The Student Conduct Process is an educational one by which the University strives to instill in its students an understanding that they are responsible for their actions. When a student fails to uphold the responsibilities outlined in the Code of Student Responsibility or other policies, the University has an obligation to help him/her come to a deeper understanding of how his/her behavior impacts the campus environment.
There are several reasons for imposing conduct sanctions:
- To redirect a student’s or organization’s behavior toward a standard more acceptable for members of the University community;
- To protect the University community from possible harm or injury;
- To require restitution for University property that is lost, stolen or damaged; and
- To give support for financial redress to a victim for loss, harm or destruction of his/her personal property.
If, after an Administrative Hearing or Conduct Board Hearing has taken place, there is sufficient evidence that a violation has occurred, the hearing officer(s) may impose the appropriate sanction(s).
All imposed sanctions shall become effective immediately at the completion of the hearing unless otherwise stipulated.
Sanctions may be appealed in accordance with the procedures detailed in Conduct Appeals Procedures.
The following is a list of sanctions that the University may impose on a student, group of students or student organization:
- Conduct Reprimand: A conduct reprimand does not necessarily restrict the student in any way but does signify that any further violation may result in additional conduct sanctions. A written record of the reprimand will be placed in the student’s conduct file.
- University Censure: University Censure indicates to the student that further violations will result in more serious consequences. University censure usually is given for a specified period of time not to exceed one year. This level of sanction may include restriction of activities and/or ineligibility to receive financial assistance from a University source.
- No Contact Restriction – A no contact restriction denotes that the student is prohibited from having any contact with a particular person or persons. This contact includes but is not limited to: in person, email, text message, instant message, the internet, phone, or through other people. This contact may include any university gatherings on or off campus.
- Conduct Probation: Conduct probation is a written statement to the student indicating that the student's behavior is of such a nature as to jeopardize continued enrollment at the University. Conduct probation can be for a specified period of time or for as long as the student is enrolled. Any behavioral infraction during the probationary period may cause the student to be removed from the University.
- Suspension: A suspended student must carry out a total and immediate separation from the University for a required period of time and/or until particular conditions for readmission are met. Suspension may include various prohibitions regarding a student's ability to be on University property or participate in University activities. A sanction of suspension shall be permanently noted on a student's transcript, regardless of whether or not the student is successfully readmitted. At the end of the suspension period and/or once the student can demonstrate that the conditions for readmission have been met, the student may be required to meet with the Dean of Students or other designee before being readmitted to the University.
- Dismissal: Dismissal constitutes a permanent and immediate separation from the University. The imposition of this sanction shall be permanently noted on the student's transcript and is a permanent bar to his or her readmission to DePaul University. Dismissal may include various prohibitions regarding a student's ability to be on University property or participate in University activities.
Any of the above sanctions may be combined with one or more of the following actions in order to more fully address all issues involved in a conduct case:
- Restitution or Assessment: A student who damages University property may be required to pay actual repair or replacement costs. Failure to pay may result in withholding of the student’s records and/or additional conduct sanctions.
- Educational Projects: An educational project designed to assist the student in better understanding the overall impact of his/her behavioral infraction(s) may be imposed. Such assigned projects might include research papers, the creation of educational materials, or the planning and/or presentation of educational programs related to the policy infraction. Assigned projects may not include physical labor unless they are directly related to the violations(s) and do not cause humiliation or degradation to the student.
- Restriction: Restrictions upon a student’s University privileges may be imposed for a set period of time. These restrictions may include, but are not limited to, denial of the right to represent the University in any way, access to facilities or individuals, parking privileges, and/or participation in co-curricular activities.
The sanctions of Residence Hall Probation and Removal from the Residence Halls may also be imposed through the Conduct Review Process on students who live in DePaul housing. Additionally, because Residential Education maintains a separate conduct system for violations of Residential Education policies and, as appropriate, violations of other policies that occur in DePaul housing, students should consult Residence Education for information as to when a student can be placed on probation in, or be removed, from DePaul housing.
Students who are removed from DePaul housing will be subject to all of the policies and procedures set forth by Residential Education and Housing Services. Students should consult these departments for more information.