Sanctions for Violating the Student Code of Conduct

Interim Sanctions

In certain circumstances, the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities or designee may impose an interim sanction for the following reasons:

  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.
  3. Possible interim sanctions are Emergency removal or Temporary suspension.

Sanctions

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. 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.

Guest Privileges Revoked

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

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 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.

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.

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.

Level II

College Probation

A student placed on College Probation has jeopardized their privilege of attending SUNY Morrisville. A student is put on notice that their actions are of a serious nature within the College Community. Probation shall be for a designated period of time and includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the student is found to be violating any College policies during the probationary period.

Guest Privileges Suspended

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

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 (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 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.

Level I

Apology Letter

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

Behavioral Contract

A student may be required to abide by a behavioral contract with specific behavioral restrictions and requirements to ensure student success.

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 Fine

A student will be required to pay a Financial Fine for covering or tampering with smoke detectors or other fire safety equipment in any the Residence Halls. Fines are $250 1st violation and $500 2nd violation.

Financial Restitution

A student may be required to make financial reimbursement for damages or costs incurred due to the students behavior by a specified deadline.

Letter of Warning

A student placed on letter of warning is being officially warned that their behavior was inconsistent with College rules and regulations and that further negative behavior may result in more severe disciplinary action.

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. Failure to comply with instructions for completion may result in additional disciplinary action.

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 than a reminder of the expectations.

Other Remedies

Emergency Removal

SUNY Morrisville retains the authority to remove a respondent from SUNY Morrisville’s program or activity on an emergency basis for Title IX related incidents, where SUNY Morrisville (1) undertakes an individualized safety and risk analysis and (2) determines that an immediate threat to the physical health or safety of any student or other individual arising from the allegations of covered sexual harassment justifies a removal.

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.

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.

Restorative Justice Process

After review of the relevant facts in a given case, the reviewer(s) may decide to recommend that a case be handled through a restorative justice process instead of the judicial process.  Restorative justice brings students together in small groups, empowers them to resolve conflicts and focuses on the needs of all involved.  It is a non-judicial process used to deal with incidents where harm has been done to a person or community.  It focuses on repairing that harm and restoring the balance of relationships among members of a community.

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) with questions about College rules, regulations, and the hearing process within three (3) days. 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.

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 Vice President of Student Affairs, 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.