PRP 4802 - Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Process

PRP 4802 - Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Process

LAST REVISED 3.25.09
Issued by: Dr. Preston Herring, VP Student Life
Endorsed By University Forum: March 25, 2009
Student Standards (Effective Fall 2000)
Updated Spring 2012 (Student Life Standing Committee, Secretariat, Legal Counsel; Trustee Approved September 2012)

As an institution of higher learning and a community of persons with a special purpose, Bloomsburg University accepts its obligation to provide its members with an atmosphere which protects and promotes its educational mission and that guarantees its orderly and effective operation. To accomplish these goals, the University must require certain standards of conduct. The University standards of conduct, published as regulations of this Code of Conduct, do not replace or relieve the requirements of civil or criminal law.

I. Code of Conduct

Every effort will be made to contact students via the US postal service, campus mail, in-person when possible, and vial the student Huskie e-mail address. Please note that e-mail messages sent from The Dean of Students Office to students through University-Assigned e-mail addressed will constitute an official means of communication. Correspondence involving incidents may also come from the Office of Residence Life, Office of Greek Affairs, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, or other office on campus. It is the student’s responsibility and obligation to access and respond to official University e-mail correspondence.

Violation of any of the regulations listed below by any student or student organization, whether the occurrence is on or off campus, may lead to University disciplinary action and/or criminal arrest, pursuant to local, state, and federal laws. Students, whose actions negatively impact the University community and are deemed at risk to the Bloomsburg University, are subject to interim suspension pending a judicial hearing (e.g. furnishing alcohol to minors, selling or providing drugs or controlled substances, rape, sexual assault, etc.).

A. Academic Integrity- Incidents of plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty as set forth in the Academic Integrity Policy (PRP 3512) violate the Student Code of Conduct and are handled by the appropriate faculty member and/or through The Dean of Students Office.

B. Alcohol – A violation of the University Alcohol Policy (PRP 4810) constitutes a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. This includes but is not limited to:

1. Possession/transportation/consumption of alcohol on University property (excluding the use of ethanol/alcohol as a scientific reagent, solvent, or antimicrobial under the supervision of faculty or staff in an educational environment).
2. Underage students being cited by law enforcement for possession/transportation/consumption of alcohol.
3. Public intoxication.
4. Driving under the influence.
5. Furnishing alcohol to minors and/or actively planning or organizing a party or event where alcohol is being served illegally or furnished to minors. Actively planning or organizing a party or event includes but is not limited to providing cups, collecting money, or transporting either alcohol or attendees to or from the event.
6. Illegally selling alcohol.
7. Other alcohol-related misconduct.

C. Breaking and Entering – Forcibly entering or opening any locked and/or secured facility, university or individually owned or rented property is a violation.

D. Computer and Network Misuse- A violation of the University Computer and Network Policy (PRP 3700) constitutes a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. This includes but is not limited to misuse, abuse, or other illegal activity related to University computers or networks, using computers/the network to distribute, download or upload obscene or indecent images or language, harass individuals, or to hinder the universal functions of the university network.

E. Controlled Substances/Drugs – A violation of the University Drug Policy (PRP 4805) constitutes a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Students cited by law enforcement or confronted by University staff for violations of this policy will face a judicial hearing conducted by The Dean of Students Office. Violations include but are not limited to:

1. The use of controlled substances/drugs.
2. The sale of controlled substances/drugs.
3. The manufacturing of controlled substance/drugs.
4. The transfer of controlled substance/drugs.
5. The distribution or transfer of prescribed medications/drugs.
6. The use and/or possession of drug paraphernalia.
7. The use of legal substances, in a manner other than the intended purpose, in a fashion designed to alter one’s mental or physical state.

F. Creating Safety Hazards – The misuse of safety equipment or to ignore safety procedures is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. This section includes but is not limited to dropping objects from high places, tampering with fire equipment/smoke detectors, exit lights, guard rails, elevators or fire alarms, refusal to obey fire alarms, or initiating false alarms.

G. Disorderly Conduct - No person shall engage in conduct that is disorderly, unnecessarily disturbs others, and/or is disruptive to the normal practices, processes, and functions of the University or the local municipalities.

