The University administration reserves the absolute discretion to determine appropriate
sanctions to be imposed upon a student or student organization for any violation of the Code
of Conduct. The sanctions explained below may be cumulative, and no
sanction need be exhausted before any other sanction may be imposed.
Sanctions may be determined based on a past disciplinary record, the
severity of behavior, the impact upon the community or any combination of these considerations. Sanctions may
be tailored to specific situations. Therefore, the following list is
- Types of Sanctions
Sanctions include, but are not limited to:
Educational sanctions provide a student the opportunity to review conduct expectations, understand how behavior can contribute to a positive and beneficial University experience and learn of campus resources which support academic and non-academic success. Examples of educational sanctions include writing a research or reflective paper, attending a seminar, or meeting with members of various University offices.
The following administrative sanctions, listed alphabetically, may be applied in order to hold students accountable for their behavior, to protect the safety of the campus community or to ensure pending business with the Office of Student Conduct is completed. This is not exhaustive and any number of the sanctions listed below may be applied simultaneously in any case.
- Deferred Suspension from the University
Deferred suspension from the University is a period of review during which the student must demonstrate the willingness and ability to comply with University rules, regulations, and all other stipulated requirements. If, during the period of the deferred suspension, the student is again found responsible for violating any University policy, the student will be immediately suspended from the University.
- Deferred Suspension from University Housing
Deferred suspension from University housing is a period of review during which the student must demonstrate the willingness and ability to comply with University rules, regulations, and all other stipulated requirements. If, during the period of deferred suspension, the student is again found responsible for violating any University policy, the student will be suspended immediately from University housing.
- Disciplinary Probation
Disciplinary probation is a period of review during which the student must demonstrate the willingness and ability to comply with University rules, regulations and all other stipulated requirements.
- Disciplinary Warning
A disciplinary warning is an official written notice expressing disapproval of conduct and a statement that the conduct violates one or more University rules or regulations. A Disciplinary Warning is not reported outside the Office of Student Conduct, in accordance with the Retention and Release of Disciplinary Records process.
- Expulsion from the University
Expulsion is permanent separation and removal from the University. The sanction of expulsion must be approved by the University president (or designee.) Expulsion requires a student to be withdrawn from all classes, suspended from University housing (if applicable), banned from all University facilities (and subject to arrest for trespassing), permnently rendered ineligible to register for any University class, and prohibited from participating in University activities. The studentís transcript will indicate that the student was expelled by the University.
The University may assess a fee in conjunction with any case handled by the Office of Student Conduct or the Office of the Office Graduate and Professional Education. Fees for individaul students are charged to the their billing account.
The University may place a registration or transcript hold on a student's account. A hold may be placed to ensure the student completes any pending business (including unfinished sanctions) with the appropriate office which is managing a case. Holds will be removed soley at the discretion director of the office which initially placed them.
- Notice of Reprimand
A notice of reprimand is a written notification that a student's conduct was inappropriate for a member of the University community. Continued violations of the Code of Conduct will result in more serious sanctions. A Notice of Reprimand is not reported outside the University of Delaware, in accordance with the Retention and Release of Disciplinary Records process.
- Parental Notification
In order to support students' learning and success following a violation of policy, the University may contact the parent or legal guardian of a student who is tax dependent (as defined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) when a final outcome of responsible is reached in cases involving alcohol, drugs or violence, or when a sanction of Deferred Suspension, Suspension or Expulsion is appled.
The University may require restitution for damage, destruction, or theft of University or other property. These charges may not be in excess of the damage or loss incurred and may be imposed together with other sanctions listed here.
- Suspension and Ban from the University
Suspension from the University requires a student to be withdrawn from all classes, suspended from University housing (if applicable), banned from all University facilities (and subject to arrest for trespassing and a charge of Failure to Comply), rendered ineligible to register for any University class, and prohibited from participating in University activities for the period of the suspension. A student who is suspended from the University is nonetheless responsible for all financial obligations to the University.
The studentís transcript will indicate that the student was suspended by the University and will include the beginning and end dates of the suspension. If the student re-enrolls at the University following a period of suspension, this notation will be removed. If the student does not re-enroll following a period of suspension, this notation will become a permanent notation on the transcript.
Students who further violate the Code of Conduct during the period of suspension or after returning to the University may be expelled.
A student who is suspended from the University for multiple years may submit an appeal when a suspension of more than two semesters has been served and the student wishes a reduction in the remaining period of suspension.
