The Purposes of Sanctions include, without limitation:
- To educate the Respondent about appropriate conduct;
- To promote the personal and professional development of the Respondent;
- To discourage the Respondent and other students from violating the Standards of Conduct;
- To protect other members of the University community.
The Sanctions imposed on a Respondent should be Proportional to the Respondent’s misconduct and appropriate for the particular case based on the gravity of the offense. Including, without limitation:
- How the violation affected or reasonably could have affected other members of the University community
- The Respondent’s conduct record;
- If the Respondent acted in self-defense, and, if so, whether the amount of force used was reasonable under the circumstances;
- The Respondent’s academic classification (e.g., undergraduate, graduate, freshman, sophomore, junior, senior);
- Other aggravating or mitigating factors.
Types of Sanctions
During probation, the student generally must attend probation meetings with SCCS staff as scheduled. During these meetings, staff will give education, provide guidance, and check in on statuses related to the violation. Failure to attend or communicate with SCCS staff could result in further disciplinary actions.
If a student ceases enrollment while on probation and later returns, the probation period would continue.
A suspension is an official separation of a student from the University for a specific period of time and/or until certain conditions are met. Suspension may include conditions that must be satisfied prior to a student being allowed to re-enroll and/or conditions that will be in place if the student is allowed to re-enroll. While suspended, the student loses all University rights and privileges (e.g., enrollment privileges), shall not represent the University in any official manner, and shall not be present on University-controlled property without the prior approval of the Vice Chancellor for Student Life. The student may be required to meet with an assigned Student Life staff member periodically while suspended to ensure the student is making satisfactory progress regarding the developmental sanctions issued. The Vice Chancellor for Student Life or their designee will determine whether the student is eligible for consideration for re-enrollment by the University’s admissions office(s). Various factors related to the student’s suspension will be considered by a committee chaired by the Vice Chancellor for Student Life or their designee and may include, but are not limited to, the following: the nature and seriousness of the incident; whether the incident was an isolated event or repeated behavior; the length of time passed since the incident; evidence of rehabilitation, completion of any University administered sanctions, or criminal penalties related to the incident. Students who are permitted to return to the University following a period of suspension will automatically be placed on disciplinary probation by SCCS for a designated period of time, which is designed to facilitate a smooth transition back to the University community. A student on post suspension disciplinary probation must abide by the Standards of Conduct and all terms and conditions placed on the student’s re-enrollment.
Please see the Code of Conduct for more information.