Individuals, clubs, or organizations that are found responsible for a violation of the Student
Code of Conduct are subject to appropriate sanctioning. In deciding sanctions, several factors are considered including but not limited to: present demeanor of student, previous conduct history, academic performance, the nature of the offense, and severity of any damages, injury, or harm resulting from the accused student’s actions as perceived by the victim and/or appropriate University Official or hearing officer.
No refunds of tuition, room or board charges, parking permit fees, or any other additional student-related charges will be provided to any student who has been found responsible for violating the Student Code of Conduct. The accused student may be placed on probation, suspended, or expelled from the University and/or residential hall, or have rights restricted such as, but not limited to, parking on campus, restrictions from certain buildings, use of athletic facilities, and/or participation in university sponsored events.
1. University Warning: official written notice that a student, club, or organization has been found responsible for violating the student code of conduct and that further violations will likely result in additional or more severe disciplinary action.
2. Restriction and/or Loss of Privileges: Denial or restriction of specified privileges for a designated period of time or permanently. This includes, but is not limited to contact with
a specific person, loss of parking permit and privileges on campus, or an official trespass
from the residential halls. This sanction can also be applied to on-campus communities
for continued communal violations of policy such as trash, door propping, and vandalism.
3. Discretionary Sanctions: Work assignments, written assignments, such as essays or reflection papers, service to the University or community, development and implantation of a program or bulletin board, participation in alcohol or drug education, or sanctioned medical evaluation. All discretionary sanctions assigned must meet a quality of work, insight, thoughtfulness, and research that can be reasonably expected from a college level student.
4. Notification to Parents or Guardian: The Dean of Students or the university hearing officer may, at their own discretion, inform or request a student to inform parents or guardians concerning an offense by a student in which parental contact is allowed based upon the Federal Education Rights and Protections Act (FERPA) of 1974, or based upon a student’s previous waiver of FERPA rights. Legal rights of the student will be respected.
5. Confiscation: the required removal, or forced storage of items in student possession. All restricted items in a student’s possession such as, but not limited to, drug paraphernalia and firearms will be turned over immediately the River Forest Police Department. Confiscated alcohol will be disposed of in campus sinks or drains. Additional items that are found to be involved with specific violations, but not restricted, such as stereo equipment, musical instruments, non-approved widow air conditioning units etc. will be stored or held on campus until a student is able to have the item(s) properly removed and taken to another location.
6. Restitution: Compensation for loss, damage, or injury. This may take the form of
appropriate service and/or monetary or material replacement.
7. Monetary Fines: Fines may be imposed for violations of rules or for failure to meet
8. Residential Hall Reassignment: A required move to a different residence hall floor or building.
9. Probation: A written statement indicating to the student, club, or organization that their
action(s) has placed them in a probationary status to the Dean of Students for a specified
period of time. This probation is recorded in the records of the Dean of Students via the
student conduct records process with the understanding that further violations will result in
more severe disciplinary action. Clubs or organizations on probation could lose officially
recognized University status as a student group for the probation period which would
restrict them from access University funds for activities or utilizing University space for
meetings and/or programming.
10. Disciplinary Probation: This is a written statement to the student, club, or organization indicating that their behavior(s) is of such a nature as to place them in probationary status with the University for a specified period of time. Entry of this action is made on the student’s personal record. For student groups or organizations, the official note of action is made with the office of Student Leadership and Invovlement. Any further significant behavioral infraction of policy will cause the student or club or orgization to be removed from the University community. When Disciplinary Probation is issued, the following restrictions may be imposed, but at least one must be imposed:
Restriction from registering or parking a motor vehicle on campus.
Restriction from representing the University in any public performance, sporting event, intramural event, committee, any student government office, or any recognized student organization.
If a club or student organization, restriction from holding meetings and conducting related functions of the club or the organization while on Disciplinary Probation.
11. Residential Hall Probation: This is a written statement to a residential student indicating that their behavior(s) is of such a nature as to place them in probationary status with the Department of Residential Life for a specified period of time. If during probation a student is found responsible for any additional violation of University policies as outlined by the Undergraduate Student Handbook, the Residential Life housing contract agreement, or
the University Honor Code then that student will likely face Residential Hall suspension.
