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University's Student Conduct SystemSanctions

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Policy Statement

The Syracuse University's Student Conduct System is composed of the University Judicial Board, the University Appeals Board, and the Academic Judicial Board(s) of the various schools and colleges. The senior vice president and dean of student affairs, in cooperation with the vice chancellor for academic affairs and the deans of each of the schools and colleges, supervises the University Student Conduct System.

University Student Conduct System procedures are available in the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, 310 Steele Hall, 443-3728.

Syracuse University reserves the right to modify its judicial procedures and appeals processes with written notice to the complainant and the accused student when classes are not in session, during the summer session, when safety and security issues so demand, when special expertise is needed to ensure fairness, or in other circumstances where, in the University's sole discretion, the procedures described herein are deemed insufficient to meet the objectives of educating and protecting members of the University community. Modified procedures, nonetheless, will provide students with required elements of fundamental fairness.

Sanctions

University Student Conduct System sanctions are official actions of the University. Failure to comply with sanctions that are imposed by the University Student Conduct System, or with specific conditions related to the safety and security of any persons or property while a case is pending, will result in immediate, indefinite suspension or expulsion from the University without benefit of further process.

The following sanctions, or any combination thereof, may be applied to any individual student, group of students, or student organization, for violations of the Code of Student Conduct and related University policies:

Educational / Remedial

The primary goal of the University Student Conduct System is education. Respective boards and case managers may design sanctions that are specific to an individual case when it is determined that educational or remedial value may result and the interests of the University community are maintained. Examples of educational/remedial sanctions include, but are not limited to community service, research and writing assignments, monetary restitution, and Project CARE activities. (Project CARE stands for Citizenship, Awareness, Responsibility, and Ethics, and includes a series of campus and neighborhood activities designed to promote individual student contributions to the life of the University community.)

Warning

In instances of less serious deviations from the University norms of conduct, the student(s) may be formally warned of the possible consequences of continuing such behavior. No other specific action is taken unless further misconduct occurs.

Social Probation

This status is applied as a result of a breach of specific social regulations. Its primary effect is to suspend a privilege related to the nature of the offense and/or restrict access to specific campus facilities or programs.

Residential Probation

This status indicates that a student is no longer in good standing within the University's residential living program. Further violations may result in the immediate loss of eligibility to live in or visit the University's residence and/or dining facilities or in more serious sanctions, as circumstances warrant.

Disciplinary Reprimand

This action is a formal admonition on behalf of the University community and is intended to clearly document in a student's or student organization's disciplinary file that his/her/its behavior has been deemed unacceptable.

Residential Relocation/Suspension/Expulsion

These statuses indicate that a student is not eligible to live in or visit some or all of the University's residence and/or dining facilities. A residential relocation involves the reassignment of a student's living unit within University housing and usually prohibits the student from returning to the residential area associated with the former living assignment. A residential suspension or expulsion involves a student's removal from housing altogether. These statuses may extend for a specific period of time, until the completion of specific conditions, or permanently. These statuses may be limited to a specific facility or applied to all facilities.

Disciplinary Probation

This action constitutes a change in status between good standing and suspension or expulsion from the University. The student, or student organization, is permitted to remain enrolled at or to retain recognition by the University under certain stated conditions, depending on the nature of the violation and upon the potential learning value that may derive from such restrictive measures. Further violations may result in immediate suspension, indefinite suspension, or expulsion from the University.

Interim Suspension

This action by the senior vice president and dean of Student Affairs, or his or her designee, is a temporary suspension of certain rights or privileges while a judicial case is pending. An interim suspension may be broad and inclusive or may be restricted to a specific location and/or function and is based on the determination that the safety and well-being of the University community or specific persons are at risk.

Suspension

This action results in the involuntary withdrawal of the student from the University, or loss of "recognition" for a student organization, for a specific amount of time or until specific conditions have been met. A suspended student, or student organization, is prohibited from any presence or activity on University owned, operated, or controlled property and from participation in any class or program offered by Syracuse University.

Indefinite Suspension

This action results in a student's involuntary withdrawal from the University, or in loss of University recognition and related privileges for a student organization, for an indefinite period of time. A student or student organization placed on a status of indefinite suspension is permitted, after a prescribed period of separation, to submit a petition demonstrating his/her/its good citizenship in the time away from the University and potential for making positive contributions in the future.

