General Guidelines in Conduct Sanctions
Whenever possible, choose sanctions that are most likely to assist the student in understanding the policy and its rationale and achieving the desired behavioral change. The most effective sanctions will address the cause of the behavior. Sanctions imposed will be situational and will take into consideration the student's attitude, commitment to changing behavior, level of self-responsibility, prior behavior, and personal circumstances in his/her life.
Sanctions can differ yet should remain relatively consistent in severity. Hearing officers and boards can consider mitigating and aggravating circumstances and can increase or decrease the severity of the sanction accordingly. But in general, a first-time Type A behavior would result in informal resolution or Level 1. A first-time Type B behavior would generally result in a Level 1 or 2 sanction (note that Type B violations which involve alcohol or other drugs will almost always be referred to an alcohol/drug educator because they involve problematic behavior). A first-time Type C behavior would generally result in a Level 2 or 3 sanction. Finally, a first-time Type D behavior would generally result in a Level 3 or 4 sanction. The process is cumulative; severity of sanctions increases with repeated behavior. Also, the more serious the behavior, the more serious the sanctions.
The recommended sanction for any sexual offense is suspension for up to eight semesters or expulsion. Minimally, the sanctions must include a) University conduct probation and b) education, assessment and/or treatment programs as the student's expense.
General Violation/Sanction Grid
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Levels of Sanctions
At this level, an informal discussion or resolution takes place with community members, Community Mentor, Area Coordinator, or other University staff member.
Level 1: Sanctions
- Written warning
- Fine or financial restitution if appropriate
- Suspended sanction
At this level, a hearing officer is not required to set up a formal administrative hearing. If the hearing officer decides to send a warning letter without discussing the incident with the student, he/she should note in the letter that the student should contact the hearing officer if he/she has any questions or concerns, or feels that the information is inaccurate.
Level 2: Sanctions
- Fine or financial restitution, if appropriate
- Referral to alcohol/drug educator (alcohol/drug class or individual session w/ recommendations)
- 5-20 campus restitution hours
- Suspended sanction
- Educational sanction
- Anger management or violence intervention class/program
- Community probation for alcohol/substance in a wellness community
- having any alcohol/drugs on their person, in their room or car
- being in an area where alcohol or drugs are present
- being on campus while under the influence
- all residences except theirs or certain areas of campus parking
Level 3: Sanction - University Conduct Probation or Disciplinary Probation
- Sanctions listed under Level 2
- Outline of consequences for further violations
- Behavioral contract
- 5-100 campus restitution hours
- Restricted participation in University activities, sports or organizations
- Drug testing (urinalysis)
Level 4: Sanction - Contract Cancellation and University Conduct Probation or Suspension
- Sanctions listed under Level 3
- Contract Cancellation