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Sanctions

A.    Interim Action:


Pending the resolution of a conduct proceeding, the Vice President for Student Affairs or designated representative has sole discretion and final authority to take interim action, without prior notice, for reasons relating to the safety or welfare of students, faculty or staff; the protection of University property; the maintenance of public order; the preservation of the University's reputation; and the effective continuation of University operations and the educational process. Interim action may include, but is not limited to, suspension; restrictions on University privileges, access, and activities; removal from or relocation within courses; or removal from or relocation within University housing. The Vice President for Student Affairs or designated representative also may make an administrative referral to the Student Health Center.  

 

A student placed on interim suspension will be given 24 hours to present information in writing to the Vice President for Student Affairs or designee in support of a claim that the terms of the interim suspension should be modified.  The Vice President for Student Affairs or designee has sole discretion and final authority to modify or confirm the interim suspension.  The terms of the interim suspension will remain in effect unless they are modified in writing.   

 

A student suspended on an interim basis will be scheduled by the Student Conduct Administrator or designated representative for a hearing at the earliest possible time. Interim actions are not a finding that the charged student or group violated the Code.

 

B.    Sanctions:


The following sanctions may be imposed, singly or in combination, for Code violations of standards of conduct. The listed sanctions are not exhaustive, and other sanctions may be imposed as appropriate, in the judgment of the responsible University official identified in this Code, to the circumstances of a given case.

 

Circumstances that bear on the severity of the sanction may include the present demeanor and conduct record of the offender, the nature of the offense, and the extent of harm resulting from it. Sanctions may be increased if the charged student or group intentionally commits the violation because of the actual or perceived race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, military status, veteran's status, or other legally proscribed characteristic of any person.

 

The Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost and Vice President for Student Affairs jointly have discretion to impose, approve, alter, defer, decrease, or withhold any sanction of expulsion, revocation of admission and/or degree, and dissolution of a student group.  The Vice President for Student Affairs has final decision making authority in all other cases, and has discretion to impose, approve, alter, defer, increase, decrease, or withhold any sanction other than expulsion, revocation of admission and/or degree, and dissolution of a student group.

 

a.     Expulsion of Student. The student is permanently separated from the University. Notification of the date of expulsion will appear on the student's transcript. The student will be barred from University activities, services, facilities, and grounds.

The Vice President for Student Affairs and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost or designated representative review all recommendations of expulsion. Expulsion may be approved, altered, deferred or withheld at the discretion of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost or designated representative.

b.     Revocation of admission and/or degree. Admission to or a degree awarded from the University may be revoked for fraud, misrepresentation or other violation of University standards in obtaining the admission or degree or for other serious violations committed by a student prior to graduation. Notification of the date of revocation will appear on the student's transcript.

The Vice President for Student Affairs and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost or designated representative review all recommendations of revocation of admission and/or degree. Revocation may be approved, altered, deferred or withheld at the discretion of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost or designated representative.

c.    Suspension of Student. Suspension is defined as a complete separation from University activities, services, facilities, and grounds for a designated period of time as set forth below. A suspended student may not obtain academic credit at Tulane or elsewhere toward completion of a Tulane University degree.

Suspension may be of two types:

1.     Term suspension shall be for a specified time, after which the suspended student may return to the University.

 

2.     Conditional suspension shall be for a specified time, after which reentry to the community will be granted on the fulfillment of certain conditions by the student. Failing to fulfill the stipulated conditions within the designated time frame may result in permanent dismissal from the University. Reentry to the community shall be subject to confirmation by the Vice President for Student Affairs or designated representative that the student has fulfilled the conditions.

The Vice President for Student Affairs reviews all recommendations of suspension. Suspension may be approved, altered, deferred or withheld at the discretion of the Vice President for Student Affairs or designated representative. If the Vice President of Student Affairs determines that a recommendation of suspension should be changed to expulsion, he/she may recommend to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost that the sanctions be increased.

d.     Dissolution of Student Group. The student group is dissolved permanently, loses all University recognition and privileges, and is barred from University activities, services, facilities, and grounds.

 

The Vice President for Student Affairs and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost or designated representative review all recommendations of dissolution of a student group.  Dissolution of a student group may be approved, altered, deferred or withheld at the discretion of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost or designated representative.

 

e.     Suspension of Student Group. The student group loses all University recognition and privileges and is barred from University activities, services, facilities, and grounds for a specified period of time or until it fulfills certain conditions. Reentry to the community shall be subject to confirmation by the Vice President for Student Affairs or designated representative that the student group has fulfilled the conditions.

 

The Vice President for Student Affairs reviews all recommendations of suspension of a student group. Suspension of a student group may be approved, altered, deferred or withheld at the discretion of the Vice President for Student Affairs or designated representative. If the Vice President of Student Affairs determines that a recommendation of suspension should be modified to dissolution, he/she may recommend to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost that the sanctions be increased.

