Student Handbook

Sanctions

Whenever possible, Alma College seeks to impose educational sanctions when students are found responsible for violating College policy. The following sanctions were developed with an intent to educate when possible while protecting the safety and well-being of the Alma College community. These guidelines are recommended, but not automatic. Sanctions will be recommended by the hearing agent after a hearing and edited and approved by the Student Conduct Coordinator, Director of Campus Life, or Vice President of Student Life. These guidelines can be amended at any time at the recommendation of the Student Conduct Coordinator and approval of the Vice President for Student Life.

Typical sanctions include, but are not limited to fines, community service, written warning, educational programming, educational papers, apology letters, disciplinary probation, removal from campus housing, suspension, and expulsion. Sanctions will be determined by an analysis of the incident, desired educational or behavioral outcomes, the student’s disciplinary record, any proceedings within the legal system, and risk to the health and safety of the student or any other individual or group within the campus community. The Student Conduct Coordinator’s actions on similar cases may also be considered when determining the appropriate sanction. The Student Conduct Coordinator will impose different, more appropriate sanctions when it is determined that those sanctions would be more beneficial to the offender and Alma College community.

Since the sanctions of Written Warning and Disciplinary Probation are considered a warning that further action may be necessary for another violation of Alma College policy and serve little other function, they will rarely be used without additional sanctions. Fines and/or community service in addition to a written sanction will be imposed for most violations.

Recommended Sanctions for various offenses:
  • Alcohol, Quiet Hours, and/ or Noise Violations:

    • First Violation: $75 fine, Educational program, Educational program or writing and/or Written Warning
    • Second Violation: $100 fine, Educational program or writing, and/or, Community Service
    • Third Violation: $150 fine, Alcohol Counseling, Community Service, Disciplinary Probation, and/or Educational program or writing
    • Any additional violations will be referred to the sanctioning described under Further Repetition of Regular Violations
  • Other serious violations:
    • $100 fine, 20 hrs. Community Service, Disciplinary Probation
  • Failure to comply with an R.A. or other College or Law Enforcement official:
    • $100 fine, 10 hrs. College official Community Service, and/or Educational program or writing
  • Further repetition of regular violations:
    • $150 fine, 25 hrs. Community Service, Disciplinary Probation, and/or Educational program or writing
  • Steepest sanction imposed by the Student Conduct Coordinator: $250 fine/50 hrs. Community Service, Disciplinary Probation (described below)
Recommended Sanctions for Severe or Repeated Violations

Severe violations are determined to have occurred when the offender is a threat to the cohesiveness and/or safety of the Alma Community. All severe violations will be referred to Vice President of Student Life or their designee. Repeated violations of College policy, though the offences may not constitute a severe situation when considered in isolation, may result in more severe sanctions because of their collective impact on the safety and well-being of the Alma community. The following sanctions and any other appropriate sanctions not listed may be imposed by the Vice President of Student Life or their designee for severe or repeated violations:

  • Summary Suspension: In disciplinary situations which involve students whose presence on campus appears to constitute a threat to the physical or emotional safety and well-being of groups or individual students, faculty, administration or staff, the President of the College, The Vice President for Student Life or the Provost (Vice President for Academic Affairs) may suspend the student(s) for a period of time until the normal Conduct process can be carried out or at the discretion of the President of the College, the Vice President for Student Life, or the Provost. If a student is placed on Summary Suspension the Campus Conduct Committee must convene and make a decision on the case within five business days. If a student is found not responsible, they will be able to make up any missed academic work without penalty.
  • Disciplinary Probation: This confers upon a student or group a probationary status for a specific period of time not to exceed one academic year of enrollment. During this time,
  • they are found responsible for further violations of College policy or fail to abide by any conditions established as part of their probation, then more severe sanctions are likely to be imposed. Disciplinary Probation appears in a student’s personnel file but not their academic record. This probation can include but may not be limited to the loss of any combination of the following privileges:
    • Participation in student publications
    • Participation in intercollegiate athletics
    • Participation in intramural athletics
    • Participation in public performances, events, or ceremonies in College sponsored activities (public appearances that must be required for course work are the only exception)
    • Holding an office in any student organization
    • Registration of a motor vehicle
    • Exercising the privilege of choosing housing options
    • Living in campus housing
  • Removal from Residence Halls: This action terminates a person’s status as a resident at Alma College. A person receiving this sanction must find alternative housing. This sanction does not affect their ability to enroll in classes, nor attend events.
  • Suspension: This action terminates a person’s status as a student at Alma College or a group’s status as a recognized organization for a specific period as designated in the decision letter. Suspended individuals or groups will be required to leave campus within 48 hours after the decision letter is sent and/or delivered to them. Suspended individuals or groups must remain off campus while any appeals are pending. Written permission must be requested and obtained at least 72 hours in advance before a suspended student may return to campus for any reason. Suspended organizations or groups will cease using College facilities and lose all privileges granted to recognized organizations on campus. At the time that the suspension is imposed, stipulations controlling the conditions to be met to permit an individual to re-enroll or a group to re-register as a College organization may also be established. Conditions which are reasonably related to the original offense, and are believed necessary to facilitate the reasons for imposing the sanctions, may be attached to any sanction. Examples of such conditions include, but are not limited to: monetary penalty; restitution for damage, theft, or loss; loss of privileges such as use of alcoholic beverages, visitation or use of a motor vehicle; loss of financial aid; and educational conditions such as counseling and service and/or work assignments. Any condition attached to a sanction must be met within the duration of the sanction.
  • Expulsion: This action terminates a person’s status as a student or a group’s status as a recognized organization for an indefinite period of time. Expelled individuals or groups will be required to leave campus within 48 hours after the decision letter is sent and/or delivered to them. Expelled individuals or groups must remain off campus while any appeals are pending. Written permission must be requested and obtained at least 72 hours in advance before an expelled student may return to campus for any reason. Expelled organizations or groups will cease using College facilities and lose all privileges granted to recognized organizations on campus. At the time that the expulsion is imposed, stipulations controlling the conditions to be met to permit an individual to re-enroll or a group to re-register as a college organization may also be established. Conditions which are reasonably related to the original offense, and are believed necessary to facilitate the reasons for imposing the sanctions, may be attached to any sanction. Examples of such conditions include, but are not limited to: monetary penalty; restitution for damage, theft, or loss; loss of privileges such as use of alcoholic beverages, visitation or use of a motor vehicle; loss of financial aid; and educational conditions such as counseling and service and/or work assignments. Any condition attached to a sanction must be met within the duration of the sanction.
Completing Sanctions

Fines must be paid within two (2) weeks of the date of the hearing unless other arrangements are made between the fine recipient and the Student Conduct Coordinator. Failure to pay the fine within the specified period will result in further sanctions. The deadline for completing community service hours and/ or educational sanctions will be set by the Student Conduct Coordinator after considering the circumstances of all parties involved. Community service hours will be monitored by the Student Conduct Coordinator through the appropriate supervisor such as, but not limited to, the director of Facilities and Service Management, a Hall Director, or the campus chaplain. Failure to complete all sanctions within the semester in which the sanctions were instituted will result in Disciplinary Probation unless the student receives an extension from the Student Conduct Coordinator. Suspended or expelled students or groups must complete any stipulations within the designated time frame or they will not be permitted to re-enroll and/or or return to campus.

Last Updated 7/28/16