Student Misconduct Sanctions

Document Number: STUD--137
Revision #: 2.0
Document Owner: Dean of Students 
Date Last Updated: 08/16/2013
Primary Author: Dean of Students
Status: Approved
Date Originally Created: 11/15/2011
General Description

Any combination of the following sanctions may be imposed for violations of University policies and guidelines.

Delineation of policy


Dean of Students
Executive VP

Relevant Knowledge: 
Current University policy
Federal statutes
Local statutes
National Greek policies
Standard company policies
Standards of good practice
State statutes

Terms and Definitions:
Additional training
Corrective Action
Loss of privilege, general
Policy Provisions

1. Student Misconduct Sanctions

Any combination of the following sanctions may be imposed for violations of University policies and guidelines:

•Verbal or Written Reprimand: A warning that the violation of policy a second time will result in more severe sanctions.

•Disciplinary Probation: The violation of any policy during any probationary term imposed on a student may result in an appearance before the Dean of Students or the CUSCC and/or imposition of more severe sanctions than would be the case for a first time offense.

•University Work Hours: University work hours may be imposed for any violation of a University policy, regulation, or guideline. Failure to fully comply with the prescribed work hours will result in an appearance before the Dean of Students or the CUSCC.

•Restitution or Monetary Fines: Sanctions may be in the form of money, equipment, or other values, as deemed appropriate for the violation or to replace damaged or destroyed property.

•Education Hours: The University may require the student to participate in appropriate alcohol/drug education classes, or similar programs. These include, but are not limited to, e-CHUG, e-TOKE, CHOICES, Ethics and Integrity Education Session, Reflection Paper, and/or a Research Paper.

•Confiscation of Property: Confiscation of illegal property will be permanent or temporary as is deemed appropriate under the circumstances.

•Restrictions on Use of Facilities or Participation in Activities: Loss of privileges relating to participation in student organizations/activities and/or University facilities/activities may be imposed as is deemed appropriate under the circumstances of the violation.

•Loss of Scholarships and/or Cumberland University Financial Aid: Student violations of Cumberland University policies, regulations, rules, and guidelines may subject current and future financial aid awards, including scholarships, to cancellation or non-renewal and/or disciplinary sanctions. This provision also applies to awards based on participation in University athletic or performance-based programs.

•Counseling and/or Psychological Assessment/Evaluation: University officials may require student(s) to attend professional counseling assessment sessions or obtain a psychological assessment/evaluation. All monetary charges related to assessment or evaluation sessions are the responsibility of the student. Any student assigned to counseling assessment sessions must produce proof that he or she is an official student of the University.

•Contractual Dismissal from the Residence Halls: A student who violates or breaches any term or regulation specific to the residence hall housing contract may be administratively evicted. All costs related to the eviction process will be assigned to the student. All fees and costs due the University along with those in connection to the residence hall contract must be paid in full before any official University grade reports or transcripts will be released. Students may appeal contractual dismissals to the Executive Director of Facilities and Safety and make an appeal of the Vice President’s decision to the University President. The President’s decision shall be final.

•Eviction from the Residence Hall: Eviction may be imposed if the resident is deemed to be a threat to the well-being of the residence hall, to themselves or University community or if the individual is a repeat/multiple offender of housing and/or University policies, guidelines, or rules. Evictions may be imposed for violations of any other University policy, as deemed appropriate by the Dean of Students or the CUSCC. Individuals who are evicted may appeal to the Executive Director of Facilities and Safety with final appeal to the President of the University. Evicted individuals forfeit all refunds and are subject to other appropriate sanctions. Individuals must vacate University property during the appeals process.

•Suspension/Expulsion from the University: Suspension or expulsion from the University may be imposed, if the student is deemed to be a threat to the well-being of the University community, to themselves or if substantively or continually violates University policies, regulations or guidelines. Any student suspended or expelled has an automatic right of appeal to the President of the University. Suspended or expelled students forfeit all fees, tuition, and privileges for the duration of the suspension or expulsion.

•Interim Suspension: Interim Suspension from Cumberland University may be imposed by the Dean of Students, Executive Vice President, or Executive Director of Facilities and Safety during the investigation of charges such as, but not limited to, sexual assault, physical assault, harassment, or potentially violent actions against others. This is done to ensure the safety of the campus while charges are investigated.

•Ban From Campus: Former students who have been expelled by the University or have engaged in egregious policy infractions can be banned from returning to campus should circumstances warrant this.

•No Contact Restriction: A prohibition of direct or indirect physical, verbal, electronic and/or written contact with another individual or group.

•Parental Contact: Should it be determined that parental contact might provide support to a student who is struggling with suspected substance abuse or other serious concern, the University may impose this sanction.

•Hold on Transcript, Registration, and Business Account: Any student who does not complete a student misconduct condition or sanction will have a hold placed on his or her account in the Business Office. Upon proof of satisfactory completion of the conditions or sanctions, the hold will be released.

Also see RESLIFE-120, RESLIFE-134, STUD-115, and STUD-118.

Performance Evaluation

Performance Metrics:
Compliance with standard policy and procedure

Further training
Loss of privileges
Subject Experts

The following may be consulted for additional information.

Dean of Students