlines options for a student who believes he/she may have been or currently is a victim of sexual misconduct by a student, university visitor or employee within the university community.
Online habits are changing rapidly from a closed, private behavior towards an open and sharing culture. While this may bring about positive results, it is important to be aware of the possible dangers. The University of Louisville community is committed to encouraging all persons, whether student, staff, or faculty, to accept responsibility for their personal behavior and future success. Clicking here will provide you with a list of considerations for smarter social media use.
If UofL students at least 21 years of age decide to drink alcohol, the Unviersity explicitly counsels only low risk use and condemns the misuse and abuse of alcohol.
Classroom Disruption is considered a violation of the Code of Student Conduct. Please visit for more information.
The University's police, health and safety officials work with agencies throughout the community to review Louisville's readiness for natural or man-made emergencies. The result of these efforts is the emergency procedures listed here. These procedures are designed to assist and guide members of the U of L community when emergencies do occur.
This policy establishes the guidelines and process for students requesting a waiver from the mandatory meal plans. The policy covers meal plans for all students required to purchase a meal plan.
The Redbook is a basic governance document of the University.
This procedure applies to individuals and groups, not part of the campus community, who wish to engage in speech activities (including leafleting) within the demarcated boundaries of the University.
This policy applies to all events sponsored by Recognized Student Organizations and other student groups occurring after 6pm and involving an anticipated attendance of 100 persons or more.