H. Disruptive Classroom Conduct- Behavior that disrupts the classroom environment is a violation. This includes but is not limited to creating an unsafe or hostile environment, continually undermining the authority of the faculty member, or other behavior that infringes on an orderly learning environment. Issues of classroom management such as cell phone and other electronic device usage during class, tardiness, and negative class participation are to be addressed in the syllabus or by the faculty member. Questions regarding academic- related conduct such as alleged academic injustice or questions of academic integrity should be addressed through the appropriate academic venue, PRP 3592 Academic Grievance Procedure, PRP 3512 Academic Integrity, and other related PRPs.

I. Failure to Comply - Challenging, confronting, or defying instructions or reasonable requests made by University Officials acting in accordance with their duties and responsibilities is a violation. This includes but is not limited to refusal to present identification when asked, noncompliance with university sanctions and/or official behavior contracts, and refusal to respond to a request to report to an administrative office.

J. Firearms/Weapons – A violation of the University Weapons, Firearms and Dangerous Devices Policy (PRP 5240) constitutes a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. This includes but is not limited to:

1. The unauthorized possession of firearms, weapons or other dangerous objects or substances on University property.
2. The transfer of firearms, weapons or other dangerous objects or substances on University property.
3. Use of firearms, weapons or other dangerous objects or substances on University property.
4. The brandishing of any object or item used in a threatening or violent manner, such as a butane lighter, lit tobacco products, baseball bat or other blunt instrument or razor blade that inflicts, or is intended to inflict bodily harm or cause property damage.

This policy includes but is not limited to: firearms, ammunition, explosives, billy clubs, martial arts weapons, bows and arrows, sabers, swords, daggers, switchblades, knives used primarily for hunting purposes, fireworks, pellet guns, air guns, BB guns, stun guns, tasers, paint ball guns, and dangerous/flammable chemicals/fuels. This policy also prohibits the possession of firearms for individuals who are licensed to carry such items. This policy shall not prohibit persons from possessing, storing, or using weapons at approved locations for the purpose of meeting the requirements of a recognized educational program and/or student groups sponsored by the University. Personal firearms and hunting equipment must be registered and stored in the Bloomsburg University Police Department.

K. Forgery –Altering or misusing university or individually owned documents, records, identification cards, papers, or any and all forms of electronic media is a violation.

L. Gambling - Any act of illegal gambling including solicitation on campus is prohibited except for those sanctioned by Bloomsburg University and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

M. Harassment/Discrimination/Physical Abuse- A violation of the University Harassment and Discrimination Policy (PRP 6814) and the Student Harassment Policy and (PRP 4020) constitutes a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. The following statements outline this policy:

1. No person shall engage in harassing, intimidating, or threatening conduct. This includes stalking.
2. No person shall exhibit behavior that harms or threatens to harm another person or another person’s property. This includes but is not limited to harassing, intimidating or threatening conduct, physical harm, or conduct that results in property damage.
3. No person shall physically harm or exhibit threatening, intimidating, or harassing conduct toward a University employee related to the performance of his or her job.
4. No person shall physically harm or exhibit threatening, intimidating, or harassing conduct toward any party or witness involved in a judicial case or cause damage to his or her property with the intent of influencing outcomes or for retaliation.
5. No person shall engage in conduct that constitutes unlawful discrimination based on another person’s race, color, sex, religion, age or national origin.

N. Hazing - A violation of the University Hazing Policy (PRP 4650) constitutes a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Hazing at Bloomsburg University is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. Hazing risks human lives, brutalizes everyone involved, and jeopardizes the very existence of student groups/organizations on the Bloomsburg University campus. Hazing is defined as any action or situation created, whether on or off campus:

1. To produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, fright or ridicule.
2. Any physical requirement (e.g. calisthenics).
3. Any request or obligation placed upon any person, which could cause pain, disgrace, or injury.
4. Any request which is personally degrading.

For the purpose of this definition, any activity as described in this definition which the initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or continued membership in an organization/group is directly or indirectly conditioned shall be presumed to be "forced" activity, the willingness of an individual to participate in such activity notwithstanding.

O. Laws – It is a violation for students to be cited by a law enforcement agency. Students who are cited/arrested by a law enforcement agency or convicted of a crime in civil or criminal court will be subject to separate charges and to university disciplinary proceedings.