 

f.     Loss of privileges.The student or group is denied specified privileges, which may include, but are not limited to, participation in intercollegiate/intramural athletics, student organizations, student government, dining services or current classes, restriction on course registration, and/or a no-contact order prohibiting direct or indirect contact with one or more specified person or group.

 

g.     Facility expulsion.The student has lost the privilege of entering and/or residing in one or more particular facilities or buildings at any time.

 

h.     Facility suspension. The student no longer has the privilege of entering and/or residing in one or more particular facilities or buildings for a specified period of time or until a specified condition is met.  Reentry to the community shall be subject to confirmation by the Vice President for Student Affairs or designated representative that the student has fulfilled the conditions.

 

i.      Residential relocation.The student no longer has the privilege of residing in current housing assignment. The student is reassigned to a room on another floor or building. New assignments will be made by the Director of Housing and Residence Life or designated representative.

 

j.      Deferred suspension. A status, imposed in response to repeated acts of misconduct or to incidents that may be serious enough to merit suspension but where specific mitigating factors exist, in which a student is given a specific period of time to demonstrate the ability to abide by the community standards and expectations or face an immediate suspension of a designated period of time. If a student on deferred suspension is found in violation of any act of misconduct after an opportunity to be heard (or otherwise fails to comply with specified conditions or requirements), the period of suspension takes effect immediately without review. Unless otherwise specified, the period of suspension will be for one semester.  Additional student conduct sanctions appropriate to any new act of misconduct, including an additional period of suspension, may also be imposed.

 

While a student is on deferred suspension, the student or group is not in good standing. A student who is not in good standing cannot hold office in a student organization, join a fraternity or sorority, become a resident advisor, or study abroad. The Student Conduct Administrator will send a copy of the notice to the student's academic Dean. If the student is an undergraduate, the Student Conduct Administrator will also send an additional copy to the Dean of Newcomb-Tulane College.

 

k.      Disciplinary probation. The student or group is notified that his/her/its behavior is not congruent with the Code of Student Conduct and will be given a period of time to demonstrate that he/she/it can abide by Tulane's behavioral standards. If at the end of the specified time period, no further violations have occurred, the student or group is removed from probationary status.

During the probationary period, the student or group is not in good standing and is sent a letter of warning that further acts of misconduct will be subject to further conduct action and may result in suspension or expulsion from the University. A student who is not in good standing cannot hold office in a student organization, join a fraternity or sorority, become a resident advisor, or study abroad. The Student Conduct Administrator will send a copy of the notice to the student's academic Dean. If the student is an undergraduate, the Student Conduct Administrator will also send an additional copy to the Dean of Newcomb-Tulane College.

 

l.      Warning Period. The student or group is notified that his/her/its behavior is not congruent with the Code of Student Conduct or Housing and Residential Life's Community Living Standards.  The student or group will be given a period of time to demonstrate that he/she/it can abide by Tulane's behavioral standards. The student or group is informed that the outcome letter will serve as a final warning that further violations of the Code of Student Conduct or Community Living Standards will result in imposition of disciplinary probation, or more serious sanctions. The student or group is informed that students and groups on disciplinary probation are not in good standing with the university and may not join a fraternity or sorority hold an office within a student organization, or study abroad. 

m.   Admonition. A written notice indicating that the student's behavior violates the Code of Student Conduct and/or Housing and Residence Life's Community Standards. The resolution of this case will not become part of the student or group's external disciplinary record (i.e., it will be treated as a restorative resolution) unless there is a subsequent university policy violation.

 

n.     Educational projects or programs.

 

o.     Behavioral agreements.

 

p.     Uncompensated University/Community service.

 

q.     Restitution. The student or group is required to pay a specified monetary reimbursement for damage to University property, misappropriation of University property or services, or minor damage to the property of individuals or groups within the University community.

 

r.      Fines.

 

C.    Compliance with Sanctions.


In the event that the Student Conduct Administrator or designated representative finds in his or her discretion and without a hearing that a student has failed timely to comply with a sanction imposed or an administrative referral made in the conduct process, the Student Conduct Administrator or designee may without further process impose sanctions, up to and including suspension, revocation of admission and/or degree, or expulsion.

A student sanctioned under this section may within two days thereafter request a review, which may be conducted in the discretion of the Vice President for Student Affairs or designated representative. If the Vice President for Student Affairs or designee conducts a review, he or she shall have final authority for the University with respect to disposition of the matter. Although subject to the possible exercise of that authority, sanctions under this section shall be effective on the date specified in the written notice to the student.


Division of Student Affairs, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-314-2188 studnaff@tulane.edu