- Suspension and Ban from University Housing
Suspension from University housing prohibits a student from residing in any University housing during the period of suspension. A student who is suspended from University housing is responsible for the cost of the housing space for remainder of the semester in which disciplinary action is finalized, unless this action is finalized before the end of the semester's free drop/add period. If this action is taken after the close of the Fall semester but before the beginning of the Spring semester, the student will be billed a late cancellation fee. Housing deposits for the following academic year also may be forfeited according to established cancellation deadlines.
During the period of suspension from University housing, the student is banned from entering all housing owned by the University of Delaware. Unless otherwise noted, this ban includes non-residential areas included within a residence complex, including, but not limited to, dining halls, convenience stores, fitness centers and computer labs. Entrance into these facilities will be viewed as a violation of this sanction and the student will be confronted and charged accordingly for trespassing and failure to comply.
- Other Sanctions
The University may impose any other sanction, depending upon the
circumstances and the nature of the violation.
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- Sanctions for Academic Honesty Policy Violations
- In addition to sanctions set forth above, the University
may impose a specific academic sanction for a violation of the Academic Honesty Policy.
Before deciding on an academic sanction, a faculty member must inquire
about the students past academic violations and incorporate
that information into a decision about appropriate
action. Questions concerning violations by undergraduate students and students in special programs and should be
referred to the Office of Student Conduct and questions concerning violations by graduate students
to the Office
of Graduate and Professional Education.
It is contrary to University policy for a faculty member to lower a grade on an academic work or academic exercise when a violation of the Academic Honesty Policy is suspected without working with the Office of Student Conduct or the Office of Graduate and Professional Education. Such an independent action violates the studentís guaranteed right to due process and leaves the faculty member vulnerable to a grade grievance. Similarly, students are prohibited from proposing and/or entering into an agreement with a faculty member to receive a grade of ďFĒ or any reduced grade on an academic exercise or in the course so as to avoid being charged with a violation of the Academic Honesty Policy.
The following list of sanctions is not
exhaustive, and the University may impose additional or different
sanctions than those listed.
- Procedures for Academic Honesty Violations
- When a faculty member suspects a student of an academic
violation, the faculty member will contact the Office of Student Conduct
(for undergraduate students) or the Office of Graduate and Professional Education (for graduate students) to inquire about the student’s past academic violations
(if any) and discuss the appropriate academic sanctions.
faculty member must choose one of the following:
- Option A: The faculty member may require the student
to repeat any work affected by the academic violation. When the
faculty member chooses to have the student repeat affected work,
the faculty member may impose a grade penalty on that work.
- Option B: The faculty member may issue the student
a lower or failing grade on all or any portion of the work affected
by the academic violation, a lower or failing grade in the
course or may require that the student be
withdrawn from the course.
- Option C:
The student will receive a failing grade in the class in
which the violation occurred, and an "X" will be
placed on the student’s University
transcript, with an explanation on the transcript that the
failure resulted from the student’s academic violation.
The student who wishes to remove the "X" from the transcript
may complete a non-credit seminar offered by the University which addresses
academic honesty and the ethical and social ramifications
of violations of this standard. A student who successfully completes this seminar
will have the "X" removed from the transcript and replaced with an "F". This seminar must be completed before the student's degree is conferred.
Once the case is resolved, the student may be prohibited from returning to the class in which the violation occurred.
- The faculty member will forward all supporting documents and
information regarding the academic violation to the Office of Student Conduct or Office of Graduate and Professional Education within 5 business days of notifying that office.
- After an academic penalty has been recommended by the faculty member, the Office of Student Conduct or Office of Graduate and Professional Education will recommend additional sanctions, based on both the severity
of the academic violation and the student’s past violations (both academic and non-academic), if any.
- Resolution of the academic case will proceed in the same manner as any other case as described in the student conduct process section of this Guide. If a student denies responsibility for violating the Academic Honesty Policy and is found responsible for a violation as the result of
an administrative hearing, the academic penalty applied may be no more
stringent than that which the faculty member initially prescribed.
- When a student is charged with an academic honesty violation and the case is
referred to the student conduct system, a grade of “I” should be given
until the case is completed.
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- Sanctions for Alcohol or Drug Policy Violations
- Specific Additional Measures
In addition to the sanctions listed in Section III.A above, additional specific
measures may be applied for each violation of the Universitys
Alcohol or Drugs Policy, which may include a referral to staff within Student Wellness and Health Promotion, who will determine the best type of educational intervention to address the students use of alcohol or drugs.
- Medical Amnesty/Good Samaritan Protocol
Student health and safety are of primary concern at the University of Delaware. As such, in cases of intoxication or overdose due to the consumption or use of alcohol or drugs, the University encourages individuals to seek assistance for themselves or others.