P. Pledging Greek Social Organizations – A violation of the Regulations/Sanctions for Pledging Social Greek Organizations constitutes a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. This includes but is not limited to pledging or joining a social Greek organization without fully complying with all university requirements regarding eligibility is prohibited. Recognized fraternities and sororities may only pledge students who have accumulated at least 12 credit hours, have achieved the required GPA, and have matriculated during either the fall or spring semesters. Students with fewer than 12 credit hours are not permitted to pledge or join any recognized social Greek organization. Students who fail to adhere to this requirement will face a campus judicial hearing and will be subject to disciplinary action.

Q. Rape- No person shall commit, or attempt to commit, a rape. Rape (date, acquaintance, and stranger) includes all acts of non-consensual sexual intercourse involving any penetration of a bodily cavity with a foreign object, tongue, digit, or genitalia. A rape occurs when imposed under any of the following circumstances:

1. When the complainant is incapable of giving legal consent for mental, developmental, or physical reasons and this fact is known or reasonably should have been known by the person committing the act.
2. When the act is committed without the person’s explicit consent or is against the person’s wishes. Rape incorporates any or all of the following: the use of force, threat, intimidation, coercion, duress, violence, or by causing a reasonable fear of harm.
3. When the complainant is prevented from consenting or resisting because of intoxication or unconsciousness at the time of the act.

R. Residence Hall/Apartment Policies - Violations of Residence Hall/Apartment policies may lead to sanctions under the Code of Conduct. For more information, contact a Residence Life staff member or read the “Residence Hall/Apartment Handbook”.

S. Sexual Assault- No person shall engage in or attempt to engage in a sexual assault. Sexual assault is the imposition of non-consensual sexual conduct (excluding rape). It includes but is not limited to caressing, fondling, or touching a person’s genitalia, buttocks, or breasts. It shall also be considered sexual assault when the victim is compelled to caress, fondle, or touch the assailant’s genitalia, buttocks, or breasts.

T. Theft/Stolen Property - Theft, attempted theft, or unauthorized possession of university, retail, or individually owned/rented property is prohibited.

U. Vandalism - Any acts of abuse or destruction of university or private property by any means are prohibited.

II. INCIDENT REPORT

Allegations of violations of the Student Code of Conduct (PRP 4802) are received by The Dean of Students Office via campus incidents reports, police reports, or various other means of communication from students, faculty, staff, or community members. Once a report is received, The Dean of Students Office investigates the allegations.

At the completion of their investigation, The Dean of Students Office will: 1) determine that more information is needed; 2) dismiss the allegation for lack of evidence that a violation occurred; or 3) file charges against the individual(s) or organization.

III. STATEMENT OF HEARING PROCEDURES

Introduction: As required by the Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education regarding student discipline and due process, Bloomsburg University has established a hearing procedures system. Its primary intent is educational in nature, attempting to create behavioral changes in students while simultaneously protecting their rights and the rights of the community-at-large. The hearing procedures exist to review complaints against students/organizations for alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct.

Student/organization hearings are intended to help students understand both their rights and responsibilities as members of the university community. When students/organizations are involved in a hearing, it is important that both the accuser and accused be afforded every opportunity to understand the alleged violations and the principles of due process under which the hearing will be conducted.

When a student/organization wishes to file charges against another student/organization, the accuser must submit in writing a detailed account of the incident which resulted in the charges being filed, along with the names of the individuals charged, witnesses who were present, and the relevant section of the Student Code of Conduct.
Student Affairs professional staff members may require a student/organization to report for a discussion relative to an alleged infraction. During this conference, the allegation(s) and options within the university hearing process will be reviewed. Possible actions that may occur if civil/criminal ordinances have been violated will also be discussed.

A. Hearing Process: Students/organizations have the right to choose between a formal hearing before a board or an informal hearing before a designated hearing officer. A waiver form must be completed when an informal hearing is requested. For violations that could result in a suspension or expulsion students/organizations may not have the option of an informal hearing and may be required to participate in a formal hearing process.

The University reserves the right to continue a hearing in absentia. If the hearing is held in absentia, the student/organization will not have the opportunity to respond to the alleged violation(s), and this could result in the student/organization being subject to additional disciplinary action. The University reserves the right to continue a hearing whenever necessary and appropriate.

