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Residential Life Judicial Process and Sanctions

The office of Residential Life supports and expects adherence to the Dartmouth College Community Standards of Conduct and to local, state and federal law. Behavior that violates these standards and laws may be grounds for disciplinary action by the Office of Residential Life. A Community Director will most likely address possible violations within the residence halls, affinity and special interest houses. This may include an informal conversation, or a more formal administrative meeting that may result in sanctions being issued for the responsible residents.  Other Residential Life Deans or Directors may hear cases that are more serious or are specific to their area of responsibility. Students are expected to respond in a timely and forthcoming manner when contacted by a member of the Residential Life staff. Electronic mail should be used only for logistical purposes and should not be used as a substitute for meeting and discussing an alleged violation with a Residential Life staff member.

Students can expect fairness and due process from Residential Life staff in addressing alleged violations of the College Residence Policies and Terms. Failure to comply with the terms of a Residential Life sanction will be considered as a further violation of Residential Life standards and may result in additional, extended or more severe sanctions.

Office of Residential Life Judicial Process Outline

  • ORL Staff Member becomes aware of a possible violation of Residential Standards.
  • Student is notified in writing that they are potentially in violation of a standard and a meeting is requested.
  • Meeting is held to hear student's perspective and to ascertain responsibility.
  • Student is notified in writing of determination of responsibility and sanction if appropriate.

SANCTIONS

The following sanctions are normally issued separately or in combination for violations:

Residential Warning: This sanction is typically imposed for minor violations.

Residential Probation: This sanction is typically imposed for more serious violations of standards as well as for repeated minor violations.

Required Move: Some situations may warrant moving a resident to a new residence hall either for their own benefit or for the benefit of their residential community.

Removal from Housing: Removal from College housing is a sanction that is typically used for serious violations of standards including endangering behavior, theft, significant damage to property and for students who repeatedly violate policies and show no sign of changing behavior.

Restitution: Residents who cause damage or vandalize College property will typically be expected to pay restitution.

Fines: Fines will be imposed for some violations as deemed appropriate based upon circumstances.

Residential Educational Sanctions: Educational sanctions are used for students in situations where they would benefit from further learning about their behavior or from completing a project that allows them to contribute positively to their community. Examples of such sanctions include: community service, organization a program, doing a survey, attending presentation and similar projects.

Restriction of Privileges: Some situation may warrant a restriction of privileges such as guest privileges or restriction from entering a specific residence hall or part of a hall.

Referral to a College Resource Office: Students who need additional profession help may be referred to College offices and resources.

Parental Notification: Some situations warrant a call to a parent or guardian to discuss a student's behavior and the impact of that behavior upon other residents.

NOTE: In situations when an individual or group poses an immediate threat to the health, safety or property of others or of oneself, the individual or group will be relocated or removed from College Residences prior to a hearing to address the specific behaviors.  The decision to remove or relocate rest with the Dean of Residential Life or the Associate Dean of Residential Life and Director of Residential Education.

Request for Reconsideration

If a student feels that they were not treated fairly through the above stated process, they may request reconsideration of their sanction (protocol and criteria are available from the Office of Residential Life).

Grounds for a Request for Reconsideration include:

  • Significant procedural irregularities which denied the accused student the right to due process and a fair decision.
  • Substantial new evidence or information not available at the time the decision was made.

More information about residential judicial policies and procedures is available from the office of the Dean of Residential Life located in 5 Rope Ferry Road.

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Last Updated: 1/21/09