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Section 6. Interim Suspension and Other Administrative Actions

6.1 The status of an accused student will not be changed while a case involving an alleged student conduct violation is pending against him or her, unless the Dean of Students, or his/her designee, in consultation with the University Police Chief, determines that an interim suspension is required to promote the safety and well-being of the University community or the accused student, or other substantial University interests. 

6.2 Where an interim suspension is imposed in a case involving the arrest of the accused student, the University may require the associated criminal matter to be resolved in full prior to the University Student Conduct Process hearing the case.  In circumstances where a criminal matter remains pending or in other unusual circumstances, including those described in Section 6.3, students who seek to have their cases heard on the merits prior to any criminal proceeding may file a written request for a meeting with the Dean of Students or his/her designee who will act in the role of Conduct Advisor in deciding the case.  The University reserves the right to conduct proceedings under the University Student Conduct Process prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off campus.

6.3 The Dean of Students may grant authority to administrative designees to take specific administrative actions to promote the safety and wellbeing of members of the University community and to enforce other administrative policies.

a. The Director of Residence Life or his/her designee is permitted to respond on an emergency basis to behavioral incidents alleged to violate the Code of Student Conduct occurring within or otherwise impacting the safety of any housing on a temporary basis pending a fulfillment of specific conditions and/or review of the matter by the University Student Conduct Process.

b. Any university personnel may advise the Dean of Students as to student use of illegal substances or abuse of any substance; student failure to produce proof of immunization; or any other student behavior in response to an emergency medical situation when release of information is necessary to prevent serious risk of bodily harm or death..  He/she may further recommend that the student's participation in an assessment, educational program, and/or other intervention designed to respond to the student’s or others needs should be required.  A student who fails to attend and actively participate in the assessment, educational program, and/or other intervention as required or who engages in behaviors that pose a significant health or safety risk to the student or others may be withdrawn from the University for medical reasons. This withdrawal will extend until the student demonstrates completion of an equivalent assessment, educational program and/or other intervention satisfactory to the university. The Dean of Students will determine whether and under what conditions the student will be permitted to return to the University.

In emergency medical or physiological circumstances, students may be removed immediately from the University pursuant to Section 14 of these procedures.