If assistance is sought due to a serious and immediate risk from the consumption or use of alcohol or drugs, the Office of Student Conduct will not pursue conduct charges against a student for violations of the Alcohol Policy, Drug Policy or policies related to the consumption or use of alcohol or drugs. Additionally, those students who actively assist an individual under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not receive conduct charges for violations of the Alcohol Policy, Drug Policy or policies related to the consumption or use of alcohol or drugs.
Active assistance requires an individual to contact 911 or a University official (such as University of Delaware Police or Residence Life and Housing staff). Once an active call for help has been made, that individual must remain with and monitor the student’s condition until assistance arrives, and cooperate fully during the medical and investigative process. Medical Amnesty will not be granted where there was no active call for medical assistance. Students who are confronted by University officials (such as University of Delaware Police or Residence Life and Housing staff) will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct for conduct charges.
When Medical Amnesty is granted, the student under the influence of alcohol or drugs (and possibly the referring student) will be required to meet with the Director of the Office of Student Conduct (or designee), who will require the completion of educational interventions designed to address the behavior which resulted in Medical Amnesty being granted. In most cases, notification will be sent to the student’s parents or legal guardian. While there is no limit to the number of cases for which a student can receive Medical Amnesty, serious or repeated incidents will prompt a higher degree of concern and response. Failure to complete educational interventions required under this protocol will result in the application of student conduct charges.
The Medical Amnesty/Good Samaritan Protocol does not preclude conduct charges due to any other violations of the Code of Conduct (not related to the Alcohol Policy or Drug Policy). In addition, it does not extend to the sale, distribution, or manufacturing of alcohol or drugs. All incidents are examined on an individual basis to determine if Medical Amnesty is applicable, as well as the most appropriate educational interventions.
Medical Amnesty will be granted to students who may have violated the Alcohol Policy or Drug Policy at the time of an incident when they became a victim of sexual assault, sexual harassment or other forms of sexual misconduct. Therefore, a charge of violating the Alcohol Policy or Drug Policy will not be applied to a student who reports being under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of an incident involving sexual assault, sexual harassment or other form of sexual misconduct. Please see more information in the Sexual Misconduct Policy.
Students are encouraged to read the complete Medical Amnesty/Good Samaritan Protocol.
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- Sanctions for Student Organizations
- In addition to the specific sanctions listed in Section
III.A above, a student organization may face additional or
different sanctions for its conduct and the conduct of one or more
of its members.
- Examples of sanctions that may be imposed
upon a student organization include, but are not limited to:
- Deferred Suspension of a Student Organization
Deferred suspension of an organization is a period of review during which the organization must demonstrate the willingness and ability to comply with University rules, regulations and other stipulated requirements. If, during the period of deferred suspension, the organization is again found responsible for violating any University policy, the organization and its registration, privileges and status with the University will be immediately suspended.
- Disciplinary Probation of a Student Organization
Disciplinary probation is a period of review during which the
organization must demonstrate the willingness and ability to comply with University
rules, regulations, and all other stipulated requirements.
- Notice of Reprimand Issued to a Student Organization
A notice of reprimand is a written notification that the student organization's conduct was inappropriate for a member of the University community. Continued violations of the Code of Conduct will result in more serious sanctions.
- Social Probation of a Student Organization
Social probation prohibits an organization from sponsoring or co-sponsoring any event with alcohol on or off campus. This includes, but is not limited to, date parties, late night parties, mixers, formals, and semi-formals. The organization may still sponsor or co-sponsor community service, philanthropic, and educational programs, provided alcohol is not a component of these events.
- Suspension of Organizational Privileges
- A student organizations privileges, chapter status,
and registration may be suspended for a specified period of time. In the event that a student organization is suspended from the University, the organization may not during the term of the suspension:
Meet as an organization;
- Recruit members;
Engage in social functions of any type;
Use University buildings, facilities, property or equipment;
Use University resources, services or funds; or
Co-sponsor, participate or attempt to participate as an organization in another student organization's event, including any event sponsored by another student organization.
- In a case where suspension of all organizational privileges has not been applied, any one or more of the privileges set forth above may be suspended.
- Upon the end of the suspension,
and before a group is allowed to return, a petition must be submitted to the
appropriate University official, which demonstrates in a sufficient
manner, as determined by the University in its sole discretion, the following:
- The issues leading to the organization's suspension have
- Those wishing to revive the organization's
status understand the University's policies and procedures and
are willing and able to follow them;
- The organization
and its members have complied with the suspension, have
not engaged in conduct aimed at ignoring or frustrating the suspension;
- The organization and its members have committed no intervening violations of the Code of Conduct.
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