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Sanctions

Sanctions

The following sanctions may be applied to any individual, group of individuals, or organization for violations of the University Conduct Code, University policies, or guidelines. However, the University is not limited to these sanctions or to the application of only one of these sanctions. Sanctions will be part of the student’s file for seven years from the date of graduation or separation from the University. Expulsion sanctions are kept for 25 years. Sanctions for violations of this Conduct Code are progressive. Prior disciplinary actions will be reviewed and students with prior records may receive more severe sanctions than students with no prior records. Any student found responsible of an additional offense while serving a prior disciplinary probation or suspension may be suspended or expelled, depending on the circumstances. Notwithstanding the progressive nature of sanctions, the University reserves its right to impose any level of sanction it deems appropriate and warranted.

  • A. Expulsion— The involuntary and permanent separation of the student from the University. This sanction will be recorded on the student’s transcript. The student will also be barred from the University premises.
  • B. Suspension— The involuntary separation of the student from the University, differing from expulsion in that it implies and states a time when a return may be possible. Thus, suspension may extend from
    1. a semester,
    2. a specified period,
    3. longer than one semester, until a specifically designated date, or
    4. until a stated condition is met, pending review by the Dean of Students and/or their designee.

    Suspensions that take effect during a semester will result in the loss of academic credit for that semester. The student cannot participate in any University sponsored activity and is barred from University premises. The student will not be able to make any academic progress towards his/her degree during the suspension period unless permitted by the Dean of Students and/or their designee, i.e. a student may not take classes at another institution during the suspension period and transfer the credits to the University.

  • C. University Probation — Probation is, in effect, a second chance offered to the student to help him/her re-evaluate their conduct, and benefit from experience. There are two forms of probation:
    1. Elevated Probation — During this time a student’s status with the University can be at jeopardy. Further violations of the conduct code may result in housing removal, suspension or expulsion from the University. This sanction can be set for an indefinite period of time or until completion of degree.
    2. Probation: This is the lower level of probation. Further violations of the student conduct code may result in more severe sanctions. This sanction can be set for an indefinite period of time or until completion of degree.
  • D. Written Reprimand — this written action is a formal admonition on behalf of the University and is intended to address behavior that has been deemed unacceptable for a University student. This action may be taken for repeated offenses or warnings as well.
  • E. Social Probation or Student Organization Sanctions — This status may be applied for failure to follow policies and/or directives related to student organization-sponsored activities on or off campus. Its primary effect is to suspend the privilege of sponsoring social events and/or to restrict access to specific campus facilities (use of facilities).
  • F. Restitution — If an infraction involves damages, or destruction or loss of property, monetary restitution may be imposed. Proof of payment of restitution must be provided to the Office of Student Conduct or their designee. Failure to provide proof of payment may result in a hold on registration and/or transcripts, or denial of graduation. The University will neither assume responsibility for, nor act in the collection of, privately incurred debts involving students.
  • G. Community Service — Students may be asked to perform a specified number of hours of community service as a sanction for a violation of the Student Conduct Code.
  • H. Removal or relocation from University Housing— The University reserves the right to remove a student from University Housing, or to relocate him/her to another Residence Hall. If a student is removed from University Housing, he/she is then prohibited from all University Housing.
  • I. No Contact Order — The University reserves the right to restrict contact by any means (in person, verbal, electronic, or via third party) of a student to a victim when the charged student is found responsible for a violation of the Conduct Code.
  • J. Parental / Guardian Notification — The University reserves the right to notify parent(s)/guardian(s) of any issues related to an alcohol/drug violation if the student is under the age of 21. This notification can be written or verbal.
  • K. Other Sanctions — Other sanctions may be imposed instead of or in addition to those specified above, such as work requirements, restriction upon privileges, etc.