Sanctions

The following are University sanctions that may be assigned as a result of a student or student organization found responsible for violating the Code of Student Conduct. Sanctions may be imposed independently or in combination with other sanctions. Sanctions can be assigned to an individual student, groups of students, and student organizations.

The Preliminary Action Office, Hearing Officer, or Student Conduct Board will consider a student’s or student organization’s prior conduct in determining appropriate sanctions.

A. Warning:  A finding that the behavior violated a community standard and a written or verbal warning was issued to the student or student organization that any repetition of the behavior will result in more severe disciplinary action. 

B. Educational Sanction:  An order requiring the student or student organization to perform mandated service or to participate in an education program or activity, including, but not limited to, an educational seminar, paper, a treatment program for alcohol or drug abuse, psychological or psychiatric counseling, or other program/task designed to assist the student in learning more about how their behavior impacted themselves and/or the community. 

C. Parental Notification:  A letter or phone call notifying a parent or guardian of a student who is under 21 years of age (at the time of the misconduct) that he/she has committed a violation of law or university policy pertaining to drugs or alcohol.

D. Alcohol Sanctioning Guidelines

The below sanctions are guidelines. Sanctions may be altered based on the severity of the incident, the impact upon the community, and/or the student's discipline history.

Incident results in:

Harm to Self, Others, or Property and/or Violations of Law No Harm to Self, Others, or Property and/or Violations of University Policy
First Offense Written warning, substance abuse assessment, probationary period of no less than one academic semester, $100 fine and Parental Notification.  Written warning, Alcohol Edu workshop, $100 fine, and Parental Notification. 
Second Offense Completion of an outpatient substance abuse program, probationary period for no less than one academic year, $500 fine, possible removal from campus housing and/or suspension from University, and Parental Notification.  Substance abuse assessment, probationary period for no less than one academic semester, $500 fine and Parental Notification. 
Third Offense Suspension from school for no less than two academic semesters, $1000 Fine, Parental Notification, and permanent removal from campus housing. Further violations may result in dismissal or expulsion from the University.  Completion of outpatient substance abuse program, possible removal from campus housing and/or suspension from University, $1000 fine, probationary period for at least one academic calendar year upon return to University and Parental Notification. 

 

E. Drug Violations Sanctioning Guidelines

The below sanctions are guidelines. Sanctions may by altered based on the severity of the incident, the impact upon the community, and/or the student's discipline history.

Incident results in:

Harm to Self, Others, or Property No Harm to Self, Others, or Property
First Offense Written warning, Substance abuse assessment, Probationary period for no less than one academic year, $100 fine, Parental Notification, Possible removal from campus housing and/or suspension from the University. Written warning, substance abuse assessment, $100 fine, probationary period for no less than two semesters, possible removal from campus housing, and Parental Notification. 
Second Offense Suspension from the University for no less than one academic semester, Permanent removal from campus housing, Completion of substance abuse treatment program, Probationary period for no less that one academic year, $500 fine and Parental Notification. Probationary period for no less than one academic year, Completion of an outpatient substance abuse treatment program, $500 fine, removal from campus housing and/or possible suspension from the University, and Parental Notification.
Third Offense Suspension from university for no less than three academic semesters, $1000 fine and Parental Notification. Further violations may result in dismissal or expulsion from the University. Suspension from the University for no less than one academic semester, probationary period for no less than one academic year, $1000 fine, Permanent removal from campus housing and Parental Notification. Further violations may result in dismissal or expulsion from the University.


F. Restitution: Requires a student or student organization to pay for damages to property, or the property of members or of visitors to the University, or for misappropriation of University funds, or for other expenses incurred as a result of violations of the Code of Student Conduct. Such reimbursement will be charged to any student who alone, or through group activities, organizes or knowingly participates in the events causing the damages or costs. Restitution may be imposed separately or in addition to any other sanction(s).

G. Fine/Administrative Fee: A fine or fee requires a student or student organization to pay a sum of money.  Fines and fees assist with costs associated with educational workshops and programs.  The Student Conduct Director shall determine the amount of the fine. Fines may be imposed separately or in addition to any other sanction(s). 

The fines or fees listed below may be assessed.

Amount Reason
Up to $100 Plagiarism Workshop
Up to $100 Fine due to 1st alcohol or drug violation
Up to $500 Fine due to 2nd alcohol or drug violation
Up to $1000 Fine due to 3rd (and each subsequent) alcohol or drug violation
Up to $2000 Fine maximum for any type of fine


H. Probation: A trial period during which a student or student organization must behave in a manner acceptable to the University. Under the status of disciplinary probation, a student is encouraged to seek advice and counsel from appropriate University officials. Conditions of probation may be set forth which restrict the student’s participation in co-curricular activities such as holding a student leadership position, competing in a sporting event(s), being employed on campus or other specified activities. Disciplinary probation status may also affect qualifications of some awards, prizes, or financial aid, particularly those stipulating conduct acceptable to the University. Established proof of a violation of the terms of probation, or of a further incident of misconduct while on probation, may result in separation from the University for no less than one academic semester.

I. Loss of Privilege: The withdrawal of a privilege, use of a service, participation in a program, event, or activity for a specific period of time. The loss of privilege may prohibit a student or student organization from participating in co-curricular or athletic activities, continuing a degree program, and/or prohibit a student from enrolling in a class or classes. This sanction may be imposed separately or in addition to any other sanction(s).

J. Termination of Recognition: An order terminating University recognition of a registered student organization for a specific or indefinite period of time.

K. No Contact Order: No contact orders are designed so that students or student organizations involved in a campus conduct process do not have any communication with each other to help minimize further altercations between those involved. Students who have no contact orders are not to contact each other using ANY means. This includes, but is not limited to comments, words or gestures in person, through postal mail, email, social networking sites, or by having others (friends, acquaintances, family members, etc.) act on his/her behalf.

L. Suspension: An action which excludes the student or student organization from registration, class attendance, residence in University-owned or -managed housing, and use of University facilities or a specified period of time normally not to exceed three academic semesters. The privilege of the use of University facilities/property is withdrawn by this action unless specific permission otherwise is obtained from the conduct officer.  Suspension for an unlawful act may include the issuance of a criminal trespass warning by the University Police.

When the suspension action is decided upon after the eighth week of the semester and the presence of the student on campus is deemed not to be a threat, the suspension may be deferred until the end of the semester at the discretion of the Student Conduct Board or Student Conduct Director or his/her designee. Should the student be readmitted, established proof of a further incident of misconduct will result in additional suspension periods, dismissal, or expulsion. Additionally, the failure to observe the terms and conditions of a suspension may cause the extension of the suspension period or in further disciplinary action.

Furthermore, a notation will be placed on a student’s transcript indicating disciplinary suspension for the entire duration of the student’s suspension. Lastly, upon completion of the period of suspension and fulfillment of all conduct sanctions, the student must comply with all academic admission standards then in effect in order to re-register.

M. Deferred Suspension:  This sanction is a suspension that is delayed pending specified behavioral performance. A definite period of observation and review occurs during deferred suspension. If a student is again found responsible of violating the Code of Student Conduct, the suspension will take place immediately without appeal.

N. Expulsion: The permanent loss of the privilege of registration, class attendance, and residence in University owned or managed housing. The privilege of the use of University facilities or property is also withdrawn by this action. A student who has been expelled is not eligible for readmission. Furthermore, a notation will be placed on a student’s transcript indicating disciplinary expulsion.  Students expelled for unlawful conduct will also be issued a criminal trespass warning by the University Police.