Individual student petitions are required and include a personal essay evidencing the learning the student has gained from the incident that led to the indefinite suspension; the manner in which the student has been occupied since his/her departure from the University; and, the specific commitments the student will make to contributing positively to the University community if offered the opportunity for readmission; documented evidence of the student's completion of substantial service to the community; documented evidence of gainful employment and/or completion of academic course work at an accredited institution of higher education; and documented evidence of completion of any special assignments identified for the student by the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities at the time of or subsequent to the student's departure. This petition is reviewed by the Office of the Senior Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs, the director of the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, and the senior vice president and dean of Student Affairs who will determine whether and under what conditions a student may be permitted to return to the University in a future semester.

Student organization petitions will include elements specific to the type of student organization, as determined by the Office of the Senior Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs and director of the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Expulsion

This action results in the permanent separation of the student, or student organization, from the University, its programs, and facilities. It is the most severe disciplinary action that the University Student Conduct System can impose.

Standard Sanctions for Substance Abuse-Related Violations

Category First Violation Second Violation Third Violation
Use or possession of alcohol under prohibited circumstances Warning/residential probation/disciplinary reprimand
Project CARE referral
Educational project(s)
Disciplinary probation Project CARE referral
Educational project(s)
Substance Abuse Prevention and Health Enhancement Office referral
Indefinite suspension for a minimum of 1 academic year
Supplying alcohol to underage person(s) Disciplinary probation
Project CARE referral or community service project(s)
Educational project(s)
Indefinite suspension
for a minimum of 1 academic year
Not applicable*
Driving any motor vehicle while intoxicated or while under the influence of unlawful drugs Indefinite suspension for a minimum of 1 academic term
Project CARE referral or community service project(s)
Educational projects
Expulsion or indefinite suspension
for a minimum of 1 academic year
Not applicable*
Extreme intoxication or other substance abuse-related behavior posing a substantial risk to the
health and well-being of selfand/or others
Disciplinary probation
Residential relocation (at the discretion of the case manager or hearing board)
Substance Abuse Prevention and Health Enhancement Office referral
Project CARE referral and/or other educational project(s)
Indefinite suspension
for a minimum of 1 academic year
Not applicable*
Use or possession of
marijuana or drug
paraphernalia
Disciplinary probation
Residential relocation (in the discretion of the case manager or hearing board)
Substance Abuse Prevention and Health Enhancement Office referral
Project CARE or community service referral and/or other educational project(s)
Indefinite suspension for a minimum of 1 academic year Not applicable*
Manufacture, sale, purchase, or distribution of illegal drugs or controlled substances Expulsion or indefinite suspension for a minimum of 1 academic year Not applicable* Not applicable*
*In these circumstances, sanctions will be determined on a case-specific basis by the adjudicator or appropriate adjudicative body.

Standard Sanctions for Weapons-Related Violations

Category Sanction
Possession of a prohibited weapon or other dangerous object, including, but not limited to firearms, BB guns, air rifles, explosive devices, fireworks, or any other dangerous, unlawful, or hazardous object or material Disciplinary probation, suspension, indefinite suspension, or expulsion as determined by the case manager or hearing board Expulsion from student housing, if the student is not suspended, indefinitely suspended, or expelled and lives in a University residence; minimum of 80 hours of community service and/or other educational sanctions as deemed appropriate by the case manager or hearing board
Any improper use, attempted use, or threat of use of a weapon or other dangerous, illegal, or hazardous object; any improper use as a weapon of any otherwise permitted object or material Expulsion or indefinite suspension for a minimum of 1 academic year

Standard Sanctions for Violence-Related Violations

Category Sanction
Physical harm or threat of physical harm without a weapon resulting in little or no physical injury to involved persons Disciplinary probation, suspension, or indefinite suspension as determined by the case manager or hearing board; participation in the Anger Management Program; Options Program referral, if alcohol or other drugs were a factor in the incident; minimum of 80 hours of community service and/or other educational sanctions as deemed appropriate by the case manager or hearing board
Physical harm without a weapon resulting in significant physical injury to another person Expulsion or indefinite suspension for a minimum of 1 academic year

Standard Sanctions for Safety and Fire-Related Violations

Category Sanction
Interference with, improper activation of, or damage to any elevator or safety or emergency equipment, including, but not limited to fire alarms, fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems, and blue lights; lighting any unauthorized fire on University property Expulsion or indefinite suspension for a minimum of 1 academic year

Policy Administration

Date: July 1, 2001
Amended: 8/20/10
Amended: 8/11


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