Educational Sanctions

As part of your agreement with your conduct officer, you will likely be asked to complete an educational sanction. Below are some of the most common educational sanctions that could be assigned.

For the 44 Things Project, students develop a list of 44 things they want to accomplish before they graduate from Syracuse University. They then select between 5 and 10 items from the list and develop an action plan to accomplish them. The full list and the action plan are turned into Community Standards before the sanction is considered complete.

For students violating the University’s alcohol policy, a review of the BeWise website ( may be assigned to help students learn more about alcohol use and its effects on the body. A reflection paper must be submitted to complete this sanction.

This workshop will provide you with the tools necessary to be resilient and use your strengths to grow as a positive member of the Syracuse University community. You will have time to reflect on your behavior and learn how to use your strengths while making decisions. In order to successfully complete this sanction, you will need to complete the survey to determine your strengths. You are to print out your results and bring them to the workshop. You will then attend the workshop and complete the reflection paper assigned at the completion of the workshop.

The Civility @ SU Workshop is designed to engage students in various activities that will help them analyze civility on the SU campus and how they can become a better member of the community. The workshop provides time for self-reflection as well as group work to build one's self awareness of their civility towards others. Students who are sanctioned to attend the Civility @ SU Workshop will also be responsible for completing a reflection paper before this sanction is considered complete.

The Community Involvement Assignment (CIA) is one of the many educational sanctions that Community Standards provides for students. CIA includes a series of University community activities, events, and lectures designed to promote student engagement and life-changing experiences. CIA is meant to be an opportunity for students to attend events on campus that they may not normally attend so as to expose them to involvement opportunities and/or learning experiences that may positively impact their time as a student at SU. Students often mention that there is not anything to do on campus, and CIA is proof that there are many “things” to do on campus. For information on events happening on campus visit or

Community service provides students with the opportunity to give back to their community; not only the Syracuse University community but the Syracuse community at large. Based on the agreement the student makes with their case manager during their informal resolution meeting, the student will need to complete a determined number of community service hours and write a reflective paper about their experience. The student will also need to provide Community Standards with proof that they completed the assigned number of unpaid community service hours.

Students who live on-campus and who have tampered with fire safety equipment may be asked to watch a fire safety video, provided by the Center for Campus Fire Safety. After watching the video, students are asked to write a 3-page reflection paper discussing fires in university residential housing.

The Options Program is connected to Counseling Services. The Options Program staff works with students to help them understand the physical, psychological, social, sexual, emotional and intellectual impact of alcohol and other drugs. Students sanctioned with completing the Options Program will be given two weeks from the date of their informal resolution meeting to schedule an initial appointment with Options. During that meeting, the Options counselor and the student will have a confidential, one-to-one conversation and the Options counselor will make recommendations for the student based on that conversation. Students must complete all recommendations from the Options counselor before their Options sanction is complete.

The Options Education Group (OEG), a workshop facilitated by Options Program staff, focuses on the impact of alcohol and drug use on physiology and the impact on emotional regulation and decision making. Students in the OEG discuss harm reduction and learn how to identify steps for minimizing the negative consequences of alcohol and drug use. Following the workshop, students are responsible for completing reflection paper before the sanction is considered complete. More information is available about the paper is provided in the students’ outcome letters.

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Reflection papers may be assigned to help students learn from the choices they made and provide an opportunity for them to detail how to make better decisions in the future. Research papers may be assigned to encourage students to learn more about a specific topic. Page length and use of scholarly sources are determined by the case manager. The paper must be completed and turned into Community Standards before the sanction is considered complete.

For students who appear to be struggling in their ability to balance their academic responsibilities with other commitments, a time management assignment may be issued as a sanction. This project is designed to help students reflect on how they spend their time in an effort to help them identify ways to succeed in the future. A worksheet and a reflection paper must be completed before this sanction is considered complete.

This workshop will provide students with the tools necessary to learn positive decision-making skills in order to make decisions based on their own ethics and morals. Students will have time to reflect on their decision-making and determine how to make this more congruent with their values. In order to successfully complete this sanction, students will need to attend the workshop and complete the reflection paper assigned at the end of the workshop. Students completed papers must be uploaded using the Educational Sanction Submission Form within two weeks after their workshop. 

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