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III. Disciplinary Sanctions and Conditions

The designated student conduct hearing officer, or the College student conduct hearing board has the authority to impose, but is not limited to, one or more of the sanctions or conditions listed below. In the exercise of its authority to impose sanctions, the student conduct hearing board do not guarantee that one form of sanction will necessarily be issued before another.

When determining the appropriate sanction, the disciplinary authority will consider previous action or sanctions taken for similar offenses, the severity of the offense, any prior offenses committed by the student (even if it is not sanctioned), and the presence, if any, of factors in mitigation or aggravation. These actions are final, subject only to the student's right of appeal to the vice president for student development.

Disciplinary Actions

A. Expulsion: The student's status in the College is terminated, and the student is declared ineligible to reapply for admission. In the event if an expulsion, no tuition refund will be granted to the student.

B. Suspension: The student's status in the College is terminated, and the student is not permitted to register at Nazareth College for a designated period of time. At the end of the suspension period, the student must submit a written request for reinstatement to the vice president for student development. Any specific requirements identified at the time of suspension or at the time of the request for reinstatement must be fulfilled before the reinstatement will be considered. In the event of a suspension, no tuition refund will be granted to the student.

Note: Suspension or expulsion from the College will most likely occur when a student or organization has been found responsible for one or more, but not limited to the following behaviors:

  1. Permitting or engaging in hazing
  2. Setting fires or intentionally causing a false fire alarm
  3. Possession of or threats involving weapons or explosives
  4. Possession or sale of illegal drugs
  5. Physical abuse, violence, serious forms of sexual misconduct, or threats directed toward anyone in the College community
  6. Serious forms of computer misconduct
  7. Repeated violations of the Nazareth College Student Conduct Code

C. Deferred suspension from Nazareth College: The student is expected to refrain from all further campus violations for a designated period of time. Further violations of College policy or the student code of conduct may result in the student's status in the College being terminated. The College may impose conditions during the deferral period.

D. Disciplinary probation: The student is expected to refrain from all further campus violations for a designated period of time. The student may also incur loss of privileges such as College employment, continued holding of eligibility for any elected office, use of specified campus facilities and membership on athletic teams, as well as recognized clubs or organizations. Further violations may result in suspension or expulsion from Nazareth College.

E. Disciplinary probation with deferred removal from the residence halls: The student is expected to refrain from all further campus violations for a designated period of time. The student may also incur loss of privileges such as College employment, continued holding of eligibility for any elected office, use of specified campus facilities and membership on athletic teams, as well as recognized clubs or organizations. Further violations of College policy or the code of conduct may result in immediate removal from on-campus housing, suspension or expulsion from Nazareth College.

F. Loss of housing contract: The housing contract, which provides for resident student room and board privileges, is revoked for a specified period of time. Renewal is at the discretion of the office of residential life in conjunction with the student conduct office. Loss of housing mid-semester may result in the modification of the student's financial aid package, including the removal of a room grant.

G. Residence hall probation: The student is expected to refrain from all further violations of the residence hall rules for a specific period of time. Further violations may result in loss of housing contract and/or other sanctions.

H. Restitution: The student is required to reimburse the College and/or individual parties for replacement or repair of damaged property. Notification of the amount due and the expected date of payment will be given in writing. Failure to make timely restitution may result in further disciplinary action.

I. Fine: The student is penalized by the imposition of a fine, which is payable within a specified period of time. The fine shall not exceed $200.00. Failure to comply may result in further disciplinary action.

J. Community restoration: The student is required to perform a certain service to the College or community. The nature and amount of such service will be described in the notice of disciplinary action. Failure to complete the service assignment satisfactorily may result in further disciplinary action.

K. Loss of campus privileges: The student is required to forfeit certain privileges, such as visitation, having a car on campus, and attendance at College sponsored activities for a specific period of time.

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

M. Revocation of admission and/or degree: Admission to, or a degree awarded from the College may be revoked for fraud, misrepresentation, or other violation of College standards in obtaining the degree, or for serious violations committed by  a student prior to graduation.

Aggravated Violations

If an accused student(s) is found responsible for violations of any College policy that is directed toward an individual or group due to race, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, physical or mental disabilities, mental retardation, and past/present history of mental disorder, the designated student conduct officer or student conduct hearing board may enhance sanctions.

Disciplinary Conditions

The following disciplinary conditions may be imposed on students and/or organizations:

1. Discretionary actions: Work assignments, community service, and other related conditions including, but not limited to:

  • Letter of apology
  • Essay or research paper on assigned topic
  • Participation in an educational group or class
  • Program presentations
  • Mandated counseling sessions
  • Substance abuse education and/or evaluation

2. Bar against registration: This sanction may apply to a student who fails to pay a debt owed to the College, fails to comply with or submit to disciplinary procedures, or in other appropriate circumstances. It may be applied in situations where there is a need to resolve a pending disciplinary charge, even in the case of an individual who is currently not a student.

3. Withholding records: Students who fail to pay a debt owed to the College may have transcripts, degrees, and other records withheld until the debt is paid. Grade reports will not be withheld.

4. Organizational restriction: A student group or organization loses certain or all privileges, including College recognition, for a period time or permanently.

Sanctions for alcohol and drug policy violations

Students who violate the alcohol or drug policies will be referred for adjudication to a designated student conduct hearing officer. Sanctions may vary depending on the severity and number of infractions of the Student Conduct Code, students' prior discipline history and may include, but is not limited to, any or a combination of the following:

  • A fine (kegs result in larger fines)
  • Probation
  • Deferred removal from residence halls
  • Loss of housing contract
  • Parental or guardian notification
  • Alcohol and/or substance abuse education
  • Substance abuse referral
  • Suspension or expulsion from the College
  • Referral to appropriate law enforcement agency for investigation and disposition

Interim suspensions or conditions

The College, through the vice president for student development (or designee), reserves the right to impose interim suspensions or conditions, pending student conduct hearings for serious cases that ensure the safety, welfare and orderly processes of the Nazareth community until such time as allegations are decided through the student conduct process.

A student receiving an interim suspension or condition will receive written notice of the suspension and/or conditions as well as notice this action is pending a hearing on potential charges being served upon the student(s) or organization. The interim sanctions and conditions will endure through the hearing process, and appeal if appropriate. The accused student will be notified of these conditions either directly or through the use of electronic means or mail.

 

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