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This section explains the details of conduct sanctions. For a complete overview of the Student Conduct Process go to Overview of the Student Conduct Process.
The Student Conduct Process is an educational one by which the University strives to instill in its students an understanding that they are responsible for their actions. There are several reasons for imposing conduct sanctions:
- To educate students and redirect behavior toward a standard more acceptable for members of the University community.
- To protect the University community from possible harm or injury.
- To require restitution for property that is lost, stolen or damaged.
In general, conduct sanctions become effective immediately when given. In certain circumstances, the University may delay the effective date of sanctions. Students will be informed of any decision to delay the effective date of sanctions.
Conduct sanctions are determined based on a consideration of the totality of the circumstances. This could include, for example, a student's prior record of conduct; the severity of the incident; and the impact on the community. Students may be assigned a single sanction or multiple sanctions.
As detailed in Emergency Contacts, a student's emergency contacts or other individuals may be made aware of sanctions in certain situations involving violations of university policies or laws related to alcohol and controlled substances.
The following is a list of sanctions that the University may impose on a student or student organization through the Student Conduct Process:
- Restriction: Restrictions upon a student’s University privileges may be imposed for a set period of time. These restrictions may include, but are not limited to, removal from student housing, the denial of the right to represent the University in any way, access to facilities or individuals, parking privileges, and/or participation in certain curricular, co-curricular or extra-curricular activities.
- Restitution: A student who damages property may be required to pay actual repair or replacement costs. Failure to pay may result in withholding of the student’s records and/or additional sanctions.
- Educational Project: An educational project is a sanction designed to assist the student in better understanding the overall impact of the policy violation. Educational projects might include research papers, the creation of educational materials, or the planning and/or presentation of educational programs related to the policy infraction. Assigned projects may not include physical labor unless they are directly related to the violations(s) and do not cause humiliation or degradation to the student.
- Alcohol and Other Drug Intervention: A student who is found responsible for violation a policy related to alcohol or controlled substances may be required to meet with the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness and/or participate in an intervention called BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students).
- University Reprimand: University reprimand signifies that any further policy violation may result in additional sanctions. It does not restrict the student in any way.
- University Probation: University probation is a written statement to the student indicating that the student's behavior is of such a nature as to jeopardize continued enrollment at the University. University probation can be for a specified period of time or for as long as the student is enrolled. Any additional policy violation during the probationary period may result in additional sanctions.
- Suspension: Suspension is a total separation from the University for a required period of time and/or until particular conditions for readmission are met. Suspension may include various prohibitions regarding a student's ability to be on University property or participate in University activities. A sanction of suspension is permanently noted on a student's transcript, regardless of whether or not the student is successfully readmitted at the conclusion of a suspension. At the end of the suspension period and/or once the student can demonstrate that the conditions for readmission have been met, the student may be required to meet with the Dean of Students or other designee before being readmitted to the University.
- Dismissal: Dismissal is a permanent separation from the University. Dismissal is a permanent bar to readmission to the University. A sanction of dismissal is permanently noted on a student's transcript. Dismissal may include various prohibitions regarding a student's ability to be on University property or participate in University activities.
- Revocation of Admission: Revocation of admission signifies that a student who has previously been admitted to the University, but has not yet matriculated, is no longer admitted for enrollment in the planned term and program. Revocation of admission may be a permanent separation from the University and permanent bar to readmission to the University, or it may be limited to a particular time frame or program. The student may be required to meet with the Dean of Students or other designee before being readmitted to the University.
- Revocation of Degree: Revocation of degree signifies that the University is withdrawing a degree that has been awarded. Revocation of degree is a permanent separation from the University. Revocation of degree is a permanent bar to readmission to the University. A sanction of revocation of degree is permanently noted on a student's transcript.
Student organizations are subject to the same sanctions as students, modified as necessary to address the group or organizational context, plus any such other sanctions or outcomes that are deemed appropriate under the circumstances. Other sanctions may be imposed on students or student organizations for policy violations related to processes managed by other University areas.