Sanctions

Sanctions under the Student Integrity Code are imposed for their educative, not punitive, effect. Members of the university community responsible for decision making related to Student Integrity Code violations do all in their power to make the conduct process one in which a student is encouraged to examine the motives for and consequences of the actions that bring the student’s standing in the community into question. The sanction process thus provides students with two opportunities:

  • the opportunity to grow in self-knowledge and ethical habits of thought and action;
  • when appropriate, the opportunity to heal the breach in the community caused by their behavior and to recompense the community.

To this end, sanctions are assigned to address accountability and education. If a student is assigned responsibility for violating the Student Integrity Code, a formal sanction will be assigned. All the sanctions listed below may be imposed on groups and organizations as well as individuals. Possible sanctions include, but are not limited to:

I. Conduct Reprimand

A conduct reprimand is the result of a Standards violation that calls into question the student’s full understanding of the conduct expected of a student at the university.  A Conduct Reprimand places the student on warning that further violations may result in more serious sanctions. More importantly, it requires the student to examine the source of the university’s questioning of the student’s behavior and to seek direction, as necessary, on ways to reorient one’s efforts. (A conduct reprimand is maintained as part of a student’s educational record until graduation, or for five years after the incident date, whichever comes first.).

II. Conduct Probation 

A conduct probation is a specified probationary period when the student’s public participation in the university community is halted because of the student’s violation of the Principle and Standards. While conduct probation allows the student to continue attending classes and living in university residences, the student may not represent the university in any public fashion (for example, in performing musical or dramatic groups or in intercollegiate sports competition) or run for or hold elected office in any student group or organization during the probationary period. (By policy of the International Education Committee, students on conduct probation may not participate in study abroad programs through the university.) If a student violates the Student Integrity Code further while on conduct probation, the student may be subject to suspension or expulsion.

A. Level I Conduct Probation:
A student on level I conduct probation may make a written request for specific exception to represent the university in a public activity. (By policy of the International Education Committee, there is no exception allowed for participation in study abroad.) The exception request would be considered by the hearing officer. This level of conduct probation should not exceed 12 months. (A record of level I conduct probation is maintained for five years after the incident date.)

B. Level II Conduct Probation: 
No exceptions to represent the university in a public activity will be granted while a student is on level II conduct probation. This level of conduct probation may exceed 12 months. (A record of level II conduct probation is maintained indefinitely.)

III. University Residence Eviction

University residence eviction is an immediate and permanent removal from university housing when a student proves no longer capable of living with other students in a way that fosters their mutual development socially as well as emotionally and intellectually, or when a student poses a significant risk to the health or safety of other university residents. Immediate removal is called for under this sanction, and further restriction from other university residences may be stipulated. Room and board fees may be forfeited. (Residence eviction is maintained as a part of a student’s educational record indefinitely.)

IV. Conduct Suspension

Conduct suspension is a separation of the student from the university (including its premises and activities) for a specified period of time. This sanction is instituted when a period away from the university may suffice in reconciling the student to the university community’s values and goals. All fees and academic credits for the semester during which the suspension occurs may be forfeited. A suspended student who wishes to return to the university must make that request to the Dean of Students or designee and demonstrate willingness to abide by the Student Integrity Code. (Conduct Suspension is maintained as a part of a student’s educational record indefinitely.)

V. Conduct Expulsion

Conduct expulsion is a permanent separation of the student from the university (including its premises and activities) in extreme instances when no other means of reconciliation is possible between the student and the university. The student has proven themselves incapable of normal relations with the university community, usually through a continual pattern of violations that directly threaten the university or its members’ well-being and safety. Notation of the expulsion will appear on the student’s academic transcript. All fees and academic credits for the semester during which the expulsion occurs are forfeited. (Conduct Expulsion is maintained as a part of a student’s educational record indefinitely.)

VI. Other Sanctions

Other sanctions may include educational activities, assignments, and/or programs related to the nature of the violation, including, but not limited to alcohol/substance education, including alcohol/substance assessment and treatment. Other educational activities, assignments, and/or programs, aimed at reestablishing normal relations with the university, and restitution for damage are also used, as are other educational sanctions.