Sanctions

Below is a list of sanctions that may be imposed upon students for violation of College policies. Recognizing the authority of judicial boards and administrators to impose sanctions that are appropriate for the circumstances of an individual case, this list is not intended to be all-inclusive. Sanctions become increasingly severe for repeated or accumulating infractions.

Warning: Notice, verbally or in writing, that continuation or repetition of conduct found wrongful may be cause for more serious disciplinary action.

Community Service Hours: Completion of a specified number of hours of community service work within a defined period of time.

Creative Sanction: Individually designed sanction with educational purpose.

Fine: Payment of a specified sum of money.

Restitution: Reimbursement for damage to or misappropriation of property. Restitution may take the form of appropriate service or other compensation.

Restriction from Participation or Activity: Exclusion for a specified period from participation in privileges or co-curricular College activities (e.g., event attendance, organization membership, varsity athletics, receipt of award) and/or restriction from specified College facilities.

Seniors and graduate students nearing degree completion found responsible for violating College policy, including violations occurring during the last weeks of classes, finals, or senior days may be prohibited from participating in Commencement activities/ceremonies and/or from obtaining a diploma/transcript pending completion of all sanctions.

Disciplinary probation: Infraction(s) committed during the specified period of disciplinary probation are likely to result in suspension. Disciplinary probation may be general, encompassing adherence to all College policies, or it may be limited to particular types of conduct (e.g., alcohol and/or drug use). Exclusion from participation in privileges or co-curricular College activities may also be included in disciplinary probation.

Seniors and graduate students nearing degree completion found responsible for violating College policy, including violations occurring during the last week of classes, finals, or senior days, may be prohibited from participating in Commencement activities/ceremonies and/or from obtaining a diploma/transcript pending completion of all sanctions.

Suspension: Exclusion from the College community, including classes and other privileges or activities as set forth in the notice, for a specified period of time. Readmission is not automatic after the expiration of the suspension period, and conditions for readmission may be established. Suspension from the College is the standard sanction for all A-level infractions and for accumulated B-level infractions. Suspension supersedes student-initiated withdrawal from the College.

If a student is suspended a second time, regardless of whether the two suspensions were imposed for academic or non-academic reasons, the second suspension constitutes expulsion from the College.

Expulsion: Termination of student status permanently or for an indefinite period. Expulsion supersedes student-initiated withdrawal from the College.

Referral for Prosecution: Alcohol and drug violations, hazing, and any felonies may result in referral for prosecution.

Interim Action: The vice president and dean for student development or his designee may determine that sufficient cause exists to impose interim actions pending disciplinary proceedings and/or medical evaluation. Interim actions may include, but are not limited to: making a new residential assignment that requires a student to move; removing a student's ability to live on campus; restricting access to specified areas of campus; requiring a student to change to another section of an academic class and/or to stop attending a class; and interim suspension from the College. If placed on interim suspension, a student is required to leave the College property within the time specified in the interim suspension notice. If interim suspension results from a disciplinary matter, a hearing is offered in accordance with Lynchburg College disciplinary procedures, usually within five class days of this interim action.

Group sanctions: Sanctions may be imposed to groups of individual students, including but not limited to residence living groups and student organizations, which are involved in or permit violations to occur in their residence area or elsewhere. Examples of sanctions that may be imposed upon groups include restriction or suspension of visitation or other social privileges, restoration, and restitution. Additionally, campus privileges may be revoked, charters rescinded, and/or disciplinary sanctions imposed on individual group members. If an alleged violation is party-related, students allegedly involved may be placed on party probation by the Office of Residence Life pending adjudication of the matter.