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Student Conduct Sanctions

When a student is found to be in-violation of a student conduct standard some type of sanction must be applied. In general, for a sanction to be effective in a university setting the question of how a sanction will educate the student, restore the victim and/or safeguard the campus community will be considered.  

The range of sanctions, as listed in the Document on Student Rights and Welfare and as published in The Key, are listed below.  For additional information on specific sanction assignments, resources or questions about completing your sanction refer to the sanction resource page or contact the Student Conduct office.

Note: For informational purposes. Consult the The Key Student Handbook for the official and most up to date policies. 

Disciplinary Reprimand: A formal letter issued when a student's conduct is deemed to be unsatisfactory to the degree that the University makes a record of the incident and warns the student against repetition of similar behavior.

Educational Activities:  The required participation in a specified activity, service project, community service, educational program, event, assignment or other educational and/or restorative assignment.  

Review PeriodA period of time not to exceed one academic year and imposed with the expectation that the student will engage in a  relationship with a counselor or staff member and may include a service related to the infraction committed.

Social Restriction: Suspension of attendance at co-curricular events for a specified period of time. The action may restrict access or visitation privileges to campus facilities. 

RestitutionPayment for replacement or repair for damages to property. Restitution may be applied only once if civil or criminal action is also being applied. In these cases, legal judgments shall take precedence. Restitution imposed by a campus hearing authority will be held in abeyance until civil and criminal charges can be finalized. 

Disciplinary Probation: A status which declares a student to not be in good standing with the University and to be subject to loss of certain participation privileges for specified period of time not to exceed one (1) year. A student is denied the privilege to represent the University in any organized capacity including intercollegiate varsity, non-varsity or club events or to hold office in any student organization. Such probation indicates to the student that future violations of University regulations will most likely result in suspension or dismissal from the University.

Residence Hall Suspension: A student may be excluded from campus housing for a specified period of time if held responsible through judicial process for a major violation of the Code of Conduct, for repeated infractions or a serious breach of residence hall regulations.

Deferred Suspension:  The student is informed that although the violation of university regulations may warrant a suspension decision (residence hall or university suspension), a suspension is being deferred and the student is required to adhere to specific requirements and conditions imposed by the designated hearing authority. Failure to abide by the imposed conditions may result in the rescission of the deferment. The student is also advised that any subsequent violations may result in the immediate suspension or dismissal from the university and/or residence halls.  

Suspension: A hearing authority may recommend to the Associate Provost and Dean of Students the exclusion of a duly registered student from the University for a specific period of time not to exceed two years. During the period of suspension the person is not permitted to be on campus or attend non-public University activities or programs. A suspended student seeking to return must apply for readmission to the university.

Dismissal: A hearing authority may recommend to the Associate Provost and Dean of Students the complete separation of the student from the University for a term of not less than three years. During that period the person is not permitted to be on campus or attend any non-public-University activities or programs. A dismissed student may apply for readmission to the University after three years. The individual must show just cause to be considered.