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Standard Sanctions

Standard sanctions are consistent University responses to specific violations of the Student Code of Conduct. Although sanctions are not assigned until a student's case is heard, these sanctions constitute the minimum consequences a student may expect. We hope that prior notice of these standard sanctions will encourage students to avoid behaviors that lead to serious consequences. The standard sanctions are rarely modified. However, the presence of substantial mitigating or other appropriate circumstances may result in the reduction or escalation of a standard sanction.

Standard sanctions do not apply when:

  1. A student engages in multiple violations in a single incident;
  2. A student has a disciplinary history, regardless of whether past violations are related to the current violation;
  3. 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.

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

Table of Standard Sanctions

Category First Violation Second Violation Third Violation

Housing and Residence Life Visitation

Warning; or University probation if visitation occurs significantly over visitation time or evidence that person of opposite gender has spent the night.

University probation or removal from residential community or suspension

Removal from residential community or suspension

Consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages or possession of empty containers of alcohol on campus

University probation, alcohol assessment and education programs

Suspension

To Be Determined (TBD)

Underage consumption of alcohol

(on or off campus)

University probation, alcohol assessment and education programs

Suspension

TBD

Drunkenness 

(on or off campus)

University probation, alcohol assessment and education programs

Suspension

TBD

Driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance

(on or off campus)

Suspension, completion of alcohol/drug assessment and/or education programs; possible dismissal when injury involved

Dismissal

N/A

Attempt to obtain, use, or possess marijuana, other illegal drugs, or drug paraphernalia

(on or off campus)

Suspension, drug assessment and education programs and reflective paper on drug abuse

TBD

TBD

Hosting or in any way assisting or promoting a gathering that includes drunkenness, drug use, or underage drinking

(on or off campus)

Suspension; possible dismissal when injury involved

Dismissal

N/A