Because each violation of the College’s Community Standards is different, involving different factors and individuals, it is difficult to prescribe standardized sanctions for all violations. Sanctions for violations of community standards may range from a statement of concern to expulsion from the College, depending on the magnitude and specifics of the incident.
The various sanctions for student misconduct are defined as follows:
Statement of Concern: A hearing officer may issue a statement of concern to a student for a minor violation of community standards. Such statements are placed in the student’s discipline file and may be the basis for further disciplinary action if a similar violation occurs in the future.
Alcohol or Drug Education: Students found responsible for violating the alcohol or drug policies may be sanctioned to complete an educational assignment related to substance use / abuse.
College Warning: A college warning is written notification to the student that his or her behavior has been a violation of community standards. Any additional misconduct may result in further disciplinary action.
Loss of Privileges: Denial of specified privileges for a defined period of time (e.g. guest, computer, housing lottery, residence hall visitation, dining services, representing the college at an athletic event, co-curricular activity, work study job). Restricting participation in events such as senior week etc.
Fines: A monetary fee may be imposed. Fines may be made via checks (payable to Holy Cross) or cash. Fines are accepted directly in 109 Hogan.
Restitution: Compensation for loss, damage or injury. This may take the form of appropriate service, monetary, or material replacement.
Community Restitution: Community Restitution is uncompensated work / service on campus or off at a non-profit community services agency. Students assigned community restitution must also complete a reflection paper on their experience.
Educational Project: Completion of a project or research / reflection paper specifically designed to help the student reflect on the incident.
Administrative Relocation: Requirement to relocate to another room within the residence hall system.
Stay-Away Order: A Stay-Away Order may be imposed in instances where it is determined that a student poses a potential threat to another. This order, specific to a person and/or location, would prohibit the subject from having direct or indirect contact with the person; including e-mail, mail, telephone, instant message, face to face, or any contact through a third party with the offended individual. A Stay-Away Order may be imposed prior to a hearing, or as a result of a hearing. Violation of a Stay-Away Order could result in either further adjudication and possible residence hall or college suspension.
Residence Hall Probation: A written reprimand for violation of community standards. Probation is for a defined period of time and includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions if the student is found responsible for violating any community standards during the probationary period.
Cancellation of Housing Agreement: Revocation of residence hall privileges for a defined period of time, after which the student is eligible to return to the residence halls. Conditions for readmission may be specified.
College Probation: Probation indicates to a student that his or her behavior has resulted in a sanction that is close to suspension. It is imposed for a specified period of time. Any further misconduct while on probation may result in suspension from the college. Disciplinary probation may also place specific restrictions and extra requirements on the student. These conditions will vary with each case and may result in restriction from participating in intercollegiate athletics, extracurricular and residence life activities, student leadership positions, and/or involve other requirements.
College Suspension: Suspension prohibits the student from attending the College of the Holy Cross and from being present without permission on college property for a specified period of time, usually no less than one academic semester. The Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards will determine the effective date of this sanction. Students who are suspended must complete all other imposed sanctions prior to petitioning for reenrollment. Should a student be found responsible for a sexual misconduct related violation, that student may be subject to suspension until the complainant graduates.
College Expulsion: Expulsion is the permanent separation of a student from the college. Expulsions are noted on the student’s permanent education record.
Note: Failure to Comply with the terms of an imposed disciplinary sanction. Noncompliance with or failure to meet the terms of a sanction imposed at any discipline hearing may result in residence and/or college suspension or loss of college privileges. Participation in residence hall room selection and/or class registration may also be delayed for noncompliance.