Sanctions

VIII. Sanctions

Disciplinary sanctions shall be communicated to students in writing. A copy of the letter to the student describing the sanction will be maintained in the Office of Conflict Resolution & Civic Responsibility and may be used to assist in determining sanctions in subsequent disciplinary cases for which more serious sanctions may be imposed. Letters of dismissal are maintained, with corresponding judicial case files, permanently. All other sanctioning letters and case files are maintained as confidential records for six years after the date of last attendance and thereafter destroyed.

*Note: A student with no prior disciplinary record may be subject to suspension or dismissal for a serious violation of University regulations including, but not limited to, academic dishonesty, violence, including sexual assault, intimate partner abuse, serious stalking or harassment, hazing, driving while intoxicated, hate/bias-related crimes, criminal use of IT resources, possessing, using or distributing alcohol and/or any drug unlawful to possess, or tampering with fire or other safety devices.

1. Conduct Warning

A written notice to a student that the behavior is counter to the community standards set in the student code of conduct. A conduct warning is issued for low level behavior infractions. (This sanction is utilized by the Department of Residential Life and does not involve a formal referral to Conflict Resolution.)

2. Disciplinary Warning

A written notice to a student that the behavior is counter to the community standards set in the student code of conduct. A disciplinary warning is for higher level infractions or is used when there is a second low level breach by the student of community standards. For a resident student, a disciplinary warning is notice that on-campus housing is in jeopardy and an additional infraction could result in removal from residence. Students who wish to apply for University leadership positions for J-Board or Residential Life may not have a disciplinary warning issued for the three months prior to the application date. Note that this sanction is effective June 1, 2010. Judicial sanctions prior to this date are subject to University regulations in effect preceding this date.

3. Disciplinary Probation

Disciplinary probation is imposed for more serious breaches of the code of conduct, or because of a series of less serious breaches in the code. The student that has disciplinary probation is encouraged to modify the unacceptable behavior and is given the tools to help him/her do so. After a period of at least three months on disciplinary probation, the student may apply to have the probation lifted and must be able to demonstrate how he/she is making a positive contribution to the University community. During a disciplinary probation, a student cannot apply for leadership positions for J-Board or Residential Life, run for or hold office in the Student Association, and/or any recognized student organizations. Students who do not apply for removal from probation will remain on disciplinary probation for the entire time they are a student at the University. Note that this sanction is effective June 1, 2010. Judicial sanctions prior to this date are subject to University regulations in effect preceding this date.

4. Terminal Disciplinary Probation

A student is placed on Terminal Disciplinary Probation when he/she has a serious breach of the code and is already on disciplinary probation. Terminal Disciplinary Probation will be assigned in an effort to preserve the student’s ability to remain as a member of the residential community. In such circumstances, the student will be mandated to work with an appointed mentor to help address the issues that got him/her to this point. Students who fail to participate in the mentor program will be asked to leave the residential community and will assume the penalty of forfeiting room and board charges for the semester in which the disciplinary action occurs.

5. Removal from Residence

Students who have a serious violation of the community standards set in the student code of conduct or the residence license, or because of a series of breaches of the community standards in the Residence Halls will be asked to leave campus residence either permanently or for a period of time. This sanction carries with it the penalty of forfeiting room and board charges for the semester in which the disciplinary action occurs. Depending on the nature of the incident, the student may also receive a disciplinary probation as part of this sanction.

6. Suspension - Disciplinary

A student who is suspended from the University is unable to register for and attend classes or to be present on University property for a prescribed period of time. A transcript notation of “suspended-disciplinary” is also in place for a period of six years from the last date of attendance. Suspension is a severe sanction and the student forfeits tuition money and fees along with room and board if a resident student and does not receive academic credit for the semester in which the suspension occurred.

7. Dismissal - Disciplinary

A student who is dismissed from the University is permanently separated from the community and may never return. A transcript notation of “dismissed-disciplinary” is also in place for a period of six years from the last date of attendance.

The student forfeits tuition money and fees along with room and board if a resident student, as well as the academic credit for the semester in which the dismissal occurred.

8. Restitution

Available at any violation to compensate for damages done or pay for expenses incurred as a result of the student's behavior.

9. Community Service

Available at any violation to supplement or replace any other judicial action.

Administrative Sanctions:

1. Temporary Suspension

The Vice President may take action immediately to suspend a student from the University and remove the student from campus when the Vice President reasonably believes that the continued presence of such student would constitute a danger to the student or to the safety of persons or property on the campus. The suspension is temporary, pending proper service of charges, referral to the appropriate judicial body, and a review of the charges by the judicial body or officer. Upon request of the suspended student, the Vice President shall provide for an immediate conference with respect to the basis for such suspension.

2. Temporary Removal from Residence

When the Director of Residential Life reasonably believes that the behavior of a resident student significantly detracts from the educational environment of the residence hall or constitutes a danger to the safety of other persons or property in the residence hall, the Director may temporarily remove the student from campus housing and restrict the student from the buildings and grounds of the residential complexes. The removal is temporary, pending proper service of charges, referral to the appropriate judicial body, and review of the charges by the judicial body or officer. Upon request of the removed student, the Director shall provide for an immediate conference with respect to the basis for such removal.

3. Residence Hall or Campus Restriction

A student may be restricted from appearing in any or all of the residences on campus if it is reasonably believed that the student poses a threat to the health or safety of the residents. Other restrictions may be imposed such as denial of access to specified campus services or programs. A student may also be barred from the entire campus if the Vice President reasonably believes the student poses a threat to the health, safety or well being of the University community.

4. Parental Notification

In accordance with Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations, the Vice President may, in the exercise of his or her discretion, notify the parent(s) of any student found to have violated the provisions of Community Rights and Responsibilities.