Author(s)

Jessica Smith

Date Approved

9-26-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Higher Education

Department

Educational Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton

Subject(s)

College students--Conduct of life

Disciplines

Higher Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the attitudes of students towards a code of conduct and their impact on behavior. The study took place during the Fall/Spring 2010-11 academic year at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. The subjects of the study were students who had previously been sanctioned for violating the student code of conduct. The survey looked at four factors: demographics of students, knowledge of the code of conduct, attitudes towards the code of conduct and impact on behavior. For a portion of the survey a Likert-type scale of 1-5 was used to gauge student responses where 1= strongly disagree, 2=disagree, 3=neutral, 4=agree and 5=strongly agree. Data analysis of the students responses showed that in general, students are not as familiar with the code of conduct as they should be and this may be one factor explaining why students feel that the code of conduct does not impact their behavior.

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