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Student Conduct Sanctions

Factors that affect the severity of the sanction may include the present demeanor of the student, past conduct record of the student, the nature of the incident, the severity of any damage, injury, or harm resulting from the incident, and whether the incident was motivated by bias based on actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, political affiliation, or veteran status.

One or more of the following sanctions may be imposed upon a student for violation of the Code.

Sanctions Associated with Minor Violations

Sanctions associated with minor violations include, but are not limited to:

  1. Community Restitution - an EOA imposed to provide a work-related experience for Students to help others in a positive fashion. Respondents who do not meet their community restitution deadlines will be assessed a financial EOA that will be determined by multiplying the hours assigned by the current North Carolina minimum wage.
  2. Educational Outreach Assessment (EOA) - a sanction that provides a tangible learning opportunity for Respondents. Through this sanction, the Respondent becomes an active contributor to the education of self and peers. An EOA may be financial, non-financial, or become financial if a Respondent does not complete a non-financial sanction.
  3. Educational Sanctions - participating in a specific activity, course, event, or program, receiving specific instruction, completing a research/reflective assignment, etc. The Respondent is responsible for related expenses.
  4. Parental Notification - when students are found responsible for violations of the Code related to alcohol and/or controlled substances, as outlined in University Policy 72 - Family Educational Rights and Privacy.
  5. Probation - written notice of a violation of specified regulations and a restriction by which a Respondent is permitted to remain in the University under prescribed conditions. Probation is for a designated period of time and includes the possibility of the imposition of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the student is found to be violating any Code regulations during the probationary period.
  6. Restitution - compensation for personnel resources, loss, damage, and/or injury. Restitution may take the form of appropriate monetary or material replacement and may be imposed by the Dean of Students, Director of Student Community Ethics, or designee.
  7. Restrictions - denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time including, but not limited to, attendance at events, access to facilities, participation in non- academic activities, and interpersonal contact restrictions.
  8. Residence Hall Suspension - separation of the Respondent from the residence halls for a definite period of time after which the Respondent is eligible to return. Conditions for readmission may be specified.
  9. Residence Hall Expulsion - permanent separation of the Respondent from the residence halls.

Sanctions Associated with Serious Violations

Sanctions associated with serious violations include:

  1. University Suspension - separation of the Respondent from the University for a definite period of time, after which the Respondent is eligible to apply for readmission. Conditions for readmission may be specified. The sanction of University Suspension is recorded in the University of North Carolina Suspension and Expulsion
  2. University Expulsion - permanent separation of the Respondent from the University and any University of North Carolina System constituent institution. The sanction of University Expulsion is recorded in the University of North Carolina Suspension and Expulsion

Incomplete Sanction Assessment

Sanctions are designed to educate students about future behavior that may pose a threat to oneself or negatively impact our campus community. In an event of incomplete sanctions, the Dean of Students or designee may add additional sanctions to a students' conduct case due to failing to comply with a University official (see Failure to Comply in WCU Code). Depending upon the nature of the case the following additional sanctions may apply:

  • Ineligible to request Student Affairs emergency
  • Educational Outreach Assessment charged to your student account (the price may vary depending on your previous sanctions).

*Additional information pertained to sanctioning can be found in the WCU Code of Student Conduct under Article X

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