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Student Conduct/Disciplinary Interventions Within the Wellness Paradigm

This Wellness Paradigm chart reflects possible options the University may exercise and relevant outcomes when responding to certain types of alcohol or other drug violations by students. Actual responses and sanctions may vary in accordance with the unique circumstances of each case.
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About This Policy

Effective Date: August 15, 2013
Supersedes: Guidelines dated August 2012
Issuing Authority: Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Responsible Officer: Director of Community Standards and Compliance

A. Definition of Terms

Possession: Unlawful holding or controlling of alcohol, other drugs, or associated paraphernalia.

Use: Unlawful personal use of alcohol or other drugs.

Abuse: Repeated unlawful use of alcohol or other drugs; or use accompanied by other aggravating behavior, including but not limited to:

·         Disorderly, disruptive, or aggressive behavior that interferes with the well-being, safety, security, health, or welfare of the community and/or the regular operations of the University

·         Engaging in, or threatening to engage in, any behavior that endangers the health, safety or well-being of oneself, another person, or property;

·         Physical violence, actual or threatened, against any individual or group of persons

Distribution: The unlawful sale, exchange, or giving of alcohol or other drugs to one or more persons.   Factors that will be considered when determining the University’s response include, but are not limited to:

·         The health and wellness of the responsible student;

·         The interests of the University;

·         The impact on the community;

·         The type, quantity, and packaging of the substance;

·         The number of persons to which the substance was distributed;

·         The amount of revenue associated with the distribution;

·         The existence of any other aggravating or extenuating circumstances;

B. Definition of Housing Related Responses and Sanctions - applied only to students who reside in on-campus housing.  Sanctions include, but are not limited to:

Written Warning: A written summary of the violation is issued to the student and placed in the student’s file with the appropriate office.

Probation: The student is placed on this status for a specified period of time, during which he/she is expected to hold a heightened awareness of his/her behavior. A behavioral violation during the probationary period may result in more serious disciplinary sanctions. 

Residence Hall Reassignment: A residential student is removed from his/her current room and reassigned to a different room within the University Housing system.

Deferred Suspension from Housing: A residential student is placed on this status for a specified period of time as a final opportunity to display appropriate behavior. If any behavioral violation occurs while a student is on a Deferred Suspension, the student will be immediately suspended from University Housing.

Suspension from University Housing: The residential student is directed to vacate University Housing immediately and is prohibited from returning for a specified period of time.

Referral to the Division of Student Affairs: The case is referred to the Office of Community Standards and Compliance in the Office of the Vice-President for Student Affairs. When this is done, disciplinary action may be taken at the University level in accordance with the Rules for Maintenance of Public Order and Rules of Conduct. Referral may be made as an alternative or in addition to the House (Residence Hall) based actions, if applicable.

C. Definition of General and University Level Sanctionsmay be applied to all students.  Sanctions include, but are not limited to:

Educational Interventions: The student is assigned to participate in “Informed Choices” or “Substance Abuse Feedback and Evaluation (SAFE)” or assigned a project designed to increase awareness about alcohol or other drugs and one’s responsibilities within the community. 

Campus Service: The student is required to complete a specified number of hours of service to the University community. A specific administrator is designated to coordinate the service and ensure its satisfactory completion.

Persona Non Grata:  The student is prohibited from entering a specified campus building for a designated period of time. 

Mandatory Health Evaluation:  The student is required to participate in individual sessions with a professional staff member from the Student Health Center to assess the circumstances of his/her use of alcohol and other drugs for the purpose of determining whether such use represents a significant hazard to the health and safety of that student or other members of the University community.  The student and staff member will discuss health and wellness issues related to the student’s use of alcohol and/or other drugs and collaborate to develop strategies for making more effective and healthy decisions.  The results of the evaluation may be shared with University administrators and considered in determining the University’s response, as appropriate.

Parental Notification: In an effort to provide support or assistance to students, the University (in accordance with the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act - FERPA) may notify the parents or legal guardians of students who have violated University policies or federal, state, or local laws pertaining to alcohol or other drugs or in situations in which there is a health and safety emergency.  The decision to notify parents or legal guardians will be made according to the professional judgment of the appropriate staff.  Whenever possible, students will be consulted in the notification process. The primary goal of notifying parents or legal guardians is to promote the health and wellness of the student and others in the community.

Referral to Law Enforcement Authorities:  The University reserves the right to refer any case that involves criminal activity to local law enforcement agencies.  The decision to notify such agencies shall be made by senior administrators of the University.

Warning: A notice to the student, orally or in writing, that continuation or repetition of the conduct found wrongful, or participation in similar conduct, within a period of time stated in the warning, shall be a cause for disciplinary action.

Censure: A written reprimand for violation of specified regulation, including the possibility of more severe disciplinary sanction in the event of conviction for the violation of a University regulation within a period of time stated in the letter of reprimand.

Disciplinary Probation: Exclusion from participation in specified privileges or University programs and activities as set forth in the notice of disciplinary probation for a designated period of time.

Restitution: Reimbursement for damage to or misappropriation of property.  Reimbursement may take the form of appropriate service to repair or otherwise compensate for damages.

Monetary Fine: For any offense.

Suspension/Restriction of Privileges: Exclusion from extracurricular activities or other privileges as set forth in the notice of disciplinary probation for a specified period of time.  (eg. sign-in guests to a residence hall, participate in a student club activity or event, etc.)

Suspension from the University: Exclusion from classes and all related student privileges as set forth in the notice of disciplinary probation for a specified period of time. 

Dismissal from the University:   Separation from the University with the option to reapply at a future point and in accordance with certain performance objectives.

Expulsion from the University:  Permanent separation from the University without the option of reapplication at any future point.

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