The purpose of imposing sanctions is twofold: to protect the University community from behaviors that are detrimental to the educational process of the community; and to assist students in identifying acceptable parameters of their actions and consequences of future behaviors. The severity of the sanctions imposed is intended to correspond with the severity or frequency of violation, as well as the student’s willingness to recommit him or herself to good citizenship through behaviors that fall within the conduct of regulations of the University. The following student conduct sanctions may be imposed upon a student responsible for a violation either singly and/or in combination:
A. Expulsion. Expulsion is permanent separation from the University involving denial of all student privileges. Expulsion shall be effective on the date of notice of the expulsion, or later if so stated in the notice; and may be entered into the student’s transcript. Students separated from the University may not enter University premises or University-related premises without securing prior approval from the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students/designee.
B. University Dismissal. Dismissal is a separation from the University involving denial of all student privileges. Dismissal shall be effective on the date of notice of the dismissal or later if so stated in the notice; may be entered into the student’s transcript; and may prescribe the date and conditions upon which the student may petition for readmission. Conditions for readmission may include, but are not limited to, disciplinary probation for a specified length of time; non-residence on campus; restricted visitation to specified campus facilities; and written statement from an accredited mental health professional or medical doctor verifying the capability of the student to function successfully at the University. Readmission is at the sole discretion of the University and is not guaranteed. Students separated from the University by dismissal may not enter University premises or University – related premises without securing prior approval from the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students/designee. The dismissal notation will be removed from the student’s permanent record, by the Registrar, upon the student’s graduation. The dismissal notation can also possibly be removed earlier by petitioning the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students.
C. Campus Dismissal. Campus dismissal is the loss of privilege of living and being on campus except to attend classes. The student may not be on campus or University owned property/facilities for any reason other than to attend class during the stated period of campus dismissal and is prohibited from participating in all activities sponsored by the University or an organization affiliated with the University, whether on or off campus.
D. Residence Hall Separation. Residence Hall Separation involves removal from the campus residence hall community for conduct which clearly demonstrates an inability to function appropriately in the residence hall living situation. Such separation may be permanent or for a specified number of semesters. Such separation prohibits accessibility to all or designated residence halls and associated facilities. Visitation will not be permitted without securing prior approval from the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students/designee. In no case will separation be less than the remainder of the semester in which it takes place.
E. Disciplinary Probation. A period of review and observation during which a student has been officially notified that his/her conduct, although not serious enough to warrant dismissal, was very inappropriate. Subsequent violations of University rules, regulations or policies (even after a particular probationary period expires) could result in a more severe sanction. Disciplinary Probation is a status which may involve restrictions, conditions, or terms imposed for a definite period of time. Restrictions, conditions, or terms of probation may include but are not limited to: ineligibility to participate in campus activities or events; periodic contact with a designated member of the campus community; restrictions on accessibility to University facilities and/or housing areas; and change in housing assignment. Restrictions, conditions, and terms will be imposed for a specific length of time not to exceed the length of the probationary period. Failure to comply with the terms and conditions of sanctioned disciplinary probation or additional behavior in violation of the Student Code of Conduct during the probationary period will likely result in more serious judicial action.
F. Behavioral Conduct Notice. A Behavioral Conduct Notice is a written notice to the student indicating that specific behavior or activity was in violation of the Student Code of Conduct and that repetition of similar or other unsatisfactory behaviors would likely result in more serious judicial action. A Behavioral Conduct Notice may also involve conditions that are intended to be educational in nature.
G. Restitution. Restitution is the reimbursement for actual damage to, destruction of, or misappropriation of University property or property of any person. The Assistant Dean of Students/designee will determine the appropriate reimbursement after receiving property damage assessment or replacement costs from the appropriate University authorities. Restitution is not a fine.
H. Institutional Scholarships. Should the University determine that a student is in violation of the Student Code of Conduct, it may revoke a percentage of institutionally funded scholarships. Revocation of institutionally funded scholarships is generally imposed in lieu of dismissal or more restrictive sanctions for a severe violation under the Student Code of Conduct. Once imposed, the percentage of revoked scholarship assistance will be based upon the severity of the offense as well as the student’s conduct history. The revocation of institutionally funded scholarships applies to future semester(s); however, each circumstance will be determined individually. A student may apply to the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students for reinstatement of aid after successful completion of the revocation period and full compliance with all related sanctions and conditions.
I. Termination of the Privileges of a Registered Student Organization. Termination of the Privileges of a Registered Student Organization is the loss of any or all privileges granted to University approved organizations. Imposition of this sanction does not preclude student conduct charges against individual members of the organization.
J. Termination of the Registration of a Registered Student Organization. Termination of the Registration of a Registered Student Organization is the discontinuation of the registration of the organization. This means the organization can no longer function or represent itself as an approved student organization of the University. Imposition of this sanction does not preclude student conduct charges against individual members of the organization.
K. Parental Notification for Violating the University’s Drug or Alcohol Policy. When found responsible for violations of these conduct standards, the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students/designee can notify the responsible student’s parents or legal guardians of these violations as allowed by Federal law. This will occur only after the Assistant Dean of Students/designee has discussed this possible notification with the student and the student is under the age of twenty-one (21).
L. The following sanctions may be imposed, for any charged student found to have violated the Student Code of Conduct. Sanctions include, but are not limited to: