Sanctions for Violating the Student Code of Conduct

Interim Sanctions

In rare cases when a student must be temporarily suspended from the college prior to a college judicial board hearing, the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities in consultation with the Provost, may remove the suspension prior to the judicial board hearing. Students are not permitted to withdraw while charges of the Student Code of Conduct are pending resolution in a college judicial board hearing.

In certain circumstances, the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities or designee may impose an interim sanction including but not limited to: Residence Hall relocation, Residence Hall suspension, college suspension and other restrictions prior to a hearing before a judicial body. Interim sanctions may be imposed:

  1. To protect the safety and wellbeing of members of the community or preservation of College property.
  2. If the student poses a direct threat of interference with the normal operations of the College.

For ease of reference, specific sanctions are offered in detail below. Sanctions are categorized by Level I, Level II, and Level III. Level I sanctions are generally considered less restrictive and punitive when compared to Level II sanctions. Level III sanctions are quite restrictive and punitive by comparison and include sanctions such as suspension and expulsion from the Residence Hall system and the College. Level I and Level II sanctions can be assigned by Residence Hall Directors and the Director of Residence Life. The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, the Executive Director of the Norwich Campus and the Provost can assign all sanctions except Level III college suspension and expulsion. Sanctions are generally used incrementally (increasing in severity depending on the frequency and seriousness of violations). Sanctions may be applied in combination and remain in force unless termination dates are specified. Failure to complete sanctions as specified, or continued violations, may result in the application of additional and more serious sanctions, which could include expulsion from the Residence Hall system or the College. Students suspended or expelled from the Residence Halls or the College for disciplinary reasons are not eligible for a refund and may be subject to the permanent Transcript Notation policy.

Level III

College Expulsion (No Refund, Possible Loss of Grades for the Semester, Possible Transcript Notation)

A student expelled from the College is designated “persona non grata,” meaning that they may not attend classes or be on College property or property operated for the benefit of the College for any reason after a specified date. If they are found on College property, they will be subject to arrest for trespassing as appropriately defined in Article 140 through 140.17 of the New York State Penal Law. No refunds are allowed for a student who has been disciplinarily expelled.

College Suspension (No Refund, Possible Loss of Grades for the Semester, Possible Transcript Notation)

A student suspended from the College is designated “persona non grata,” meaning that they may not attend classes or be on College property or property operated for the benefit of the College for any reason for a specified period of time. If they are found on College property, they may be subject to arrest for trespassing as appropriately defined in Article 140 through 140.17 of the New York State Penal Law. Students who are suspended are not allowed to attend classes, build their co-curricular transcript, travel on any college related trips, participate in any type of athletic practice or competition, including intramurals, and are not allowed to attend any campus events or events held on campus. No refunds are allowed for a student who has been disciplinarily suspended.

Stayed College Expulsion

A student may be placed on stayed college expulsion for a specified period of time and must not be found responsible for violations of the student code of conduct during the specified period of time. The student may be subject to immediate activation of the sanction if found responsible.

Stayed College Suspension

A student may be placed on stayed college suspension for a specified period of time and must not be found responsible for violations of the student code of conduct during the specified period of time. The student may be subject to immediate activation of the sanction if found responsible.

Level II

College Probation

A student placed on College Probation has jeopardized their privilege of attending SUNY Morrisville.

Stayed Residence Hall Expulsion

A student may be placed on stayed residence hall expulsion for a specified period of time and must not be found responsible for violations of the student code of conduct during the specified period of time. The student may be subject to immediate activation of the sanction if found responsible.

Guest Privileges Revoked

A student whose guest privileges are revoked has permanently lost the privilege of hosting guests in the Residence Hall system.

No Contact Order (With another Person[s])

A student who has been issued a No Contact Order is not to have any form of contact or communication with a specified student or students for any reason. Prohibited contact includes but is not limited to: electronic, oral, or written to include email, texts, etc. This extends to all actions which may occur as a result of "third parties" (friends, family members, or acquaintances) acting on your behalf. The campus will promptly review existing no contact orders at a party’s request, including requests to modify the terms or of discontinue the order. If the campus finds it appropriate, it can even make a schedule for parties who seek to use the same facilities without running afoul of the no contact order.

Residence Hall Ban (From a Specific Residence Hall or Portion Thereof)

A student whose privileges to enter a specific Residence Hall (or portion thereof) have been revoked is no longer permitted to live in or enter that facility (or portion thereof) for any reason. If they violate this directive, they will be subject to arrest for trespassing as appropriately defined in Article 140 through 140.17 of the New York State Penal Law.

Residence Hall Ban (All But Current Residence Hall)

A student is only allowed to enter the Residence Hall in which they live. They are not permitted to enter any other Residence Halls without authorization from the Office of Residence Life. If they are found responsible for violating this sanction, they may be subject to arrest for trespassing as appropriately defined in Article 140 through 140.17 of the New York State Penal Law.

Residence Hall Ban (Entire Residence Hall System)

A student who is banned from the Residence Hall system is not permitted to live in or enter any Residence Hall without authorization from the Office of Residence Life. If they are found responsible for violating this sanction, they may be subject to arrest for trespassing as appropriately defined in Article 140 through 140.17 of the New York State Penal Law.

Residence Hall Expulsion

A student who is expelled from the Residence Hall system is not permitted to live in or enter any Residence Hall without authorization from the Office of Residence Life. If they are found responsible for violating this sanction, they may be subject to arrest for trespassing as appropriately defined in Article 140 through 140.17 of the New York State Penal Law. Students expelled from the Residence Halls for disciplinary reasons are not eligible for a refund.

Residence Hall Relocation

A student who is relocated to another Residence Hall is not permitted to live in or enter their former Residence Hall after relocation without authorization from the Office of Residence Life.

Residence Hall Suspension (No Refund for the Semester)

A student who is suspended from the Residence Halls is not permitted to live in or enter the Residence Hall system for a specified period of time. If they are found responsible for violating this sanction, they may be subject to arrest for trespassing as appropriately defined in Article 140 through 140.17 of the New York State Penal Law.

Temporary College Suspension

A student may be temporarily suspended from SUNY Morrisville pending a College Judicial Board hearing. Temporary suspension means that they are banned from College property, or property operated for the benefit of the College, until disposition of the charges against them. Students placed on temporary suspension are to contact the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (315.684.6070) within three (3) days of receipt of the Notice of Temporary Suspension to discuss their rights and the College judicial process. A student who has been temporarily suspended is responsible for contacting faculty/staff regarding any absence, commitments on Campus, or course work. "Student Status" is frozen. Students who are suspended are not allowed to build their co-curricular transcript, travel on any college related trips, participate in any type of athletic practice or competition, including intramurals, and are not allowed to attend any campus events or events held on campus. In rare cases when a student must be temporarily suspended from the college prior to a college judicial board hearing, the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities in consultation with the Provost, may remove the suspension prior to the judicial board hearing. Students are not permitted to withdraw while charges of the Student Code of Conduct are pending resolution in a college judicial board hearing. The campus will promptly review existing temporary suspensions at a party’s request, including requests to modify the terms or discontinue it. Parties can submit evidence to support their request.

Level I

Apology Letter

A student may be required to complete a letter of apology by an imposed deadline.

Behavioral Contract

A student may be required to abide by a behavioral contract with specific behavioral restrictions, requirements, and a completion deadline.

Campus Probation

A student placed on Campus Probation has jeopardized their privilege of living in the Residence Hall system. Subsequent violations may lead to removal from all or portions of the Residence Hall system (including the Commons).

Community Service

A student may be required to abide by a community service assignment with specific service requirements and completion deadline.

Financial Restitution

A student may be required to make financial restitution/reimbursement for damages by a specified deadline.

Guest Privileges Revoked

A student whose guest privileges are revoked has lost the privilege of hosting guests in the Residence Hall system for a specified period.

Letter of Warning

A student placed on letter of warning has been officially warned that their behavior was inconsistent with College rules and regulations.

No College Judicial Action

After review of the relevant facts in a given case, the reviewer(s) may decide to pursue formal College Judicial action or decide that no College Judicial action is necessary. A case may remain open or under investigation until such a time as new information comes to light or the students involved are available to allow investigation and review of facts to proceed.

Pending College Judicial Action

When students depart from the College with a College Judicial case pending, the case may remain “open” or under investigation and the student may not be allowed to return to the College until the charges have been adjudicated through the College Judicial system.

Referral for Alcohol Assessment and Education Services (RSAES)

Students who violate the alcohol or drug policies may be encouraged to seek assessment and education services at the Student Health and Counseling Services Center. Referrals for such services may be recommended or required and students may be referred more than once. Minor offenses (as determined by the judicial affairs staff member or judicial board) or first offenses, may result in a recommended referral where seeking services is voluntary. Serious or repeat offenses may result in a mandatory referral, where a student is required to attend a consultation with a counselor by a specified deadline. With mandatory referrals, the referring party will be notified of a student’s attendance. The Student Health and Counseling Services Center will not disclose information regarding conversations or the nature or number of ongoing contact(s) between their staff and referred students. Confidentiality for all students is assured.

Student Development Module

A student may be directed to complete development modules by a specific deadline. A student may be billed for access to and use of the educational materials contained within the modules. A student will be expected to pay the bill as directed by the Business Office. Failure to comply with instructions for completion and payment may result in additional disciplinary action and collection.

Verbal Warning

A student may receive a verbal warning at the discretion of staff when their behavior is inconsistent with College rules and regulations but not deemed serious enough to warrant further action.