Community Standards Categorical System

The following categories provide a framework of understanding around the violations of the Community Standards.  Factors such as safety, impact on others, and personal responsibility within community, influence the category and in turn the response team that meets with the student.  The categories assist in defining and clarifying the risks as well as possible consequences for certain behaviors.  The framework grew out of a process informed by focus group discussions and data from Student Satisfaction Inventory.

Category 1 – Student(s) meet with an Assistant Director of Residence Life.

  • Violation of quiet hours
  • Violation of open house hours
  • Fire hazards (candles, lighters, tampering with equipment)
  • Smoking or tobacco use in residence halls

Possible responses/combination of responses of a Category 1 violation include:

  • Written Response
  • Fines ($25-$100)
  • Community service (up to 4 – 8 hours

Category 2 –  Student(s) typically meet with an Assistant Director of Residence Life.  Students who have a previous standards violation will meet with the Director of Residence Life or the Standards Response Team

  • Any repeated Category-1 violation
  • Possession, use or misuse of prescription medication or illegal drugs
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Possession or use of alcohol on campus
  • Returning to campus while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs
  • Unintentional vandalism (e.g. unauthorized roof access, etc.)
  • Disorderly conduct while under the influence
  • Fraud or theft
  • Dishonesty during an investigation
  • Racism, Harassment, Discriminatio

Possible responses/combination of responses of a Category 2 violation include:

  • Written response
  • Brief Alcohol Screening
  • Millennial Classrooms Alcohol Education Online Education Course.
  • Group discussion with members of housing unit
  • Fines ($65–$250)
  • Community service (8-36 hours)
  • Unannounced searches and drug testing
  • Reflection Paper or Research Composition
  • Counseling Sessions
  • Financial Restitution
  • Referral for addictions evaluation. Cost of evaluation and follow-through is the student’s responsibility
  • Research project related to chemical use/abuse
  • In instances of alcohol and or misuse or use of prescription medication and illegal drugs, parents are notified if student is less than 21 years of age according to the Parental Notification Policy
  • Disciplinary probation (withdrawal from participation of co-curricular and leadership positions for next semester

Category 3 –  Student(s) meet with the Director of Residence Life or the Standards Response Team pending on the incident and student’s prior history with the standards.

  • Repeated behaviors from Category 1 or 2
  • Providing alcohol to minors
  • Reducing or distributing synthetic, prescription or illegal drugs
  • Arrest by the police
  • Firearms, weapons
  • Intoxication or altered state with other violations
  • Racism, Expressions of Hate
  • Vandalism, intentional; misuse of college property
  • Violence or threats of violence
  • Threat of fire
  • ITS code violations
  • Felony Charges

Possible responses/combination of responses of a Category 3 violation include:

  • Reflection Paper or Research Composition
  • Fines ($65-$300)
  • Disciplinary probation (withdrawing from leadership and co-curricular positions for remainder of current and up to next 2 consecutive semesters.)
  • Financial Restitution
  • Parental notification
  • Faculty adviser involvement
  • Community service (8-40 hours)
  • Referral for addictions evaluation. Cost of evaluation and follow-through is the responsibility of the violator
  • Unannounced searches and drug testing
  • Counseling or special projects
  • Student not able to register for a new term of classes until resolution in both civil and institutional process
  • Suspension (up to one, two or three semesters)
  • Dismissal

**Students facing felony charges may not re-enroll for classes at the outset of a new term.  Students facing felony charges may be allowed to complete an existing term pending the nature and timing of the charges.  Students who face felony charges may re-enroll only after the legal and institutional standards response processes have been completed.  Enrollment may be dependent on the outcome of those processes.

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