Community Standards

The Carnegie Mellon Code

Students at Carnegie Mellon, because they are members of an academic community dedicated to the achievement of excellence, are expected to meet the highest standards of personal, ethical and moral conduct possible. These standards require personal integrity, a commitment to honesty without compromise, as well as truth without equivocation and a willingness to place the good of the community above the good of the self. Obligations once undertaken must be met, commitments kept.

As members of the Carnegie Mellon community, individuals are expected to uphold the standards of the community in addition to holding others accountable for said standards. It is rare that the life of a student in an academic community can be so private that it will not affect the community as a whole or that the above standards do not apply.

The discovery, advancement and communication of knowledge are not possible without a commitment to these standards. Creativity cannot exist without acknowledgment of the creativity of others. New knowledge cannot be developed without credit for prior knowledge. Without the ability to trust that these principles will be observed, an academic community cannot exist. The commitment of its faculty, staff and students to these standards contributes to the high respect in which the Carnegie Mellon degree is held. Students must not destroy that respect by their failure to meet these standards. Students who cannot meet them should voluntarily withdraw from the University.

As members of the university community, Carnegie Mellon students are expected to respect the rights of all students, faculty and staff and adhere to the policies outlined in the Student Handbook within The Q-Word.

For More Information

For more information about community standards and disciplinary procedures, contact Kevin D’Arco, Coordinator of Community Standards at +974 4454 8530

Gender and Relationship Violence

Carnegie Mellon University values your experience and is committed to creating and maintaining a living and learning environment that is both healthy and safe. Our hope is that, together, we can create a culture where students will feel comfortable speaking up and speaking out – a place where they feel believed, heard, and supported. To that end Carnegie Mellon maintains several resources for reporting violations of the University Policy Against Sexual Harrassment and Sexual Assault.


Sexual assault and relationship violence are traumas that no one needs to face alone. We have a team of staff and faculty, the Survivor Support Network, who provide support, information, resources, and referrals to survivors of sexual and domestic violence. They are available to survivors or their friends and loved ones, who are members of our campus community, regardless of when or where the incident happened. They can provide comfort and relief, and help a survivor organize their thoughts as well as regain the feeling of being in control. SSN members are knowledgeable about university policies and procedures, legal options, and medical treatment; and they can provide support as survivors make decisions on how to proceed.

If you or someone you know would like to speak to an SSN, please refer to the list of Survivor Support Network members below. These individuals may be contacted directly at the numbers listed or you may contact the office of the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at (+974 4454 8526), and you will be put in contact with a member of the Survivor Support Network.

Kevin D’Arco +974 4454 8530 Room 1090

Ken Hovis +974 4454 8605 Room 2193

Gloria Khoury +974 4454 8526 Room 1089

Frieda Kinney +974 4454 8629 Room 2112

Alicia Salaz +974 4454 8403 Room 1154

Depending on the information that a survivor shares with the Survivor Support Network, the university may have an obligation to investigate reports of sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, and take appropriate action to limit the effects of the behavior and prevent recurrence. In all cases, the survivor will be consulted if the university is obligated to investigate or take action on information that is shared.

Victims of sexual harassment and/or assault may contact campus security at to discuss the possibility of filing a criminal complaint. Even if law enforcement authorities investigate or take other action, victims still have the right to pursue claims of sexual harassment and sexual assault through the procedures outlined in this policy.

Campus Security: +974 4454 8434 or +974 3371 2591

Student Affairs Emergency Line: +974 5554 7913

Confidential Reporting Options and Counseling

The university is committed to ensuring that reports are investigated and appropriately responded to, however there are limits on the level of confidentiality that can be provided by officials of Carnegie Mellon.

Carnegie Mellon understands that some survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking may not be ready or may not be willing to report through a channel that may lead to an investigation or other university action, no matter how discreet.

For such individuals, Carnegie Mellon maintains confidential reporting options.

The resources below can provide confidentiality.

The Office of Personal Development & Counseling Services

Jumana Al Abdi, Director jalabdi@qatar.cmu.edu + 974 4454 8525

Dalia Rehal, Student Development Coordinator drehal@qatar.cmu.edu +974 4454 8545

The Office of Health & Wellness

 Amie Rollins, Director amier@andrew.cmu.edu +974 4454 8680

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