Responses to Violations of the Student Code of Conduct
An important component of the conduct process is education. Conduct officers may assign or design responses to allow for education and reflection on a particular incident while promoting a safe and respectful community. Responses, which include statuses and conditions, emphasize accountability, emotional growth, conflict resolution, restorative values and campus safety. A refusal to comply with an assigned condition will result in further action, including a hold on a Student’s account, a new hearing, or suspension.
- Statuses. A status is meant to allow students to reflect on their behavior and the decisions they made that led to the finding of responsibility. A status indicates the Student’s disciplinary standing with the university. Some statuses may exclude a Student from participating in various university activities. It also indicates how long a record will be retained by the university and under what circumstances, if any, it would be available to third parties (See C 22.0 https://www.rit.edu/academicaffairs/policiesmanual/c220).
- Notice of Incident. For certain code violations, the Student or Student organization may be notified of the incident report either through a meeting or a letter, stating that the university will take further action for any subsequent violations.
- Warning. Written notice to a Student or Student organization that continued or further violations of any university policy, rule, or regulation within a specific period of time (not to exceed one calendar year) may result in an additional response from the university. Warnings may require specific conditions to be completed.
- Probation. Probationary periods indicate that a Student or Student organization is no longer in good standing with the university and that further violations during the probation (not to exceed two calendar years) may result in extension of the probationary period, additional conditions, or suspension or expulsion. During the period of probation, specific conditions may be assigned. All assigned conditions are required to be completed before their deadlines. If a Student organization with a national affiliation (e.g., a Greek-letter organization) is found responsible for misconduct and is placed on a status of Probation, RIT will inform the national office of the decision.
- Suspension. Suspension is the immediate removal of the Student’s affiliation with the university for a specific period of time, which includes exclusion from classes, university housing, and all other university activities. Suspended Students are not allowed to be on campus for any reason during the period of suspension and may be arrested for trespassing if found on university property. Students are not allowed to live on campus after a return from the suspension period. Suspended Student organizations may lose certain privileges, such as use of campus facilities, participation in university activities, use of allocated funds, recruitment, or new member education activities. If a Student organization with a national affiliation (e.g., a Greek-letter organization) is found responsible for misconduct and is placed on a status of Suspension, RIT will inform the national office of the decision. Specific conditions will be required to be completed prior to the Student or Student organization’s return. Once the term and the conditions of a suspension are completed, it is the responsibility of the Student to contact their academic college to discuss returning to that college.
- Expulsion. Expulsion is a permanent involuntary separation of a Student from the university. Under typical circumstances, readmission is not possible.
- Additional Statuses for Student Organization Statuses. While Student organizations may be placed on a status similar to individual Students, including Warning, Probation, and Suspension, several other statuses apply solely to Student organizations.
- Social Probation. A Student organization on Social Probation is not permitted to hold any social functions (e.g., parties) for a specified period of time.
- Disaffiliation. Disaffiliation is a permanent involuntary process to revoke recognition of a university organization that has a charter.
- Conditions. A condition is a response to provide the Student or Student organization with experiences from which to learn. Any condition may be required of a Student or Student organization, and may include the following: community restitution, substance abuse education and/or evaluation, Reflection and Development seminar attendance, research or reflection paper, letter of apology, university housing probation, removal from housing, and loss of housing renewal privileges.
- Interim Suspension or Restrictions. This action assigned by the Director of the Center for Student Conduct, or designee, is a temporary suspension of certain rights or privileges during the conduct process. An interim suspension may be broad and all-inclusive or may be specific to a location and/or function to ensure the physical or emotional safety and well-being of members of the university community, the Student’s own physical or emotional safety and well-being, the preservation of university property, or safety and order on university premises. An interim suspension, interim removal from university housing, or other interim restriction, may be imposed before, during, or after the commencement of a conduct hearing, or during the appeal process. A Student or Student organization subject to interim suspension or other restrictions will receive written or electronic notice of the suspension or restrictions imposed, as well as the notice of the process for resolving the interim restrictions. The interim suspension or restrictions will remain in effect until the conduct process is resolved.
- Hold on Student Account. A hold may be placed on a Student’s account as a response to a Student who refuses to comply with the conduct process, or in other appropriate circumstances. It may be applied in situations where there is a need to resolve a pending conduct charge, even in the case of an individual who was, but is not now, currently a Student.