|The following sanctioning guidelines inform the COS and hearing officers if a student is found responsible. They are presented here as an aid to students, advisors, and parents.
Any sanctions will be in addition to the costs of restitution deemed appropriate by a Dean or the COS.
Possible sanctions which may be imposed by a Dean or the COS include:
WarningHearing officers can issue warnings for students to exercise better judgment. A warning is recorded in the student’s file in the Dean of the College Office, but it is not reflected in the student’s transcript and is an internal sanction only. Students who have received a warning do not have to report this as disciplinary action to outside agencies. Warnings in a student’s file may be considered in any future disciplinary proceedings.
College ReprimandReprimands are issued for minor misconduct. A reprimand is recorded in the student’s file in the Dean of the College Office but is not reflected in the student’s transcript. Like warnings, reprimands are recorded for internal purposes only and are not considered part of a student’s permanent disciplinary record. Reprimands in a student’s file may be considered in any future disciplinary proceedings.
College ProbationProbation is imposed for repeated minor misconduct, incidents that involve multiple violations, or serious violations that do not warrant suspension. College probation may be imposed either with or without restrictions for a period up to the duration of the student’s undergraduate career.
Notification of probation will normally be sent to parents. Like warnings and reprimands, probation is recorded for internal purposes only and is not considered part of a student’s permanent disciplinary record. Probation may be considered in any future disciplinary proceedings. Students on probation at the time of another incident will likely face suspension-level charges.
Restrictions associated with College probation may include, but are not limited to, making restitution for damage caused, prohibition from owning, operating, or maintaining a motor vehicle on campus, prevention of participation in intercollegiate athletics or performances of College-associated organizations, or ineligibility for service as an officer in student organizations or on College committees, among other possible and appropriate actions.
A student may be suspended for misconduct found to be sufficiently serious to warrant removal from the College community for a specified number of terms. Notification of allegations at this level will normally be sent to parents. Students suspended from the College must leave campus within 48 hours. Students who are suspended are not allowed to come back to campus unless they have completed all of the requirements of the sanction and they receive permission from their undergraduate dean.
The hearing officer or the COS may impose requirements in connection with suspension, such as participation in a medical assessment and any recommended treatment, paying restitution for damages caused, or restrictions on campus housing. Suspended students may not participate in College academic or extracurricular activities; may not remain in College or coed, fraternity, sorority housing; and may not progress toward completion of their Dartmouth degrees by taking courses at other institutions while suspended.
Suspension is recorded in the student’s file in the Dean of the College Office and on the student’s transcript, for the period of suspension. Students who have been suspended must answer any question as to whether they have been subject to disciplinary action at Dartmouth in the affirmative, as student requests to the Dean’s Office for verification of their records in connection with law school, graduate school, employment and other applications will include reports of suspensions imposed. Suspensions will be considered in any proceedings resulting from further violations of the Standards of Conduct.
Readmission following suspension is not automatic and must be by application to the Undergraduate Deans Office. At the conclusion of the term(s) of suspension and completion of any conditions of the sanction, a student who chooses not to apply for readmission can request a change in College status from suspended to withdrawn by contacting his/her undergraduate dean.
Immediate, Temporary SuspensionThe Dean of the College or his/her designee may place a student on immediate temporary suspension pending a hearing when the student has been arrested on allegations of serious criminal behavior, or when the student allegedly has violated a standard of conduct and the Dean concludes that the student poses a significant risk to the safety or educational environment of the community. The Dean may also place restrictions on a student’s activities or living arrangements while enrolled.
SeparationSeparation is permanent removal from the College community. A student will be separated only for extremely serious misconduct or for serious misconduct subsequent to suspension. Separated students will not normally be eligible for readmission. The student must leave campus housing within 48 hours of notification of separation. Separation is recorded in the student’s file in the Dean of the College Office and on the student’s transcript. Notice of the separation will normally be sent to the parents. Access to BlitzMail will be immediately terminated.
Special ActionThe hearing officer or COS may take other action appropriate to particular circumstances not covered in the preceding list. Some examples of these actions include removal from housing, prohibition on attending athletic events, limiting access to particular areas of campus, or other actions deemed appropriate by the hearing officer or the COS. Any College sanction can include educational and/or counseling requirements that the hearing officer or the COS feels are appropriate to the situation.
Fines of up to $100 may be levied by the hearing officer or the COS. Such penalties will be in addition to the costs of restitution deemed appropriate.
The hearing officer or the COS may also impose other obligations in place of or in addition to fines. Fines are recorded in the student’s file in the Office of the Dean of the College but are not reflected in the student’s transcript. Failure to pay fines or fulfill other obligations may prevent registration and graduation and may provoke more serious penalties.
Last Updated: 9/13/13