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

Level 1 Sanctions

  1. Warning
    • A notice in writing to the respondent that the student is violating or has violated institutional regulations.
  2. Limited Reformative Sanctions
    • Generally educational.  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.

Level II Sanctions

  • Any sanction greater than a warning and/or limited warning sanction(s) may also impact a responding student’s ability to participate in university programs, study away and university scholarships.
  1. Disciplinary Probation
    • 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 away and university scholarships.
  2. Loss of Privileges
    • 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.
    • a. Banned from EntryProhibited presence in specific buildings or groups of buildings on campus (including residence halls) for a definite period. The period must be specified.
    • b. Prohibition Against Personal Contact - Prohibited contact or presence near a specific person for a definite period. The period must be specified.
  3. Fines
    • Previously established and published fines may be imposed.
  4. Restitution
    • Compensation for loss, damage or injury.
    • This may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary or material replacement
  5. Reformative Sanctions
    • Under the supervision of the Director, 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

  1. 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:
    • a. Misconduct that caused physical harm to others.
    • b. Misconduct that jeopardized the safety and/or well-being of others.
    • c. Misconduct that hurt the residential or Univer­sity community.
    • d. Misconduct that caused serious damage to University property or the property of others.
    • e. Misconduct that violates conditions of probation or indicates repeated violations.
    • f. 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.
    • g. Misconduct that involves hosting a gathering where prohibited drinking has occurred/common sources.
    • h. Misconduct is a violation of the University drug policy.
  2. Alternative Sanctions to Eviction Program
    • A student’s eviction is withheld pending the successful completion of a program under which guidelines are developed by the Director.
  3. Residence Hall Eviction
    • Separation of the respondent from the residence halls for a definite period, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for readmission may be specified.
  4. Residence Hall Expulsion
    • Permanent separation of the respondent from the residence halls.
  5. University Suspension
    • Separation of the respondent from the University for a definite period, after which the student is eligible to return.
    • 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.
  6. University Dismissal
    • Permanent separation of the respondent from the University.
    • Students may conduct administrative business on campus with prior notice to University Police.
    • A respondent permanently ineligible to register for or attend classes at UNH, and 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.