12. Residential Hall Suspension: This is a separation of the student from the residential community for a specified period of time, a minimum of one semester and no more then six consecutive semesters, conditional upon reapplication through the Director of Residential Life. A student on residential hall suspension must vacate their residence, if they are a residential student, within 48 hours of receiving sanctioning. Removed students, and those that are non-residential, will be trespassed from all university residential halls for a period of at least one year.
13. University Suspension: This is a separation of the student, organization, or club from the University for a specified period of time, conditional upon reapplication through the Dean of Students. For individual students, this is recorded on the student’s personal record. Upon suspension, a student is denied admission to the University, is excluded from participation in classes and other University activities, and is restricted from university premises. A student who is suspended must forfeit his/her I.D. card. Clubs or organizations have no rights and will not be sanctioned or recognized for action or meeting on campus while suspended. Conditions for re-enrollment may be specified.
14. Residential Hall Expulsion: This is a permanent separation of the student from university residential halls.
15. University Expulsion: This is a separation of the student, club, or organization from the University. The conditions of readmission, if such is permitted, shall be stated in the order of expulsion. This is recorded on the student’s personal record.
16. Revocation of Admission and/or Degree: Admission to or a degree awarded from the University may be revoked for fraud, misrepresentation, or other violations of University
standards in obtaining the degree, or for other serious violations committed by a student
prior to beginning classes, or graduation.
17. Withholding Degree: The University may withhold awarding a degree otherwise earned until the completion of the process set forth in the Student Code of Conduct, including the completion of all sanctions imposed, if any.
Reporting a Violation of the Student Code of Conduct
Faculty, Staff, or Students wishing to report a potential violation of the student code can acquire a copy of the Conduct Violation Report Form by visiting the Forms Depository on the University Portal. Complete forms should be electronically sent as an attachment to the following email address: email@example.com .
All academic violations of the Student Code should be addressed with the Director of the Honor Code System.
Policy regarding Confidentiality in Reporting Violations of the Student Code
In situations where potential retaliation would be deemed as possible for reporting a violation, the identity of the complainant can be held as confidential from the person accused, to the extent permitted by law. Confidentiality will be observed, provided that it does not interfere with the University’s ability to conduct an investigation and take any corrective action deemed appropriate by the University and provided that complaining parties in matters involving alleged violations of the University’s Policy Against Sex Discrimination are not required to maintain confidentiality. The determination for confidentiality is made by a Conduct Meeting Officer, the Assistant Dean of Students, and/or the Dean of Students and the complainant. All such decisions are made with the safety and best interest of the complainant and the community in mind.
Regarding Complainant’s Needs
The University will treat both complainants and accused students with courtesy, understanding and professionalism. The University will not voluntarily release a complainant’s or an accused student’s name to the public or media except as required by law. Further, University staff will, upon request by the complainant:
- Meet with a complainant privately, at a reasonable place of his/her choice, to discuss the situation in a confidential manner;
- Assist a complainant in privately contacting counseling, advising, and other available resources should the complainant request such;
- Arrange for the accused or any persons acting on the accused's behalf not have contact with the complainant;
- Continue to be available to the complainant to answer questions, explain the systems and processes involved, and be a willing listener;
- Keep him/her informed on the progress of the case as allowed by law and policy;
- Respond to requests for assistance regarding University residential housing from the Office of Housing and Residence Life, including a request to change housing assignments or to leave University housing with a pro-rata refund of any balance regarding room and board;
- Assist with requests for assistance to Dean of Students office to receive academic relief or other exceptions to current academic regulations;
- In cases of sexual assault or crimes of violence, notify a complainant of the outcome of any investigation and conduct proceedings.
- Arrange, at the discretion of the conduct officer, an alternative to giving a statement in a face-to-face setting; and
- Arrange for the complainant to have the opportunity to make a statement concerning the impact of the incident on his or her life in the hearing.