Sanctions

Sanctions are disciplinary consequences imposed on students who have been found responsible for the Student Code violations.  While these sanctions may be viewed as punitive the intent is educational.  The Community Standards office hopes that all students sanctioned will learn from their experience and become better community members because of it.    

Please remember that sanctions could vary based on things such as prior misconduct/behavior, mitigating and aggravating factors and whether the student is currently on probation.

Sanctions are divided out into three levels, the levels determine the due process awarded to students.

  • In the Level I process, the due process is a meeting with the complainant to discuss the case and present a defense. 
  • In Level II matters, if after a meeting with the complainant a student disagrees with the sanctions imposed, the student may request an appeal.
  • Level III cases include a formal conduct hearing with a Hearing Panel, see the page on Conduct Hearings for more information on hearings. 

Level 1 Sanctions

Sanctions that do not impact the responding student’s access to academic and social opportunities.

    • A notice in writing to the respondent that the student is violating or has violated institutional regulations.
    • Generally educational and/or restorative.  Sanction possibilities include, but are not limited to: writing reflection papers, preparing bulletin boards, write an apology letter, having an educational conversation with faculty or staff, or attending free programs or events.

A notice in writing to the respondent that the student is violating or has violated institutional regulations.

Sanctions that provide an opportunity for educational and reflection, or repairing harm done. Possibilities include, but are not limited to: writing reflection papers, preparing bulletin boards, write an apology letter, having an educational conversation with faculty or staff, or attending free programs or events.

Level II Sanctions

Any sanction that is greater than a warning or educational/restorative sanction. Level II sanctions may impact a student’s ability to participate in university programs, such as study abroad and university scholarships.

  • A written reprimand for violation of specified regulations.
  • Probation is for a designated period and includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the student is found to be violating any institutional regulations(s) or provisions of the Student Code during the probationary period. 
  • Probation can impact a student’s ability to participate in university programs, study abroad and university scholarships.

Denial of specified privileges for a designated period, including but not limited to, participation in University athlet­ics, membership in recognized student organizations, and use of specified University facilities. Examples include:

  • Banned from Entry: Prohibited presence in specific buildings or groups of buildings on campus (including residence halls) for a definite period. The period must be specified.
  • Prohibition Against Personal Contact: Prohibited contact or presence near a specific person for a definite period. The period must be specified.
  • Other Loss of Privilege

Previously established and published fines that may be imposed. Fines are commonly associated with alcohol/drug offenses, leaving trash in hallways/public areas, and late fines (not completing sanctions by deadlines).

Compensation for loss, damage or injury. This may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary or material replacement

Under the supervision of the Director of Community Standards, a respondent may be required to participate in reformative sanctions, including, but not limited to, writing reflection papers; participating in ethics, anger management, or alcohol/drug awareness classes; service to the University, or other related discretionary assignments.

Level III Sanctions

Any sanction that has a substantial impact on a student’s access to academic and social opportunities. In order to consider imposing one of the following sanctions, the Hearing Panel shall find that one or more of the following conditions are present:

  • Misconduct that caused physical harm to others.
  • Misconduct that jeopardized the safety and/or well-being of others.
  • Misconduct that hurt the residential or Univer­sity community.
  • Misconduct that caused serious damage to University property or the property of others.
  • Misconduct that violates conditions of probation or indicates repeated violations.
  • Misconduct that harms others because of their particular race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status.
  • Misconduct that involves hosting a gathering where prohibited drinking has occurred/common sources.
  • Misconduct that is a violation of the University drug policy.

Eviction from University Housing is separation from the residence halls for a designate time period, after which the student is eligible to return. Students who are evicted from University Housing can visit the residence halls and campus apartments; however, they are considered guests and must abide by guest policies. Conditions for readmission to University Housing may be specified.

Expulsion from University Housing is permanent separation from all campus-owned housing facilities, including a ban. Students who have been expelled from University Housing cannot visit or enter any University Housing facility.

University Suspension is separation from the University for a designated time period, after which the student is eligible to apply for readmission. Con­ditions for readmission may be specified. Students are banned from campus for the duration of their suspension. Readmission to the University requires application and acceptance through the Office of Admissions. A respondent is ineligible to register for or attend classes at any USNH institu­tion during the entire period of the suspension.

University Dismissal is permanent separation from the University. Student who have been dismissed are ineligible to register for classes and they are banned from all UNH-owned property. Suspended students may conduct administrative business on campus with prior notice to University Police. Additionally, suspended students are ineligible to register for or attend classes at any other USNH institution for two (2) years following the date on which the student was permanently dismissed.