Information About Sanctions
The Office of Students’ Rights and Responsibilities sanctions are official actions of the College. Failure to comply with sanctions that are imposed by Onondaga Community College, or with specific conditions related to the safety and security of any persons or property while a case is pending, may result in immediate, indefinite suspension or expulsion from the College. The focus and goal of the Office of Students’ Rights and Responsibilities is to educate. Student Conduct Administrators (SCAs) and hearing boards may design sanctions that are specific to an individual. Disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Disciplinary Warning – A written notice to the respondent communicating that a violation of the code of conduct has occurred and that a conduct record is on file within the College.
- Pre-Suspension (Disciplinary Probation) – A written notice to the respondent that a violation of the code of conduct has occurred, that the student is not in good disciplinary status, and that any additional violations of the code of conduct for a set period of time will likely lead to some level of separation from the College.
- Residence Hall Probation - A written notice to the respondent that a violation of the code of conduct has occurred and that any additional violations of the code of conduct for a set period of time will likely lead to removal from College housing.
- Residence Hall Suspension - Separation of the student from College housing for a defined period, after which the student is eligible to petition to return to housing. Conditions for readmission to housing may be specified.
- Residence Hall Expulsion – Permanent separation of the student from College housing. A ban from visiting, entering or being in the vicinity of any College housing is included as part of this sanction unless otherwise specified.
- College Suspension – Separation of the student from the College for a defined period, after which the student is eligible to petition to return to the College. Separation from the College shall not exceed 60 months for a single incident that is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. A separated student may not enroll in classes or be a part of any College related activities. A ban from the College campus and from participation in College related activities and events is included as part of this sanction unless otherwise specified. Upon completion of separation period and approval of petition by the College, readmission to the College may occur. Conditions for readmission may be specified.
- College Expulsion – Permanent separation of the student from the College. A ban from the College campus and from participation in College related activities and events is included as part of this sanction unless otherwise specified.
- Ban from Campus – A ban from entry to specified areas of College premises, including the entire campus if directed, for a specified or permanent period of time.
- No Contact Directive – Directive banning contact with another College community member while one or both are members of the College community.
- Loss of Privileges – Denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time or permanently.
- Restitution – Compensation for loss, damage or injury. This may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary or material replacement.
- Educational Sanctions – assignments, essays, programs, workshops, service to the College or outside community or other related discretionary or educational assignments.
- Revocation of admission and/or degree – Admission to or a degree awarded from the College may be revoked for fraud, misrepresentation, or other violation of College standards in obtaining the degree, or for other serious violations committed by a student prior to graduation.
- Withholding Degree – The College may withhold awarding a degree otherwise earned until the completion of the process set forth in the code of conduct, including the completion of all sanctions imposed.
Lastly, those assigning sanctions may impose additional requirements to best reduce the likelihood of recidivism. Failure to abide by these additional requirements may result in enhanced sanctioning, including, but not limited to, separation from the institution or removal from on-campus housing. These additional requirements may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Behavioral Contracts - This contract serves as an agreement between the College and the student specifying the behavioral requirements to be followed while the student is enrolled at the College.
- Stipulation - A stipulation can be attached to any code sanction. It is an agreement that any further violation within a specified period regardless to the severity of the violation will result in more severe disciplinary action, up to and including suspension or expulsion from the College. A stipulation may also provide specific instructions a Student must follow.
Failure to Complete Conduct Sanctions
All students, as members of the Onondaga Community College community, are expected to comply with conduct sanctions within the timeframe specified by the Student Conduct Administrator and/or Hearing Board. Failure to follow through on conduct sanctions by the date specified, whether by refusal, neglect or any other reason, may result in additional sanctions and/or suspension from the Onondaga Community College.