Definition of Sanctions

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 in nature.  Sanction possibilities include, but are not limited to: writing reflection papers, preparing bulletin boards, write apology letter, having educational conversation with faculty or staff, or attending free program or event.

Level 2 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. Level 2 Sanctions and above are used as the basis for the Three Strikes Policy.
  1. Disciplinary Probation
    • A written reprimand for violation of specified regulations.
    • Probation is for a designated period of time 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 Conduct 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 of time, 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 group of buildings on campus (including residence halls) for a definite period of time. Time period must be specified.
    • b. Prohibition Against Personal Contact - Prohibited contact or presence near a specific person for a definite period of time. Time 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 3 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 is present:
    • a. Misconduct that caused physical harm to others.
    • b. Misconduct that jeopardized the safety and/or well-being of others.
    • c. Misconduct that caused an adverse impact to the residential or Univer­sity community.
    • d. Misconduct that caused serious damage to University property or to 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 that is a violation of the University drug policy.
  2. Alternative Sanction 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 of time, 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 of time, 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 ineligible to register for or attend classes at any one USNH institu­tion because of suspension entered upon a finding(s) of responsibility for violation(s) of the institution’s Student Code of Conduct shall be ineligible to register for or attend classes at any other USNH institution during the entire period of 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 ineligible to register for or attend classes at any one USNH institution because of permanent dismissal entered upon a finding(s) of responsibility for violation(s) of the institution’s student code of conduct shall be ineligible to register for or attend classes at any other USNH institution for a period of two (2) years following the date on which the student was permanently dismissed.