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Sanctions

Sanctions are the community's way of repairing that which may have been harmed by a breach of the Code of Community Responsibility. While education is the primary objective of Colby-Sawyer College and the conduct system, sanctions are the logical consequence of poor choices and poor behavior and may include fines, restitution, prohibitions, and suspension or dismissal from the college.

While the facts of each incident are viewed independent of prior conduct, sanctioning takes into account prior activity and consequences escalate accordingly.

Failure to satisfy the requirements of a sanction will result in an extension of a current sanction, additional sanctioning, or referral to the conduct hearing for a hearing to address the pattern of behavior.

Sanctions may include, but are not limited to:

All Students

Admonition

A written notice that a student has violated campus regulations and that future misconduct will be dealt with more stringently. A minimum penalty.

Restitution

Reimbursement for (1) damage to, destruction of, or misappropriation of, college property or any property of any member of the college community, and/or (2) any personal injuries inflicted. The student may also be required to provide service appropriate to the offense (e.g. cleaning/repairing a vandalized area).

Educational Program/Service Project

The student is required to complete a project specifically relevant to the student's infraction. In addition, the student may be required to provide an educational service/project to other students of the Colby-Sawyer College community. The program or project assigned will be designed to increase the student's and or the community's understanding of the policy that was violated.

Examples of educational sanctions:

Beer, Booze, Books and reflection paper
Spin the Bottle (film) and reflection paper
Informative/Research Paper or Presentation
Bulletin Board
Anger Management Training
3rd Millennium Classroom Alcohol or Marijuana Course
Substance Abuse Intervention Team

A student may present to the hearing body a proposal of what the student thinks would be an appropriate educational sanction.

Fines

A sum of money, independent of restitution, assessed against an individual. Fines are to be paid in cash or by Smart Card or check made out to Colby-Sawyer College. Fines may be paid at the Office of Citizenship Education or Business Office. Students have the option of completing an equitable number of community service hours in lieu of paying a fine.

Disciplinary Probation

A designated period during which additional behavior in violation of college regulations will constitute grounds for further disciplinary action. The hearing officer or body will determine the length of the sanction and determine if there are particular conditions and/or restrictions attached to the status. Further violations of the Code of Community Responsibility will likely result in sanctioning which includes, but is not limited to, housing probation or housing contract revocation. Further violations of the Code of Community Responsibility by non-residential students will likely result in sanctioning which includes, but is not limited to, visitation probation or restriction or visitation revocation.

Behavioral Agreement/Contract

A statement of agreement between the student and a hearing body or college official (1) acknowledging the infraction(s) of the Code of Community Responsibility, (2) identifying a behavior/action plan, and (3) agreeing to the specified consequence(s) of failure to adhere to the behavior/action plan.

Loss of Privileges

The removal of certain student privileges, including but not limited to the following: visitation privileges to residence halls or other college buildings, the privilege of living in a residence hall (see Housing Contract Probation and Housing Revocation below), the privilege to have stereos or other sound equipment, restriction of participation in extra-curricular activities.

For students who live in Off Campus College Owned or Leased Properties, please refer to Off-Campus College Owned/Leased Properties Agreement and Addendum (2014-2015) located here.

Probationary Suspension

Probationary Suspension is the highest level of probationary status, which remains in place for a designated period of time. The hearing officer or body will determine the length of the sanction and determine if there are particular conditions and/or restrictions attached to the status. Any violation(s) of specified policies, regardless of seriousness, which occurs during the probationary period, will likely result in immediate activation of the suspension or dismissal from Colby-Sawyer College.

Suspension

Separation from the college for a specified period of time after which the student may apply for re-admission to the college. A suspended student is subject to arrest for trespass and is not welcome on college grounds without the prior written authorization by the director of campus safety or designee. In order to be eligible for readmission, the student must complete all portions of the sanctions that the hearing officer or body assigns and present a written account of activity, progress, and behavior during the period of suspension to the vice president for student development and dean of students. The vice president for student development and dean of students will make the final determination, and may request additional information on which to base a decision.

