Violation and Sanction Framework

Sanctions resulting from Honor Code and Code of Conduct violations become part of a student’s conduct record. Certain violation types and sanctions are deleted upon graduation.

Sanctions are issued on a case-by-case basis and may not be reflected here, depending on the nature and severity of the violation, the presence of mitigating or aggravating circumstances, or whether the student has had a prior conduct violation.

The Office of the Dean of Students may place a hold on a student’s record in cases of non-compliance.

The sanction framework is a guide for decision-making when determining sanctions. The nature of the violation and specific circumstances will be considered when determining the actual sanction. The hearing officer will use this framework as a guide.

General Sanction Framework

Any individual or combination of the below sanctions in this section may be applied to a student or student organization when found responsible for violating the Code of Conduct.


“Behavioral Requirement or Educational Program”
This includes required activities including, but not limited to, mentoring, workshops, requirement to attend, present and/or participate in a program or sequence of programs related to the violation.  The activities may be on campus, off campus, or on-line.

“Community Service”
When connected or germane to the nature of the violation, assignment to work a specific number of hours at a community service site approved by the Office of Student Conduct. Community Service locations may exist on and off campus.

“Restitution”
Compensation for damage caused to the University or any person’s property.  This could also include situations such as failure to return a reserved space to proper condition, labor costs and expenses.  This is not a fine, but rather, a repayment for labor costs and/or the value of property destroyed, damaged, consumed, or stolen.

“Restorative Actions”
Requirement to engage in actions that attempt to make amends for the negative impact of a violation and repair the harm that resulted from the misconduct.  These actions may include activities such as letters of apology, drafting and implementing a plan of resolution, engaging in restorative justice conferences, or developing plans for reintegration.

“Activities Suspension”
A period of time during which a student remains as an enrolled student and continues his/her academic work but will have participation in non-academic activities limited as identified by the hearing officer.  This may include ineligibility to participate or hold office in any student organization at the University or to represent the university outside of the community. Participation in study abroad programs, attending conferences/retreats as part of a non-academic activity, or participation in intercollegiate athletics, student organizations, or intramural teams will also be considered.  Work-study jobs are not suspended during this time. Any clarification concerning other activities that may be affected will be made by the Dean of Students or designee.

“Disciplinary Probation”
A period of official censure and heightened scrutiny of the student’s behavior during the period of probation: a further violation by a student while on disciplinary probation will result in increased sanctions up to and including suspension or expulsion. A student may be required to meet periodically with a dean (or other University official) during his/her period of probation.

“University Housing Probation”
Official notice that, should further violations of the Student Conduct Code occur during a specified probationary period, the student may be immediately removed from University Housing.  Regular probationary meetings may also be imposed.

“University Housing Reassignment”
Reassignment to another University housing facility as determined by the Department of Residence Life and Housing.

“University Housing Suspension or Expulsion”
Removal from University housing for a specified period of time up to, and including, permanent removal.  Conditions for re-admission to University housing may be specified.  Under this sanction, a student is required to vacate University housing within 24-hours of notification of the action, though this deadline may be extended upon application to, and at the discretion of, the Dean of Residence Life and Housing. This sanction may be enforced with a trespass action if deemed necessary.  This sanction may include a restriction to specified buildings or all University housing during the period of suspension or expulsion.

“On-Campus Living Requirement”
Removal from off-campus housing assignment to a University housing facility as determined by the Department of Residence Life and Housing.

“Residency Requirement Extension”
Requirement to live on-campus beyond the specified residency requirement period. This requirement may be for a specified period of time up to a permanent extension throughout the duration of the student’s enrollment as an undergraduate student at the University.

“Suspension Withheld”
The student has been suspended for a specified minimum period of time; however, the suspension is withheld as long as the student agrees to undergo other alternative sanctions such as drug testing or a specified educational program. This is a serious sanction since any additional violation of the Code of Conduct or breaking the terms of the agreement to complete educational sanctions will result in immediate separation from the community.

“Suspension”
Separation from the University for a specified minimum period of time, after which the student is eligible to return.  Eligibility may be contingent upon satisfaction of specific conditions noted at the time of the suspension.  During the suspension period, the student is banned from university property, functions, events and activities without prior written approval from the Dean of Students or designee.

“Expulsion”
Permanent separation from the University.  The student is banned from university property and the student’s presence at any University sponsored activity or event is prohibited.  This action may be enforced with a trespass action as necessary.

“Revocation of Admission and/or Degree”
Admission to or a degree awarded from the University may be revoked for fraud, misrepresentation, or other violation of University standards in obtaining the degree, or for other serious violations committed by a student prior to graduation.

“Withholding Degree”
The University may withhold awarding a degree otherwise earned until the completion of the process set forth in this Student Conduct Code, including the completion of all sanctions imposed, if any.

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Alcohol and Other Drug Sanctions

The sanctions listed above may be applied in addition to the alcohol and substance use prevention educational sanctions identified below.

Click here to view the Alcohol and Other Drug Sanctioning Framework.


AlcoholEdu for Sanctions
An online interactive alcohol and drug education program.

BASICS Group
A group‑based intervention for alcohol and other drugs using a multi‑faceted individual feedback report to inform behavior modification and goal‑setting.

BASICS 1:1
A single‑session, individualized intervention based in Motivational Interviewing for alcohol and other drugs using a multi‑faceted individual feedback report to inform behavior modification and goal‑setting.

BASICS+
A four‑session, individualized intervention based in Motivational Interviewing for alcohol and other drugs using a multi‑faceted individual feedback report to inform behavior modification and goal‑setting.

Formal AOD Assessment
Formal assessment conducted by trained, licensed clinical staff regarding problematic use of alcohol and/or other drugs. Includes referral to additional services/resources as indicated.

Parental Notification
In all instances of alcohol and other drug violations, a student’s parents will be contacted by mail and/or phone.