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Sanctions

Disciplinary actions include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following sanctions:

Disciplinary Warning

A disciplinary warning may be issued to a student for violating University regulations. Disciplinary warnings notify the student that subsequent violations will warrant more serious disciplinary action.

Educational Sanctions

In certain instances where other available sanctions are inappropriate or inadequate, an educational sanction may be imposed. This sanction is designed to help educate the student toward responsible behavior. These sanctions may include, but are not limited to, a written apology, educational assignment/paper, task-oriented community work, volunteer services and/or awareness workshops.

Fines and Restitution

Fines may be levied against students who violate University policy. Students are responsible for all fines levied against them for violating University policy. Student Financial Services will be notified when fines are levied. A student's failure to pay fines may result in a hold being placed on the student's account, the student's account being sent to a collection agency, and/or legal action taken to recover such fines. In addition, restitution may be imposed to recover losses experienced by the University.

Disciplinary Probation

Probation is issued to a student for a specific period of time. Disciplinary probation is a more serious sanction than a disciplinary warning. It is a period of review and observation during which the student must demonstrate the ability to comply with University rules, regulations and other requirements stipulated for the probation period. It may limit certain activities or privileges of a student. Students who violate their probation may face more serious disciplinary action.

Residence Hall Relocation

As a result of this sanction, the student is required to vacate his/her current room assignment, and is relocated to another Residence Life facility determined by the assistant dean for community standards or a designee. The student is responsible for all fees associated with this relocation. For example, a student relocated to a single room from a double room is responsible for the difference in cost.

Residence Hall Removal and/or Ban

The student's room license agreement is voided and the student is required to vacate the residence hall. In addition, a ban from all residential facilities is often imposed for the duration of the removal and/or ban.  Housing deposits and/or payments are forfeited, and the student is responsible for paying all unpaid residence hall fees. The failure of the student to pay all fees incurred may result in the University taking legal action to recover such amount.

Disciplinary Suspension

The student is separated and banned from the University for a specific or indefinite period of time. Such period may begin during or at the close of a semester. The student may be readmitted at the end of the specified period. All tuition and fees are forfeited, and the student is responsible for paying all unpaid tuition and fees. The failure of the student to pay tuition and fees incurred may result in a hold being placed on the student's account, the student's account being sent to a collection agency, and/or legal action taken to recover such amount. A condition of readmission may be imposed (counseling, community service, participation in a substance abuse program, etc.). All privileges, including campus visitations, are revoked.

Deferred Suspension

A deferred suspension from the University or the residence halls may be imposed due to severe extenuating circumstances. The suspension begins at a specified date as determined by the Dean of Students Office. This sanction may only be utilized after review by the dean of students or designated representative.

University Restriction and/or Ban

A Hofstra student or non-Hofstra student may be restricted from the University, particular areas of the University, or University events, as a result of inappropriate behavior. A Hofstra student who violates this ban may be subject to further disciplinary action, arrest and/or prosecution; a non-Hofstra student who violates this ban may be subject to arrest and/or prosecution for criminal trespass.

Expulsion

The student is permanently separated and banned from the University without opportunity for readmission. All tuition and fees are forfeited, and the student is responsible for paying all unpaid tuition and fees. The failure of the student to pay tuition and fees incurred may result in the University sending the student's account to a collection agency and/or the commencement of legal action to recover such amount.

Code of Community Standards

Note: A student and/or organization found responsible for violating the Code of Community Standards may receive one or more of a variety of sanctions tailored to the specific violation(s). Individual mitigating circumstances, as well as aggravating factors, such as past misconduct by the student and/or organization, or failure to comply with previously imposed sanctions, shall be considered when determining the level and scope of the sanction. Generally, a student who is found responsible for additional offenses will be subject to more severe sanctions.

MINIMUM SANCTIONS

Certain violations of regulations may constitute a serious threat to other individuals and/or the community. For the following (and other serious) breaches of University policy, a minimum sanction of suspension from the University (including removal from the residence halls) for at least one full semester to permanent expulsion may be imposed:

  • Conduct in violation of New York state criminal law or federal law, which poses a serious threat to the University community, including, but not limited to, distribution or possession of illegal drugs or theft of University or personal property.
  • Serious physical attack upon another person.
  • Sexual violence.
  • Willful or malicious damage or defacement of University property or property of another individual.
  • Possession of firearms, explosives or any type of weapon as defined in the Student Conduct Code entry "Weapons, Ammunition or Explosives."

SUMMARY ACTION

A student may be summarily suspended where:

  • The student is accused of any of the five violations listed above under Minimum Sanctions; or
  • The student is accused of other conduct that poses a serious threat to the University community; or
  • The student is charged with a felony.

In these cases, the student may be summarily suspended if the University determines it is appropriate to do so to protect the health, safety and well-being of the accused student, a complaining student, and/or the University community. In such cases, the student may request an expedited hearing in accordance with the policies set forth in this code.

Furthermore, in such situations, the dean of students and/or a designated University official has the discretionary power to summarily relocate or suspend a student's residence hall privileges. In such cases, the student's Residential Living Agreement is voided, and he or she is required to vacate the residence hall.