Dismissal

Required permanent separation from the college with no opportunity to apply for re-admission. A dismissed student is subject to arrest for trespass and is not welcome on college grounds without the prior written authorization of the director of campus safety. A maximum penalty.

Traditional Residential Students

Housing Contract Probation

A designated period during which additional behavior in violation of college regulations will constitute grounds for more serious disciplinary action including, but not limited to, revocation of college housing and/or suspension or dismissal from the college. The hearing officer or body will determine the length of the sanction and determine if there are particular conditions and/or restrictions attached to the status. During this probationary period a student may be ineligible for certain college awards or honors or be ineligible to study abroad through Colby-Sawyer College affiliated programs.

Housing Contract Revocation

A designated period during which a student is prohibited from living in college owned or leased housing. The hearing officer or body will determine the length of the sanction and determine if there are particular conditions and/or restrictions attached to the status. During this time a student may also be ineligible for certain college awards or honors. Students who are removed from campus housing are not guaranteed an opportunity to return to campus housing.

Non-Traditional Residential Students (Off Campus College Owned or Leased Properties)

Off Campus College Owned or Leased Properties Contract Revocation

If a student living in an off campus college owned/leased property is found responsible for a policy violation that would typically result in Housing Contract Probation, it is likely that he or she will lose the privilege of living in the off campus college owned/leased property and will return to housing on-campus at the discretion of the college. (This could include, but is not limited to, policy violations in the following areas: Social Functions, Alcohol, Disorderly Conduct, Failure to Comply, Occupancy/Trespassing, Drugs, Violence, Weapons/Fire arms, and Hazing). For students who live in Off Campus College Owned or Leased Properties, please refer to Off-Campus College Owned/Leased Properties Agreement and Addendum (2014-2015) located here).

Non-Residential Students (Commuter Students)

Visitation probation

A designated period during which additional behavior in violation of college regulations will constitute grounds for further disciplinary action. The hearing officer or body will determine the length of the sanction and determine if there are particular conditions and/or restrictions attached to the status. Further violations of the Code of Community Responsibility could result in sanctioning which includes, but is not limited to, visitation restriction, visitation revocation. This probation does not limit a student in regards to where yhe or she can visit. During this probationary period, it is expected that the student will become fully knowledgeable about the Code of Community Responsibility. The expectation is that the student will modify his or her behavior with the hopes that another violation will not occur.

Visitation restriction

A designated period during which additional behavior in violation of college regulations will constitute grounds for more serious disciplinary action including, but not limited to, visitation revocation of college housing and/or suspension or dismissal from the college. The hearing officer or body will determine the length of the sanction and determine if there are particular conditions and/or restrictions attached to the status. This visitation restriction means that a student may only visit the residential buildings, which include London House, Red House, White House, Gray House, Yellow House and Cottage Lane as well as all traditional residence halls, between the hours of 7:00am-7:00pm, Friday, Saturday and 7:00am-9:00pm Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. To visit the residential building non-residential students are required to be with a residential student at all times and must follow the same guidelines as any other guest of Colby-Sawyer College. Non-residential students on this restriction may not register as an overnight guest.

Visitation revocation

A designated period during which a student is prohibited from living in college owned or leased housing. The hearing officer or body will determine the length of the sanction and determine if there are particular conditions and/or restrictions attached to the status. During this time a student may also be ineligible for certain college awards or honors. Students who are removed from campus housing are not guaranteed an opportunity to return to campus housing. Visitation revocation means that you may NOT visit the residential buildings, which includes London House, Red House, White House, Gray House, Yellow House and Cottage Lane as well as all traditional Residential Halls. If for any reason a student who has had his or her visitation privileges revocated believes he or she needs to enter a residential building that is owned or leased by Colby-Sawyer College, that student must receive explicit permission by a professional department member from the department of Residential Education, Campus Safety, Citizenship Education or the Vice President/Dean of Students. If the student receives permission to enter a residential building that student must be accompanied by a professional department member from Residential Education (for on-campus residential halls), Parent and Community Partnership Coordinator (for London House, Red House, White House, Gray House, Yellow House and Cottage Lane) or Campus Safety. Violations of this revocation will more than likely result in an extension of the revocation period and or further disciplinary action.