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Sexual Misconduct Policy, Section X: Sanctions

A student found in violation of this policy may receive sanctions that include, but are not limited to, those set forth below. Sanctions may be issued individually or in combination. The Reporting Party and Respondent will each have the opportunity to present a statement about the impact of the situation and/or requested sanctions. These statements will be considered only if the Respondent has been found responsible for one or more violations.

Students found responsible for violating the Sexual Misconduct Policy may face sanctions up to and including expulsion. The appropriate sanctions will be determined by considering the following:

  • the severity, nature, and impact of the violation,
  • the Respondent’s prior conduct history,
  • the Respondent’s ethical development,
  • the on-going risk to the involved individuals and the College community, and
  • the educational mission of the institution.

Sanctions may also take into full consideration the following factors: (1) the Respondent’s prior conduct history; (2) how the College has sanctioned similar incidents in the past; (3) the nature and violence of the conduct at issue; (4) the impact of the conduct on the Reporting Party; (5) the impact of the conduct on the community or its members; (6) whether the Respondent has accepted responsibility for their actions; (7) whether the Respondent is reasonably likely to engage in the conduct in the future; (8) the need to deter similar conduct by others; and (9) any other mitigating or aggravating circumstances, including the College’s values.

Where formal resolution or hearing determines that conduct was motivated by bias, insofar as a Reporting Party was selected on the basis of their race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, disability or other protected class, the sanction imposed may be increased as a result of this motivation.

The Assistant Dean of Student Rights and Responsibilities and Title IX Coordinator will review sanction recommendations and take reasonable steps to foster consistency for similar violations and circumstances.

Sanctions that may be imposed under this policy include:

Formal Warning: Notice, in writing, that continuation or repetition of prohibited conduct may be cause for additional disciplinary action.

Disciplinary Probation: Exclusion from participation in privileged activities for a specified period of time (privileged activities may include, but are not limited to, elected or appointed ASOC offices, student research, athletics, some student employment, and study abroad). Additional restrictions or conditions may also be imposed. Violations of the terms of disciplinary probation or any other College policy violations may result in further disciplinary action.

Restitution: Repayment to the College or to an affected party for damages resulting from a violation of this Code. To enforce this sanction, the College reserves the right to withhold its transcripts and degrees or to deny a student participation in graduation ceremonies and privileged events.

Removal from Campus Housing: Students may be removed from College housing and/or barred from applying for campus housing due to disciplinary violations of this Code.

Suspension: Exclusion from College premises, attending classes, and other privileges or activities for a specified period of time, as set forth in the suspension notice. Notice of this action will remain in the student’s conduct file. Conditions for readmission may be specified in the suspension notice, including completion of any outstanding disciplinary outcomes, and meeting with staff to set expectations for the student’s return to campus. Duration of suspension can range from the remainder of a semester to multiple academic years, as deemed appropriate by the conduct authority hearing the case.

Disciplinary Dismissal: Permanent termination of student status and exclusion from College premises, privileges, and activities. This action will be permanently recorded on the student’s academic transcript.

Revocation of Admission and/or Degree: Admission to, or a degree awarded by, the College may be revoked for fraud, misrepresentation in obtaining the degree or violation of College policies, the Code of Conduct or for other serious violations committed by a student prior to enrollment or graduation.

Withholding Degree: The College may withhold awarding a degree otherwise earned until the completion of the process set forth in this Code, including the completion of all sanctions imposed, if any.

Other sanctions may be imposed instead of, or in addition to, those specified here. Service, education, or research projects may also be assigned. More than one of the sanctions listed above may be imposed for any single violation.

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