Disciplinary Sanctions

If a Student Conduct Board or hearing official decides that a student should be disciplined, the disciplinary action should be consistent with the severity of the offense. Following are sanctions recognized by Gallaudet University; the Board or hearing official may implement other sanctions instead of or in addition to those specified below:

  1. Disciplinary Reprimand - Verbal warning or written notification to a student that he/she has violated a University rule or policy and that subsequent wrongful conduct will not be tolerated and may result in severe disciplinary action.
  2. Rehabilitative Probation - A period of time, not to exceed one year, during which the student is required to control questionable behavior. Probation is for a designated period of time and includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the student is found to be violating any institutional regulation(s) during the probationary period. Conditions such as the following may be attached:
    • Constructive-type work or educational project. Work should not conflict with tasks assigned to regular University employees nor with the regular University class schedule.
  3. Restitution - Reimbursement for damages to or misappropriation of property and/or compensation for injury. This may take the form of appropriate service or other compensation.
  4. Fines or Loss of Housing Priority Points - Previously established fines or a specific amount decided upon by Student Conduct Office or Campus Life may be imposed. A demotion of a student's housing priority points for room selection by a specific amount of points may be issued.
  5. Disciplinary Probation - A specified trial period during which a student whose conduct has been found wrongful has the opportunity to prove that he/she can uphold University rules and policies. It may exclude a student from participation in privileged and/or extracurricular activities as set forth in the notice for the specified period of time. Students found responsible for sanctions involving alcohol and substance abuse will be referred to the substance abuse program offered by the University. Failure to attend will result in charges for failure to comply with the Board's decision. The terms imply that violation of any provision in the Student Code of Conduct would be viewed not only as a violation of the regulation itself, but also as a violation of the probation and would most likely result in his/her suspension from the University.
  6. Residence Hall Suspension - Separation of the student from the residence halls for a definite period of time after which the student is eligible to return. The student will be required to depart the residence halls within 72 hours or otherwise as specified by University administration. Conditions for readmission may be specified, and a ban from the residence halls may be imposed.

    As part of the sanction, suspension does not result in a prorated room refund according to regular University policy.
  7. Deferred Residence Hall Suspension - A suspension that becomes effective after a specified date. This action is appropriate near the end of the semester to avoid financial and housing hardships that an immediate suspension often entails.
  8. Residence Hall Expulsion - Permanent separation of the student from the residence halls. A ban from the residence halls will also be imposed.
  9. University Suspension - The immediate removal of the privilege to attend Gallaudet University for some specific minimum period of time. The student must sever connections completely with the University. The suspended student may also be placed on persona non grata status (see definition of persona non grata below). At the end of the suspension, a student may apply for readmission. The suspended student is expected to inform the vocational rehabilitation counselor or other agencies through which financial assistance is received. As part of the sanction, suspension does not result in a prorated room refund according to regular University policy.
  10. Deferred University Suspension - A suspension that becomes effective after a specified date. This action is appropriate near the end of a semester to avoid financial and housing hardships that an immediate suspension often entails.
  11. Expulsion - Permanent dismissal from Gallaudet University. Procedures to petition this sanction are similar to those for suspension. As part of the sanction, expulsion does not result in a prorated room refund according to University policy.
  12. Access Restriction - Prohibition from entering certain buildings or the residence halls for any reason. Failure to comply with the terms would result in the person being removed from the premises and being charged for violating this regulation.
  13. Persona Non Grata - Prohibition from entering campus premises and attending all University-sponsored activities on and off campus for any reason. Failure to comply with the terms would result in the person being removed from the premises by the Department of Public Safety and/or being charged in D.C. with criminal trespass.
  14. Community Service - Work assignments may be a part of a disciplinary probation or may be imposed as an independent sanction. Community service hours completed will not count towards fulfilling the student's community service requirements for graduation. If student or student organization does not complete the community service assignment by the assigned completion date, a charge of non-compliance of a University decision will result.

A student's disciplinary history and prior record may be considered a factor for more severe sanctions, if appropriate.

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