The primary goal of the University Student Conduct System is education. In addition to educational sanctions, the university may issue sanctions that affect a student or student organization’s status at the university. All sanctions are official actions of the University. Failure to comply with sanctions or with specific conditions related to the safety and security of any persons or property while a case is pending, may result in immediate, suspension or expulsion from the University without benefit of further process.

Sanctions are assigned based on the context and nature of the behaviors and the status of the respondent. Specifically, conduct officer and University Conduct Boards will consider the following:

  1. the extent of harm caused to or impact on individuals and the community (i.e. living environment, University community, and the surrounding community) including the level of intervention necessary;
  2. the potential for ongoing risk to the student, other individuals, the community, or property;
  3. a student’s disciplinary record and history of past conduct status sanctions;
  4. level of intent, remorse, cooperation, and willingness to take responsibility;
  5. evidence that the student’s conduct was motivated by bias regarding an individual or group’s real or perceived race, color, creed, religion, political or social affiliation, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, and/or veteran status;
  6. whether the student or student organization engaged in help-seeking behavior (i.e. calling for assistance, remaining with another student while help arrived); and,
  7. sanctions issued in prior similar University conduct cases.