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The Administrative Board is responsible for looking into instances when students' behavior may violate the College's expectations around social conduct. These include instances of physical violence, harassment, theft, property damage, and dishonesty. The Honor Council is responsible for concerns about the Honor Code and academic integrity. For more information, see the Student Handbook.

Harvard College has adopted a pedagogic, or educational, model of college discipline, as opposed to a model based on the criminal justice system. The goal is for the College to effectively reach its students and engage with them directly about their behavior and the reasons why they may not have met our expectations for conduct within our community. Except in the rarest of circumstances, students involved in disciplinary cases ultimately will graduate from Harvard; thus our imperative is to help students understand the rules and the consequences of their actions so that they can learn greater responsibility both within the University and beyond its gates.