Action Plans

The University of Alabama in Huntsville acknowledges that the student conduct process is one of education.   Once a student is involved in the student conduct process and if he/she is found responsible for a violation of the Code of Student Conduct and issued educational action plans for transformative learning, the goal is for the student to complete his/her action plan as timely as possible and move forward with his/her academic and personal pursuits.

Any of these corrective initiatives may be assigned as a result of a student or student organization being found responsible for violating the Code of Student Conduct. Action Plans may be imposed independently or in combination with others. Action Plans can be assigned to an individual student, groups of students, or student organizations and annotated accordingly in the appropriate department and records.

The following are plans adopted by the University broken into two categories – Status and Action:


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.

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 guidance 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.

Suspension: An action which excludes the student or student organization from registration, class attendance, residence in University-owned or -managed housing, hosting social functions, participating in University functions, and use of University facilities for a specified period of time. The privilege of the use of University facilities/property is withdrawn by this action unless specific permission otherwise is obtained from the Conduct Administrator. 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 Conduct Administrator. 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.

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.

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.


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.

Follow-Up Meetings:  To be held with the Conduct Administrator.  The purpose is to track an individual’s or organization’s progress following an event that has disrupted the education experience of the student or student organizational members.

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).

Administrative Fee: A fee requires a student or student organization to pay a sum of money. Fees assist with costs associated with educational workshops and programs. The Conduct Administrator shall determine the amount of the fees. Fees will be in association with the administration of a sanction(s).

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).

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

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.

*Prior actions or behavior may be a factor in assigning action plans or status as well as the nature of the violation.