Sanctions

(Student Handbook 2.2)

Sanctions may be imposed individually or in combination. Suspension or dismissal may be imposed for a single violation. Multiple violations or additional violations of the Code of Student Conduct may result in more severe sanctions.

No sanction will be imposed until all appeals are completed (see Chapter 4 Appeals). Failure to complete a sanction will result in a hold on the student’s ability to register for subsequent semesters or additional disciplinary sanctions Student organizations and fraternities and sororities will not be reinstated until all sanctions are completed.

Students should be aware that disciplinary records may be reviewed by others within the University and may have adverse consequences for those seeking the second-year residency exemption and/or enrollment in study abroad opportunities.

2.2.A  Dismissal and Suspension/Revocation of Recognition

Dismissal is a sanction, which permanently separates the student from the University without any opportunity to re-enroll in the future.

Suspension is a sanction that terminates the student’s enrollment for a specified period of time. The Dean of Students or designee will determine the effective date of the suspension (either at the conclusion of the disciplinary process or at the close of the current semester/term) for a minimum of either fall or spring semester and may also include summer and/or winter term. (Note that a student may not be suspended solely for either summer and/or winter term.)

Suspension of a student organization or fraternity or sorority is a revocation (withdrawal) of University recognition. During a period of revocation, a student organization or fraternity or sorority forfeits all the rights and privileges afforded to them by University policy. A student organization, fraternity or sorority whose recognition has been revoked must petition for reinstatement of recognition. Conditions for reinstatement of recognition will typically be outlined in the original sanction.

2.2.B  Conditions of Suspension and Dismissal

A student who has been dismissed or suspended from the University is denied all privileges afforded a student and must vacate campus at a time determined by the Dean of Students or designee. In addition, students who are dismissed or suspended may not enter any Miami University campus/or other University property at any time for any reason in the absence of the express written consent of the Dean of Students or designee. To seek such permission, a suspended or dismissed student must file a written petition with the Office of Ethics & Student Conflict Resolution for entrance for a limited, specific purpose. Academic credit earned elsewhere during a period of suspension will not be accepted in transfer. A student who has been suspended must petition for re-enrollment. Incomplete grades may not be removed during periods of suspension or dismissal.

2.2.C  Disciplinary Probation

Disciplinary Probation indicates the behavior of a student, student organization, fraternity or sorority has resulted in a sanction that is close to suspension. It is imposed for a definite period of time and may include disciplinary restrictions. A student or representatives of an organization, fraternity or sorority on probation may be required to meet periodically with a person designated by the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution.

2.2.D  Disciplinary Restrictions

Disciplinary Restrictions may be imposed with or without suspension, revocation of recognition, or probation. Disciplinary Restrictions include but are not limited to:

  1. restrictions from participating in intercollegiate athletics, extracurricular activities, and residence life activities;
  2. restrictions in the right of access to campus facilities, including residence halls;
  3. monetary payments for purpose of restitution or to cover the expense of educational sanctions;
  4. required University service;
  5. no-contact/restraining orders;
  6. denial of financial assistance from programs funded by the University;
  7. removal from or reassignment of University housing;
  8. required attendance at educational/assessment programs, such as anger management workshops and comprehensive substance abuse assessments;
  9. administrative hold on access to specified University documents;
  10. loss of University privileges including, but not limited to, parking and computing/email resources;
  11. revocation of the right to the use of University facilities, University funding, or other privileges for a defined period of time;
  12. planning of and attendance at educational programming;
  13. prohibition of participation in or sponsorship of social, intramural, or other activities or events.

2.2.E  Penalties for Alcohol Violations

2.2.E.1  Intoxication or Negative Behavior Involving the Use of Alcohol. (See Section 2.2.E.2 for disciplinary procedures for Prohibited Use of Alcohol). Any student who is intoxicated or exhibits negative behavior after using alcohol is in violation of this policy.

Minimum Penalties:

  1. First Offense. The minimum penalty for a first offense is mandatory attendance at a four-hour substance abuse education program and a minimum fee of $200 to the student for the program as well as mandatory participation in a comprehensive substance abuse assessment and a minimum fee of $250 to the student for the assessment. Further intervention and an opportunity to participate in group sessions may be recommended by the counselor. There will be no additional fee to the student for participation in the group sessions at the Student Counseling Service.
  2. Second Offense. Suspension from the University, either immediately or at the close of the current semester/term, for a minimum of either fall or spring semester and may also include summer and/or winter term. (Note that a student may not be suspended solely for either summer and/ or winter )

If a student is suspended as a result of alcohol violations and subsequently returns to Miami University, another violation of the alcohol policy may result in dismissal.

