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Student Handbook

Butler Student Handbook

The student handbook can serve as a map of the Butler University community—a reference guide covering a wide variety of topics. All Butler students are responsible to know and abide by the University rules, regulations, and policies that are referenced here. Additionally, this resource contains important information about the University’s student conduct system. It is to your benefit to familiarize yourself with its content.

While this student handbook is intended to be a fair summary of certain matters of interest to students, its readers should be aware that it is not a complete statement of all procedures, policies, rules and regulations of Butler University; the University has the right to change without notice any procedures, policies or programs that appear in the student handbook; and the various colleges and departments of the University may have their own procedures and policies that apply to students. In addition, except where expressly noted herein, this student handbook is not, nor is it intended, to create a contract between any student and the University. The terms set forth in this student handbook do not create contractual or legal rights for students.

Various committees and staff members of the University are responsible for the areas covered in the student handbook and the affiliated web sites. The University, these committees and officers have the right to make changes in University regulations, policies, procedures and other matters as deemed appropriate, with or without notice to students. Updates and changes to University rules and policies that occur after August are likely to be highlighted in the Butler Connection, on department websites, and/or sent directly to student’s Butler assigned email addresses.

Butler students wishing further information concerning the topics dealt with in the student handbook are encouraged to contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs in Atherton Union, Room 200, 317-940-9570, and studentaffairs@butler.edu. Comments or concerns regarding the student handbook are welcome. 

Equal Opportunity

Butler University is committed to the principle of equal opportunity. It does not knowingly discriminate against any applicant, student, or employee on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, color, age, disability, religion, or nationality/ethnicity. This school is authorized under federal law to entroll non-immigrant alien students.

Resources for Students

University Rules of Conduct

The student conduct process is intended to educate students about appropriate behavior and the potential consequences of one’s actions and choices. It promotes learning, personal responsibility, self-discipline, respect for others and self, and the support of the educational values of the community. Learn more.

Alcohol Policy for Students

The primary concern of Butler University in all cases, including those incidents of intoxication and/or alcohol poisoning, is the health and safety of the individuals involved. Students who actively seek medical attention on the behalf of another due to a concern for that person’s intoxicated state and well-being will generally not be charged with a violation of University policy. Learn more.

Butler Bulletin

The 2015–2017 Butler Bulletin contains information about Butler University, its history, academic programs and services, tuition and financial, and administration. View the Bulletin.