While there are no absolute sanctions applied in every instance, sanctions are reflective of the nature and severity of an incident. Generally, students can expect some type of educational sanction, some type of disciplinary sanction and some administrative actions. Factors taken into consideration when deciding the appropriate sanctions for a specific case include the number of charges applied in an incident, the severity of each policy violation and the impact of the student’s behavior on the University community.
Also taken into consideration are the nature and timing of any prior cases. For example, a student who has had two alcohol violations within the same semester would receive different sanctions for the second case than a student who has two cases (one alcohol-related, one not) two years apart.
In all cases, education is the primary goal of any sanction applied. It is hoped that students will reflect upon the choices and decisions made in the situation, realize the impact these impacts had on both themselves and the community and determine changes that will ensure subsequent violations do not occur.
The ending date of a disciplinary sanction indicates the length of the “active” period of that sanction. While a sanction is active, it is most important that a student is aware of all the policies and follows them, as another violation while a current sanction is active will result in more severe sanctions for the subsequent case. However, if a significant amount of time has passed since the end of the active period of a sanction, that would be taken into consideration when deciding the sanctions for any subsequent violations.
For example, if a student is on active Deferred Suspension from the University and has another case, the student can expect to be suspended. However, if the student’s period of Deferred Suspension has been over for two years when another case happens, the student might be placed back on Deferred Suspension.
Sanction end dates are also important for certain University offices, who consider the students’ conduct record and status of sanctions when determining if the student is eligible for employment or honors at the University.
When looking at the disciplinary record of a graduate school applicant, the admissions officer will typically consider the type of violation, time of the event and the outcome. A simple alcohol violation during the first two weeks of freshman year would be viewed much differently than an academic honesty violation in a senior-level major class. The more competitive the school to which the student is applying the more likely a disciplinary record might affect acceptance to that school.
As permitted by the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act of 1974, when a final outcome of responsible is reached in cases regarding alcohol, drugs or violence, or when students have placed their on-campus housing or education in jeopardy if they are found responsible for subsequent violations of the Code of Conduct, you will be notified with a letter from the Office of Student Conduct. This letter will include the charge(s) your student was responsible for violating, and a general discussion regarding the sanctions applied. If you have not already spoken to your student about the incident prior to receiving the letter, you can raise the issue with your student and offer support, advice and/or feedback.
Occasionally parents may be contacted before a case is resolved when it is believed the student is a danger to themself or others. In these rare circumstances, the combined efforts of you, the Office of Student Conduct staff and other University officials will benefit your son or daughter in addressing the situation.
To re-apply to the University after a suspension, the student must contact the Office of Student Conduct and inform us of the intention to re-apply. This should be done approximately two weeks before the start of the semester the student wishes to re-enroll. The Office of Student Conduct staff will send directions and links for the re-application process. The student should contact the Office of Student Conduct approximately three weeks before the beginning of the semester the student wishes to return.
In the rare instance when a student is facing both conduct charges and felony-level criminal charges, an attorney may accompany the student to any meetings regrading the conduct process, but the attorney’s participation will be limited to instructing the student to answer questions or not.