Article VI: Sanctions

(1) The following sanctions may be imposed upon any student found to have violated the Student Code:

  • (a) Warning - A notice in writing to the student.
  • (b) Probation - A written reprimand for violation for specified regulations. Probation is for a designated period of time and includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the student is found to be violating any University regulation(s) during the probationary period.
  • (c) Loss of Privileges - Denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time.
  • (d) Fines - Previously established and published fines may be imposed.
  • (e) Restitution - Compensation for loss, damage or injury. This may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary or material replacement.
  • (f) Discretionary Sanctions - Work assignments, service to the University or other related discretionary assignments (such assignments must have the prior approval of the Judicial Administrator).
  • (g) Residence Hall Suspension - Separation of the student from the residence halls for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. Condition for readmission may be specified.
  • (h) Residence Hall Expulsion-Permanent separation of the student from the residence halls.
  • (i) University Suspension - Separation of the student from the University for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for readmission may be specified.
  • (j) University Expulsion: Separation of the student from the University permanently or on an indefinite basis. A student permanently expelled is prohibited from reapplying to the University in the future or from earning a degree from any of its colleges or schools. Readmission of a student expelled on an indefinite basis may not occur within five years and shall require the recommendation of the Vice President for Student Affairs and approval of the Provost. If a disciplinary action results in the Judicial Administrator determining that expulsion is the appropriate sanction, then the Vice President for Student Affairs shall review the sanction and shall make the final decision to expel after consultation with the President of the University. Because a decision to expel a student is made after consultation with the President, a student has no right to request a review of the sanction of expulsion.

(2) The following sanctions may be imposed upon any organization found to have violated the Code of Student Conduct:

  • (a) Any of the sanctions listed in paragraphs 1a through 1j above.
  • (b) Loss of recognition as a registered student organization. The Office of Student Affairs shall notify any national or regional governing body with which the organization is associated or which sponsors social, academic, or sports events when such suspension is imposed.

(3) More than one of the sanctions listed above may be imposed for any single violation.

(4) When a Judicial Body determines that a student has violated the Student Code, the Judicial Body shall recommend a sanction to be imposed to the Judicial Administrator. The Judicial Administrator shall review the information presented to the Judicial Body, shall review any prior violations of the Code by the student, and shall determine the appropriate sanction to be imposed. The Judicial Administrator is not limited to sanctions recommended by the Judicial Body. If the Judicial Administrator decides expulsion is the appropriate sanction, then his/her recommendation will be communicated to the Vice President for Student Affairs as provided in Section C. 1(j) above. The Judicial Administrator shall advise the student in writing of the sanction(s) imposed.

D. Reviews

1) A decision that a student is responsible for Code violations reached by the Judicial Body or a sanction imposed by the Judicial Administrator (excluding the sanction of expulsion of a student, which is determined by the Vice President for Student Affairs after consultation with the President) may be sent for review by a student to a Review Board within five (5) school days of the decision. Such reviews shall be in writing and shall be delivered to the Judicial Administrator or his or her designee.

(2) Except as required to explain the basis of new information, a review shall be limited to review of the verbatim record of the initial hearing and supporting documents for one or more of the following purposes:

  • (a) To determine whether the original hearing was conducted fairly in light of the alleged violations and information presented, and in conformity with prescribed procedures giving the accused student a reasonable opportunity to prepare and to present a defense to the allegations of misconduct.
  • (b) To determine whether the decision reached regarding the accused student was based on substantial information, that is, whether the information presented was sufficient to establish that a violation of the Code of Student Conduct occurred.
  • (c) To determine whether the sanction(s) imposed were appropriate for the violation for the Code of Student Conduct which the student was found to have committed.
  • (d) To consider new information, sufficient to alter a decision or other relevant facts not brought out in the original hearing, because such information and/or acts were not known to the person being reviewed at the time of the original hearing.

(3) If a review is upheld by the Review Board, the matter shall be remanded to the original Judicial Body or the Judicial Administrator to allow reconsideration of the original determination.

(4) Review of the sanction by the Review Board may not result in more severe sanction(s) for the accused student or organization. Instead, following a review, the Vice President of Student Affairs or other designee may, upon review of the complaint, reduce, but not increase, the sanctions imposed by the Judicial Administrator.

E. Disciplinary Records

Disciplinary sanctions shall not be made part of the student’s permanent academic record (official transcript), but shall become part of the student’s confidential disciplinary record, subject to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Complaints involving the imposition of sanctions other than University suspension or expulsion may be expunged from the student’s confidential disciplinary record seven years from the year in which the offense occurred.

  • f. Interim Suspension

In certain circumstances, the Vice President for Student Affairs, or a designee, may impose a University or residence-hall suspension prior to the hearing before the Judicial Body or the acceptance of responsibility by the student.

(1) Interim suspension may be imposed only:

  • (a) to ensure the safety and well-being of members of the University community or preservation of University property;
  • (b) to ensure the student’s own physical or emotional safety and well being; or
  • (c) if the student poses a definite threat of disruption of or interference with the normal operations of the University.
  • (2) During an interim suspension, the student shall be denied access to the residence halls and/or to the campus (including classes) and/or all other University activities or privileges for which the student might otherwise be eligible, as the Vice President of Student Affairs, or a designee, may determine to be appropriate.
  • (3) Upon a student’s request, a review of the interim suspension shall be held by the Vice President for Student Affairs or other designee, within three (3) working days of the interim suspension to determine if the suspension should continue until a hearing by a Judicial Body on the alleged violation of misconduct is held.

G. Interim Suspension of an Organization

(1) The Vice President for Student Affairs or other designee may temporarily suspend the recognition of a student organization when the pending alleged violations arise from a flagrant violation of this Code, such as organized conduct which is a violation of law and/or this Code, or when the conduct represents a flagrant disregard of the rights or property of persons in the University community, or when the conduct is in flagrant disregard of the property or authority of the University.

(2) During the interim suspension, the organization shall discontinue all activities.

(3) Upon an organization’s request, a hearing will be held by the Vice President for Student Affairs or a designee, within three (3) working-days of the interim suspension to determine if the suspension should continue until a hearing by a Judicial Body on the alleged violation of misconduct is held.