Range of Sanctions Assigned

Taking into consideration the totality of the circumstances surrounding the case and all evidence provided at the time of the Case Review or Appeal Review, the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices, the Accountability Board, Sexual Misconduct Board, Appeal Board, or the University Case Administrator may assign any sanction listed in the Types of Sanctions section of the Student Handbook.

Guidelines for Assignment of Sanctions

To maintain fairness and consistency in the assignment of sanctions for policy violation(s), policy violation(s) have been classified as either major, minor, or flexible. Depending on the severity of the incident, a flexible violation can be classified as major or minor. Typically, major violations will carry more severe sanctions than minor violations. A student’s violation will be classified as either major or minor by the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices.

To balance consistency and fairness in sanctioning, guidelines have been developed as a starting point for Case Administrators, Board Members, and University Case Administrators to consider when determining sanctioning for a student found responsible for a first time violation. However, the totality of the evidence, the severity of the incident, previous case history, and the perspectives of the students involved may result in the severity of the sanction being higher or lower than the guidelines listed below. Case Administrators, Board Members, or University Case Administrators have the ability to increase or decrease the severity of the sanction when making a decision or recommendation in a case.

  • Sanctions resulting from first time minor policy violations typically include disciplinary probation and educational programs

  • Sanctions resulting from first time major policy violations can include probation, educational programs, fines, special assignments, special restrictions, suspension or expulsion from housing, and suspension or expulsion from the university.

  • Sanctions resulting from first time flexible policy violations when classified as minor typically include disciplinary probation and educational programs.

  • Sanctions resulting from first time flexible policy violations when classified as major can include probation, educational programs, fines, special assignments, special restrictions, suspension or expulsion from housing, and suspension or expulsion from the university.

  • When applicable, disciplinary decisions made by the University Honor Council and a Case Administrator, Board Members, or University Case Administrators will occur concurrently.

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Major, Minor and Flexible Violations

Refer to the Guidelines for Assignment of Sanctions section to see if a violation is classified major, minor or flexible.

Additionally, cases may be considered major violations when they include any of the following circumstances:

  • Repeated violations of any policy

  • Prosecution in criminal courts that affect the university’s pursuit of its educational mission

  • Multiple violations of policies in one incident

  • An incident involving both alcohol and drugs

  • Hospitalization due to alcohol/drug use/abuse

  • Severity of the impact on the individual and/or community

  • Sexual misconduct 

 

Minor Policy Violations

  • Alcohol - Underage Possession or Consumption

  • Alcohol - Drunk in Public

  • Alcohol - Open Container

  • Drugs - Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana or other Drugs

  • Littering

  • Smoking, Vaping, Tobacco, and/or Nicotine

Major Policy Violations

  • Alcohol - Providing Alcohol to Underage

  • Alcohol - Driving Under the Influence

  • Alcohol - Hospitalization due to Alcohol

  • Alcohol and Drugs in the same incident

  • Criminal Conduct

  • Drugs - Driving Under the Influence

  • Drugs - Hospitalization due to Drugs

  • Drugs - Selling, Providing to Another, or Distribution of Drugs or Drug Paraphernalia

  • Drugs - Felony Possession of Marijuana or other Drugs

  • Harassment, Bullying, and/or Stalking

  • Hazing

  • Interference with or Retaliation for Exercising or Participating in the Title IX process and/or Accountability, Honor, or other University Conduct Process

  • Sexual Misconduct

  • Physical Force or Attempted Physical Force

  • Weapons

Flexible Policy Violations

  • Alcohol

  • Camping or Shelter Construction

  • Campus Election Rules

  • Dangerous Practices

  • Damage, Attempted Damage, or Vandalism of Property

  • Disorderly Conduct

  • Drugs - Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

  • Failure to Comply with a Disciplinary Decision

  • Falsification of Information

  • Fire Safety

  • Gambling

  • Non-Compliance with a University Official

  • Misuse of Technology

  • Obscene Conduct

  • Responsibility for Guests

  • Soliciting, Petitioning, Selling, Surveying, & Publicizing

  • Theft or Possession of Stolen Property

  • Trespassing

  • Unauthorized Use or Transfer of Property or Documents

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