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Sanctions

Listed below are approved sanctions for violations of university policies and procedures. Please note that the information is intended to provide a guideline. Discretionary and/or educational sanctions may be added and/or deleted by the hearing officer. For students who repeatedly violate policy, more stringent sanctions will result.

ABUSE OF THE CONDUCT SYSTEM
Sanctions include probation, Living Learning Center (LLC) or university suspension, and/or expulsion.

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY
Cheating, plagiarism, misrepresenting ones credentials, collusion, bribery to affect one's grade.
Possible sanctions include verbal or written warning, failure on an assignment, test, or in a class, probation, university suspension or expulsion, or revocation of degree.

ALCOHOL IN THE PRESENCE OF, POSSESION, USE, AND DISTRIBUTION
First offense sanctions include: alcohol education program, probation, fine, and/or other discretionary assignment.
Subsequent offense sanctions include: alcohol counseling, additional discretionary programming/activities, monetary fines, parental notification, and referral for evaluation and/or treatment, LLC or university suspension. An additional fine of $100 will be assessed to any person having possession of a common source of alcohol such as kegs, party balls, open bowls/containers, etc.

ATTEMPTED OR ACTUAL ABUSE (includes physical abuse, incivility through language or actions, Sexual Violence, Sexual Harrassment, Sexual Misconduct, Relationship/Dating Violence, Stalking, Coercion, Harassment, and/or conduct which threatens or endangers the health of safety of any person.
Sanctions include probation, educational assignment, removal from the LLC, legal action, university suspension, and/or expulsion.

COMMUNITY SAFETY VIOLATIONS
Includes starting fires; false reporting of fires, bombs, or emergencies; fireworks; dropping or throwing items from windows, balconies or roofs; failure to exit a building during a fire drill or alarm; unauthorized animals, and sporting activities in prohibited locations.
Possible sanctions include: formal written warning, fine, probation, or discretionary educational assignment, loss of privileges, LLC or university probation, suspension, or expulsion.

COMPUTER AND TECHNOLOGY MISUSE
Sanctions include internet disconnection, fine, warning, probation, suspension, or expulsion.

DAMAGE TO ANOTHER'S PROPERTY
Sanctions include fine, educational assignment, probation, suspension, or expulsion.

DISCRIMINATORY BEHAVIOR
Includes harassment or discrimination based on race, color, religion, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, political affiliation, gender, age, marital status, or inclusion in any groups protected by law.
Sanctions include probation, educational assignment, removal from LLC, legal action, university suspension, and/or expulsion.

DRUG DISTRIBUTION
Sanction is expulsion from the University.

FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH IMPOSED SANCTIONS
Sanctions include additional fines, and/or discretionary sanctions, LLC or university probation or suspension

FIGHTING
Sanctions include loss of visitation privileges, fine, LLC or university suspension or expulsion.

FIRE SAFETY VIOLATIONS
Sanctions include fine, notification of legal authorities, and/or immediate LLC or university probation, suspension or expulsion.

FURNITURE REMOVAL
Sanctions include return of furniture, fine for each piece taken, written warning, probation.

GAMBLING
Sanctions include probation, discretionary assignment, possible legal action, and LLC or university suspension.

HAZING
For either an individual or group, possible sanctions include probation, possible legal action, de-activation of group status, loss of privileges, LLC and/or university suspension or expulsion

ILLEGAL DRUG POSSESSION, USE (excluding marijuana)
Possession of substance, use, and/or sale.
Sanction includes University suspension and/or expulsion.

ILLEGAL ENTRY (including use of improper ID, climbing in/out of window)
Sanctions include loss of visitation privileges, fine, restitution of damages, if appropriate.

INAPPROPRIATE USE OF TECHNOLOGY OR SOCIAL MEDIA
Sanctions include probation, educational and/or discretionary sanctions, LLC and/or university suspension or expulsion.

LEWD BEHAVIOR OR INDECENT BEHAVIOR
Public urinating, indecent exposure, spitting, inappropriate language or clothing.
Sanctions include restitution, subsequent meeting with University officials, probation, university suspension or expulsion.

LYING/IDENTIFICATION MISUSE
Sanctions include probation, educational and/or discretionary sanctions, LLC and/or University suspension or expulsion.

MARIJUANA
Includes possession of substance and/or paraphernalia, as well as suspected use.
First Offense: Possible sanctions include attendance at an education program, monetary fine, LLC probation, and parental notification.
Subsequent Offenses: additional discretionary programming/activities; reassigning of housing or loss of on-campus housing; LLC and/or University probation, suspension and/or expulsion, parental notification, referral for evaluation by treatment center, monetary fines.

NOISE
Sanctions include warning, probation, removal of audio equipment (if appropriate), discretionary sanctioning, monetary fine, possible LLC or university probation or suspension.
*More serious sanctions will be in effect during the final exam 24-hour quiet period.

PAINTING WITHOUT APPROVAL
Sanctions include fines, restitution.

SMOKING
Sanctions include fine (in compliance with the City of Pittsburgh ordinance); additional fine for cigar smoking; educational assignment.

TAMPERING WITH ELEVATORS OR FORCIBLY OPENING ELEVATOR DOORS
Sanctions include fine, LLC or university probation or suspension.

THEFT
Sanctions include probation, possible legal action, restitution, LLC or university suspension or expulsion.

THROWING/HANGING OBJECTS OUT WINDOW, OFF BALCONY/ROOF
Sanctions include fine, clean-up, restitution for damages, LLC or university suspension or expulsion.

VANDALISM
Sanctions include restitution for damages, fines, relocation to another LLC, LLC or university suspension or expulsion.

VIOLATION OF UNIVERSITY POLICIES, RULES, REGULATIONS, AND/OR PROCEDURES
(Including but not limited to parking, residence life, academic, library)
Formal written warning, fine, discretionary assignments, loss of privileges, LLC or university probation, suspension, or expulsion.

VISITATION/GUEST POLICY
Sanctions include formal written warning, fine, discretionary assignments, loss of visitation privileges

WEAPONS (knowledge of or possession)
Sanctions include confiscation, legal action, LLC and/or university probation, suspension, or expulsion.

Please note: Banning a student from university property, suspension, expulsion, and referring the outside police for criminal charges will be assigned as appropriate.

TUITION CREDIT/REFUND FOR A DISCIPLINARY SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION

  1. A student who is suspended from the University during the semester in which the incident occurred is eligible for a tuition credit that will be applied to the semester immediately following the period of suspension. The amount of tuition credited will be based upon the tuition refund schedule for a voluntary withdrawal and the tuition rate in effect during the semester in which the incident occurred less any required financial aid adjustments and any outstanding balance on the student's account. The date used to calculate the tuition credit will be the date of the incident that resulted in the suspension. Tuition credit not utilized in the semester immediately following the period of suspension is forfeited.
  2. A student who is expelled from the University forfeits all payments for tuition and fees incurred for the semester the incident occurred.
  3. Housing charges will not be reimbursed to any student found responsible of a Student Code of Conduct violation resulting in suspension or expulsion from the University. Appeals may be directed to the Executive Vice President for Student Life. 
  4. The University may, in its sole discretion, place a hold on the student's academic records at the time of the incident, which will limit access to transcripts and other educational records until the disciplinary process is complete.