Registration for subsequent semesters will be withheld until the student complies with the penalties assessed for the first offense. If a student has been officially found to have committed an alcohol offense and two calendar years have elapsed without a subsequent finding for such an offense, a prior offense will be considered in determining the current penalty but the minimum penalty is not mandatory. For multiple violations of the Student Conduct Regulations, additional penalties may be warranted and imposed in accordance with normal University disciplinary procedures.

Good Samaritan Policy – In the event the student incurs an alcohol violation during the twelve-month period following the Good Samaritan report, the prior file may be reviewed as part of the sanctioning process but will not be counted as a prior alcohol offense for the purpose of imposing mandatory minimum sanctions.

2.2.E.2  Prohibited Use of Alcohol

Minimum Penalties:

  1. First Offense. The minimum penalty for a first offense is required attendance at a two-hour substance abuse program designed to acquaint students with their civil and legal responsibilities as well as the personal and career implications of alcohol and other substance abuse. There will be a minimum fee of $150 to the student for the program.
  2. Second Offense. The minimum penalty for a second offense is mandatory participation in a comprehensive substance abuse assessment and a minimum fee of $250 to the student for the assessment. Further intervention and an opportunity to participate in group sessions may be recommended by the counselor. There will be no additional fee to the student for participation in the group sessions at the Student Counseling Service.
  3. Third Offense. Suspension from the University, either immediately or at the close of the current semester/term, for a minimum of either fall or spring semester and may also include summer and/or winter term. (Note that a student may not be suspended solely for either summer and/ or winter )

If a student is suspended as a result of alcohol violations and subsequently returns to Miami University, another violation of the alcohol policy may result in dismissal.

Registration for subsequent semesters will be withheld until the student complies with the penalties assessed for the first or second offenses. If a student has been officially found to have committed an alcohol offense and two calendar years have elapsed without a subsequent finding for such an offense, a prior offense will be considered in determining the current penalty, but the minimum penalty is not mandatory. For multiple violations of the Student Conduct Regulations, additional penalties may be warranted and imposed in accordance with normal University disciplinary procedures.

2.2.E.3  Multiple Alcohol Violations Involving Prohibited Use of Alcohol and Intoxication. The minimum penalty for any combination of three alcohol violations is suspension from the University; either immediately or at the close of the semester/term for a minimum of either fall or spring semester and may also include summer and/or winter term. (Note that a student may not be suspended solely for either summer and/or winter )

2.2.E.4  Sanctions for Alcohol Violations by Student Organizations and Fraternities and Sororities (105B)

Minimum Penalties:

  1. First Offense. The minimum penalty for a first offense is required attendance of members of the organization at a two-hour substance abuse program designed to acquaint organization members with their civil and legal responsibilities as well as the personal and organizational implications of alcohol and other substance Programs must be pre-approved by the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution. Attendance requirements will be established by the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution.
  2. Second Offense. No less than two semesters of Disciplinary Probation and one or more of the following Disciplinary Restrictions:
    1. No events with alcohol for a time period to be specified by the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution;
    2. Evidence of a risk management plan for organization sponsored events—if applicable, provide proof of national organization involvement in the development of or approval of the risk management plan;
    3. Denial of the ability to host events for a time period to be specified by the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution;
    4. Additional substance abuse education as specified by the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution;
    5. Restriction of access to University controlled space or resources;
    6. Community service approved by the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution;
    7. Required meeting(s) with an appropriate University official; or
    8. Restriction from participation in University-sponsored events.
  3. Third Offense. Revocation of recognition, either immediately or at the close of the semester/term for a minimum of either fall or spring semester and may also include summer and/or winter term. (Note that a student organization, fraternity, or sorority may not be suspended solely for either summer and/or winter term.) Disciplinary Probation for a minimum of two semesters following the period of revocation of recognition will also be

If at least three calendar years have elapsed from the date of the last incident, a prior offense will be considered in determining the sanction, but does not require the imposition of the minimum sanction.

2.2.F  Penalties for Dishonesty Violations

Minimum Penalties:

2.2.F.1  First Offense. The minimum penalty for a first offense is completion of an ethics and integrity education program and a minimum fee of $200 to the student for the program.

