DePaul University places the utmost priority on student welfare and community safety. When a student demonstrates conduct that violates DePaul's Code of Student Responsibility or other DePaul policies, that conduct will be addressed through the appropriate disciplinary processes. This Policy is not intended to be disciplinary in nature. Rather, this Policy outlines the criteria and procedures for when and how a student may be involuntarily withdrawn from the University for demonstrating behavior that creates a direct threat to the safety or health of the student or others or that unreasonably disrupts the normal education processes and orderly operation of the University. There may be situations in which both this Policy and the Code of Student Responsibility and/or other DePaul policies are applicable.
A student may be involuntarily withdrawn from DePaul if the University determines, in accordance with the procedures listed below, that the student:
(a) Demonstrates behavior that is unreasonably disruptive to the normal education processes and orderly operation of the University;
(b) Demonstrates behavior that endangers him/herself, or;
(c) Demonstrates behavior that endangers others or that creates a direct threat that the student may endanger others.
The involuntary withdrawal process begins when the Dean of Students Office receives a referral or other information regarding a student who appears to be demonstrating behavior consistent with one or more of the criteria listed above. If, after reviewing the information received, a staff member in the Dean of Students Office (typically, an Assistant Dean) determines that the student has demonstrated behavior consistent with one or more of the criteria for involuntary withdrawal from the University as stated above, the staff member will inform the student of this determination. At the time of this communication, the staff member will inform any student who is involuntarily withdrawn about the student's right to appeal the decision to the Dean of Students, and will explain to the student the conditions for returning to the DePaul community (see below).
Prior to proceeding with the involuntarily withdrawal process, the staff member will always encourage the student to voluntarily withdraw.
A student may appeal the staff member's determination regarding involuntary withdrawal (or the designated conditions for readmission following an involuntary withdrawal) to the Dean of Students. A student has five (5) business days to request this appeal. Within five (5) business days of being received by the University, the Dean of Students shall review all the available information (i.e.—all of the information made available to the Dean of Students Office and any additional information subsequently made available by the student), and shall, if deemed necessary by the Dean of Students, have the opportunity to ask the student additional questions.
After reviewing all the available information described above, the Dean of Students shall assess whether the student has or has not met the criteria for involuntary withdrawal from the University as stated above. The decision of the Dean of Students will promptly be communicated to the student in writing. This decision is final.
Interim Suspension Pending Appeal
A student who demonstrates behavior that creates an immediate direct threat to him/herself or others, or who demonstrates behavior that is immediately and significantly disruptive to the normal education processes and orderly operation of the University, may be suspended from the University on an interim basis pending an appeal.
All decisions regarding interim suspensions pending appeals will be made by the appropriate staff within the Dean of Students Office in consultation with the Dean of Students and/or Vice President for Student Affairs.
Effect of Involuntary Withdrawal
Students who have been involuntarily withdrawn from the University are generally not permitted to be on University premises or participate in University events. However, a student who has been involuntarily withdrawn or suspended on an interim basis pending an appeal may be on campus, with the permission of the Dean of Students and/or the Vice President for Student Affairs, for the purposes of participating in the processes detailed in this Policy or as otherwise required and appropriate in the discretion of the Dean of Students and/or the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Students are responsible for contacting appropriate University offices in order to ensure that their academic and financial affairs are in order (including any on-campus housing). All determinations as to the effect of an involuntary withdrawal in these areas will be made by the applicable offices in accordance with existing University policies.
Returning to Campus—Conditions for Readmission
A student who has satisfied the conditions for readmission outlined at the time of his or her involuntary withdrawal will be considered for readmission to the University.
Readmission conditions will be individually-tailored so as to be appropriate to each student but will always be premised on the notion that the student is no longer a direct threat to him/herself or others, and/or no longer demonstrates behavior that is disruptive to the normal educational processes and orderly operation of the University. Specific conditions for readmission might include:
(a) Appropriate documentation indicating that the student no longer demonstrates the behavior which led to the involuntary withdrawal;
(b) A treatment plan from a mental health professional or other appropriate care provider and/or verification from the provider that the student is complying with a treatment plan (or has been satisfactorily complying with a treatment plan for a designated length of time);
Students wishing to be readmitted must schedule a face-to-face meeting with the Dean of Students to discuss the student's compliance with, and appropriate documentation of, the designated conditions for readmission. All determinations as to whether the conditions for readmission have been satisfied will be made by the Dean of Students. These determinations are final.
Because conduct that gives rise to an involuntary withdrawal under this Policy might also result in sanctions in accordance with the Code of Student Responsibility, it is possible that a student who has met the designated conditions for readmission following an involuntary withdrawal might still not be eligible for re-enrollment at DePaul due to student conduct sanctions (similarly, it is possible that a student who has satisfied all student conduct sanctions might still not be eligible for re-enrollment at DePaul because of an inability to meet the designated conditions for readmission in accordance with this Policy).
The Dean of Students or their designee may make such reasonable exceptions to this Policy and these procedures as circumstances may require for the welfare of the institution and/or the involved student(s), provided that fundamental elements of fairness and due process are observed.