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 Sanctions (Consequences) 

 

SPOTLIGHT

 Any student or student organization that violates the provisions of this document is subject to disciplinary action which may include, but is not limited to, the following sanctions.  Sanctions may be applied singly or in combination. Each conduct referral is processed and decided based upon the unique circumstances of that particular referral. Although there will be usual and customary sanctions administered for similar violations of University regulations, there may be aggravating or mitigating circumstances that could alter the response. Aggravating factors may include, but are not limited to, the extent of harm or injury caused as a result of the incident and actions targeted toward a person based upon that person’s sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, or any legally protected class. (Use of the term “sexual orientation” is not to be taken as meaning that it is viewed by the University as a legally protected group.)

 

A. Censure (written warning) is an official statement that the student/organization has violated a University regulation. It is intended to communicate most strongly both the disapproval and the reprimand of the University community.

B. Probation:

1. Disciplinary Probation is an encumbrance on the student’s/organization’s good standing at the University. Any subsequent violation or additional referrals of violation of University regulations during the probationary period may result in separation from the University. A term of probation not less than one semester in length may be specified. If no additional violations or referrals of additional violations of University regulations occur, the student/organization is returned to good standing at the conclusion of the probationary period.

2. Permanent Disciplinary Probation is a permanent encumbrance on the student’s/organization’s good standing at the University. Any subsequent or additional referrals of violation of University regulations during the probationary period is likely to result in separation from the University. The student/organization will remain on probation until the disciplinary record is purged in accordance with the provisions of the Student Code of Conduct.

C. Loss of Privilege is the withdrawal of a privilege, use of a service, or participation in an activity for a specific period of time. This includes, but is not limited to, restriction of participation in Intercollegiate, Club, or Intramural Athletics, student organizations, Student Government, food services, other University services, programs, and academic trips or activities. Loss of privilege may be imposed separately or in addition to any other sanction, and should relate to the violations determined.

D. Social Activities Probation establishes a fixed period of time, not less than one semester in which the student/organization may not be permitted to represent the University nor participate in any extracurricular or athletic activities. The specifics of the social probation will vary based upon the violation and the individual student’s/organization’s circumstances. The student may be restricted and only participate in activities directly related to academic pursuits and only be permitted to enter buildings necessary for the completion of academic requirements. Students/organizations on social probation may be restricted from attending and/or purchasing tickets for certain events sponsored by the University including, but not limited to, athletic events, concerts, UPB programs, intramurals, off-campus trips, etc.

E. Separation from the University

1. Deferred Suspension establishes a fixed period of time, not less than one year in which the student/organization is not in good standing with the University. While permitted to remain enrolled or recognized the student/organization is not permitted to represent the University nor participate in any extracurricular activities. The specifics of the deferred suspension will vary based upon the violation and the individual student’s/organization’s circumstances. The student may be restricted and only participate in activities directly related to academic pursuits and only be permitted to enter buildings necessary for the completion of academic requirements. Additional conditions, restrictions and/or educational sanction may be required during the deferred suspension. Any additional violations of University regulations or failure to complete the conditions or educational sanctions will result in the immediate suspension of the student/organization for the duration of the deferred suspension or longer. Additional sanctions may be applied as a result of the new violations. The student/organization will be placed on disciplinary probation for one year at the conclusion of the deferred suspension. Students on deferred suspension who are academically suspended from the University are not eligible for early readmission. Appeals of a deferred suspension will be reviewed administratively by the Assistant Vice President for Student Services.

2. Interim Suspension If the University President, or designee, determines that the presence of a student allegedly in violation constitutes an immediate threat of harm to the student, other students, University personnel, or University property, the President, or designee, may immediately suspend that student.

a. Within ten business days of the interim suspension, a hearing will be convened. Extenuating circumstances may warrant an extension, in which case the hearing will be convened at the earliest possible date. The student will be notified of the date, time, and location of the hearing.

b. At the hearing, the student will have the opportunity to present a defense and a determination will be made as to whether the suspension should be removed or made permanent or whether any other sanction should be imposed.

3. Disciplinary Suspension establishes a fixed period of time, not less than one semester nor more than two years, during which the student/organization may not participate in any academic or other activities of the University. Student organizations shall lose all privileges accorded recognized organizations including, but not limited to, room reservation and facility usage privileges, participation in intramural sports, Student Government Association funding, and using the University's name in conjunction with the organization. Students shall be prohibited from entering onto the campus and the academic transcript will note the Disciplinary Suspension for the duration of the established suspension period. Once the suspension period has expired, the student/organization may seek readmission.

4. Dismissal establishes a fixed period of time, not less than one year, during which the student/organization may not participate in academic or other activities of the University. After the established time period has elapsed, the student/organization must petition the Assistant Vice President for Student Services for permission to seek readmission to the University. Certain criteria may be established to support the return of the student or student organization. Since the fixed term will vary according to the individual case and readmission may be contingent upon individually assigned conditions, the student will be prohibited from entering onto the campus and the transcript will note the Dismissal until such time as the Assistant Vice President for Student Life removes the sanction.

5. Permanent Dismissal establishes a permanent ban against the student/organization and prohibits any further involvement by the student/organization in academic or other activities of the University. The student is prohibited from entering onto the campus with a no trespass to all university property and the notation of the dismissal will be permanently placed on the student’s academic transcript.

F. Revocation of Degree

Allegations of academic dishonesty may be filed against a student who has already received a diploma. The former student shall be afforded all protection and due process required by the Student Code of Conduct, as if he or she was still a student. Upon a finding of violation, the Hearing Board may recommend to the Provost that degree revocation proceedings be initiated in addition to the application of other sanctions.

G. Residence Hall Relocation

A student may be relocated to a new residence hall room. Final determination of room assignments will be the responsibility of the Office of Residence Life or the Assistant Vice President for Student Services.

H. Residence Hall Removal

A student may be immediately removed from the residence halls or removed from the residence halls at a future date.

I. Restitution

 for damage or loss to the University or to members of the University community may serve, in certain instances, in lieu of, or in addition to, the application of other sanctions.

J. Educational Programs

Attendance at educational or counseling programs, researching and writing a paper, completion of special projects, or participation in other relevant activities may be assigned in lieu of, or in addition to, other sanctions (consequences). There may be a fee for some of these activities.

K. Withhold Official Records

The University may block registration or withhold transcripts, grades, diplomas, or other official records if the action is reasonably necessary to preserve the University’s ability to uphold its disciplinary rules.

L. No-Trespass Order, No Communication/Contact Order

The University may prohibit a student, non-student, or organization from entering particular buildings, residence halls, or other areas of campus. In addition, the University may prohibit a student/organization from engaging in personal contact and all forms of communication with another individual(s). Primarily, when such contact or communication is perceived as potential harassment, threats, or other forms of unwanted interaction or has reasonable likelihood of resulting in additional alleged violations against the student/organization. All students suspended or dismissed from the University will be issued a No-Trespass order to all University property for the duration of their separation.

 

Victim Resources

Director:
Leigh Ann Datt

Administrative Assistant:
Carrie Kerr

Graduate Assistant:
Tasha Roberts

Office:
008 Old Main
Slippery Rock, PA 16057

Phone:
724.738.4985

Referral Report

E-mail messages sent from the office of student conduct to students through university assigned e-mail addresses will constitute an official means of communication.

All correspondence regarding incidents will be communicated through the student's SRU e-mail address.

Correspondence involving incidents may also come from the office of residence life. It is the student's responsibility and obligation to access and respond to official university e-mail correspondence.