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Sanctions shall be determined by the administrative hearing officer in administrative hearings, or in cases reviewed by the Student Conduct Board, by a majority vote of the Board. Factors considered when determining a sanction may include:
· The nature, severity of, and circumstances surrounding the violation;
· A student’s disciplinary history;
· The impact of a sanction on a student;
· Previous cases involving similar conduct; and
· Any other information deemed relevant by the Conduct Officer or Board.
The following are the usual sanctions that may be imposed upon students singly or in combination:
1. Warning: A formal statement that the student’s behavior was unacceptable and a warning that further infractions of any College policy, procedure or directive will result in more severe disciplinary action.
2. Probation: A written reprimand for violation of the Code of Student Conduct, providing for more severe disciplinary sanctions in the event that the student is found in violation of any College policy, procedure or directive within a specified period of time. Terms of the probation shall be specified and may include denial of specified social privileges, exclusion from co-curricular activities, and/or other measures deemed appropriate.
3. Suspension: Termination of student status for a definite period of time not to exceed two years, or until specific criteria are met. Students who return from suspension are automatically placed on probation through the remainder of their tenure at Colby.
4. Expulsion: Permanent termination of student status.
5. Withholding Diploma. The College may withhold a student’s diploma for a specified period of time and/or deny a student participation in commencement activities if the student has disciplinary charges pending, or as a sanction if the student is found responsible for an alleged violation.
6. Revocation of Degree. The College reserves the right to revoke a degree awarded from the College for fraud, misrepresentation, or other violation of college policies, procedures or directives in obtaining the degree, or for other serious violations committed by a student prior to graduation.
7. Other Actions: In addition to or in place of the above sanctions, the College Student
Conduct Board or Conduct Officer may assign any other sanctions as deemed appropriate, including but not limited to the following:
a. Mandated counseling so the student has the opportunity to gain more insight into his/her behavior.
b. “No contact” directive: a prohibition against having any avoidable contact with one or more identified persons, in person or through telephonic, electronic, written or other means. A “no contact” directive may include additional restrictions and terms.
c. Apology: Requiring the student to write a letter of apology to those involved.
d. Campus or Community Service: Requiring unpaid service to the College or area community stated in terms of type and hours of service.
e. Restitution: Reimbursement for damage to or misappropriation of property, or for personal injury, and other related costs.
f. Housing related sanctions:
1) Loss, revocation or restriction of privilege (e.g., exclusion from specified locations or alteration of status in the housing lottery or other selection system) to live in College housing.
2) Loss, revocation or restriction of off-campus living privileges.
g. Monetary Fines.
Note: Any matriculated and enrolled Colby student arrested during an academic term for driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or higher will be sent before the Student Conduct Board.
A finding of responsible by the Board will result in, at minimum, a sanction of immediate suspension for the remainder of the term.
Student Disciplinary Procedures