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 - In instances of less serious violations of the Student Code of Conduct, the student (s) may be formally warned of the possible consequences of continuing such behavior. No other specific action is taken unless further misconduct occurs.
  • Restitution - Restitution is applied for damages done or other payment for expenses incurred as a result of the Student’s actions. Restitution may be required to the College, a specific department of the College, an affiliate organization of the College, or a specific individual. Appropriate Onondaga Community College staff will determine the amount that needs to be paid and how they must provide the restitution, including but not limited to the use of a money order or payment of a charge added to their student account.
  • Residential Relocation/Removal - These statuses indicate that a student is not eligible to live in or visit some or all of the College’s residence hall facilities. A residential relocation involves the reassignment of a student's living unit within housing and usually prohibits the student from returning to the residential area associated with the former living assignment. A residential suspension or expulsion involves the student's removal from housing altogether. These statuses may extend for a specific period of time, until the completion of specific conditions, or permanently. These statuses may be limited to a specific facility or applied to all facilities.
  • Pre-Suspension - This sanction constitutes a change in status between good standing and possible suspension or expulsion from the College. Pre-suspension is also a status that may include loss of specified privileges associated with student status for the duration of the pre-suspension period.
  • Suspension - College Suspension results in the separation of the Student from the College for a specified period of time. Suspension prohibits attendance at any classes, participation in any study abroad programs or internships arranged by the College during the suspension period. Suspension may involve restrictions and/or conditions on access to College property, buildings, or grounds as well as attendance at College sponsored events and functions, as deemed appropriate by the Administrative Officer or Student Disciplinary Committee. The Student may not register for and/or enroll in classes until s/he completes the stated period of suspension and meets any and all requirements for the period of suspension.
    • Students returning to Onondaga Community College after being suspended will be placed on Pre-Suspension status.
  • Expulsion - College Expulsion results in permanent separation of the Student from the College, college-sponsored events and college owned properties and programs and services of the College’s affiliated organizations.

Additionally, the College may impose educational sanctions when it is determined that the student will benefit from additional awareness of the rationale for the policy and individual self-discovery. Educational sanctions may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Community Involvement Assignment - The Community Involvement Assignment is one of the many educational sanctions that the Office of Student Conduct provides for students. This sanction includes a series of College community activities, events, and lectures designed to promote student engagement and life changing experiences. It is meant to be an opportunity for students to attend events on campus that they may not normally attend so as to expose them to involvement opportunities and/or learning experiences that may positively impact their time as a student at OCC. Students often mention that there is not anything to do on campus, and this sanction is proof that there are many “things” to do on campus.
  • Formal Apology - The apology letters can be written to anyone on campus such as faculty, staff, students, etc. discussing how student’s behavior challenged those involved. The student should also reflect on how your behavior may have an impact on your role as a positive member of Onondaga Community College.
  • Referrals to Support Services - Referrals can be made to counseling, the AOD coordinator, and/or other service entities, either on or off campus, in conjunction with the student conduct process if there is a concern about a student’s behavior along with their violation.
  • Community Service - Community Service provides students with the opportunity to give back to their community, not just the OCC community but also the Greater Syracuse community. Assignments are assigned by an Administrative Officer during a post-hearing meeting. The student will need to complete a determined number of community service hours and write a reflective paper about their experience and may not be combined or in conjunction with any other volunteer or court ordered requirement. A student may not select his/her own site to complete a community service sanction and must provide the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards with proof that they completed the assigned number of unpaid community service hours.
  • Paper - Reflection papers may be assigned to help students learn from the choices they made and provide them an opportunity to detail how to make better decisions in the future. Research papers may also be assigned to encourage students to learn more about a specific topic. Page length and use of scholarly sources are determined by the Student Conduct Administrator. The paper must be completed and turned into the Office of Student Conduct before the sanction is considered complete.
  • Time Management Assignment - For students who appear to be struggling in their ability to balance their academic responsibilities with other commitments, a time management assignment may be issued as a sanction. This project is designed to help students reflect on how they spend their time in an effort to help them identify successful strategies in the future. A worksheet and a reflection paper must be completed before this sanction is considered complete.

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.