The following guidelines exist for issuing sanctions. These guidelines are not to be taken as absolute or maximum standards but as recommended minimums. Consistent with their authority, authorized staff members and judicial boards may impose any of the minimum penalties, regardless of order, and may impose penalties not listed and/or beyond the recommended minimums.
The following guidelines have been established to provide predictable and escalating responses to repeated or accumulating infractions. These sanctioning guidelines are based on the following underlying premises:
- Prior A-level violations are always taken into consideration when determining sanctions for new misconduct.
- Prior B-level violations are taken into consideration when determining sanctions for new misconduct.
- After a student has completed one full calendar year since his/her most recent B-level infraction without committing any additional violations, the cumulative, escalating consequences of previous B-level infractions are removed, and the student begins again with a “clean slate” for sanctioning purposes. This practice is meant to serve as a positive incentive. (NOTE: Prior harassment and/or sexual misconduct-related violations are always taken into consideration when sanctioning similar subsequent violations, regardless of the length of time between such violations.)
- Typically, B-level violations are resolved administratively without a hearing. However, a student’s third alleged B-level infraction in one semester or fifth alleged B-level infraction during tenure may be referred to a hearing board for adjudication.