The Hearing Officer/Chairperson (non-voting member) shall be responsible for maintaining order and room decorum during hearings. All hearings are closed and confidential proceedings. Any student/organization who displays disorderly or disruptive behavior and refuses to comply with the request of the hearing officer during a hearing will be asked to leave the hearing and could be subject to disciplinary action. Hearing officers, the University Conduct Board, the Conduct Appeals Board, and Special Interim Boards have full delegated authority from the President of the University to hear student disciplinary cases.

B. Due Process and Procedures for a Formal Hearing
The following procedural guidelines are established for the direction of all formal disciplinary hearings:

1. Notification:
a. The student/organization shall be notified in writing by an appropriate university official that the student/organization is accused of violating a university policy(s).
b. In keeping with the campus standards of due process, the accused and accuser involved in the case are entitled to the following:
i. Written notification of the time and place of the hearing at least 72 business hours prior to the hearing.
ii. Written statement of charges of sufficient particularity to enable the accused to prepare for the hearing.
iii. Written notification of the names of the individuals who are directly responsible for having reported the alleged violation to The Dean of Students Office. If there are no such individuals or if specific names are not available, written notification of how the alleged violation came to The Dean of Students Office’s attention will be provided. Note: Anonymous allegations are not permitted.

2. Witnesses:
A Student/organization charged with a violation has the right to appear in person and to present information regarding the violations and to call witnesses in the student’s/organization’s behalf. The student/organization as well as the Board shall have the opportunity to hear and question all witnesses. If witnesses are appearing, the student/organization must present in writing the names of the witnesses at least 48 business hours prior to the hearing to The Dean of Students Office.

3. Advisor:
a. A student/organization charged with a violation has the right to be accompanied by one advisor who must be a member of the faculty, staff or student body of the university, legal counsel, parent/guardian, or advisor of record for the organization. (The University reserves the right to utilize legal counsel.) If a student/organization wishes to have an advisor, formal written notification must be received by the Dean of Students 48 business hours prior to the hearing.
b. Students/organizations involved in the same incident cannot serve as advisors to each other.
c. During a hearing, the role of an advisor will be limited to the following:
i. The advisor may make a brief opening and/or closing statement as determined by the presiding hearing officer.
ii. The advisor may suggest questions and provide individual consultation to the student/organization being represented; however, the advisor may not direct questions to the accuser, the accused, witnesses, board members, or to the hearing officer.
d. In consideration of the limited role of an advisor and of the compelling interest of the University to expeditiously conclude the matter, the work of the hearing board will not - as a general practice - be delayed due to the unavailability of an advisor.

4. Decisions:
The student/organization will receive a written decision in which facts and reasons are set forth with reasonable specificity, which shall be issued within ten working days of the hearing. (Note: The accuser only receives this information in cases involving violent crimes. In other incidents, the accuser has the right to receive a written decision which sets forth facts and reasons for findings without identifying the accused by name or revealing the results or final recommended action.)

5. Additional Student/Organization Rights:
a. The student/organization may request the disqualification of a hearing officer and/or board member whom the student/organization feels is biased or otherwise involved in the case at the beginning of the proceedings.
b. The student/organization may refuse to answer questions. The accused may also elect not to appear. Should the student/organization elect not to appear, it shall not be taken as an indication that the accused has violated a university policy and must be noted without prejudice. The decision in such cases will be made after considering the evidence available.
c. The student/organization may be entitled to one written appeal of any decision rendered. However, the accuser may only appeal a denial of due process rights. Should there be an appeal, any sanction(s) assessed shall be in abeyance until acted upon by the reviewing body or the Appeals Board.
d. Pending action of the charges, the status of the student/organization should not be altered or the student’s/organization’s right to be present on campus and to attend classes except for reasons relating to the student’s/organization’s physical or emotional safety and/or safety or well-being of students or faculty. The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs or designee of the Vice President for Student Affairs, upon appropriate evidence and/or professional advice, will decide if the continued presence of such a student/organization would adversely affect the ability of others to pursue their educational goals. This could result in a 10-day interim suspension until a judicial board can be convened and/or limitations to student’s/organization’s access to university-owned and/or operated property.

C. Due Process and Procedures for an Informal Hearing
The following procedural guidelines are established for the direction of all informal disciplinary hearings:
1. Notification:
The student/organization shall be notified in writing, via email, or via phone by an appropriate university official that the student/organization is accused of violating the Student Code of Conduct.

