A sanction is a punishment. The hearing panel a student faces will decide what sanction is appropriate for the infraction they believe the student committed.
There are several types of sanctions. Here are the top four most common disciplinary sanctions college students face.
This is a minor sanction. Typically, the school will give the student notice that they were found responsible for a violation, but the sanction is a warning. The student is being told not to engage in similar behavior again. This sanction can also be accompanied by other sanctions like writing a letter or apology to a professor or completing an assignment on plagiarism or ethics.
This sanction is more serious than a warning but still allows the student to remain a student and enroll in classes. A probation sanction is a formal monitoring of the student to ensure that another violation does not occur. If the student violates the academic or honor code again, even if it was a different violation, they may face immediate more severe consequences. If a student is on disciplinary probation and is found responsible for another violation, they may face suspension or expulsion from their university. Probation can be time limited, but a college can impose probation for the remainder of their time at the school.
If a student is suspended from school, they cannot attend classes or be on campus for any reason. A suspension will be imposed for a period which could be a semester or years. Some schools impose lengthy and unfair suspensions that are in essence, expulsions from the university. The school may also set forth requirements that a student must meet before they can apply for re-enrollment after a suspension. Transcripts may also be noted that the student has been suspended.
An expulsion is a permanent removal of the student from the university. They are not allowed on campus or to re-apply for admission. This places students in a tough position as acceptance into another university after expulsion can be difficult. Schools often mark a student’s transcripts to show that they have be expelled.
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