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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:

Admonition

Official written notice that conduct is inappropriate, future compliance with the Code of Community Responsibility expected, and a disciplinary file created. 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 could result in housing probation or 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.

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. Other sanctions may be imposed for reinstatement in good standing. 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. Other sanctions may be imposed for reinstatement in good standing. 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.

Probationary Suspension

Suspension for a specified period of time with the understanding that the suspension is stayed pending uninterrupted good behavior or the completion of an assigned educational opportunity by a specified date. Any violation of specified policies, regardless of seriousness, which occurs during the probationary period, may result in immediate activation of the suspension.

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 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.