2. Review/Response to Charges:
a. The student/organization shall have the opportunity to review and respond to the charges.
b. The student/organization shall have the opportunity to respond to the charges and provide additional information relative to the incident/behavior in question.

3. Decisions:
The student/organization will receive a written decision in which facts and reasons are set forth with reasonable specificity, which shall be issued within ten working days of the hearing.

D. Appeals
a. Appeals must be filed in writing to The Dean of Students Office three business days after receiving an official written notice of sanction.
b. Appeals may be heard for the following reasons:
i. New evidence (not considered during the initial hearing).
ii. Evidence leading to charges of unfair disciplinary action.
iii. Evidence leading to possible denial of rights.
c. The appeal must indicate in detail what new evidence exists which was not considered in the initial hearing, the grounds for claiming unfair disciplinary action, and/or procedural errors made in the initial hearing.
d. For any form of disciplinary probation or disciplinary warnings, The Dean of Students or designee of the Vice President for Student Affairs, will determine whether the criterion for an appeal has been met.
e. Appeals of suspension or expulsion will be reviewed initially by the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, or designee of the Vice President for Student Affairs, to determine if the appeal criterion is met. If any one of the three criteria is met The Appeals Board will review the written appeal and all documentation contained within the student's or organization's disciplinary file. The Appeals Board is not obligated to reconvene a hearing. However, if it should wish to do so, it will follow the same procedures used for an original hearing.
f. All meetings and hearings of the Appeals Board are closed.

IV. Judicial Boards
A. University Conduct Board (UCB): The UCB is responsible for adjudicating all formal hearings regarding alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct, which could result in suspension or expulsion.
1. The composition of the UCB will include a five member combination of Bloomsburg University students, faculty, and/or staff, selected by The Dean of Students or other designee of the Vice President for Student Affairs.
2. Students are selected to serve on the board from a pool of interested students who:
a. have completed at least 24 credits
b. maintain a 2.00 GPA
c. maintain good conduct standing
d. complete a training session

B. Conduct Appeals Board (CAB): The CAB is responsible for adjudicating all formal hearing appeal requests (except for those within the jurisdiction of the UCB).
1. The composition of the CAB will include a three-member combination of Bloomsburg University students, faculty, and/or staff, selected by the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs or designee of the Vice President for Student Affairs.
2. The Conduct Appeals Board has the authority to uphold, modify or remove a sanction of suspension or expulsion.

C. Special Interim Boards: When warranted the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs or designee of Vice President for Student Affairs has the right to assemble a special panel of faculty and staff (with no less than three-members), with a designated chairperson to address alleged Student Code of Conduct violations.

V. Records
All formal hearings shall be recorded The Dean of Students Office. The Dean of Students Office shall assume custody of these recordings as a part of a student’s/organization’s educational/disciplinary record.

A. Students/organizations/others involved in a hearing are not permitted to use any type of recording device to record the formal hearing proceedings. Any student/organization/individual found recording the proceedings will have the device automatically confiscated, may be removed from the proceedings, and may face additional charges/sanctions.
B. Access to recordings:
1. Access to recordings shall be limited to those individuals conducting the hearing, the accused, and those University personnel approved by the Vice President for Student Affairs.
2. Students/organizations accused of a policy violation may have limited access to the formal hearing recording. Students/organizations may be granted access to portions of the hearing in which they participated.
3. To gain access, a student/organization must submit, in writing, a request to The Dean of Students.
4. No third party requests for access to recordings/records will be honored.
5. No written transcripts or audio copies of the recording will be provided.

VI. Decisions

A. Student (individual)
After an informal or formal hearing is held regarding general violations of the Student Code of Conduct, the board or hearing officer may render one of the decisions listed below:

