Unless otherwise stated, sanctions for violations of the code of conduct range from warning to permanent dismissal for individuals, and from warning to termination for organizations. Attempted or uncompleted violations may be sanctioned as completed violations. Acting as an accomplice or aiding another may also result in sanctions.
The sanctions listed below are categorized as primary and secondary. The hearing authority may issue at least one primary sanction and any combination of primary and secondary sanctions for any single violation. A due date will be given with any task and/or restitution sanction. All other sanctions are effective immediately upon completion of the appeal or appeal period, unless the Vice President for Student Affairs authorizes an exception. Students appealing a sanction of separation (suspension or dismissal) must comply with the restrictions noted in the Appeals section.
A. Primary Sanctions (19)
1. Permanent Dismissal is an involuntary separation of the student from the College without the possibility of future readmission. The student must leave the campus and is not eligible to participate in classes or any College-sponsored or College-related activities. The student is not permitted on campus without prior written permission from the Dean of Students or designee. The sanction of dismissal is permanently noted on the student's transcript.
2. Disciplinary Suspension of a definite or indefinite duration is an involuntary separation from the College during which the student must leave the campus and is not eligible to participate in classes or any College-sponsored or College-related activities. During the period of separation, the student is not permitted on campus without prior written permission granted by the Director of Student Conduct or designee.
a. A definite suspension is a suspension that ends on a date determined by the committee or administrative officer issuing the sanction on or after which the student may apply for re-enrollment. Suspensions are noted on the student’s transcript but are removed once the period of suspension has been completed.
b. An indefinite suspension is a suspension that requires the student to petition for reinstatement to good standing. In such instances, the student must first satisfy the committee or administrative officer by his/her conduct and record that he/she is in fact entitled to reinstatement. The sanction of indefinite suspension is noted on the student’s transcript but is removed if the student is reinstated to good standing at the College.
i. Reinstatement Hearing
a) When a Board assigns the sanction of indefinite suspension, a similar Board of five persons will be appointed by the Dean of Students or designee at the appropriate time to determine whether the charged party has met the conditions necessary for reinstatement.
b) The Board will have access to all file materials from the original hearing, may require the charged party to make a personal appearance before the committee, and may solicit other information to reach a decision. The same general procedures employed in the original hearing will be followed with the same rights assured for reinstatement.
c. The sanction of suspension or indefinite suspension usually is imposed immediately following the completion of the appeal process/period; however, the Director of Student Conduct/designee, in consultation with the case administrator or panel chair, may withhold immediate imposition of suspension in some circumstances. If the sanction is not imposed immediately, the student will be considered not in good standing and will be subject to the same restrictions as students with Deferred Suspension status (see below) while enrolled prior to the imposition of the sanction.
3. Deferred Suspension: Deferred suspension is issued either for violations serious enough to warrant suspension, but where the specific circumstances of the case mitigate the offense or for repeated offenses of a less serious nature. Deferred suspension is a designated period of time during which a student is given the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to abide by the community’s expectations of behavior articulated in the Code of Student Conduct. A student on deferred suspension status is considered not in good standing and cannot represent the University as an official delegate or representative, hold an office (elected or appointed), in university groups of any kind, or participate in university-sponsored travel or study abroad/study away. If the student is found responsible for violating any additional university code or regulation during the period of Deferred Suspension, the Director of Student Conduct (or designee) can issue an immediate suspension from the university, and the student can be subject to additional sanctions for the subsequent violation(s). Deferred suspensions are noted on the student’s transcript but are removed once the sanction period has been completed.
4. Disciplinary Probation is continued enrollment but with a warning that further misconduct or violation of university regulations during the period of probation will be referred to the appropriate committee or administrative officer and may result in the student's separation from the university.
5. Warning is a notation confirming that a minor violation of university policy has occurred and that future violations may result in more severe sanctions. No student may receive more than two warnings in an academic year without more serious action being taken.
B. Secondary Sanctions
1. Loss or Restriction of Privileges is the limitation or removal of specified social or personal privileges including, but not limited to, loss or restriction of computer privileges, entertainment of guests in the private areas of a residence hall, participation in social activities sponsored by the university or a residence hall, and/or the right to operate an automobile on campus. In addition, a student's current or subsequent year's Housing Agreement may be terminated or special conditions attached to it, or the student may suffer a reduction in priority of a specified number of places in the room selection process of a subsequent year.
2. Deferred Loss of Housing. The sanction of Loss of Housing may be placed in deferred status. If a student is found in violation of any university rule during the time of the deferred sanction, the Director of Student Conduct (or designee) can remove the student from housing immediately without further review. Additional student conduct sanctions appropriate to the new violation may also be issued. In addition, a student with Deferred Loss of Housing will not be eligible to hold an elected or appointed office in any affiliated housing organization.
3. Housing Probation is an official notice that the student’s conduct is in violation of residence hall rules and/or university rules and that more stringent student conduct sanctions, including removal from housing, may result if future violations occur. In addition, a student serving Housing Probation is ineligible to hold an elected or appointed office in any affiliated housing organization.
4. Educational Requirement is the requirement that the student complete one or more specific educational activities directly related to the violation committed.
5. Task/Service Participation is the requirement that the student participate in assigned tasks that are appropriate to the regulation violated or behavior displayed.
6. Restitution is the requirement that the student reimburse the College, appropriate individual or organization for damage, personal injury, or misappropriation.
(19) The sanctions of Permanent Dismissal, Indefinite Suspension, Suspension, or Deferred Suspension may be administered even though the student may not currently be on probation, has not previously been placed on probation, or has otherwise not been disciplined. Students who are suspended or dismissed from the College are considered not to be in good standing during the term of suspension/dismissal. Students will not be eligible for any refund of tuition, general fees, or residence fees if required to withdraw by the College. Students may not earn course credit while serving a suspension sanction, nor may a student transfer credits taken elsewhere while suspended.