Office of Rights and Responsibilities

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Sanctions

Sanctions are designed to promote Willamette University’s educational mission. Sanctions are intended to promote safety and deter students from behavior which harms or threatens people or property. The University adheres to a progressive disciplinary system. Repeat violations have a cumulative impact that may result in more significant sanctions. In determining the appropriate sanction, conduct administrators and student conduct board members will consider:

  • the severity of the behavior and the impact on others; and
  • a student’s conduct record including the time which has elapsed between incidents.

Hearing administrators and student conduct board members may consider mitigating and aggravating circumstances. Sanctions will be situational and dependent on factors such as the student's attitude, commitment to changing behavior, level of self-responsibility, and personal circumstances in the student’s life.

Since 2013, records of Tier 2 hearings will be kept for seven years from the date of the incident. Records regarding egregious behavior may be maintained beyond seven years at the discretion of the Director of Rights and Responsibilities. Hearings that result in dismissal from Willamette University will be maintained for a minimum of twenty-five years.

One or more of the following sanctions may be the outcome of an administrative or student conduct board hearing or conference:

A. Warning

The student is given written notice of the outcome and informed future violations of the Standards of Conduct may result in more serious sanctions.

B. Service to the University

The student is required to render a designated number of hours in the service of the academic, on-campus, or off-campus community under the direction of the Director of Rights and Responsibilities or designee.

C. Restitution

The student is required to reimburse personal injury costs or replace or restore damaged, stolen or misappropriated property.

D. Fine

The student is required to pay a designated amount of money to the University as penalty for a violation.

E. University Conduct Probation

The University may require the student to acknowledge specific terms of the probation and specific outcomes should the student fail to abide by the terms of probation. Additionally, the student’s participation in University life may be placed on provisional status, with or without loss of designated privileges, e.g., suspension of participation in campus activities, clubs, etc.

F. Suspension

The student’s participation in University life is severed including denial of enrollment, attendance and other University privileges, and loss of all fees and academic credit for the semester in which the suspension takes place. As applied to student organizations, this sanction is equivalent to loss of University recognition and all privileges associated with such recognition.

G. Dismissal

The student’s participation in University life is severed permanently, including denial of enrollment, attendance and other University privileges, and loss of all fees and academic credit for the semester in which the dismissal takes place.  The dismissal will be noted on the academic transcript. 

H. Other

The University may impose other sanctions as deemed necessary and appropriate. This may include but is not limited to restricted contact, trespass from certain buildings or campus, required education, assessment and treatment programs at the student’s expense. The University may limit participation in University activities or organizations or revoke designated privileges to participate in University life. 

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