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Sanctions

Violations of the Student Conduct Code may result in the following sanctions, in order of increasing severity.  When determining an appropriate sanction, hearing officers, members of the Peer Community Standards Board, and members of the Student Conduct Board will consider the nature of the incident and its context as well as any prior disciplinary findings.  All sanctions may include accompanying terms as appropriate.  Violation of any sanction will warrant a review by the Senior Associate Dean for Student Life and may result in forwarding the matter to the Student Conduct Board or an administrative hearing.

1. Reprimand: A reprimand is a written notice that a student has violated the Code of Student Conduct and that another violation will likely result in a more severe sanction.

2. Probation: Probation is a designated period of time during which the 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.

3. Deferred Suspension: Deferred suspension is used for offenses found 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 deferred suspension may be accompanied by a transcript remark (See “Accompanying Terms for Sanctions”).

4. Suspension:  Suspension is separation from University for a designated period of time after which the suspended student may petition the Senior Associate Dean for Student Life for readmission to the University.  The petition must demonstrate that the student has satisfied any accompanying terms of the suspension.  A student who has been suspended may not be on University property without the prior approval of the Senior Associate Dean for Student Life.  A suspended student is prohibited from participating in any University activity or program. A suspension may be accompanied by a transcript remark (See “Accompanying Terms for Sanctions”).

5. Expulsion: Expulsion is permanent separation from the University.  A student who has been expelled is prohibited from entering any University premises and participating in any University activity or program without explicit permission.  An expulsion may be accompanied by a transcript remark (See “Accompanying Terms for Sanctions”).

Accompanying Terms for Sanctions

A hearing officer or body may impose accompanying terms to any sanction designed to insure responsible behavior and the well-being of the University community, help the responsible student learn from the experience, and ameliorate the effects of the conduct on the aggrieved student.  The following terms may accompany any of the sanctions described above, except when noted.

1. Parent/guardian notification: Parents/guardians may be notified, in accordance with applicable regulations, of the outcome of any student conduct hearing.

2. University file entry: A University file entry is a non-permanent entry into a student’s official University file.  A copy of the written notification to the student of the outcome of the hearing is placed in the student’s official University file.  A University file entry will be removed not later than at the student’s graduation from the University.

3. Restitution: Restitution is the repayment to the University or to an affected party for damages to property resulting from a violation of the Code of Student Conduct.

4. Removal from University housing: Separation of a student from University-owned housing (residence halls and rental properties) may accompany the sanction of any student conduct hearing.  The separation from University housing must be for a designated period of time.  Conditions for readmission to University housing may be specified.

5. Transcript remark: A transcript remark is a notation on a student’s official University transcript.  A transcript remark may accompany a deferred suspension, suspension or expulsion.  Following a deferred suspension, a student may petition to have a transcript remark removed after one full semester.  Undergraduate students must petition the Senior Associate Dean for Student Life; graduate student must petition the Dean of the Graduate School; medical students must petition the Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences.  For suspensions and expulsions a permanent entry will appear on a student’s transcript.

6. Fines: When appropriate, a fine may accompany the sanction of any student conduct hearing.  In general, fines may range from $25 (e.g., damage or theft to University property, failure to evacuate when a fire alarm sounds) to $1000 (e.g., pulling a false alarm).

7. Other accompanying terms: Other terms designed to ensure responsible behavior may accompany the sanction of any student conduct hearing.  These terms may include, but are not limited to, educational projects, meetings with educators/counselors, community restitution, housing relocation, and other assignments as warranted.