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Section 10. Sanctions

10.1 University Student Conduct Process sanctions are official actions of the University.  Failure to comply with sanctions that are imposed by the University Student Conduct Process, or with specific conditions related to the safety and security of any persons or property while a case is pending, may result in a hold on the student’s academic records, indefinite suspension or expulsion of the student or group from the University without benefit of further process.

10.2 The following sanctions, or any combination thereof, may be applied to any individual student, group of students, or recognized student groups, for violations of the Code of Student Conduct and related University policies.  

a. Warning - In instances of less serious deviations from the University norms of conduct, the student(s) may be formally warned of the possible consequences of continuing such behavior. No other specific action is required unless further misconduct occurs. Final warnings are issued when students have established a pattern of violating the Code of Student Conduct. A future violation may result in suspension from the University and/or University housing.

b. Educational Intervention - The primary goal of the University Student Conduct Process is education. Respective boards and Conduct Advisors may design sanctions that are specific to an individual case when it is determined that educational value may result and the interests of the University community are maintained. Examples of educational sanctions include, but are not limited to: community service, presentations, alcohol/drug education, research tasks, intervention meetings, and writing assignments.

c. Residential Relocation - This status indicates that a student is not eligible to live in and/or visit some of the University’s residential facilities. A residential relocation involves the reassignment of a student’s living unit within University housing and usually prohibits the student from returning to the residential area associated with the former living assignment.

d. Disciplinary Probation - The sanction of probation means that a student must prove him/herself to be a responsible member of the University community. Engaging in violations during the probationary period will result in more severe disciplinary action. The student or student group is permitted to remain enrolled at or retain recognition by the University under stated conditions, depending upon the nature of the violation and upon the potential learning value that may derive from specific restrictive measures. Further violations may result in immediate suspension, or expulsion from the University.

e. Restitution – This sanction requires repayment to the University and/or complainant(s) and/or victim(s) for loss, damage, or injury occurring as a result of a violation of the Code of Student Conduct. Restitution may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary or material replacement.

f. Restriction of Privileges – For the designated period of time the student may not participate in specified activities of the University and/or may have specific privileges revoked at the discretion of the board or advisor.

g. Persona-Non-Grata - Residence Halls – During a time frame designated by the Conduct Advisor or board, the student may not enter the residential corridor. The student is also restricted from any University activity or program that occurs within the residential corridor of campus. The residential corridor is the residential facilities and the lawns, parking spaces and roads, between the residence halls on the Moon Township campus.

h. Persona-Non-Grata - Campus – During a time frame designated by the Dean of Students or Student Conduct Board, the student is not permitted on Robert Morris University property or at events on or off campus sponsored by Robert Morris University.  The university may permit or require the student to enroll solely in online courses.

i. Residential Suspension - A residential suspension involves the student’s removal from housing for a period of time specified by the Dean of Students or a Student Conduct Board. Completion of specific conditions and any additional sanctions may be required in order for the student to return to housing. During the period of suspension, the student will automatically be listed as Persona-Non-Grata from all residential facilities and the residential corridor.

j. Residential Expulsion - A residential expulsion involves the student’s permanent separation from all residential facilities at Robert Morris University. The student may not reapply at any point for re-admission to University residential facilities. The student will automatically be listed permanently as Persona-Non-Grata from the residential facilities and corridor.

k. Interim Suspension - This action by the Dean of Students, or his or her designee, is a temporary suspension from the University while a student conduct case is pending. An interim suspension may be broad and inclusive or may be restricted to a specific location and/or function and is based on the determination that the safety and well being of the University community and/or specific persons are at risk.

l. Suspension - This action results in the involuntary withdrawal from the University, or loss of “recognition” for a recognized student group, for a specific amount of time or until specific conditions have been met. A suspended student or student group is prohibited from any presence or activity on University owned, operated, or controlled property and from participation in any class or program offered by Robert Morris University.

A student or student group placed on a status of suspension is permitted, after a prescribed period of separation, to submit a petition demonstrating his/her/its good citizenship in the time away from the University and potential for making positive contributions in the future. Individual student petitions are required to include: a personal essay evidencing the learning the student has gained from the incident that led to the suspension; the manner in which the student has been occupied since his/her departure from the University; and, the specific commitments the student will make to contributing positively to the University community if offered the opportunity for readmission; documented evidence of the student’s completion of substantial service to the community; documented evidence of gainful employment and/or completion of or documented evidence of completion of any special assignments identified for the student by the Dean of Students at the time of or subsequent to the student’s departure. This petition is reviewed by the Dean of Students who will determine whether and under what conditions a student may be permitted to return to the University in a future semester. Petitions on behalf of student groups will include elements specific to the type of student organization, as determined by the Dean of Students Office.

m. Expulsion - This action is the permanent separation of the student, or student group, from the University, its programs and facilities. It is the most severe disciplinary action that the University Student Conduct Process can impose. An expelled student is prohibited from any presence or activity on University owned, operated, or controlled property and from participation in any class or program offered by Robert Morris University.

Standard sanctions have been adopted by Robert Morris University to respond to specific violations of the Code of Student Conduct. The University seeks to provide meaningful consequences for violations of University expectations and to ensure that students are provided opportunities to access education, counseling, and support.  

Standard sanctions apply only to those offenses described in the Sanctioning Guidelines listed herein.  Incidents falling within the Code of Student Conduct but not described in the Sanctioning Guidelines will be handled on a case-by-case basis in light of all the circumstances.  

Other specific situations to which standard sanctions do not apply are as follows:

a. Where a student is found to have engaged in multiple violations of the Code of Student Conduct in a single incident, rather than solely in the violation addressed by the standard sanction;

b. Where a student is already on a conduct sanction status equal to or greater than the standard sanction for a subsequent offense;

c. Where a specific incident presents exacerbating circumstances, an ongoing risk to persons or property, or other serious concerns; and/or

d. Where the student is on current disciplinary probation thus the violation may be subject to more severe penalty consistent with stipulations issued by a previous Conduct Board or Conduct Advisor.

In these situations, the appropriate sanctions will be determined on a case-by-case basis in light of all the circumstances. Generally, these situations will result in sanctions in excess of the standard sanction.  

The presence of substantial mitigating or other appropriate circumstances may result in the reduction of a standard sanction at the discretion of the Dean of Students or his/her designee, or the University Conduct Appeal Board.