1. Not a Violation - No violation of policy occurred.

2. Violation - A violation of policy occurred and was proven. In this case, the board or hearing officer may select from the following sanctions which can be imposed upon a student or organization for a stated specific period of time:
a. Written Warning - An official written reprimand noting that a policy violation occurred, which remains in the student’s disciplinary record. A student may also be issued a written warning in unique circumstances when a policy violation has not been formally proven, but questionable behavior has occurred.
b. Disciplinary Warning - An official university sanction indicating that further violation of university policies shall result in more severe disciplinary action. This warning is imposed for a specific period of time. The student will automatically be removed from this status when the imposed period expires. Various requirements may be added to this status including, but not limited to community service and educational programs.
c. Disciplinary Probation - An official university sanction indicating that further violation of university policies may result in the suspension of an individual student. As a result of disciplinary probation:
i. A student may be restricted from participating in extracurricular activities for a specified time to be determined by the hearing officer or board. Volunteer service, counseling referral, participation in an educational program, community service, and restitution may also be recommended.
ii. A student may not join an organization.
iii. A student may not hold an office or run for an office of an organization on this campus.
iv. A student residing on campus may have their residence hall status reviewed. This may result in removal from the residence hall or being moved to another residence hall.
3. Disciplinary Probation/Suspension in Abeyance – An official university sanction indicating that further violation of university policies will result in the suspension of an individual student.

4. Suspension - A student will be suspended from the university for a specific period of time, not to be less than the remainder of the current semester. Suspension requires that a student remove himself/herself from the university premises (including residential facilities). The student shall not attend classes, social activities or be present on university property during the period of suspension.

5. Interim Suspension – The Vice President for Student Affairs or designee, upon appropriate evidence, and/or professional advice will decide if the continued presence of such a student would adversely affect the ability of others to pursue their educational goals. This could result in a 10-day interim suspension until a judicial board can be convened and/or limitations to student’s access to university owned and/or operated property.

6. Expulsion - Expulsion implies permanent dismissal from the university with no promise the student may return at any time. The student being expelled may not be present on University property for any reason.
Note: Students failing to complete the provisions of a given sanction may face additional sanctions.

B. Alcohol/Drug Violations (individual/student)
After an informal or formal hearing is held regarding alleged alcohol or drug violations, the board or hearing officer may render one of the decisions listed below:

1. Not a Violation - No violation of policy occurred.

2. Violation - A violation of policy occurred and was proven. In this case, the board or hearing officer may select from the following sanctions, which can be imposed upon a student or organization for a stated specific period of time.
a. Written Warning - An official written reprimand noting that a policy violation occurred, which remains in the student’s disciplinary record. A student may also be issued a written warning in unique circumstances when a policy violation has not been formally proven, but questionable behavior has occurred.
b. Alcohol and Drug Disciplinary Probation, Level One - This official sanction is a serious reprimand which includes certain imposed requirements or restrictions on the individual student. This sanction will be imposed for a specific period of time and the individual must petition The Dean of Students Office for removal from disciplinary probation when the imposed time period expires.
In addition, the individual may be subject to one or more of the following:
i. The student must complete 10 to 20 hours of university or community service (the number of hours of community service will be determined by the board or the hearing officer). A written description of the service activity must be submitted by the student to the Office of Student Standards. Following the completion of the task, the student must submit a statement signed by the individual or group representative for whom the university or community service was performed.
ii. The individual must participate in an alcohol or drug education program for which they are responsible for any expenses incurred.
iii. A letter may be sent home to the student’s parent or legal guardian if the student is a financial dependent.
iv. On-campus students will have their residence hall status reviewed, which may result in removal from the residence halls or relocation to a different residence hall.
v. A student may not join a university organization.
vi. A student may not hold an office or run for an office of a university organization.
vii. A student may be restricted from participating in extra-curricular activities for a specified time to be determined by the board or hearing officer.
c. Alcohol and Drug Disciplinary Probation, Level Two - This sanction is intended for more severe or repeat violations and expresses the position that further violation(s) may result in suspension or expulsion of the individual. This sanction will be imposed for a specific period of time and the individual must petition the Office of Student Standards for removal from probation. When this sanction is imposed, the following may apply:
i. The student must complete 20 to 40 hours of university or community service (the number of hours of community service will be determined by board or hearing officer). A written description of the service activity must be submitted by the student to The Dean of Students Office. Following the completion of the task, the student must submit a statement signed by the individual or group representative for whom the university or community service was performed.
ii. The individual must participate in a more intensive alcohol or drug education program for which they are responsible for any expenses incurred.
iii. A letter may be sent home to the student’s parent or legal guardian if the student is a financial dependent.
iv. The student will be required to be evaluated by a certified drug/alcohol counselor. Any expenses incurred will be the responsibility of the student.
v. On-campus students will have their residence hall status reviewed, which may result in removal from the residence halls or relocation to a different residence hall.
vi. A student may not join a university organization.
vii. A student may not hold an office or run for an office of a university organization.
viii. A student may be restricted from participating in extra-curricular activities for a specified time to be determined by the board or hearing officer.
d. Disciplinary Probation or Alcohol & Drug Level Two Probation/Suspension in Abeyance –An official university sanction indicating that further violation of university policies will result in the suspension of an individual student.
e. Suspension - A student will be suspended from the university for a specified period of time not to be less than the remainder of the current semester. Suspension requires that a student remove himself/herself from the university premises, not to attend classes, social activities or be present on university property during the period of suspension. Upon return to campus, a student who has been suspended must meet the requirements of Disciplinary Probation, Level Two. Also, note that a letter may be sent home to the student’s parent or legal guardian if the student is a financial dependent.
f. Expulsion - Expulsion is permanent dismissal and separation from the university. The student being expelled may not be present on university property for any reason. Also, note that a letter may be sent home to the student’s parent or legal guardian if the student is a financial dependent.
Note:
- Students failing to complete the provisions of a given sanction may face additional sanctions.
- Students found responsible for selling or providing illegal substances will face a minimum of one semester suspension and may face an interim suspension until a hearing can convene.

