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Office of Student Conduct

Possible Administrative Sanctions

Administrative sanctions for violations in accordance with the Code of Student Conduct are as follows:

Disciplinary Reprimand:
Indicates that a student's behavior is in violation of stated University policies. Further violations of policies may result in more serious actions. At the discretion of the Board, the Reprimand may include specific educational sanctions with which the student must comply.
Disciplinary Probation:
Indicates a strong warning issued in response to more serious or frequent violations of University policies. Probation is issued for a stated period of time. Specific restrictions include not allowing the student to represent the University in any extracurricular activities or run for or hold office in any student group or organization. Additional restrictions or educational sanctions may also be imposed.
Suspension Withheld:
The student has been suspended; however, the suspension is withheld as long as the student agrees to undergo other alternative sanctions such as drug testing or an educational program of some type. This is a serious sanction since any additional violation of policy or breaking the terms of the agreement to complete educational sanctions could automatically result in suspension.
Suspension:
Separation of the student from the University for a specified period of time. Permanent notification may appear on the student's transcript. The student shall not participate in any University sponsored activity and may be barred from University premises. Suspended time will not count against any time limits of the Graduate School for completion of a degree. (Suspension requires administrative review and approval by the Vice President for Student Affairs and may be altered, deferred, or withheld). The hearing board will recommend whether a transcript notation is appropriate.
Expulsion:
Permanent separation of the student from the University. Notification will appear on the student's transcript. The student also will be barred from University premises. (Expulsion requires administrative review and approval by the President and may be altered, deferred, or withheld).
Restitution:
The student is required to make payment to the University or to other persons, groups, or organizations for damages incurred as a result of a violation of the Code of Student Conduct.

Possible Educational Sanctions

The educational value of alternative sanctions is to assist the student in taking responsibility for his or her actions, being accountable, and learning constructive alternatives to inappropriate behavior.

Other sanctions may be imposed instead of or in addition to those specified in Part 10, sections (a) through (e) of theCode. For example, students may be subject to dismissal from University housing for disciplinary violations which occur in the residence halls. Likewise, students may be subject to restrictions upon their driving privileges for disciplinary violations involving the use or registration of motor vehicles. Work or research projects may also be assigned.

The board is encouraged to create sanctions which will provide necessary punishment for violations while contributing to the student's education. Careful attention is paid to the type of incident, the overall demeanor of the student, and mitigating and aggravating circumstances.

Below are some options for possible educational sanctions:

  • Community Service - the following are possible places where students can be assigned a certain number of work hours:
    • Environmental Conservation Organization - this is the student recycling center on campus.
    • Service/Charity Organizations - other local organizations are available for potential volunteer opportunities. This type of service must be negotiated through the Staff Assistant within the Office of Student Conduct.
  • Educational Programs - there are four programs currently sponsored by other departments on the campus in cooperation with the Office of Student Conduct.
    • Substance Abuse Intervention Program (SAIP) - sponsored by the University Health Center. The program is a seminar that meets for 2 hour sessions over a six week period. The program is designed as an intervention for students who may have problems with alcohol or other drug use.
    • Fire Safety Sanction Program - sponsored by the Department of Environmental Safety. This program consists of four one hour sessions designed to increase the awareness of students involved in fire safety related violations.
    • Drug Testing and Education Program - sponsored by the University Health Center. A student found responsible for first time possession or use of illegal drugs is subject to a one year suspension from the University. The suspension may be withheld if the student agrees to voluntarily submit to random drug testing and participate in the Substance Abuse Intervention Program. This sanction will only be administered by the Director or Assistant Director after an individual meeting.
    • Academic Integrity Seminar - sponsored by the Student Honor Council. A student found responsible for lying, providing false information, or initiating some form of academically related violations (i.e., having someone take an exam for him/her) may be assigned to enroll in this six week educational seminar which concentrates on values clarification and academic integrity issues.
  • Papers - the following are suggested topics. The board should determine length and due date.
    • Drugs/Alcoholism
    • Fire safety
    • Summary of Rules and Regulations
    • Interviews:
      • Firefighter
      • Police Officer
      • University staff/faculty member
  • Group Projects - fund raisers for:
    • Alcohol prevention on campus
    • Campus safety awareness
    • Fire safety
  • Letter of Apology - To be used when appropriate between individuals and ONLY if the complaining party agrees to such a sanction.
  • Recommendations - Board members may recommend (not require) academic penalties such as a "0" for an exam grade or "F" in a course. Board members may also recommend, but not require, individual counseling sessions if they feel this may be appropriate.