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For Students

Sanction Information

Violation of University policies for personal conduct may result in the imposition of one or more of the sanctions listed below. Sanctions that may be imposed are not limited to those listed. In certain limited situations, University officials may impose a sanction but suspend or postpone its actual implementation. Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed by a disciplinary body may result in further disciplinary action, including but not limited to, a registration hold, placement on, or extension of, University probation, or suspension.

Sanctions affecting the conduct of students are based on general principles of fair treatment. While attempting to be consistent in its disciplinary decisions, the University also seeks to be fair and sensitive to the facts and circumstances of each individual case.

1. Warning: Oral or written notice to the student that the student is violating or has violated the Code of Conduct and that continuation or repetition of misconduct may result in a more severe sanction.

2. University Probation: A status which indicates that a student's relationship with Seaver College is tenuous. Probation is for a designated period of time and includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the student is found in violation of any University regulations. Probation may also result in the loss of privileges, depending on the policies of various University departments and organizations.  For example, some leadership positions are revoked when a student is placed on probation (e.g., RA, SGA elected position, Student Activities, Admission, and PAC positions).  Also, if a student is placed on University Probation, the student becomes ineligible for International Programs during the probation period. This includes applying, remaining in the queue, or attending a program.

3. Loss of Privileges: Such loss may include, but is not limited to, financial assistance, eligibility to represent the University officially on athletic teams or performing groups, participation in the housing lottery, or use of specific University facilities, computer systems, equipment, or services.

4. Fines: Payment of charges for violation of regulations. These charges will be added to a student’s account.

5. Restitution: Compensation for loss, damage or injury. Failure to pay such charges may result in additional sanctions (including, but not limited to, denial of re-enrollment or refusal to release official transcripts and records).

6. Educational Sanctions: Mandatory work hours, reading/writing assignment, drug or alcohol assessment/treatment, seminar attendance, or other discretionary sanctions as deemed appropriate.

7. Dismissal from University Housing: Loss of privilege to live in University housing. In accordance with University housing policy, students required to live on campus who are dismissed from University housing may be dismissed from Pepperdine University. Any student dismissed from the residential community prior to the end of the contractual period may be responsible for any remaining monetary charges, as well as ineligible for reimbursement for any charges already paid.

8. Suspension: Temporary separation of the student from Pepperdine University for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible to return without re-applying through the Office of Admission, unless the student is absent for two or more academic years, which does require re-application and readmission by the Office of Admission, as is the case for all students. Conditions for readmission may be specified.

9. Expulsion: Temporary separation of the student from Pepperdine University for a definite period of time, but not less than two semesters, after which the student must re-apply through the Office of Admission and be granted acceptance before becoming eligible for re-enrollment at the University. Conditions for readmission may be specified, but the student is not guaranteed readmission.

10. Dismissal: Permanent separation of the student from Pepperdine University. The student is dismissed from the University and is permanently ineligible to re-enroll at the University at any time in the future.

When students are dismissed, expelled, or suspended for disciplinary reasons, there will be no refund of tuition or room charges for the semester and all financial assistance for subsequent semesters will be reviewed and is subject to cancellation.

If a violation occurs just prior to a student's scheduled graduation, sanctions may be imposed even if all academic requirements are completed.  Sanctions may include, but are not limited to, community service, research or reflective paper, restitution, loss of privilege to participate in the graduation ceremony, deferment of degree, and a transcript hold.  The University may withhold issuing a degree until all sanctions are fulfilled.  In the rare case of a serious violation (e.g., sexual assault, DUI, illegal drug sales), the University may permanently withhold a degree.

Standard Sanctions

Standard sanctions are consistent University responses to specific violations of the Code of Conduct. While sanctions are not assigned until a student’s case is heard, these sanctions are the minimum penalty a student can expect. We hope that prior notice of these standard sanctions will encourage students to avoid behaviors that lead to serious consequences.

Standard sanctions apply only to those offenses described on the following table. Other types of incidents are handled on a case-by-case basis.

Standard sanctions do not apply when:

• a student engages in multiple behavioral violations in a single incident;

• a student has a disciplinary history, regardless if past violations are unrelated to the current violation;

• an incident presents unusually serious circumstances, risks to persons or property, or other complex concerns.

In these situations, the appropriate sanctions are determined on a case-by-case basis in light of all the circumstances. Generally, these situations result in sanctions in excess of the standard sanction.

The standard sanctions rarely are reduced. However, the presence of substantial mitigating or other appropriate circumstances may result in the reduction of a standard sanction at the discretion of the associate dean of student affairs for community standards, the Student Disciplinary Committee, or the vice president for student life and dean of student affairs.

Forfeiture of Financial Assistance

Every student who has accepted a scholarship, loan, fellowship, grant-in-aid, or any other financial assistance by the University or the state is deemed to have agreed to observe the rules and regulations of the University. The University shall review the record of each recipient of financial assistance who has been placed on University disciplinary probation, suspended, expelled, or dismissed from the University, or arrested and convicted as a result of a violation of University policy. In such cases students who have accordingly violated the student Code of Conduct as outlined in the Student Handbook may forfeit their financial assistance.  For further information regarding this policy, please contact the Office of Financial Assistance.

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Sanctions affecting the conduct of students are based on general principles of fair treatment. While attempting to be consistent in its disciplinary decisions, the University also seeks to be fair and sensitive to the facts and circumstances of each individual case.