C. Organization Sanctions
After an informal or formal hearing is held regarding alleged Student Code of Conduct violations by an organization, the board or hearing officer may render one of the decisions listed below:

1. Not a Violation - No violation of policy occurred.

2. Violation - A violation of policy occurred and was proven. In this case, the board or hearing officer may select from the following sanctions, which can be imposed upon a student or organization for a stated specific period of time.
a. Organizational Written Warning - An official written reprimand.
b. Organizational Disciplinary Warning - An official university sanction indicating that further violation of university policies shall result in more severe disciplinary action. This warning is imposed for a specific period of time. The organization will automatically be removed from this status when the imposed period expires. Various requirements may be added to this status including but limited to community service and educational programs.
c. Organizational Probation, Level One - A probation indicating that further violations of regulations shall result in more serious disciplinary action. The organization will be placed on probation for a specified period of time, not to be less than five months. After the specified period of time expires and all conditions have been met, the organization may request that probation be removed by The Dean of Students Office. Individuals who are in violation of the University Alcoholic Beverage Policy will face individual sanctions as outlined in the student section. Individuals, who are representing the group, risk suspension from the organization. Also, the organization will be subject to the following:
i. The organization must plan and sponsor an alcoholic beverage education program for its members and have it approved by The Dean of Students Office.
ii. The organization will be required to perform a specified number of hours of community service, not to be less than thirty hours, as assigned and/or approved by The Dean of Students Office.
iii. The organization may be restricted from hosting activities in which alcoholic beverages are served.
d. Organizational Probation, Level Two - A probation indicating that further violations may result in the suspension of the organization. The organization will be placed on probation for a specified period of time, not to be less than five months. After the specified period of time expires and all conditions have been met, the organization may request that the probation be removed through The Dean of Students Office. Also, the organization will be subject to all of the following:
i. The organization loses the opportunity to conduct fund raisers.
ii. The organization loses the privilege to represent the university in any capacity (social, academic, performing, athletics, intramurals).
iii. The organization will lose the right to use university facilities.
iv. The organization may not host, co-host, or participate in any social activities for at least one semester.
e. Suspension of Recognition - Suspension of recognition includes an organization’s immediate loss of all rights and privileges associated with university recognition, complete suspension of all organizational activities, and may include conditions for reinstatement of recognition. The organization will be notified that they are no longer recognized by the university for a specified period of time. An organization that violates the terms of the suspension may be subject to removal of recognition.
f. Revocation of Recognition - Revocation of recognition includes an organization’s permanent loss of university recognition. Organizations that violate policies and regulations and/or the terms of any previous disciplinary action are subject to permanent loss of recognition.

Note:
- Activities of the organization for past years will be taken into account when applying the above sanctions.
- Students/organizations failing to complete the provisions of a given sanction may face additional sanctions.
- When members of an organization are found in violation of the drug policy at the organization’s house, meetings, social functions or other activities, the violation will reflect upon the entire organization. The organization as well as the individuals involved will be sanctioned at Alcohol & Drug Disciplinary Probation Level Two. The organization may have its charter suspended. The individuals may also be suspended from the university.