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What happens if a student is found responsible for non-academic misconduct?

A student who is responsible for committing non-academic misconduct will receive some kind of sanction. This is true regardless of whether the student accepted responsibility or was found to have violated the Student Code of Conduct after a hearing.

If the parties discussed and agreed upon the appropriate sanctions, then the adjudicator will be asked to approve those sanctions. If the parties do not agree, then it’s up to the adjudicator to decide which sanctions are appropriate.

Non-academic misconduct sanctions range in severity, and they include:

  • Written warning
  • Behavioral contracts
  • Educational assignments (e.g. attending a workshop or writing a paper)
  • Making an apology
  • Community service
  • Fines and/or restitution
  • Loss of privileges
  • Non-academic probation
  • Ban from part or all of campus
  • Requirement to withdraw

The most severe sanction is a requirement to withdraw, which is only available for Category 2 misconduct. This can be an indefinite expulsion or a suspension for a limited period of time (after which the student will either be able to return or be required to reapply, with no guarantee of readmission).

If a student is required to withdraw, his or her transcript will receive a notation stating that the student was required to withdraw from the university for non-academic misconduct.

If the expulsion is indefinite, this notation cannot be removed. If the student is suspended, then a request can be made to remove the notation after the required time has passed or the imposed conditions have been met.


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