Sanctions for Conduct Violations

Sanction Philosophy

The philosophy behind the sanction process is developmental. We believe in an ongoing developmental process of individuals assuming responsibility for the effect their behaviors have on themselves and others. Additionally, students are expected to engage in individual behavior that creates a mutually beneficial living and learning community for all. It is important to note that empathy does not preclude accountability in determining sanctions. Students often ask to have their character considered in the sanctioning process but hearing officers make judgments on what behavior has occurred and do not make judgments about the worth of an individual, accordingly, information related to a person’s character is not warranted. In determining appropriate sanctions for incidents, the institution is guided by three considerations that foster the student’s development. 

  1. Education

    1. What type of sanction will assist the student in understanding why the commitment and/or policy violated is important?

    2. What type of sanction will either cause or reaffirm the student’s reflection on his or her behavior?  

    3. What impact does the student’s behavior have on him or her and the campus community?

  2. Restitution

    1. What sanction will make the student or community whole, as if the behavior had never happened?  

  3. Community Trust

    1. What sanction will serve as a deterrent to future behavior of the student and other members of the community?

    2. What sanction is necessary, to communicate to the student the seriousness of the violation, signify to the community that this type of behavior is unacceptable, and reassure the community the University will uphold other’s conduct to their responsibilities?

    3. What sanction is necessary to encapsulate the shock or insult the community feels as a result of a particular act?

Escalation

Offenses are cumulative over a student’s career at Sewanee. Multiple violations of even minor offenses can result in cumulative penalties, and repeat violators will likely be suspended. At times, the University may employ the principle of escalation in responding to a case.  The principle of escalation will be used when community trust is threatened, for repeat offenses or when student safety is threatened.  

Potential Sanctions

In all cases, sanctions for violation(s) can include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Verbal Reprimand

  2. Written Reprimand

  3. Parental notification

  4. Housing relocation

  5. Removal from University housing. A person removed from University housing for conduct reasons will be responsible for all housing charges assessed for the semester he/she is removed. Additionally, the student will be responsible for the complete payment of his/her current meal plan, unless he/she receives an exemption from the Dean of Students.

  6. Restitution and/or Fines

  7. Reflection Essays

  8. Letters of Apology

  9. Required attendance in educational seminars, programs, etc.

  10. Drug Testing

  11. Loss of privileges, such as the privilege to move off-campus, membership in co-curricular organizations, ability to rush, staying late beyond finals, etc.

  12. Permanent No-Contact Orders between involved individuals.

  13. Permanent No-Trespass Order on Sewanee’s campus for an individual.

  14. Limited Probation. Limited Probation is defined as a period of time during which any further violation of the same nature within the Community Code of Conduct puts the student’s status with the University in jeopardy. If the student is found “responsible” for another violation of the same nature during the period of Limited Probation, serious consideration will be given to imposing a sanction of Institutional Probation, Suspension or Expulsion. Limited Probation could potentially affect the student's’ ability to represent the University in leadership positions or on athletic teams, participation in student activities or study abroad opportunities, your entrance into University residence halls or other areas of campus, or contact with another specific person(s). The University may choose to treat violations of a different nature either as separate from the limited probation or extend the limited probation to encompass that behavior. In those circumstances, the University will consider the totality of the student's’ conduct record when determining an appropriate sanction.

  15. Institutional Probation. Institutional Probation is defined as a period of time during which any further violation of the Code of Conduct puts the student’s status with the University in jeopardy. If the student is found “responsible” for another violation during the period of Institutional Probation, serious consideration will be given to imposing a sanction of suspension or expulsion. Institutional Probation will likely affect his/her ability to represent the University in leadership positions or on athletic teams, participation in student activities and study abroad opportunities, entrance into University residence halls or other areas of campus, or contact with another specific person(s). A student on Institutional Probation will be considered to not be in good standing and such will reported to campus partners who request a conduct check for a University activity.  

  16. Suspension from the University. Separation from the University for a specified period, which includes loss of all tuition, fees, coursework, and other privileges of an enrolled student. Any student who is suspended will automatically be barred from campus.  

  17. Indefinite Suspension from the University. Separation from the University for an indefinite period, which includes loss of all tuition, fees, coursework, and other privileges of an enrolled student. Any student who is suspended will automatically be barred from campus.

  18. Expulsion from the University. Separation from the University without the possibility of readmission. A student will lose all tuition, fees, coursework, and other privileges of an enrolled student.  Any student who is expelled will automatically be barred from campus.  

Incomplete Sanctions

Failure to complete sanctions previously assigned for a conduct case can result in an additional conduct charge of "Failure to Comply". As a result of this additional charge, the student will receive additional sanctions.  

Standard Sanctions

The sanctions below are standard for a first offense, but they may be amended by the Conduct Officer based on the circumstances of a particular case. Offenses are cumulative over a student's career at Sewanee. Multiple violations of even minor offenses can result in cumulative penalties, and repeat violators may be suspended. 

NOTEComplicity is the conscious failure to take reasonable action in the face of a clear wrong; it is “approval by inaction.” Students who are demonstrably complicit in the conduct violations of others may face disciplinary consequences. 

The following key denotes first violations that are eligible for conduct forgiveness, which restores any lost privileges:
10 hours over 4 weeks
40 hours over 8 weeks 

For more information, see the Conduct Forgiveness webpage.

Alcohol

Fine

Add’l Sanctions

Educational Intervention

Restitution

Public Display 
(for those over 21)

$50

 

 

 

Underage Possession/Consumption

$100

Loss of Greek Rush for 12 months

Yes

As needed

Driving Under the Influence

$300
Suspension possible

Loss of Greek Rush for 12 months

Yes

As needed

Providing Alcohol to a Minor

$50

 

Yes

As needed

Possession of Large Common Source

$200 minimum Suspension possible

Loss of Greek Rush for 12 months

Yes

As needed

Glass Bottle

$25

 

 

 

 

Drugs

Fine

Add’l Sanctions

Educational Intervention

Restitution

Possession and/or Use of Marijuana or Drug Paraphernalia

$150
Suspension possible

Loss of Greek Rush for 12 months

Yes

As needed

Illegal Use of Prescription Drugs

$200

 

Yes

As needed

Possession of Other Illegal Drugs Suspension

Suspension

 

 

 

Selling, Distributing or Providing Illegal Drugs

Suspension

 

 

 

Drugging Others

Suspension

 

 

 

 

Weapons

Fine

Add’l Sanctions

Educational Intervention

Restitution

Possession of  Firearm
*May also be treated as a felony

$150

 

 

Yes

As needed

Use or Threatened Use of a Firearm or Weapon

Suspension

 

 

 

 

Other Policies

Fine

Add’l Sanctions

Educational Intervention

Restitution

Physical Conflict

$300
Suspension possible

 

Yes

As needed

Failure to Comply

$150

Loss of Greek Rush for 12 months

 

As needed

Unauthorized Entry

$50-$500

 

 

As needed

Damage to Property and Premises

$150-$300

Loss of Greek Rush for 12 months

 

Yes

Fire Hazards and Other Combustible Materials

$200 minimum

 

Yes

As needed

Pets and Other Animals

$25 minimum

 

 

Yes

In addition to being handled through the University, conduct violations that are also violations of Tennessee law may be referred to the appropriate legal authorities for adjudication. As appropriate, these sanctions apply to groups as well as individuals. Parents may be notified regarding any offense at the University’s discretion, especially in matters of significant health and/or safety concerns, or when suspension from the University is likely for any violation. The University reserves the right to update these policies as necessary and without additional notice.