Authorized Disciplinary Actions

Residence Hall Level

Any residence hall specialist may take certain actions in response to violations of the Student Code of Conduct or the Residence Life Handbook. They also respond to specific complaints by members of the residential community. The following actions are available:

1.   Issuance of a written warning that the student’s past behavior is not acceptable and continued violations will result in more serious disciplinary action.

2.   Suspension of a residential living privilege, such as laundry room use, visitation privilege or lounge area use, as well as other actions appropriate to the individual situation.

3.   Assessment of a fine or charge for violations of hall policies or damage to college property.

4.   Mandatory reassignment to a different room within the hall.

5.   Behavioral Contract.

6.   Recommendation for removal from the residence hall and other restrictions as appropriate.

Campus Level

The following actions are available to college administrative personnel to deal with repeated or serious violations of the Student Code of Conduct or college policies. Actions may be taken at the level deemed appropriate depending on the seriousness of the violation and the past record of the student. Please take notice that an incident of misconduct may involve more than one violation and may result in action being taken at various levels of the college administration, from the advisors of residential operations to the Behavior Intervention Team.  Action at one level regarding a particular violation does not preclude action being taken at another level regarding other violations arising from the same incident.

1.  Written Warning is official notice to the student that their past behavior is not in accordance with college expectations; is educational in nature, but also forms a basis for more severe action in case of further violations.

2.  Restitution may be assessed in cases where damage to property has occurred or a fine exists for a specific action. Financial action may involve a replacement or repair charge, a punitive charge or a combination.

3.  Restrictions and Suspension of Activities are actions which restrict or prohibit a student’s use of College facilities or services; prohibit participation in extracurricular activities; and/or terminate college employment. Actions may include, but are not limited to:

A. No participation in student organizations.

B. No use of college facility, such as the student center;

C. No participation in college activities, such as dances, parties, intramurals, etc.

D. Removal from a residence hall.

E. Suspension of specific privileges such as residence hall visitation. Other actions may be taken, as appropriate to the violations.

F. Terminations or refusal of college employment.

4.  Revocation of Scholarship will occur when students receiving performance scholarships are restricted from continuing to receive that assistance. Athletic scholarships also may be revoked pursuant the terms of Athletic Code of Conduct. This will occur when deemed appropriate in view of the specific violation, which has occurred.

5.  Behavioral Contract of Referral would require the student enter into a binding contract to structure their activities and behavior in order to change that behavior to eliminate the need for further disciplinary action. Referral to other resources for assistance, either on or off campus, also may be required for the student to remain enrolled and/or on campus. Referral may be separate or part of a behavioral contract. Community service requirements may be part of any contract.

6.  Disciplinary Probation usually involves any or all the actions listed in sections 1 through 5. This is used only when the student’s actions and past behavior or doubt of their ability to act in a responsible manner and to successfully adjust to a college environment are noted. Failure to abide by these restrictions and conditions will result in suspension. This action normally is in effect for at least one regular academic semester.

7.  Suspension is used when other attempts to change behavior have failed. This involves suspension from enrollment and presence on campus at any time. This action will be in effect for at least one long semester and may constitute permanent severance from the college. The length of the suspension will be determined by the seriousness of the actions and the possibility of future problems with the student.

8. Immediate Suspension is used when a student’s presence poses continuing danger to people or property or an ongoing threat of disruption to the academic process. The student may be immediately removed from the college with loss of all college privileges. In such incidents, a notice of hearing to the student will follow for resolution of the matter as soon as is practical.

All students involved in disciplinary actions will be reviewed periodically during their effective period to determine whether they are willing to make an effort to engage in responsible behavior.

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