Sanction Explanations

Sanctions are disciplinary consequences imposed on students who have been found responsible for University Student Code of Conduct 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 a review.  Level III is a formal hearing with a Hearing Panel, see the page on Conduct Hearings for more information on hearings.   

Below are the most common punitive sanctions imposed:


  • This is a notice in writing to a student that the student has violated the University Code of Conduct.
  • This is the lowest level of punitive sanction.
  • Typically it's imposed for first time minor violations such as noise, fire safety violations, or hall sports.
  • A warning should remind a student to be aware of and follow university policies in the future.
  • If further Code of Conduct violations occur, the warning may be considered in determining sanctions.
  • Level I Sanction

Disciplinary Probation

  • This is a written reprimand for violations of the University Code of Conduct.
  • Probation is for a designated period of time and includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions if a student violates further university policies during the probationary period.  
  • Being on probation also impacts a student's ability to study abroad and ability to participate in extracurricular activities.  
  • Possible first time policy violations that could lead to being placed on probation include: alcohol/drug use/possession, minor damage, or repeated minor violations.
  • When a student is placed on probation it is normally for six months to one year (from the date of the incident).
  • In some situations probation may be imposed for more than a year; this is dependent on the factors of the incident and any prior misconduct.
  • Level II Sanction

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, use of specified Univesity facilities including residence halls, dining halls or academic buildings, and loss of guest privileges.
  • Level II Sanction

Prohibition Against Personal Contact

  • Prohibited contact or presence near a specific person for a definite period of time.
  • Level II Sanction


  • Financial Payment made to the University for certain violations. Typical Fines Include:
    • First Time Alcohol or Drug Offense Fine: $50
    • Subsequent Alcohol or Drug Offense Fine: $100
    • Possession of Lounge Furniture in your room: $50
    • Subsequent lounge furniture possession: $100
    • Failure to Complete Conduct Sanction Fine: $25
  • Alcohol and Drug fines are not imposed in combination with eviction from university housing.
  • Level II Sanction


  • Compensation for loss, damage, or injury.
    • This may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary or material replacement.
    • Payment or replacement of damaged or stolen belongings.
  • Level II Sanction

Eviction from University Housing

  • Eviction from housing is imposed for serious violations such as hosting an alcohol gathering, drug charges, and less egregious physical assault cases.
  • Eviction is normally imposed for about one year with the end date usually at the end of a semester.
  • Eviction can be imposed for less or more time based on the factors of the incident.
  • When the sanction of eviction is imposed, probation is typically imposed as well.
  • At the end of the eviction duration, a student is eligible to return to housing but is not guaranteed a space.
  • Students may contact the Office of Housing and be placed on a waiting list prior to the end of their eviction, providing the start date of the semester is after their eviction ends. University Housing includes residence halls as well as the Gables, Woodside, and Forest Park apartments.
  • Level III Sanction

Expulsion from University Housing

  • Permanent separation from University housing.
  • Level III Sanction

Suspension from the University

  • Separation of the student 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 required application and acceptance through the Office of Admissions.
  • A student 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 Code of Conduct shall be ineligible to register for or attend classes at any other USNH institution during the entire period of suspension.
  • Typically imposed for very serious violations such as drug distribution, physical assault, sexual assault or a combination of charges that are not as serious by themselves. Suspension is usually imposed for one year, but can be longer or shorter depending on the circumstances of the situation.
  • Level III Sanction

Dismissal from the University

  • Permanent separation from the University. Once dismissed, students may only conduct administrative business on campus with prior notice to University Police. A student 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 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.
  • Dismissal is imposed for the most serious violations such as egregious drug distribution, egregious sexual or physical assault, or a combination of very serious violations.
  • Level III Sanction