Office of the Dean of Students

Code of Student Life

The Code of Student Life (PDF) outlines the rights and responsibilities and expected levels of conduct of students in both the university and greater Wilmington communities. The purpose of the rules outlined is to prevent abuse of the rights of others and to maintain an atmosphere in the university community appropriate for an institution of higher education. The Code of Student Life will:

  • Help all members of the university community (students/student organizations, parents, faculty, and staff) gain a better understanding of student rights and responsibilities;
  • Serve as a resources for help with university conduct polices and student problems (i.e. substance use);
  • Explain the responsibilities of various boards and committees.

All questions regarding the Code of Student Life should be directed to the Office of the Dean of Students.


University Mission Statement

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. Our commitment to student engagement, creative inquiry, critical thinking, thoughtful expression, and responsible citizenship is expressed in our baccalaureate and masters’ programs, as well as doctoral programs in areas of expertise that serve state needs. Our culture reflects our values of diversity and globalization, ethics and integrity, and excellence and innovation.

Adopted by the UNCW Board of Trustees on September 10, 2015, and approved by the UNC Board of Governors on October 30, 2015.


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I am an engaged learner in constant search of knowledge.
I foster human dignity through acts of civility and respect.
I maintain a distinguished character based on truth, honesty and integrity.
I pursue inner-peace by recognizing the significance of spirituality.
I demonstrate honorable citizenship through acts of civic engagement.
I embrace community by active involvement and service.
I lead a lifestyle that advances physical health and emotional well-being.

Seahawk Respect Compact

As members of the UNCW student body, staff, faculty, and administration, we aspire to the following:

In the pursuit of excellence, UNC Wilmington actively fosters, encourages, and promotes inclusiveness, mutual respect, acceptance, and open-mindedness among students, faculty, staff, and the broader community.

  • We affirm the dignity of all persons.
  • We promote the right of every person to participate in the free exchange of thoughts and opinions within a climate of civility and mutual respect.
  • We strive for openness and mutual understanding to learn from differences in people, ideas, and opinions.
  • We foster an environment of respect for each individual where differences are celebrated by the elimination of prejudice and discrimination through education and interaction with others.
Therefore, we expect members of the campus community to honor these principles as fundamental to our ongoing efforts to increase access to and inclusion in a community that nurtures learning and growth for all.