Disciplinary Actions and Penalties

When the disciplinary penalties listed below are administered they will normally include the following actions:

1.  Warning or Educational Intervention

          a.   Given for minor misconduct.

          b. Recorded in the Student File but not reflected on academic records or College transcripts.

2.  Reprimand

          a.   Given in cases of serious misconduct or in cases of repetitious minor misconduct.

          b.  Recorded in the Student File but not reflected on academic records or College transcripts.

            c.  A letter may be sent home to the parents/guardian of the student.     

3.  Disciplinary Probation

          a.   Given in cases of very serious misconduct when it is felt the student should not be removed from the College community.

          b.  Given for stated period of time.

          c.   May be required to meet periodically with an appropriate College official.

          d.  Recorded in the Student File and reflected on academic records and College transcripts.

          e.   A letter is sent home to the parents/guardian of the student.

4.  Suspension

          a.   Given in cases of very serious misconduct when it is believed that the student should be removed from the College community.

          b.  During the period of suspension, the student is not to be on College property without prior permission from the Office of the Dean of the College or designee.

          c.   Penalty is given for a stated period of time and readmission is not
automatic.

  • The student must file a petition for readmission with the Dean of the College.
  •  If appropriate, the Office of the Dean of the College may consult with the Committee on Student Conduct prior to granting permission to return.
  • The process of petitioning for readmission may be initiated during the semester of suspension.
  • A suspended student is normally asked not to be present in the city of Lancaster. In such cases, if the student is found to have been in Lancaster, reinstatement at the College will not normally be granted.
  •  Official readmission will not take effect until one week prior to the start of classes in the semester following the period of the suspension.

          d.  A letter is sent home to parents/guardian.

          e.   Recorded for a stated period of time in the Student File, on the student’s official academic record, and on any College transcript issued as “Suspended, Committee on Student Conduct, (date)” or “Suspended, Administrative Action, (date).”

          f.   Except in unusual circumstances, academic credit is not given for course work undertaken during the period of suspension.

5.  Expulsion

          a.   Given in cases of extremely serious misconduct when it is the judgment of the Office of the Dean of the College  that the student should never be permitted to reenter the College.

          b.  Expulsion implies that an appeal for readmission would not be granted.

          c.   The student forfeits the rights of membership and participation in the College Community and may not be on College property without prior permission of the Office of the Dean of the College or designee.

          d.  A letter is sent home to parents/guardian.

          e.   The sanction is recorded in the Student File, on the student’s official academic record, and on any College transcript issued as “Expelled, Committee on Student Conduct, (date).” or “Expelled, Administrative Action, (date).”

          f.   If a student is expelled, the student’s case will automatically be reviewed by the Office of the Provost and the student will be invited to add any supporting arguments or documents. This step constitutes the first step in the appeal process.

Additional Sanctions

Instead of, or in addition to, the above stated sanctions, the following actions and sanctions may also be administered by the Office of the Dean of the College:

6.  College-owned Residential Facilities Separation

College-owned residential facilities separation involves removal from a College-owned residential facilities community for conduct that clearly demonstrates unwillingness or inability to function appropriately in the College-owned residential facilities living situation. Such separation may be permanent or for a specified number of semesters.     

7.  Restitution

Restitution is not a fine; it is reimbursement for actual damage to, destruction of, or misappropriation of College property or property of any person that results from conduct in violation of this Code. The Office of the Dean of the College or the Committee on Student Conduct will investigate and determine the appropriate reimbursement.   

8.  Suspension of Community Involvement Privileges

Any inappropriate behavior directed at the College community or members of the community may result in the individual’s loss of community privileges, including participation and/or holding a leadership position in specified organizations or athletic activities for a designated period of time.

The following administrative officers/hearing panels can impose sanctions as listed:

1.  Committee on Student Conduct

2.  Dean of the College or Designee

3.  President

The Dean of the College or the Senior Associate Dean of the College may temporarily suspend the privileges of an individual or individuals pending a Committee or Administrative Review decision, or subsequent appeal.

In imposing any of the above actions or sanctions, or in place of them, the Office of the Dean of the College or appeal officer may administer such additional actions, sanctions or conditions as deemed appropriate. Examples include:

          1.  Prohibitions from involvement in College co-curricular activities.

          2.  Attendance at educational programs.

          3.  Obtaining professional help, guidance, or advice.

          4.  Letter(s) of apology.