The Fundamental Standard has set the standard of conduct for students at Stanford since 1896. It states:
"Students at Stanford are expected to show both within and without the University such respect for order, morality, personal honor and the rights of others as is demanded of good citizens. Failure to do this will be sufficient cause for removal from the University."
Over the years, the Fundamental Standard has been applied to a great variety of situations. Actions which have been found to be in violation of it include:
There is no standard penalty that applies to violations of the Fundamental Standard. Infractions have led to penalties ranging from formal warning and community service to expulsion. In each case, the nature and seriousness of the offense, the motivation underlying the offense, and precedent in similar cases are considered.