2.2.F.2  Second Offense*. Suspension from the University, either immediately or at the close of the current semester/term for a minimum of either fall or spring semester and may also include summer and/or winter term. (Note that a student may not be suspended solely for either summer and/or winter )

*If the student has been found responsible for a previous act of academic dishonesty or for previously violating Section 102 (Dishonesty) of the Code of Student Conduct, the automatic sanction will be suspension for at least one semester.

If a student is suspended as a result of dishonesty violations and subsequently returns to Miami University, another violation of the dishonesty policy may result in dismissal.

Registration for subsequent semesters will be withheld until the student complies with the penalties assessed for the first offense.

2.2.G  Written Reprimand

Written reprimand is an official notification that the behavior of the student, student organization, fraternity or sorority has been unacceptable. Authorized staff members of the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution or the Dean of Students Office may issue a written reprimand without a hearing for violation of regulations. Written reprimands will be placed in the official disciplinary file.

2.2.H  Summary Suspension

2.2.H.1  Summary Suspension without Prior Notice or Hearing. When the Dean of Students or designee has reasonable cause to believe that the student’s or student organization’s, fraternity’s or sorority’s presence on University premises or as a University-related or registered student organization activity poses an immediate and significant risk of substantial harm to the safety or security of themselves, others, or to property, the student, student organization, fraternity or sorority may be immediately suspended from all or any portion of University premises, University-related activities or registered student organization activities. This temporary suspension will be confirmed by a written statement and shall remain in effect until the conclusion of the disciplinary process. The student, student organization, fraternity or sorority may, within three working days of the imposition of the suspension, petition the Dean of Students or designee for reinstatement. The petition must be in writing and must include supporting documentation or evidence that the student, student organization, fraternity or sorority does not pose, or no longer poses, a significant risk of substantial harm to the safety or security of themselves, others, or to property. A decision on such petition will be made without undue delay by the Dean of Students or

2.2.H.2  Summary Suspension with Notice and Hearing. The Dean of Students or designee may summarily suspend a student, student organization, or fraternity or sorority; prohibit the same from any or all appropriate portions of University premises, University- related activities, or registered student organization, fraternity or sorority activities; and/or permit the student, student organization, or fraternity or sorority to remain only under specified conditions during the disciplinary process if the Dean of Students determines that the student’s, student organization’s, or fraternity’s or sorority’s continued presence endangers themselves, others, or property.

The Dean of Students or designee will notify the student, student organization, fraternity or sorority of the reasons that the summary suspension is being considered and provide the student, student organization, fraternity or sorority with an appropriate opportunity to meet with the Dean of Students or designee prior to the  decision. The parties are entitled to bring an advisor to the meeting. The role of the advisor is only to be present; they will not be provided documentation or permitted to interject during the hearing. If an advisor to be unreasonably interfering with the hearing, they may be asked to leave. The purpose of the meeting is to address:

  1. the reliability of the information concerning the conduct of the student, student organization, fraternity or sorority; and
  2. whether or not the conduct and surrounding circumstances reasonably indicate conduct that endangers the health or safety of any person or creates a reasonable fear of such action. Sexual misconduct, interpersonal violence and sexual harassment constitute endangering

2.2.I  Sanctions for Hazing Violations

Minimum Penalties

2.2.I.1  First Offense. The minimum penalty for a first offense shall include at least two of the following sanctions:

  1. evidence of a risk management plan for organization-sponsored events; if applicable, provide proof of national organization involvement in the development of or approval of the risk management plan;
  2. denial of the ability to recruit new members for a time period to be specified by the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution;
  3. education as specified by the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution;
  4. restriction of access to University controlled space and resources;
  5. Disciplinary Probation for a period of no less than two semesters;
  6. suspension for a minimum of one semester; or
  7. any other disciplinary restrictions permitted under Section 2.D.

2.2.I.2  Second Offense. The minimum penalty for a second offense is revocation of recognition from the University; either immediately or at the close of the semester/term, for a minimum of two semesters and may also include summer and/or winter Disciplinary Probation for at least two semesters following the reinstatement of recognition will also be imposed.

If an organization, fraternity or sorority have been found to have committed a hazing offense and three calendar years have elapsed from the date of the incident without a subsequent finding for such an offense, a prior offense will be considered in determining the current penalty, but the minimum penalty is not mandatory.

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