Sanctions

Students who accept responsibility or are found responsible for violating the University Student Code of Conduct (UCSC) are assigned an inactive sanction (letters a-f below) along with one or more educational/developmental sanctions. Sanctions are designed to educate, foster development, encourage thoughtful decision making, and protect the Scarlet Raptor community.

In determining appropriate sanctions, the University considers:

  • the nature of the violation including the impact on the community and its members
  • the institutional sanctioning guidelines
  • the student’s prior disciplinary history
  • the individual student’s needs 

Below is a list of potential sanctions that may be imposed for violations of the University Code of Student Conduct. This list is not all-inclusive:

(a) Reprimand: A reprimand formally indicates to a student that their behavior is unacceptable and that continuing that behavior shall warrant additional, more serious consequences.

(b) Probation: Probation is a notice to a student that their actions are of such a serious nature that they jeopardize their status as a student. The University shall refrain from suspending the student at this time, as long as the student meets all sanction requirements. Any additional incidents in which the student is found in violation of the Code of Student Conduct may result in immediate removal from the University for a specific period of time with the possibility of additional sanctions. While a student is serving a probation, they cannot hold elected office and cannot represent the University in any official capacity, including but not limited to: intercollegiate athletics, Residence Life positions, major extracurricular activities, or student exchange programs including Global Studies and Learning Abroad. At the end of the probationary period, all lost privileges and eligibility shall be restored

(c) Disciplinary Suspension: There are two types of suspension; students may be subject to one or both.

     1. Term: A term suspension stipulates the period of suspension, after which the student may return to the University community as a student (if the student meets the academic requirements of the program of study).

     2. Conditional: A conditional suspension requires that the student meet certain requirements before they can return to the University community. The conditional suspension shall continue until the Conduct Officer determines that the conditions have been satisfied.

In either case, a notation will remain on the student’s official University transcript through the duration of the suspension. When the term is complete and all conditions have been met, the notation will be removed.

While on suspension, a student shall not be permitted to earn credits at any other institution for the purpose of transferring those credits and making progress towards a Rutgers degree. Notice of the suspension shall appear on the student's academic transcript for the term of the suspension.

(e) Dismissal or Expulsion: Expulsion of a student from the University is a permanent loss of student status, unless the student has successfully petitioned for clemency. A student is precluded from registration, participation in any class, activity, or program of the University, and presence on University premises. The sanction of expulsion is permanently noted on a student’s official University transcript unless the student has successfully petitioned for clemency, and has completed their degree.

(f) Loss of University Housing: Termination of student housing privileges, and exclusion from campus residence hall premises and activities. Loss of housing privileges is often permanent, but can be designated for a period of time at the discretion of the University. This sanction may be implemented when a resident student has either breached the terms and conditions of their housing contract, has engaged in inappropriate behavior on or off campus that severely impacts the University community, and/or has been suspended, dismissed, or expelled from the University. The termination can be enforced immediately, at the discretion of the University, and is typically carried out and overseen by the Residence Life staff on the student’s campus. The student losing housing privileges will not receive a refund of any housing fees paid, may be subject to a contract cancellation fee, and may be held financially responsible for the full cost of their housing for the remainder of the contract period.

(g) Other Sanctions: Other sanctions may be imposed instead of, or in addition to, those specified in sections (a) through (e) of this part. For example, students may be subject to removal from University housing for disciplinary violations. Likewise, students may be subject to restrictions upon or denials of University parking privileges for violations involving the use of registration of motor vehicles on campus and the loss of privileges for access to University computers or networks. Service or research projects may also be assigned and the student may be required to attend a specified University class or workshop at his or her own expense. For violations of academic integrity, appropriate academic penalties may also be applied

     (1) Restitution: Repayment to the University or to an affected party for damages resulting from a violation of this Code.

     (2) Fines: Fines are utilized as a deterrent to further student misconduct, and are put in place in cases involving the use of alcohol and other drugs. Conduct fine rates are approved by the Senior Student Affairs Officers or their designee(s), on each campus.
 
     (3) Restorative Programs, projects, or assignments designed to mitigate the harm done to the affected parties and restore the University community. Restorative sanctions may             include (but are not limited to) educational service, letters of apology, and restorative justice practices.
 
                      a. Educational Service Hours – Service to the university community organization to be completed by a specified date. Location and projects for completion of educational  service must be approved by the Conduct Officer.
                      b. Alternative Resolution – Students may be sanctioned to nontraditional means of conflict resolution. These sanctions may vary case to case and are at the discretion of  the Conduct officer.
 
     (4) Educational Programs, projects, or assignments designed to educate a student or student organization about the consequences of their actions and to impart skills that may help    the student avoid future violations.
 
     (5) Other Sanctions: Other sanctions may be imposed instead of, or in addition to, those specified. Students may be subject to restrictions upon or denials of University parking privileges for violations involving the use of registration of motor vehicles on campus and the loss of privileges for access to University computers or networks. For violations of academic integrity, appropriate academic penalties shall also be applied (see University Policy 10.2.13: Rutgers University Academic Integrity Policy). For sanctions regarding violations associated with University housing, please refer to the Residence Life Living Guide for Rutgers University–Camden. For sanctions regarding violations associated with the Student Organization policy, please refer to the Student Organization sanctions. For violations associated with athletes, NCAA/athletic sanctions may apply.

(h) A student may receive more than one sanction for a single incident. For example, a student found responsible of stealing may be suspended, be required to make restitution, and be required to complete some form of community service.