Individuals or student organizations found to have violated University policies, rules, regulations, or standards of conduct shall be subject to a range of disciplinary actions, as imposed by the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. There may be situations in which a fraternity or sorority is in violation of the established minimum standards as well as other University policies or regulations. In such cases, the Dean of Students or designee may impose sanctions in addition to or more severe than any discipline imposed by the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards and/or the Fraternity/Sorority Conduct Board.
More than one sanction may be imposed for any single violation. Note that after a sanction has been determined, should information come to light that changes the disposition of a case, the Assistant Dean of Student Conduct and Community Standards or designee has the right to re-open the case and to change the prior sanction.
Drexel University has the right to withhold the issuance of a degree should a student conduct matter either be unresolved or should the sanctions for a case be incomplete.
Penalties and sanctions that may be imposed include, but are not limited to, the following:
Expulsion is a permanent disaffiliation between the student and the University. An expelled student shall not be permitted on University property. Tuition and general University fee refunds will be determined in accordance with the University refund policy as approved by the Board of Trustees. In the case of a student organization, the group will lose its official recognition, allocated funding, and all other privileges.
Withdrawal of (Rescind) Degree
Withdrawal of degree is a permanent disaffiliation between the student and the University evidenced specifically by the University’s decision to rescind a degree already conferred as cited at http://www.drexel.edu/provost/policies/withdrawal_degree.asp. Tuition and general University fees will not be refunded. This sanction would be imposed at the recommendation of the Provost and in response to a student being in violation of the Academic Integrity policy.
Withholding of a Degree
A student’s degree can be withheld and not immediately issued after degree completion if it is determined that withholding the degree is the most appropriate course of action in lieu of suspension or other comparable action.
Suspension is a separation of the student from the University for a specified period of time. A suspended student will be withdrawn from all courses and may not attend classes, take exams, receive grades, maintain a position as a co-op student, hold a leadership position, or be on University premises without the authorization of the Senior Associate Vice President for Public Safety or designee throughout the entire duration of the suspension period. A suspended student must surrender his/her University-issued identification card to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards for the duration of the suspension. In the case of a student organization, suspension will result in the loss of privileges including, but not limited to, the use of campus facilities, participation in University activities, use of allocated funds, and sponsorship of official activities. Loss of privileges may also include recruitment and pledging activities.
Deferred Suspension serves as a final warning to a student that if he/she is again found in violation of any University policy, the University is obligated to consider suspension as a primary response.
Loss of Housing
A student is involuntarily removed from University housing for a designated period of time. Removal from University housing means the student must properly check out of his/her room in accordance with existing University procedures within the time constraints established by the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. As indicated in the occupancy agreement, the resident will be liable for the full room charge specified if a replacement assignment cannot be made by the Office of University Housing. The sanction conferred by the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards may stipulate requirements that must be fulfilled for reinstatement into University housing.
Deferred Loss of Housing
Deferred Loss of Housing serves as a final warning that any further violation(s) of University policy obligates the University to consider Loss of Housing privileges as a primary response.
Ban from University Housing/Ban from Residence Halls
A student is prohibited from entering all or specific residential buildings, including fraternity/sorority properties for a designated period of time.
A student is involuntarily reassigned to a new campus location.
The residence hall visitation and guest privileges of the resident student are revoked for a designated period of time. Additionally, the student must sign in and out of the building in the Restricted Access Log each time the student enters or exits the building.
Disciplinary Probation is a specific period of time during which the University provides the student or organization with the opportunity to prove that he/she/it will contribute in a positive manner to the University community. Should a student or organization violate University policies while on Disciplinary Probation, more severe sanctions shall be imposed. Disciplinary Probation will specify any restrictions with which the individual must comply, such as not representing the University in any extra-curricular activity or holding an office in any student group or organization.
Assignment of a Constructive/ Educational Task
A student is required to complete a task that benefits the individual, campus, or community. Examples include, but are not limited to, performing compensatory service, writing reaction or research papers, attending programs or lectures, or other educational sanctions deemed appropriate by the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards or designee.
Hold on Records
The enforcement of university policies may necessitate a hold on transcripts, grades, diplomas, or other official records pending the resolution of cases.
Notification of Parent or Legal Guardian
The University will inform a student’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) that the student has been found in violation of University rules and policies.
The student or student organization is required to make a punitive monetary payment. Fines collected shall support Student Affairs educational initiatives.
The student or student organization is required to make monetary reimbursement for repair/replacement of property or service rendered to the University or to other persons, groups, or organizations for specified damages by a date designated by the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. These charges may not be in excess of the damage or loss incurred.
The student or student organization is informed that their actions were inappropriate and that better judgment is to be used in the future.
In certain circumstances, the Dean of Students or a designee may impose a University or residence hall suspension prior to a hearing before the Conduct Board or Administrative Hearing Officer.
Interim Suspension may be imposed:
- to ensure the safety and well-being of members of the University community or preservation of University property.
- to ensure the student’s own physical or emotional safety and well-being.
- if the student poses a definite threat of disruption or interference with the normal operations of the University.
- if the Dean of Students or designee determines that the interim suspension is in the best interests of the University community.
During the Interim Suspension, students shall be denied access to University housing and/or other University activities or privileges for which the student might otherwise be eligible, as the Dean of Students or designee may determine to be appropriate.
In the case of a student organization, the organization’s activities and participation in University events may be limited as specified by the Dean of Students or designee. If appropriate, Interim Suspension may include the cessation of all activities and the withdrawal of recognition and allocated funding by the University, pending the final outcome of the proceedings.
A hearing will be conducted before the Conduct Board or Administrative Hearing Officer as soon as possible to determine the outcome of the case.
A student suspended on an interim basis has the right to request an opportunity to appear personally before the Dean of Students or designee within five business days from the effective date of the Interim Suspension to discuss the suspension. This request should be made to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards in writing. The decision of the Dean of Students or designee as to whether or not to impose an Interim Suspension will hold as final.