Sanctions are intended to stop further inappropriate behavior and deter any subsequent violations. To restore community, sanctions will be appropriately tied to the offense and tailored to repair actual harm done. Sanctions may include revocation of campus privileges, restitution, community service, educational projects and/or other appropriate assignments. More specific information about sanctions is available by reviewing the Sanctioning Guidelines (.pdf, 600KB).
The following sanctions may be imposed by University or Administrative hearing boards:
- Administrative Hold
- Conduct Requirements
- Disciplinary Removal from Residence
- Disciplinary Warning
- Disciplinary Probation
- Final Probation
- Loss of Contact
- Loss of Visitation Privileges
The Director of Student Conduct will place an administrative hold on a student's University records when the student fails to complete sanction(s) by the assigned deadline. The hold will remain in effect untill all assigned sanction(s) are completed.
Disciplinary warning is an official acknowledgment that rules have been violated. Warnings are usually imposed for one year or less and usually do not include educational sanctions/community service. Future violations during the warning period may result in an increased sanction.
Disciplinary probation is a serious and active response to a violation of rules. It may include, but is not limited to, educational sanctions, community service, removal from housing and/or loss of privileges. Subsequent violations may result in more severe sanctions.
Loss of visitation privileges may be imposed for serious violations, repeat violations or when there is a victim involved and restricting access to certain buildings or areas of the University or to OCCT buses is necessary. The length of time for loss of visitation privileges is specified.
Disciplinary removal is a decision to remove students from a University-operated residence on either a permanent or temporary basis. This action is taken in response to repeated and/or serious violations of the Rules of Student Conduct and the individual rights of other residents. Disciplinary removal from residence is imposed for a specific length of time.
Generally, final probation is imposed only in very serious cases or cases where students are currently under a significant judicial sanction. This sanction usually includes removal from all University housing and loss of visitation privileges to buildings or areas of campus. This sanction is imposed for a specific time period. During this period, students found responsible for any further violation of the Rules of Student Conduct may be suspended from the University (see 8.a. below).
For some offenses, students may be suspended from the university: i.e., they may be denied the opportunity to register or may have their registration canceled. Suspended students may be eligible for readmission after fulfillment of certain prescribed conditions. Students who have been suspended
may not be on campus without specific written permission of the associate vice president/dean of students or designee (see 8.a. below).
For offenses requiring severe disciplinary action, the sanction of expulsion may be imposed. Expulsion denotes a permanent separation from the university. Students who have been expelled may not be on campus without specific written permission of the associate vice president/dean of students or designee (see 8.a. below).
a. Recommendations for final probation, suspension or expulsion from the University conference officer or hearing board are forwarded to the associate vice president/dean of students or designee, as the president’s designee for final review and action.
b. Students who are suspended or expelled have the following statement placed on their transcript: “Disciplinary Suspension or Disciplinary Expulsion.” The suspension notation is removed after the suspension period has been completed and all requirements of the suspension have been met. Ordinarily notation of expulsion is a permanent notation on the transcript. After five (5) years from the date of the expulsion the expelled students may submit a written petition to the associate vice president/dean of students or designee to have the transcript notation removed. They must also submit a letter that outlines the reasons for the petition and provides documentation of their activities (work, education, etc.) since their expulsion from Binghamton.
In cases of damage, destruction, defacement, theft or unauthorized use of property, restitution to the University or to an individual may be required. This may include reasonable administrative costs and may be in addition to other sanctions. Restitution may also include payment for medical bills not covered by insurance. Failure to make restitution may lead to a further charge.
Conduct requirements or terms of warning or probation may include the following:
- Work or service project — consists of assignments or tasks to be carried out for specified periods of time; assignment and monitoring of these tasks is the responsibility of the resident director or coordinator (as applicable) or designee. Note: may be recommended as an alternative to reduce or replace other sanctions.
- Loss of housing priority — of room and/or residence hall for the following semester or year; students involved will have the lowest priority available for current on-campus residents.
- Educative project — consists of writing an essay, attending and/or presenting a workshop to a group of students, etc., with specific instructions to be included in the sanction letter.
Loss of contact may be imposed when a student is found responsible for such violations as harassment, assault or rape. Students who receive this sanction may not initiate contact with a particular person or persons in person, by telephone, electronic mail, voice mail, in writing, by friends on his or her behalf, or by any other means, anywhere on campus or on OCCT buses. This sanction is usually imposed for the tenure of the student found responsible.